Well, The Vintage Brilla is gone. I’m actually rather sad about that…I really loved that fabric. ha. I packaged up the last one this morning and they will all be in the mail tomorrow. But before we close the chapter on the Vintage Brilla, I want to talk a little bit about what it was the first participant for:
We discussed Weekly Designs yesterday, but I wanted to explain a little bit more in detail about it along with our backordered items, which I also mentioned yesterday. First of all, the shop will be closed starting late tonight until Monday morning, April 25. I had originally said Saturday, but I wasn’t thinking Sunday was Easter, so I figured Monday would be better for all of us. Evy’s Tree will be selling at Western District Youth Convention so hopefully I will see many of you there!
So, backordered items:
Currently, when you order from our etsy shop, you have the sizes listed that are in stock and ready to ship within 3-5 days and then you have sizes that are backordered 2-3 weeks. Due to the American Apparel Financial woes I mentioned yesterday, we are going to take down the option of backordered items. The reason for this is that we place weekly orders with American Apparel, which many of those backordered items are usually part of. If you order a backordered item on a Monday per se, and I place orders on Wednesday, and on Tuesday American Apparel closes its doors…well, you can see the dilemma! Selling only what we have in stock takes us out of a great risk factor if American Apparel closes.
What taking down backorders also does is give us complete control over our Raw Inventory. We are able to release the exact amount of items we feel we can produce without stretching thin the raw inventory we have in stock. Which means we can keep an eye on things a bit better. And guarantee what you order will actually be produced. That’s good right?
BUT…what it does mean is that upon opening on Monday, our shop will look much less “fluffier” *is fluffier even the right word to use here? ha! I’m sure referring to my shop as “fluffy” makes it feel like this dog probably does:
Isn’t this awesome?!? You can buy the ears HERE
….my point is there will not be as many items offered. So here’s where the Weekly Designs come in. As I mentioned yesterday, usually towards the end of the week, hopefully Thursday, I will preview a new hoodie. Sometimes it will be for women, sometimes men, sometimes kids. Regardless of what it is, it will be a completely new item that will be completely limited, no more than one hoodie per size will be released. We hope that by doing this, we will be able to stretch our inventory out through the summer and into the fall, but yet still keep the shop looking “fresh” and “exciting”. More than likely I will do like I did last night, release it via paypal links on the following Monday night here on the blog, and whatever doesn’t sell, we’ll list in the shop the next day.
This is going to be interesting for me for sure. I get so busy around here that I rarely focus much on design. In fact, my friend Jessica over at Joyfolie did a Design a Day for 30 days and one day while chatting with her I told her there was NO WAY I could do something like that! Ha! Well, here I am seeing that if Evy’s Tree is going to navigate its way through the American Apparel woes, I must be creative, so let the creativity begin!
In closing, I have been asked what will happen to us if American Apparel closes? Well, we are currently looking into new suppliers that we can wholesale from, as well as looking into overseas manufacturing, so all is not lost if American Apparel says goodbye.
Hope all that made sense and we’ll see you all next week for another Weekly Design!