{How To} Tell If Your Tutu Is Safe

Atutudes Gumball Tutu Header

I thought that it was important to share a little knowledge on how to tell if your tutu is well made and if it is safe for your child. Before Jennifer and I ever sold our first tutu, we spent several months searching for tulle that is safe, lead free and flame retardant. We wanted to ensure that our products would not harm your children. We had some tulle tested by a laboratory that we bought from a very popular craft store. It came back as unsafe for children’s products. I had already made several tutus to prepare for our first trip to the flea market. I immediately destroyed all of them and started from scratch. Here is how you can ensure that you have a well-made, safe product:

Atutudes Aqua Birthday Tutu WM

1. All of the tulle we buy is made in America. It does cost more, but it is worth it. So please don’t buy the cheapest thing that you see. Our tulle is lead-free and flame-retardant. We feel this is very important. We do not want your little ones wearing a tutu for their birthday party or wedding where we know there will be candles. I am saddened to see many, many tutus for sale that are not well-made, charging cheaper prices, and made of tulle that I know is not certified safe for your child. I can usually tell by the colors and styles. If it has a pattern or is glitter tulle it is likely not safe. The safe tulle should be treated with glitter AFTER it is made. Be sure to converse with the seller you are buying from to ensure that the are using lead-free and flame-retardant tulle. If not, DON’T BUY IT!
Atutudes Effie Trinket WM

2. Look closely at the knots and the hemline. If the lines of the tutu or tutu dress is lumpy, bumpy, sloppy, uneven, spread apart, you an see the elastic from the outside, or loose looking DON’T BUY IT. Zoom in on those photos to see. If it is loose, your child can get their little fingers in their and untie it. Also, I often see sellers touting their tutus as better because they are sewn. Sewn does not make it better. If the craftsman is skilled and experienced, it will be well made and last long whether it is sewn or not. I have many customers who tell me they are still wearing their tutus over a year later and have even passed them down to other little ones who are still wearing them.

Breakfast At Tiffanys Tutu Dress

3. And sometimes the photos being used are not even their own work. Do your research. If a shop has many, many different mannequins, models and their photos do not look cohesive, most likely they have stolen other shop’s photos and are not their own. You will order something lovely that is pictured and end up witha shabby looking product that does not look anything like the photo. Please do not support shops that also post photos and say, “We didn’t make this it is just to show you what we can do.” You have no idea what the finished product will look like. DON’T BUY IT!

Atutudes Peacock Tutu WM

Jennifer and I are very passionate about creating
the best products on the market for you.

We hope that when you think tutus and
tutu dresses you will think Atutudes.

 

xoxo,
Kristal

 

 

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{How To} Order on Etsy

How To Order On Etsy. Tips from a Top Seller

How To Order On Etsy. Tips from a Top Seller

Let’s face it, when navigating the world of
Etsy handmade it can be a tad overwhelming.

I have compiled a list of tips on how to shop for handmade items on Etsy. I believe there are a few things that consumers may not really be aware of and some struggles we sellers all seem to share. Our goal as Etsy shop owners is to make your experience the best it can be. A few key points to consider:

  • Many Etsy sellers dream of leaving the corporate world to pursue our dreams of a successful business that can support our lifestyles and families. But alas, we may not have quite made it there yet. We keep plugging along hoping to break free. What that means to you, as a customer, is that we may not be at home during the day. It is not always convenient to call you on the phone. We rely on the Etsy convo system to communicate. The Etsy convo system is great for the buyer as well as the seller. All convos are there on Etsy, should either party ever have an issue and need Etsy to step in. It is an excellent idea to have all communication in writing. I mean we don’t really know each other. It’s a lot like an insurance policy, without the high monthly premiums.
  • All of my Etsy handmade friends clearly post their current turn-around times somewhere in their shop. It can be in the listing, if it is a smaller shop. It can be on your invoice. It can be in the main shop header that is at the top of the shop’s main page, as it is in ours. If you have a dated event, please look for the current turn-around. Nothing is more disappointing for you or me than to have to cancel an order because we can’t meet the deadline. If an item is marked Ready To Ship then you are good to go. It should ship to you quickly. If not, please convo the shop owner to ask if a rush order is available. We may have room to squeeze you in. There is customarily an additional charge to rush the order.
  • Please remember that you are buying a carefully-crafted handmade item. We make these items in our homes, at our dining room tables, in many cases. Often we don’t have offices or massive storage space to house pre-made the items. A lot of the time we may need to order more materials in order to perfectly make your item for you. Our turn-around times are in direct relation to the number of orders we currently have in house. Plan ahead. Allow ample time. Be patient. We promise it will be worth the wait.
  • If you receive your item and wish to contact us about a return, please be nice. You are talking to someone who poured her heart and soul into your creation. Being rude or mean to us is not going to gain you any brownie points. When I buy something at Target and want to return it, I do not use foul language or yell at the clerk at the return desk. I don’t tell her how horrible the product is. It hurts our feelings. Although all you see is your computer screen, there is a human being typing back to you. Trying to make it sound awful to us is not going to help your cause. We promise we will be much more willing to help you out when you are kind. Sometimes it’s just not quite what you expected. Sometimes it’s just not right for you. We understand.  Before you contact a buyer for a return, please be sure you have read and understood each shop’s return policy and shop policies. Each shop is allowed to create their policies based on their needs. They can vary shop to shop. Generally we don’t accept returns on custom creations, such as a different color or size we do not offer in our shop. Rush fees are never refundable. If we rushed the order in good faith, we help up to our end of the bargain. We also do not refund shipping charges. I don’t know too many large corporations with unlimited capital at their disposal who refund shipping fees.
  • We are not there, in person, to show you around our shops. We rely heavily on notes and information we carefully compile to help you figure out what you need to know. Most of your questions can be answered in the shop announcement, shop policies, the item listings, your invoice, and the shipping section of our shops. The only way we have to communicate is in writing. Please be careful to read the information provided to you. If we are answering conversations for things that are covered in our shop, we are not making orders, adding to the length of the delivery of your items. We carefully craft our information to make it easy for you to find what you are looking for. Just take a second to read the listing. If you don’t find the answer there or in the shop announcement, please contact us at that point.

If you follow these simple guidelines we think you will be extremely pleased with your experience. We love what we do, do it with passion and love to share our creations with you. We never want you to be disappointed. We believe that a small shift in how you think about shopping for handmade items will make it a positive and enjoyable experience for everyone. We are all used to instant gratification in our shopping experience for mass produced, imported items. By shopping handmade you are making a difference in the world. You are touching many lives. You are employing someone with a dream. You are supporting your country’s economy. If you buy from me you are buying something produced in the United States using materials made in the United States. You are keeping jobs here on our soil. And that, my friend, is something to be proud of. Not many products sold in the United States today can say that.

Why be like everyone else?
Be unique.
Nurture dreams.
Support small business.
Buy handmade.

 

xoxo,
Kristal

 

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