I kept thinking of Etsy and all the small shop owners here. Penny was quite excited that the girls where she works wanted some of her clips and a lady with a boutique wanted to carry them. "I made $156 this week, Sheldon!" "If this really takes off I won't have to be a waitress all my life."
Sound familiar? I know I daydream about my shop taking off to full time income status. Sheldon had to be the voice of reason though. "Penny, how much do you make on each Penny Blossom?" Her reply, "I dunno." "Of course you don't." Now, Sheldon is a physicist and is all about hard numbers, but this coversation was one I've seen many times on the forums here.
It's hard to know if you can make a living until you figure out your production time, profit per piece, and workable hours per week/month/year.
As the show progressed the techie friends had built Penny a storefront online (I'm thinking "Go to Etsy!") and then the real trouble began. A huge order of 1000 Penny Blossoms.... with a 1 day rush service. Rut roh!
The Penny Blossoms did get done with the help of friends, refined manufacturing process to significantly reduce production time, work chanting songs, and coffee.
I know it was just a sit come, but I highly recommend it to all Etsy sellers. Very funny and actually hit on a lot of the issues we all face here, especially when starting up or trying to take our shops to the next level.
Hope I wasn't the only one who saw it and though immediately of my own Etsy shop.