If you are looking for this month’s ‘Giveaway Doll’ – she’s right here. Good luck!
I’m starting their training early!
I’ve been making dolls for a while – it’s been over 7 years now – but it’s only been the past few weeks that I’ve had to think of what I do as a business. I’ve resisted the ‘business’ in my business for a long time – just plugging along and happy if I could pay my wool bill at the end of the month. In the past few months things have grown… and quickly! I’ve taken on a few more sewing mama’s, I have Rachel here almost full time and Brandi part time so that we can create more dolls – but still in a way that suits my ‘vision’ – dolls are made with lots of love and with very skilled hands. I’ve also hired on an accountant to do my books and help me with the business side of things – the past 2 months have seen Johanna pouring over every receipt and transaction measuring my output against my input. I’m not going to bore you all with my business story – but to make a long story short – if we are to continue Bamboletta and to perhaps one day make it into our family business I have to raise my prices. I’ve known this was coming but to actually see it and have a professional tell you , well it kind of made me look at things realistically. I want Bamboletta to go on for a long time, I can’t imagine doing anything else and somehow feel that ‘this’ is really what I am supposed to do.
So, starting March 15th my 15″ Bamboletta with a sweater or jacket will sell for $155 ( from $145) and without a sweater/jacket $135 (up from $125- $130 depending on the hair). My Little Buddies will go up to $75 from $70. Small Babies will cost $115 for the 12″ and $145 for the 16″. Blankets will go up to $23 (from $20). There will be small increases in clothing but not by much.
Phew – now that’s out of the way – I’m sure most of you know about our new ‘Serendipity Dolls’. I post dolls on the blog several times a week that are for sale, if you are interested in buying that doll then you simply leave a comment. After the ‘listing’ is up for 24 hours I then contact the buyer and arrange payment and delivery.. the buyer is chosen via a random number generator. I am loving this new way of getting dolls out there – it’s a lot of fun and gives buyers another chance at a doll. I wish we could make lots and lots of dolls so that you could just pop on the site and buy whatever you’d like , and, maybe one day it will be like that ( a flock of sewing mama’s!!) but for now we’re trying our best to make dolls available to as many people as possible – and not just by the posted upload times.
As for the Wait List – we are still undecided about this. We have about 20 more custom dolls to finish up and then we will have around 20 to 30 dolls available per week. I hoping that at this time many of you will find your doll. We have some great ideas about what to do around uploads as well .. we are thinking of doing theme weeks – like all blondies or something so that if you are wanting a doll that looks like your little one then you’d have a chance then to score your brown eyed blonde gal (this idea was thought up by a fantastic lady over on Facebook!).
That’s it for now – sorry this was such a long one tonight… Again, I can not believe how fortunate I am to have all of you as customers – thanks again for all your support and patience and kindness during all of this – it’s amazing! Thanks to all the sewing mama’s, Rachel and Brandi and Reggie , and of course John.. yeah ‘Team John!’!