The shopping season is shorter than you expect this year!
We’ve been shipping for nine years (nineyears!) now, and we’ve learned a few things about shipping around the holidays that we thought we’d pass on.
1. Don’t wait! As the shipping load gets bigger, the chances of your package getting delayed (or, rarely, lost) get higher. We’ve found for each day you wait to ship a package past this week, add roughly two days to the amount of time it will take to deliver.
2. Write legibly! Even better, most postal services now offer online label printing. As neat as your hand-writing is, being able to scan labels means way less chance for human error and the less chance your package will be re-routed incorrectly.
3. Leave it to a professional! It might not seem quite as personal as packaging and shipping things yourself, but businesses that do a lot of shipping have strong relationships with mail companies and can often save you on shipping and get your gifts there faster and more reliably. We hear this one company, The Purple Store, has an excellent shipping staff. You might check them out! To personalize your gift, most companies have an option to include gift messages. And of course a hand-written letter or card as a follow-up is always touching.
Here’s a timeline for the last day you can ship something to be sure it will get to its destination in time for the 24th:
International Standard Shipping: December 7th
International Expedited Shipping: December 9th
Standard Shipping: December 12th
Expedited Shipping: December 16th
Overnight Shipping: December 21st
If you don’t have the option to ship earlier, let us know, and we can often work things out with our various shipping partners up until the last minute.
We hope the rest of your holiday season is stress free and full of joy!
To ensure that you don’t miss out on our awesome 24-hour sale on Purple Friday, we’ve compiled a list, by time zone (with a major city within that time zone) so you’ll know when to shop and get all of the great deals.
If you see any errors or want to make sure your city is included in the list, please check the comments and see if anyone else has been helpful enough to make a recommendation. If you’re the first, please let us know!
The Purple Friday Sale begins at 12 AM, EST on November 29th!
Midway 6 PM 11/28
Honolulu 7 PM 11/28
Anchorage 8 PM 11/28
Seattle 9 PM 11/28
Calgary 10 PM 11/28
Chicago 11 PM 11/28
New York/ Florida/ Chatham Ontario (Can.) 12 AM 11/29
San Juan 1 AM 11/29
Buenos Aires 2 AM 11/29
Rio de Janeiro 3 AM 11/29
Reykjavik 4 AM 11/29
London 5 AM 11/29
Paris 6 AM 11/29
Helsinki 7 AM 11/29
Baghdad 8 AM 11/29
Moscow 9 AM 11/29
Islamabad 10 AM 11/29
New Delhi 10:30 AM 11/29
Bishkek 11 AM 11/29
Bangkok 12 PM 11/29
Perth 1 PM 11/29
Tokyo 2 PM 11/29
Brisbane 3 PM 11/29
Sydney 4 PM 11/29
Wake Island 5 PM 11/29
Auckland 6 PM 11/29
Do you know what to do if someone has a seizure? A lot of us grew up with some misinformation about epilepsy and how to help someone having a seizure. Were you taught the wrong steps? Find out below!
Purple is the color of epilepsy awareness. Help us share some facts everyone should know!
1. Epilepsy is not a mental illness. It is a physical neurological disorder not linked with mental health or intelligence. People with epilepsy live otherwise normal lives.
2. If you see someone having a seizure, move them away from any sharp objects or hard surfaces. Never restrain a person having a seizure or try to put anything in their mouths. A person having a seizure is not in danger of swallowing their tongue despite what we were all taught! If the seizure goes on for 5 minutes with no and shows no signs of slowing down, call emergency services.
3. Epilepsy is not contagious.
4. Not all seizures involve convulsions. Signs of a seizure can include a blank stare, rapid blinking, or some chewing movements. If these signs are noticed, no immediate aid is required other than possibly reassurance and emotional support.
If you’d like to help, please share this post with your friends and help spread awareness and education.
If you’d like to do more, the Anita Kaufman Foundation has a lot more information about epilepsy education, and can be found here: http://www.akfus.org/
And if you’d like to help some great kids have a fun summer next year, the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona has a great program called Camp Candlelight, which is a summer camp that aims to give children with epilepsy a great summer camp experience. You can learn more here: http://www.epilepsyaz.org/camp_candlelight
Check out this awesome house that was sent to us over the weekend by a number of our purple fans!
There’s nothing especially noticeable about it on the outside.
It’s pleasant and cozy-looking, but you probably wouldn’t give it a second glance, right?
If you live in the UK (or are willing to travel!), the listing for this amazing purple house can be found here.
Let us know what you think in the comments or join the conversation about the merits of a carpeted bathroom floor on Facebook!