Defining a New Normal

Hello friends! I hadn't realized it has been so long since I last sat down to write. I hope this finds everyone healthy and well.

I have had some health issues (nothing related to COVID-19), but they sidelined me a bit and my day job has been super busy, so I haven't had a much time to think of things to write about as much as I'd like to.

I did start thinking the other day about the future - for my business and just life in general - post-COVID. I haven't come up with any definite answers, but I have been giving things a lot of variants of what the future might hold.

If things would have gone as normal, I already would have been a vendor at two conventions (Awesome Con in DC and Sci-Fi Valley in Altoona, PA). However, both shows were rescheduled for future dates for everyone's safety, and there are questions as to whether my final show of the year - Supernatural New Jersey - will occur in September. But, other questions I considered were do I want it to occur? And how will my business be different if it is held?

So much of what people have historically liked about coming to my table at conventions is that they can pick up the Luvvies and get a sense of the construction, the weight, and whether or not they bond with that particular item. I don't know if that would be a possiblity in the immediate future.

I was talking with one of my friends yesterday about some of the possible precautions/changes that would need to be made if the September con occurs. In addition to not allowing the Luvvies to be touched, I'm thinking I would have to wear gloves the whole day (having spares to change during the day). Would need hand sanitizers at the table and probably have santizing wipes to clean the table at least once every hour or two. And the other thing would be to wear a face mask for the entirety of the day. And those are just the changes that I am thinking of off the top of my head. There may be other things that I haven't fully thought of, or considered. Since I think there still is a question as to whether this con will happen or not, I have not reached out to the promoter to see if there are any special considerations they will need me to make.

Since I haven't be able to go to the in-person conventions, I have been experimenting with some other options to promote my kids. I have participated in a few virtual conventions, even if just to get my name out there a little more. I also have been taking advantage of using a new section in my shop "Ready to Ship" that I can list the Luvvies that I already have made and that are finished and ready to go to their new homes. This gives me a chance to make some new pieces that could be stock for future conventions or that could be sold immediately; and I still have the made-to-order Luvvies available.

Whether this will be how I continue once some of the restrictions from the coronavirus eases, or if this is just temporary is still to be seen.

I do want to say whatever the direction ends up, I appreciate your love and support.

Keep safe and healthy. Love to you all.

Hugs and cuddles,

Elisha

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