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Sellers to be added this week! Etsy sellers: SUBMIT yours!!

I know I’m late in adding the “Sellers” section up guys.  I’ve been working every day and into the night past midnight.  Those in HI and CA can vouch for me!!  🙂

I’m coding and filling the SELLERS section this week.  PLEASE SUBMIT your store. (I know you are busy with holiday shows and orders, but if you want more business, get listed as a seller!)

It’s my most searched page (after the ubiquitous home page) so the interest is there in buying clutches from handbag makers who use my fine frames.  I am happy to refer those inquiries directly to your shop.  Everyone can be listed.

In order to become listed as a seller, this is what I need:

1. A link to the product listing of your clutch or your Etsy shop home announcement or webstore stating any of the purse frame descriptors.  For complete descriptors, please read Section THREE of this post:

https://clutchme.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/4-things-that-can-help-your-clutch-handbag-business/

You can use any of the following descriptors for nickel-free purse frames (TM) but you must include the last *** item:

*The metal purse frame is made of iron with a nickel-free finish.
*It is good for people with nickel sensitivity:  it’s hypoallergenic, itch and rash resistant.
*It has a 2-coat protective coating that allows fingerprints to wipe off with ease unlike those with a 1-coat finish.
*It is tested for lead and meets the US’s Environmental Protection guidelines.
*The nickel-free finish is white-silver in appearance and is best described as looking like sterling silver.
***It is trademarked to WhileBabyNaps.Etsy.com and Khuong LLC.

Why have a descriptor and trademark?  To sell the benefit of your clutches since you are using the finest of frames out there that is tested for lead, etc… and to let my referees know which clutches they can buy that they know are made from my fine frames.

2. URL of the shop or blog that you want linked to.

3. Name and short description of your store or goods or target market.   You can describe types of clutches (wallets, coin purses, evening clutches, everyday clutches…) or types of materials used (durable cottons, luxury silk, handprinted designs …)

4. A jpg of one of your clutches or a shop banner or logo.  Please keep it under 1 MB.  If you don’t know how to do this, I can do a screen grab of your store, store banner, or clutch.

Any comments and questions??  Please feel free to email me directly.

Want to see a sample?

Click on the SELLERS page at the top of the blog to see my sister’s shop as listed.

I simply did a screen grab of her store, but you are welcome to submit any jpg. you’d like showing your store, or your top selling clutch made from my frames.

Screen grab of SELLERS page.

***If you do not have an online store or presence, I am happy to accept your name and phone number or email in order to list you as well.  However, I would recommend a photo of a sample of your work so that customers can get an idea of your clutches.***

November 30, 2010 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | 4 Comments

December Orders and SHIPPING

My, my, my are you all as busy as me making clutches for gifts or for holiday sales??  I think the economy is coming back because the holiday orders are looking good (*knocking loudly on wood*).  I’ve also heard from several of you that you have had great sales for holiday gift-giving.

Bridesmaid clutch with floral hair clip!

WAY TO GO!  Pat yourselves on the back for the great planning.

On that note, please keep in mind Christmas holiday orders.  You still have plenty of time to make your clutches for your customers but do not delay.  A clutch in hand will get a quick sale!

So please plan well and get your supplies to make your clutches.  Please note that I will be shipping 6 days a week via Priority Mail (for all orders consisting of 5 or more frames) or First Class Mail (for PDF hard copies and less than 5 frames for beginners).

So why the nudge on orders?  Because Priority Mail is not guaranteed to get there in 2-3 days! Here’s the policy of USPS:

Estimated Delivery Time

o If a Priority Mail package is going to a major city, or is traveling less than 600 miles, it should arrive in two (2) days. Otherwise, it should arrive in three (3) days.

This is not a guaranteed service.
o Date of delivery is not guaranteed. Delivery by a specific date at a specific time is not available.
o Estimated delivery time begins on the date postmarked.

… And this is outside of the consideration of the higher volume from the holidays.  With the holiday volume of packages, USPS is going to be slower than normal … I can guarantee that!

So if you absolutely need it by a certain date, please email me or convo me via my Etsy shop for a custom listing with Express Mail, which is guaranteed (but is also CRAZZZZZY expensive).  You don’t even want to know about UPS or FedEx.  Their stocks have done very well for a reason …  😉

International Customers: Please take advantage of the medium flat rate Priority Mail International box.  Anything more than (5) 8×3 frames has to go in the medium box.  (It’s a testament to my origami skills that I can even fit all 5 in those teeny boxes!)  I can fit about (40) 8×3 frames for the same amount – $43.00 – as (10) frames, so plan your purchase and spread your cost of shipping over more frames thereby lowering your cost per clutch/unit.

November 29, 2010 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | Leave a comment

New nickel-free chain in 45.5″ length

Hi y’all!  We just got back from FL and survived both Disney World and Thanksgiving weekend!

Note to hubby:  Hollywood Studios was not appropriate and was just wayyyyy too soon for our 6 y.o. autistic kid.  😦  Other than being completely overwhelmed by the sights, sounds, noises, people in giant costumes, and crying in fear multiple times a day … no … it really sucked for him there.  Our big regret … but who knew he wasn’t going to be able to handle it?

Here’s one the best pics we were able to take of the 3.  Is is a wonder that we’ve never had a family pic before?  Can’t seem to get them to all look at the camera and smile at the same time!

Cowering from the camera or Darth Maul?

I’ve been working since Friday to get all your orders inspected, packaged, and ready for shipping.   As of this morning, I’m caught up to all orders as of 11/23, and expect to get all the others done by 4:30, when the post offices closes for the day.  Thanks for your patience and for all your orders.  It seems everyone is busy planning to make clutches to sell and to give for the holidays.

Also, you’re the first to hear it: I’ve got a new chain length out today or tomorrow for sale.  It’s about 45.5″ tip to tip.  It’s the same nickel-free purse chain with lobster claw closures.  Many of you have been doubling and tripling my clutch chain to make it shoulder length or for cross-body clutches.   Now you won’t have to!   Since the large cost is the lobster claws, it was really cost prohibitive to do that, so I made a longer chain.

Here’s a pic:

After I get all my orders done, I will post it up for sale at both my Etsy shop and at my webstore, whilebabynaps.com.
Thanks!  And have fun shopping Cyber Monday!!

Nickel-free purse chain(TM) in longer 45.5" length

November 29, 2010 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | 2 Comments

Last 2 days for 20% OFF sale!

Thank you, thank you, thank you … for all your heartfelt and kind notes in the “Note to Seller” giving me congrats on my 1 yr. anniversary on Etsy.  It is very much appreciated and I feel very welcomed in the Etsy community of fine craftsmen and craftswomen!

Just a quick note to let you all know that due to the large volume of sales from the 1 yr. anniversary sale for 20% OFF any one item of frames, I am running about 1-2 days behind on fulfilling your orders.

I will have it again next year on 11/11/11!!!!   (My mind is crazy with excitement for my fortuitous number of “11”.  I’m going to play every lottery on that day, for sure!!!)

There are only 2 more days left on this sale.  (You can read the details on this post here:  https://clutchme.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/one-year-anniversary-sale/)

So please plan your purchase and place your order any which way of the 3 methods.  All orders will be shipped out before or by Weds. 11/17!  Shipping will begin again on 11/29 after my vacation and Thanksgiving holiday.

Thank you!

~Winn

November 13, 2010 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | Leave a comment

YAY! 1 yr. on Etsy today!!!

What an exciting year!!!  Just wanted to thank all you wonderful ladies (and a few gents) for supporting my business!!!
I am currently doing quite a few happy dances — in that uncoordinated, awkward way for a grown woman who hasn’t been to a dance in 2 decades +!  🙂  I’m breakin’ out the Electric Slide~, the White Girl dance (pls don’t be offended :))~ the Water Sprinkler …

And thanks to all who have put in your orders for the 1-yr. anniversary special discount of 20% off.  Sale ends Sunday so put yours in today.  I’m on “vacation” 11/17 and due to the Thanksgiving holiday, shipping will not resume until Nove. 29th!!!

So, thank you, thank you, and muchas gracias!

And a thanks to our Vets on this Veteran’s Day, especially to my niece Sonja who served in Kosovo and Iraq!  Thank you for all your work and dedication to our country!!!!!

November 11, 2010 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | Leave a comment

One-year Anniversary SALE!

To celebrate my 1-year anniversary on Etsy, I’m offering a SALE to all to commemorate, celebrate, and to thank you for your tremendous support!  (Those who buy from my webstore and do not have an Etsy account, no worries.  It only takes a minute to sign up a free account to buy.  You can also continue to buy privately at my webstore and I’ll refund the sale in the same manner via Paypal.)

Here are the milestones with my purse frames supplies Etsy shop:

* My 1 year anniversary is on 11/11!  Yay! (Would you believe it:  When I was 8, I decided that my favorite number was 11 and it has been ’til this day. My first child Ethan was born on May 11 at 11:11am.  And I did NOT plan it or realize it until months later that I had opened my Esty shop on 11/11!!!  What???  That is crazy!)  I truly believe things happen for a reason and I’ve only been privileged to have met wonderful, kind-hearted, hard-working women on Etsy.  There’s not a bad apple in the bunch.

* I just received my 1000th feedback!  My frames are the best [Geez, Winn, are you a little biased?  Well, yes, yes I am.  🙂 ] but I feel my customer service is really what drives my business and brings you all back.

So it’s time to get out the bubbly and *clink* (even though it’s 10 in the morning)!

I am happy to offer this sale to celebrate.

Starts 11/8 - Ends 11/14 midnight EST.

Details, schmetails …:

*Offer effective when it hits your mailbox with this announcement (or 9EST-ish on 11/8/10) until Sunday 11/14/10 midnight EST.

*20% off any one item of frames in the store or webstore.  It can be a set of 5 frames or a set of 500 frames.  No limit.  This 20% off any one item of frames is in addition to the listed price that has the volume discount pricing but no other discounts applies. So when you check out, you will get an additional 20% off any the highest priced item of frames in your cart.  One sale redemption per customer.

*To redeem:

#1. you can “convo” (Etsy’s internal email system) me for a custom listing and I can take the 20% right off the bat with combined shipping.  No need to wait for the refund.  OR

#2. just order a la carte as you normally do at my Etsy shop and note “Anniversary sale” in note to seller.  I’ll refund the 17% via Paypal after your order has been shipped.  The reason it’s 17% instead of 20% is because of Etsy commissions which I do not get back for any refunds that I give to customers.  Of course, I will combine ship as well so any excesss shipping costs paid will be refunded to you as well.

#3. just order at my webstore and I’ll refund the 20% off via Paypal after your order has been shipped.

Legal terms:

*Good until inventory runs out!  First in, first out.  If I run out, you will be contacted and you can keep your order with the raincheck until a new production is done, or you can cancel the order.  Your anniversary sale discount will be honored at the current price at which you bought it regardless of price fluctuations in the raw metal prices.

*This sale is not retroactive on any previous sales or for any pending sales.

*Only applies to frames.  All other items or supplies (such as, but not limited to, Gutermann glue, PDFs or kits) are not included.

*If you don’t see a quantity or size listed, it means someone has ordered it and it has not yet been relisted.  You can wait until it gets re-listed, order it at my webstore or convo me and I can make custom listing for you.

VACATION NOTICE:

*We are taking the kids to Florida to visit family for the holidays.  Another state to treasure! (It’s our goal to take them to visit all 50 states!  I’ve been to 35 and my hubby has been to all 50 and we LOVE it!)

>>>>>>>>>So my vacation is 11/18-11/25 and then it’s Thanksgiving weekend so shipping resumes 11/29!  Yikes!<<<<<<<<<<<<

Take advantage of my anniversary sale and get it in before I take off to the Sunshine State!

November 8, 2010 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | 2 Comments

“Sellers” section is the 3rd most visited item on the blog

One day after changing my blog in a new design, the 3rd most visited item on my blog is the “Sellers” page!  So thank you all for your interest.

I am still working on adding sellers and helping some of you to add the wording on your product listings.  Based on the questions I’m getting, the interest is in the nickel-free frames.  Here’s some things to help:

*(Insert name) clutch is made using the finest nickel-free metal purse frame(TM).

*The nickel-free frame has a 2-coat protective coating that allows fingerprints to wipe off with ease unlike those with a 1-coat finish.
*It is tested for lead and meets the US’s Environmental Protection guidelines.

***Trademark of WhileBabyNaps.Etsy.com and Khuong LLC.

Feel free to use your own words, but do point out the benefits of the finest frame and fabric that you’ve used for your customers.  The only thing I ask is that you note that the frame is a trademark of my company.  This will help protect me from cheap knock-offs as well as allow buyers who are interested in buying clutches made from my frames to know where to go and which ones to buy.

You can read the entire post here.

https://clutchme.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/4-things-that-can-help-your-clutch-handbag-business/

November 5, 2010 Posted by | Helpful Tips | Leave a comment

Blog completely redesigned to add SELLERS!

Take a look guys!  I redesigned the blog and hope you all like the cleaner look.  Now if only I can get to cleaning my office …  argggg.

Please click on it for a larger view!

As per my earlier post https://clutchme.wordpress.com/2010/10/31/4-things-that-can-help-your-clutch-handbag-business/, I have begun adding the new section called “Sellers”.  I get more and more hits on my blog daily with people asking where to buy clutches made specifically from my metal purse frames.  Since I do not have time to make and sell them  these days (only locally and privately), I wanted to let potential customers know where to buy.  Please read the earlier post about the trademark requirement and how to easily submit your store.

I know everyone is busy will fall arts and crafts shows.  But don’t wait to get your shop listed.  The holiday shopping season has begun!!!  It will not take you a lot of time and the upside is they will go from this blog to your store!

Best wishes as always!

~Winn

November 4, 2010 Posted by | SALES and PROMOTIONS | Leave a comment

New 8×3 nickel-free purse frame(TM) with kisslock & loops in Perfect Fit 6(TM)

Hot off the press:  I’ve got the new 8×3 kisslock with loops in Perfect Fit 6(TM).

Check them out!  They will be listed later on today (hopefully).  (*Click on the photos to view a larger version.)

8x3 nickel-free purse frame(TM) kisslock with LOOPS!

Please note the differences between this in the Perfect Fit 6(TM) U-channel and the Skinny Bride(TM) brand.  Again, the Perfect Fit 6(TM) was designed wider to fit thicker fabric and interface.  The Skinny Bride(TM) was designed for finer, thinner fabrics for the bridal market (!) where you use a lot of satins, taffeta, and silks.  All my frames are designed so there’s no need to crimp.

Side-by-side comparison.

It may not look like a drastic departure from this vantage point, but these hundredths of millimeters make a huge difference.  As an aside, my frames are made or iron, which is malleable, so they can be crimped.  However, I don’t recommend crimping them as I feel that it’s an added cost to get the tool, and added time to your production, which as we know “time is money”.   But mainly though, call me crazy (my kids do… 🙂 ) but crimping these beautiful frames is just beside the point of designing them as such.  That’s why I designed 2 different U-channel widths.

Pricing on these will be the same for both with same volume discounts.   Thanks for your patience so that I can list them at my Etsy shop and at my webstore (which takes longer since I am also the head IT person … who knew 😛 ?).

Thanks! ~Winn

November 3, 2010 Posted by | WhileBabyNaps General Updates | 1 Comment

   

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