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Holiday Shipping Schedule 2016

 

We’ll be taking a little break from shipping during the holidays. You have a few days left to get your order in! Here are the key dates…

  • Place your order by Sunday, December 18th if you’d like it to ship before our break.
  • Our online store will remain open, so you can still shop to your heart’s content while we’re away.
  • Orders placed between December 19th and January 1st will begin shipping on January 2nd.

Next week I’m jetting off to Montreal to hang with family, recharge my batteries, and bake lots of cookies. Of course I’ll spend this weekend frantically sewing all the things in anticipating of my trip. That is the plight of a sewist, isn’t it? I couldn’t possibly face my family on Christmas without a new dress on. 🙂

I hope you have a relaxing and cozy time ahead of you, wherever you are this holiday season.

Cheers!

-Caroline

Shop News: USPS Shipping!

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This has been in the works for a while, and I’m so excited to finally make it official!

Customers in the USA: We now ship with USPS!

This is an awesome development for so many reasons. Blackbird is based in Canada and until now, we have used Canada Post exclusively. This has worked great for us, but I have always felt like there must be a better way for us to serve our neighbours in the US. Well, I’m proud to say that we have found a better way!

How does it work?

It’s pretty simple. We work with a courier that brings packages across the border to ship via USPS. Really small packages ship First Class, and everything else ships Priority.

Okay, but how long does this take?

As usual, we ship orders 1-2 times a week. Since the packages are making their way from Vancouver, British Columbia to Blaine, Washington, it takes a couple of extra days for them to get into the US postal system. Then it’s just 2-4 business days to you!

How much does it cost?

Real talk: the cost will be higher than what you’re used to paying for regular USPS shipping. We are paying a company for this service and we also have to take into account currency conversion. But across the board, it costs less than Canada Post, and there are other advantages too. Read on.

To make things simple, I’ve set up flat rates based on weight. Shipping costs will range from $4.50 – $25 (Canadian dollars). In US dollars that’s just $3.50 – $19 for shipping. WHAT!

Side note: There’s a real-time currency conversion button on the top right-hand corner of our website, so you can view pricing in US dollars. Just keep in mind, your e-mail invoice will always show Canadian dollars, and your credit card or Paypal will take care of the actual currency conversion.

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What are the advantages?

No duties or import taxes. Yes, you read that right. Our customers in the US no longer have to worry about import taxes or duties.

Everything includes tracking. In the past, smaller packages did not include tracking. Now everything does, no exceptions.

It’s faster. You’ll get your fabric faster, plain and simple! Canada Post takes anywhere from 4-10 business days once it’s shipped. With our new system, it takes 4-6 business days.

It’s more affordable.  Even with the added courier fees, it costs less than Canada Post.

I’m thrilled to be implementing this, and I’d love your feedback! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment below or e-mail me. I love hearing from you!

Shipping Update: Possible Canada Post Strike (Updated!)

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Update 8/30: Great News! Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have reached an agreement, and there is no longer the possibility of a work disruption or strike. (Hooray!) We are now shipping with confidence that there will be no delays. 

Hi friends! I have some shipping news to share with you. For the past couple of months, Canada Post has been in contract negotiations. Sadly, the possibility of a work disruption is becoming very real. With a strike or lock-out looming, I want to clarify how this will affect the shop (if it happens).

As of right now, Canada Post is functioning normally and there are no shipping or transit delays. But that can change in the coming days…

So — We now offer UPS as an additional shipping option. We understand that the cost to ship with UPS is high, and we are working to find a more affordable alternative.

For the time being, we will continue to accept orders as usual. You will have the option at checkout to select UPS or Canada Post.

Keep in mind:

  • If you select Canada Post as a shipping method during a work disruption, we will ship out your order as soon as it is possible to do so.
  • If your package is within the Canada Post system during a work disruption, it will be secured and delivered as quickly as possible once operations resume.

I will post here on the blog as soon as there is something new to report. You can also find updates regarding this issue on our website.

Most importantly, I want to thank you guys for your patience, support, and understanding! We are commited to getting your order to you as soon as possible, and apologize for any delays this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Finally, a bit of good news! I can’t keep a secret. Lower U.S. wide shipping rates are coming very soon. *Cue happy dance!* We’re working with a courier to ship via USPS – this means cheaper shipping, quicker leadtimes, tracking, and no duties! We’ll let you know straight away when we roll this out – as soon as next week(!!!)