This may sound wierd but shopping therapy does not work for me. I feel very stressed when shopping, because spending a bomb on supplies when my bank account is not very full is not very pleasant lol. My preferences for spending money is on yummy FOOD. Calculating and juggling stores for the best prices are the worst part of sourcing! This year for Christmas I'll be focusing on Lemon Kitscharms at http://lemonkitscharms.blogspot.com (my supplies & jewellery shop). Florals will be my theme; right now I am creating alot of cameo necklaces, Holly Hobbie rings and these beautiful floral cameos:
There have been hiccups on my materials lately; the manufacturer decided to change the plating of the rings to a yellow gilt and the colour is so wrong. It's now pale yellow rather than gold. And my bezels are gold... very annoying! Also there have been occassional faulty cameos, it's not worth it for me to return the faulty products so I gotta reorder and wait a few weeks for it to arrive besides absorbing the costs for the faulty goods... I can't stand selling products that are not up to par. Also my supplier for my ox-brass chain sold out on his stock for ages & I patiently waited & went to his store again and again (it's an hour's travel) on the promised shipment dates... but they never arrived! In the end he said he didn't KNOW when it was arriving! Sheesh. Thank God I found another supplier which is a new shop just down the street.
I'm curious to know what problems you face when sourcing?
Oh yes check out my handmade cute paper baggies on Etsy. I'm really a chronic paper bag maker! These are pouches for promos or packing supplies, selling in lots of 45.