This is the shipment that went out last Monday -- the first wave of orders was tidal! Each of these van-loads was full to the brim (though I didn't get a picture of trip #2, so there's a duplicate photo in there to represent the missing picture). From creating your Trash Ties to order, to packaging, boxing, labeling, updating, and so on, these orders were completed in record time -- and we should have handed out green stocking hats and pointed shoes to the friends and family that stopped by to help. We all have a greater appreciation for Santa's elves! The customs forms alone took a day to complete. And it took one person a full day and half just to mark the orders as shipped in the computer. Thank you, helpers!
Now everything is onto a steady pace and all orders from December 11th and on will be subject to the work-flow we've implemented these last two weeks. Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm. And thank you for your patience. There are only two of us to manage every step of this process thus far, from raw materials to completed shipments. It may take a couple of days for an inquiry to rise to the top of the pile, but we intend to address each and every concern in turn.
And thank you again! We received four times more orders than expected the first day the cart was open alone. And we've done it! In the last two weeks, we've converted our garage into a shipping center, implemented an order work-flow system, and made and processed every order from that first busy week.
Christmas is now three days away and our home still lacks any evidence of the holidays. Tonight is the beginning of what we've coined, "Crazy Christmas," Christmas in a flurry -- all Christmas, all day, for three days straight! We'll continue to create your Trash Ties over the holiday, and will begin shipping again once Christmas has passed.
Moving forward, as stated in the welcome page of the Trash Ties store, please expect a 2-4 week lead time before shipping to allow us time to create and package your Trash Ties, and handle all necessary paperwork and filing of information.
We're excited to show you some new hair-dos in the coming weeks, start up some photo groups, and see your Trash Ties in action. Watch for an over-the-top contest as well - prizes too!
Happy Holidays to you all!