November 26, 2021 - inventory update
For the 4th time since the start of the pandemic we have run out of cotton and we still have no idea when our regular supplier will finally ship more to us. Thankfully another of the small, stop-gap shipments we’ve been getting has arrived, BUT it’s stuck on a boat out in English Bay waiting for a berth to unload. The backlog at the port caused by the rail and highway closures due to flooding mean we haven’t got an idea of when that will be yet, but we think it would be safe to say our inventory won’t be improving in time for Christmas. That said, once it arrives we will be back to sewing a dyeing and our stock should rebound somewhat. So if you are shopping for a gift, perhaps consider a gift credit. If this is for yourself, get on a waitlist and watch for the notification that new stock has come in. Thanks again for your patience and support.
about inventory, back-orders & wait lists
Our items are made by hand, and with such a wide array of products, colours & sizes (nearly 3000!), we definitely do not have every item in stock at all times. That may mean that an item you’d like may not be in stock right now. Currently we are restricting sales to in-stock items only – click here to quickly check what’s in stock using our product filters.
Right from the beginning of the pandemic our supply chain has been affected and most critically, our cotton orders have been delayed several times. If you’ve been patiently waiting for us to make something, you already know that this can take a while. For a few periods this past year we have gone without cotton and been unable to produce very much. Patience is a virtue right now and we want to thank many of you for the grace and understanding you’ve extended to us when you’ve reached out by phone, email or in the store. We’re so grateful for those of you that have joined waitlists and held on for the items you’d like. Some waitlists are quite long so it may be that you aren’t able to get one of the first few pieces we make. Please be patient a little while longer and keep an eye on your email for more waitlist notifications, because if you don’t make a purchase, you remain on the list until you do, so you’ll find out about the next one we make.
Besides the cotton shortages, some of our other basic supplies like certain dyes or the thicker elastic we use for fitted sheets have also been in short supply. This has certainly taught us a lesson about fragile supply chains. Ordinarily, we would accept unlimited orders for any item in our catalogue, as we make everything ourselves. COVID-19 has changed everything. Most unexpectedly, we are experiencing a giant surge in demand which while obviously super welcome, supply constraints mean we can barely keep up. In order to concentrate on the items that are most in demand we are temporarily suspending production of things like tab curtains, bedskirts, body pillow covers as well as some sizes of fitted sheets. We anticipate that restocking even just the most sought after items will continue to be a challenge, as things are selling just about as fast as we can make them.
Though the COVID emergency is showing signs of easing here in BC, it is still very much raging elsewhere in the world. International shipping also continues to be a issue, one that seems to be getting worse rather than better. Shipping containers are in very short supply and shipping costs have skyrocketed. You can read a quick but still really good explanation of the problems here. All of this means that our supply chains will remain stressed and unreliable far longer than we’ll likely be dealing with COVID here in BC. The mills that make the majority of our cotton are in India and are only just now getting back to work. We’ve found a short term alternate supply, but it is considerably more expensive, arrives in small amounts on now reliable schedule, and may not be sufficient to tide us over until the regular cotton arrives. Sadly, that means our inventory situation will not improve quickly, and we do not currently expect to be reopening unrestricted orders for some time. The possibility of ending up with a huge list of orders that external events keep us from being able to fill, is the kind of risk we aren’t comfortable taking. We understand this might lead to some frustration for a few of you, so we are trying to come up with some ways to help you get the things you want from us. For more on the changes and improvements we’ve made concerning inventory, back-orders and wait lists click here.
As items are produced they will be available for purchase both online and in our store. The same inventory is offered both online and in-store, there are not separate pools of items. The correspondence of online and in-store inventory levels is managed by hand so please understand that there may be occasional discrepancies between online and real life numbers as things get updated. Until we get over the hill of restocking the store, we will continue to restrict sales to in-stock items only and as you browse the catalogue online you will be able to see the current stock level we have for any in-stock items. Click here to quickly check what is in stock in any sort of item you might be looking for (for example, find all the queen fitted sheets that are in stock now). If you purchase an in-stock item, please still wait to hear from us before coming to the store to collect it, as sometimes an item we have in stock may still be at our workshop.
out of stock items
If a particular size of an item is out of stock, a few situations may apply. If we are not able to make more of that item either temporarily or permanently, you will not be able to purchase the product. However, some out of stock items will be available to purchase as a back-order and some others may have a wait list and these options are explained below.
The items that are available for back-order will be identified as such and can be purchased today. It may take us up to 4-5 weeks to produce these items before they are ready to be picked up or shipped. We will be in touch once they are ready for you. If your order combines in-stock and back-ordered items we will generally wait until all the items are ready before contacting you.
While we are regularly restocking our inventory, things are selling as fast as we make them, so we are primarily focusing on the most popular items. For some items that we are able to make but may still be hard to find in stock, we will be using a wait list system.
A wait list is not an order and joining a wait list does not mean that an item will be reserved or made specifically for you at any point. Likewise, you are not paying for anything nor promising to make a future purchase, you are simply adding your email address to a wait list of people interested in purchasing that specific colour and size of item.
To join a waitlist, simply go to the item as if you were going to purchase it, if it is not in stock the system will then offer you a chance to join the waitlist. Not all items have waitlists so if it doesn’t do that, then unfortunately, you can’t waitlist for it. When we are able to restock items with waitlists, everyone on the list will get an automated email from us letting them know that there is some stock available for purchase. At that point it is first-come, first-served so we would advise not to wait too long to make the purchase if you are still eager for the item. If for whatever reason, you are unable to purchase the item, you will remain on the list to be notified again when more stock is available. If you’d like to be removed from the wait list at any time, you can do so yourself from your account page on our website, or alternately you can contact us to have us remove your name for you.
Please note that an account on our website is required to add your name to a wait list, if you don’t have one already, you’ll have an opportunity to create one at that point. By accepting names on a wait list we are not guaranteeing that we will be able to make those items soon, though the wait lists will help us to determine which items people are most interested in purchasing so we can see if we can include these items in our production schedule. Generally, due to the huge number of different items we make, we aren’t able to provide a timeline of how long this may take for any particular item.