"Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end."
If you follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest @sebreeboutique), then you've seen a few mentions about Sebree Boutique going through some revamping. TOTALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!! Let me explain....
When Sebree Boutique got started, Ty was still in Houston in a rehab hospital. His family and I were living in a rent house there so that we could be with him everday to make sure that he was getting anything and everything that he needed to recover. Not long after the idea of the online boutique became a reality, Ty was moved to a neurological rehab facility in Galveston. Because we weren't in a permanent location, Sebree Boutique was set up as a dropshipping website. That means that I would find products for the site, edit them, then upload them, just like a typical website owner would do. The difference was that when customers would place orders, my suppliers would send the products directly to my customers. This was the best option at the time because without a permanent home or office at that time, I didn't have a place to store stock or package items. Sounds simple, right?! Of course not! The first issue was that I was VERY limited to the items that I could get for the website. There are very few suppliers that offer dropshipping for their products, so I was only able to choose from a very limited number of items. I did not like that because if people requested a white jumpsuit, I couldn't always get my hands on something so specific. The suppliers that I was limited to using just didn't always have what I (or my customers) wanted to see and purchase. Another issue lied within glitches of the websites of the suppliers that I did use. Since their websites and products were able to sync with sebreeboutique.com, if there was a glitch on their end, that translated into a glitch on our end. For example, a couple of months ago, I checked the website on a Friday morning and 75% of the clothing items and accessories that I had uploaded to Sebree Boutique were GONE! Vanished. Into thin air. They were there the previous night, and then they were suddenly gone. I was distraught. That was AT LEAST a month's worth of work (honestly, probably more), and it was just gone in an instant. One of my dropshipping suppliers was taking care of updates on their website, and in the process of doing so, everything that I had chosen, edited, and uploaded to Sebree was wiped out. The issue was [somewhat] resolved. I say "somewhat" because about 195 of the 250 items were recovered, but I still had to redo edits on nearly every one of those products. It was a mild nightmare.
Another aspect that I didn't really care for was the fact that I wasn't getting my actual hands on every single item that I was making available on my website. I couldn't physically feel every product. I couldn't see how thick or thin the material was. I couldn't get a true vision of fit for each piece of clothing, and that was driving me crazy.
Not being able to package and ship out items also bothered me. For starters, some suppliers took too much time to ship packages out, at least for Sebree's standards. Dropshipping meant that there was no personalization within the packages that my customers were receiving. I couldn't make the packages pretty. I couldn't insert notes or discount codes into each package. It just felt like the Sebree brand was being diminished. I wanted more. I put my heart and soul into this boutique, and I wanted that to translate to my amazing customers. If people were going to purchase from me, they deserved more!
On March 30, Ty was finally able to come home, which means that I would be back home too! This opened up so many opportunities, not only for Ty and his recovery, but for Sebree Boutique. I am beyond thrilled to officially announce that we have made some changes and will continue to do so until we have fully transitioned. Since I now have a place to store and package items, I have started buying stock! I can pick pieces that are better tailored to the vision that I have for Sebree Boutique. I can choose pieces that really speak to my customers wants and needs when it comes to their wardrobes.
Is it going to be easy? No. Am I ready to accept the challenge? Absolutely!
This top was the first top chosen when I started purchasing and stocking items for the website, but I can't take all of the credit for it. Thank you, Jeri Ann, for helping me to choose this top and for pushing me to take the leap!
Here's how it's happening. As we continue to go through this transition period, we will still have some items being dropshipped, but most new women's apparel that you see on Sebree Boutique are being purchased and stocked on-hand. When you purchase these items, you will receive them in appealing packages with hand-written notes inserted into each one. You will notice our brand colors throughout the packaging. When your packages come directly from us, you will also get them faster! No one wants to wait forever for a package--I mean seriously. Ain't nobody got time for that!
Having our products on hand has also opened up a new avenue for us to reach you. We will now be having pop up shops! Our first one is planned for Saturday, July 28, 2018. Blush (a blowout bar in Lake Charles) is hosting the event for us, and we couldn't be more thrilled!!! If you're interested in coming to check it out, you can find more information on our social media pages. We have other things in the works, so be on the lookout for updates.
Speaking for Sebree Boutique, I hope that you are as excited for this revamp as we are! We are so excited to gain more control and give our customers better overall quality and experience when shopping with us.
Comment below to let us know where you'd like to see our next pop up! We might just come to a town near you ;)