Big Changes Coming Soon! Please Read.

Hi Everyone,

I have an announcement to make about the rosary part side of my business, but first, I just want to say, I HONESTLY HAVE THE BEST CUSTOMERS EVER!!!  Do you all realize how many good things we have accomplished together over the last 20 years.Smiley Face It’s been AMAZING! For example, we have helped fund research for severe autoimmune diseases, breast cancer, lymphoma, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, special needs kids, children orphaned by AIDS, and don’t forget about our amazing veterans. ;) The list is endless.  We even raised enough money to buy 2 ultrasound machines for pregnancy centers in high risk cities.  These machines have been used to give free ultrasounds to pregnant mothers considering abortion and 80% of those mothers chose life!  That is so HUGE!  I can’t tell you how grateful I am for your support!  It has been an amazing journey. 

This is what makes my announcement so hard.  Unfortunately due to new and challenging family obligations I have no choice but to shrink my business for the foreseeable future. Sad Face :( I am in the process of transitioning toward a “Rosaries Only” type of model.  As of January 1st I will no longer be restocking rosary parts for the retail side of my business.  The good news is I am currently lowering prices on all existing rosary parts in order to clear out excess inventory. It will take some time for me to go through everything and adjust the prices, so check back often to see what’s new. 

I will also be putting together a list of resources so that you aren’t left hanging without a backup plan.  In the future, remember to keep an eye on my BLOG and Facebook page for information about small amounts of overstock that might pop up from time to time, especially when I need to import from Italy..  

I am anxious to see where this new path takes me.  I’m so sad I have to shrink my business, but I am ever so grateful for each and every one of you. Again, thank you so much for your support over the last 20 years. 

Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!

God Bless & Stay Healthy,

Phyllis

Rosaries by Speziale

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Rosaries Under $25

Who wouldn’t love a rosary under $25? With our current inflation, supply chain stuff and all the other wonky things happening in our world right now it seemed a good time to focus more on creating new rosaries that anyone could afford, featuring basic Italian silver tone parts and my basic wire and chain option (not heirloom). I’m starting with the neon colors because, well, I love them so much!!! But also plan to have others soon. There is a banner in the store to click on, but you can also use the word Under25 in the search bar to see what’s new. I will post pictures and links on Facebook as I get them finished, but for now here is a sneak peek. 🙂

Search Under25 to see what’s new!

Sabbatical Update

Hi Everyone!

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.

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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!!!!

Take care and God Bless!

Phyllis

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WOO HOO! Good News for Kansas!!!

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!

YAY!!

Rosary Part Update

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.

~Speziale

Payment Module Update

Hey Everyone!

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!!!

~Speziale

Silver Plate Wire Dilemma

Hey Everyone!

So I have run into a bit of a road block, but I think I have found another option. For those who buy rosaries, you know I offer a variety of wire and chain options for almost every budget. Unfortunately due to Covid 19, I can no longer get the European 20 gauge silver plate wire I used for my silver plate upgrades. I have been searching for another option for the last few months but all of the other wires I tried were just too flimsy.

Good news though!! I finally found a supplier who has offered me a smoking deal on silver filled wire. For those who don’t know silver filled is also silver plated over copper, but the silver coating is 10x thicker than normal silver plate which means it will keep its color longer. Once the wire gets here I will update the store with the new pricing. It will probably be $1-$4 more than my old silver plate wire, but still a great option for those on a budget.

As usual, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Take care and stay healthy!

Kansas Customers

Update February 15th, 2022:  I just got off the phone with a rep at the department of revenue in Kansas and was informed they now have a small business friendly nexus rule in place. YAY!!  I am in the process now of updating the store so that my Kansas customers can buy again!!

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After doing my bi-annual tax check across the country I recently found out that Kansas is the only state in the union refusing nexus style regulations!

What!?!?
I know, it’s crazy, but any items sold in or shipped to Kansas require a sales license and payment of state sales taxes even if it is only $.10. WOW!

For perspective, all other states in the union have “nexus” laws which help determine which businesses are required to pay sales taxes and which aren’t. Simply put if you are a tiny online crafter like myself you aren’t considered large enough to warrant adherence to the local sales tax laws. For example, most states consider $100,000 to $200,000 in annual sales or 200 transactions annually enough to qualify for a nexus status significant enough to require licensing and the payment of sales taxes.

So I find myself in a bit of a pickle. I have looked into Etsy, but there is an issue there as well. Unfortunately I really don’t have the resources to keep up with multiple licensing and tax laws for multiple states.  Colorado laws are complicated enough with all of our home rule cities and special districts and such. So here is my plan. 🙂

All orders to be shipped to Kansas will need to go through my Etsy Store (https://www.etsy.com/shop/RosaryStuff). Etsy has the resources to charge and pay the appropriate taxes for all of my Kansas customers. 🙂  This option works great for those purchasing rosaries, but for rosary parts things get more expensive. Etsy requires a fee of .20 + a percentage for each item sold. For example, if you need 25 centerpieces they are requiring me to list them all individually which means the price of a .65 centerpiece goes up to .85 each. That can be expensive when you are buying in bulk, so if you would like me to create an Etsy listing for you please contact me (rosarystuff@yahoo.com) so we can discuss the details and how to move forward.  You don’t have to be a member of Etsy to shop there, so if you have any questions or need help please don’t hesitate to let me know. 🙂

Please Contact Your Representatives: At this time I feel it is very important for my Kansas customers to contact their representatives to see if they can to a nexus program like the rest of the country. If they can change the laws to be more friendly to small business then I can start shipping there again.

Take Care and Stay Healthy My Friends!!

Colorado Sales Tax News

I just got off the phone with the State of Colorado and found out that as of January 1st, the new sales tax laws are now in full effect. 😦

If you are in Colorado, please call your representative and request that in state sellers be included in the nexus laws applied to out of state sellers. This would allow small businesses like mine to sell in Colorado without having to worry about licensing, and complying with every home rule city, county and special district rule in the state.

So what this means is that I can only ship to customers with a delivery address within the city of Westminster in Jefferson County. The sales tax for all of my Colorado customers will still be 8.35%, but anyone outside the city of Westminster/Jeffco will need to pick up their items here or hire a delivery service to pick up and deliver on their own.

There is another option though.  For those buying rosaries, I can list your item in my Etsy Store. Etsy will then pay sales taxes due to every home rule city necessary. If you would like to try this option, please contact me before purchasing.

Take care and Happy New Year!!!!
Phyllis
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