Rosaries by Speziale will be opening up again on April 13th. YAY!! The time off really helped me figure out a good plan to proceed.
My rosary part side will open up first. I used to ship within 12-24 hours of order placement, but for now I will need to change that to 3-5 business days before shipping. This will give me the buffer I need just in case things get hectic again. I will continue to try and ship as soon as possible, but there will be times when I need the extra day or two to complete and process the order. If you need something right away please feel free to let me know through the comment section when you place your order.
Rosary part update: Unfortunately we still have some items on back order due to the supply chain, but if you are looking for something let me know. A couple of my suppliers do have shipments coming in this month and next, so we may be getting what you need sooner than expected. 🙂
It will probably be a couple of weeks or so before I open the rosary side of the store. I still need to get items made to put in there, but if you need a custom rosary, please let me know and I will help as soon as I can. OK?
Thank you so much for your support during this difficult time. I am so grateful for my most awesome customers! You guys are the best!!!!
Every year I do a check to see what state nexus laws have changed so that I can adjust accordingly, but I’ve been trying to keep tack of Kansas since the law changed. Anyway, when checking the website this time, I wasn’t able to find concrete info on the law anymore. It is like their info is in flux right now. So I decided to call instead.
Guess What?!?!? The state of Kansas has created a new nexus requirement that is more in line with other states which means it is also way more friendly to small businesses like mine. I can now ship to my Kansas customers again!!!
Even though I’m on sabbatical now, I will go ahead and start making adjustments to the online store so that my Kansas customers can start buying again once my sabbatical is over!
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and safe, peaceful New Year!!!
I have some news! As most of you know, due to some family/personal stuff I’ve had to go part time over the last few months. Since then life has become even more challenging and hectic, but I think I finally have a good solution. Are you ready?
Let’s talk SABBATICAL.
I don’t want to close my business, but I need to take some extra time to see if I can make things more manageable again. I need to find time for both my business and the other family obligations that have popped up recently. My goal is to keep Rosaries by Speziale open in the long run, so I’ve decided to take 1-3 months off now so I can figure out logistics and get a new system in place. Unfortunately I honestly don’t know how much time I will need so my plan is to play it by ear by taking 1 month at a time. That way I can reevaluate my situation regularly. In the meantime I will be posting updates on my Blog and Facebook page so you know what’s up and when I will be opening up full time again. I will also try to put banners on my store home page with links to the most updated information.
In the meantime I will try to keep as many “ready to ship” rosaries as possible in my Etsy store. For those who regularly buy rosary parts in bulk, please feel free to contact me directly. I will still place those orders for you, it just might take me a bit longer to get them to you especially with the supply chain issues we are having right now.
Please know this decision didn’t come lightly. Unfortunately, I no longer have the time to handle my average daily work load along with all the other obligations facing me right now, so I had to come up with a plan B. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this will cause.
Please remember beginning January 15th 2022, I will be just an email away if you need something. I will gladly help when I can, but if I am unable I will at least try to refer you to someone who can help in a more timely manner. OK?
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I won’t be available to take many phone calls, so email is the best contact for me right now. Thank you all for your support during this difficult time. I appreciate you all so much!!
Unfortunately, the Italian rosary part order I placed back on September 1st,still hasn’t gone to production due to manufacturing supply chain issues. I am hoping to hear more in the next few weeks, but it looks like it will take much longer than expected.
I’m sorry but I don’t know for sure when my order will be shipped, but keep checking back here or on my Facebook page for updates.
Just a quick note to let you know we are in the process of updating our Payment system. It will probably take a couple of days or so. If you run into a glitch before the transition is complete, please let me know and I can help you complete your order. OK?
Thank you for your patience and have a very Happy & Safe Thanksgiving!!!
I have decided to suspend my international shipping program effective immediately. With the rise of international tariffs, the constant increases in USPS shipping costs and our own goofy US sales tax nexus stuff, it is just too time consuming and complicated to keep up with. I’m sorry to say I just can’t afford the financial losses anymore. If things calm down or if more affordable options come along in the future I may be able to resume sales outside the US, but for now it is just too expensive and complicated.
As some of you already know things have been difficult lately. I have become extremely overwhelmed with Covid, homeschooling, personal stuff, and family stuff. Over the last few months it has become harder and harder for me to keep up with my business on top of all the other new challenges I find myself facing daily. Honestly I have been considering permanently closing my doors for the last few months, but the thought of it made me so very sad. 😦 So, after a lot of prayer and deliberation I have decided cut back on my hours and work part-time instead.
I don’t know for sure how long this will last. There are too many variables in play right now, but know that I will continue to do my best to fill all orders in a timely manner. They may not go out in 12-24 hours like before, but I’m hoping I can fill all new orders within a couple days or so depending upon circumstances at home.
Effective immediately, I will switch from my normal 30-50 hour work week to an every other day type of schedule. I will be working most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If possible I will continue to check email and answer questions on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays but I will not be able to fill orders on those days most of the time due to other obligations. Sundays will be my day off along with other scheduled “vacation days or weeks” as needed.
For those who shop from my Etsy store, availability will be limited to custom rosaries and pre-made/ready to ship items. “Made to Order” rosaries will only be available on my website for the time being.
I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, but my goal is to eventually move back to full time. I just don’t know for sure when that will be possible. Fingers crossed. 🙂
Thank you for your support. I have the best customers EVER!!!
Hey Everyone! Unfortunately I have bad news….USPS raised their rates again. 😦
The last couple of increases I paid myself, but this one is just too big. So unfortunately, starting today my shipping rates are going up a little bit. Honestly I’m not sure if this set of increases are permanent or temporary, so for now my flat rate 1st class US shipping will go up to $3.95 and Canadian shipping will go up to $13.50. Other options like priority and insurance have all gone up anywhere from a few cents to a couple of dollars. As usual, if you have any questions please let me know.
I’m finally in the process of updating pictures. YAY! If you are looking at an item and the picture is missing, just wait a minute or two and it will pop back up. It just means I’m in the process of adding the new images to the listing.
As before the images will be color coded to help make browsing easier. Italian silver plate parts will have a blue background. Gold plated parts will have a pink background. Sterling silver will have either a purple background or a purple bar across (I’m not sure which yet :)). American made pewter will either be white background or another color. I’m still working on those. 🙂
As usual, if you have any questions, please let me know.
I recently found out my manufacturer discontinued the flat link chain I use on my less expensive rosaries. 😦 I can special order more, but the minimums are HUGE!
For now I am experimenting with the next size up. As soon as I am able I will add both options for my custom rosaries, but here is a picture so you can see the difference. They are very close in size, but the new stuff has a thicker look to it and is slightly larger. Once I add this option to the store I will take a better picture next to beads so you can see how they look. As always if you have questions please let me know. 🙂