We did not expect Tuesday to be particularly special here at A Mystery In Common. It was unusually warm in Charlottesville for January, which was very nice and spurred some brainstorming about our garden in the spring. Around the time we started boiling water for coffee and tea we went online to check our email and– oh my goodness… Pomplamoose has a new video song!! As we watched we literally jumped back when they mentioned us and our shirts at the end of the song.
The day we have been waiting for has finally arrived: The Pomplamoose shirts finally became available online! (We apologize to everyone who has been waiting (and emailing) for months and we are so excited to be shipping them out to you!)
This pretty much set the tone for the entire day. Excitement. Anticipation for the first order and nervousness about the whole inventory system.
Then our toilet stopped working. So we called our landlord, and since they are some of the nicest people on earth they had someone out before noon to fix it.
They also reminded us that before we start digging our extended garden patch we need to call Miss Utility. The sweet woman from Miss Utility asked “Do you have any pets that might interfere or attack our workers while they mark your yard” and after laughing to ourselves for a second we answered “Well– we have an overweight cat and a three legged cat, both adopted from the SPCA, I doubt they will interfere” to which she responded with perfect humor and timing “Beware the three legged cat!” This made our morning.
And then our water pressure completely dissipated. Mercifully it happened while the gentleman was here fixing our toilet so he knew what to do and how to fix it. At this point it was noon and we had received around 25 orders for Pomplamoose shirts.
The only problem was that through the complicated system which is online inventory the orders we were getting weren’t showing the shirt size people wanted. So we emailed everyone, individually, asking for their size. Thank you so much to everyone who responded so promptly and nicely to these emails, it made all the difference and we are so grateful to you. Also, some of you may have received an email referring to you as “Shane”- yet another reason why copy & paste is not always an appropriate short cut. We apologize for that comical error on our end.
We drove out to the studio, pesto pasta in hand and after lunch we packaged and shipped as many orders as we could before 4:19pm, which is when the Greenwood Post Office truck comes and takes away the mail for the day. By the time we carried the last bundle of packages across the street we had about 50 orders.
Jack & Tristan worked back and forth for a while fixing the bouquet of issues that had bloomed since the morning. They are both very hard working and tech savvy guys. Then we printed another round of Free Bird shirts in white on a variety of colors (some on long sleeve woman’s shirts!!!) all the while hearing the *bing* of new orders rolling in. We also test printed our new tote bags. We have been testing out their durability for several weeks and their size, quality and printability leave little to be desired. They are beautiful (and organic, of course).
We are just so pumped to be printing and shipping so many shirts and we wanted to say that we know the process might be slower than desired (we are already on back order for many sizes, as of 8:48pm last night we had over 100 orders) but we are all working hard to get you guys the shirts! And we are super excited about shipping to places like Norway!Keep the orders coming and thank you for all your support!Cheers,Grace (& Tristan)A Mystery In Common