I know I know, I need to work on the name, but this way everyone is on the same page, right? 🙂
I decided to do some light research. So I googled:
- New Brunswick WAHM box
- Nova Scotia WAHM box
- Maritime WAHM box
- Atlantic WAHM box
- Canada WAHM box
- WAHM box
I got nothing. Like, actually, I’m not exaggerating, nothing.
Now I’m not saying that a collaborative WAHM box doesn’t exist anywhere in all of Canada, but Google didn’t make it look likely!
I wanted up a monthly underwear box (because seriously, who doesn’t want a super comfy and cute pair of underwear every month made specifically for you – check here for lots of examples and options), but also I know of so many amazing and talented people with their own creative small businesses out there too!
Enter, the Tiffany & Tot December NB WAHM Box.
December we’re going to give it a go! Each box will include a pair of underwear that I’ve made specifically for recipient (based on size, and I’ll ask you a few questions to gauge personal preferences), a piece of jewelry made by Alexandra Torcat Jewelry, and soap made by The Taylored Soap Co. Their items look amazing, and I’m so excited to be partnering with two other New Brunswick WAHMs! (You can read more about each of those creators down below.)
Now for the pricing.
For a pair of low or high rise underwear (not low rise plus) in sizes S-L, the price for all three items including tracked shipping in Canada will be $49 CAD (whereas those three items, separate, would be more than $65!). Each item is discounted and they will all ship together.
And for those low rise plus lovers out there, that is only an additional cost of $2 rather than the normal extra charge of $4.
For sizes XXS-XS, the cost of the box will be $47, and for sizes XL-4X the box will be $53 (both CAD and including tracked shipping).
Additionally, if you’re able to pick up in person in Fredericton, the shipping cost would be taken off, so it would cost $32, $34, or $38 CAD depending on sizing (and not including low rise plus).
How awesome is that?
Ordering and Dates
Ordering will be open from Nov. 8-22nd, I’ll need to be paid by Nov. 22nd AND KNOW PRECISE SIZING, and I’ll be shipping out boxes by Dec. 6th, which according to Canada Post’s website would arrive within 2-7 business days nationally to urban centres (arriving Dec. 8-15th). If you live in a rural area, or would need it earlier than that, please let me know, as we could discuss other possible options.
For December, the “in time for Christmas” boxes will be capped at 15 boxes. If I receive more orders than that, I’ll discuss it with the other makers to see whether it would be possible, but we may not be able to accommodate shipping by Dec. 6th.
If you’ve told me you would like a box, but by Nov. 22nd haven’t paid me and/or have not given me sizing information (if I don’t already have it from a previous order), your order may not ship out by Dec. 6th, and if there were more than 15 people interested with sizing information and payment available, I will bump your order. Now I’ll check in with you first of course before bumping you, but I will need those pieces by Nov. 22nd at the latest.
For anyone who has already ordered underwear from me, I already have information about sizing and preferences! If you would be buying for someone and you’re not positive of their size, instead of including the underwear, for Christmas, I could include an IOU underwear certificate in the box with the jewelery and soap, so they could measure themselves and I could mail the underwear after Christmas, however there would be an additional charge for the separate shipping.
Estimating sizing has been done successfully before, however it’s very risky, and if the sizing is off from guessing that would be at your own risk.
And any or all of the items could make great stocking stuffers, whether to the same person, or to different people!
If you’re currently waiting on preorder fabric for a pair of underwear, I would be happy to switch your order to a box for the price difference, however I may not be able to ship out Dec. 6th if I don’t have the fabric in time.
You can see all the options and examples here, but if you don’t want to make all the decisions, the only information I REALLY need is the size, unless I’ve already made the person underwear before. Specifically:
*Full hip – wherever the person is widest around, maybe around hips, maybe around bum, maybe somewhere in between – this one is absolutely necessary (unless you’re comfortable with guessing and taking full responsibility if the underwear doesn’t fit well). The measuring tape should be parallel to the ground the whole way around.
Low waist/high hip – the measurement approx 3″ below the bellybutton, right around where the hip bones are – this one is helpful, but not strictly necessary. The measuring tape should be parallel to the ground the whole way around.
Besides that, there are a couple options to consider, which you can see examples of here:
- Do you want me to make all the decisions (especially if the person has ordered from me before)? If so, ignore the following questions.
- Rise – low rise, high rise, or low rise plus? (Low rise plus costs an extra $2 for the box.)
- Style – surprise, less coverage, moderate coverage, or more coverage?
- Print – surprise, festive, or not festive?
Alexandra Torcat, in Cambridge-Narrows, New Brunswick, specializes in creating unique handcrafted jewelry made with Freshwater Pearls, semi-precious stones and Swarovski crystals.
Her designs are all made with 14K Gold filled and Sterling Silver. “Gold Filled” is an actual layer of gold-pressure bonded to another material (brass). It is more than 50 times thicker than regular gold plating and it is much more valuable and tarnish resistant. It can last many years or even decades of frequent wear. It doesn’t flake off, rub off or turn colours. It is nickel free and safe on sensitive skin.
Handmade Soap & Bath Products
Krista Taylor, in Fredericton, New Brunswick, has been dabbling in natural remedies and herbs since she was in high school, making soaps, liniments and lotions for herself and friends/family as a hobby. She started selling her soap products in 2010, and since then her business has grown to enable her to hire her 16 year old daughter Kaitlyn who creates for the business as well.
All of their products are made in small batches by Krista (Kaitlyn for the bombs) which is why no two products look exactly the same.
Here are some highlights about their products:
- fragrances are phthalate and paraben free
- glitter are cosmetic grade, skin safe and biodegradable
- micas are all vegan and cruelty free
- only sustainable palm oil is used
In case you forgot my business mission statement (or haven’t seen it before), are you starting to see how this all fits together? 🙂
I’m located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and I don’t just sell underwear either. Wipeable diaper covers, drool bibs, grow with me clothing, cloth pads…and custom orders too where someone will say, “Hey, can you ________?”