Good news for all …. a currency story

Made in Canada – and now priced in Canadian! Finally!

Canadian friends, have you tried to buy anything in US funds lately? OUCH – the exchange right now is brutal. We’ve been hovering at about par for a long time, the Canadian dollar even coming in stronger than the USD for a while there but currently the exchange rate is  crazy ($1USD comes in at about $1.24 CAD). And I can tell how high it is because my tide of Canadian sales over the past year has come to a crashing halt. (it’s moved from about 90% US to about 10% Canadian orders to about 50/50 this past year). So, I want to do something about this.

I kept my prices in US because it’s a currency everyone understands. Although I am in Canada, when you are online the world is your store. When I first started years ago I had my prices in CAD funds and would field many emails asking ‘What is that in US?!’. But this was a LONG time ago before I could link an exchange convertor in the listing so people could figure it out on their own.

So, aside from the obvious financial sadness it is causing my Canadian customers it’s also making my accountant want to pull her hair out when she does my books. Trying to figure out the daily exchange rate from Paypal and then doing all the conversions so that everything balances has become a nightmare. I want to keep Tracy happy and make life easier on all of us.

So, as of Monday Jan 26th I am changing my pricing to CAD funds. This is a big bonus to my customers on both ends. Canadians will save on exchange and my US customers will currently save about 24% with exchange – everyone is saving. I’ve been wanting to do this for a bit and have had some lovely customers raise concern that I will lose out on exchange. Yes I will currently,  but I’ve been doing this for long enough to know that the dollar will come back to about par (hopefully – if the whole economy doesn’t tank!) – it all evens out in the long run. I feel like the timing is right to make the change now.

Thanks, friends!

xo,
Christina

PS – If you bought a doll this week and are thinking ‘Dang it! I just missed that!?!’ I feel your pain. So, in your boxes this week you will be getting an extra outfit in there – it will be something cute, I promise;-)

 

Barbara H - January 26, 2015 - 4:58 am

You rock. And are brilliant. That’s all, carry on. <3

admin - January 26, 2015 - 9:44 am

Thanks so much, Barb :) xoxo

Chanda P - January 26, 2015 - 11:30 am

This is GREAT news! Even when our dollar was on par with the USD, there was always something a little jarring about a company based on local and community values, etc., pricing in a foreign currency. I understand why you did it, but this change makes so much sense on a few levels. Thank you!

Drie - January 26, 2015 - 12:43 pm

That’s great news! I just paid my visa bill and the Canadian exchange on bamboletta purchases was $95, crazy!

nyla - January 26, 2015 - 5:36 pm

So great!

But just one note… your math is wrong. The savings is actually closer to 19%, not 24%.
The exchange rate is 1USD=1.24CAD. But 1CAD=.81USD.
So you are saving (1-0.81)*100=19%

Still a great discount and and wonderful gesture!

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Update and new things …

October. That was the last blog post. Ugh! I am the worst at keeping a blog! It has been a super crazy few months. Brooke, one of my main helpers with online stuff, left to be closer to her home and little girl, we started working on kits, website redesign and , oh yeah, holiday madness. It’s now finally starting to calm down – feels nice to be able to do this. Blog, say ‘hello’ and let you know what’s going on.

So, first off. KITS. Yes, doll making kits. Our Piccolinas are uber popular when we do markets and at our studio store, thing is, we only make a few and it doesn’t make sense for us to sell them online. It’s a cost thing – it’s an incredible cost to sell things online the way I do, individual listings, pictures, shipping. Anyhow, we’ve just kept them at markets so we can have a smaller doll under the $100 range. We’ve  done a few Piccolina Workshops over at the studio and they have been so much fun. I feel like I will burst with excitement as I watched people make their dolls – it’s a feeling reminiscent of when I made my first doll. The uncertainty of how it would turn out and who would appear out of the pieces and bits of wool and cotton and yarn. So I decided to make the Piccolinas available via a kit. We got all the instructions together and have been working with the super talented, and hilarious, Karen Page at One Girl Circus so that my instructions are clear and nicely illustrated. Seriously, if I tried doing that it would be a hot mess! I can teach people to sew dolls but to do it via instructions – oye. A few more weeks and tweaks and we should have the kits available soon. Now, these kits are geared towards my friends – I have an audience in mind. Crafty, but not too crafty. The body will be made for you and partially stuffed, as will the head. It will come with a dress and underpants. You assemble the doll, sew on the eyes, put on the hair and voila – you have a doll. We will be releasing a doll clothing pattern pack soon (for the piccolina) for you crafty folk that want to make a wardrobe. I’m going to set up a Facebook Page that you can join and we’ll have some tutorials and where you can share your creations. Gah! I am so excited about this!

Love getting stuff like this ready! Hang tags for the kits ..

Karen having a ‘Bamboletta Moment’ after telling me she just wasn’t really into dolls.  Ha! I see this love happen all the time. Karen and I met at The Makers Retreat last fall.

Second, Granville Island. It was a bit hit and miss last year with timing. John, who usually went for us, was working at the kids school and it was too hard for me to get over all the time. We are planning on making it over every six weeks or so this year. Brandi is going to go over to set up and then I’ll join her after I get all the upload stuff and payroll done – so on Friday. We will be there this week Thursday – Sunday. Bring us macaroons (Mak-a-RON – a fancy lady told me) and we will love you forever. We have 24 Piccolina’s coming with us this time .. it’s going to be a cute fest!

Third, THANK YOU ALL for loving the dolls and continuing to support Bamboletta. I’ve had this new peak of love for Bamboletta .. it never wanes, it just builds and builds, but the past few months it’s just been so amazing creating the dolls. We have such a fantastic group of women working with us and the dolls are filled with so much love and care. None of this would be possible without you all – thank you so much!

Much love,
Christina

 

 

Monica - January 7, 2015 - 6:13 am

After all these years, your blog posts still make me smile. FB gets too busy for me….but this small part is my size. Wishing you only the best, Christina. You’ve done so well. <3

Ilene Chalmers - January 7, 2015 - 7:49 am

As always you are the masters of the doll world. It always makes me smile whenever you post something on Facebook. My visit to BC and the shop/studio will always remain special in my heart. Love you all!!

Jennifer Branscome - January 7, 2015 - 12:38 pm

I love reading your blog posts, and will always be a lifetime fan. I’m so excited for you for Bamboletta’s growth and successes. The piccolina kits sound amazing & fun! Have a great time at the market :) xo

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28,000 Likes Giveaway over on Facebook!

I have a super cute giveaway going on over on Facebook that I thought I’d mention on here as well, in case you didn’t see it. It goes until tomorrow morning – so not much time to enter. The giveaway is for two adorable Piccolina dolls, with the intention being one for you and one for a friend. To enter, head on over to our Facebook page! Good luck!

Miles - October 30, 2014 - 8:35 pm

Why are there no dolls of color in your collections?

admin - November 9, 2014 - 11:47 pm

Hi Miles, Normally we have dolls of color available but we ran out of the ‘skin’ fabrics and they were backordered for a while. They came back in action this week and will be part of the regular doll uploads as usual :)

joanna reed - November 22, 2014 - 2:24 pm

I am a new fan sent from Copy-Kids, Thank you for the giveaway. I love sitting friend Emily. Your dolls are wonderful.

betty Roshan - January 5, 2015 - 1:18 pm

i love the sweaters your mother makes for the dolls. Can I get a pattern for them. What size doll do they fit. I just love your dolls. Each has its own personality. Thank you so much for sharing them on Facebook.

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Cuddle Doll Sweater Pattern

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Hello everyone! We’ve had a few new knitters join us here at Bamboletta – there is something about a doll in a sweater that is extra sweet. We noticed that there are many patterns available for our larger dolls (see Knitting Directory) but nothing for the smaller, Cuddle Dolls. I asked Julia to make a pattern up and write it out so that we could share it with you all.  I can’t think of a nicer project to start off a Fall knitting season with! Happy Knitting! For the pattern, click  Bamboletta Cuddle Doll or Baby Sweater .

xo,
Christina and Julia

Kim Giovannini - September 4, 2014 - 3:30 pm

I love this! I’m going to give it a whirl, have been holding onto a cool green yarn that will work. whee!!

Julia - September 8, 2014 - 3:55 pm

I love this! But I don’t knit any chance you’ll have some in an upload soon. Pink would be perfect ;)

Sarah - November 15, 2014 - 8:48 pm

How lovely! Thanks so much for sharing!

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