I know, I know... You're prolly like, here goes Chris posting about his cats again. Well, anytime we posted cats on Facebook we'd get tons of likes and comments... And beside, I LOVE my fuzzies! Anyhoot, check out Charlie and Lucy, in a mini cease-fire to nap on the kitchen table ensemble! Cuteacious!
I had to name this post "Lights" in honor of Keith... He hates that song! LOL. Anyhoot, hope you all had a great TDay. Ours was great... The first time in a million years that we didn't have to race to work to pack XMas orders.
Instead, we spent today decorating the house and did tons of Dad stuff, like putting lights on the house. I loved it. We also read comments from the Guest Book... Mind blowing! Thank you all, so much, for sharing. I means the world to K and I that you think we did a good job! I love you all.
Happy Holidays and enjoy Cyber Monday!!! Hoot.
Guess Jamie Lynn's moving to the country too. Amaze!
Thanks for an amazing 15 years. From all of us at FF... Happy Holiday and may all your dreams come true...
Wow, all the fun, kookie and wild ideas we cooked up in this room. And now, in a couple more hours Fred Flare will cease to exist. ;-(
Keith and I checked out the Madonna exhibit of photos from 1983-84 by Richard Gorman at Milk Gallery this weekend. Gosh, I look like a tired ole hag. But srsly, with all the craziness that's happening, it was great that my girl was present, supporting me and reminding to keep fighting for my dream... Even if this one is ending. Love ya Madge.
I just packed our last order from Fred Flare... Congratulations Alejandra from San Antonio TX! We love you.
Well peeps, our final big sample sale is behind us. As I mentioned before, it was very emotional for me. It was difficult at times, but I have to thank EVERYONE who came out see us and Fred off. Thank you.
The most amazing customer was this super cutie, Lauren. She brought us all the photos she took of all of her visits to Store Cute. We even had one last Stocking Stuffer Surprise that we made just for her. Thanks Lauren, it's people like you that we need more of in the world!
Today's our last day for UPS pick up. Actually, it was supposed to be last week, but a vendor of ours, who's been behind in shipping us a PreOrdered item for like 9 months now, is still late. So, we moved UPS back and decided to keep the site open over the weekend. The scented Macaroon Coin Purses ARE shipping, I swear. And if you're deeply mad by this, pls feel free to write Sarut a letter and tell 'em to pull their shizz together!
How fitting is it that the last item available on the site would be the Holly GoNightly Sleep Mask. Not because no one likes it, it's quite the opposite. It's always been one of our top sellers... For years. I actually just got a giant shipment of them in, in November, like thousands. This whole time Holly never had the FF brand on them, I finally worked that out and now we're closing. I tried to cancel that order, but I couldn't, Holly was already in production and set for NYC.
Wow, what a week. It's been a total trip. It was so nice to see the site get busy again with orders. Even tho I'm recovering from shoulder surgery, it was super fun to work back in the warehouse again with Diane. Picking orders, feeding the tables and generally racing around.
And then there's the sample sale. That was hella work and Keith and I were bumping heads at every decision - as per usual. I wanted to go here, he wanted to go there. The demise of FF, apparent, right down to the argument of where to put the hot pink price signs that declared items were $2.
I was so emotional. I'd see Jewlie and cry, I'd see Danit and I'd cry. Sasha, Jim, Lora and Gillian... I'd see you all cry. I'd see the customers fighting over my dishes and I'd cry. I'd see the space that used to be where our shelves were and I'd cry. I'd see the shipping tables, emptied, and I'd cry. I'd try to help customers and they'd try and haggle prices with me on items that were already $1-$5... It was so hard. I had to go into the conference room, close the door, turn off the lights and just weep. My waterworks Mom taught me well. Thanks Nancy.
And then there's the soooo upset customers. You should see the emails and calls were getting... There's several people that are soooo upset with us that they're just saying the meanest things. It really hurts. But then I look at the Guest Book, and honestly, I'm speechless. The outpouring of positive feedback is just what I needed. You like us,Â you really, really like us.
Well, I love you all and I'm so sorry this is happening! xo, C