2019 Year in Review/What to expect for 2020!

Year in Review & Goals for 2020

Happy New Year!

First of all, we hope that everyone had a lovely holiday, and since it’s only the 4th of January, we think we can get away with saying ‘Happy New Year’ still, so Happy New Year!

2019 was such an amazing year for Parlour Talk – we’ve grown so much! We’ve managed to add new awesome (and shiny) stock, triple our Etsy traffic, and we even doubled our sales! All thanks to YOU. So, we’d like to say a massive thank you.

In 2019 Parlour Talk also:

  • Sold out of the original red umbrella pin badges!
  • Designed and ordered 2 new red umbrella pins – a shiny one, and a black line umbrella 2.0.
  • Designed 20 new stickers.
  • Discovered that our sticker supplier now stocks HOLO GLITTERS … it’s a big deal. Expect even more shiny things in the future.
  • Made plans, and started gathering supplies for our next venture.
  • Started laying the ground work for Red Umbrella Academy.

We’ve grown!

Up until this year Parlour Talk’s ‘marketing’ has been completely word of mouth, and our sales/hits have happened through organic growth. There have been a few giveaways on Twitter, but for the most part we’ve just sat back and watched it grow. It’s been a slow but steady growth, and fantastic to see!

We’ll be keeping it going in 2020, but you might see us popping up elsewhere – so keep an eye out.

What’s in store for 2020?

We know we’ve not been the most active on this blog, but that’s about to change! January is a busy month for us – launching a new site, medical appointments, and general life (aka taxes), but February will see a whole host of new content, products, and extra projects coming your way!

What else?

We are looking into sustainable eco friendly packing, however inline with the eco ethos we’ll be using up the packaging we have first. There’s still a fair bit of it left as we brought in bulk when we got started, but once it’s all used up our packaging will change for the better.

A lot of you have emailed us about shipping costs outside of the UK, and we’re sorry to say that we’ve experimented, but £3.99 is the flat rate for America/Canada/rest of world no matter if you’re purchasing one sticker or ten. We’ll continue to look into shipping solutions, and update here if we find anything better.

We’re still tinkering with it, but we’ll be officially launching our Patreon account very, very soon! A Patreon will enable us to produce more stock, hire more writers (we’re open for guest posts so please pitch us), and pay it forward – you’ll see what we mean soon. If you’d like to be notified when it goes live, please follow us on Twitter, and follow us on Patreon.

Lastly, thank you so much if you brought anything from our store this year, be it a sticker, badge, pin, or bookmark – you’ve helped us grow and flourish. If the item you brought had a red umbrella on it, you’ve even donated to a sex worker organisation that supports sex work!

It’s our hope that 2020 will a bigger year for us here at Parlour Talk, and we hope you’ll join us for the ride.

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