Good afternoon all followers of the HoHoHoliday FundRAiser!
Apologies for my lack of communication here on blog over the last days. No, I did not do a runner with the money, I was just resting after a full three-day packing marathon Thursday, Friday, Saturday. This morning I took the last of my shipments to the post office. You should have received your dispatch notifications by now (check your spam folder and/or your Etsy and eBay accounts if you haven’t seen it yet). That is apart from 9 shipments that will be sent by the donor directly tomorrow or Wednesday. However, it is all accounted for and all good. If you received notification that an item was bought by you, then it is yours and will be shipped to you. Guaranteed!
It’s been a mad few days. To give you an insight, why it takes so long to stick a little brooch in an envelope and ship it off to the buyer:
In total, I processed 184 transactions. 40 were on eBay, 144 on Etsy. 50 of them were fulfilled by the donors themselves, i.e. the donors of the items packed and shipped the items themselves. Of the remaining 130+ transactions, many were transactions where a buyer had bought more than one item, so all their items had to be picked and packed together for one shipment. Every purchase on both platforms had to be printed out. Since many of you bought items individually rather than multiple in one transaction, those packing slips had to be first sorted together. I did that in alphabetical order, so I would catch each and every item each buyer had bought.
It’s amazing how long that takes… Unfortunately the Etsy order system does not provide an alphabetical filter option when printing those packing slips. This is not meant as a scolding for clicking on “buy” individually rather than in one transaction – I understand that the system forces you to do so in order to snap up the items that you coveted.
Even though I had an assembly line in progress – all items lined up and in reach so that I could put them together and place them in the shipping container – I first had to find suitable packaging material, envelopes and boxes to carefully pack them in. Then the next step was addressing each shipment. For UK and US shipments, customs forms have to be filled in, which require manual input of each address, item details, value and customs code. Then the shipping labels, already with postage, had to be printed out and attached to the envelopes/boxes, and the shipment had to be sealed and secured. It takes a while to get it all ready for dispatch… And with our fantastic range of so many items, it is impossible to prepare shipments in advance and have ready-packed envelopes that would only need slapping on an address label, as there is no knowing what people are going to buy and in which combination.
Half way through packing and labelling, this is what my craft-room looked like.
It had even looked worse than that. But by Sunday morning everything was packed, labelled and the last batch was ready for posting.
Doesn’t even look like it, but the craft room is back in a tidy state.
I took five trips to the post office, the first of which I didn’t document. But those are basically five large Ikea bag loads’ worth of shipments 😂
Before you think I am complaining: It was all worth it. Because we really generated a shed-load of money. Since I am not quite sure whether we might have some more postal deductions, I can only give you a hint right now, but I think it is fairly certain that we have cracked a really nice big watershed. But we have considerable deductions due to postage costs. The postage alone currently stands at €699.45, and the fees subtracted another €406.84 from the net profits.
However, the fees and postage should not detract from the amazing result of the fundraiser. My thanks go to all bidders and buyers and to the donors. The latter have donated money to the tune of €455.14! Thank you so much for that! The donation button is still active, in case anyone would like to contribute still via this link (click the image below):
The final proceeds will be announced tomorrow or Wednesday, as soon as postage deductions are finalised!