A big fallacy of owning your own small business is that you get to take time off whenever you want. Reality is, even though we COULD, we never actually do. It is the same thing when it comes to buying things from our inventory for personal use: we are surrounded by all of these beautiful products, so you’d think we’d own just about one of everything, right? Not quite.
Even though we could theoretically buy things out of inventory for our own use at any time, we hardly ever do it. In fact, when we do purchase our own goods, it usually happens only after careful planning to make sure it does not impact our stock level, and often waiting weeks for it to arrive from the artisan. I guess it always comes down to a choice between making money selling that item, or paying to keep it for myself – and unfortunately, I still haven’t figured out how to make owning a lot of gorgeous handbags pay our bills.
One of our recent shipments was a special shipment – it contained several leather accessory items that a couple of us had purchased. Opening the cartons was like opening that long-awaited gift on Christmas morning ,or receiving a care package full of goodies at summer camp. We opened carton after carton, checking off the items received, with an occasional “Ooh” and “Aah” as we uncovered the items we had been waiting for. I had a flashback to my grade school years when we’d receive those shipments from Scholastic book club and the teacher would pass out the books and free posters in a long, drawn-out ceremony.
My coveted items were a passport cover, a leather belt and a beautiful snake-embossed leather wallet … which I will have to talk about another time. I had to wait 2 months for them, but they were well worth the wait!