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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

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

So Much Puppy Love

Posted in CafePress Designs, Etsy with tags , , , , , , on March 5, 2012 by kellyjcallahan

I’ve been busy adding new illustrations to my Etsy and Cafepress shops. They are also available through CKC Embroidery and Dog Mom Dog Designs.

  • The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a guardian breed that originated in Turkey more than 6,000 years ago. He is well-suited to Turkey’s harsh climate and a nomadic lifestyle, he served shepherds as the frontline defense against predators.
  • The Basset Hound was originally developed in France as a trailer of small game that hunters could follow on foot. The Marquis de Lafayette brought Basset Hounds, known for their impeccable sense of smell, to the United States as a gift to President George Washington to use in his hunting expeditions.
  • The Bluetick Coonhound gets its name from a coat pattern, which is dark blue in color and covered in a ticking or mottled pattern. Working ability is very important to owners who prize the sturdy and athletic Bluetick for its skill in trailing and treeing raccoons and other small animals.

 

  • The Cardigan Welsh Corgi (the corgi with the tail) is the older of the two Corgi breeds. He is low set with moderately heavy bone and a deep chest. Originally used as a drover and farm dog, the breed is small and powerful, capable of great speed and endurance.
  • The Chinese Crested is a fine-boned, elegant toy dog that craves human companionship. The crested comes in two varieties; the Hairless and Powderpuff. The hairless has soft, silky hair on its head, tail and feet. Wherever the body is hairless the skin is soft and smooth. The Powderpuff is entirely covered with a double soft, straight coat. The two types often come from the same litter.
  • The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a long, low body and “scimitar” tail, which looks like a curved sword, as well as his large soulful eyes and fluffy head of hair. Though small in stature, the Dandie has the character of a big dog, possessing confidence, intelligence and an independent nature.

 

  • The Pumi is an agile Hungarian herding breed. They are versatile stock dogs, equally adept at gathering, driving and keeping the stock under control. The breed has a long head with semi-erect ears, a whimsical expression and a tail that forms a circle over the back.
  • The Sussex Spaniel was one of the original nine breeds recognized by the AKC in 1884. It originated in the 18th century in the county of Sussex, England, where it was used as a field dog. At that time, the custom of hunting on foot made the Sussex a popular hunting companion and very useful in flushing and retrieving upland game.
  • The (Toy) Manchester Terrier was developed in England and originates from the Black and Tan Terrier, the oldest known terrier breed. They were bred to hunt rats and other small vermin and still retain that ability today. The cuddly house pet quickly turns into an efficient worker whether in the backyard or field when it detects the presence of a rodent.

 


Westminster Dog Show Contest

Posted in Contest, Etsy with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2012 by kellyjcallahan

With the annual Westminster Dog Show is fast approaching and I’ve decided to have a contest.

What you need to do to win…

Go to my Facebook Fan Page and comment on the Westminster Dog Show post with your favorite dog breed or the breed that you think will win Westminster… that is it.

Comments will be accepted from now (February 1, 2012) until February 12, 2012. Once the dog show begins on the 13th, comments will be close. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

What you will win…

You will win a high-quality Comfort Colors garment-dyed t-shirt with any of my Wry Toast designs. You can check out the shirts/designs here.

Who will win?

Anyone can win. You’ll be assigned a number: 1 for comment #1, 2 for #2 etc. A number will be randomly selected through random.org and that will be the winner.

A second bonus prize for the person who correctly guesses the Best in Show Breed. If more then one person picks the correct breed, I’ll return to random.org and select between the correct answers.

Ready, Set, Dog Show…

Oodles and Oodles of Doodles

Posted in Etsy with tags , , , , , , on January 10, 2012 by kellyjcallahan

I recently opened a new Etsy shop featuring apparel with my designs. I am still “stocking” the store with designs… but never fear, if I have the design on my Flickr site, you can order it.

Opening the shop on Etsy allows me to sell directly to you, instead of just CafePress and Zazzle. It also allows me to sell a higher quality of merchandise that is handmade. The designs are hot pressed on the shirt with long-lasting and durable vinyl (by Dog Mom Dog Designs). The apparel is a heavy weight, ring-spun, and garment dyed. A variety of shirt and sweatshirt styles are available. If you have a special request, just let me know.

You can visit my new shop here.

Poodles, Poodles, Poodles

Posted in CafePress Designs, Etsy with tags , , , , , , on December 14, 2011 by kellyjcallahan

Okay, so just two poodles. I’ve just added poodle heads with “pet cuts” to my CafePress and Etsy sites.

The Poodle, though often equated to the beauty with no brains, is exceptionally smart, active and excels in obedience training. The breed comes in three size varieties, which may contribute to why Poodle is one of the most popular breeds according to AKC. Poodles can be a variety of solid colors.