Friday, September 18, 2015

Get Your Rulers: Amy's Quilting Adventures is Open!

After receiving so many encouraging comments after yesterday's post, how could I not open my shop? You guys are the BEST! I hunkered down and the shop at Amy's Quilting Adventures is open.

It's not perfect, but it's functional. More importantly, I think the product descriptions on my offerings are the best out there. My knowledge and experience with the technique and products available will help you make your selections with confidence.



I'm sure I will continue to add pictures, content, and of course, more products as time goes by. Some of the links might not work yet, but everything important is there!

This is a huge undertaking for me. Not that I was concerned about making enough sales, in fact, I'm more concerned that I will sell out too fast before I can get my next orders of product in! I don't want to disappoint you with "Out of Stock" notices. That's the pits. And I hope I have everything set up correctly tech-wise.

Shipping is a bit scary. To have the USPS (or other carriers) integrated into the shop to calculate actual shipping costs as you place your order is hugely expensive, in fact many of the big shops out there don't do it. So it takes a leap of faith to determine shipping rates when starting out. I hate it when shops do the "we'll calculate shipping costs and get back to you" sort of thing.

So to simplify things for you as well as myself, I've set up a flat rate for shipping. If the order ships to the USA, you'll pay only $6. In Canada, it will be $14. Most likely this means we will be absorbing some of the costs of shipping for larger packages, and any packages to Canada. It is our hope that the sales from larger orders will make such costs worthwhile for us.This may not work out in the long term, as shipping seems to go up, up, up. But we'll try it.

I can hear you now, "But I'm not in the US or Canada!" I'm sorry, I really am. But I need to gain some confidence with the shipping process first before undertaking the more complicated aspects of shipping to other countries. We will most likely add shipping areas over time.

More importantly as I start this venture, I am so happy to be able to make getting rulers easier for my students and blog followers. I am amazed at the support and encouragement you give me and each other and I'm excited to see where this adventure will take me!

So now to announce the winner of my ruler giveaway! I've got 719 subscribers to my email list and the random winner is number 493! Let's see who that is......

Joanne Francis! I'll be sending you an email to choose your ruler shortly.

Thanks to everybody who has signed up for my newsletter. I'll be getting one ready to send asap to announce the opening of the shop. After that, I hope to begin sending a newsletter out no more than twice a month with news about the world of quilting, news about what I'm doing as well as some shop happenings, but also content that is interesting, useful, different than the blog, and not spammy. Hate spam.

28 comments:

  1. Soooooo excited! Congratulations! Now to place my order ...

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  2. Amy, Excellent job! I know putting a website together isn't easy - that's my day job- it looks great, and you should be proud! I took your Crafsty class and loved it! I already order the Westalee Ruler foot from someone else I couldn't wait ( you know kid in a candy store) and I just ordered the BFF and a couple of other things from you as well. Thanks again for the great blog, class, video and now a wonderful website to get the tools for to quilt with rulers!

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    1. Thanks so much Kim! I appreciate your business and even more, your words of encouragement.

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  3. Congrats! I know I'm excited...and heading to your shop...now

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  4. Just placed an order - seamless! Good job! And I thoroughly enjoyed your Craftsy class. Rulers rule!

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  5. Great! Now I need to go to your site! Loved your craftsy class

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  6. Amy, congratulations on the new store! :D
    Well, I'm brazilian.
    Our post office is a true mess. Sometimes customs charge us 2x the price of the merchandise (yes, they can). And you have to complain and wait a huge time to receive things here.
    As I usually buy things from all the world, I can tell that you are doing the things right.
    You'll have to structure your company.
    Steady and slow: best pace to feel things and grow healthly.
    In time, you'll realize how you can attend overseas.

    Be brave and go on!! :D

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    1. Thanks so much Lia. I hate to disappoint my international folks, but I'd rather start small, but actually start- then expand my shipping areas.

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  7. Congratulations on the store's opening! Just placed my first order; love that you used a seam gauge to show the size of the rulers-smart thinking! Best of luck in your new endeavor! ;)

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    1. One of my biggest pet peeves is looking at fabric online and having no ruler or anything else to give me a sense of the scale of the print. So I had to have something in there. Hubby is afraid someone will think every product comes with a seam gauge! Thanks for your order.

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  8. You have done an amazing job getting your store set up! I wish you much success. I better go place my order now. =)

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  9. Love your store...you have a great selection. You should be proud...Kudos to you!!!

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  10. You guys are the greatest! Thank you, thank you, and thank you again!

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  11. Love your store...you have a great selection. You should be proud...Kudos to you!!!

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  12. I'm really excited about the chance to win your Quilting with Rulers class! Of course, if I win, I'll have to shop in your store and get a ruler to practice with, lol. Congratulations on opening your new store.

    I signed up for your newsletter, too. linda_collum@hotmail.com

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  13. Congratulations! I know you'll only have success with your new store! It's nice to be able to find rulers all in one place!

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  14. I'm so excited for you to be opening your online shop. I can only imagine all the challenges it has brought into your life... all the while as you continue to work at the sewing machine shop. But I agree with your friend about letting everyone know what you're dealing with. I'm pretty sure every blog-reader here has dabbled their toes in something new, and questioned their ability and resolve to see it through. My best to you! I'm telling local friends about this new one-stop shop for rulers. Hope you get a lot of business.

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    1. I think the biggest challenge was just in the putting my mind to it. Once I pushed through some of the hurdles, I could look back and say, “That wasn’t as hard as I thought!”

      Which is something we all face from time to time, so I think it’s good to share it.

      Thanks for the encouragement and telling your friends. I really do appreciate it.

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  15. Darn, I didn't order fast enough. I'll be back when you stock up. Congratulations. Wonderful shop and so needed.

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    1. Thanks Terry! I've got more stock on the way, won't be long.

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  16. Just popped over to the store, and you ARE sold out of 3 rulers already! Guess I'll have to check back! See Amy, how popular you are!?

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  17. Make that 4! Many of the rulers will be restocked hopefully by Wednesday/Thursday. Plus, I’ve more product on the way. So exciting to think of how much ruler work will be done soon.

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  18. Congrats on taking this huge step Amy. I am one of your international admirers and while I am disappointed that I can't order from you, you are wise to start small as shipping can be a huge headache with extra staff needed. But please make South Africa one of your first international destinations! I will be waiting.....

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