Well, it is a function of my retail world that I'm already thinking about inventory in January and the Valentine's window in February (I thought of something good, so I'm happy about that), not to mention what might be the Christmas window for 2015... Though I'm thankful that I don't work corporate retail because they are probably already really thinking about Christmas 2015, if not 2016. Still on December 24th, it is fair of the charming Olivia to declare as she did: you made it! We had a great year overall with a strong holiday season to continue the trend. Two weeks of Saturday-level sales every single day will soon taper off to the quiet of January, even though the month is filled with all the tasks I put off, preparing to file taxes, inventory. It is still a little more suited to my introvert nature.
Inventory, ugh. Though the store is still pretty full, the volume of sales means I keep uncovering empty drawers. Still, counting all these things we bought throughout the year is never a fun task. Not a difficult task, just a tedious one. But at least we have lots of help this year as we have added more part-timers. Plus it is a little different when the things you are counting are all things that you purchased yourself, and most of which that you still love.
But speaking of inventory, it is now 10 am on Christmas Eve. We are open until 4 pm today, closed tomorrow, and then open 11 am - 7 pm Friday, 10 am - 7 pm Saturday, 12-4 Sunday... and so on. We find that a lot of people end up having holiday celebrations after the 25th of December and depending on the ratio of people leaving town to people coming to visit, the 26th through the 31st can be a busy time for us. So for those people, perhaps it is fine we haven't sold down to the bare bones. Sachi ran out of steam on sewing her Wisconsin felt ornament so there's only one or two of those left but we still have Madison map rocks glasses and Wisconsin pint glasses which have been popular. I did go overbudget on Christmas orders this year but all of the things that we re-ordered beyond the plan definitely paid for themselves. We would have been a lot emptier if I had held off on those. So, all in all, it's looking good. I'm glad that we still have rap names and superpowers prints, as well as lil' cheese curd onesies, even if we are sold out of beer posters, Wi/Mn t-shirts and Wisconsin ornaments (note to self: order more next year).
Still, I had fun with a little photo shoot (a pale comparison to the one that a Madison College student did which we hope to use for future ads: an assortment of Anthology goods arranged in the shape of the state. So amazing!). If I do say so myself, I think we have plenty to choose from for those last minute shoppers... Of which there are always more than I expect...
And whether you had a chance to stop in this holdiay season or perhaps won't be back again until summer, we thank you for everything that you've contributed to our business and wish you the happiest of new years!