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When is it time?

Post by Face Painting by Jessica on Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:35 pm

This may be a ridiculous question... But when do you know it's time to restock your kit?

Is it as simple as seeing glitter and split cakes dancing in your head? Or do you wait until you make a certain amount of profit and make a bulk order? Or do you just review everything routinely and buy what you're getting low on bit by bit?

I'm looking at my kit lately and I kinda just want more lol. Should I fight it?
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Post by sweetdesigninc on Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:37 pm

A great question that I was thinking early today glad you asked it. Lets here from the pros.
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Re: When is it time?

Post by Perry Noia on Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:41 pm

I just refill when they get low and/or crumbly
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Re: When is it time?

Post by Face Painting by Jessica on Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:46 pm

Do you have a local store, Perry or do you order things online? If it weren't for the shipping I would buy things here there and everywhere Smile
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Post by Perry Noia on Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:49 pm

I've started getting some of my stuff from Michael's now that they carry the full size ones, but they don't have the sparkles and stuff so I still order those online.
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Re: When is it time?

Post by Face Painting by Jessica on Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:51 pm

Oh yeah, I forgot you're a Snazzy Painter Smile Not a bad price with a 40% off coupie
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Re: When is it time?

Post by vegas mom on Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:02 pm

flower I guess I order when I see 1) A Sale either free shipping or 10-20% off.
2) I see a design I like and don't have the paints to mimic it( still wait for sale)
Now to be honest tho I just ordered the dolphin one stroke, I already have one..
And I ordered Havana nights rainbow cake not realizing just how close it was to another cake I have. Ive done this twice now...
I am a paint addict.....Please see other threads about paint addiction lol

When it feels right just do it..
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Post by Face Painting by Jessica on Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:06 pm

Free shipping?! You're not from Canada are you lol
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Re: When is it time?

Post by fesspenter on Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:11 pm

In the beginning, I plowed every penny back into my kit. It just paid for itself. Then, I vowed to only spend 50% of my gross sales into my kit.
Then, after about a year of steady work, I restricted myself to 50% of my profits, NOT my gross sales, back into my kit.
Now, I always have two lists going on my iPhone: WANTS and NEEDS.
I am spending less and less on my kit.... And then, my FatMax handle broke off.
Up until then, for the last three or four months, I have been spending about 10% of my profits on paint, brushes, signage, bling, insurance, etc. Travel was not figured into my 10% amount.
I am getting ready for four big days in a row at festivals, so I stocked up.
I will know what I have to restock on Wednesday and I can answer your question differently.
Happy Painting!
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Post by fesspenter on Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:15 pm

Here in Canada, I order from HokeyPokey, Dotsy the Clown, or I go downtown to Hiscott's.
Online, I order from the FacePaintForumShop and ship it to relatives in the Detroit area.
I used to order from Silly Farm. I get better service from the FacePaintForumShop.
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Post by debranewmanart on Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:09 pm

I just order when I'm low on enough things to make the shipping charges worthwhile.

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Re: When is it time?

Post by tamarielpaints on Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:57 am

So I am lucky enough to live near a store that sells kryolan for the same price as sillyfarm. Even 24 hours in advance, I can restock a quick kit. I order my TAG and Wolfe white/black from Metina. In the beginning it was a little more crazy. Now, I have a much better idea of what I go through. Do I still suffer from the "I WANNNNT iT!" Yes. I just made a recent order of "I wanna try it!" As fesspainter said, you spend more in the beginning. In the beginning 75% went into a combo of kit, advertising (website, business cards, thumbtack, etc), insurance, gas money, and classes/lessons/jams. (Keep in mind though that I raised my rates since my initial newbie days.) Now it's closer to 40%. I'm hoping to get that number seriously down in the next few years.
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Re: When is it time?

Post by Noella on Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:19 am

I also do the percentage - if I need something specific for restocking or for a specific job I will get it from one of the locals (Hiscotts, Complections, Jordane, even Currys) - but for the most part I walk into the November trade show with a shopping list to restock my kits - and if I see things I *want*, I will spend but only up to a certain amount. By limiting it to once a year, I really have to put thought into it for the rest of the year, and also gives me the chance to go through my kit for damaged or expired or low items during the month before. The problem happens if something I need isn't available.... thankfully that has only happened a few times and I was able to get it at a local right after.

I do order from the States sometimes - when someone I know is going to be somewhere for a week, I will put an order together and get it shipped off to them to bring back. I try to make it reasonable for my messenger. Again, within budget....
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Re: When is it time?

Post by Dex on Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:28 pm

I guess it all comes down to if it's a hobby or a business. If its a hobby you spend what you can afford when the moment takes you or if its a business you do the % thing.
You might also like to remember to check the use by dates on the bottom of your paints, will you use them in the 18-36 month period from opening that is on most of them?
I spent way too much to start with, now I have made my mind over to use all my paints before I order any more with the exception of black and white which turn over pretty well. I've had lots of fun trying to come up with new combinations using up my old paints!

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Re: When is it time?

Post by Guest on Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:12 pm

I do not buy unless

1) it is needed for a job and reimbursable (theatre, large jobs)
2) I am completely out of that colour and have no close substitute (i.e. just put my last white in my palette therefore will need to stock up. If I am out of light blue Snaz but have a light blue Grimas or a Kryolan sky blue I will use those instead)

I have a lot of stock in a lot of different brands and six years ago I stopped buying just to buy. I will stock up if I am at a convention or near a retailer (When I was in San Francisco in 2009 I sent Joe a list and he had it ready for me.) as I do not have access to a walk in retail.

Now... If something is needed I will order it, but, I tend to just order when I need to for a production and tack on a few things I need so I am not paying the shipping. I will be placing a large order in Dec/Jan as I am doing CATS in Feb and am all out of white and low on browns.

I went from spending $8000 a year on supplies and equipment (I can drop $200 a time on brushes) to $600 (that includes tissues, wipes, sponges, brushes, glitter, etc.)

I do a lot of trade/barter for supplies which is why I have such variety of brands.

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Re: When is it time?

Post by PerfectlyPaintedFaces on Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:32 pm

When I HAVE to make an order (when something essential is really low, like black, white, red) I tend to add a few new items to my kit to try out. Usually one or two new rainbow cakes.
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Re: When is it time?

Post by Face Painting by Jessica on Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:21 pm

I'm looking at this as a business so I guess I should start writing every expense down... Thanks for all the input everyone!
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Re: When is it time?

Post by Lynnie on Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:40 pm

I write every expense down. I am an avid account keeper.

I also have an inventory list that I keep on each art I do. I review it each time we undergo a busy period to make sure everything is up.
At that point I generally have enough taken out to restock everything, because a supplies fee should be part of all of my accounts and taken into account for every event we do. This way my business will always be in the black. If I run out of something and I don't have the money to replace it, then I have done my accounts wrong (not yet, thankfully).

I also save up. I knew we were running way low on arty cakes and, since we were using up the last of the little ones, I let them run out and kept saving. I am also switching us to DFX and TAG from Paradise, as I don't feel the quality of Paradise is as good as it used to be. Knowing this I saved and didn't replenish. I waited for good sales, did a price comparison between the different shops and went with the one where I could get the most for the least (which was the FPF Shop, btw). I literally sat with a list of all I needed down the side of a paper, the names of the shops across the top and then looked up the prices for everything and wrote it down and figured out the end totals before placing my order.

We should be set, other than perhaps some glitter colors and the ever elusive Wolfe white as well as the more common black, into next year.

It sounds like a lot but it's a system that works for me. lol
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Re: When is it time?

Post by Tineke on Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:49 am

fesspenter wrote:
Now, I always have two lists going on my iPhone: WANTS and NEEDS.

That's brilliant, I HAVE to start doing that.... I always forget what I need to order, and just order the colours that pop in my head at the moment...

(yes, I'm very organised that way ....)

I've never looked at the % of my profit that I spend on supplies, it's probably a good idea to look into that.... might be good to put the ambulance on speeddial before I start counting though :-/[b]
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