Small Business Caturday FAIL

I need a new sales and marketing team!

We had a terrible Small Business Caturday! It started off when my human was leaving for the cat show. I forgot she was vending, and when I saw her with her backpack-on-rollers, I thought she was leaving town! I got upset and wouldn’t speak to her. So things got off on the wrong foot (paw).

I have LOTS of cards!

My human set up the table with my books, calendars and cards — and some Nip Knots. Since the table was in a better location than last year — right in front of the stage — she thought she would do better than last year. But she did worse!

This kitty did not place, so he did not have to wear the hat too long

This show was called “Cats and Hats,” and sure enough, there was a contest with a bunch of humans putting hats on their cats. Boy am I glad this was not me!

This Somali actually LIKED being manhandled - crazy!

There was a really gorgeous blue Somali at the show… and can you believe he actually enjoyed himself? The judge put him on the table and he laid down and began rolling around! I would never have been that relaxed.

Good-bye, Small Business Caturday!

The bottom line is that my human just barely sold enough to pay the (really inexpensive) vending fee and parking. After taxes, I think she wound up with about five dollars. The worst part is, since she thought she was going to do better, she bought more calendars than last year! Now she is so discouraged she will probably not do any more shows and we are stuck with 16 calendars. (Out of 20, she sold two at the show and one of our blogging friends bought one online from an old link… plus one is spoken for.) So if you were thinking of buying one (or more) of my calendars, please do so below instead of buying them from Zazzle for now (of course, you can still buy my cards and other items from my Zazzle shop) — I am hoping we don’t lose money this year:

2013 Cat Rules Calendar

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35 Responses to Small Business Caturday FAIL

  • Hope your mommy at least had fun! Hopefully more stuff will be sold fur Christmas!

  • Oh, that’s awful. We’re really sorry things didn’t go so well.

  • We’re sorry to hear there weren’t many sales for your Mom on Saturday – I know many people are having to cut right back here in the UK so perhaps it is the same in the USA too. Give your Mom a gentle headbutt and hopefully it will make her feel a little better.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  • Sparkle, that is too bad that the Mom didn’t sell anything. That is so discouraging. Hope you can get some of those calendars sold here on your blog. Guess money is short everywhere. Take care.

  • We’re sorry it didn’t go well, we had hoped it would be a huge success.

    Tell your human not to give up, times are tough for many of us, and if it’s a choice between food and extras one doesn’t need…. :-(

  • Oh Sparkle!!! :( :(

    I’m so sorry things didn’t go well! That IS discouraging!

    Yes, you guys CAN’T give up. Things ARE getting better and WILL get better … it’s just going to take some time.


    Selina & MomKatt Laura

    PS – That Blue Somali was gorgeous!

  • We are so sorry that this was such a bad day. When Äiti goes to cat shows she always wonders why there aren’t more great stalls and things on sale. But I have persuaded her to buy a calendar (I think we now have about three calendars for each room).
    But don’t let your human give up!

  • What a shame! But there’s still some time to make up for it, huh? Still four weeks! purrs

  • Sorry your human didn’t have a better day on Small Business Saturday.

    Have a great day.

    hugs, Max, Bugsy and Knuckles.

  • That is terrible. Our local rescue had their resale shop open Caturday too and it was so slow… of course, they had to compete with a major college football game here. sad….

  • There is still time for shopping! I hope that she does better. That is a bummer when you think you’ll do well and you don’t.

  • I am so sorry to hear that the day did not go well. I already have one of your calendars, and I have to say it is beautiful! Hopefully your owner sells the ones she has!!

  • I am so sorry this didn’t go well. My human ordered your calendar recently, otherwise she would have ordered one now.
    I will share this though, maybe it can help!
    Difficult times :-(
    Lots of purrs to you and your human

  • I think it was that look you gave her! Put the jinx on!!!

  • So sorry to hear it didn’t go well. Christmas is coming soon, so hopefully many holiday shoppers will stop by.

  • Oh no! We are very sorry to hear that Small Business Caturday did not go well, Sparkle. We hope you are able to sell those calendars here on your blog, and that things really pick up as the shopping season progresses. Hugs!

  • The publicist understands completely She usually has three craft fairs to go to to sell my rich soap and they did not happen this year. It is not good. I hope that does not mean I won’t get my apples for Christmas

  • Oh noes! I is so sorry to hear this Sparkle. Your human sure did her best and thought it would work out, this happens to momma a lot with new stuff she tries. It can be discouraging and you get stuck with stuff. Maybe we can do a promo with your book and a calendar at a good deal or something. Let your human know to contact momma if she is interested.

  • Oh dear Sparkle
    We are so sorry to hear that Small Business Caturday did not work out as well as your human thought.

  • That is too bad Sparkle and we sure hope business picks up. We love our calendar!

  • How disappointing! Paws crossed that your remaining calendars sell quickly.

  • We’re sorry to hear that the Small Business Caturday was a fail Sparkle. Our mommy is doing one craft show this year and she’s afraid she’s going to get the same result since others are saying people are looking but not buying. Hope things turn around soon!

  • So sorry to hear your mom had a bad sales day. I never would have thought that would happen to her. I gave up shows (art and cards) a few years ago. I never (ever) did any good at them. Your mom is a pro, though. She should never have to endure such things.

  • We’re sorry the day didn’t go as well as planned. Don’t give up. This was just one day. Keep working it. You are an inspiration to so many! Purrs….

  • Sorry to hear. Blame mercury in retrograde. It’s gone direct today and things will improve very soon!

  • Oh NO, that’s so discouraging, we’re so very sorry for your human. You sure put the stink-eye on her as she went out….

  • Oh noz , so sad that your human didn´t get much sold on the Catshow :(
    I think that is furry strange !
    If I lived on the same side of the pond as you I had bought a calender at once !

  • Sorry it didn’t go better. Paws crossed for better selling days!

  • Aw, Sparkle! Bummer! We were always going to buy a calendar so we are happy to buy it directly from here instead of the shop! I hope you get your business mojo going again! XOXOXO

  • Sparkle, I am bummed to hear this. If it’s any consolation, we are having a Cyber Monday Fail as well–the store’s host is acting up with PayPal. I don’t know. Some days it seems like maybe we should all stick to napping!

  • We are sorry things didn’t go as planned. We’ve had a lot of expenses with the mom having tests and surgery. Its probably the same for many people, just different kinds of expenses. They keep saying the economy is getting better but we don’t believe it and haven’t seen it. We think they think if they tell us its better enough times, we will believe it, but the proof is in the pocket book.

  • Well, rats, Sparkle! We’re sorry the event didn’t go well. We hope the calenders will go fast through your blog; we’ll be sure to grab one. purrs,

    Pip, Smidgen, minnie, Hollie

  • We’re so sorry the event didn’t go well for your mommy. We hope she’ll be able to sell all of her calendars.

  • Oh, Sparkle…we’re sorry it was a bust.
    Maybe you SHOULD have gone with your human. …you know, just to make sure she was doing it right.
    ; ) Katie

  • Sometimes even if the event did not produce sales, you sometimes can benefit by a connection that might come at a later date! You never know…

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