Monday, April 27, 2009

The Cashmere Bunny Gives Back

The Cashmere Bunny has always looked for families to donate boxes of goodies to locally. Today we found the perfect family online. We sent a huge gift (over $300 value) to a Mom in need we've never met. We found this person on a blog! Since we do embroidery on layette sets and sometimes have mishaps we have to open another layette leaving pieces of sets left over. We always try to donate these because they are perfectly good items that mothers can use. We do our best to recycle, reuse and donate our items to families that can use them. Know of a family in need? Do you have families in your church, community or school who could benefit? Tell us their story and the next box of goodies could be theirs. Just leave us a post and when we have collected our items we will pick a family from the posts and send them a gift box full of usable items.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Another New Gift with Personalized Ribbon

This Radio Flyer Wagon is perfect to gift to someone who has just had a little boy. You can use the mini wagon as a decoration or a toy for stuffed animals. Imagine carrying around your favorite stuffed bears in this. The wagon is the #5 Radio Flyer Mini Wagon and it measures 12-1/4 x 7-1/8 x 1-7/8.
An older sibling might love to play with this cute little wagon while the newborn grows up and then they can share memories of it together. We've added a cute photo book to it so you can take pictures of this precious time. The bear in this gift is a full 10.5 inches in the seated position. He is soft and cuddly and will be loved for a long time.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New Product! Jumping Jungle Moses Basket

This gift showcases our new personalized ribbons. You can add a message to your gift that your recipient is sure to love. They will know that you went the extra mile for them when picking out the perfect gift to help celebrate baby's arrival. Enjoy this gift and more with personalized ribbons.

Monday, April 13, 2009

5 reasons NOT to use a Dropshipper in the Gift Business

Why would we write this? Aren't we in the Dropship Business? Exactly, we have used plenty of dropshippers in our time and still use some on other sites we have. The top five reasons listed here are things we've learned the hard way.

1. Do not use a dropshipper if your first contacts with them are undesirable. Contrary to what you might want to believe. People don't generally change. It is the same for businesses. If the dropshipper is too busy to answer you back, return calls or never posts a phone number to begin with....BEWARE. (disclaimer: if you do not receive a response back from an email, please check your spam filters)

2. If you want to control all things in your not use a dropshipping business. You will have to follow their rules, even if they seem unreasonable to you. Why can't a burp cloth be personalized before three weeks time? I'll just sign up for them, I'm sure they don't really mean three weeks..Oh, yes they do. We learned this lesson all too well and decided to offer our own personalization services to be completed within 2-3 business days.

3. Do not get into the "Gifting" business with a dropshipper if you are a procrastinator. Most people are buying gifts online because they want FAST service. Do not wait a week or more to place their order, they probably needed it yesterday. Does your dropship partner offer express shipping? Will they go the extra mile for you if you are stuck? Do they make exceptions for you if you are going to lose the sale? If not, please look around for a better partner company.

4. Do not use a dropship partner for gifts if you have unlimited funds, talents, time and space. Seriously, if you have all these things, you should be making your own gifts. Buy in bulk, do your research, go to trade shows and market your gifts. You will make more money in the end.

5. Do not use a dropship company in the gift business if you cannot afford to lose your clients. Make sure you know for absolutely sure that they do not siphon off your client list. OUCH..this one was our hardest lesson we learned. We spent so much time and money building a client list and then the gifts would ship in the "company" boxes or the catalogs would follow a week or so later, or the labels would say their name on it. Please ask the right questions when partnering up with a business.

We will post more on what to look for in a good company soon...we hope our valuable partners know that we have built our business as Dropship Partners on all that we have learned the hard way. The Cashmere Bunny is commited to excellence and integrity. We want to help you grow your business and help you be successful.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New Substitution for the Minky Dot Baskets

We received the Sassy rattles we had intended to use to substitute for the Silver Rattle (we were not able to get a Certificate for compliance to CPSIA for the rattle) After we received them we have decided to use the Hand print tin for the time being, the color works much better with the design and it gives the recipient a keepsake.
I have made adjustments to the Site to include an inset picture of the tins.
Minky Dot Blue

Minky Dot Pink

We will not be taking a new picture of these right now, because these will be redesigned shortly. We are almost out of the Musical Bears and they do not manufacture them anymore.

Monday, April 6, 2009

New Design for the Safari Diaper Cake

New design with the new lion on top of this wonderful best selling diaper cake. All of the items are staying the same so no need to change your descriptions.