I started a journey back in March and boy am I shocked at where I’ve ended up! I feel very strongly that we need modern representation in our cities and our towns – not just online. So I was working on doing that in Tucson. And then it all fell apart (To be clear, this was because of my decision to back out. I know I could have moved forward and put on a fake smile that everything was perfect, but it would have been far far from perfect…perfect wouldn’t have even been visible!) I was kinda in limbo for a little while but….
Sometime after that fell apart, new factors also came into play in our personal life. This actually made it clear – 100% clear – that I am not supposed to open a shop in Tucson. So I had a big decision to make – ‘go all in’ online or cut way way way back. The same personal factors means that, at this time, I simply cannot ‘go all in’ online.
So I’ll guess that based on the title of the post, you can predict the direction I choose. The time has come to say goodbye to Above All Fabric as an online fabric store – at least as one run by me.
What the heck does that mean?
First: Almost ALL inventory is on sale! SUPER sale. And I haven’t even raised the shipping price to the actual cost! It’s still a super low $5/order in the US. (You can find it here!) Cotton fabrics start at $3.99/yd. The sale includes minky, voile, linen and knit too (and at crazy crazy prices!) Even the velveteen is only $4.99/yd!
Second: Starting in January, I will only be doing one group kit per month. These have been so well received and I’m excited about the kits I have planned for the first 5 months of 2012. Each kit will have multiple fabric options. And IF you want to buy just the fabric, I will have it for sale. But I will order only specifically for the kits.
Third: And this is a big one, someone may wish to take over the Above All Fabric website and continue it as a fabric store (run by someone else, obviously not me!) I have put a lot into this business, and I plan to see it continue one way or another. If you think you might be that person (or persons) please contact me! (The name can easily be changed and the domain forwarded, so don’t let that stop you.) And it’s easy to make simple changes to the layout and sections. It has so many possibilities!
As far as the inventory goes – almost all is on sale from 25 to 50% off. Shipping is still only $5 in the US. (The very few items that aren’t on sale fit into my new plans for 2012.) These prices will remain as long as the inventory does. I’m really hoping to have most of it out of my house by the time Thanksgiving weekend comes along. We’ll see how that goes!
If no one wishes to buy the website, then it will get a bit of a makeover in order to move forward with the kits. And so that’s where I am! Most of the time, I feel okay about it. Like I said, it’s not where I actually thought I was headed. Life is funny that way. But I am really excited about family time (and vacations!) not to mention other ideas I have swirling around in my head that I couldn’t really dedicate time to when I was trying to run an online fabric shop.
If you could please please please help spread the word about the sale, I’d really appreciate it. I’ve even made a button you can post on your blog if you wish. Everything is while supplies last – orders will be cut in the order they are received. If there is a shortage on the bolt, then you will automatically be refunded for the difference and shipped what is here.
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So I guess this isn’t really goodbye after all – it’s really more of a change of direction. So can I say “See ya later” instead?