Manufactured Goods Update: Love, Life and Disappointment

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve updated…Two weeks to be exact. Yikes! Anybody still out there? Where do I begin? I probably should start with saying that broken clavicles are no joke. Oh boy. Seriously. Although I will say they do heal pretty quickly as Evy was given the green light to be without her sling AND attend her gymnastic class this week, so we’re making improvements. :)

Want to know what else is no joke? MANUFACTURING. Right. It’s definitely not easy. I can see why so many small companies like me give up while trying to establish a relationship with a manufacturer. The details needed are enough to make your head spin, along with the checking, double checking and triple checking. And then checking some more. I’m not going to lie that I was near tears last week after spending nearly the entire day last Wednesday trying to iron out some particulars of our order. There have been many nights where I went to bed wondering what in the world am I doing?? And why in the world did God lead me down this path?? To be honest, I am still wondering this {hehe} but I am so thankful to the Lord for His “peace that passes all understanding”. It really is so comforting and a real thing during the moments in life that are super, super stressful.

So with that intro, let me tell you a little more about our manufacturing.

…Ready for some blah, blah?? :)…

 If you follow the fashion industry, you know that Fall items come out in early June/July and Spring items come out in January/February. Crazy how that works, but it’s how brick and mortar stores need for it to be so that they can plan on what their orders and inventory will be for the upcoming season. In fact, all the designers debut their spring items in SEPTEMBER at Fashion Week… crazy right?

{Google New York Fashion Week and you’ll get a sneak peek of all the Spring items. Kinda fun! :)}

If you remember, one of our goals for manufacturing was to give us the option of selling online and in brick and mortar stores, so, even though  as a company we are behind in the now, we need to eventually catch up until we are on schedule with the rest of the fashion world timeline. As we had planned it, our items would be here the end of November, enabling us to do a big push for Black Friday giving us plenty of time to ship the items out to arrive on your doorstep for Christmas. Originally I wasn’t concerned about being behind in the Fashion world’s timeline…I was just thinking about having a fall line to offer to my wonderful customers who worked so hard to help me reach our goal during the whole Save Evy’s Tree campaign…..

But then, thanks to a delay in several areas of my manufacturing process, the arrival time for the manufactured goods went from the end of November to the middle of December, and that’s IF everything flowed smoothly. And as everyone knows, with a first order, NOTHING flows smoothly.

With this news weighing heavily on me, I made an executive decision: nix the Fall line and go straight into Spring. So now, instead of our manufactured items coming in December, the manufactured items will be here February 2013.

I have been so worried about sharing this news with you all, as I am hoping with all my heart that I don’t lose any beloved customers. At first, I thought I would do a handmade fall line, but to be honest, this manufacturing has me so burdened down with things to do that I don’t even have the time to put one together.

BUT… I still need to have an income while I am working on getting these manufactured items into your hands. I needed to figure out a way to keep Evy’s Tree afloat while we all anxiously await our new goods.  While pondering how I would do this, I realized that I still have roughly 400 raw hoodies left {remember those?} and quite a bit of unused fabric. And with the manufactured goods coming I need them off my shelves and out of the way so I can make room for the thousands of hoodies that will be landing on my doorstep early next year. It seemed like a no brainer to use those hoodies now. So I called my seamstresses and had a little meeting of the minds…and we finally came up with the idea of packing them all up, getting them out of my studio and giving them to my seamstresses to keep at their places, putting together what they can to give us some product for the next couple months until everything arrives.

SO…{whew}…what does that mean? Twice a month I will have hoodies dropped off at my studio from my seamstresses…they are ready to ship and they will be an eclectic mix of sorts, they will not be planned, just made from what they have until everything runs out. Everything is limited, we will not be able to guarantee we’ll have more in the future. The hoodies will be sold at the discounted price of $54.95 for adults and $44.95 for kids. Please remember that regular prices are $69.95 for adults and $49.95 for kids. The manufactured goods will be a tad more pricer than the regular prices, this is the last time you will see such great prices! 

We have our first upload available NOW in the shop. Want to snag something? Click HERE.

And please, please remember that not everything is going to be available again, and everything we have will be listed! Want to know when items are listed? Make sure you are part of our email newsletter system {HERE}. We will not list items without letting you know through an email. If you are a previous customer, your email is already entered and you should be getting the emails already.

Oh, and I have to show you this picture of my mom in law. She is amazing.

I called her late Thursday and told her I needed someone to drive a Uhaul full of bins and fabric to my seamstresses, would she be willing? She not only was willing but Friday after her tutoring job, she hopped an Amtrak over to Santa Rosa, helped me load the Uhaul up and drove it back to my seamstresses late in the night. She is so amazing and seriously one of my biggest supporters. I love my in laws!!

WHEW….that was exhausting! Hopefully you all understand why I have to do, what I have to do. I’m so sorry I won’t have a huge fall line available this time around, but thanks in advance for being so kind and supportive. And I think I pretty much covered the life and disappointment category I had in the title so onto love…

Brandon is out of town for a total of 11 days. Dear God help me. That’s all I’m going to say about love at the moment ha.

Thank you friends for everything. Hopefully you all still be around to purchase some great handmade items between now and January…and hopefully you will be excited about the manufactured goods coming this new year. Own a brick and mortar shop? Email me! We need wholesale orders and would love to work with you! Just a regular customer? Don’t forget to shop! Click HERE to find something, we just listed a bunch of stuff. :)

Big hugs xoxo

One thought on “Manufactured Goods Update: Love, Life and Disappointment

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    Susan says:

    Amy – I have been missing your blog updates, but I understand how busy you’ve been! :)

    I know it appears that the manufacturing hasn’t gone exactly as you had hoped and planned; however, always remember that Jesus has you and Evy’s tree in the palm of His hand. He doesn’t work on the same clock or 12 month calendar that we do – He works on Heaven’s calendar and He knows what is best! Rest in His promises!

    And…. YES, you have an amazing mother-in-law! Diana has a heart of gold and such a giving spirit! I love and miss her SO much! Didn’t appreciate her like I should have when we worked together – she is a jewel! Give her my love!

    Will look forward to seeing your “spring” line in December. :) Love you so much and keep your chin up! God had it all in control!

    ss

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