Hi there everyone! I realize it’s been a long time since I’ve done a blog post and I feel like it’s long overdue!
I was at the gym today, the Body Firm, a place I love and have been going for over a year now. I love it because it’s locally owned and I get very personalized workouts created for me. While I was on the treadmill, the woman next to me (who was a customer at my boutique) asked me about a dress she saw on Facebook. I told her it was still available and she commented on how she thought it would be perfect because she likes sleeves rather than sleeveless and I told her I could bring it to the gym on Thursday when we both would be there again. It made me realize that although that item is available on my website, many people aren’t comfortable shopping online. I know I personally don’t love it. I like to engage with a sales person or store owner. I like to know if the item is going to fit, if it stretches or not and how long or short it is. I want to try it on before I buy it. I have a difficult figure to fit. I’m not a cookie cutter size. Different brands fit differently. And I’m not alone. It’s a real predicament. It’s curtailed my shopping considerably. I love to shop, I love boutiques. But I’ve been to most of them here in Arizona, and there aren’t a lot of them that I love. Part of the problem is that I owned a store so I know the wholesale cost of the brands that most boutiques are carrying. I was very fair with my margins, that’s for sure. Why don’t I just buy my own personal items wholesale? Well, that means I’m buying 6 of an item.
So, what I’m going to start doing is ordering my favorite things wholesale. These are the things I want to wear, that I just love. I’m going to keep one for me and sell the rest on my site. But I feel like you need a little help understanding my site. It’s not the typical click to purchase and go to a shopping cart to pay kind of site. It’s a far more interactive site. Here’s how it works:
First, go to clothesmindedaz.com
Next, click ‘shop now’ at the middle of the top of the page
Then scroll through the items I have available for purchase. Where are these items, you ask? They are on rolling racks in my guest room of my home. I’ve seen them, touched them, I know what they are made of.
If you see something you like, click on it. A box will open and you can comment on it or click ‘buy now’
I receive an email directly from this interaction. So, if you click Buy Now and enter your email, I will respond to your email. We can have a dialogue. You can ask questions, like “how does this run?” or “what is the fabric in this?”. I like that it’s a way to engage rather than just clicking through and dropping a credit card number into a box.
I think this is a very easy system for the user and that’s why I chose it. Try it. If you click buy now, there is nowhere to enter a credit card so you and I are able to chat about the item. For the shopper like me who doesn’t love shopping online and being anonymous or who might be difficult to fit, I hope this gives you comfort.
To the customers of my boutique who I miss so much, please let me know if there are items you’re searching for that I can search for. And don’t hesitate to give me feedback on my selections, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
And finally, here is the dress I was talking about at the beginning of the post. It’s buttery soft, stretchy and oh so comfy. It looks great styled with a leather jacket but looks great alone and can be worn all year long! Floral Maxi Dress