It really *is* all about the packaging. Shortly after I started CBT, I wanted to stand out from the crowd a little bit. Create a little bit of excitement when our packages arrived.
What better way than in the packaging?
Normally we have our famous Owl tissue paper, but our supplier was out of it when I went to pick up my supplies this past Saturday. I brought a friend along who is creating goody bags for an event, so we decided on colourful tissue paper, of which I gave her a few set of to get her started - it was a BIG batch of tissue paper! But no worries, I'll be popping back to my suppliers'
I picked up my boxes though...and stamped all 80 of them this morning! They might last me a few months (more likely not at the rate we're going!). I find the stamps make us stand out, and get customers excited when our orders arrive. I also enjoy being able to provide a personal touch to every order (aside from the toys I create!)
I picked up this cute Feather Stamp from an Etsy seller - I'm all about supporting other Small Business owners, and this was the perfect stamp to add to my growing collection
I also found a cute set of mini Owl & little bird themed stamps while picking up some supplies from the UPS in Ogdensburg, New York.
It is a bit of a project, but after doing this for a few years, I just get into the stamping zone, and get them all done at once. It's much easier for me to do big batches vs only a few.
We won't go into how in the beginning I hand stamped Every. Single. Business Card/tag. Thankfully Husband was kind enough to buy me business cards the first Christmas after I started CBT. I could NOT keep up with stamping
That's all for today for a bit more insight into the workings of Crystal's Bird Toys.
Is your bird Tarzan? Does she love to gnaw away on soft hemp rope? Does he adore grapevine balls?
Braidy was made with these birds in mind.
Again, my testers are our birds.
Rosco started playing with his by thinking it would be a good idea to swing from it - he gets some pretty good speed and momentum going sometimes! Then he decided he could play with his other toys by hanging off Braidy. And then he did what he likes to do. From the bottom up, he started gnawing away at the hemp rope, taking the delightful Birdie Bagels off one by one, playing with the beads one by one...you get the picture.
I must stress the importance of having a good rotation of interesting toys for your birds in their cages at all times. For Mr. Party above - literally, you can hear him play "Wheeeeeee, wheeeeeeee, wheeeeee, or "Whoooo, whoooooo, whoooooo," which gets Merlin playing and mimicking Rosco's enthusiasm - he needs his toys rotated regularly to keep them intact, and to keep him playing hard.
Rosco's toys (aka furniture) are rotated a few times a week; Merlin is good with once a week, and Stryder (the calmest of the trio) prefers every few weeks.
This seriously helps keep your birds toys fun, interesting, and in one piece that much longer!
Here's a closer picture view of Braidy: