FIRST DAY RESULTS!!!
I am SO happy! Mostly because my stuff stayed cold! Like ROCK hard cold! Here's what happened...
Here in the NW when the temp gets mid 60's or above (as it was today...not sure if it hit 70) people are out. They are bbq'ing, boating, playing in the yard, etc. NO ONE (well, very few) has AC in their house around here so if they are not outside their windows and doors are wide open. Here's how the day started...
Late aftn I met up with my friend who has a nice camera and is a avid photographer and agreed to take some nice pics of me and the trike for my website, promotional crap, etc. We met by a grade school nearby which also had a park behind it. As we were just about to take some pics a guy came up (father...saw him earlier with his kids) and asked if I was open for business yet. Ha ha...I told him that I hadn't loaded up the trike yet as stuff was still on ice in the van and that I had to get the pics taken but soon. We took a bunch of pics and he and his family and wife and other relatives were my first customers....got some great pics of that. I sold like 5-6 there before even leaving the park/school area.
I carried 5 different items, none being a true chocolate ice cream bar as I really wasn't sure how things would go with the icebox and the dry ice and I knew that that sort of treat would melt quicker. I loaded up the box with 24 of each item, placed two different things of dry ice on top of them (around here they come in sealed plastic bags...I had about 8 lbs total between the two bags) and then threw this thermal blanket thing over the top. It's a fairly large sheet that has like small bubble wrap on one side and metallic foil like on the other side. It's actually from the company that I get my dogs from. I have them shipped from Seattle and they come with this stuff wrapped around it and I thought if it's good for keeping dogs cold maybe it would be good to keep the cold air at the bottom.
Damned if it didn't work like a charm. Now granted I was only out about 2 1/2 hours but everything stayed ROCK SOLID!! I mean it! It was freaking cold! I was shocked! I have a thermometer in the box and every time I checked it read around 10 degrees. So that made me feel much better and I stopped worrying. Keep in mind it was fairly mild at just under 70 degrees today so it will be a different story when it's in the 80's but still....it was a good test.
The trike itself worked great. My little kickstand that I pull down when I get off the trike to keep it from tipping worked better then expected.
So here's the numbers for whoever is interested...for 2 1/2 hours I sold 53 treats. $111 gross. After subtracting the cost of the product ($26.81) and the cost of dry ice ($8.00) it's a total of $34.81....do some math and I end up with $76 of profit for 2 1/2 hours....not bad I don't think!
The best thing was the response I got...I don't think I would've done nearly as well if I hadn't gone all old school on the trike, wore the black bow tie with white shirt, had the old fashioned ice cream bells, etc...people LOVED the whole look. I'm looking forward to hitting the beach resort in our area sometime soon. Long flat road that runs right a long the water...I can go back and forth on that thing all day.
Here's to ice cream!
My first customer...this is the guy that wanted ice cream before I was even set up....he was awesome!
post edited by djdawg - 2013/06/02 23:28:59