March 24, 2020
Hello, friends! I've been writing this blog in my mind for about a week, contemplating what I want to say and the best way to say it. Considering we are experiencing a worldwide pandemic, I have so many emotions (I'm sure just like all of you). I'm mostly succeeding at putting my faith over fear, but I would be lying if I said I haven't had a few good cries.
Did you know that in May Dressie Jessie Smocking will celebrate 5 years in business? 5 years! What a rollercoaster it has been, and 2020 surely hasn't had the start I would have imagined. Like most small businesses, I feel vulnerable and unsure. That said, I have been overwhelmed by your kindness and support. In the midst of all that is going on, so many of you have reached out to check on me and offer words of encouragement. I don't know how to put my gratitude into words. Truly, I don't. It says to me that over these (almost) 5 years, I haven't just built a business, but a family of customers. I am forever grateful!
As I maneuver through these unprecedented times, please know that it is my goal and heart's desire to come out stronger and better on the other side. If you're willing, I would love to share with you ways that you can help.
1. If you're in a position to do so, please continue to shop with us. Birthdays, holidays, growing families...these occasions are still worth documenting and celebrating even at home!
2. Share our posts on social media. This helps us so much! Sharing on Facebook is easy (just hit that share button!). On Instagram, you can screenshot our post and add it to your InstaStory. If you do this, please be sure to tag us. :)
3. Say a kind word about Dressie Jessie Smocking to your friends and family. That's right...good old-fashioned word-of-mouth. Honestly, from day one, this has been my main "marketing strategy".... to make your shopping experience one that compels you to share with others. I cannot tell you how happy it makes me when I hear, "I had never heard of your company until my friend told me." These messages make my day! :)
Small businesses are the backbone of our country. As I planned out my thoughts for this blog post, so many of the small businesses that I personally love and support flooded my mind. I know they are scared. I know they are worried. I know they are unsure. I'm sure you all have many small businesses that are near and dear to your hearts as well. I kept thinking, "how can I help them? What can I do?" Well, in addition to continuing to support my favorites, I want to encourage you to do the same. Here's how...
When you shop with us, use the code PAYITFORWARD to save 20% on your order of all in-stock items (expires 4/12/20). It is my hope you will take that savings and then use it to support another small business. Get lunch to go from a local restaurant, grab a coffee and leave a generous tip, etc. I just want to encourage you to support small businesses now more than ever. We all need you! :)
Thank you all for stopping by and reading this post. I have always said that Dressie Jessie Smocking has THE BEST customers, and I'm so incredibly grateful for each and every one of you. I am praying (and believing with all my might) that we will come through this stronger, wiser and more appreciative of life's many blessings. If you're so inclined, I would love it if you'd leave a comment below. Your words bring me HOPE and JOY...always.
March 26, 2020
Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. You are right – together we can get through these trying times. In the end we will all be stronger and kinder to everyone. I think we needed a “wake up” call and here it is. We need to put back our faith in God and human kind. Thank you for my gift. I will certainly use it. I have three beautiful granddaughters and one grandson. Thank you for everything!
March 25, 2020
I LOVE your store/site! I have shopped with you since oldest was a baby for 4 years, holiday after holiday! I recommend lots of mama’s to you because I have always been so pleased with the quality of the clothing, the turn-around time, and also that someone signs each invoice personally! I own a small business too, so the little touches mean a lot to me! I have two boys and love the fact that you have a great selection of boy clothes! I will continue to shop with you and recommend you! Stay safe!
Hope is my granddaughter’s name. She is a rainbow baby and has truly brought HOPE to us all. My hope is for everyone to continue supporting each other. It sure would be nice if we could always have generous hearts, even after things have become more normal again. I appreciate you and all the special savings you always pass along to your shoppers. You have the best children’s clothing Ive ever come across. 💙💗
I love your thoughts on your blog post! I also love your website and all the adorable clothes!! Keep working, and I will keep supporting your business. We are all in this together and need to keep praying for each other. Also, thank you for the discount code!!
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