Archive for May, 2019

First Trip to York

We spent the weekend in York, Maine to celebrate our friends’ wedding! Usually we stay in Ogunquit so it was nice to have a reason to try somewhere new. We stayed at the Union Bluff Hotel and had a great view of the water and the beach.

We got salt water taffy from The Goldenrod, had pizza at Woody’s, and grabbed ice cream from Wicked Good Ice Cream.

Our friends rented a house right on the water for the celebration. It had a million rooms, a million and one balconies, and ocean on 3 1/2  sides. It felt like the edge of the world. It was magical.

It was a super fun weekend and we’re already talking about going back!

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The results are in!

With a record-breaking 12 votes, and 100% support for free shipping, The Tragic Whale is moving to free shipping!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to weigh in on this!

This feels like a HUGE step for me, and the price differences see so drastic, but I just keep reminding myself that it’s only $2 and that I came to this decision with input from my customer base. Here’s to the next thing!

 

Free Shipping Poll

Please take the survey! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YX9YXMJ

With Etsy pushing free shipping, and with the USPS price increase at the beginning of the year, I’m considering offering free shipping. It currently costs $4.12 (+) to mail out a package, but I haven’t increased my shipping fees past $3 since shipping went up to $3 a few years ago.

I can raise my shipping fees up to $4 and take the loss of a few cents per order

OR

I can increase cost of my items by $2 and change shipping to $0.

I don’t want my price increase to be too dramatic and scare people away. But with an average order size of 1, it would decrease the overall price for almost my entire customer base.

Current-
Average item cost: $14.50
Shipping:$3
Average total: $17.50

Shipping increase-
Average item cost: $14.50
Shipping: $4
Average total: $18.50

Free shipping- 
Average item cost: $16.50
Shipping: $0
Average total: $16.50

Please take the survey! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YX9YXMJ

Garden Update- May

We got the raised beds started! We didn’t get enough soil, and that square one in the back doesn’t have a permanent home yet. But we have a pallet of soil waiting in the driveway, with a couple of cedar flower barrels for some perennial flowers.

So far, the green beans, carrots, and broccoli have moved into the front beds. The beans are THRIVING! And the carrots and broccoli look very dead. I started more carrots in peat pots, but I also have enough seeds left to start a row right in the soil, and thin them out as they pop up. I’m going to give them a couple of weeks and see what happens.

None of the peppers I started sprouted, and all their peat pots molded! Out of everything, they are the only ones that got gross so I don’t know what I did wrong. They got the same amount of water and same amount of light. I started a few more and I’m hoping a couple of them take. A local farm (J&K’s Good Thyme Farm!) has a plant sale coming up so if mine don’t sprout I can shop local and get some there!

We added a bird feeder to the front, moved the strawberry plants into the back yard raised bed, and I relocated my Lily of the Valley again.

And we’re planning a shed for the front corner of the yard, with a path to it from the front steps. If all goes according to plan, we won’t have any front grass to worry about by next year!


Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

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