Here is a link to our store
Hello Friends, Family, and fans of Steampunk and Cosplay. When Chelsea and I decided to have our wedding, we wanted to pay for everything ourselves, which we knew would be difficult, but we did not want to put undue pressure on our families, and knew we would be proud of having made it. This became even more difficult when the company I was working for let all of their workers in my contact center go, and the only job I could find afterwards with the same hourly pay was part time. I had a passion and a dream, though, of putting my sewing and crafting talents to use by starting a store for steampunk and cosplay enthusiasts.
This store started with the goal of being a one stop shop where people could pay reasonable prices for unique quality items, and it looked like it was going to be very succesful. We became so busy during October for Halloween, just a few months after opening, that I had to take time off from my part time job just to get all my orders finished. Unfortunately, that December, my health took a turn for the worse. I started having attacks of gagging with no obvious cause which caused me to have to go to the emergency room when I just couldn't stop for hours one day, and I had to spend the next 3 months on disability, unable to really leave the house because I would start gagging and vomiting several hours out of every day.
The issue has never completely resolved, but I was able to return to work with some limitations. Our small business had suffered greatly however, I had to take it down because I couldn't really do much other than lie in bed all day, and the website it is hosted on uses levels of activity to determine how often your items will show up on searches. When I put it back up, things became very slow.
I found a new job that Summer, which was full time. I did have to pull back on my store activities because of this, I couldn't really advertise because I wouldn't have time to do anything. We were able to raise the money for our wedding, and it went off without a hitch, and we've been happy since. Unfortunately health concerns have found me having to leave that job, and as of the moment, it is the only work I am capable of. To make matters worse, putting the store on "vacation mode" for our honeymoon further negatively impacted our "relevance" on the site.
We have always been highly rated, right now we are rated 5 out of 5 stars. Our reviews are overflowing with praise. We are proud of making a quality product, we are nearing our 100 order mark, but things are very slow right now.
To bring our store back to where it needs to be, we are asking for donations to help us pay for advertising and materials to make new products to sell. Making things creatively for other people brings me a great sense of satisfaction, and it has become my biggest goal to make this work, but right now things are very tight. We need advertising to make more sales, and we need new products to draw people in, as well as the ability to purchase selling space at conventions.
We know we can succeed if we raise the money we need to get back on top. We've been in a very succesful position with our store before, and there is no reason we can't do the same again once we have the ability to get noticed more and more. We are offering different reward levels for your donations. Anything will help. Please consider helping us make this dream come true.