Getting started in the bow business can be expensive if you try to buy all your ribbon up front. I started with just a few 100 yr bolts of ribbons and slowly added to my collection. I was a year or so into my ribbon building when I met a lady that had made bows for years.
She was giving away...yes...giving away almost 100 bolts of ribbon. To a hair bow maker that's like winning the jackpot! I can home from her house with boxes and tubs full of ribbons. Solids, stripes, polka dots, holiday prints even some hardware and centers for bows. I was so blessed. Organizing all that ribbon was a chore. I'll post about that some other time:)
Here's my first (sad) attempt at organizing ribbon.
In my business, if I can't offer a full size run in a color, I don't offer it. That means I need 4 different sizes of the same color ribbon. A lot of the ribbons that I got from my fellow bow maker had been discontinued and I couldn't get the other sizes I needed. I was left with bolts of ribbon that I couldn't offer to my wholesale clients.
After 5 years I decided I needed to do something with them! That's where the "Discontinued Color" category on my website came into play. I have a few solid colors loaded on there right now with more to come.
I marked them down so I can get rid of them quickly. Go shopping in that section and think Christmas and birthday presents! Any mommy would love to have these bows for here little girl.