I think I am a bit old to use that word peeps, at least my son may say.. but in my attempt to still feel young I don't care, hows that? :). So it's been a very interesting week. As many of you know for financial and personal reasons with my son we had to opt out of this year's CHA summer show. Without whining too much I have to tell you it has killed me knowing it is going on without me. I did quite a bit of ordering before it started and I thought I was covered, but I still feel as if I'm missing out on so much. My husband reminds me that the past 4 shows I've been iritated that when I got there I had already seen and ordered so much already that I almost felt it wasn't worth the extra travel expenses. I do feel though that there is definitely an experience I'm missing out on. I felt for so long as if the trips were just work, and they were losing the funness, but this may have been what it took to make me not take it for granted anymore! I guess I just expected them all to be like that overwhelming euphoria I felt going to my first CHA in Atlanta in 2005, so very long ago!
I've been trying to navigate things through the internet, but I have to admit that tests my patience. That is an ironic statement coming from an internet store owner.. uugh. While I appreciate all those sneak peek sites out there I'm finding too many of them have a little bit of this here, and a little bit of that somewhere else. As a store owner and one with orders to place that's been hard, I would rather have it set out right in front of me saying here is what this manufacturer has, here is the order form, now decide what you want. My thanks are most sincere to those wholesalers that took the time to do that. I love them, and have to admit they got my first dollars however few they may seem these days.
Like I said, I'm going to keep my whining to a minimum, as I know there are many of you that would like to attend a CHA, and haven't yet! I'm going to start a list of what I've ordered. Keep in mind that I have seen things I would like to order, but as of yet I can't seem to get a way to do that without being there. So those orders will be listed on the second list as ones I will order as soon as I can. Please feel free to share with me anything you don't see that you think you would like, or that I absolutely need to look at. Remember you are my eyes and ears, and if you shop here and enough of you agree, I most definitely will do my best to bring it in! In fact, right now over on the facebook page I'm taking links from customers with their favorite items to win a $25.00 voucher to the store. I will also take comments and links here and pick a winner from all of you this weekend after the show is over. $25 could come in really handy in the next couple of months don't you think?
Here is a list of orders I have placed so far, I have no idea on ship dates as that info I usually get in person at the shows:
My Little Shoebox -- it is here already, I just can't seem to get ahold of the images until Helen gets back from CHA
Basic Grey -- I've ordered all of the new paper collections and many of the embellies at go with them
Glitz -- Without looking most of the new collections and embellies
Jenni Bowlin -- I didn't order paper for this line, their paper has not been selling well for me, so if you really want it please speak up. I did however order tons of the new embellies
MME -- Most of the new collections, I do believe there was a Christmas line I did not order, possibly one of the Halloween lines, that was weeks ago and it's all blending together!
AC -- my guy Jared paid me a visit 2 weeks ago or more, and it seems like a great deal of the new AC will be finding a home in my store!
Pink Paislee-- All of the new collections and many of the accessories that go with them
Prima-- A mishmash of there ever growing available product line. This is a company that if you want something specific you should speak up, there is SOOOOOOOO much to choose from!
Crate-- I bought it all. I do believe Restoration is one of the favorite things I have seen!
Imaginsce-- they had a fall line I purchased several weeks ago
Studio Calico -- Elementary, new embellies, mists, etc.
Making Memories -- Portions of the Valentine, Reverie, Christmas and Halloween Lines
Bella -- Everything from Sunny Happy Skies, Hello Beautiful , Midterm, and One Fall Day
Maya Road -- Bits and pieces of lots of different things. I am remembering mini rose ribbon ,and more Kraft envelopes the most, but there is alot in their line, and much of it was ordered
Cosmo -- Togetherness I believe? The family ish line, I really liked that one, I did order parts of the other 2 lines as well and the new mini alphas
7 Gypsies -- paper and rubons are already in the store, there are still many items to come
Now here is my items I know I will order when I can:
Doodlebug, I've liked most of what I've seen online
Websters -- always a must
Lily Bee -- I love all of this as well and it's a must that you all buy up goodies from my girl Kristen!
October Afternoon-- this is always a must, but I've yet to see too much from them online. if you have please please link me up!
Girl's Paperie -- I haven't seen anything of there's yet, but I love Margie's work so I'm pretty sure she'll have something I like. Link me up if you've seen it!!
Sassafras -- just waiting on an order form :)
Here is my "on the fence" list, so tell me what you think:
Bo Bunny's new collections
Jillibean, although I haven't seen too much so this may be moving to the list above quickly!
And the rest girls, I haven't seen yet, so fill me in on anything I've missed.
This post is getting incredibly long, but I'd also like to mention that we are on the mission of clearing out stock again. We are all in the gear of thinking "new" but I know alot of you prefer to think "deal." There's a little bit of everything here :) You may have noticed the specials section was empty for a couple of days as I finally got it cleaned out and moved to our new clearance section. Here are a few things I've added in the past couple of days:
My Minds Eye Nightlight and Spooked -- quarter a sheet paper, kits and diecuts over 50% off
There will be much, much more including alot more MME, Heidi Grace, Prima, Sei, and the list goes on and on an on. I'll be trying to throw as much stuff on special as I can before new stuff starts arriving. I'll post links on this blog as things go in the section, but I can't promise that will be done each time something is listed. The best way to not miss out on these deals is to check SPECIALS daily. Remember you can check out your order anytime (no matter how small) and ask that it be held until your boxes are large enough for shipment or even until you reach free shipping. Please pass this on to your friends that may like to stock up on deals, as most of this stuff is way below what I paid for it in the day! My loss is your gain, we need cash to bring in the new :)
Thank you so much reading, remember enter yourself to win the voucher if you haven't already on facebook. You just need to link me up to your favorite new releases. I'll count up to 5 comments per person.
Have a super rest of your week!