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. :)