Wednesday, January 19, 2011

TAFT Winner and a Quick Q&A

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To begin, I would like to say hello to those who are new to Joyfolie and thank you for all the kind words you have shared about our products! Perhaps you have already read on our site that I used to teach college writing. Two years ago on a road trip to Austin I hand made a pair of booties during our travels. That is how my "business" (when it wasn't a business at all) began--little hand sewn booties. I was still teaching writing and staying up late, sewing these little booties as the orders occasionally came in off of Etsy. Shortly after that, I was contacted by a celebrity who wanted to buy several dozen of these wee little shoes... and shortly thereafter, I was told they might be featured in Instyle Magazine. Therein, the journey began. Over time, I have learned bit by bit, how to grow a business: how to hire staff, file a copyright, seek manufacturers. The truth is, our staff is still just a handful of people, but we are the brink of substantial growth. We are just a cottage industry, and all our shoes are hand cut and sewn in my studio. However, after over a year of searching, we have found a manufacturer who is converting our soft handmade shoes into real, how-do-you-do shoes. These will come in hopefully by this spring and in quantities of several thousand. We have also been in contact with a major and well-known retailer, and I have also made friends with the former Vice-President of Reebok, with whom I am discussing the details to learn the classic technique of shoe making. It has been such an interesting, unexpected journey! So, as I watched on Tuesday as our blog stats teetered at ten thousand, I ask you to please be patient with us as we adjust and grow.

So, blah-blah-blah, you are probably thinking, Who's the winner? We had 1690 entries. The winner of the boots is entry #1196 Launa Boulanger. You can see the drawing from Random.org, and how I found this number by clicking here. There were so many more entries than I expected, so I picked two more winners, Lindsay Warren and Jennifer Posegate, who we will each get one of our embellished tees and you can see those drawings here. To all three winners, please email orders@joyfolie with your name and address so we can mail you your prize!

Also, as a special and sincere thank you to those who spread the Joyfolie name across Facebook like wild fire, I am offering a 25% discount on our embellished tees with the code TEE4U, good through Saturday.
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Most of the questions we are asked is "are all the shoes and boots sold out?" The answer is yes. We remake select styles and sizes every week, and they sell out very quickly. I am going to post a new shoe inventory batch on our Facebook page very soon. However, we do have our embellished tees, ruffled jackets, Hansel and Gretel boots, dresses, fur wraps, and women's items that are in stock. Also, I do sell the PDF pattern for the wee little infant booties I used to make when this journey initially began.

Finally, I put together a few Q&A's about our business. If you have a question that is not answered here, please post it in the comments, and I will respond there.

Thank you,so very much for all your amazingly positive energy. I can't tell you how much of myself and how many sleepless nights I have poured into this business. I am truly humbled and blessed by your encouragement!

thank you!
Jessica

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Q&A

Q: Is everything sold out? The items say they are “out of stock” or “choose a smaller quantity;" are they sold out?

A: When you get the message "Either product is out of stock or choose a smaller quantity" it means the item is sold out. Joyfolie is a small company and right now we are putting out very low levels of shoe and boot inventory. This is partly because I am actively working with manufacturers to convert my designs into firm-soled shoes. I am working on an order of several thousand pairs, which will run up to toddler size 12. In the meantime, we do stock our apparel and accessories and white fur boots. We also relist more shoe inventory every week, by posting specific listing times on our our blog and Facebook. These shoes usually sell out within seconds of being entered in.


Q: Is there a secret to purchasing a pair of Joyfolie shoes?

A: As you may have realized, my handmade shoes are offered several dozen at a time and tend to sell out immediately. I would recommend having the item up a few minutes before I put in the inventory, and then refresh the size you desire for several minutes before and after the listing time. I also recommend Firefox for your browser, rather than Explorer. Please don’t become discouraged is you are not able to purchase a pair. I can empathize with how frustrating this is as a shopper and am working extremely hard to grow our shoe and boot inventory.


Q: Do you offer custom orders?

A: No. Please understand I wish I could, but I spend most of my time working with manufacturers to try and grow our inventory on a larger scale. This is challenging enough, especially in tandem to being a mom to two small kiddos.


Q: Do you ship internationally?

A: Yes. Please select this shipping option at the time of checkout. We ship USPS first class, which takes 2-4 weeks for the shipment to arrive.


Q: Do you wholesale?

A: Demand has so far outstretched supply that we do not wholesale our products. We are working on drastically expanding our inventory, and will reopen wholesale lines when that happens. Right now, we are project spring/summer 2011.


Q: What sizes to you offer? Have you thought about making shoes for boys or for women?

Our handmade shoes are available up to toddler size 8. When we transition to manufactured shoes, we will offer up to toddler size 12. We do not have any immediate plans for boys shoes or youth sizes; our first project beyond toddler shoes will be branching into womens.

13 comments:

Cassie Mickelsen said...

Do you post your items that are in stock once a week at a certain time and day each week so that I can be on the lookout?

Jenni said...

i found you just when things were starting to "get big"! it has been amazing and inspirational to watch you grow! even though miss lola has outgrown your size 8's and we currently don't order shoes right now, we will hopefully get to get in on some of them when they start going up to size 12, i am still a faithful follower and swoon over your beautiful work! congratulations, so very proud of you.

ashlynn said...

What a great story! Can't wait to see how your company evolves so I can get a pair of those McKenna boots for my girls (me too please)!

Jessica Haley said...

Cassie, this is a good question. I just posted a time on FB so you can see one:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joyfolie/113211405384039#!/photo.php?fbid=177694708935708&set=a.113221395383040.7296.113211405384039

Jessica Haley said...

Thanks, Jenni! I remember you and Lola--of course!

Farrah said...

Hi Jessica,

It is Farrah with Sweet Papery. I am so happy to see that things are going so well for you. You are amazing!!!! I love watching you grow.

Jenny Plumb said...

It has been so fun watching you grow. You've been on an amazing journey and as always, wish you all the best and the utmost success!

well-to-do said...

Wow-love your blog so so so much! We'd love to feature you sometime...

http://welltodoyou.blogspot.com/

Cheers!
Suz from Well to Do

Lucia said...

Hello again, I wrote on the blog two days ago but no answer, I just want to know how I can buy them, will one day return to sell those boots? if not do it again please tell to not be wasting my time, I wonder if they'll sell these boots, just that thanks

Zang of inStyleMama.com said...

I love your designs and blog so much. I've been visiting it quite often to get a kick of pretty designs since I discovered it. Would love to carry your shoes in my own boutique someday, but I learned that won't happen soon.

Heather Reed said...

I too would LOVE to carry the shoes in my boutique! Please add me to the list if you do decided to do line sheets for the spring! #sweatshop
www.facebook.com/MonkeyBarsAlameda

CHEERS!
Heather, Monkey Bars

Erika said...

Jessica, as a gal originally from League City it has been fun to see your company grow.

How do you deal with the challenges of the fast growth while caring for two little ones? I love how you continued with the business even when you had to change names--someone else might have hung it up then.

K8 said...

I just stumbled upon your boots and your story...and wow! amazing! I love hearing stories like this - of following your passion & living the creative dream!

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