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Opening a shop in our lean-to barn
Mon 2-Aug-10
2:40 pm
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Danny
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An update on the plans for a shop:

We talked it over with Fiona's sister last week. One important aspect of the lady who had opened a shop selling flowers and collectibles was that she had first built up a reputation locally. She took a stand at farmers markets and did leaflet drops etc.

We agreed that F should adopt that approach. Opening a shop now would be cart before horse.

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Tue 3-Aug-10
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Shereen
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So how can we use the internet connections of the folk here to drum up custom for the stand? I know I'm on a different bit of land to you, but I have friends and internet friends over there.

Tue 3-Aug-10
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Thanks for that, Shereen. Much appreciated.

I think the sequence must be for Fiona to build up her stock of blooms first. I can see that all her work in planting this year will not produce enough in 2010 to offer flowers online, for example. But she should have blooms from March onwards next year.

On the food items front, we would not get a Health & Safety cert unless we do build a small but compliant kitchen in the barn. Until then she cannot really sell her preserves online.

However, she is building up a good stock of potpourri from the dried petals.

Online sales appears to be the best outlet but the fact is that she really has nothing to sell at this point. When we get to the point of opening her online shop then we would be delighted for everybody to pass the word of course. I do hope that something will be up an running to enable her to tap into the Christmas market, which more or less starts in September.

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Tue 3-Aug-10
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Oh com on Danny she has something to sell

there's you for a start ,

you would fetch 30 BOB if you put yr new shoes on surely

and think of the money she would save on potatoes alone

 

devil

sit down with a cupa and the urge will subside

Tue 3-Aug-10
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MOS, I can tell straight away that you have a glowing future as a Management Consultant.

Can't go wrong big_laugh

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Tue 3-Aug-10
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Well, you can put me down for some Pot Pourri for a start. ok

I'll try that again!

Tue 3-Aug-10
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Toffeeapple said:

Well, you can put me down for some Pot Pourri for a start. ok


 

Fiona says it is 4 weeks away from being ready, TA. Cheers !
Like good whisky, it has to mature. star

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Tue 3-Aug-10
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I think the slowly slowly approach is the right one; this is how I started with the jams; just selling to friends and then friends of friends over last year; now ready to sell at local market (s).  Later on the internet in a bigger way; that way I can see how stock lasts etc etc

Thu 5-Aug-10
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Slowly is certainly the way but I know what it is to have the frustration of not having enough ready when you want it. We haven't been really able to get up and running so far this year as our polytunnel was not ready on time and then farm life and gardening got in the way. I think we just have to plan for next year and see what happens. whistle

Thu 5-Aug-10
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YES!! I am a very impatient person and it has taken me a while to accept that the whole business isnt going to be ready overnight!

Thu 5-Aug-10
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have you thought about beeswax polish and the likes...I make my own and I have started to sell it through a fiends web site...or just the beeswax...no waiting time and no health and safety...gotta be good....

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Fri 6-Aug-10
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ep said:

I have started to sell it through a fiends web site


 

Would that be MOS by any chance? devil big_laugh big_laugh

Nice one, Elsa. We had not thought of that and we have two hives. Not enough to make it viable, probably, but a nice sideline for the bee project.

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Fri 6-Aug-10
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Hi danny

as long as it contains SOME of your beeswax and the rest is sourced from organic beekeepers it should be marketable under your banner ,and you can rest easy that its safe and natural

MOS,

sit down with a cupa and the urge will subside

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