Today is packaging day. Sea and sand decks as well as the last of the Black Ibis decks are being prepared for their travels. Look for tracking notices from our paypal account if you’re waiting on something. Please note that my cable provider is updating the fiberoptics (is that the right word?) in my neighborhood this week so net service is in and out for the moment. Maggie will be attending to the inbox later today. If you need to contact me directly please feel free to poke me through our FB page or my instagram, I have both on my phone. Now I’m back to the packing room. Have a lovely day!
I had to jump a bus to go back to Michigan last weekend. The last time I was about to do this I had my accident five hours before my bus left. So I was a tad worried making another attempt, given how neurotic I can be. I’m home again and settling back into normal day to day shoppe life.
With that said, I have a couple packages that were returned waiting for me at the post office today. Domestic and one international. I am printing fresh labels and getting them back into the post. Email messages will be sent with new tracking info. I have a doc appt. awaiting me in 30 minutes and after I will be back home and going through our inbox and all the notes Maggie left for me. 😊
05-08-2018 NEW STUFF: The new stuff for this update basically refers to shoppe policies we’ve had to start changing now that we’re better aware of the GDPR rules for European Union privacy/shipping and how it affects us and our beyond USA customers:
I need to stress that the only reason I say we when referring to this shoppe is because I have one other person besides myself (Bethalynne) helping out. Otherwise –to be perfectly honest– I am one creator, order filler, do all, around here now that I am in Ohio. I’m blessed to have Maggie helping me with the inbox. It ebbs and flows in waves, but sometimes my site is hyper popular and at other times more quiet. Yet always for sales BUSY. And after a few MUCH younger years of not fully understanding better business practice or having the help of well experienced business folk to council me, I’m doing my best to run and manage my shoppe as I can with nothing more than my customers’ needs as my priority. With that said, I finally opened my shoppe back up to international sales roughly a year ago. If someone wants a deck or creation of mine, yes! I do too! The new (though not actually new, but I’m better aware of them now) GDPR rules are setting new guidelines for me to do so.
My husband, who is often known as my gent, is a professional IT person who has been helping his company’s clients understand these new rules/standards and making sure they are compliant. During that process he’s been educating me. And in doing so I realized my wee shoppe is still needing some updating. So that is what I am currently working on, making sure I can serve my potential customers anywhere and be legal and –more than that– not annoying. I have a coupon list that is pretty easy going “add your email for deals!” type of thing. And because I really hate being added to mailing lists just because I do something (even ordering) from a site and getting spammed, I don’t automatically add any email to my current mailing list. I only do so through the “enter your email for stuffs” that you can add an email to or from requests through our contact form. What I’m doing now is making it more formal with opt-in and opt-out options through a paid service.
My whole desire here is to make my wee shoppe as professional and positive as possible while being a –basically– one person entity. I appreciate my current and potentially future customers for understanding my steps to go with our growing pains. I always look at things like this: When I buy from someone, anyone, I like those lil moments of thoughtfulness. When I fill an order it’s ME who does it. I put it together, add a few lil things to try and make it special, and offer a sincere thank-you note. Sometimes I have to turn to the gent or Maggie to make sure things get to the post office. Everyone who has purchased from me or supported me, even the occasional annoyed at me persons, you help educate me better in being a proper shoppe-keep. It means a lot. So I do apologize that after May 25th (even removed as of today) with international orders, it’ll only be a hiccup while I educate myself on how to do things proper. I have been very blessed by the people who come here and give my special things new homes. This minor re-jiggering of things is just to keep up with that standard. Thank you so much for understanding!
And well… since I’ve been on a bus for the better part of a day. The quick and short: For the moment International Orders are on hold until we comply with GDPR needs before May 25th. It’s temporary. We’ll get back to international ordering soon! And since I’m now home, my aunt Mirabai (my former day to day helper) sends her warmest greetings. :)
Heading back to aunt Mirabai’s original Attic Shoppe; that would be our Michigan home. I’ll be on the bus for most of the day going and returning, though in-between I will be online as usual. Maggie is covering the inbox and my gent is putting my last packed orders into the post on Monday. The Isidore Tarot third edition will be available again this coming week, as will the doll size version. More to come. :)
We’re home from our convention and getting back into shoppe mode. The Sea and Sand Isidore Tarot and The Black Ibis Tarot sales are approaching their conclusion. So nab one while you can. The Black Ibis Tarot won’t be available again until September. The Sepia Stains Tarot sale has just begun. It will be available for pre-ordering throughout May with estimated shipping mid June. And for our mailing list peeps we have something special to celebrate May the 4th (be with you.)
Who’s the dork who keeps walking by this banner and declaring “I made that!”? This dork. @Steampunk Symposium / Superheroes and Villains
Just a few quick notes. We’re off to our convention and won’t be back until Monday. Maggie has been manning the inbox for me, but she’ll be away this weekend as well so we may not respond to emails until Monday. I apologize for the inconvenience. I have a handful of international orders from the last sale still waiting to be shipped. There were a few instances where my international shipping cost reference was quite off on the price of shipping. I’m making up for the difference in shipping collected and what is actually needed and that is slowing me down a pinch as I find funds to cover it. My massive apologizes for the delay there. Maggie had been emailing those this delay effects. It shouldn’t be an issue when we return from the con. Conventions are very good at helping lil shoppe’s like this get resources back up again. And with that we’re off! Check out of blog for weekend highlights, that is, if my phone cooperates with me. I can be technically challenged at times. Have a nice weekend everyone! :)
04.16.2018: Happy Tax Day! I wish I had remembered that when I trekked out today to put this weekend’s packages in the mail. And we had such lovely arctic spring weather for the long walk to actually get near the silly place. That aside! I’m down to my last 14 orders that I’m packaging up tonight. Most of these are international because the packaging part is a little different to try and keep shipping costs down and of course the customs forms. But I’m moving right along with that.
In related news, after tending the inbox for me and taking requests, Maggie has suggested we put the Sea and Sands decks up for a little longer. I agree. We have a special display for the decks at our first convention at the end of the month, so why not offer a few more leading up to that? Shipping times for these decks will be one to two weeks as we have them on hand. If you’re in the midwest and attending the Cincinnati Steampunk Symposium the last weekend of the month you can avoid postage costs and order one to pick up at the con. Just contact us to order and get pick-up details.
I’m printing up the last labels for US bound Isidore third edition decks. Tomorrow I will finish up on international orders for the third edition. My Sea and Sand Isidore decks have made it to Cincinnati but haven’t been delivered as of yet. They should be here tomorrow. So aside from waiting on the Sea and Sand decks longer than expected, shipping is moving right along.
Happy Tuesday everyone. I’m told it is supposed to be spring but having cold temps with snow yesterday suggested otherwise. And today? Today is proving that southern Ohio weather is just as wonky as the lake-shore Michigan weather I grew up with. We’re approaching the 70s and it’s been storming all day, with newly posted tornado watches. Fun! With area flooding. Double fun! Thankfully, as I sit down to update the shoppe for April, the sun has decided to peak out for a bit. The plants are singing.
So what does April bring? The Black Ibis Tarot’s brand spanking new third edition is now up for pre-ordering with shipping to follow the first of May. The third edition features a larger card size and more vibrant coloring to the artwork. I’m working on the new packaging design right now, but like the Isidore decks, a full packaging and just the deck and book options are available. The basic packaging is the same, just working on the label artwork I should say.
Other updates: Isidore third edition decks have begun shipping. The Sea and Sand Isidore decks haven’t arrived yet, but should be here before the week is over. They’ll begin shipping next week. The Tea Bat cards will be arriving with the Sea and Sand decks and I’ll start packaging them up after all the Sea and Sand decks get into the post. I’m aiming to have shipping for all previous deck sales done by mid April.
And perfect timing, it’s storming again. Time to shut the computer down for a bit to let it pass (you can’t believe how often this neighborhood suffers lightning strikes that toasts the power.) When I get back online I’ll be getting caught on the shoppe inbox too, just in case anyone is wondering where I’ve been. :)
The first third edition Isidore decks have arrived! Order packaging begins this weekend with first orders beginning to ship this coming Tuesday. The Sea and Sand decks will be arriving next week and those orders will begin shipping shortly after. Every thing looks lovely. All orders should be into the post by mid April. This was a particularly well received sale so filling orders will take up most of my time, I appreciate your patience. And remember – you’re always welcome to contact me for a rough estimate when your order will ship. I will continue to update the ghost blog with shipping progress.
The Tea Bats Lenormand sale will conclude this Friday. I had it listed to end on the 24th of the month, but I’ve let it remain up a few days longer as I get through a little R&R downtime for check-ups and some follow up care. I’m almost a whole witch again! UPCOMING SALES: The Black Ibis Tarot, the brand spanking new third edition, will go on pre-sale April 1st, no fools! ;) The Sepia Stains tarot will become available for pre-sale (for the first time in more than a year actually) may 1st. Now, this shoppe witch needs to get back to work. Have a lovely week!
The boxes of new Isidore books have started to arrive. This evening I’ll venture to the print shop to pick up my deck labels. All I’m waiting on now are the decks to arrive from their printer. I will mostly likely be able to start shipping orders sometime next week. Knock on wood, but everything seems to be going ahead of schedule. :)
We’re getting down to that last week of the Tea Bats Lenormand sale. These are samples of the Man and Woman cards. They lay atop the very snazzy etchings of my gent’s that adorn our living room walls. You can still nab one here. ;)
The Isidore Tarot’s third edition proof deck arrived. It looks lovely! Just a few minor tweaks need to be made before it can go print. Yays. :)
Due to popular demand (and the sale just going so very well) we’re extending the sale for the two Isidore decks. The standard third edition for the Isidore Tarot will extend to the end of the month. The Sea and Sand Spring Special edition for Isidore will extend through March. The sales have been successful enough that we’ll be able to purchase decks to cover our current sales as well as extras for an extended sale. Thank you all for that! And thanks to so many of you who have been promoting the deck for us! :)
Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate the day we’ve added our second sale for the Tea Bats Lenormand deck featuring the second edition. Each order will come with a collection of new Tea Bats mini prints. :) This sale begins today and concludes March 24th. Estimated shipping begins mid-April. Order here!
The first sample Isidore deck arrived today; this one being for the Sea and Sand deck. It looks lovely. The colors are very vibrant. The photo below really doesn’t do it justice. Another quick note: I mentioned this in the mailing list email that just went out – the Attic Shoppe site is getting a spring cleaning over the next week. You might encounter the occasional page in mid-edit. This hiccup will be brief. Thank you for understanding; the site has needed this for awhile. Have a wonderful day!