Thursday, May 8, 2008

Grrrr....shipping costs going up

I finally took a look at new postal rates going into effect on Monday. Gosh darn it! This is just nuts. Most of my packages are under 1lb. This level jumps up 20cents. The next level jumps up 75cents. I feel like I'm being forced to walk the plank! shipping is so darn expensive already!

There really aren't any options. Shipping UPS for packages under 3lb costs more than the post office, and takes a lot longer. Shipping first classs is a problem too. Anything under 13oz can go first class. But when I have to buy shipping boxes, then I have to increase the shipping to cover the boxes. So I might as well use the free priority mail boxes. Other issues with First Class is that delivery confirmation costs extra. With my priority mail program it is free. And shipping patterns first class, well, that is a problem. The post office will fold, bend, man-handle and even drop into the water patterns in envelopes. I've even had customers tell me the pattern looks very old and very used. I would be disgruntled too! So I use the priority mail flat rate envelope. I don't get any more of those complaints. Only that it costs so much to mail 1 little pattern. Damned if you do, damned if you don't!

Well enough of whining. Spent some time researching online accounting programs last night. I found only 2 (quickbooks and epeachtree) that are fairly inexpensive. All the remaining programs start at $99 and up. Interesting.

(This is a photo of the single point needle rack and the Cascade Sierra Yarn. Looks very neat and clean, yes? )

In the store the April and May slow down is well on its way. Knitters are usually also gardeners and the spring fever hits. Toward the end of May and into June I expect business to pick up again. but we've got a lot of work caught up around the store.

On the right is Lorna's Laces Swirl Chunky, then Cascade 220 Superwash, and you can't see them but on the far end is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, and Cascade Fixation. On the left is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Bulky. Lots of it !! They all have links on my yarn page.

Sarah my employee of a number of years has moved on. She's getting married and moving into Coos Bay. My new employee kind of fell into my hands. A friend is staying with me and after about a month fell in love with this quiet pokey little lake side town of Lakeside. Janene refused to just sit on her laurels. After a few weeks of staring me down over the counter insisting I put her to work, she is flying through pulling orders and the store has never looked so neat and organized. Well, except for my desk!

Don't look too close!! There have been times when it has been worse!

Thank you and welcome to Lakeside, Janene!!

Today I hope to work on the details of the Toddler Vest. The pattern is done and proofed. I'm arranging pictures and layout in my InDesign software. Looks like I need one more photograph, the measurements on the schematic and to detail out the abbreviations. Cross your fingers! It was a fun vest to knit. I've knit a total of 5 of these now, and my Mom test knitted another. She keeps asking me what I'm going to do with all these vests!! Heck, I don't know! But who cares, they were just so much fun to knit!

Gotta go! Finished my first cup of coffee, and it is time to slip out to excercise before beginning another day in the store!


Ellen said...

your store looks so yummy...... wish I could come and "feel" the yarn.......
Ellen in SD

KnitNana said...

Oh I do feel your pain on the shipping charges...I'm hoping to absorb them for a bit, but I will probably have to go up on them eventually. Just one of many things increasing for the small business owner