Monday, January 31, 2011

State of the Union (or just of Treasure Bay Fabrics)

Hello Friends!  I was surprised to get a notice last week that another online/brick and mortar Quilt Shop was closing its doors and going out of business.  It really surprised me as this shop is all over the blogs and advertising, I guess I assumed they were doing okay.  While I am sad to see a shop go out of business, I thought perhaps it might be a good time to let everyone know what is happening at Treasure Bay Fabrics.

Currently, I am an online only, one (sometimes two!) working mom owned operation.  I have practically zero overhead other than inventory so I do have the luxury of being able to weather the current state of the economy better than a retail only location or even a combo online/retail spot.  The only problem is that when sales slow down, so does my ability to buy and that can make it hard to compete with all the other online stores. 

For 2011 - my goals are to increase the turnover in stock (which equals more markdowns!), bring in more of the fun, fresh and modern fabrics that everyone loves and to (gulp!) move out of the basement and into a small, retail spot!  Ideally, I would like to find something small and affordable.  Something that is in a creative, woman friendly, artistic area that would allow me to regulate my hours and add a little extra income to the business.  Something that is affordable even if we do not have a single walk in customer.  I am playing it very safe and probably moving too slowly for some customers, but I would like to have my little corner of the world for as long as I can.  I may not be the biggest shop right now, but I am encouraged that we can have a great 2011 and many more years to come!

I really do love what I do and love my customers, you guys are fabulous!  I am having a special sale for Facebook fans and my blog readers - use code LUVFANS20 at checkout and save 20% off your entire order!

Monday, January 17, 2011

It's A Block Party - Win Fabulous Prizes!

One of my favorite blogs, Quiltstory, is hosting a BLOCK PARTY!

Anyone can enter! You just need to create quilt blocks and submit them to QuiltStory's Block Party.  There will be three categories in which you can enter your block - Modern, Traditional and Creative.

What can you win?  Fabric!  And sweet Gift Certificates including one to Treasure Bay Fabrics - awesome!

Hop on over to Quiltstory and check out all the details.  Good Luck!

- Melissa

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Items - Hello Kitty Spring Cottons

I love Hello Kitty!  The colors and simple, cute design aesthetic appeal to the little girl in me.  So sweet!  New in the shop are three prints from the Hello Kitty Spring 2011 line from David Textiles.

Have a sweet day!

- Melissa

Monday, January 3, 2011

Thank you!

Happy New Year!  I had a fabulous response to the New Year Sale - thanks, everyone!  Looks like new items will be starting to arrive in the next week, watch this space for new fabrics and trims that I KNOW you are going to love!

Once I get caught up on orders, my kids have requested that I make them cases for their gift from Santa, they both got new Nintendo DSi's.  Lo and behold, there is a tutorial for that!  From An Igloo has this cute and lovely tutorial. 
(photo courtesy From An Igloo)

My kids are thrilled that they can pick any fabric for their case.  I will post a photo when I finish.

- Melissa

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year - New Projects - BIG SALE!

New Year - new projects! How about a sale? Use code NEWYEAR30 to save 30% off everything in the shop!

Artfire site:

Expires 1/3/11 at 11:59pm Central Time

While supplies last - RUN!