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The (Secret) May Promotion

I wanted to do some sort of shop promotion without having to come up with a coupon code and then spam social media for the duration of it. Instead, I sent a mini pouch blind bag along with every order placed in May. You might be thinking, “What kind of a promotion is this?” It’s a Secret Promotion! One in which I didn’t have to feel bad about if I forgot to do it. But I didn’t forget! Everyone got a mini pouch blind bag!

Some Flaws:
– It was a secret! I know it didn’t drive [new] sales and I don’t know if it encouraged shoppers to leave feedback.
– What if repeat buyers from May 2017 now expect a mini pouch with every order?

Some Pros:
– I have no idea! No one mentioned them.

In the past, I’ve had sort-of-annual sales (like the Summer Sale!). It’s definitely fun to have an annual sale because it can give people something to look forward to! But I haven’t done too much shop-related sewing since before Christmas and my inventory is feeling a little stale. It seemed like a great opportunity to try something new. I’m not sure if I’ll continue this promotion but I’m glad I gave it a go.

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The Organic Collection is back!

I’m happy to announce that The Tragic Whale Organic is making it’s way back into the shop! There’s just a few bags to choose from right now- large makeup bags and a couple of pencil cases- but now that I’ve dug out my organic cotton thread I’m basically unstoppable.

I make all the Organic Collection bags using GOTS certified organic cotton fabric AND thread. More organic materials means lower impact on the environment.

Here’s a couple of the new bags:

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Find these and the rest of the collection here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheTragicWhale?ref=hdr_shop_menu&search_query=organic+collection

It’s the Summer Sale!

Hello! And welcome to The Tragic Whale‘s sort-of-annual summer sale! This year, please enjoy

$5 off when you spend $25 or more, with coupon code: SUMMER5OFF25

$10 off when you spend $50 or more, with coupon code: SUMMER10OFF50

$25 off when you spend $100 or more, with coupon code: SUMMER25OFF100

Sale goes until Thursday, June 23rd at Midnight!

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And there’s nearly 100 new items in stock!

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Enter coupon code at checkout. Cannot be combined with other discounts. Offer valid online only.

 

The Summer Sale!

Summer is finally here, officially! And what better way to welcome the onset of feeling awkward in your swim suit than with a sale :)

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3 Days. 20% off everything. Traveling this summer? Need a makeup bag or pencil case to help organize your travel bag?

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Mini pouches are great to clip on a belt loop for roller blading and bike rides! Maybe you want to size down your George Costanza wallet to a card sleeve? There’s something for almost anyone.

End Wednesday at midnight. Tell your friends!

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New in the shop: 3 new sections!

You’ll find 3 new sections in the shop this month: Sale, Zipper Pouches, and Wallets!

Zipper Pouches: This section is making a comeback. I decided they have a place in the shop again and have been working on some new designs. And most of them will be fancy pouches, with double or triple panels and stitching details. I think the new ones are really fun, and they’re fun to make, too!

Wallets: I briefly carried card sleeves in my shop about 2 years ago. At the time, I ultimately decided to nix them to concentrate my time on pencil cases and makeup bags. But I’ve wanted to offer money and card storage for a long time, and these little puppies are coming back. I’m planning to develop at least 2 more wallet-esque designs in the near future, to round out the section.

Sale: As I work on expanding my shop and tweaking the items I offer, some thing fall by the wayside. Mini pouches went from having key rings to lobster clasps. Front pocket clutches were sized down because the smaller ones sell better. Makeup bags got a new shape. As the new things take over, I don’t know what to do with the old ones. Now they have a home! Everything is priced at least 50% off and are mostly discontinued designs.

I’ve also been toying with the idea of offering seconds in the shop. Maybe the zipper is a little wonky, or there is a fabric wrinkle I couldn’t get out, or there is a weird mark on the fabric I didn’t realize until I was done with it. Currently, I keep them aside or offer them to friends. Just like the sale items start with “sale” in the title, these would start with “second,” and I’d explain about how I spilled candle wax all over it or that because the print is silk-screened on it got a distressed look to it when I was pulling the bag right side out. I’m not 100% sold on it yet through.

How do the new sections look and should I consider offering seconds in the shop?

The Spring Sale!

Coupon code: SPRING20

The Tragic Whale is having a spring sale to (hopefully) celebrate the end of this rough and tough winter. I spent way too much money on propane. Boston got a record amount of snow.  Kids and teachers up and down the East Coast are being asked to forfeit part of their April Vacations to make up all the days they missed. WHAT?! Terrible. Just terrible.

So why not

TreatYoSelf

to a new makeup bag? There are almost 3 full pages to choose from!

Prep for those extra school days with a stylish new pencil case? Find the perfect size for your supplies!

Get a mini pouch because they are SUPER CUTE and practical. Perfect for earbuds, loose change, hair things, googly eyes, a small sewing kit, pills, a paperclip collection, tiny sea shells collected at the beach, chap stick and lighters, to hold your keys when you’re jogging. Basically anything!

The sale runs today through Sunday, March 22nd at midnight! Tell your friends!

Coupon code: SPRING20

New in the shop: Cross Body Bags

For the first time, The Tragic Whale shop will carry large bags! About a year ago I started prototyping an Adventure Bag. Something big enough to hold a water bottle and snacks and a wallet and my mittens and the knickknacks I collect when I’m out wandering around (like rocks. I bring home a LOT of rocks). It had to have an adjustable strap. It had to have a lot of pockets. And it had to be practical. The first one I made had it’s flaws. The strap was too flimsy and some pockets were too small. I didn’t like how the straps attached to the bag itself.

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But this design, this one I’m really happy with. It has 4 easy-to-reach-in pockets (2 inside and 2 outside), a zipper pocket inside for secret things, and sturdy adjustable strap.

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I think it’s taken so long for me to offer a bag like this because it can be frustrating to sew a larger project. At least for me. My desk is my sewing work space, but it’s also my computer desk, writing desk, crafting desk, and snack time desk. I photograph my bags, pack orders, and sift through finances at my desk. A lot of things have a home here, and when you’re feeding 2 feet of fabric through a sewing machine on a barley foot and a half wide desk, things are going to get knocked into and stuck and hit the wall and the next thing you know, the machine is jammed and you’re nursing a multitude of pin pricks.

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A few of these bags have a magnetic button to hold them closed and a few don’t.

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I wanted to offer a variation, but after they were finished I realized it would probably be better to offer the snap as an add-on. It’s the last thing added before I sew it shut, so it wouldn’t be a problem to leave the bags unfinished and then finish them after an order is placed. Sadly, I didn’t think of that BEFORE, so this first round will have to be as is.

You can find these bags in the new “Cross Body Bags” section! Check them out, let me know what you think. And if you like them, make sure to ask your friends and family to surprise you with one for your next birthday :)


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