You have to understand that my day job has nothing to do with directly interacting with clients at a point of sale. In my spare time, I draw and write. I therefore have very little visceral understanding of what it means to be a budding entrepreneur and seeing a sale roll by. Until today.
I received a notice telling me I’d sold a T-shirt on Cafe Press. I had completely forgotten about having set up a shop on that website way back in 2008. I had put a few designs of funny ideas a buddy of mine and I had thought up. Eventually, I added my “Space Program Reject” design so I could print off a copy as a gift for my wife.
It’s been about five years. Nothing ever sold.
On April 9th, I published a blog entry with my thoughts on being a supportive husband. It is the only time the logo has seen the light of day since it was first printed for that single T-Shirt.
Then today’s notice. It may be a pure coincidence, or it may be the effect of my nascent, if somewhat unintentional, marketing. Either way, I have to hand it to whoever took the time to find the design. It wasn’t necessarily easy to pull up on a Google search. Whoever you are, you’ve got my appreciation.
The sale felt good. I’d have to sell a bushel of these shirts before Cafe Press ever sends me a cheque, so it’s not about the money. It was really nice to see that someone else appreciated the concept. Seeing the notice was almost like receiving a surprise gift at Christmas when you think that everyone has forgotten you. It certainly added an extra bit of ‘oomph’ to my day. It also gave me a glimpse at what young entrepreneurs must feel as they see their startup begin to take flight.