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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Custom Dresses - Why We Don't Do It

I have gotten several requests for us doing a custom dress.

What I have seen is custom dresses are very expensive, do to all the labor required. When a dress is made by a manufacturer, it goes through several steps. The usual steps in making a dress in the US.

1. Design the dress
2. Buy the fabric, it's often imported to get the right fabric, which hopefully has not changed since last bought.
3. Cut the fabric for several different sizes, in a large enough quantity. Usually a couple of hundred pieces per size. Cutting is done to minimize wasted fabric.
4. Have the pieces sewn together
5. Reseller buys from manufacturer
6. Customer buys!

With the example above, getting one dress made for us, just does not make sense economically.

My customers request:

Hi,
I looked at your website, and was impressed with the dresses and your philosophy.
I am hoping that you will be able to help me.
We have an event in 2 months.
WE ordered a dress for my 12 year old daughter on line, and now the manufacturer can't supply the dress we want.
I am enclosing a photo of the dress below, which is similar to something you have on your webpage.
I was wondering if you might be able to make something like this for us.
Please let me know.

Thanks so much.

My Response:

I actually forwarded this to somebody on my staff, and we made a suggestion on a dress that was similar.

A response to another similar request:

I am just a reseller, I don't actually have a factory make the clothes.  And the manufacturers I buy from, they do big lots when they manufacturer.

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COD - Why We Don't Do It

I just got a request for doing COD. The problem with doing COD is the cost. UPS COD costs $12. Plus UPS is usually more expensive than USPS for shipping.

Is there cash on delivery option in ur website..???

And my answer:

I believe you can do e-check using PayPal.
There is a COD charge, I believe it's $10 by a customer, so it has not been requested before. Plus the shipping would be more expensive.

Since the dresses don't cost that much, I am not sure it makes sense.
Apologies,

Ray
www.elitedresses.com
Girls Dress Boutique



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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

English Question - Girl's Dress Boutique

What is the correct punctuation for my tagline at www.elitedresses?

Is it:

Girl's Dress Boutique

or

Girls' Dress Boutique

or

Girls Dress Boutique

It seems the right answer per a Language Arts Teacher a friend asked, to my surprise, was Girls Dress Boutique since Girls Dress is an adjective phrase, and since no possession means apostrophe. I have not changed the current logo yet on the grammar issue. It's amazing how crazy English grammar can get! Or does this just show how I did in English? What I remember in my schooling, grammar was not a big focus. And when I got to college, it was all about write about your feelings. I am very happy that at my daughter's school, they did an excellent job at grammar.

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Party Girl Dresses - What are they?

Redoing the Party Girl Dresses Page. 

Party Girl Dress Page


What is a Party Girl Dress?

Party dresses have bright colors, fashionable, and a bit glitzy and have a wow factor to them. They are not a formal or long dress, but usually tea length or just above the knee. Popular colors are black, Fuchsia, Red, and Black. We sell a lot of sequin dresses that shine, with the most popular color being blue.


Some Examples:

Girls Navy Blue Sequined Bodice with Layered Mesh Skirt
Girl's Navy Blue Sequined Bodice with Layered Mesh Skirt
Retail Price: $84.99
Our Price: $49.99
You Save: $35.00
 
(3 reviews)

This is the Fuschia Dress Customers Love:

Taffeta Fuchsia Bubble Dress with Interchangeable Sash
Taffeta Fuchsia Bubble Dress with Interchangeable Sash
Retail Price: $59.99
Our Price: $34.99
Sale Price: $29.99
You Save: $30.00
 
(8 reviews)

Who are our customers?

We sell girls dresses from baby sizes to size 16 girls, with the major of our sales being around sizes 6-14. This translates as most of our dresses are for around 6-12 years old. The headache with the term party girl, is it can also refer to an adult lady, since girl is slang term for women.

So what types of parties will a 6-12 year old attend?

Birthday Parties
Christmas Dinners
Family reunions
Father Daughter Dances
Graduation
School Dances
Thanksgiving



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Monday, August 25, 2014

Elite Dress Logo

I have been working on a new logo for EliteDresses. The current one is nice and has a great design, but it's not something you glance and say, they sell Dresses.

The current logo:


This is the latest version that is being worked on:



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Monday, August 18, 2014

Free Return Shipping For Girl's Dresses

EliteDresses is now offering Free Return Shipping for orders of  $50 and above in the US.

It's been something that Lillian and me have been discussing for a long time, and we have spent so many hours discussing the positives and negatives of offering it. The best case, as well as the worst case. We are now testing it, and will see what happens. We have now offered it for just over a week and it seems we will continue to offer it.

Our goal is to take care of our customers, and return shipping has been a headache for our customers that is now solved.

Sincerely,

Ray

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Amazing Cute Video

So cute and well done. And it's by an auto insurance company. Beautiful marketing! The daughter is so cute and happy. It brings back memories of my Daughter at that age.
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Wedding Costs Today, Vs. the 1930's

My wedding was done on a budget 20+  years ago, so I have a hard time relating to the cost of a wedding today. My daughter wants a big wedding.

 I was still in school when I got married, and my husband had just started a new job after finishing school that was not paying the greatest. My biggest regret on the wedding, was not having a professional photographer. I look at my friends pictures of their weddings, and I am envious. The reception was held in a hall at the church, and my husband's family helped with the food. The cake was baked by the wedding coordinator, and it was a Carrot Cake with real butter frosting that was delicious!

I wonder how realistic the costs are from the study in the 1930's. I was just talking to my Mother-in-law, and getting some oral family history on weddings. Her Mother got married in the US in 1939, when the US was just coming out of a depression. It was held in her sister's back yard, and it was immediate family only. His other Grandmother was married during WW 2. A friend of the family, who lived with her Mother saved money by actually handing out the invitations by hand.

I am surprised at the cost of a suit in the 1930's in today's dollars, $750. I guess the difference is today, you would rent a suite, and then it was probably custom made.

How much would you spend on your bridal dress? Probably the same as your GREAT-GRANDMOTHER: The surprising history of wedding costs since the 1930s - Daily Mail UK

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Girl's Dress Graduation Sale!



Girl's Graduation Sale!

Some beautiful dresses your little girl can wear on her special day!

White Girls' Polysatin Party Dress Red Girls Party Dress with Lace Bodice
White Girls' Polysatin Party Dress

Retail Price: $84.99

Our Price: $49.99
Sale Price: $44.99
You Save: $40.00
Red Girls' Party Dress with Lace Bodice

Retail Price: $74.99

Our Price: $44.99
Sale Price: $39.99
You Save: $35.00
(1 review)
Girls White Sleeveless Bodice with Pink Skirt Black Girls Sequined Bodice Bubble Dress
Girls White Sleeveless Bodice with Pink Skirt

Retail Price: $91.99

Our Price: $54.99
Sale Price: $49.99
You Save: $42.00
Girls Black Sequined Bodice Bubble Dress

Retail Price: $74.99

Our Price: $44.99
Sale Price: $39.99
You Save: $35.00
(2 reviews)
Girls Light Pink Organza Flower Girl Dress with Floral Accent Elegant Sleeveless Blue Satin Dress with Embroidered Sheer Organza Skirt
Girl's Pink Organza Flower Girl Dress with Floral Accent

Retail Price: $74.99

Our Price: $44.99
Sale Price: $39.99
You Save: $35.00
(3 reviews)
Elegant Sleeveless Blue Satin Dress with Embroidered Sheer Organza Skirt

Retail Price: $84.99

Our Price: $49.99
Sale Price: $44.99
You Save: $40.00