I’ve been watching the online craze for a particular brand of carrier for the last year or so. As a business owner who likes to stock what my customers want, I did look into them as a brand to carry at Baby Time. But after hearing story after story from other retailers and the fiascos stocking caused I decided to not pursue it further.
Now, I get how things cycle and new items/products get super popular and a year or so later are yesterday’s dirty diapers. But you know what sticks around?
Good customer service.
These are the manufacturers I want to have in my store. Who honor warranties, who don’t intentionally understock to create a frenzy, who give local shout outs to their retailers, who send out promotional items for my annual events and best of all, I know they have my back.
Why would I give a company part of my inventory budget and my time to promote their product if it was lower quality and/or more expensive than when I currently offer? And if they intentionally sell over their retailers heads or don’t support them? No thank you.
I’ll just sit back and watch this craze from here.
Now, if you decide to order these items online, that’s fine for you. But know the power of your dollar. If you hate that these items don’t even stay in stock for you to buy them, that you pay more used than what they are worth new because of the print frenzy – don’t buy them. Don’t buy into that mentality. Put your money towards companies who do whatever they can to help you and make you happy. Better yet – you can do a double favor by buying local.
Locally, not only do I employ two lovely Cedar Rapids ladies, but I pay business taxes and have local consigners in my shop. I pay rent to a local company for my location, I buy lunch at local shops when I forget to pack mine. I support American and North American made companies whenever I can. Your dollar stays here.
Another plus to buying local?
- I have the customer service to help you out with whatever you purchase.
- Buy a carrier at Baby Time and come in for free fittings whenever you need help.
- Questioning your wash routine for your diapers? I’m just a phone call or text message away or stop in and we can trouble shoot.
- Looking for like-minded moms – we have classes and events to help build your tribe.
This is a community we are building through Baby Time. You dollar speaks to that. I will continue to stock quality products, as much USA-made as possible and provide a resources to the community. But the only way I can do that is if you shop here. Thank you for your business!
I wish I could tell you I was going to an amazing destination - warm, sunny, beach, sand, fruity umbrella laden drink. But instead I’m staying home this year enjoying a little extra time with my kids.
We will be closed Tuesday 3/24-Wednesday 3/25.
Hours are back to normal on Thursday 3/26.
Don’t forget our Red Tent Girls’ Night IN event on Friday 3/27 7pm-10pm. Bring a snack to share and crafty items to work on. Or just stop in with a bottle of wine to chit chat! It’s up to you! Tables will be provided to spread out your crafts to get a couple hours of work in. Non-mobile nurslings are welcome, but bigger kids need to stay home. Hope to see you!
Let’s talk winter weather – Please check here and on the Facebook for late openings or closings. If I do close, remember I am available to open by appointment a different day/time. Thanks for understanding and stay warm and safe out there!
Come join us for late night shopping and free cocoa and cookies! Wrapping station will be set up too!
Thursday, December 18th, 2014
More event details HERE
* Usborne Books * Young Living Essential Oils *
* Kolbi Crochets * It Works! *
How do you win?
By shopping and helping others!
- Each time you stop into Baby Time
- Every purchase
- Bring in a donation for Families Helping Families: Diapers (open packages ok), cloth diapers, wipes,formula, blankets, clothes for sizes Newborn-Teen.
Winner will be drawn on
Tuesday, December 23rd.
Are you ready for all the deals? Here they are:
Small Business Saturday Sales
FREE canvas shopping tote for the first 25 customers
FREE Imagine Baby Leggings for your $50 purchase
FREE Sweet Pea wetbag for your $100 purchase
FREE Clam Jam Band book with any $25+ Thirsties purchase
Aura Cacia – 20% off
Little Twig – 20% off
Ecokids – 20% off
Preserve food storage – 20% off
Green Toys – 20% off
Lilliputiens – $14 each
Sarah’s Silks – 20% off
Jellystone Jewelry – 20% off
GroVia – 15% off
Best Bottoms – 15% off
Action Baby Carriers – 10% off
Boba – 10% off
HABA toys – 10% off
Farm Buddies – 10% off
Tots Bots – 10% off
Healing Amber – 10% off
Healing Hazelamber – 10% off
It’s time! The holidays are approaching. Not only can you support Baby Time, but you can also visit other local businesses in a one-stop shop! I hope to see you this week at Baby Time.
Thursday, November 20th 7:30-9:30pm
The Daly Creek Winery & Bistro
Jamberry Nails with Patricia Dawn Clark
Pampered Chef with Lisa Klostermann
Usborne Books with Ruth Schroeder
31 Gifts with Jorie
Young Living Essential Oils with Elyce Lagerquist-Taylor
Perfectly Posh with Leila
Origami Owl with Kristen Mead
Saturday, November 22, 2014 11am-4pm
+EAB Gallery and Gifts – Hand paintings, crochet items, and Homemade gifts
+B’s Bounty – Homemade Jams
+Drool Babies – baby carrier suck pads, taggie blankets, embroidered onsies, bibs, and burp cloths. Sewn by Shay of Drool Babies and embroidered by Janets Custom Embroidery.
+Sashay crochet scarves. Made by two young ladies. Proceeds will be donated to a charity (TBD)
+raisingroman – moccasins, diaper covers, scarves, stuffed toys, tutus, skirts, and more!
+Cedar Valley Homeschool Co-Op – Fair trade items and home-made gifts
Baby Time’s Awesome Consigners:
Always Lavender Thyme, Lavender Farm
Blessed Baby Design
Fruit of the Womb Diapers
Osm Children’s Capes
Peppers Potty Pants
So Bow Designs
Check out the newsletter with the class information.
Don’t get our Newsletter? Well, be sure to sign up on that link too! That way you don’t miss any of the announcements or sales. Speaking of Sales, if you’re a veteran, bring your Military ID with you this week for a special discount on your purchases. Only good through Saturday 11/15/14 and for all service members and their immediate family. I grew up as an Air Force brat and know the sacrifices we all made during peace and wartime. THANK YOU for your service!
It’s very simple, really.
(Spend $100 with your local business and $73 stays in the community while only $43 stays with a non-local business. Shop online with a non-local business and $0 stays in the community.)
Local businesses provide a service directly to our community. When you shop local, whether it’s your morning coffee stop, a bookstore, or a baby item (yay Baby Time!) more of your dollar stays here! You are directly helping your schools, local infrastructure, families and other local businesses. I love being able to offer products from other work at home moms too, that helps out community two-fold!
So stop by Wit’s End or Brewhemia, NewBo Books or Mystery Cat Books and then stop into Baby Time.
Use your dollar to change the world, one little shop like mine at a time.
First of all – a big thanks for everyone who came out for our two fabulous events!
I hope you had as much fun as I did! Please click on the names and organizations below for more information on their businesses.
Thank you to:
Music on the Move FREE Session: Tim Schmitt & Susan Petersmith
Color Tonic Play Silk: Angie Hooper
Hands in Harmony Massage: Dianna Hamilton & Jamie Gibson
Therapeutic Collective Massage: Kaleena Marshall & Lizz Medlang
Night Lite Set and Book: Leslie Kung
Mary Kay Satin Hands and Gift Certificate: Sarah Kelley
Gorilla Stuffed Toy: Leah Carolan
Aura Cacia Set: Michelle Venteicher
Thirsties Package: Tim Schmitt
GroVia Package: Nicole Lerma
Baby Time $50 Gift Certificate: Jessica Reth-Linderwell
Baby Time $100 Gift Certificate: Lindsay Peterson
Winners – Please pick up your items by Saturday, October 25th!