All the necessary papers have been submitted for our business to be valid in the state of Missouri, so we are simply waiting for the numbers to arrive. Armed with the complete tax numbers we will be able to wholesale purchase the materials for the robes. Well, that is if we can find the materials.
On May 10 we made an exploration trip to St. Louis to try to connect with a couple sources we had identified on the internet. When we arrived at the first one I think we were mutually shocked. We walked through the door that we thought led to a showroom only to find some stacks of papers and a couple women with desktop computers.
The lady nearest the door politely informed us, "I'm sorry, but we only do internet orders. If you have the item number we can order it for you."
"Could we see some samples? Renee asked.
"No, we don't have any samples here; our goods are drop-shipped from several different warehouses."
We kept on moving. A retail store nearby was more promising. We found a couple bolts of fabric that would work well. After buying samples, we went home and started some more research. We came upon their source of one fabric, but when Renee telephoned about ordering it they were surprised we had found that one on a store shelf. "We quite carrying that one about ten years ago," the representative said.
The other fabrics were unfamiliar to the company rep. Now back to the drawing board to search for a source for quantity and quality fabric.
Meanwhile, Richard is sewing up the samples for the materials we were able to get. This week it looks like the rain may be letting up so he is pursuing his seasonal passion - gardening...
... and Renee's seasonless dream.