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Inventory Changes at Wry Toast Designs

Posted in Designs, Etsy with tags , , , , on August 21, 2014 by kellyjcallahan

It’s been a busy 6 months at Wry Toast Designs. Busy making shirts, busy doing analysis of sales, colors that sell, etc. One of the decisions I’ve made is to start keeping an small inventory of shirts on hand. It’s no where near the amount of colors and style available, but enough colors to do a quick turn around for buyers who need a faster turn around time.

After spending many hours checking sales of shirts, tallying of colors and styles and made my decision on inventory.

Currently, in Comfort Colors short sleeve t-shirts, I have black, brown, navy, hemp, khaki, violet, berry, lagoon blue, kiwi, blossom and white in sizes small to 3XL. In LAT Sportswear I have black and brown V-neck ladies shirts in inventory. Sizes small to 2XL. I might be adding some other colors in time.

I also am carrying all colors of Port & Company tote bags: athletic gold, black, bright lime, brown, carolina blue, charcoal, chrome, hunter green, hyacinth, kelly green, maroon, navy, pink, purple, red, royal, stone, tangerine, and tropical pink.

I’ve also tightened up turn around times a little. When I can, I order from a warehouse on the west coast. This shortens shipping times from warehouse to me. I am striving for a 2 week turn around. I’m not always successful, but I try.

Why the Long Shipping Times?

Posted in Designs, Etsy with tags , , , , on March 8, 2014 by kellyjcallahan

I get this comment frequently enough I thought I would explain in detail.

My shipping times are 2-3 weeks for several reasons. First, all of my shirts are custom made for the purchaser. Since they are custom made, the customer can make decisions about dog colors on the doodle designs, or purchase a shirt and have the vinyl match the shirt, etc. The customer can also decide the image size pocket or full front or back. But this is only part of the picture.

Process from Order to Shipping

I order shirts on a weekly basis only (except for Christmas), usually on Sunday night. I do not get enough orders in a week to order more frequently. I need to have as compact and complete orders as possible to avoid over paying for shipping. Unfortunately the vendors do not offer free shipping. If I ship more frequently, I would have to raise prices to compensate for the extra shipping charges.

Shipping can take anywhere from 3-5 business days. If I want quicker shipping time, shipping costs go up, I have to charge more… You get the picture.

Once the shirts arrive they have to be checked against the packing slip, and then the actual order. After checking the order, I need to check each and every shirt to make sure there are no stains, holes, and all the seams are sewn completely. If anything is wrong, I need to contact the vendor and get a replacement or find out why something didn’t ship.

After the shirts check out it’s time to apply the vinyl. Hopefully I’ve had time to have the vinyl pre-cut. But, if I’m dealing with a Dog in Words, in a color I’ve never work with, it has to wait, so I can match vinyl to the shirt.

It’s pretty down hill from there… printing out shipping labels, bagging and mailing.


Inventory is also a big issue. I want to offer as many colors and sizes as possible. If I consider just the short sleeve unisex t-shirts, there are 70 colors in the Comfort Colors brand. If you multiply that by basic sizes (S, M, L, XL, 2XL) that is 420 on ONE kind of shirt. Then you have to consider that I also have women’s crew neck, women’s v-neck, unisex sweatshirts, unisex hoodies, ladies crew necks, ladies hoodies, tank tops, long sleeve shirt… You get the picture. I could fill my house with inventory and still have to have a storage unit.

With inventory also comes managing it on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Lots of paperwork… Yuck.

Paying for the shirts is another nightmare. I would have to raise my prices just to be able to afford to have an inventory.

Why So Many Colors?

I offer the complete array of colors that Comfort Colors produces. One of the reasons is not everyone can wear the same colors. There are so many varieties of blues, greens, purples, pinks. Cool colors, warm colors, etc. I know how I look in certain colors… I look good in reds, pinks, purples. In blues, I have to be pickier, certain blues look bad, etc.

Some Changes

I’m going to try and keep a small inventory of popular colors (black, white, denim or blue jean, hemp, pink, maybe orange) in sizes Small to 2XL. It will take me a little while to build up some inventory, as I can’t afford to buy them all at once. This will enable me to fulfill last minute purchases a little easier. Customers won’t have the complete range of colors, but hopefully this will help.

Doodle Designs

Posted in CafePress Designs, Designs, Etsy with tags , , , , , , , on August 9, 2012 by kellyjcallahan

I’ve started a new line of designs I call Doodle Dogs. I’ve waited to post about them until I had more than one or two designs to show.

These are a fun, cartoon version of dog breeds… Hopefully they are still recognizable to the dog lovers out there.

I’m still working on filling out dog breeds. If there is a specific breed you would like to see, please let me know. The doodle breeds are available through my Etsy store, CafePress, and Dog Mom Dog Designs.

Can you name all the dogs below?

From left to right: Basset Hound, Bulldog, Old English Sheepdog, Smooth Fox Terrier, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Siberian Husky, Border Terrier, Great Pyrenees

Dogs in Action

Posted in Designs with tags , , , , , on September 20, 2011 by kellyjcallahan

Per a couple of requests from customers I’ve added more illustrations of dogs in action. My latest designs include Jumping Golden Retriever, Gaiting Australian Shepherd, Gaiting Border Collie, and a Stacked Border Collie. All of these designs can be found on my CafePress site, CKC Embroidery, Dog Mom Dog Design… or you can order directly from me.