Here are some common questions and answers pertaining to Shopping Parties and my product.
When is the best time to schedule a shopping party?
That depends a lot on you and your guests! Weekends are most popular either during the afternoon or in the evening. There are also incentives for scheduling your party on a weeknight. Choose what works best for you but I recommend giving a window of about 2-3 hours. Allow more time if you have more guests.
What if some of my guests arrive late?
That’s okay! I recommend planning your party over a window of time so that guests don’t feel pressured to be on schedule. There’s no sales presentation and it’s really relaxed and casual so your guests can come and go on their own time.
Can guests take their purchases home with them after the party?
Yes! All of my items are available for sale at the party so your guests can take their purchases home with them right away. There are no samples or catalogues but I do take custom orders by request. I will bring extra stock for my most popular selling items in case more than one guest would like the same item/size/colour so there is no fighting!If you know in advance which styles/sizes will be more popular with your guests definitely let me know. Pickup orders can also be placed ahead of time which is a great option for anyone who is unable to attend.
What sizes of clothing do you offer?
My clothing line is available from sizes XS to XL and I design garments that have an easy fit so they would accommodate different body types. My XS is equivalent to a size 6 and my XL is equivalent to a size 18. Here is a size chart to help figure out your size:
Do you offer custom items?
Yes! My clothing line is available in sizes XS-XL and I take orders for plus sizes. I do bring my jewelry making tools so I can customize jewelry on the spot. Mix and match colours, sizes and styles from my stock and I can make the item right away. My custom charm bracelets are very popular and it’s fun to design your own. I do take orders for custom items and I can also offer discounts on bulk orders such as jewelry for a wedding party or gifts. Depending on availability of supplies I can have custom orders ready within a week.
What type of materials do you use?
I try to choose fabrics that are comfortable to wear. You will see cottons, rayon, polyester and linen and in the fall you will see some wool. When possible I choose eco-friendly fabrics such as rayon made from bamboo and organic cotton. Jewelry is made with gemstones, glass beads and natural materials such as wood, seashell and coconut. Occasionally I do use ceramic and other man-made beads. I do not use plastic or acrylic beads with the exception of recycled or reused materials. All jewelry findings are white gold plated copper and they are nickel free. I can make earrings with sterling silver hooks for an additional cost.
How does your product differ from items that are produced overseas?
I get this question a lot and my items are often compared with those from mass retailers and also with one of a kind items. All of my products are made in Canada either by me or someone I’ve contracted. In Canada we earn a reasonable wage just like you and we have very high standards. In terms of price point you can compare Ocean Avenue to brands such as Guess, Abercrombie & Fitch and Le Chateau. I often visit stores to compare styles that are similar to mine and ensure my prices are set at a fair market value. When you buy locally you are supporting someone within your own community.
What type of payments do you take?
I accept Cash, Cheque, Paypal, Visa and Mastercard.
Note: The host must have a home internet connection in order to process credit card payments.
Still have questions? I’d be happy to answer them! Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org