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Summer 2021

What an amazing year this entire world has experienced.  An invisible virus infected every corner of this world, stopping us in our tracks.  Recovery is happening, but we still have a long way to go.  I encourage each of you to take pre-cautions even if you have been vaccinated.  Hoping that 2022 will bring much healing and will allow us to market like we did before the pandemic.

Sunbrella® has not had a price increase since May of 2019, so they have scheduled a price increase as of 8.1.2021.  However, we consistently request better pricing because Unique Expressions sells only to the trade and not to the end consumer.  Basically, Sunbrella’s pricing structure is based strictly on volume.  Our persistence paid off, which resulted in a better discount, so beginning on 8.1.2021 our current pricing will be actually LOWER than previous pricing, which couldn’t have happened at a better time.  Please request your updated Sunbrella® price list from uniqshasta@charter.net.

Glen Raven, the manufacturer of the Sunbrella® fabric line, like most companies, had their worst year ever in 2020.  Their sales this year are more than 10-fold which makes it difficult to catch up.  Since the Sunbrella® fabrics are woven, not printed, and some of the hues come from Europe, delivery has also been delayed due to the pandemic.  Some of our current back orders will not be available until January 2022.  If you have any back-orders with Sunbrella®, please check with Unique Expressions to see if we can get it for you.

My Draw-Matic mantra for over 20 years has always been:  Increased efficiency in production WILL ALWAYS result in INCREASED PROFIT MARGINSJoy Wilbur, from Sew Joy in Lexington, KY has taken her increase in efficiency to a new level.  She added 2 – 24” drop extensions to her existing 60” table.  She already had purchased the Deluxe clamping bar for her table, then added a 24” clamping bar to each extension and connected the extensions to her existing table with the SOM-CB clamping bar connector as well as securing the edge ruler on the outside of each extension.

I had the opportunity to visit Joy and was totally impressed with her set-up.  We took the opportunity to make a video showing how she uses her Draw-Matic.  We were using a brand new camera and had a lot of footage that needed to be reduced.  Thanks to the help of Jeanelle Dech, it is now posted on the Method Share portion on the Workroom Channel entitled: “Workroom Table Expansions”; please check it out:
https://youtu.be/AGgYNJxA4so

Cathy Tucker from Traveling Workroom Temp (http://travelingworkroomtemp.com/) made a video showing how she uses the Draw-Matic system in products; it is posted on the Product Share portion on the Workroom Channel:
https://youtu.be/AGgYNJxA4so

If you are curious how a German lady (Ulrike/Shasta), who does not know how to sew, has been serving the drapery and design industry for over 30 years, please check out the podcast posted on the Drapery and Design Digest by Ceil DiGuglielmo:
https://ceildi.libsyn.com/262-shasta-breitkopf

Since outdoor decorating is so very popular this year, please check out Plumridge, Inc. on the following website:
http://www.uniquexpressions.net/productlinehtmls/plumridge.html
Their rust-proof stainless steel drapery hardware is made with marine grade 316 Stainless Steel and powdered coated aluminum which has the best resistance to salt, sea, air, and humidity.  Request your pricing from uniqshasta@charter.net.  All products are manufactured in the USA.

In closing, I would like to share this quote from Patricia Neal:  ”A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.”  So please see our world healing.  Wishing you a very successful remainder of 2021.

The best to each of you,
Shasta
7.28.2021

 



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