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Happy Christmas Eve Eve Eve, everyone!

It took a lot of overtime on our part, but we finally managed to clear our production queue in time for holiday delivery. Now that we’ve got a blank slate it’s time to…well, let it back up again.

As of noon today, Storied Threads will be closing up the studio until after the New Year. We will continue to check and respond to messages, and we will endeavor to deliver any in-stock items we have as quickly as possible, but we will not be filling any made-to-order items until January 2, 2018.

Thank you for a great 2017 and we’ll see you next year!

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As you may recall, we placed our Etsy shops on hiatus to allow us to catch up on a backlog of orders — a backlog that was badly exacerbated by the loss of one of our two machines due to mechanical issues.

We’re happy to announce that, after an intensive weekend of filling orders, the Etsy shops will be opening back up today and we will start accepting orders again. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this rather stressful time.

However, we’d like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that even though we are accepting orders again, we are unable to fill any orders in time for Christmas. At this point, we wouldn’t be able to fill any new orders until Thursday, December 21, which means they would not arrive by Saturday, December 23.

We do have a very small selection of in-stock items ready to ship, so feel free to contact us at veronica@storiedthreads.com and ask about a particular item. We can ship in-stock items same day, but you would need to pay for Priority or Priority Express shipping to guarantee delivery by the weekend.

One last note: as we head into 2018, we will be trimming our catalog further to eliminate our selection of accessories — namely the bags, scarves, and neckties. Since we stopped doing shows following the 2016 season, activity in those areas has fallen off sharply, so we’ve decided to clear out the clutter and formally discontinue them as regular catalog items.

As part of this project, we will be going through our on-hand stock and marking items down for expedited sale. Stay tuned!

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If you’ve visited our Etsy shops within the past 12 hours, you may have noticed that we have temporarily suspended sales.

We took this unfortunate but necessary step in an effort to fill our outstanding holiday orders as quickly as possible while we contend with some serious technical issues that have crippled one of our two embroidery machines and impeded efficient operation of the second. We have already fallen behind a little and chances are we will, at best, barely keep up with our shipping deadlines. Continuing to accept orders simply wasn’t a smart move.

If you have an outstanding order with us via Etsy, we ask for your patience. We are filling them as quickly as possible, and in fairness to all customers, in the order in which we received them. We simply cannot honor requests to bump orders up ahead of others on our production queue.

Thank you for your patience, and hopefully we will be back at full capacity shortly.

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To say we’ve been busy filling Halloween orders is an understatement.

Our production queue has exploded over the past week alone, to the point where we have fallen behind due to the sheer volume of orders placed since September.

To put it in context: between January 1 and August 31 of this year, we received 23 orders for our best-selling Pawnee Goddess patch. In September alone, we received 26 orders. In the first eight days of October, we received 47 orders. It’s all we can do at this point to try and fill the orders we’ve received already, and so we unfortunately cannot guarantee that any orders placed as of today will be filled in time for Halloween — nor can we accept any requests for rush orders out of fairness to those who have already paid us and are patiently awaiting their patches.

Thank you for your understanding, and we encourage our customers to think ahead to the holidays. If you plan to buy from us for Christmas gift-giving, please order in advance to ensure timely delivery. Thank you.

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CTFaire

The shady lane that Storied Threads will call home this Columbus Day weekend.

At the end of 2016, I hung up my vendor hat, and resolved to simply sell online. I got a fantastic new job at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, and let Storied Threads become a side gig again.

It was a good choice. It relieved a lot of stress I’d been under, and I’ve been very happy with the ways in which my life has improved.

The one thing I’m not happy with is the several bins of leftover stock still sitting in a closet in my house. So, when The Connecticut Renaissance Faire realized that their new site allowed for one-weekend pop-up vendors, I decided to dust off that vendor hat and give it one more go!

For three days this coming weekend, October 7 – 9, I will be selling patches, bags, scarves, headbands, and anything else I find lurking in that closet out of a lovely, shady booth at the Faire! Many of the items will be marked down well below their full online price, and we’ll also have items that have been discontinued or were never available online, such as head bows and bow ties. Come check us out and shop with us in person – one last time!

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It’s September! Do you know what that means?

For us it means we’re heading into our busy season, which includes both Halloween and the winter holidays. We expect to see a flood of orders for, respectively, patches to complete Halloween costumes and gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc. over the next several weeks, and because we have made Storied Threads more of a part-time endeavor, we are strongly encouraging our customers to place their orders ASAP.

Please remember that all our items are made to order, which means you need to allow up to two weeks from the time you place your order for a patch order to arrive and up to three weeks for a necktie, scarf, or bag to arrive. Also, if you are ordering for the holidays, you need to keep USPS holiday shipping schedules in mind as well as the likelihood of delivery delays due to exceptionally high volume. A domestic First Class package sent in December could take as much as a week to arrive instead of the usual two to three days.

Because we also experience a significant spike in business activity, we cannot accept rush order requests for Halloween or holiday orders, so please plan ahead and place your orders early. Thank you!

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Hanging out with Beatrix.
Photo by Lauren Dubois.

Beatrix, our beloved bulldog and Storied Threads’ official mascot, turns eight years old today!

When we were getting ready to buy our house, my husband said he wanted to get a dog. He hadn’t had one since college and really missed being a dog owner. I wasn’t as keen on the idea at first, and I was definitely hesitant to get a big dog like Mike wanted, and then he suggested a middle ground in getting an English bulldog. Again, I wasn’t entirely on-board with it because — and I joke about this now — I thought bulldogs were kind of ugly.

But the more research I did into the breed and the more I learned about their temperament, the more I warmed up to the proposal — and the more I changed my opinion about their looks. I can’t believe I ever thought they were ugly dogs. I think my Beatrix is the most beautiful dog in the world, and I can’t imagine life without her.

We love our girl so much, we’ve used her as a model on a couple of pieces of merchandise, including a Bulldog Lover Geek Merit Badge and a laptop bag.

And guess what? She’ll be with me Saturday when I visit the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! I’ll be there working in the guest author area near The Shady Emporium, so come by and wish Beatrix a happy birthday!

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