For several days, we did not sell rugs of any kind! We were slightly busy with rug cleaning and repair drop offs and pick ups. April 2008 was the worst month ever. Was it because of gas price hike, credit crash, real estate slow down, elections, tax deadline of April 15th, lay offs, or ...? I do not blame any of these factors alone. It has been probably a combination of these variables, but whatever the reason was, April was a very bad and slow month.
The first few days of May has not been that bad. The day before yesterday, we sold few pieces of area rugs and one Persian Hamedan runner. Yesterday, we also sold 5 area rugs, all of them
5 x 8 feet to different customers along with one Persian prayer rug to an American Christian customer who was looking to buy a prayer rug for his Muslim friend.
After May first, we became busier with rug cleaning and repair. It is good when customers drop off the rugs themselves and we do not have to pick them up with this high price of gas. We do not charge extra for pick up and delivery if it is local, within 5 miles.
It is Sunday today and I have appointments with few customer between 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Will they show up? Will they buy anything? Who knows.? This is the challenge and the beauty of the private sector and working for your self. I like its uncertainty!