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  • Calamityware Stock Watch
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    Jack Kelley

Calamityware Stock Watch

Calamityware Stock Watch

As you have probably noticed, our stock was depleted quickly this holiday shopping season. The blurb in The Wall Street Journal about the serving platter unearthed more dinosaur fans than we knew existed. Then, the mountain of Dragon Tea Towels we ordered for our Black Friday promotion disappeared in hours instead of weeks. We are grateful and amazed that sales were so brisk this year but we are also bothered that we have left so many of our friends empty-handed for the holidays. We are working frantically to get all of your favorite Calamityware products back in stock.

Quality takes time
You may be shocked to hear that we may be out of certain items for several months. For example, we can’t conjure up more of our beautiful fine porcelain with a nose wiggle. When we place a porcelain order, the workshop in Poland starts with some kind of magic mud which they mold into shapes resembling plates and mugs. Then they do a little shaking and baking and glazing—a rinse and repeat, maybe? Then the wares are decorated with monsters and meanies and cats. Once the Calamityware is completed, it still needs to be packaged and put on a boat which meanders around Europe for several days before crossing the Atlantic. And that’s still not the end of the trip. Once the porcelain reaches the port in Baltimore, our little creatures still need to wait in the U.S. customs line for a few days. Not very speedy but we will always choose quality over speed.

Workshop is already working
The good news is, in August of 2018, the Robot noticed that we might be in a little trouble so we placed an order. We are hoping that order will start arriving mid-January 2019. The bad news is not everything was in the August order. Of course, we made another order recently that should cover everything, but some of that stuff won’t arrive until April 2019 (yuck!).

I know. All you want to know is when will you be able to get the stuff you want? Here is a list of every out-of-stock product and when it might be back in stock.

Late-December 2018
Small Plates w/Ants

Early-January 2019
Calamityware Cat T-Shirts
Sasquatch Necktie

Late-January 2019
Things-Could-Be-Worse Mugs
Plate 2: Giant Robot
Plate 4: UFO Invasion

February 2019
Plate 6: Volcano
Plate 7: Tentacles

November 2019
Calamityware Ornaments (Series 1)

That’s about as much as we know right now. And some of what we think we know may already be wrong. Would we be surprised if one of these items slips back a month or two? No. Not really.

If you are anxious to get your hands on some of these products, make sure to join our mailing list and you’ll be among the first to know when these items are back in stock, or sign up on the product page to be notified when a specific item is back in stock.


PS: Teapot Update
We left out info on the teapot because it didn't fall into the "sold out" category but we should have known you would expect an update here.

The Things-Could-Be-Worse teapots and sugar and creamer sets are still on schedule for a February delivery, but our dream of an early completion is fading. It looks like the first shipment will get on a boat in January. Shortly after that, Kickstarter backers will be sent an address survey so we can have mailing labels ready when the ship arrives.


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    Jack Kelley

Comments on this post (13)

  • Dec 28, 2018

    Gave the Dinosaurs platter to my sister for Christmas. She loved it!! More Dinos please!!!

    — Brooke

  • Dec 25, 2018

    Would love to buy some tea towels as well!!

    — Vivienne

  • Dec 23, 2018

    I ordered over Thanksgiving Weekend, enticed by an email that tea towels were still available, but was very disappointed not to have received the tea towel. Hoping there is an opportunity to rectify that in the future. The quality of the platter is just outstanding. I’m looking forward to receiving my two Kickstarter sets of the teapot, sugar, and creamer.

    — David C. Nelson

  • Dec 22, 2018

    I agree with Angela! I’d love if you sold the tea towels separately.

    — Sara

  • Dec 22, 2018

    What a great problem to have. Congrats on a terrific season. And to your critics: This is good news. Be patient.

    — Pam Spivey

  • Dec 21, 2018

    I want a tea towel! Consider carrying them!

    — Angela

  • Dec 21, 2018

    I quite understand the time involved in the making of the porcelain, but like others before me, I am anxiously awaiting my teapot. May we have an update, Please?

    — Karen Lavoie

  • Dec 21, 2018

    When are the teapots coming?

    — jamie fritz

  • Dec 21, 2018


    — Lynn

  • Dec 21, 2018

    What about the teapot and sugar holder :(

    — Ryan

  • Dec 21, 2018

    How about the teapot? I was charged for it early last fall

    — Peggy Little

  • Dec 21, 2018

    I would really like it if you brought the bandanas back — especially the early ones. They are perfect gifts and useful in your pocket for protection, emergencies, and tears at a moving movie.

    Please consider it!

    — Alice Johnson

  • Dec 21, 2018

    My grandmother always said “good things are worth waiting for”. She said a lot of other things, too. Like “who died and left you boss” and “that’s why there’s chocolate and vanilla”. Grandmothers tend to be smart alecks…

    — Gayle Grace

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