Friday, 30 May 2014

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye...

... and now you that THAT song in your head for the rest of the day. You're welcome. 

Onto the matter in hand. Every year, Stampin’ Up!® retires around a third of the catalogue to make way for exciting new products. While this can be a distressing time for some people (yes, seriously – some people get very upset about the loss of their favourite products!), the good news is that we are given fair warning and a chance to stock up on our favourite cardstock, ribbons etc. 

But I must warn you: once these items are gone, they are gone! So you really do need to act fast if you want to ensure you don’t miss out. 

So what's retiring?

For the impatient among you, here are the lists. Read on for more info about ordering and shopping tactics!

Things to note

ALL the Stampin’ Around wheels and accessories are retiring. If you’re a fan of wheels, make sure you have all the ones you love, and don’t forget to stock up on uninked cartridges if you want to 
add to your range of colours. The wheels are being replaced with border stamps in photopolymer, which are completely clear for ease of positioning. 

ALL of the alphabet stamp sets are retiring. These, too, are being replaced with new alphabets in photopolymer, so you can see exactly where you’re stamping. 

In Colors
The following In Colors are retiring: Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals. If you have the ink pads, it's an excellent idea to purchase an ink refill for each one. Better safe than sorry!

Every year I hear plaintive cries of “WHY are they retiring THAT?” when a favourite product ends up on the list. In most cases, the reason is pretty simple: if it doesn’t sell, it goes.

Tactical tips

Some of the items are reduced in price. This usually means that stock levels are high – but it also means they will sell out first, as everyone loves a bargain! As to what else will sell out fast, that’s anybody’s guess. But if you’re thinking  “WHY are they retiring THAT?” somebody else probably will be too, so it’s likely to go fast. 

Favourite stamp set gone already? If it contains mostly images with one or two sentiments, check if it’s available in French or German. If it’s reduced, this is a good way to get the images you need. 

How to order?

Online: You can order at any time and have it delivered anywhere in the UK by visiting my online store. Shipping is £4.95, regardless of order size, and you should receive your goodies within a week. 

Through me: You can also order at any time by emailing me or sending me an order form. Again, shipping is £4.95 regardless of order size. 

Want free shipping? I will be placing an order at 5pm on 1st June, so if you’d like to hop onto that order and claim free shipping (assuming you are able to collect from me), please ensure your order is with me by 3pm that day so I have time to check it and call you with any queries. I am happy to order at any other time, but there will be a shipping charge. 

Big order? Don’t forget, if you have an order of £150 or more, you’ll qualify for free hostess benefits. As a thank you, I will also throw in free shipping. To claim the free shipping, you will need to order through me, and not through the website, as there is no way of overriding the shipping charge at the online store. 

So what's retiring?

Again, here are the lists. These are due to be updated at the end of each business day with items which have sold out, so be sure to check back regularly!

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