Saturday, September 22, 2018

About those pop-up ads...

I'm sure you've seen these ads on your timeline, or something similar to it. Some fantastic piece of clothing, or a gadget, or a miracle cure - "Today only! 50%-75% off! Free shipping!" or better yet "FREE! (just pay shipping)"

Did you ever wonder how places can do that and still make a profit? Well, it's because they're getting these products at a fraction of that sale cost.

Wholesalers buy product and sometimes put their own tags on them so that they can sell them as a brand. All these pop-up businesses that you've never heard of before, but are now suddenly everywhere do this. Many of them are wholesalers or warehouses overseas that showcase their merchandise (overstock) online for a "sale price". The problem is - and you can check the comment threads in a lot of these posts - that ordering these items is often more expensive than it seems, receiving the items often takes months, ordering the right size is confusing (some don't explain Asian sizing), and returns are a nightmare.

Now, why did I single out this ad? Quite honestly because I own that shirt. I purchased it through wholesale a few years ago. It's obviously still popular, they even use the same photos throughout the wholesale community. I just want to point out to people what's going on with these stores. This goes for makeup, clothing, kitchen gadgets...almost anything you see in these ads.

That $19.99, 50% off top in the ad; I bought it for $15.
The second and third pics are taken directly from a site I used to buy my products, showing that you can purchase this for less than their "sale", and from multiple different wholesalers.

This is what I do. My job is literally to find the best deal for you. And yes, I need to make a profit too, but I'm upfront about my charges, help you get the right sizes, guarantee what you purchase, and I'm reachable... which is sometimes a big problem.

So my challenge to you, to challenge us! Have you seen something in an advertisement on Facebook that you think is interesting? Not willing to spend $20 on a whim?
Drop us the link to what you're interested in and give us 24 hours. We're not asking you to purchase (though that would be awesome), all we're asking is that if we can beat the cost, you give us a like and tell your friends.

Let us work for you and help you save money!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Did you know? - Overstocked items, clearance sales!

We are currently overstocked (as in actual, physical stock) with items purchased for one of our branch sites.It's an odd mix of items...everything from stuffed toys, socks, blankets, costume accessories and jewelry to "adult novelty items". We're selling most of these items AT COST (when you purchase multiple items) - so if you see anything you might be interested in or have any questions for us, please drop us a note here or on facebook.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Are you paying too much for....everything?

I have not paid retail pricing in 5 years.

You read that right.


That's not to say that I haven't gone to a retail store and gotten groceries, paper products, etc. for anything at all, but clothing, shoes, electronics, costumes, toys, collectibles...just about anything else, I have purchased direct from the manufacturers at a far lower cost than I would have paid retail. I do this for my children (growing boys! - socks, shoes, jeans, swimsuits), myself and other members of my family.
I started purchasing items at wholesale years ago on a minor scale. I create jewelry with gaming dice and would buy large quantities in bulk, along with necklaces, earrings and other jewelry findings. From there, it expanded to cosplay items, costumes and accessories for convention wear. Before long, I was doing this for friends and family, for Ren Faires, Sci-fi and Fantasy conventions, LARP sessions, Steampunk aficionados, and Alt Pin-ups. We also branched off into the adult market.

Those who go back through the blog posts can easily see that there is a gap. This was the unfortunate side effect of personal responsibility following a very bad divorce. This year we have been focused on getting back on our feet and getting the word out there again.

Being self-employed isn't just a pass-time for us - it's a necessity. I am now a single mom with two teenage boys on the autism spectrum, the youngest of which is considered disabled and needs a lot of extra assistance. Traditional jobs do not allow for me to take as much time off as is necessary for counseling, doctors, tests, schools and random days when they may stay home. This business allows for me to take care of them in the best way I can.

And as a bonus, I truly love what I do.

I greatly enjoy the satisfaction it brings when I am able to find my clients the perfect piece to round out a cosplay. I love being able to find someone that beautiful set of dice they're been searching for. I'm delighted to search out those hard-to-find pieces that collectors would love to add to their shelves, but just can't seem to track down.

My background as an artist also allows me to create customized pieces for people. Flags, stickers, posters - one of a kind items that no one else would have. I'll admit that this is probably the most fun, and probably a favorite for my clients as well.

So if you're reading this, and there's something you've been searching for, why don't you give us a shout? We might just be able to help you not only find whatever you need, but save you money in the process.

Are you looking for a new pair of shoes?

Friday, June 8, 2018

"How do you accidentally a squirrel?"

Because somebody asked...Again...

The first comment we ever got on the name was at our first convention: "How do you 'accidental' a squirrel'"?

Clearly my grasp of southern slang and vocabulary was a little higher than his.

While we (obviously) ran with the squirrel as our mascot, the immediate thought on the name was more along the lines of "finding something awesome that you never knew was there".

Like...Finding $20 in your pocket.

I want us to be that thought in the back of the minds of gamers, writers, roleplayers and honestly anyone else that needs some custom art created for them.

We want to be that $20 you find in your pocket.