Thursday, June 28, 2018

Shipping and Store Updates

Hello dear friends!!

First, thank you SO much for all of your sweet emails, orders and messages of support.  We truly, truly appreciate you!  Our time has been very limited this week, so Kate and I plan to spend the entire weekend getting as many orders ready as possible.  We will be filling them on a first come, first serve basis, and issuing refunds if any products are out of stock when we get to your order.  Items that need to be printed may not be ready this weekend, but we get them printed as soon as possible!  If you have contacted me about a possible bulk purchase of items that were not mentioned on my original list, I will be in contact with you shortly.  

I have had some questions as to whether I would be interested in passing GraceWorks on to continue the work, and my answer is "ABSOLUTELY!" Unfortunately, it would come with a number of challenges right now.

First and foremost, we have no way to reprint many of the original pages.  We have no computer files for most of them, and most of those that we do have are in obsolete software and therefore unable to be printed.  We have been using a 10 year old laptop with a broken cover for a number of years to print and update the dated Classic Home Journal line pages.  God has kept it and our 10 year old printer going far beyond their expected life spans!!  So - the first thing someone would probably need is a graphic design background and the means to afford the Adobe In Design/Illustrator programs - or another compatible program that would be acceptable to the print shop you would choose.  

Another current hurdle is the low amount of sales.  Perhaps this could be turned around if someone was willing to jump into the social media world.  We honestly weren’t making enough to cover expenses each month.

There are new, complicated laws that have recently gone into effect that govern online sales.  One is called the GDPR, and it has many, many ins and outs as to how you handle people’s data.  It is based in the European Union, but it affects everyone in the world if any of the people buy from you or are on your mailing lists.  Even if they are only getting something that is free you still need to be in compliance.  It is way over my head! :)

Another law that may take effect shortly is needing to collect and file sales tax for each state in which you do business.  As I understand it - which may not be entirely accurate… - if I send to 20 different states, I would have to collect and file taxes in each of those states.  

So, dear friend, if you can look at these challenges and still truly feel that God would like for you to carry on the Graceworks legacy, I would love to chat! :)  I would not be at all surprised to find that He has someone that He has been preparing to go on from here.  God is so good!!

Thank you again for all your love and support during this time.  So many of you have become my friends and have encouraged me during some really difficult days.  I am so, so thankful for you all!  I am thinking that I would love to keep blogging, even without the shop, so I could still be an encouragement to you!

OK, that was a long, long post.  You get a gold star if you read to the end! :)

Have a blessed day!!


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