Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Joys of Inventory

Saying the word "inventory" at eebeads is pretty much akin to using a four letter word. We all hate doubt about it. But, it's gotta be done doesn't it? Believe it or not, there was a time when we didn't do inventory...

When I started eebeads, I didn't have any type of degree or education in business. I went to college and got an art degree with a teaching certificate. I taught high school one year and elementary the next and then moved from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania where eebeads was born. I had a huge love of beads and actually put myself partially through college by selling jewelry at art eebeads was born.

Okay, back to the inventory part. So we're going along for about 2 years without doing inventory and a friend who owned several businesses said "You don't do inventory?". Well geez, never occurred to me! But it made perfect sense. Lots of the items in the database didn't match what was actually on the shelves. How could this happen? We enter in the data, we take out of the boxes....the stuff should match right? Nope! Human error up the wazoo.

So that's what we've been doing for the past two days even though we've been technically closed. Thank goodness we've got it down to a science these days and it only takes about a day and a half with a lunch of pizza on the last day. *sigh* Thank goodness it's over for the time being!

Happy Holidays from all of us at!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Why am I writing a blog?

Good question, what provoked me to write a blog about eebeads? You, the customer and general public! I want to communicate and find out what you're wondering about. I get a lot of interesting questions from customers and jewelry designers via email that I answer, but with a blog, you can post a comment and I can share the answers with everyone!

What is eebeads? We're an internet retailer that sells beads to the public. We are not wholesale and we don't have a store. Our specialty is selling smaller packages of beads (versus a gross or a strand) so you don't have to buy a lot, just what you need. We add new items every week and a new jewelry design you can make as well. All our jewelry designs are free to anyone.

Even though we're now closed for the holidays, I'll be coming in to do some work and checking email so I will be blogging. Feel free to email me a question/comment or post a comment below.

I look forward to blogging WITH you so send in those comments!