There are so many great new things coming into the shop that we need to make room! And how do we do that? We have a sale!! What’s marked down right now:

40% off ALL Jes Switaj tees and hoodies

35% off ALL Elisabethan skirts and tops

30% off ALL Curly Girl chocolates

 

Start your holiday shopping early! Grab these deals because the goods won’t be around for long!

Well, the subject line pretty much describes exactly what’s happening. And we are stoked!

This year Bella Boutique is a drop off point for the annual YWCA Purse auction! Bring your new or gently used handbags to the shop and receive a 20% off voucher for shopping that day!

 

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This is such a great cause, and who doesn’t like saving money while shopping at your favorite stores?? Drop off starts today (September 15th) through October 15th!

As you may or may not recall, each year our regular hours get a little funky in January. This year is no exception. After a crazy holiday season (Thank YOU!), we close our doors during the week and the Bella crew runs off for a little r&r (not the booze). This year we are trekking down to Peru and we are so excited! Our amazing shop girl Becky will be taking the weekend reigns (we don’t want to cut you off from all of this handmade fabulousness totally!). Our hours will be as follows:

January 2-11, open 11-6
January 12-February 6th we will be open ONLY on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-6 both days.

We will resume normal business hours where we are closed Sunday and Monday after that.

Hope to see you soon!

We love our fellow local boutiques, but sometimes you just want to go for the glory, right? It’s Press Picks time! Who do you think is Anchorage’s Best Local Independent Boutique?

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Each year we grow lots of our own veggies at home. But this year we planted some extras so *you* can grow them at home! We have tomatoes and jalapeño peppers in cans (and they can totally stay in those cans all season – no need to transplant) ready to go home and produce for you. Almost all of them are in blossom, which means you’ll be seeing the fruits of your labor (haha!) super soon.

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Tomatoes are $12 and jalapeños are $9. Far cheaper than plants from the big chain stores and chosen for their hardiness in Alaska. We don’t have a lot, so hurry before they are gone!

Many people arrive at Bella and assume we are a co-op or a consignment store. While some of our artists operate on a consignment basis, many of our pieces are purchased directly from the designer, which makes us like the majority of other retail stores. And while it is totally true that we are always on the look-out for new and fabulous things to add to our space, there is no application process or wait list for “space.” We choose what ‘speaks’ to us and pride ourselves on having a unique selection of handmade items most likely not found anywhere else in Anchorage.

If you think you have a product Bella ready, or would like to pitch your line, emailing images to shop.bella(at)hotmail.com is your best bet. Or, if you’re the adventurous type, bring some samples of your work down to the shop during business hours and we’ll take a look! We get lots of requests via Facebook, which unfortunately cannot all be answered due to the onslaught of never ending LinkdIn requests we get. In short: don’t ask via Facebook!

Over the years we have worked with a lot of people just starting out. We know what it’s like to take a product out to the market (this shop was founded by makers) and have some tips for increasing your success rate in pitching your product to not only Bella, but any gallery/store you may choose:

  • Know your pricepoint! This is pretty key. If you don’t know what you are charging for the item, we can’t even begin a discussion.
  • Know the shop you are approaching! For instance: Bella does  not carry children’s items, artworks or most ‘home’ accessories.
  • Know your turnaround time! If your line is chosen, and it takes off (which is the hope for everyone, right?) we don’t want our customers waiting for ages to get another fix. If you are unable to keep up with demand or orders, or have extenuating circumstances, be up front.
  • Know what you want your line/tags/name to look like! Will it be tagged by you? The shop? Changing the name/font/appearance of your business once you’re off and running is counterproductive. Come up with something you like and stick to it…at least for a little while.
  • Don’t argue! I know, right? This seems so straight forward…..The shop you are approaching knows their clientele and the direction they want to go; if they say no thank you, that’s it. Arguing or trying to convince a store what you do is a fit will actually hurt any further chances of being called should the shop change direction. Be gracious and thank them for their time as it is indeed precious.

Hopefully this helps some of you out there. We love handmade and we want to see fellow artists and crafters succeed and want every interaction to be as productive and professional as possible.

 

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Viva handmade!

I can’t believe it’s already that time of year where we switch to our holiday hours!! What are those you ask? Monday – Saturday 11-6, Sunday 12-5. That’s 7 days a week! Woo hoo! Think of all that handmade gifting power?!

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