It's no nice to have a rational and KIND conversation about this. There have been other discussion lists I am a part of where people have been really mean & ugly when those of us who are "inside vendors" explain why the unauthorized vending hurts everyone. If we vend inside of Bonnaroo next year, we'll probably do the very thing you mentioned Drowning... Set out tents on the Shakedown too. It was such a stress this year, and when I vend, I want it to be FUN!
can i bitch about your website for a moment though... ok, i will anyway. i have come across it three or four times in the past year or so.... and I really really like your handmade clothes. I do not own a single piece of patchwork... but i would consider buying yours. (design, color, not sure, it seems more mature, less childish than most of what i see) HOWEVER, every time i look at the beautiful dresses and skirts you "have" everyone of them says "one of a kind, this has sold and is not available, please check back for our new one of a kind designs" is my timing just bad? or do you do mostly commissioned work?:)
LOL, I am going to be lazy and copy & paste from our Frequently Asked Questions page, since that is definitely a FAQ for us:
"Why are your handmade clothing items always sold out?
We choose to keep Mountains of the Moon a small, artisan-based business, and therefore, only have a few select sewing artists who's items we carry. Melissa is the only full-time sewing artist of the bunch. In addition to this, every handmade clothing item we offer is constructed with a great deal of love, care and attention to detail, and each item is created one-at-a-time with NO mass-production involved. Therefore, we can only offer a limited number of items at once, and they sell very quickly. If you'd like to be the first to know when we add new handmade clothing goods, click here. " (<-the "click here" is a link to join our e-mail list.)
And that's the absolute truth. We are just very, very, very small, and we choose to make more intricate pieces that take a lot of time to create. It's pretty much just my husband Jeff and I doing everything for our business: website work, customer service, accounting, shipping & receiving, vending, and creating the artwork. We have ONE part-time employee who also has a full-time job and works whenever she can. (We do have a bunch of friends who help us vend, but they don't work for us any other time). I do have a few other sewing artists who we consign from, but it's pretty much just me creating everything. Every free chance I have to sew, I do, but I certainly don't get as much time as I would like. People ask us why we don't just design items and have them made in Guatamala or even hire a bunch of people to do it here. But we have always said that we want our business to be an art gallery, and we want each designer to be the creater as well. We add new handmade clothing every 2 weeks. We keep an e-mail list, so that those folks who want to get "first dibs" on the new items we add are the first to know (we e-mail them literally seconds after we add new stuff). I also keep some of the "sold" items up rather than removing them because I like to have sort of a gallery so customers know what to expect when waiting for us to add new clothing. I realize that it's frustrating to come to our site and see "sold" on everything, but it's just really important to us to keep our pieces one-of-a-kind works of art versus mass-produced, cheap patchwork. I wish there was a better method, but there's not at this point. We are looking right now for a studio for me though (right now I just have a sewing room in our house) so that I have a place to work with no distractions. So that's my explanation.
(And just a little plug... we are adding new stuff in the next couple of days before we hit the road for Phil tour.
Mmmmm, boat drinks. It is starting to get really cold here, and I was looking through our photo album from our trip to Costa Rica, sitting in a hot springs BAR in bikinis sipping fresh Pina Coladas... And I just thought, that would really kick ass to be doing that right now, he he! This cruise is going to be amazing... I have never been on one, and I am so excited that my first ever will be both a CRUISE and a "festival" with incredible music all in one
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