Below are the details for the newest BBBs. These BBBs apply to orders that are taken in March & April of 2017 only, but the orders DO NOT have to ship in March or April (they can ship anytime). Please note that all prior BBBs are now done and these are the only ones that are in effect. Here goes:
#1. PRECUT SPECIAL (REPEAT FROM THE JAN./FEB. BBB): If you buy 2 of any of the same precuts (excluding American Honor & Natural Treasures) at full price i.e. 2 orders of Splash 5x5s, you will get the third unit of the same item for free. In other words, buy 2 and get one free. Please note that the order still needs to meet the 5 unit minimum order and the free unit does not count towards the minimum.
#2. 44″ QUILTING COTTONS:
FULL COLLECTION SPECIAL: If you buy any full collection in 15 yard cuts, you will get free freight on that order as well as anything else that ships with it. If you buy a full collection in 12 yard cuts, your freight will be 10 cents per yard and anything else you order will also ship for the same price per yard.
SUMATRA BATIK 2 SPECIAL: If you buy 8-30 bolts of the Sumatra 2 Batiks, you will get 20 cents off per yard. If you buy 31-50 bolts of the Sumatra 2 Batiks, you will get 40 cents off per yard. If you buy more than 50 bolts, you will get 50 cents off per yard.
METALLIC COTTONS (44″ & 108″): If you buy any 6 metallic bolts from the same line listed below, you will get the 7th bolt from the same line for free. No mix and match please.
#3. 108″ FABRICS (REPEAT FROM THE JAN./FEB. BBB): : For every 5 bolts of full priced 108″ fabrics that you purchase, you will get 10 cents off per yard. That discount increases with every 5 bolts ordered. In other words, if you buy 10 bolts you get 20 cents off per yard, 15 bolts gets you 30 cents off per yard, 20 bolts gets you 40 cents off per yard, 25 bolts gets you 50 cents off per yard, 30 bolts gets you 60 cents of per yard and so on. The maximum is 50 bolts for $1.00 off per yard. This special cannot be mixed with the metallic 108″ special immediately above.
We hope that you continue to take advantage of the BBBs.
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As I ponder the idea of continuing to blog for years to come about the fabric industry, it seems that I am going to have to venture away from the quilting related blog path every so often. It’s just that I need to mix things up a little for your sanity and mine. I don’t want my blah blah blogs to become too ba—ba—boring. With all that being said, this week I am going to tell you a personal story that some might consider funny and others might consider to be sad. In any case, there are lessons to be learned.
2 weeks ago I was at the Vacuum & Sewing Show in Vegas (more about that in another blog). Monday morning I got a frustrated call from my wife. Go figure, as always, whenever I am not home, that is when all the drama happens. She called to tell me that at 745 am someone took our garbage bags from the curb and spread our garbage allover our driveway.
My wife looked at our security cameras (see photo above) and unfortunately could not determine who it was. She called the police and filed a report. Of course, she and the kids were a little worried because who does such a thing in a so-called civilized society? The police thought it was someone with a couple screws loose. I thought it was just someone that didn’t like how our garbage smelled. My wife wondered out loud if it might be our neighbor. Turns out, we unfortunately didn’t start off on the right foot with them when they moved in to the neighborhood not too long ago. Long story short, there was a property line issue and I had to take down and replace 25 bushes and put up a new fence. Their moving in was definitely not an inexpensive venture for me and that didn’t even include the legal bills and unnecessary drama.
Fast forward 2 days when I returned home from Vegas. I was driving home and saw my neighbor putting out his garbage. In spite of our differences, I thought I would ask if he knew anything about the garbage incident for the sake of everyone in the neighborhood. Immediately, he said that HE DID IT! I was totally stunned and asked,”Why would you do something like that, psycho?” (Ok, I didn’t actually say the ‘psycho’ part).
He told me that over the last couple of weeks that he found my garbage allover his driveway. So I said, “And you think that I did this?” I went on to say, “Buddy, I am a nice 44 year old gentleman, you think I am getting up in the morning to get myself dirty and scatter my garbage on your driveway?” “Are you insane?” In any case, he said that this was like the third time it happened. That combined with a bad night of sleep with a sick child caused him to loose his cool. I asked him, “Why didn’t you just come over and ask?” He just presumed that it was me trying to mess with him because of the long past property line issue. As if I don’t have better things to do with my life.
There was an easy explanation after all. Our garbage collectors walk through the neighborhood emptying all the garbage cans and then the truck drives around and then they throw the trash in the back. It turns out that my garbage collector was moving my garbage to my neighbor’s driveway and I guess it spilled out a couple times. In other words, it was a big misunderstanding that went haywire. In the end, I think there are a couple of lessons to be learned. Never assume because that makes an ass out of u and me (ASSUME). Also, it shows how important it is to communicate with people.
Enough of the story, but I did want to tie this in to our industry and my business experiences. We often run in to situations where our customers assume certain things that are not true or not totally true. Rather than calling us to discuss, they just take a position like we don’t want to do business with you ever again or any of your other companies and cancel all my orders. This really isn’t a great way for anyone to do business and a lot of times there is an easy solution. We value all of our customers very much and as I always say, our business and industry is not perfect. We do the best we can all the time.
All the being said, please consider how you would feel if every time you made a little mistake or had a misunderstanding with a customer that they told you that they would not do business with you ever again. It is a little extreme if you ask me. I would venture to say that the error would have to be egregious for me not to want to do business anymore. Please keep that in mind going forward and remember that a lot of lives are affected when you make grandiose threats about not doing business with our companies any more. To be honest, it hurts when this happens and unfortunately it happens all too often. We didn’t make it for 87 years in the business by treating customers poorly.
By the way, I thought it would have been nice for the neighbor to show up at my house the next day to apologize with some wine or a cake or even just an apology. That is what I would have done, but then again I wouldn’t have tossed the trash allover. Live and learn my friends and love thy neighbor or not as you choose.
What’s up folks? Happy Monday and Happy President’s Day! As if things in the quilting and sewing industry have not been challenging enough lately, we now have a new enemy knocking down our door and picking on our favorite American past time…sewing. It’s like we are under siege from all directions…all the time. Next thing you know it, our dear president will start picking on us too. In any case, the newest twist, in case you haven’t heard, the people of Hasbro are moving towards getting rid of the thimble. Ahhh!! This is a real kick in the thimble if you know what I mean.
As if it wasn’t bad enough already that the people of Hasbro got rid of the iron in 2013 in exchange for no other than a……..cat?!?! Someone really has it out for our industry and we need to defend ourselves before we are no longer represented. I mean, what about the freaking wheelbarrow? Does anyone even use wheelbarrows anymore? I haven’t seen one lately in New York City. Or what about that weird looking shoe? This looks like a shoe from 1935 when Monopoly was invented. It sure doesn’t look like any shoe that I have ever seen or worn…thank god. I vote for the shoe and the wheelbarrow to go. I also vote for the iron to come back and I think a quilt should be added. How about them apples? (Good Will Hunting reference.)
As you probably know, I am all for change, but I am not for this change. As far as I am concerned, if it isn’t broken it doesn’t need to be fixed and this isn’t a broken…it is a classic. What could possibly replace our dear thimble? A poop emoji? An iphone? An electric car? These things will come and go, but the thimble….never.
Unfortunately, I think it is too late to save our beloved thimble, but at the least, we should let the people of Hasbro know that we are up in arms about this. I am sure that you can figure out how to protest this on your own. If in doubt, google it. Good luck! Let me know what you do.
I hope that your team won the Super Bowl. If not, better luck next year. Assuming that all my readers are hung over from all the football, greasy food, chips & dips, betting pools, amazing commercials and perhaps alcohol (but I would guess that my readers aren’t drinkers, or are they?), I am going to delve in to a short and sweet blog that won’t mess too much with your hangover.
This past week I was reading the very reputable (note sarcasm) New York Post on the train ride in to New York City to work. I came across a short article called Warding Off Dementia based on a report from the JAMA Neurology Journal. The part that caught my attention was the conclusion that senior citizens benefit from simple activities to keep their brains sharp. Lo and behold, one of those activities listed to keep the brain sharp was craft making. This would include: arts & crafts, quilting and sewing. Amen to that! Just another of the many reasons why our great industry will not be going away any time soon!
Anyway, have a great week. I am going to be taking a day off from blogging next week as I will be at the VDTA show in Vegas. Please come visit me at booth 855 if you plan on attending.