Store Closing!

Posted by on 1/7/2018 0 Comments

January 11th, 2018 marks Fluffy Fannies 4th birthday!! 

It’s crazy to think about 4 years ago. A completely different lifetime ago for me. My daughter was 2 and my son was 9 months old. And yet there I was, ready to open a business. I remember posting photos on my personal Facebook page, about having to eat chicken nuggets (dinosaur ones to be specific) for lunch, because I was the crazy person who decided to open a business during the holiday season, and didn’t have any time to even go to the store for groceries.  🤣🤣

Normally I’d be planning a huge birthday party. If you’ve been following Fluffies for awhile, you know our birthday parties are the BEST. Last year, people lined up down the block just to shop with us. We felt so loved!! And we loved showing you all how much we loved YOU. 

Most of you know that I listed the business for sale about 6 months ago. I anticipated some big life changes coming our way, and wanted to give myself plenty of time to sell. I wanted to see Fluffies continue, because I LOVE this store. This store has been a dream come true for me in so many ways. 

This next part is hard to write. 

The time has come to start the process of closing Fluffies. 

I know this may come as a shock to many of you. Especially if you talked to me over the past month or so. I had NO plans of closing the store. However, the time has now come. The older I get, the more I realize I just can’t do it all. I have been anticipating taking classes to renew my teaching license, and I was hoping to have the store sold before I started those classes. Many of my friends/family have asked me to just let others run the store full time, while I work “behind the scenes”. However, many people just don’t understand that 75% of owning a business is what goes on behind the scenes. It would not lighten my load at all, just to let others run the store. In fact, it would probably increase my load, because I am a perfectionist when it comes to the way my store is run, and I would be SO anxious about making sure everything is done just the way I want. Don’t get me wrong, my employees are the best. But at the end of the day, the weight of the store and all of its’ responsibilities would fall solely on my shoulders. 

At this point, we will start the process of closing Fluffies. What that means is that everything will be discounted, in order to clear out remaining inventory. We will start with 10% off, and each week, the percentage of discounts will increase by 5%. Sales will never be more than 40% off. I will write the percentage schedule at the bottom of this post. Because we have a storefront AND website, and because we anticipate inventory changing rapidly, we are going to work the sales a little different. During the week, when the store is open, sales will be in store only. **Our new hours will be Tuesdays – Saturdays 11-3.** Sales from that week will go live on the site Sunday morning, and run until Monday night. Handmade items will never be included in the sales. This includes Wandering Soles Moccs and Sacreblue Baby Clothing

Our anticipated closing date will be February 17th. However, if inventory is gone before then, we will close earlier. Keep an eye on our Facebook page, as we will post frequent updates about what is left in stock. 

All furniture will now be for sale. You will need to pay up front, but will not be able to pick up until we call you and say that it is ready. Most furniture will need to be picked up between 2/18 and 2/28. You MUST pick it up no later than 2/28. 

Rewards Points and Rental credit: these MUST be spent by 1/15. They will be invalid after 1/15. Other (purchased) gift cards can still be spent until we close. 

No further rewards points will be given.

No returns or exchanges will be accepted from this point forward. 

Make sure you save your receipts (text or email). In the event of a manufacturer defect/warranty related issue, you will need to contact the manufacturer directly. They will ask for a receipt. Our email will go inactive 2/17, so we will no longer be able to help you after that point. 

Rental Customers, both current and upcoming: We will be emailing you individually to discuss what this means for you. New rental signups will no longer be accepted.

If you are interested in buying the Fluffy Fannies name (and business aspects that come with it), reach out to me. Inventory will no longer be included in the sale, but maybe you want to see the store continue and would like to just buy the name! If the name does not sell, I will hold onto it….you never know what may happen in the future 😉😉

Consignors of hand-made items, we can leave your items on the shelves, and customers can continue paying full price for them (your items will not be discounted), or you can come get your items at any time. Please contact me before coming to pick up. 

Thank you so much for your support the last 4 years. You truly made my dreams come true. Nothing has made me prouder (except maybe my own children  ) than opening this store and seeing it do SO well. I’m going to miss all of you, seeing all of your babies grow, and being able to provide advice and support for you all during your cloth diapering and babywearing days. This was one of the best seasons of my life, and for that I am truly thankful. 

Thank you to my family and friends who supported me and this idea 4 years ago. Fluffies never would've happened without the support of my husband, my parents, my grandparents, and my best friend. 

And, last but not least, thank you to my employees. You both helped me keep this store running far longer than I would've been able to do by myself. Thank you for always loving the store like your own. Thank you for our chats. Our friendship. Our funny conversations that no one else would understand. (seriously. never share our screenshots with anyone y'all. they'll think we're crazy). 

This isn't goodbye. It's "see you later"! 

Schedule: 

January 3-6 10% off everything in the store.
1/7-1/8: 10% off online

1/9-1/13 15% off in store
1/14-1/15 15% off online

1/16-1/20 20% off in store
1/21-1/22 20% off online 

1/23-1/27 25% off in store
1/28-1/29 25% off online

1/30-2/3 30% off in store
2/4-2/5 30% off online

2/6-2/10 35% off in store
2/11-2/12 35% off online

2/13-2/17 40% off in store 

If there is anything left after that, it will be listed on our b/s/t page.
Again, if inventory sells out before 2/17, we will close earlier. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I’ll be around!!

I love y’all!

Mandy

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