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.
Clarise the adorable & irresistible Goffin's Cockatoo from Virginia received her Hoot bag and other delights - all she could say was "WOW"!
Before her Mom had a chance to empty her box of goodies, Clarise was already getting into mischief & claimed her Valentine's Puff - keeping her quiet and busy for 20 minutes. If you know the attention span of a Goffin, 20 minutes is a REALLY long time!
I had a lot of fun trying to decide which toys her Hoot Pack was going to contain, and customized a few of the toys to meet the needs of a stronger bite & to introduce new materials to Clarise.
I adore Goffin's.
I remember the first Goffin I met - Mr. Magoo. He was my friend's (along with an African Grey, two Amazons, a Sulfur Crested Cockatoo, and Umbrella Cockatoo...not to mention the cockatiels, finches, and four legged pets!), and was the most adorable creature. BUT the African Grey at the time seemed to suit my lifestyle better. So 6 months after Merlin came home to me from his breeder, Mr. Magoo was put for sale, as my friend realized she had too many birds on her plate. I was SOOOOO tempted, and almost caved - I just loved this little guy. But lack of time made me say, "No." For a 19 year old living on their own with a passion for avians, I was pretty responsible now that I look back at it.
Clarise has put the Goffin itch back into me!
Her Mom posted a few pictures - and boy, does she ever look delighted!