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My first retail sale

I am quite fascinated by the whole retail thing. Water was my first venture. And while I have only sold two bottles of water, it's amazing to me that some one paid $1 for something that cost me 25 cents. I have a hard time wrapping my brain around that.

Today my shipment of custom silkscreened knee pads arrived. They say "Pole Dancer" on them and already the girls in class are looking at the them and admiring them and saying they plan to buy a pair. Again, I'm surprised. You can buy plain knee pads with no logo online or in sporting good stores for only $12. But they're happy to pay $20 for them because they say "Pole Dancer" in their choice of red or black.

I'm beginning to wonder what else I can sell in the studio (some one mentioned Luna Bars). If I had the space, I would open a little retail corner in the studio. Although with 12 1/2 foot ceilings, maybe I could hang clothes and shoes high up on the walls where they won't interfere with wallwork.

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Dancing clothes is a good idea. I know when there is stuff being vended at bellydance classes, girls go crazy to buy accessories and clothing and stuff.
What about tshirts with your logo?
That has been on my to-do list forever.
I agree that t-shirts or tank tops are a great idea.

Wjen you think about the water just think of a vending machine. A 12 pack of soda costs $3 but people will pay $.85 for the convenience.

I'm not surprised the girls were drooling over the knee pads. Yours sound much cuter than plain ones.
T-shirts, booty shorts, hand towels (like for wiping poles, etc.), waterbottles, gym bags. That would be so hot.

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Awesome! One does have to be careful not to go too far overboard, though. I'd suggest keeping it small to start with, and having it coverable. Maybe have some shirts and clothes on the wall behind one of your big curtains, open when you aren't using the studio and folks are milling about. Then when it's time to start the lesson, you could undo the drape and let it drape over the clothes, returning the studio to it's "professional" state.
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Is it worth it being in a state that collects sales tax? You think your payroll and other such taxe paperwork is a pain, you just opened up a whole new can of worms selling retail...
I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but I already pay sales tax. Washington State has made "fitness" a retail item. I don't have to pay tax on parties or workshops, because those are for "fun" and "recreation". But for every 6-week pole dance class class I sell, I am required to collect sales tax. I record how much sales tax I collect in a log and let my bookkeeper take care of telling me the total each quarter and where to send it.