Unfortunately, I've only gotten one response from the 10 emails I sent (so far). I do much better in person than on the phone so it looks like I am going to be doing a lot face to face cold calling.
Many would argue that you should call and make appointments, and they are right. But since my time is limited and I am not familiar with many of the stores, I am going to use my tried and true method of walking around, with stuff. :)
Step 4: Preparing information about my work.
Not having appointments, my chances of meeting the actual buyers/shop owners are pretty slim. I have samples made to leave behind and printed out copies of my catalogue yesterday. I also designed the above flier (using Word- I imported the images and created a text box to go along side them). I printed them on glossy photo paper and will leave those everywhere I go, sample or no.
In addition, I made little cards to go with the Penny Pendant Samples. These simple cards state 2 things, the wholesale price and my email address. Buyers will always want the price; this card is a really cute way to let them know how much and how to find me.
I made plenty so I can leave these, the catalogue and a flier behind in stores that don't get a sample. Once again, not every shop in the towns I am visiting will be good fit, but now I can leave low cost information in all the "maybe yes, maybe no" shops too.
Today I am packaging up the penny pendants, printing out photographs from my Photo Portfolio and making sure to bring plenty of clean clothes for Miles.
Yes, this is a working vacation but the whole point of this adventure is to get us to the coast!
Step 5. Go!!