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We’re Back And Better Than Ever!

Posted by Kevin on August 27 at 12:37 pm

After 1 huge moving sale, lots of painting, tons and tons of beads and shelving units carried down the stairs, 1 broken down moving van, a long battle with the phone company, and lots of excitement watching our new building come together — we’re back!

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The First Load

It was 2 weeks ago today, when Steve told you that the moving sale had started and we were starting the move to our new building. A lot has happened since then. The last two weeks have been the biggest, most fun, most important, and most stressful in the history of our little company. When we moved into our old space 5 years ago, Lima had 3 shelves of beads and no idea of what was to come. I think it’s safe to say that we didn’t understand how much we’d grown until we set out to move all of our stuff :)

On that Thursday 2 weeks ago, we put the moving sale on our web site and shut everything down to move. On thursday night, all day friday, and all day saturday, we focused on getting all of our product and its shelving to our new building. It went pretty well, except for one small thing. Steve borrowed a moving van from his friend and it broke down. We had to hurriedly call Uhaul to find out that they had one truck available, so we grabbed it!

Starting to pack orders

Starting to pack orders

We took Sunday off because we were all quite sore, but we were back in on Monday. We had only planned to have everything shelved by the end of Monday, but because everyone worked so hard, we were actually able to start packing orders on Monday afternoon. The moving sale was an overwhelming success. We had almost 5 times as many orders to ship out than we normally would on a Monday. We got them all shipped by Wednesday as planned (a miracle) and since then, we’ve just been trying to get settled. This blog post is the first work I’ve actually done at my desk since the move started and it feels great!

We’re incredibly happy to be in our new space. The contractors aren’t quite finished with our kitchen yet, but everything else is finally up and running. As promised, there are exciting things to come now that we have room to grow! I can’t give away all the secrets, but within the next 6 weeks, you should be seeing 5 of the following 8 things for sale at Lima:

  • Lots of chain
  • Full line of Tierra Cast
  • Lockets (awesome lockets)
  • Sterling & gold-filled findings
  • Chainsaws
  • Murano glass beads
  • Tires
  • Refrigerators

It’s a new day at Lima! We have an adequate space for the first time in a long time. It’s going to allow us to expand our product offering, be better about keeping things in stock (yes, I’ve been getting your emails :) ), do more fun and interesting things and continue to grow and provide what I hope is awesome service to you!

Here are some photos from the move:

The moving van, not running

The first moving van

Steve pulling up in the Uhaul that saved us!

Steve pulling up in the Uhaul that saved us!

Getting back to work

Getting back to work

The kitchen coming together (slowly)

The kitchen coming together (slowly)

As always, thank you for your support and for taking this wild ride with us. It’s about to get even better :)

Kevin

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    This sounds great, Kevin! I really look forward to what’s coming from LB in the next weeks. Sounds like your move has been a success. Bring my best wishes to all your collegues! Wenche

  2. WireWrangler
    WireWrangler says:

    Bless your aching backs! And…May you grow and prosper!

    The colour you picked for the walls is awesome! All those windows….all that natural light!

    I was actually racking my brain trying to think of a jewelry tool called a chainsaw.

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    SOOOO happy to have you guys settled in your new digs all safe and sound!!
    And the only set back was a broken down truck! No hurt backs or feet etc….Yay!!

    Welcome Home Lima!! :-D

    Not sure I have a need for a new chainsaw, tires or a refrigerator at this moment but I’ll certainly keep your company in mind when I do.
    Your customer service is great so I’m sure you could supply me with what I need! ;-)

  4. Elizabeth K
    Elizabeth K says:

    Best of best wishes for you in your new digs! You did get me going on the chainsaws. Since you’ll be carrying chain, I was discombobulated trying to envision the specialty saw just for chain. As I said, you got me!

    Waiting with bated (not baited) breath for the sterling which will make life much easier, one stop shopping and all that. I’m one of those folks who uses no plated materials at all so this is wonderful news indeed.

    Thanks from Maine,
    Betsy

    (PS – really need a new refrigerator but don’t think I could afford the shipping)

  5. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Kevin, I’ll take one chainsaw, one tire, and one refrigerator please. LOL

    Happy to hear you guys are all settled in. I can just imagine both the relief and excitement. I CAN’T WAIT to see all the great new things you have in store for us anxious little bead addicts. ;) Good work!

  6. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    Welcome back – and Congradulations on a sucessful move! You may actually need that refigerator when the kitchen gets finished. And the contractor may want his chainsaw back. Love the color of the work room. Good blues. Welcome back it was lonely.

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    Paula R says:

    Congratulations! & welcome back. The new space looks terrific. Happily looking forward to more great things from Lima.

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    Anchalee S says:

    What a good space. I like your quality of your stones.

  9. Angel Chick
    Angel Chick says:

    Congrats on your successful move! I’m looking forward to helping you empty your shelves!
    Just out of curiosity…. How much for the fridge? How much would shipping be to Canada? lol….. looking for to the new items! Good luck!

  10. Pam
    Pam says:

    Welome to your new home! Love this website and can’t wait to see the new items you’ll be carrying! Thanks LimaBeads!

  11. liannallama
    liannallama says:

    what a lot of work but it looks like it will be fabulous!

  12. CC
    CC says:

    Welcome Back! I’m thrilled about ya’ll carrying sterling and gold filled. I just couldn’t get into the brass and stuff ya’ll did have. I have loved all your great beads (as my account can attest) and look forward to more marvelous finds. By the way I ordered the amazonite from another company, your email came through so I didn’t complete the order with “them”; but have placed it with you instead! If you can read that sentence without hyper-ventilating, the move did you good!!

  13. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    Congratulations on your new space!! I’m glad the move went well and you’re settling in. Can’t wait for all the new things coming in the weeks ahead! This is an awesome site!!

  14. Sali Jo GemsChica Chick
    Sali Jo GemsChica Chick says:

    From our end of the move we never missed a thing! We still shopped,chatted and did all the crazy stuff we usually do with you guys….Congrats on your success…I hope you have some new focal gemstone pieces..and the Tierra Cast…HOT DOG ..love them! You’ll be hearing from me real soon!

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    Cathy d says:

    All good vibrations to you in your new location. Love the bank of windows and excited you’ll be carrying sterling components. 1-stop shopping is always a plus.

    Best Wishes!
    High Priestess

  16. Classy Chick JbyJill
    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Congratulations on your move!!! It didn’t seem like you guys missed a beat!!! The new place looks like a happy, cheerful place to work (play with beads ;) ). I am looking forward to all of your new products :) I don’t know how this site could get any better than it already is! You guys are the BEST!!
    Hugs,
    Jill

  17. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Kevin and LB folks,

    Congrats on getting thru the “big move”, sooo glad to hear that all went well after Steve got a U-haul truck, these photos sure illustrate how much labor was involved!

    I’m sooo excited to hear about all that LB has in store for its inventory, including adding Tierra Cast and Murano glass beads, sterling and gold filled, chain… many many thanks to all of you for having such a fantastic sale WHILE MOVING, and excited to see what’s up ahead here! :)

  18. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    Wow! Way to go LB! You guys and gals really do live up to the pick I made in your honor! LOL By the way, I think I passed your test 5/8 new things from Lima!! I’m with ya on the hassle with the phone company bit. Been there, done that:( Best Wishes to you all!

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    Hey LB, congrats on the completion of “The Big Move”. Live long and prosper! I’m fairly new to LB, but it didn’t take me long to realize that LB is THE BEST!!! The best site, the best beads, the best team, the best way to make new friends from everywhere, the best beaders, the best support group, the best way to share picks and designs, the best wonderful changes…well, you get the idea! Thanks to all of you for the very special place you have given all of us…looking forward to all the new additions!

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    Mirjam E says:

    Congratulations on a successful move! Hope you’re settling in alright and keep enjoying the new space. Can’t wait to see the new additions to your already great shop!

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    EVE G says:

    Congrats LB on the move,more room for more beads and findings,what a shame.HE!HE! Can’t wait to see all the new items to came.

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Glad you had a good move!!!!! Can’t wait for all the new stuff!

  23. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Hooray!!! You got moved and you are ready to play again. LOL 8)
    We think of you as friends and we are glad yo see such a great company prosper.

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    shimmer chick says:

    so excited. can’t wait to see all the good stuff to come.

  25. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    I am so glad your move went well and you are all settled. Can’t wait to see all the new stuff and what LB has in store for us! Your new “office” looks wonderful.

  26. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Wow! Your digs look great – love those creams and blues! We love the fact that you busted your tails getting everything up and running – you spoil us all! Can’t wait to see what comes up in the next 6 weeks – one stop shopping! I know I speak for us all when I say we wish you the greatest success with all your new lines! (BTW, we need a new chainsaw – please tell me that’s one of the 5 on your list! ;-) :D

  27. KPJEWELS
    KPJEWELS says:

    Welcome back, we missed you!!Congratulations on your new accommodations. It looks great with all the natural lighting. The better to see the beads with, my dear. LOL. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us over the next six weeks. Glad you folks have such a prospering business in this time of hard knocks. I received my orders from the bead sale today and everything is so gorgeous. A customer forever. HUGS to the entire LB team. Many, many thanks for all you do for us on this site. LB IS THE BEST EVER.

  28. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Kevin, I’m so happy to hear about the new things that Lima is adding! I’ve been waiting for you all to add Silver … how fabulous is that!??! Now if you add more fancy pearls, I’ll truly only need to shop in one place!

  29. Carola
    Carola says:

    Congratulations !!! The new space, paint color and all the light from the windows, looks great. Best wishes to all. Got to check out the new beads now…

  30. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Hi, Kevin & Crew! So happy to hear your move was a success for you! I know it went smoothly for me — my orders still arrived promptly and correctly filled! :D Steve even found the time to answer a couple of e-mails from me! 8) I wish all of you many years of continued growth and success — just as long as you retain that “family” atmosphere, OK? LB is the BEST site to shop — for quality, price, super-fast shipping, customer service (above & beyond!), & soon to be one-stop-stopping!!! :D

    BTW, I did figure out the 5 out of 8 to come on your list, though I’ve worked with wire gauges before where a chainsaw might have come in handy….LOL

    Also, with the proper bail, a tire could make for an interesting focal piece….. ;-)

    Thanks for all you do for us!!!

  31. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Forgot to mention how much I LOVE the paint colors you selected! Very soothing and great for a work environment! 8)

  32. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    Congratulations on your super move! Things look great. I can’t wait to see some of the fabulous new things that you’ve mentioned on the LB pages for sale. You’re all terrific!

  33. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    Yayyy!! Congratulations on your new elbowroom LimaBead folks!! :D Thank you for the moving sale!! And I’m so excited about the new additions!! I hope you continue to grow and prosper!!

  34. Alice P
    Alice P says:

    I’m happy for all of you–what a great feeling it must be!

    By the way, I really like the colors you chose for your walls.

    Can’t wait to see how Lima Beads grows and changes in the coming months!

    Alice

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    Dot says:

    Hmm, I chose two diff pics for my photo but none worked.
    Congrats on the move! Moving is such a chore but worth it to have that nice place. Can’t wait to see the new stuff!

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    Rainbow Chick says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments expressed above… WAY TO GO, LB TEAM!!!
    Any chance wire is in the future here? That would really make one stop shopping real for me. You guys are great!

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Congratulations on a successful move! I really enjoyed my moving sale shopping spree, and my only regret is that I didn’t order more! I’m looking forward to your new offerings, as well as the continuation of your already fantastic merchandise and service! You are to be commended on the speed and efficiency of this move; it looks like you didn’t miss a beat!

  38. Tootz
    Tootz says:

    Good Luck—everything seems ready to for more shipment of new stock. We just can’t wait to see all of the new items.

  39. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    Congradulations EVERYONE!!! It really looks like a great new building!!! I hope it makes life easier for you all!!!
    I bet Steve already misses the stairs (LOL) I’m looking forward to all your NEW products & all the fun we all are going to have!!! Thank you for letting us be apart of it all (except the work, of course) LOL!!

    Congrats again, & lots of good luck with your expansion!!!, Anita

  40. Dawn O
    Dawn O says:

    Congratulations on your successful move and lovely new location.

    I’m really hoping that the full line of Tierra Cast is one of the 5 – love their bead caps!

  41. Anna C WonderChick
    Anna C WonderChick says:

    I loved reading about your old loft, search for space and remodeling. I am glad the move went well and congratulations on growing your business!

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