If you’ve been looking for me, I’m probably somewhere behind that big stack of boxes. Our carpenter bee trap instructions went viral on Facebook, so we had to make a bunch of server upgrades and site tweaks to keep the website up and running. That kept us busy for all of Monday and Tuesday. Then, we started getting lots of e-mails and comments from readers who wanted to buy our traps. So, we added them to our shop Wednesday afternoon, and we were immediately flooded with orders.
It was clear we were going to need better tools, if we were going to be mass producing carpenter bee traps, so we raced to the store for a miter saw and a drill press, and we set up shop in our driveway.
Next came my canning jar shopping spree. I bought all the half-pint jars in our town. Then, I bought out all the half-pint jars in the next two towns over; and when I still didn’t have enough, our friends who live and hour and a half away bought out their county, and met us half way to hand them off. So far we’ve purchased 85 cases, and we still need more.
By Friday it was clear that we were going to have a pretty hard time making and shipping all of these carpenter bee traps on our own, so we started calling all of our friends and family to offer them a temporary job.
My in-laws came and helped us Saturday, and today they helped again, along with my sister-in-law, my two nephews, and my husbands’ aunt and uncle. So thankful they came to our rescue.
We started shipping orders yesterday, but first we had to track down boxes. We snagged all the free priority mail boxes from three post offices, and we barely made a dent in what we needed, so we ordered another 1,500 free priority mail boxes online. But, there’s a 3-5 day turn around on those, so we still needed to find boxes we could use right away. The solution to that problem came when we stopped by Dollar General for drinks. They were restocking their shelves, and they had a bunch of empty boxes that they’d broken down. I asked if I could have them, and they said I could. Score! Realizing that all of the Dollar General stores in our area had probably received their truck on the same day, we stopped by three more stores the next day, and snagged a bunch more boxes.
And that drill press that we bought in the beginning? It now has a friend. Yep, we now own two drill presses, plus a second tape gun and a bunch of other nifty gadgets. I’m beginning to feel like a factory owner.
We currently have two vehicles loaded down with packages that we’ll be taking to the post office in the morning (that should be quite the adventure), and we still have a bazillion more traps to make and ship. As of right now, we’ve sold 1,045 traps, and the orders keep coming in. It’s pretty crazy stuff, but it’s been a lot of fun.
So, if you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been around, now you know. I’ll be back as soon as we get all of these orders out the door and I get some much-needed sleep.