At Gotchachacha, we use USPS shipping. I will always try to get the cheapest rates. For example, for big items, ground shipping is less expensive than priority. Books I can mail out media mail, which is usually under $4.
I wish I could send things cheap or free, like Amazon, but I can’t. So if it’s any consolation, these items are scoured and sourced, I am in the muck finding these pieces. I keep my prices realistic.
Having said that, overages shipping charges of more than $2 will be refunded. And whereas I don’t have a handling charge, because of the expense of all brand new shipping supplies; strong boxes, good bubble wrap, thick and sturdy envelopes, and recyclable brown butcher paper, I use the etsy shipping which has a small discount, depending on service. (Media mail is not discounted, and I use nice new boxes and envelopes for my shipping supplies.)
So that’s it. That is the best system I have come up with so far. I am always learning and promise to be honest and have really great and safe packaging.
I scour thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets for my treasures. It’s an addiction. I get a lot of gratification. Particularly when I come across paintings. Paintings that somebody lovingly, carefully painted. They’re thought out and coming from a place of passion and energy. If they’re good. I enjoy them more than slick reproduced art bought at a big store. Now, if I was loaded I’d be buying myself Picasso’s or Basquiat’s, but sadly I am not, so these are lovely acceptable substitutes. Check out my store to see what I have for sale right now. More will be coming in the near future.
An affordable way to get great art is to frame a great illustration from a beloved book. I do it in my home and some pictures I have had up for years.
My store was started as a way to recycle, reuse beautiful old book illustrations from books that were damaged and unusable.
I had been framing them myself, but haven’t found a way to make that pay for itself, so now I mostly offer up the page, from a beautiful, damaged book, that you can frame yourself. It’s inexpensive and you can customize it.
I’ve been gone for awhile. I have been a foster parent! IT has taken all of my time. We’re talking babies here. I loved all my babies, and they all went back to their families, which is how it is supposed to be, but I miss them.
But now, I AM BACK, collecting beautiful books, learning about illustrators, loving my cats, etc., etc.
To get things rolling, here is a current picture of ChaCha, and a picture that I sold, and custom frame job.
Mike brought back mini-sombreros from a business trip to Mexico, and they fit Cha Cha and Lupe.
Here is picture form the book Robin Hood, 1953 that I had up for sale. The buyer asked if it could be matted and framed, so here is my picture of the mat color options, and the finished piece. I hope they are pleased!
Lupe has been a very good model lately.
Lupe getting a scratch, Cha Cha in background