1.Setting up my booth with Mr. Know-it-All was interesting…..He’s a creeper.
2. Retail is changing the way companies look at merchandise and selling. Amazon is King and I am in the back seat.
3. Sales people across the US are questioning if shows are the way to go in order to get your product to buyers.
4. Mr. Know-it-All thinks he knows it all.
5. On a rainy day, you can go right up to the top of the Empire State Building and have literally no wait time in line. They let you go all the way up for a small price of $39 😉
6. I met some really nice business men from Japan who bought some of my boards. I got to put a pin on my world map in Osaka Japan.
7. I got to meet with the former president of Williams-Sonoma for dinner. We are friends now and he got to meet Mr. Know-it-All, but I don’t know if he knows I call him that.
8. I didn’t see all the small business owners like I did in 2013. I am thinking they not going to the shows anymore……….
9. I am wondering how I am going to sell more online in my store and how to incorporate that…..
10. By Wednesday night I was so tired from the show and going out all night I could hardly keep my eyes open.
This show was an eye opener for me in that it did not produce the results I received in 2013. Are the buyers that came before not going to the shows? Are the buyers going online now? They are closing more retail stores throughout the US so maybe. I have a lot to think about. But I do know one thing.
I will never give up.
your custom cabinet girl
First up, is HSN which was so kind to even consider my cutting boards for their on air show but ultimately declined. This rejection was sad to hear on a early Monday morning, but a little easier to handle because I knew it was a long shot. I’ve found that my products being made in the US cannot compete with the pricing of the products made elsewhere and this makes for hard negotiations. Ultimately cutting boards in general do not sell well on air and because HSN has tried to sell other brands of boards on air and they didn’t sell well……….. But how can you compare my boards with those other boards? Its like trying to convince that boyfriend that broke up with you cause he just doesn’t like you to take you back. It just doesn’t work.
So……..this is me loving rejection.
i am going to let it soak in,
revel in it,
swim in it until my fingers get all pruney,
bask in the sunlight of rejection,
oh how i love rejection,
ultimately it will bring me knowledge of how i can do better,
how i can try to negotiate better,
how i can learn to take criticism with ease,
it will make me tough,
it will make me inspirational,
it will make me feel inspired,
i’m feeling better already……
i am going to use this new found rejection knowledge while waiting to hear back on another shenanigan that i have coming up……..
hopefully the answer will be a yes……
because i hate rejection.
your custom cabinet girl
(keep in mind I didn’t look up anything about the winery yet)……
I’m going to be very honest, I didn’t want to go. I have had terrible sales at all the last 3 shows I’ve tried and I was in the middle of one when I was asked to go to Wine & Chocolate and I thought, I can’t take much more of this spending money and not making any. So I said, “I’d think about it.”
Well, Adam called the office when I got back. I asked him how much it would cost for me to have my booth and he said, “nothing, I just want you to be there with your great items and sell them.” Still, I told Adam “I would think about it.” You know, I would be spending time away from Mr. Know-it-All and the boys and there might be some sports game on TV that I would have to miss. Darn. So on a whim when Adam emailed me again I just typed out “I’m in” and hit send. This was a week before the event and I still wasn’t thinking about it much, but by the Wednesday before I started looking up the winery online.
Its called Housley’s Century Oak Winery and is literally a mile away from my house. I was trying to find out a little about Adam and how he was connected to the winery. I couldn’t find anything about him except an “Adam Housley” that was a senior correspondent for Fox News kept coming up. Well I thought, that’s not who I was talking to, so I just kept looking and I could not find anything else.
By Friday night I had talked to Adam on the phone that day to verify when I needed to be at the winery and what I was bringing and so forth, and I decided to get out the big guns, my computer and started investigating the winery again………and I was so wrong!!
I had been talking to “The Adam Housley” the senior correspondent at FOX NEWS!!
I told you, I couldn’t make this stuff up!
So of course I am in bed researching on my computer and I screamed at Mr. Know-it-All!!
DO YOU REALIZE WHO THIS IS!!
Mr. Know-it-All just played it cool and told me to calm down, and act natural the next day…..well I totally didn’t. Adam’s a celebrity!! HELLO!!!!!!!!
So to tell you a few things about Housley’s Century Oak Winery:
A) They have amazing wine, its really good!
B) They are located 22211 N. Lower Sacramento Road Acampo, Ca 95220 their website is www.centuryoakwinery.com
C) They are all a hard working family and the most down to earth nicest people you will meet.
D) And they thought my products were great!
Also, to top things off I met Adam’s brother Arik who owns his own grocery store called Ranch Markets in Napa Valley. He wants to try to carry my cutting boards in his store and feels they would sell very well.
All I can say is God was trying to give me a gift of being able to present my product locally, in a winery, down the street from my house, get me some new business connections, and I kept hesitating and thinking about it………..
I am so glad I said “Yes!”
So just in case you think I am making this up, here is the proof. I have a picture with Arik Housley, me, and Adam Housley in the winery just after the Wine & Chocolate ended on Sunday.