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FLASH SALES & CHRISTMAS CARDS ……..

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redteapotAll of a sudden we’re being bombarded with pre Christmas adverts, emails, junk mail etc etc…….and oddly enough, I’m planning to do something too ……..

Well, its like this, I was idly listening to Evan Davis (the new Newsnight presenter – what do you think of him?)  on the Bottom Line (Radio 4) the other week, and he and his panel of business people were talking about Flash Sales.  I couldn’t tell you much about what they actually said, but it sparked a train of thought – and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

I used to be a photographer – I say used to be, because the old ways have been so superseded by digital cameras and mobile phones, that I can no longer earn a living in photography – without doing weddings, which I always refused!

TRECASTLEAt one point I also earned some extra by selling my own photographic greetings cards, which I got printed up to very high standards, and on very good card, with really nice envelopes.  Sadly, the ‘art’ greetings card market also took  a dive, as people don’t bother to send nice little notes on nice cards to each other any more either!

I’m not moaning – just setting the scene.  I now am back selling stuff on ebay, and if it weren’t for digital and broadband, I’d never have the opportunity.

Anyway, I did sell quite a lot of cards, and even had some in galleries and museums, but that was about 15 years ago!

When demand starting drying up, I went to see a local business advisor – he was a lovely man – his business was selling bull semen – smile – and he gave me some very good advice.  He said, sell them all off to a wholesaler for 1p a card! – ie take a big loss and forget about them. I was selling them for around  £2.50 at the time.

lambActually he was right – but I just couldn’t do it – so over the years the boxes of cards have had small incursions into them, but there are still loads left – all stacked up in the store room (my 2nd bedroom) and its got so bad in there that I have just spent ages trying to move stuff to get to them!   There are some I just ain’t gonna reach at the moment – I’m looking for the ones I used to sell and send as Xmas cards.  So altho the whole set may not be available – I thought I’d go ahead with the idea of a Flash Sale on the ones I can find – as soon as I’ve sorted everything out and worked how how many of each I have.  The ones I know I have at present are shown in this meandering blog!

Why am I writing this now – when I haven’t got any firm news to tell you?  Because I felt like a rest from excavating the store room, and because I plan to have things ready within the next week.  At that point I will be sending a NEWS FROM JULZ email to all my customers, giving them an exclusive offer, and I will be selling the cards for less than they cost me to produce – but NOT 1p!  So I thought I’d give you a heads up.

Anyone who has not bought from me, or thinks they have dropped off my mailing list, is welcome to email me at julz@julzweaving.plus.com – mentioning this blog, and I’ll add you to the list.

In the meantime I’ve been having fun putting some of my other photos/cards/prints up on my old ebay account – which you can view by clicking on the orange lettering.

I’ve also been adding to my listings on my new ebay account (mainly spinning & weaving stuff) – and to my etsy shop (a more eclectic mix) – click on orange lettering to have a look.

That’s all for now ……will let you know more when I know it!

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CALENDAR COMPETITION

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Before I write anything else

I have just spent some time trying to work out how to increase the  font size of this blog, because its too small to read easily.  However the editing panel seems to allow me to do anything BUT increase the font size – EXCEPT BY USING PARAGRAPH STYLES AS ABOVE –  so I suggest you use the view drop down list on your browser to ZOOM IN.  (Is anyone knowledgeable enuf to tell me how to do it?)

Calendar Competition INFO

I had a few thoughts about the Calendar Competition I mentioned in the previous blog – the first one is that,  if you don’t read thro’  the whole blog, you wouldn’t notice it!  And secondly, whilst you might be happy to copy this blog to your friends, its probably easier to ask you for direct referrals on the form below.

So briefly, as I have lost all the email addresses of my previous customers, that I used to send you newsletters, telling you about new stock, special offers and to direct you to more information on this blog.

Ironically, I’m going to have to use the blog to tell people about the competition, but I will be able to compile a partial mailing list of recent customers, as well as going thro my ebay & etsy sales records that are still current enuf to be on the sites, but it will take a few days to do that, so for anyone who reads this blog ………

I need your help!

Could you please fill in the form below if you know anyone who would be interested in receiving my newsletters, and the craft equipment & supplies – for spinners, weavers, felters, knitters, quilters, dressmakers, soap makers, bakers, and other crafts that I cater for.  Current stock is listed on ebay and  etsy,   clicking on the names will take you to the sites.

I thought I’d offer prizes for

the 3 people who refer the most email addresses – but please don’t flood me with junk emails etc – I will check with each of the addressees you give me to make sure they want to be on my mailing list.  As I am trying to rebuild my mailing list, could all past customers who would like to be on it, fill in the form anyway, whether you want to refer your friends or not, and if several people give me the same names, that’s fine – I will still count the number of referrals you give me for the competition!

My customers are worldwide, so please fill in the form wherever you live, and you can refer anyone in any country.

You have my PROMISE, that this mailing list is only for my own use and will never be shared or sold to anyone else.  You can ask to be deleted from the list at any time.

The 3 Prizes

I have two calendars left of a short run I had printed of my own photographs – taken mostly of the Brecon Beacons area in South Wales – sample scans of a few of the pages shown below.

(NB: scans of printed material are always awful!)  You can click on the pictures to enlarge them, and there is a third picture on the previous blog…..I can’t work out how to put the pictures side by side, so I won’t put that one in………you’ll recognise it anyway!

I also have a t-shirt printed with the january snow image – so there are 3 prizes – the first winner can have a choice.  The competition will run until Sunday 10 February, but you can still use the form any time after that to make referrals.  

In addition, when you next order, please remind me you filled in the form and I will add a small gift to your order.

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THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!……please also have a look at the updated ABOUT JULZ page, which gives you information about how to get combined postage rates over both sites etc etc……

All the best for 2013

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