Behold, a bag of 100 bells. Red, aluminum, shiny, very pretty. Perfect for holiday creations, Mardi Gras, Valentines, or anything you think should be jingly and red.
But wait! Are you sure there are really 100 bells in there? Maybe we should check.
Start counting! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…
Keep counting! 24, 25, 26, 27…
That’s a lot of bells! There have to be at least 100 there, right?
Hmmm. Actually, there aren’t 100 bells in the bag, there are 104.
This bag of green bells has 106!
So what’s the deal with the extras, then? Isn’t it enough to give people what they’re paying for exactly?
Well, sure, it’s enough. I mean, when two people strike a bargain, they each agree to provide something specific. As long as both parties carry through with what they promise, that’s pretty even-Steven. And for the most part, my counts are exactly what you’d expect them to be – a lot of 36 stone beads will have 36 beads in it. A 16″ strand will be 16″ long. (Well, if the 16″ mark lands in the middle of a bead, of course it might be slightly longer.)
But when it comes to bells, or beads, or jump rings, I use what are called heavy counts. In other words, I’ll count out 100 of the item, then I’ll throw in another 3 or 4 or 5. Sometimes I’ll have a few extras and no ideas to use them myself, so I’ll just add them to the packs I’m selling. Also, although I sort all my loose items by hand and discard any unusable ones, I am human and unfortunately err from time to time. I’m much happier knowing that I can guarantee each bag or lot will contain as many usable items as I advertise.
Also, I’ve never been in the business of giving only the minimum. I expect more from myself, and I aim to give much more than that to my customers. So you can rest assured that every purchase you make from my shop will contain AT LEAST as many usable items as you expect it to. And when your new goodies arrive, if you want to, feel free to count and find out exactly how many are really in there. ;-D