Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mary: Patron Saint of Soap

Making soap makes me happy, it is my 'bliss'.  I feel I produce a quality product, and the customer feedback I receive supports that.  But, I have a confession to make:  I'm a terrible sales person!  I tend to 'undersell' my products, because I don't want people to feel pressured, and I don't want to seem pushy.

Last week a friend of mine, named Mary ordered some soap from me.  She picked it up, and no more than an hour later I received a Facebook message from her saying "Call Me!"   Nervously, I gave her a call, not sure what to expect...

On the way home with the bag of soap, her daughter opened it, and they both were very happy with the fragrances.  They started talking about places in town that they thought should sell my soap.  When they got home, they tried out the soap and loved it!  So- Mary being the little bundle of awesomeness she is, actually called one of the stores they had talked about, and told them about my soap!  

When I called Mary she told me all of this, and gave me the contact name of the buyer for a small locally owned chain of stores that sells cool furniture, home decor, candles, housewares, etc.  I NEVER would have had the courage to do that on my own.  Mary believed in me, and my product, and it made me brave.

I called the lady the next day, and she agreed to look at my soap.  I took a humble basket of soap to her, she looked at it- but cautioned that they have never had any luck selling soap, she was preparing me to be turned down.  I could feel it, I partially expected it, so it was ok.  She took each bar out of the basket, and said my packaging was cute, and then she said that it smelled good.  She said she would show it to the candle and soap person, and she would call me the next day.   I didn't hear from her for 4 or 5 days...

She called me on Tuesday morning to place a small order of soap!  She wants to see how well it sells before they make a larger purchase.  I'm so excited, and I'm so thankful for Mary!  Sometimes I just need a swift kick to get me going.

Thank you Mary!

6 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Nikki! I hope that your soap sells well and that the shop places a larger order. I doubt I would have the confidence to approach a shop, too, if I sold my soaps. Sometimes we just need a little push. Good on Mary for getting the ball rolling for you! Best wishes to you!

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  2. Congratulations Nikki! It's funny how others tend to believe in us more than ourselves, but thank goodness for those people! Wishing you all the best!

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  3. This is by far the best artisan soap I have ever used. I can never go back to mass manufactured again!

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    1. I'm so glad you like my soap! ♥

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