WE HAVE LAUNCHED !

199Finally.  We have been trying for months — ok years — to figure out a way to get our store online without turning into “one of those stores online.”  It has to be cool and Sense of Wonder-ish.  That has not been easy to figure out and we have been driving our website creator friends insane with the amount of tinkering I have done on this baby.  Five redo-s because i wanted to see different shades of blue? At the end of the day, however, I decided to just go for it, go live, and get started.  Please be patient with us, there are no doubt gonna be a few kinks at the beginning.

It will be a convenience for our customers to be able to shop at  Sense of  Wonder in the middle of the night with simply the push of a button or two.  And maybe some new customers will find us online as well.  The updated site looks really good and who knows we might sell really good thru it.  In addition, we’ve added a wicked cool photo slide show so people can get a sense of Sense of Wonder. Worth a look.  click here to see our site.  Whaddaya think?

You will note we do not have a gazillion items listed.  I’m not sure we will ever get remotely close to a gazillion.  I guess we could  get closer if we put some of our larger lines on the site (Like Mariposa or Simon Pearce, for example).  Even though those lines are very very cool and sell well, I wanted our site to be geared a little  more toward the smaller artists we feature.  The site feels a little more personal that way. To be sure, you can order any piece of Simon Pearce, Mariposa, or any other item we have at Sense of Wonder by simply emailing or picking up the phone and calling us (978-475-5544 or 781-944-8986).  We will happily take phone or email orders.  Eazy Peezy.

I know, we are behind the times and everyone else is selling online already.  It’s been a challenge for me because i don’t delegate well (probably one of the reasons it took so long to get started) but eventually selling online won.  Like any change I will get used to the idea.   The truth of the matter is, we select merchandise that is unique, often one or two of a kind, and unlikely to be online.  So it’s not easy to just “put the store on the internet.”  Notwithstanding all of that, we selected great products to sell online.  We still offer you great customer service — and even some items that are different from those in our stores.  Finally — and this is a biggee — we continue to offer good value.  Prices online and in our stores are the same if not better than elsewhere. It strikes a nerve when people come in, see something they like, and then go try to find it online or elsewhere for less.  They can’t.  It is a myth that a small specialty store is more expensive.  At least it is a myth with our stores.

Enough explanation — the Sense of Wonder glass is half full and our website is wicked cool.  So, if you ever have an urge to go to Sense of Wonder at 3am, now you can! Of course, you could probably also go to one of our stores at 3am and see me there, but that’s the subject of a completely different post altogether) 🙂

ITS ALL GOOD.  I hope you like the new online store.  We sure do and we are pretty excited about it.

About Jean Smith

Jean Smith and her husband Jay own and operate Sense of Wonder -- a wickedly cool specialty retail store located in downtown Andover. Jean is a proud parent of Emily (22) and Rachael (19) two fabulously cheeky and wonderful daughters. She is a rabid softball mom; recovering lawyer; spinning addict; incessant emailer, soon to be maniac blogger; and chronic non-sleeper...
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