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Monday, July 23, 2018

An Update ... and you have to see all the great new Christmas products !!

Hello !
How are all of you ? It's been a while since I posted. I've been working away on doing my inventory here so I can transfer it to the website. And then doing the feed store inventory and adding it to the point of sale system. Seems like I'm counting a lot these days ! lol.
EDIT: Be sure to keep watching the website and Facebook ... I am posting the new Christmas products as they arrive and they are FAB-U-LOUS !!!
Here's where things stand right now ...

* The online store is being added to every week. (classichobbies.ca in case you would like a quick link. 😉 )
* You really should check out the clearance section ... LOADS of great stamps, dies, , stencils and more ! And at great discounts ! And don't forget the paper clearance section. Lots of papers priced at 50 cents per sheet ... all are between 25 and 75 cents per sheet. I've also added lots of Christmas items to the Clearance sections. You can find them by clicking on the filter button on the left and choosing "Christmas".

* Orders are picked every day (except Saturday & Sunday) and are ready for pick up the next day at our Feed Store which is just behind my store. (Monday through Saturday). I'm happy to mail parcels as well !
* Please note that you can send your order through the website and then send me an email transfer if you prefer not to use a credit card. Or you can pay at the site with a credit card.
You can also comment on Facebook or message me with what you would like and I will send you an invoice that can be paid with a credit card or email transfer. Easy peasy !

* I am getting my cutting & kitting area set up so I will be starting kits in early August. There will be CARD KITS as well as BEADING KITS.
* I've been posting lots of pre-orders for wonderful new Christmas products on Facebook. The stamps and dies this season are spectacular !
* I will be adding more jewelry/beading items next month as well as projects and kits. Not to mention the 100+ charms that I need to add !

* The physical store will not be reopening. After deliberating, I've decided to continue with the pick up at the Feed Store. To offer pick up in both locations would only result in moving parcels back & forth and probably never having them in the right location ! lol. But we are renovating the feed store right now and there will be a designated cabinet just for Classic Hobbies orders. 

To see all the new stock coming in for Christmas, get in on the pre-orders, and see the new card kits when they start, I would invite you to follow on Facebook and to sign up for the newsletter (link in sidebar).
Thanks !! Keep watching for fabulous things !






Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A Few Bumps in the Road ... and you discover another path ...

Hi everyone !
(Hang in ... there is a point in this long post ... 😉)
Well this spring has been a bit bumpy ... nothing that couldn't be dealt with but definitely speed bumps ... the major things were breaking my finger and eventually ending up with a cast that had me unable to use my hand very well for 5 weeks (at year end book keeping time !) and then some major building repairs that meant closing down for a few weeks and chaos. But there's always something good that comes out of the bumps. Sometimes you take a detour and you discover a more scenic route or a few hidden gems.
Because of the cast, I spent a lot of time building a website and I quite liked it. I also had to turn from my old tried & true ledger and pencil and join the 21st century. I started doing my books digitally ... so much better ! Then I did the books for our other business. Once I set up the spread sheets and wrote the equations I needed, I realized all the possibilities ... I could tie into the point of sale system for the feed business and do payroll, inventory, data entry, accounts ... all sorts of things if I had more time! The other thing I realized was how much I liked it . Yes, my inner math nerd was happy. It was so satisfying to have a right answer and to have projects that can be finished.
Then came the repairs ... I had to pack everything up and move it around ... multiple times, lol. I realized I have A LOT OF STOCK !! And I realized that after 23 years, I don't really like all the parts of running a retail business !  I don't like the risk, the stock and money tied up in that stock, the uncertainty (will this sell ? did I order enough/too much ? ...) and I don't like all the decisions. I don't like spending all my time ordering, unpacking & pricing, packaging, trying to track down backorders and find new suppliers. But I do LOVE the creative part of it ... finding wonderful products and imagining all the things that could be made, creating and assembling card kits, designing jewelry and making kits , putting together project packs , and all that fun stuff. That fun stuff that I never have time to do. Then I had to move my beautiful giant diecutting machine and the computerized laser cutter ... which I have NEVER USED. And that was it. I realized that I am not doing what I really want to do.
So I made some big decisions. Ones that I "sort of" made a few years ago but I slipped back into carrying lots of stock and feeling that stress of risk and uncertainty. But this time, I'm sure and I have already made other commitments.
For one, we've renovated the store to make an office where I'll be setting up and maintaining a computerized inventory for our other business, entering weekly inventory, doing payroll and the book keeping. I miss working with Charlie and I can help behind the scenes to make his job easier and help keep everything organized. I'm actually really looking forward to it !
I 'll be reopening the physical store in mid July but just as a parcel pick up.  I'll keep selling through the website but it will change too ... I'll be cutting the inventory way back.  And adding things that I really like and have been wanting to do for quite some time !! A small part of the store will be open a few hours a week for parcel pick ups (with pick up also available at our feed store 6 days a week) . The creative part of me is happy to be leaving a lot of the stress behind and concentrating on the "making" part of the business and all the pretty stuff !
Here's what I will be doing ...
1. I will continue to sell through www.classichobbies.ca  and Facebook
     On line I'll be selling 
                     * beading & jewelry supplies 
                     * card kits -  each month I will have several small (3 card) kits and at least one big kit
                                          with stamps and/or dies, etc.
                    *  project packs - a small collection that will include beautiful new papers, a                                          great stamp or die, embellishments. Whatever is new and amazing .
                     * beading & jewelry kits - monthly earring kits , bracelet kits, and more.
                     * beading project packs  - themed assortments of gorgeous beads at great prices !
                     * original laser engraved pendants & beading supplies
                     * custom diecut pieces and projects 
                     * custom laser cut projects, kits. 
   
2. All you need to do is place your order through the website or Facebook and I'll have it ready for pick up the next business day (in most cases). No waiting for items to arrive ! The website shows exactly what is in stock and how many of each !! You can pay by credit card, email transfer, or message me to discuss payment. 😊
Shipping is always an option. I'll add a page detailing shipping to the website. I have a quite a few options to try to find the best deal for you !
Special ordering will continue with  classichobbies.orderz.ca  
Feel free to place orders there as well for items I don't have in stock. These orders will take        several weeks to arrive but it places a catalog of over 19,000 items at your fingertips.

3. I will continue to post information on the new & upcoming releases and I will be more than happy to preorder them for you. I will require a deposit BUT the price will also be discounted because there is no risk and I don't have to stock the items. New releases - lower prices ! Win/win !

4. The store will  just be open for picking up your orders as well as a few necessities . I'll have ...
                    * some cardstock & adhesives
                     * some basic beading supplies
    Just the milk & bread of the creative world. The rest will all be available for order online or                through Facebook.

But how do I cut way back on my inventory ??
Well, by having a GIANT SALE of course !! 😁

The store is in chaos because of the repairs so I have nowhere to set up a sale. So it will be online and on Facebook.
I'll post CLEARANCE ITEMS every week . There will be HUGE discounts on the items I post.
You can purchase and then pick up at your convenience. Or purchase and have the items mailed OR held to be shipped later all at once to save postage. The newsletter is up & running so I can send out notices about what will be on sale. Remember last time that I cleared out inventory ? Well the sales will be like that but online and a bit at a time. I don't think I have the energy for that big full on yardsale again ! lol. And this way, everyone will have the same chance to get some great deals - even if they can't make it into the store ! Be sure to send me your email so you get the notices !!
You can sign up here on the website or here on this form.

So ... coming up ... big sales & inventory clearance.
Then fun kits & projects. Happy days !


Thursday, May 31, 2018

😔😞😩😭

Wellllll ... I have some less than wonderful news but I have tried to find some ways to work around it !
Closed June 15 ,22, 29
Re-opening July 6th
I am very sorry for the inconvenience ... 
(and feeling quite sorry for myself too because of the cost, lol) ...
but I have to close for the second half of June in order to have plumbing & heating repairs done. I’ve put them off as long as I could but it’s (sadly) time to bite the bullet and get things done. Because almost everything in the building needs to be moved, I decided there is really no choice but to close for that time.
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BUT the website https://classichobbies.ca will be open 24/7 (all items are in stock !) and I will continue to add and share new stock as it arrives via Facebook and the website. I will also be adding more of the store inventory to the site so you can get all your regular supplies. You can purchase through the website or Facebook with email transfers or credit cards. Orders can be picked up (the next business day) Monday to Saturday at our Feed Store (behind my store).
I’ll keep working in a cubby hole upstairs sharing new stock, filling/packing orders, and answering emails & messages. Kind of Bob Cratchit style, lol ! Not ideal but the best I can do.
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The upside is that I will be posting sales as I pack & move items around and take a good inventory . Seems like the perfect time to clear out old stock ! 
Thank you for your patience and I really hope you’ll continue to shop through the website and Facebook during this time.
There are still a few Fridays to come in and stock up ... hope to see you . And remember, you can shop all day and night on the website. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

My website ... and Cardstock & Semi-Precious Beads.

I finally finished my own website.  😃 Built it myself (day and night, lol) over the past few months.
So it's true ... old dogs can learn new tricks ! LOL
It will serve both paper crafters and beaders. The items are all products that I have IN STOCK - there is no waiting for things to be ordered in. The only wait time is for me to pick your orders ! Orders will be ready in 2 working days and , in most cases, the next day. Ready to be picked up - either at the store on Fridays when I'm open (Classic Hobbies, 163 Main street, Middleton) or at our feed store Monday to Saturday (Family Feed Store, 163 Main Street, Middleton ... just behind my store.) Or mailed if you live farther away.

You pay at the online checkout ... either with a credit card or you can choose email transfer. Just send the transfer within 24 hours. I process the order once I get the transfer.
The stock is NOT the same as in the store. I have limited space in the store so much of what is online is not actually in the physical store. The prices also tend to be less because I don't have to individually price products, find display space, or allow for damage and wear & tear. This is where I will also share clearance items. There are bargains to be had !
Please note ... the stock is separate from the store. It is stored elsewhere and the inventory is kept completely separate in order to keep an accurate count of quantities.

The site is classichobbies.ca. I hope you'll visit !

(The other website classichobbies.orderz.ca will still be available ... it's like a master catalog for paper crafters. If you can't find what you want on the site I built, go to that site and you can see over 18,000 items that you can choose from. These items aren't in stock but will be added to my next order. When I get them, I let you know and you can pick them up . Free pickup ! Or you can have them mailed ... free shipping if the order is over $150 before taxes ... and you can combine them with orders from my in stock site to get to that free shipping level !)

I'll share a little taste of what you'll find on my website  ... something for the paper crafters and then something for the beaders ...


Have you seen the cardstock packages that I have on the website ? I'll attach a link in case you haven't. 😊  It is Bazzill cardstock, 8.5x11" , packages of 5 sheets. That's enough for 10 regular A2 cards . And the price is $2.75. Just 55 cents per sheet ! I also have Card Shoppe cardstock from Bazzill and their "Smoothie" as well. There are over 100 colours to choose from !

 
Click here to see the cardstock. Be sure to click on the actual name beside the photo. That will show you a list of all the shades available for each colour. Clicking the NAME will show you a photo of that colour.  Just click "Add to Cart" if you wish to purchase. 

  And now for beads ... I'll share the link to the semi precious page so you can see the variety.
I have everything from Amazonite to Yellow Onyx ... and yes, they are listed in alphabetical order. lol. I have worked hard to find good prices that I could pass on to you .
And again, because I don't have to find room to display them, price them & package them, I can sell them for less and have more to choose from !
Here are a few examples ...

   15" strands of 5mm amethyst ... $2.99.
 And 6mm lava stone, 16" strands for $4.89 or 8" strands for $2.49.

Here's a link so you can go see all the beautiful beads ! Click here . Be sure to click on the actual name beside the photo. That will show you a list of all the sizes and strand lengths available for each stone. Clicking the NAME will show you a photo of that item as well as change the price to match.  Just click "Add to Cart" if you wish to purchase.
I hope you enjoy the site. And I'll continue to add stock ... and share more of it here.
Have a great week !

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Let Me Tell You about the WEBSITE !!

I thought I would give you some information about my new website classichobbies.orderz.ca and its benefits !  Here are the details on shipping, payment, payment without a credit card, pick up, all sorts of info.  Oh ... and a chance to win prizes and/or save money !! Details at the end of this post.
I also have another website coming to cover the "other side" of my business (wow, that sounds a bit sketchy ...lol) . I mean the kits I design (cards & jewelry) , the project packages that I prepare, the beads & jewelry supplies, as well as all the instock items. That site will be classichobbies.ca . I expect to have it ready at the end of the month but you can go there now and sign up for an email notice when it is up and running ! The same shipping rates apply and you will be able to combine items from both sites to reach the free shipping value.

Now ... why should you register on classichobbies.orderz.ca ? Well, because registering means that you will have a WISH LIST . You can save anything there that you might be interested in someday. If you aren't registered, the next time you go to the site, the site doesn't know who you are so it can't show you what you saved. Also, I send promo code coupons out every once in a while ... and that means savings !! The only way to use the coupons is if you have an account. To set one up all you need is your name, an email address, and a password. Easy Peasy !
My supplier is also working on some marketing with the companies that create all the great products and we will let you know about those through your account ... it sounds like there might be some exciting things coming !
How do you register ? Go to the website and you will see My Account in the black bar across the top of the page. Click there and you will see 2 options ... Login and Register. Chose Register and then simply fill in the information. Name, email, password. (You don't need to add phone number ... I never call anyone, lol. ) You will get an email to confirm and you will be all set. After that, any items you look at will offer you the option to Add to Cart or  Add to Wishlist.
Imagine ... you could print that list out before Christmas and pass it out to anyone who is interested ... lol ! Hmmmm . ;)
The site is secure and you will not receive weird emails or spam. I promise !

So, without further ado, here are some facts about classichobbies.orderz.ca

* over 17,000 items !!
* stamps, dies, stencils, inks, paper, tools, and more.
* NO MINIMUMS
* you can even place pre-orders to reserve popular products


* FREE PICK UP ... Fridays 10 -4 (Classic Hobbies) 163 Main Street, Middleton, NS
                                      ... Mon - Fri 10 -5 , Sat 9-12 (Family Feed Store)  163 Main Street,                                                                 Middleton, NS

* Shipping available
   FREE SHIPPING on orders over $150 before tax
   MICRO PACKET (> 100gm ... a few charms, a die ...) ... $2.50
   SMALL PACKET (9x12 padded) ... $5.00
               Add insurance/tracking to small packet ... $7.00
   BOX ... if product is larger than 9x12 or too thick for slot  ... $12.00 ( includes tracking, insurance)

Ways to get free shipping ...
* orders over $150 before tax (excluding clearance items)
* HOLD 150 .. pay for your orders and have them held until they total $150 before taxes. They will then be shipped for free.
* Combined Orders ... you and friends can place orders individually but message me to let me know that they can be sent to ONE address. I will bag and label each order but put them all in one box to mail. As long as they total $150 before taxes, you will all have FREE shipping.
* Combine with orders from classichobbies.ca  (coming soon !)

PAYMENT 
... 50% deposit when placing order. Balance due on pick up or before shipping
* PAYMENT METHODS ... pay with credit card on the site.
Balance can be paid with credit card (at Classic Hobbies or by phone) , debit, cash, or email transfer.
* PAYMENT WITHOUT CREDIT CARD ... if you don’t use credit cards there are still ways to order & pay. Go as far as the checkout page but print off your cart instead of checking out. Bring that page into the store. Or copy the page and send it to me via email or Facebook message. You can then pay me and I will input the order.

So I hope you will take a look and register on the site.
Oh right ... the saving & winning !! Well everyone who registers before March 24th will have their name entered to win a $25 gift certificate to use on the site. If you have already registered, your name is in the hat !
And everyone who registers can use this promo code ... LAUNCH . Type that word into the promo code box and you will save 15% on your order. (Cannot be combined with other discounts. Can be used once per account. Expires March 24th)
And ... leave a comment here and I'll add your name again !!
Go to my Facebook page for more ways to have your name added. You may as well have multiple chances ! Classic Hobbies Facebook





Tuesday, February 6, 2018

BIG NEWS !!!!

Have you ever wished you could look through my catalog ? Search for a special stamp or die ? See what's available ? See all the new releases before they even ship ? Get your name on the list for the newest products ? Well , now you can !!🎉 I am thrilled to have partnered with the leading supplier in Canada to be the link for this region in a direct to consumer project. You will now have access to the catalog of *OVER 17,000 ITEMS* !! 😲 Yes, SEVENTEEN THOUSAND ! STAMPS, DIES, STENCILS, CARDSTOCK, INKS, TOOLS, and more. 
Here's how it works. Go to the site and start looking. You can browse by subject, by type of product, by theme, by manufacturer, by search words in the excellent search engine, by new releases, upcoming releases ... any way you wish ! Add the products you want to your shopping cart and check out. You will pay a 50% deposit on the secure site. They will add the product to my cart. Every 2 weeks I will push the "send my orders" button and the items will be shipped to me. It usually takes about 5 days for the parcel to arrive. I'll post each week when I will be having the orders shipped . If the volume is high, I will order weekly. I'll contact you when the items arrive to arrange pick up or shipping. You pay the balance at that time. You can pick it up here at the store or have it mailed. If your order is over $150 ( before taxes) , I'll ship it for FREE ! 😊 (You can combine this order with items from the store to come to that total, no problem !) Within the next month there will be another website for the items that I have in the store ... kits, paper packs, foundation kits, beads, and more. 
But for now ... here is the link !! Start browsing !! I will be hitting the "ship my order " button Wednesday at 5pm so if you place an order you can get in on the very first order ! Make a cup of tea ... it's a BIG site !! 


https://classichobbies.orderz.ca/



Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hello !
It's been a long time since I've posted. Sorry ! It takes *forever* to load quantities of photos here so I have been posting mostly on the Facebook page. I post there several times a week - usually once or twice with new product and then with kits. I have also been adding links to the kit photos so they can be purchased online for those who don't live near by.  To keep up on all the new goodies and stay inspired, I would recommend you follow on Facebook - Classic Hobbies.
I am working on a web site and will post a link to that when I get it done.
Here are this week's kits ...
This kit includes the supplies to make these 2 cards as well as the stamp set !
And only $6 !!
( you will need a stamp pad, adhesive and some sort of colouring materials - pencils, markers, paints) 

And this kit contains all the materials to make these THREE cards as well as the stamp  !
The kits is just $6.99 and all you need is adhesive.
(included stamp)

AND here's a little update on my hours !! I will be open EVERY Friday in July and August !! 10am to 4pm. Hope to see you !!