Black Friday/Cyber Week Sales Event
Sale time is almost upon us, so I wanted to get all of the details I've been discussing elsewhere all condensed into one location for easy access. If anyone thinks up a question that I do not address here, please contact me on Facebook, where you will receive the quickest reply.
I will be running this sale exclusively on Etsy. The shop address is www.etsy.com/shop/VeneficaCorsetry. It's the easiest platform for me to get everything in one place and keep it fairly organized. Now, I will admit that I have not tested the speed of their carts vs. inventory processing lately, but I know others have used it recently with a reasonable amount of accuracy. I'm hoping it pulls through for me. Please note that everything I will be listing is essentially one of a kind and not replaceable. If there is some massive glitch and an item gets oversold, all but the first buyer will be refunded as soon as the error is caught. I don't anticipate any issues, but I do want to be upfront about that to avoid any possible confusion later. This is my very first sale of this magnitude, and I'm bound to have a few hiccups in the process. I thank you all profusely in advance for the patience. <3
The Black Friday outfit grab bag sale will begin on Etsy at 7pm Central Time on Friday evening. After tallying up all of the requests and comments I received, that seems like the most popular request, so it's what I'm going with. The next listings will be on Saturday, and I'm thinking mid to late afternoon on this one (can't do morning, I need time to make sure the Friday sale is stable first and prepare for the next round!). On Saturday, I plan on listing my leftover Serenity/Firefly corsets (these are the only ones available as separates), the outfit building sets (4+ pieces, all curated to fit a theme. None will have a corset as they all went into the outfit listings), chemise/bloomer bundles, extra skirt bundles, Jackets and bustles that are still left over, and whatever other mix and match goodness remains after all of that. Monday, I will be discounting all of our standard custom-available fare 20% for the one day only (this one will run from 8am Monday morning until 8 am Tuesday morning. As a side note here, after this sale, I will be closing down customs for the year, and won't be opening them until mid to late January, so this will be the last chance to grab some of the combos I currently offer, possibly forever, as I intend to replace them with new pretties in 2019. Each item will have a limited number available. Some, just 1, some as many as 10, based off of my current fabric inventory.
The first batch of listings on Friday will all include complete ensembles. That means that every set will come with a chemise (all Willow Blouses, Cora Chemises, and Ragamuffin Dresses count in this), corset, at least 2 skirts, and at least one other odd or end. This can include a 3rd skirt, or a jacket, or a cuff or cuff set, or a shrug, or a bustle. Or a mix of several. As a note, there are a few that are only 4 pieces (because Ragamuffins count as skirt and chemise since they are both in one), and maybe two with only one skirt (it's usually a Pinwheel, though, which is technical two in one waistband, and also our most fun twirling skirt ever, so I really hope you still love it!). Every outfit is guaranteed to have at least a retail value of $415, although most of them are closer to $475+. Probably half of them are near or over $500. A few are even topping out over $600. I may have gotten a little carried away... They will all be listed at a flat $250 plus shipping (more on shipping later. Please read down!). Now, I would LOVE to be able to tell you exactly what is in every single one of these. But that takes time. And I wouldn't be able to offer them at this much of a discount. I'm not a huge fan of shopping completely blind, though, and I know a lot of you already have items from me that you want to coordinate/contrast with, so I will provide some basic details about the ensembles you are purchasing. I won't be providing photos (unless the exact corset in the ensemble is already miraculously photographed and quickly accessible as we are setting up the listings, in which case, I will post what photos I am able to). What I will be providing you with is the corset size, corset style (Waspie, Underbust, Long Line Underbust, Overbust, and Enchantress), and the overall outfit color scheme. These will all be sold as is, and there will be NO REFUNDS, RETURNS, OR EXCHANGES. Since I know many of you prefer one type of event to another, I will also be noting whether or not a specific outfit is more "Ren Faire" or "Steampunk" friendly, and if an outfit is super specific, ie. a Wonder Woman inspired cosplay outfit, or a Kaylee outfit, that will be noted as well. All sizes from 18 through 42 will be represented in the listings. Please, please, please view my sizing page in advance of this sale and ASK QUESTIONS EVEN IF YOU ARE MOSTLY SURE ON SIZING. I'm available for fairly quick replies, even on the holiday, and I really, really, really want you all to get beautiful things that fit perfectly. If you are in doubt about anything, please ask me!
I will also be noting in each listing what chemise size, jacket (if included) size, and bustle size (if included) each set consists of. My chemise sizes are fairly flexible, and most people can wear 2 or even 3 different sizes. The only difference between sizes is 4" of body fullness, 2" of sleeve fullness, up to 1/2" body and/or sleeve length, and 1" of elastic coverage at both neck and armbands. That's it. I've included chemise and jacket sizes in all of the listings that I have personally fitted customers of the corresponding corset sizes with in the past, so I'm fairly confident they will fit. Just keep in mind the differences in fullness and such. If you are eyeing a listing with a jacket and want to make sure on size before-hand, please let me know NOW. I can help! On Ruffle Bustles, the sizing has nothing to do with who they will fit. The sizes are about coverage. XS has 12", S has 18", M has 26", and L has 32" of waistband ruffle coverage (they are all about 15" long). The ensembles will all have a mix of the different sizes. There are size 22 corsets with M bustles, and size 28 corsets with S bustles. It's all okay! ;) They just either have ruffles coming around to the front, or only in the back. Both look awesome! I'll note bustle sizes on the listings they're included with, though, so that you can make the call for yourself. =)
For shipping, I will be charging a flat $18 for Priority Mail within the US on the outfits. International shipping will be $45 per ensemble (these are all over 4 lbs, which means I can't ship them first class. I have to use Priority. The upside is that it's trackable and way faster. The downside is that the price is awful). Canada shipping is $35. It is important to note that I will ABSOLUTELY ALWAYS COMBINE SHIPPING COSTS. None of these are packed up yet. I *always* refund shipping overages once labels get printed up, so if you buy more than one ensemble (or anything else over the full weekend), I will make sure it's combined into one box with one shipping price. We do not charge extra for "handling". You will only pay what we pay to actually ship it. As a note, it may take the Bustle Fairy and I up to 5 to 7 days to get everything packed and shipped, so please be patient. We will be working as fast as we possibly can. <3 Shipping on the Saturday listings will all run in the $7-12 range, depending on the actual estimated weight of the boxes. I will be putting in some "extra item" shipping prices as well to help reduce what you'll have to pay on shipping upfront, but I'll do my best to get refunds sent ASAP on the overpaid. International shipping on the Saturday things will be in the neighborhood of $25, again subject to refunding everything that is overpaid. I know it's not an ideal way to do things, but I think it's the best solution to keep it fair for both of us. =)
Since I know I cannot guarantee that I will make 100% of you happy (and you have no idea how much sleep I will lose over that!), I will be setting up a sell and swap page on Facebook that I can moderate and assist with. It will not go up until the bustle of this next week has died down, so look for it to launch about the time the first of the outfit boxes are reaching their new homes. =)
And lastly, this is last call today for any of you who have custom patterns on file with me. If you would like to know how your custom pattern stacks up vs. my regular off-the-rack pattern to help see if anything on sale will fit well, just let me know. I can pull your pattern and tell you exactly how each style would fit. =) I am putting my pattern files away tonight to get set up for this crazy weekend I have planned for the shop, so they will not be accessible after tonight!
As always, I'm open to any questions, comments, or concerns anyone has! If I don't say it enough, thank you all *so* very much. Your support means the world to me. <3