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When One Box Closes (or, Lessons Learned)

You may remember a few weeks ago when we praised stepping outside of the box and finding new solutions to problems. Little did we know that the universe was going to challenge that attitude by throwing us a big ole’ Meatbagz shaped curve ball (and laughing when it hit us smack in the face).

You see, the dreaded (and inevitable) finally happened:

We cleaned one of our vintage bag suppliers out.

Yes, we knew that this day would come: when you use vintage bags there is, after all, a limited supply. And while this wasn’t world ending news, it still threw us for a loop.

Yes, we can find the bags in other places…at much, much higher prices. Which means we charge our customers higher prices. Which makes us sad.

But refusing to go quietly into the night, we started thinking outside of our box. Granted, with freezing temperatures and Emy being buried beneath several feet of snow we didn’t head out with the top down, but we did refuse to settle for unsatisfactory answers (see price hikes, above).

And you know what?

We learned that when one box closes, another one opens.

We found a new supplier, and with prices we liked. AND with tons of new bags we’re excited about.

Yes, it’s a bit of a leap of faith-there’s a relatively high minimum order price, there was a kind of kooky application process to prove we were wholesale worthy, and now we’re waiting patiently for the bags to arrive from overseas (we’re more of instant gratification kind of girls, normally). But we are pumped. We are sad to bid our old supplier adieu-they treated us well, after all- but at the same time, we’re hopeful that this new supplier will open up a whole new world (or, in this case, box) of bags for us to put up in the shop.

And that suits us just fine.

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About meatbagz totes

Mackenzie is an award winning pie maker, a fast driver, and a screen printing mastermind. Kate is a designer, occasional neat freak, and tea drinking madwoman. They both believe in the power of good karma, air banding as a valid form of exercise, and that getting your hands dirty is a good way to keep your soul clean. Together they make up Team Meatbagz.

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