I would like to take a little time to say hats off to our local Post Office, without whom our little Etsy shop could not exist.
Before launching our shop, we considered the items we would sell (and hope to eventually sell), the supplies we would need, how to photograph our items, and what our prices would be. I’m sure that in passing we considered that eventually we would ship our items off, but it was a fleeting thought pushed aside by the excitement of even opening a shop at all. When our first sale did come, there was that moment of panic – now that we’ve sold it, what do we do with it? And so, our Post Office adventures began…
(Our beautiful old Post Office looks much the same today as when it was first built. The pic above was taken in 1920.)
After a slightly rocky start at a small postal outlet near our house (i.e. little help actually navigating the somewhat confusing world of dimensions and weight and packing materials), we decided the extra travel time would be worth it and opted to do our business with our city’s main Post Office. And oh, what a good decision this was. Finally, customs papers were explained and we actually understood what the best method was for sending our product.
Now, 90 sales later (who would have thought we’d hit 90 sales before our first year was over? Not us!), we are Post Office pros. Rather than fretting over bubble wrap and envelopes, a trip to the Post Office now means a chat with one of the awesome people that has helped us set up our shop. We talk about what the most recent packages contain, and sometimes even sell a few sets of dishcloths to them!
So hats off to Jim, Lorraine, Glenn, Tyra, and Linda, without whom Stagnant Gypsy could not be. Thank you for helping us share our products with customers around the world.