Unfortunate Glitches

Sometimes things don’t work out quite as you had planned. It seems to happen to me a lot, especially lately! And right now I’m struggling with a couple of unfortunate glitches in my Usborne plans.

I had 3 vendor days all set up for my gifts business and Usborne. This Friday is all set to go — except that the book order I placed for cash and carry hasn’t arrived yet. I knew it was going to be close, but now it’s looking like it’s not going to happen in time. I can still have my tables — 1 for my gifts, and 1 for Usborne, but it looks like I’ll just be taking orders and scheduling parties instead of having books available for sale. That’s glitch number 1.

Glitch number 2 comes in the form of my crappy memory. Apparently my second event — the biggest event — I didn’t apply with Usborne, just my personal books and gifts. Of course I still have items to sell, but I was really hoping to have an impressive Usborne display, and now I can’t represent Usborne at all; they already have a rep there. I may have applied for the show before I signed up with Usborne, which is why the issue, but I really wish I had remembered! It didn’t occur to me until last week, when I realized I had inquired about the show for my gifts and books, not Usborne. I reached out to the person planning the event, and sure enough I had left Usborne out on my application. Bummer!

I’m hoping the third event planned will work out. That one will just be Usborne, and it may be the only event I have to sell the large number of books I ordered! Let’s hope the books at least make it for that one!

Because I have the books coming, and because I was really hoping to sell something and bring in some money, I’m now considering adding another event or two to the itinerary. I don’t really mind, but I have to consider schedules and child care. That means I would just be looking for evening events (like the shopping nights they hold at schools sometimes). If anyone knows of anything, please let me know! Otherwise it looks like I’ll be doing some creative brainstorming and marketing.

Considering how excited I am to be selling Usborne, I don’t seem to be having much luck! Is someone trying to tell me something? Or do I just need to get a little creative and work a little harder? I guess only time will tell!

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