How To Build Your Inventory Quick !
I mentioned that this craft fair I participated in was a pretty quick decision on my part. I managed to build my inventory for the show in about a month and here is how!
What Do You Want At The Show
So for me, I made a list of items to have on the show. I also didn’t have a lot of time to create these things, so I made sure to list projects that are attainable. My list was shawls, purses/clutches, hats and market bags. That was what I wanted to be at the minimum.
Now you want to figure out the patterns. If you need a quick turnaround time then you should definitely make sure you have the pattern ideas, and something that you know how to do fairly easily and without relying on a pattern.
How To Do It
Now, this is where my total nerd/organized/ slightly psychotic side comes into play. I made one of each of the items I had planned to make with their patterns. I timed myself. Not to the minute, but approximate. For example, it took me about 2-3 hours to make a knitted hat. But it took me almost a full 12 hours to make a shawl, and under an hour for the clutches and bags.
So, I made a list of how many I wanted to make of each item, and how many days I had left until the craft show. So, I multiplied how long it would take me to do each item, times the amount of inventory I wanted. As I finished making items I would update the spreadsheet.
Guys, I told you, I am psychotic haha. BUT, it’s useful for me to manage my time and simultaneously keep an inventory list. How great! If you want me to show you an example of some of my spreadsheets, let me know because I think it could be useful for anything.
Basically, the idea of the spreadsheet shows you the time it will take to build your inventory, and then you can schedule your days accordingly. I would do most of my work on the weekends, and also at night after work. This is why I wasn’t blogging, filming or leaving my house really (not joking).
So, it took me about 4 weeks to make a large poncho, 6 shawls, 8 bags/clutches, 4 large market bags, and 16 hats of various sizes. Personally, pretty proud of myself. I amount this success to my spreadsheet and time management skills. I had a lot of early, early mornings and late nights. Yes, I was tired. BUT, it was so worth it. I loved waking up early to knit for an hour before I had to get dressed for work. I just see myself making this my life and it gets me so excited.
How are you doing with creating your inventory list?