Don’t get us wrong folks, we’re well aware that the Halloween candy hasn’t yet been consumed and the Thanksgiving Turkey is still (hopefully) enjoying a few more days of fresh air and sunshine, but we still have to say it:
Holiday Shopping Is Here.
We know. We’re not happy about it either. But in Meatbagz land it’s not just about shopping for people, it’s also about people shopping with us. So we’re in the midst of making lists (and seriously, we check them WAY more than twice), ordering bags, prepping bags, printing bags, figuring out what we need for craft shows as well as what will hopefully be a healthy holiday Meatbagz season, and o yeah-finding stuff for our families too.
We don’t claim to have it all figured out. If we sat down and did the math, we’d have to say that Meatbagz holiday prep is 27.6% experience, 72.4% guesswork. What bags will sell? What designs will be hits? And, perhaps most importantly, how much do we need to have on hand so we don’t turn customers away?
We don’t always nail it (thus the 72.4% guesswork). Last holiday season, for example, Kate fell in love. Sure, her husband still had a good sized portion of her heart, but this guy-this gnome?-he had her, hook, line, and sinker. Come on-“I’ll be Gnome for Christmas”! Who could resist that? So upon Kate’s brilliant advice, we made up a healthy pile of Gnome totes- so cheerful, so funny, so cute…
Except it turns out a lot of people could resist him. The majority, in fact. And in the end Kate was forced to admit their love affair was not meant to be a public one, and Gnomey (she called him Gnomey) was retired.
Of course, this year Meatbagz aren’t so much totes, but more of the vintage variety, but even so…do we make piles of Dude Bagz? Stick with the tried and true Swiss military bags? Hope that the map case style ipad bags take over the world? How many should stay in the shop, and how many do we cart to the craft show?
Well, we’re still figuring that out. No, we probably won’t sell out, but let’s just hope we don’t have any more Gnomey episodes on our hands…or Mack will never let Kate hear the end of it.