We get lots of calls from customers who previously purchased our personalized Christmas stockings during previous seasons, looking for the same Christmas stocking, wanting to add one or two more. Often a customer cannot find the matching Christmas stocking because we no longer have it in stock.
I looked around the web and retail stores and could not find a single vendor who would provide an information on the availability of the stocking they currently sell for the future years. So here we go, we are the first Christmas stocking shop to address this very valid customer need for this important information.
Most Christmas stocking retailers do not manufacture their own inventory and thus are dependent on the manufacturer for their next holiday season inventory. If you plan to buy a set of Christmas stockings anywhere, ask the sales person if they will have the same stocking next year. Most likely the answer would be: “I don’t know” or “Probably not”. Perhaps you have already gone through an effort to try to find a same stocking your bought 3 years ago and most likely could not find it at the same retailer.
That’s where we are different. One of the reasons we begun to manufacture our own stockings was the need to provide our customers with the same or similar personalized Christmas stocking they bought from us few years back. It just makes sense when you care about your customers.
When you spend a part of your Christmas decorating budget on purchasing Christmas stockings, have them personalized, it is a good idea to think ahead :
- Is your family going to grow in the next few years?
- Are you planning to have another child?
- Is your daughter or son going to get engaged or married?
- Will your family members visit you for Christmas; and if so, do you want to add a Christmas stocking with their name on it?
- Are your parents or grandparents visiting for Christmas? Having a personalized Christmas stocking for them might be an unexpected and welcome surprise. Finding a stocking that would match the set you already have might prove a challenge.
Those are the situations we most often hear about from our customers, when they call in looking to match a Christmas stocking they previously purchased in our online store.
Considering that your family might grow in the near future will save you lots of effort trying to find and match the Christmas stocking set that you already have.
We have many different Christmas stocking designs in our store: some we manufacture or have manufactured for us every year so there is a good chance that you will be able to buy a set of personalized Christmas stockings in that design this year and find a matching one 3 years from now. Other stockings are sourced by us from other vendors and factories. In that situation, we do not have control if the supplier will carry the same Christmas stocking design into the next season. There are many reasons for the particular Christmas stocking design not being available the following year:
- All Christmas manufacturers follow new trends in Christmas decorating and introduce new styles for their products. With a new style introduction, previous years’ models get retired.
- The materials and fabrics that were available previous season to the Christmas manufacturer may not be available this year, thus the factory is forced to change the existing design.
- That particular design did not sell as many units as other designs so it is being replaced by another Christmas stocking that sells better.
We have a mix of Christmas stocking designs that change from one season to another and also maintain designs that remain relatively same so our customers can match the stockings from previous seasons. Sometimes, however, the fabric suppplier no longer manufactures the exactly same color shade or composition of the material used in the manufacturing of the Christmas stocking, so in spite of our effort to maintain the same stocking design for our customers, we are left with no choice but to accept a design that is similar but not identical to the previous seasons’ stockings.
Starting in August 2009 we will enhance our online catalog displaying all of our stockings with additional information that will provide you with the likelyhood of our maintaining the same design/model of the Christmas stocking into the next year. Each Christmas stocking description will contain the information if the stocking is likely to be available next year or not. This will help you to make educated purchase decision when it comes to future planning for matching your Christmas stockings as your family grows.
Based on the Christmas stockings you like in our online catalog, you can either choose a set of the personalized Christmas stockings that match, or design “missmatched” set.
If you purchase a matching set and our product information page indicates that the likelyhood of our bringing the same stocking into inventory in the future years is low, we suggest that you might purchase extra one or more or more blank stockings from the same inventory so you can add to your set as your family grows. We would be happy to personalize your stocking with consistent personalizing in embroidery that matches the set you already have. Usually we ask you for the original purchase information, such as your name and address or an order number so we could locate the original order in our records and match the embroidery names with the original. You would send us the blank stocking with a payment for personalizing only and the shipping cost for priority mail USPS and we will add personalizing to the blanks for you and ship them back promptly. Yjos provides our customers with a nice way to keep the set of personalized Christmas stockings consistent as their family grows.
Another way of dealing with matching your Christmas stockings as your family expands is not matching them at all. If you have a set that seemingly does not match, then you will have no problem adding a different stocking to the mix in the future holiday seasons. If you decide for this option, you can still do some matching, for example you can choose all stockings to be same or similar size. We mainly sell 18″, 19″, 20″ or larger Christmas stockings. You can see a tip section on how to measure a Christmas stocking. The 18″, 19″, 20″ Christmas stocking sizes are the most popular, because they are the perfect size for display while they fit enough of stocking stuffers.
We hope this enhancement to our online catalog will result in overall savings and better customers satisfaction. If you have additional comments and suggestions on this topic please feel free to leave your comments in the comments area on the bottom of this page.