November 27, 2012

SuperSale Bazaar Floor Plan - Visit Us! :)

Heads up!

Below is the floor plan for the SuperSale Bazaar this Dec. 1-5 2012. As you can see, Curls & Twirls is located at BOOTH A-25. As mentioned before, we will be sharing a booth with C&S Designs, maker of the fab!tastic Design Your Life planners! Click the image to see the floor plan as a whole.

Tickets will be sold onsite at P100 per head, but if you print out this flyer right here, you'll get to have a 20% discount for admission. Deal Dozen also gives out free passes, but the last time I checked, they're already sold out. ^^

As promised, all our items will be put on TRIPLE SALE, so I hope you join us on this really fab event! 


November 21, 2012

Shopalooza!: The Aftermath.

Not bad.

That about sums up our whole experience at last week's Shopalooza!. While we loved the crowd and our sales went better than expected (I was honestly just hoping for a break-even), I have to admit the event could have gone much better.

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The ingress was a MAJOR disaster - there, I finally said it. The actual venue (covered court) was under construction, so you could imagine how much we struggled to protect our displays every time a gust of wind would come -- and with a freakin' storm of dust, no less! My brand new trapal (laminated sack) had to be used as a carpet for my space's flooring, but this proved futile almost instantly because the dust would also accumulate there. And so, due to a lot of complaints from the exhibitors' side, the organizers made quick arrangements to change the venue from the covered court of dust bunny hell to the grassy field outside.

Now, this new development didn't exactly sit well with us either. For starters, most of us were almost finished dressing our own booths when the announcement to change venues came. Thankfully, there were a lot of organizers and VSC members who helped us carry all our stuff (and my tent!) to our new spot, but upon getting there, we were all shocked that our space shrunk down to 2x2 when we ALL paid for a 3x3 spot each. Some exhibitors were livid, some wanted to just up and leave (rent fee be damned, the hassle wasn't worth it, they exclaimed), I was... too exhausted to feel anything. The new area was much smaller than our original one, almost half or less. All 80 booths (give or take, food stands included) had to be crammed together, and the floor plan got messed up. All exhibitors at that time had the same disappointed look, and whenever our eyes would meet, we would all share this halfhearted smiles and shake our heads in defeat. I was listening in on a conversation between a fellow merchant (I called him "Kuya"; he was selling Aerosoles footwear) and an organizer that Shopalooza! would be reimbursing P1K to each of us as penance, but no official word came out. Shoot.

Anyway, once everyone got settled in (and finished bitching about our new spaces), we rushed to finish our booths to meet the 5:00 deadline, and by the time 5:00 PM came and the Shopalooza! Bazaar officially started, we were all completely drained. It took a while for customers to start filling in afterward, but it couldn't be helped since it was only soft opening. I'm just glad our booth did better than what I hoped it would; thank GOD.

I believe this was Multiply's first public event, and it wasn't all that bad. My fellow merchants kept on complaining about the lack of organization and all that, but I kept mum the whole time during the chaotic ingress and the unbelievably idle opening days because I wanted to cut the organizers some slack (that, and I was busy manning the booth). There's a first time for everything, after all, and facilitating big events such as Shopalooza! is incredibly hard. Still, I do hope everyone got to learn from the many experiences we had last weekend. And perhaps next time, we get to do it INDOORS, where there are no strong blows of wind, mini sandstorms and too much sunlight? :3 Who the hell decided that we do the event outside anyway?!

To the people behind Shopalooza!, you did a good job all-in-all, and I thank you for letting Curls & Twirls (among others) be a part of the first Shopalooza!, but if you plan on inviting us again (and the others) on your future events, please be more organized. You pissed off a lot of Multiply merchants with your lack of preparation. Even the VSC staff who were only supposed to observe (according to Engr. Perry, who told us that the management didn't want them to do any labor since it was YOUR event) had to step in and help us out with the shade, lighting, electricity and installation of additional tents. In his words, he told us, "Dapat yung organizers gumagawa nito eh". Thank goodness the lot of you were friendly and willing to listen to our complaints, but people skills honestly aren't enough to salvage the situation most of the time - I'm sure you know that.

To my fellow Multiply tenants, let us come MORE prepared next time. Consider getting your own tent structures to maximize your booth spaces and laminated sack bags for cover up. Secure your stuff (I was approached by someone who was looking for his car keys), and do not exceed your allotted spaces. There are boundaries for that very reason, you know. There was a seller behind us who bought a 2x3 tent structure when our booths were only 2x2, and the merchant beside them, whose booth space got tampered, weren't too happy about it - I should know because they kept on bitching about it while they were buying from us. I asked them, "Why not tell it to them?", and they simply answered, "Ate, pag pinagsabihan namen sila, kami pa magmumukhang masama kasi mahihirapan pa sila tanggalin yung tent nila." :)))  Oh, and SERVICE WITH A SMILE! I don't know if it was just the heat or they were too busy with their own devices, but there were some sellers who couldn't be bothered to give the smallest of smiles even though you already bought a lot of stuff from them. Such a killer. =\

I'd love to show pictures, but we've been too busy entertaining customers (not that I'm complaining!), and the very rare times we were able to catch a break, I'd spent them taking a breather or snoozing (I lacked sleep from sewing so many MG Puff Bows).

To the many people who visited our booth and bought from us, thank you so much! To the kiddies who practically forced their parents to buy our Toilet Toys, I hope you're enjoying them as much as we enjoyed your unique reactions upon opening our sample. :)) And to my loyal clients who took the time to go to Shopalooza! just because I told them Curls & Twirls would be there, I couldn't be more grateful. Thankyouthnkyouthankyou! :)

Next in line for Curls & Twirls is the highly anticipated SuperSale Bazaar! The floor plan will be up soon, so do check back from time to time. In the meantime, head on to our website and buybuybuy because as promised, ALL ITEMS ARE ON SALE! Yay! :D


November 15, 2012

Shopalooza! Floor Plan - Visit Us! :)

Heads up!

Below is the floor plan for the 1st SHOPALOOZA! this Nov. 16-18, 2012. As you can see, Curls & Twirls is located at BOOTH # 57. Click the image to see the floor plan as a whole.

Now, what to expect? Booths and exhibitors that will offer different wares (clothes, jewelries, toys, gadgets, food and MORE!) and quirky toys and accessories from yours truly. We'll have LOADS OF NEW ITEMS making their debut there, all freshly delivered from Japan! :D 

Besides our usual curlytwirly cuteness, a good number of pre-owned but UNUSED apparels will also be showcased c/o our sub-brand, Onigiri Outlet. Regular-sized tops will be sold for only P49, while plus-sized blouses will be priced at P180 and below! There will also be an array of footwear (sandals, heels and boots) from sizes 8-10. 

And the kicker? Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING in our booth will be ON SALE (Triple Holiday Sale)!! ^____^

How about that? 

I hope you're excited as much as we are. SHOPALOOZA! is sure to be two and a half days of nothing but funfunfun, so if you have the time, do drop by. Let's make Multiply's first merchant bazaar be a success! It's FREE ENTRANCE/ADMISSION anyway. 

See you guys there? :3


READ!! Impt. Changes, Triple Holiday Sale, Grand Giveaway & etc.

Hello, lovely ladies (and gentlemen)!

Please forgive me for throwing out these sudden announcements without much ado, but I'm really pressed for time and I can't afford to dawdle (like what I always do in my past journals ^^). 

(Effective NOW!) 

1. WE HAVE OUR OWN DOMAIN! Yes, you heard that right. I know it's not much (especially since the URL redirects to our Multiply site), but I've been meaning to get one since last year, and I'm super glad I finally did. Enter, my friends. =] 

2. OUR OFFICIAL INFO SITE. As mentioned in my previous entry, all of Curls & Twirls' journals and information pages have moved to our Blogger account. I'll probably still post my new entries here until December comes (parting with Multiply's blog is harder than I thought), but be informed of this anyways. 

3. NO MORE TEXT UPDATES. I'm sorry, but it's really tiring to text all my subscribers every product upload. Chikka only allows you to text a limited number of people per day, so I had to subscribe multiply accounts just to accommodate everyone. What's worse is that Chikka's latest version doesn't let you text in groups! Imagine how annoying that is, especially when I'm not even sure if my clients have been receiving my texts. I don't mean to sound whiny, but I'm done with text updates. I'm really sorry, dears. Instead, please like/follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Effective immediately, all updates, announcements, special promos and giveaways will be posted there in real-time. Please, please bear with me. 

 4. TRIPLE HOLIDAY SALE! Yes, it's late. No, I haven't forgotten this yearly event of ours. I've just been busy, people, but the sale is coming, I promise. In fact, the sale will commence this weekend at Multiply's SHOPALOOZA Bazaar! ALL ITEMS will be ON SUPER SALE at our booth, so please do pay us a visit. After this event, all remaining items will be sold online at a MUCH LOWER PRICE (yes, double discount!), until the SUPERSALE BAZAAR - where we will deduct a few more pesos off each product (triple discount, baby!), and this will carry on online until January 10, 2013. How about that? There's your TRIPLE HOLIDAY SALE! ;) 

5. GRAND GIVEAWAY - CURLYTWIRLY STYLE. I've mentioned this over at our FB page a few days ago. Anyway, the grand giveaway will be up for viewing next week, after our Shopalooza adventure. I've yet to think of the mechanics and the actual prizes, but do know that Curls & Twirls will be giving away LOADS OF FREE GOODIES to (5) LUCKY WINNERS, and that we'd really love for YOU (and your friends) to join! ^__^ More details soon. Please look forward to it. 

6. NEW LOOK FOR CURLS & TWIRLS. Another notice I've made over at FB. As much as I love this chocolatey layout I've made for Curls & Twirls a couple of years ago, our quirky shop is need of a new look. I'll have to wait until Multiply's Dec. 1 change before I can begin anything though. For now, what do you think of this new design for our logo (view HERE)? The new shape is a reminiscent of the doilies we use for our new eco-friendly packaging, and the stitched ribbon adds a touch of 'dainty, handmade goodness'. More importantly, the font used for "CURLS & TWIRLS" finally fits. Hooray! What do you say to that? Share your insights (via Twitter or FB) to get a 10% coupon code! :D 

Wow, that's a lot of announcements. ^^ 

As usual, message me for any concerns, comments, suggestions, violent reactions and the likes. 

Have a pleasant day! 


November 12, 2012

Join Us @ SuperSale Bazaar! ^__^

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Curls & Twirls will be at:
SuperSale Bazaar
Dec. 1-5 2012 (Sat.-Wed.)
World Trade Center, Pasay City

Curls & Twirls will be partnering with C&S Designs this coming SuperSale Bazaar! This will be our first time joining, so we're thrilled and a bit (okay, a LOT) nervous. ^^ 

To all fashionistas, I'm sure you're already familiar with SSB, but to newbies, SuperSale Bazaar (or SSB, for short) is considered to be the biggest fashion bazaar in Metro. Hundreds of established companies and independent businesses (mostly online) come together to showcase their products at discounted prices, usually at 50% to a whopping 90% OFF! Honestly, it's a CRIME not to go to SSB's, so make sure you drop by, because I guarantee it'll be a HUGE event. Five days of nothing but sale and giveaways - what girl wouldn't want that? ;) 

As usual, the floor plan will be once it's ready. For now, print out the flyer posted above to avail 20% OFF your entrance ticket. You can also visit SSB's Facebook page to know more about the many (successful) events they've organized.


November 5, 2012

Join Us @ Multiply's Shopalooza! ^__^

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Curls & Twirls will be at:
Nov. 16-18 2012 (Fri.-Sun.)
The Village Sports Club, BF Homes-ParaƱaque

Curls & Twirls will be having a booth at the first ever Shopalooza!, an exclusive pre-Christmas bazaar made possible by Launchpad and our beloved home, Multiply.PH! As mentioned, this will be held in the very grand VSC, located inside BF Homes (how to get here?).

100+ of your favorite MULTIPLY MERCHANTS will be gathering in this event to showcase their goods and other gimmicks. And what's even better is that there will be NO ADMISSION/ENTRANCE FEES, so if you live in the South and/or have the time (and money) to spare, come and visit us, will you? :)

The floor plan will be up for viewing soon. In the meantime, do check out the following links:

*** Official Site >
*** Twitter (for real-time updates) >

To my fellow sellers, SHOPALOOZA! is still open for exhibitor applications. They have a whopping 25% OFF coupon for interested bazaaristas until Nov. 10, 2012. Don't let go of this great deal! :)