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The Truth About Scheduling and Discounts (in a PWD-Run Business)

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The holiday season is now fast approaching! With expenses going up around this time, who isn’t on the lookout for a good bargain?

That said, we’re glad that you’re considering buying from us (we assume that means you think we offer a pretty good deal for your hard-earned money).

Don’t worry, we totally get it! As a new mom and dad, we’ve cut down significantly on on our holiday shopping budget in hopes of saving up for baby’s upcoming expenses. (Not to mention her birthday is coming up soon!)

We rely on this business alone to provide her with her daily needs — milk, diapers, cold and fever medicine, and the occasional pretty dress.

As a couple living with chronic and mental illness, we’ve seen our fair share of financially troubling times. For the “normal” person, having a decent job that pays the bills can prove challenging enough. What more if you face employer discrimination or debilitating mental illness while at work? Just having a source of income is something to be thankful about.

As this is the reality of our situation, we would just like to remind that we are a mom and pop shop staffed by only people. One of us is a PWD with hemophilia and epilepsy. Apart from that, we are also full-time parents to our 10-month old baby, Citrine.

Daddy J and Baby Cittie

It’s been our personal choice to stay home and NOT consider 9-5 employment, at least while baby Cittie is young. Our experience dictates that there’s really no substitute for the presence of a parent in a child’s life. Not even the prospect of additional income, or the perceived “certainty” of earning while working five or six days a week, is a worthwhile trade-off for being there for your kid.

This business is our attempt to be self-sufficient and we’re thankful a million times over to everyone still around to support us, even now that we have closed made-to-order-services that we were first known for.

Parenthood is our primary focus. We might make a few mistakes in managing this business — a few delays here and there, maybe. We pray for your understanding.

That said, we are doing our best to deliver quality items as promptly as possible. Please take note of TUESDAY and THURSDAY as our primary resizing days. On these days, we can actively work alongside our smiths and oversee production of items.

What About Discounts?

There goes another thing we’d like to address — discounts.

Everyone likes a good discount! But as much as we’d like to make our pricing flexible, they MUST stay fixed. Here’s why…

To be completely honest, we operate this business out of our own pockets. No investors, nothing. We do incur losses, especially when we make mistakes. It’s always on us. Given our situation, with our chronic illnesses and striving to manage a family, we’re very much likely to make them.

The earnings we get from every piece of jewelry you get from us are what we use to sustain our family. They also pay for our overhead costs, which can be overwhelming too. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I pay parking fees as high as 200 php a day because the only parking spot available to us charges that much.

If we could give our services for free to those who need it — we would, in a heartbeat. But we also need to pay the people who patiently build, craft, and repair your jewelry. And we also need to be paid the right amount for our 24/7 job of answering queries, taking and editing photos, implementing our marketing plan, and crunching numbers for finances. After all, this is a full-time job!

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