Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Introducing “Stationery of the Week”

 

Isn’t stationery expensive nowadays?! As a letter writer myself, I know how hard it can be to find affordable stationery these days, especially when you shop online. Shipping costs can be daunting! It’s even more disheartening when you write long letters, because you end up paying several dollars for supplies that you’ll only be able to use for a couple of letters at most. Sure, you can still come across reasonably priced stationery from time to time, but did you notice that it’s always printed on cheap, flimsy paper?! I like to use both sides of the paper, so I need quality stuff to write on.

 

As most of you already know, I’ve been designing and selling handmade stationery for almost 3 years at La Papierre. While I’ve always tried to make my items as affordable as possible, a few factors make this harder. The biggest problem is that I have to get my stationery printed in bulk to get a decent price, which means that my apartment is constantly overflowing with inventory. Now you might know that I’m trying to conceive at the moment, and that my studio will be turned into a baby nursery within the next few months, so unless I decide to quit eating food and start eating paper instead, I have to stop expanding my inventory.

 

However, customers have told me that they would like new stationery designs more regularly, and I really want to make this more affordable for everyone, so I went to work and found a solution: ordering from a new supplier and creating a new service. And today I’m ready to tell you all about my new project (my new baby, until I’m actually pregnant and have a real baby to brag about): “Stationery of the Week”!

 

Stationery

 

Basically, it will be a weekly service that’s exactly what it sounds like: I will provide a new stationery design for letter writers every week. But the catch is that each design will only be for sale for a week, so if/when you see one that you like, you’ll have to grab it right away, because it will be gone a few days later. So people will have a week to order the stationery, then I’ll get everything printed professionally within a week, and paper will ship as soon as I receive it. That way, I won’t be stuck with hundreds of letter sets, and you’ll see a better selection of stationery on a more regular basis, at reasonable costs. Isn’t that awesome?!

 

My goal is to provide more affordable stationery for all of us snail mailers. But before I launch this new project, I’d like to ask you one very simple question: how much would you like to pay for this kind of service? Please take the four 1-question polls below to let me know what you think!

 

How much would you pay for 25 sheets of handmade 5″x 8″ stationery (A5) that’s thick enough to write on both sides of the paper? (Shipping included)

 

How much would you pay for 50 sheets of handmade 5″x 8″ stationery (A5) that’s thick enough to write on both sides of the paper? (Shipping included)

 

How much would you pay for 100 sheets of handmade 5″x 8″ stationery (A5) that’s thick enough to write on both sides of the paper? (Shipping included)
 

 

How much would you pay for 150 sheets of handmade 5″x 8″ stationery (A5) that’s thick enough to write on both sides of the paper? (Shipping included)
 

 

Thank you! Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below. And stay tuned… The first edition of “Stationery of the Week” will be out shortly!

Posted under Polls, SOTW

11 Responses to “Introducing “Stationery of the Week””

  1. This is a great idea, Julie! Good luck with your new efforts in Stationery and I wish you the best and SUCCESS in your efforts at conception! There’s such wonder at a new baby. :)

  2. So here’s the new attempt of commenting this wonderful announcement… ;-)

    I’m so happy to read about your new project. I said it in the LEP and I’ll repeat it here: I like the surprise bag for penpal kind of project. A new letter set each week… I just came up with the math and wow… 52 chances to find the perfect stationery. Wow!
    AWESOME!

    I hope you’ll get rewared for this project!
    *hugs*

    Jen

  3. I like the idea but as an international buyer it won’t work for me, as weekly I would be paying for shipping of one design. I buy lots of designs at once when I have money to save on postage. STILL hopefull you may keep a few regular designs.
    Best of luck in your endeavours and your journey into parenthood !!!! Can’t wait to hear about a new baby. :-) xoxo

  4. I would also like to pay one price and automatically have a shipment of stationery sent to each week. That would be fun!

  5. I like the idea a lot ! I can’t promise to buy every week ;) but with good quantities and fewer customers you should manage your stock just fine.

    As an international buyer, my limit price would be 30 USD (whatever quantity) which already allows you to get rid of stock and I to save money too (as shipping costs only are worth it with larger quantities) ^^.

    Good luck with this new project and the baby concieving !

  6. Would it be possible to for example buy 2 different sets from two different weeks and have them shipped together in the end of the month or something? At least for international customers.

  7. I agree with Tami! Kind of like a stationery subscription service! That would be awesome!

    I love the idea of stationery of the week though! I will definitely be checking it out!

  8. It’s ok for me because I live in Canada so shipping is not bad. For international customers they will miss out on the shipping reduction when ordering multiple sets as they will only be able to order one set/design at a time.

  9. Excellent idea! I’m glad we live in the same country.

  10. Good idea though and great to have more choices!

  11. I’m loving this idea!

Hello!

My name is Julie and I'm 37.
I'm French Canadian and fell
in love with an American,
so I'm now living in Vermont
with my wife.

I write letters, I love stationery and I have a handwriting fetish. I often eat sushi, still feel like I'm 16 and only wear skirts & dresses (with colorful tights when it's cold).

I'm happier with a mind full of ideas, a mailbox full of letters from my penpals, a shop full of stationery, a house full of pens and a day full of hugs.

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