According to Etsy, I am 10 sales away from 100 sales. I know I have sold many more than 100 items, most of my custom orders are multiple items inside of one listing, but this is a little milestone to look forward to.
Thinking of inventory, I'm trying to figure out if I should put my shop on Vacation mode if I get accepted to these big craft shows. I'll find out if I make it to one or both of them in the next 3 weeks. So for three weeks it will be Etsy business as usual. But if I get accepted to the shows, I may have to close shop for a while to conserve inventory.
My concern is if I get accepted to both big shows that will be 4 days I will need to stay stocked. Since I have never done shows of this scale before I can't predict in advance what will sell and what won't. I want to have a good-sized inventory. I have 61 things listed online right now. I have another 40+/- things not yet listed. I'll be making a few more items out of supplies I already have. But I don't want to spend a lot of money on materials to bulk up inventory because that essentially eats up any profits I haven't even made yet! Heck, I don't even know if any of my products will sell! I could come out at a loss just paying the booth fees!
However...I don't want to have my shop closed for over a month and shut out my dear online customers. Especially it being so close to the gift-giving season and all. There's got to be a happy medium.
How do you crafty folk do it? How do you balance your shop and your craft show inventory?