The Isidore Tarot Sea and Sand Spring Edition sale is officially over. The deck will be available again next spring. Thank you all so very much for making it a wonderful success as an alternative edition of the deck. And special thanks to everyone who has been using it for their readings and posting it to Instagram!! That has been really cool to see.
Right now the regular version of the deck is on sale until mid September. Decks for that sale should be arriving in a week or so, along with the books. When those arrive I’ll begin shipping decks for that sale. The next special sale will be brief and it will be for the autumn version of the deck that I have offered the last three autumns. This version of the deck is the same deck coloring with an alternative card back and special packaging with special extras. It’s only available in the full packaging and comes with all the bells and whistles. This year’s deck will have a few Easter eggs (or tricks and treats if you will) that I wonder who will spot. :) That will go up mid September.
This year’s autumn edition sale proceeds will be going towards helping get some repairs for my aunt’s home, the place where my Attic Shoppe was born. She has managed to get some help from the city as a senior citizen. This came in the form of grants to help cover some things and leave her with a much smaller co-pay. So we have some new windows, which are important in a Michigan winter with drafty old ones and heating prices that are getting ridiculous. It’s a start. She’s done a lot for me and it makes me feel good knowing these decks will not only be going to new homes but helping her out.
Happy Monday the 13th to you! This is just a quick note to say the Sea and Sand decks have arrived and I’ve started putting together orders. It’ll probably take me a couple of weeks to get the orders already purchased ready for their new homes. Anyone who buys these decks in the last two weeks of the sale can expect to get yours around the first of September. Hopefully I can get this all done sooner, but I do like to keep a little wiggle room. 🙂
The Attic Shoppe Trading Co. offers tarot lovers (and coloring book fans) an opportunity to add their own creative colors to an already naturally beautifully colored deck. Explore here the major arcana for the popular Isidore Tarot deck that are a series of collages using the incredible work of illustrator J.J. Grandville. And once you’ve moved through the tarot itself, you have a variety of Grandville’s original works to lay hue and atmosphere to. This coloring book is from original collages from our shoppe artist Bethalynne Bajema, from the works of J.J. Grandville. We look forward to seeing how others paint these incredible snapshots of this fantastical world! And honestly there is no tarot knowledge or curiosity needed! These are snapshots of wonderful places. Everyone is welcome! Purchase on Amazon.
The Attic Shoppe Trading Co., a fantastical place that offers even more fantastical wares, invites you to take a tour of their Attic world in 80 pages (or more) – coloring book style! Visit places where fairies can be found hiding within the blooms and tea bats sore in the sky above as they balance their tea cups on their heads. Visit a butterfly circus and swim with mermaids. Take a look into hidden corners of the world we’ve seen. And let us introduce you to the most unique of all delivery services thought lost to vintage times. The automaton Bly acts as your host through this brief tour of our Attic world and all the many things we have to offer. And now we invite you to add your own colors and style to our ready to color Attic pages. Purchase on Amazon.
Happy August to you! There aren’t too many updates for today. I’ve had a little downtime over the weekend for health stuff and have left the aetherweb to mostly scheduled social type updates. I do have a schedule for upcoming sales (specifically decks) here now. I also have had new previews of the Madam Lydia Wilhelmina’s Tarot of Monsters, the Macabre and Autumn Scenes (formally the Attic Halloween Tarot) deck’s new minor arcana. You can see them here. I’m finishing up the swords suit at the moment. The feedback so far has been really wonderful. Quite a bit of (I’m actually going to say it) exciting Attic Shoppe deck stuff happening as we move towards autumn, the best season ever! I feel like I have to make up for last fall. I missed most of it and my shoppe was on a time out.
Now a few last things: The Sea & Sand decks have been ordered and should be arriving the start of next week. The companion books are already in. This means next week the post office will love me as I start bringing in the first orders ready for the post. I will be getting caught up on Isidore doll size tarot orders today. I honestly didn’t think that little imp of a deck would do so well! Thank you all for that. I will also be getting caught up on the inbox this evening. On that note, I have some shoppe work to tuck into. Have a wonderful august day! And august! Can’t believe it’s august already!
I’m pleased to announce that we have our second coloring book that will be available just as soon as my proof copy shows up any day now. My aunt loves coloring books. It’s become her favorite hobby. I enjoy sending her books and giving her my tester books to see how she likes them. That’s how I decided it would be neat to have a coloring book for the Isidore Tarot. She liked it and our coloring book loving customers have really liked it. So I’ve been tinkering on new ones.
For this past Steampunk Symposium convention I created a commemorative coloring book that featured Bly and her many costumes. It also served as an sort of advert for the Attic Shoppe in an old time, vintage sign sort of way. I took some of the coloring pages from that and some of the coloring books I’m currently working on and combined them together to make a tour of the Attic and all the different fantastical places our artwork features. Below is a sample of the cover and a few sample pages from the book. It’ll be available through Amazon. I hope it’ll be well liked!
There are fireflies outside of my window! One of the perks of a summer day falling deeper into dusk. And now, shoppe notes: My gent and I will be getting married on the fourth of July. It was a sort of spur of the moment idea. Our friends Kate (you know her, my Orange Moon Tea Society best tea mate) and her husband Ted will be marrying us in a simple ceremony. We’ve been engaged for nearly ten years and dreading actually planning a wedding that entire time. It’s time. So! From Sat the 30th through to the following weekend the shoppe will be on temporary hiatus. I packaged up all the last regular deck orders tonight and the current doll decks will go out tomorrow. The Attic inbox might have some crickets during that time. The actual chain of events is spending this hot weekend putting the final paint job on my aunt Mira’s house, somewhere in there spending time with my new big sis and nieces while Myke gets to do guy stuff with my brother (our bachelor/ette shindigs), find something to wear for the ceremony! And then enjoying fireworks in a different city just us two. Once we’re back we’ll be trying to get in as much honeymoon stuff as possible. When back in the shoppe though, I’m planning our next big deck release — those following me on instagram or stopping by my card blog will have seen previews. I will also be putting up a formal schedule for deck sale times. I hope all of you are enjoying this summer, as hot as it may be. And I will be back the Monday after next an honest woman! Still witchy and weird, but legal! :)
Our doll size Isidore Tarot deck is available again. This is an open edition and given that I have them on hand I’m not making it a timed sale. There will be a slight pause in shipping orders for the week of the fourth of July. I will be back in Michigan to check on family, finish the last round of painting on the original attic house (my aunt Mira’s home), and attend a wedding… my own. My gent and I have known each other 20 years and been an engaged couple for half of that. I’ve referred to him as my husband forever. Now we’re making it legal in a small ceremony. Maggie will be covering the mailbox while I’m off. On that note, now that the doll deck is available, time to go give some love to my cartomancy blog that has been missing me. Have a good weekend everyone! :)
This is just a quick update on deck shipping for our last two sales: The last Isidore Sea and Sand deck goes into the post bound for its overseas home tomorrow. If anyone who has bought the Sea and Sand special spring edition is still waiting on theirs please contact us directly through your order receipt email. We’ll check on tracking and make sure it didn’t accidentally get over looked. We’ve been putting together a rather high volume of orders on packaging days and there is always room for human error. But all errors can be fixed!
Our Sepia Stains decks are on route with additional Black Ibis decks. They should have arrived by now but our printer has been having some delivery issues between them and the Midwest. Packages are already pulled together for orders. When the decks get here they’re ready for the mail. We were able to order more of the Isidore third edition before the end of the sale, so we’ll start shipping those decks as well. Speaking of Isidore, Beth is back up and running on nearly full steam again so she’s currently finishing up the sale elements for the doll deck.
We’ve been replying to inquiries through our contact form and not everyone has been replying. So just to note again: Inquiries through our contact form will be replied to from webmistress at atticdrygoods.com email address. Remember to check your spam folder if you’ve written us and note heard back yet. Our reply might be in there. Hope you’re all having a good day!
Welcome June! It already feels like August. Well it does here. I’m putting on the title of Attic Ghost for a little bit. As you know our Isidore third edition is available for pre-order at the moment. Grab one while you can! And by popular request I’ve added Tea Bat art prints to our art page today. Links to ordering options are below. I’m helping out with orders this week. We’ve started on the Sepia Stains orders. I print out labels as I’m packaging to keep things organized. There may be a little catch-up time between receiving your tracking notice and when your stuff goes into the mail. I’m not quite as speedy as our shoppe-keep, but I’m learning fast! – :) Attic Ghost Maggie
Just a quick update. I’m nearing the end of getting orders for The Black Ibis Tarot and extended-sale-bought Sea and Sand Isidore decks into the post. I had a slight hiccup when we discovered my Sea & Sand book order was short by four books. Instead of delaying shipping, I included a book with the third edition cover with a note that I’ll be shipping out the Sea & Sand covered book when they arrive, which should be tomorrow if UPS isn’t fibbing me. The Sepia Stains Tarot sale ends tomorrow. Orders for that will begin shipping within a week or so. The third edition of the Isidore Tarot is on sale again through the 14th of June.
With the exception of a quick sale for the doll size tarot (which I’ve yet to have enough time to get online – I apologize) the shoppe will be taking a brief break on deck sales. I have to return to Michigan again in a few weeks and I want to have a little downtime to make sure all orders have been filled and check tracking on shipped orders to make sure they reached their new homes. Home trips that are all go go go with the family are so much easier when I’m not worried about the shoppe.
Lastly, the response to our Orange Moon Oracle deck has been really wonderful. I had mini prints for sale at our last few outings and they sold out. I credit most of that to Mucha and his beautiful work. The art collages for the deck are done. Much of the meanings and usage for the oracle has been written. Maggie and I are refining those meanings and how the deck would be used. Right now it’s mostly a deck for meditation. That aside, come July if I feel comfortable with the state of the deck and I’m able to get all my family matters in Michigan sorted out, we may take the plunge and do a proper crowdfunding campaign over summer. I’m not sure about that yet. There is so much work that goes into just being a mostly lone shoppe-keep trying to keep up with normal daily business. Those big campaigns can get insanely overwhelming between all the planning and promotion. I’m going to see who I can call upon to help me out with it. So more about that later, though I blog about it more here.
Anyhoo! Now I am off to have a date with my new glasses. Turns out when you drop yourself on your head, even after you think all the healing is done, some new body gremlin pops up and starts gnawing on something while singing old Bryan Adams tunes. In my case it’s the come and go headaches, the in and out decent vision, and I could seriously be rude to a puppy when I get any sinus issues behind the place in my face that holds all my brand new shiny orbital parts. Seriously rude! Like I’ll turn on that little puppy and tell it is totally not cute. I didn’t realize just how real that could be till the sunny afternoon I was standing outside watching a snow storm of blowing dandelion bits rushing my way. You’ve never heard someone scream “GIIIIIITTTT TTOOOOO THAAAAA CARRRRR!” as loud as I did. Life is always interesting. Always. I hope you’re all having a good summer. Maggie says hi. She’s officially on vacation for a week so no inbox for her.
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. :)
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.)
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.