Help I need advice.
Since almost day one of my glass making I’ve been a member of C…ntry M…kets (already WI member) and have the opportunity to sell my glass at 4 Staff…shire county WI events a year.
I do pretty well, the ladies now all expect me to be there and I have lots of regular customers.
The events themselves though are a real pain - apart from the actual selling part which I enjoy, that is.
C…ntry M.rkets are a cooperative so the arrangement for an event is that I write out an invoice for everything I’m taking
5 suncatchers @ £7.50
10 “” “” @ £8.50 etc etc
When I get there I spread all my stock across the table and it has to be counted and matched against the invoice.
At the end of the day this is repeated and I am paid the difference between what was counted in and what was counted out - less 10% commission.
With me so far ?
The whole thing is a total nightmare. I usually take my mini suncatchers so take about 60, then maybe 20 earrings, 30 pendants etc etc so everyone Hates counting me.
To be honest there is no need to count me as I always take exactly what I say I have taken and I keep an exact record of what I’ve sold as I always sell my own stuff.
- It takes me about 8 hours the day before to get my stuff ready because I am so careful to make sure it is accurately recorded and packed so it can be counted.
The people who count are ‘not quite’ as accurate and frequently make mistakes when checking me out again . Last time they said I’d sold 2 things at £14 which I hadn’t !
I always leave the Treasurer with an exact list of what I’ve sold so she can match against my checked out invoice as I know my count is accurate because I check it !.
I also have an awful rush to get set up as can’t do a thing until I’ve been counted. So I do an awful lot of moaning at my poor husband about this stupid check in / out system .
Still with me ?
Just heard that we craft people are to have a quota just like the people who sell cakes and other perishables.
My quota is to be what I sold at equivalent show last year and add 10% !!!
Is this the moment to resign from C…ntry M.rkets and book myself onto an extra 4 craft fairs a year if I feel the need to make up my ‘customer facing’ experiences ?