You might think I am nuts (if you didn't suspect it already) but I just finished my Christmas shopping and I am feeling very organized. Ever since I discovered Etsy I have tried to buy everything handmade whenever I can.
There are loads of bonuses to doing it this way:
1) I get something that is genuinely made with love and often completely unique
2) I am supporting other artists like myself and being kind to the environment
3) I spend a LOT less than if I went into the city to shop
4) No more struggling through the city crowds, I can shop, listen to the radio and drink tea at the same time!
The reason I buy so early is that I know how MAD the Christmas rush is on sellers (I will also be pulling out my hair trying to get all the orders finished in November/December!) so I avoid all of that by shopping in the end of August. Also, I want to make sure that everything has plenty of time to arrive with me in Holland, as I buy from all over the world. If something goes wrong with the shipping I have loads of time to sort it out with the seller.
If you are planning on shopping at The House of Mouse this Christmas, I encourage you to buy early too, especially if you are outside Europe because sometimes customs delay packages around the holidays. I am anticipating a lot of orders, and once November comes around I will not be doing any custom mice until after the Christmas rush. Please order early to avoid disappointment!
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