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2009 by the numbers

Posted by Steve on February 17 at 12:00 pm

Last week we had a typical Michigan “heat wave” in the middle of winter… 60 degrees!!! Don’t worry, we’re back to freezing temperatures. But the reminder that Spring is just around the corner got me thinking of what’s been going on at Lima since the new year. Here’s a breakdown!

1700 commentsblue speech bubbleBeaders are a talkative bunch, and we love it! You’ve started hundreds of conversations with our staff and other customers. Are you a long-time listener and first-time caller? :) Let us know what you think and add a comment of your own!

1300 fresh picks created — WOW! We never dreamed that designing your own Fresh Picks fresh pick flowerwould be this big of a hit. This year alone we’ve had over a thousand picks crafted by customers just like you. Thank you!

270 new products — Thursdays have been busy around here with all the new additions to our store. Weeks 1, 3, and 5 were all about gemstone beads. We added some striking new Freshwater Pearls colors in week 2, and some BIG gemstone pendants in week 4.

150 Stampt Metal piecesStampt Butterfly Charmthey’re brand new to the market, and they come in copper, pewter and gold finishes. Don’t miss the cute charms and filigree pieces! See them all!

54 Lunch Specials — every week, 9 new items are on special for Tuesday only. These are fantastic deals on awesome products, Chefs Hatand we even offer FREE beads sometimes! It’s been a huge hit, but you need to sign up to receive the e-mail at your lunchtime on Tuesday!

47 Fresh Pick sales — we put a new Fresh Pick on sale every day! Check the top of the home page daily to see the pick that’s on sale.

6 New Year’s resolutionsSparklein January, members of the Lima Team declared what we’d change for 2009. I won’t comment on whether or not I have been successful with mine… maybe that’s a post for later :)

5 organizations supported — check out the five charities we’ll be supporting in 2009. Every time you place an order Caring Heartyou can choose one of these organizations to receive a portion of our profit. We plan to pick five new charities every year to support!

3 contests — we’ve had a ton of fun right here on The Fresh Daily blog! A mystery bead game (and a follow-up) got you guessing… and a red carpet puzzle put you in the director’s chair for free beads. Keep an eye out for ways to win more beads, gift certificates, and bragging rights!

1 irresistible koala video — We all loved this video of an Australian firefighter and a baby koala. For me, it helps put life in perspective. We’re amazed daily by the efforts of these men and women to curb the devastating bushfires. Hats off to them.

From my eyes, that’s 2009 in a nutshell here at Lima… Do you have any milestones to share?

Read the comments (or add your own)

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    WOW!

  2. Alice P
    Alice P says:

    Wow, 1700 comments and 1300 Fresh Picks created! That’s awesome! It just goes to show that we all love Lima Beads!

    How about a scavenger hunt–I’m in the mood for another contest!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    I agree with Alice P. A scavenger hunt would be fun!

  4. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    OK, OK… If we can get 15 people (counting Alice P and Luv2bead) to say they think a scavenger hunt would be fun – we’ll do a scavenger hunt!

  5. CAS
    CAS says:

    Kevin – count me in on the hunt!

  6. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    I “think a scavenger hunt would be fun” #4

  7. Classy Chick JbyJill
    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    What?!?!?! I scavenger hunt???? Count me in!!

  8. Cathy H Chocolate Chick
    Cathy H Chocolate Chick says:

    A scavenger hunt sounds like a great idea, Kevin!! Count me in too.

  9. Steph
    Steph says:

    Count me in on the hunt. I need to stop working so much to use all these beads but then I won’t have enough money to buy more. I love everything I have gotten from here. This site is great.

  10. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    ME TOO!!!

  11. Alice P
    Alice P says:

    Yikes, I apologize for taking the thread in a different direction–and at the same time taking away from the awesome numbers Steve posted. Sorry guys! Alice

  12. Steve
    Steve says:

    Alice, no problem at all! This is the exact feedback we’re looking for!

  13. Leslie W Mtn Chick
    Leslie W Mtn Chick says:

    A scavenger hunt sounds like fun – but I like contests like the director puzzle where everyone can win at the same time!!! I get tired of losing…..

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    Reesey W says:

    I love scavenger hunts! Count me IN.

  15. CAS
    CAS says:

    Steve – I’ve noticed an “oops”. You have the same picture for both the Stampt Antique Gold (plated) Wildflower Filigree 15mm and the Stampt Antique Gold (plated) Wild Rose Filigree 35mm. Thought you’d like to know.

  16. Steve
    Steve says:

    CAS, thanks for the heads-up, we appreciate it. It’s no wonder a master Fresh Pick creator would pick up on that!

  17. kcdesigns AKA sporty
    kcdesigns AKA sporty says:

    Scavenger hunt- count me in- what number are we up to.

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    DragonflyDi says:

    I’m in, have no idea how you/we would do it, but OK!!

  19. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    By my count that’s 12(I think). Just 3 more votes to go!
    Come on Limabeaders! Let’s go abead hunting! ;)

  20. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    The hunts sounds fun – and gets us looking in places we don’t normally go.

    Also, I saw in a magazine that you had a new web page (limabeads.com/ideal) but I don’t see an easy link on your main page. If others are like me, you see something but when you go to search for it you don’t have the reference material in front of you. Good web page, just needs a link on your front page to the web page.

  21. Jennifer A
    Jennifer A says:

    I’m in!!! I want tooo :-) (14)

  22. Debbi aka Sparkle Chick
    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    I’ll chime in for vote #15! Gotta love these fun games and contests!
    Thanks for compiling those awesome numbers Steve & the Lima team! And it’s only February!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Yeyyy! There’s 15 votes!!!

  24. Steve
    Steve says:

    The customers have spoken! OK, OK, now it’s up to us to figure out how we can have a “scavenger hunt” on the web site! We have some thinking to do… Look for the promotion coming soon, right here on The Fresh Daily.

  25. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    Yayyyyyyy! you Lima guys are awesome! Have I said that before?

  26. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    Steve,
    What if you give us clues and we have to put a fresh pick together which matches our choices? And the correct one wins. That way you can get us to search in multiple areas which we may never go.

  27. Steve
    Steve says:

    Bonnie, that’s a great idea. I will make sure to bring it up with the crew when we map out the hunt. I especially like how you’d be using the Fresh Pick designer to participate!

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    Gloria P says:

    Thank you! I’m having a blast finding eggs!!! It really is a great way to get people to search pages never seen before :)

  29. AnitaA
    AnitaA says:

    Love,Love,Love your website. I jsut started searchng today and I just can’t stop!!!
    This is my fav website to shop!
    Thanks,
    Anita

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    Mama Yogi says:

    The Easter egg hunt is fun. Found half so far, but I’ll keep looking. Great web site.

  31. B DiDio
    B DiDio says:

    struggling to find the eggs. Making me crazy. Any suggestions?

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    Joe M says:

    found only 7 so far

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    Carissa J says:

    Stuck on 11…ughh

  34. KPJEWELS
    KPJEWELS says:

    Have found 13 so far. The new clue was an easy one. Can’t figure out the first clue yet.

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    Rocky says:

    I have only found 10 so far.

  36. Dr Ruth
    Dr Ruth says:

    I have only found eight and am really tired. I will have to go back to grading papers. I doubt my students will be pleased if their papers are not done tomorrow and I tell them it is because I am hunting for easter eggs online :)

  37. N varga
    N varga says:

    oh my gosh.. I just found another one.. .. with the last hint finally now I have 9. I should be working on my portfolio for graduation which I have to present on May 4th.. but instead of doing that or even beading.. I am hunting.

  38. MaryJo K
    MaryJo K says:

    I have touched each and every page, bead and findings on your web site and still have only found 7 eggs. I am determined…I’m not giving up. By the way, this is a great idea.

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    KarenDe-Challenge Chick says:

    Dr Ruth, you took the words right out of my head! Papers or eggs, papers or eggs? Grumpy students or beautiful beads? What a choice!!

  40. KPJEWELS
    KPJEWELS says:

    The hint didn’t help, I found that egg about ten minutes ago. Thanks anyway, hope it helps someone.

  41. L McGinnis
    L McGinnis says:

    Ok This is making me CRAZY! It is SO much FUN & I have a million things I am suppose to be doing. Like preparing for Easter Dinner but I am telling my family (at my age) that I am on a Easter Egg Hunt. My husband & teens are saying “YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME” mom has gone over the edge! I wish they would get on and help me , they have sharp minds. I AM VERY STUCK NOW!

  42. Sunny Chick aka Diana
    Sunny Chick aka Diana says:

    I didn’t think I needed the 16th egg but I do! I want it ~ I need it ~ I must find it ~ oh no I’ve gone to the dark side!

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