Friday, September 30, 2011

New Candle Mold Program Getting Started

With the start of our New program, Steve has taken a little break from posting molds to the website (only for a short time) to get things running smoothly.....Let me tell you about the new program we are offering.

It is a fact of life that molds have a limited use life. So, we have started offering to replace with a new copy of any mold sent to us that we do not have in our inventory. No matter how old the mold is. Now I stress the mold must still be able to be copied, all there, not warped in the area's that matter, and not in our inventory either online or here in boxes waiting to be listed.

If someone sends us a mold that meets these above requirements, and doesn’t want that same mold, we can arrange to let them select another mold as well. We hope that this will encourage many of you that have molds stored away no longer in use to dig them out and see what can be shared and maybe swapped for something else you might like better.

We have always had the largest selection of candle molds in one place. But over the next several months you are going to be seeing some really BIG changes...... that number is going to INCREASE big time! We will continue to add historical data on each mold where we have it… simply because that is what we started this website to do. Please stay tuned for that news very soon!

We know that all the work we are doing to put this all together for you is being appreciated, by your reactions and the way you continue to support the Business. Thank you so very Much!

Happy Candlemaking!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

More Changes, More Selection.....We Keep Growing!

Those of you that have visited Candle Mold Vault in the past few days already know, Those that haven't might want to check it out. Steve has made his way thru about 1/4 of the boxes of molds we have sitting here that have been waiting to be posted on the website.

The site is filling up quickly. I would like to remind folks, Steve takes photos of the molds we have first, before they are remastered and go into production. so that they can be posted on the website. So the photo of the used (sometimes) mold you see will not be the mold you receive. You will receive the same style mold, however it will be in new hot off the press condition.

He also will then, as time allows update photo's to the new product. We simply decided it was more fun for you to have more selection, quickly, knowing that you would be receiving New molds, not the used ones in the photos.

It seems that so many of these molds have not been seen for such a long time they are new again.......... we can tell by the number of orders for them we are receiving every day. This has had the effect of Steve wanting to get more and more of them online in the store for you.

Every once in awhile we get a request for a piece we do not have...... So, if you think you might have such a piece, and want to share it with others, while earning a new copy for yourself, contact us and we can let you know about the process. I should mention, this process does not harm the original mold, but many of the molds not listed are already older and probably ready for replacement, if not simply a back up copy.

Steve also mentioned that he plans to start adding Pourette's Soap mold line to the website shortly... He came across several boxes of those molds while working on the others and mentioned that it one of his projects for the near future.

Happy Candlemaking!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

questions about good suppliers for candle making supplies

We get a lot of questions about where to locate candle making supplies, wax, wick, scent, color etc. Well let me tell you my personal feelings here. and what We have been telling the people that ask us.

The Suppliers out there are a real Crap Shoot.......... and I stress the word CRAP. I buy from many, only because I am forced to, and only items I must. But never anymore than I must. There is ONLY one Supplier that I trust, and buy from willingly, and enjoy dealing with and have for years. I tell everyone that asks, and will continue to do so. Arnie is the BEST! I have enjoyed dealing with him for many many years... I have found him to be honest, helpful and just a good guy in every way that matters when it comes to business dealings.

He has a store on Ebay that makes it very easy to find him.. also a fully stocked website...... He ships quickly and really cares about his customers needs and wants. I highly recommend CandleChem and Arnie to those of you looking for supplies.

To those of you that have not visited our site recently, we are adding many new plastic molds. we are trying to get that caught up (a little anyway) and it seems like those that are visiting like what they are seeing...... orders are up again. You are keeping the mold making dept on their toes!

Happy Candlemaking!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Website News & Move Planning

It has turned out to be a super busy week already around here. After beginning the search for real estate in Vancouver, which was great fun. getting a chance to look around and start to see our new home... Returning to find several new Private contract customers for molds as well on the candle line side.

It seems that almost weekly now we are contacted by one or more former customer of Pourette that had private work done for them. With the Pourette Bankruptcy (I might add that none of their customers were told in advance) These customers have been searching for someone to do the mold work for them.... and it appears Candle Mold Vault is being selected to fill that need.

I also have had a little time to look around the website.... I want to mention a few things about what I saw... First off, when we started the website it was as a museum of sorts, to help people identify molds.... we used photo's of our own private collection and some that were sent to us for that purpose.

Then we began producing molds.... forgetting at times to replace the used, old photo's with photo's of the new product. Well, we are now attempting to address that as we can. So let me make this clear.... When you order from Candle Mold Vault, unless the description says USED MOLD.. the mold you will receive will be a new, unused mold. No matter what the photo looks like. One day, all photo's will be changed over. I hope soon!

My next point is that I see or didn’t see so very many items on the site... There are boxes of molds here that are not even listed on the site yet.... and more coming in almost daily (anyone that knows me, knows I am a mold junkie) So, If you have need of something, and don't see it on the site.. please call or email. chances are we have it and simply have not had the chance to get it listed on the site yet.

I hope you all are moving along well on your Holiday production, and those of you already doing shows and fairs are doing well. Let us know if we can be of any help.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Candle Mold Vault will open in Vancouver

With everything going so well now here in the states at Candle Mold Vault, we have been looking to the future and thinking of what will come next.... Well, Today I have some exciting news on that.

We are expanding to Canada..... Vancouver will be our home base in Canada. What that means is this..... All our production of molds for Canada and the rest of the world will be done from the new Vancouver base once completed, and the US operation will continue from here in Iowa.

We are Very excited about this! All the planning has begun, legal paperwork begun, Plans to set up the shop, set up a second home for living as well..... everything that goes with this.

So, By this time next year........ The Vancouver operation will be open and running. With all the same products we carry here, and the items we are adding.

We again Thank all of you for growing with us...... We are here because of you!

Happy CandleMaking!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Warning about Mold Suppliers

We don't have to look any further than our order list to see that Candle Maker's big selling season has already started. The huge number of order's arriving daily both by phone and from the website make that perfectly clear.

The good news is that we remain on the one week ship date for orders (not counting weekends) and that in itself is a really important thing for us. Knowing that when you order, you are needing the product ASAP.

Any of you that have purchased plastic molds off ebay, from another seller ( He seems to have been closed down by ebay for poor service) know the wait that can be involved. While claiming to be "the new Pourette" Spiritcrafts lived up to that claim........... and in not the best way. The Pourette he has become is the one that closed its doors without notice to its customers, with orders unprocessed, customer's money in hand......... and only a closed sign in the door.

Spiritcrafts had so many internet complaints being filed, set up shop under another company name to hide from the "bad press". Now they say they stock no molds and all work is made on order..... with waits of weeks... not 1 week, but several weeks.

If history has taught us anything, claims of being the new pourette, and then doing business as pourette did before it just disappeared, it is to simply Avoid Sellers like this and those that do business like this..... they do not play well with others.

As always, if we can be of any help please give us a call, or email. we are happy to help in any way we can!

Happy CandleMaking!

Monday, September 12, 2011

7 New Silicone Mold Styles Available

Yes, another 7 Silicone Mold styles were posted yesterday on the website......that is 11 new ones in one week! Great Work Team! The one's listed yesterday are looking ahead to Easter and Valentines Day...... With more to come I am sure, as time permits.

I am so happy that even with all the private custom work being done here "the team" is still able to produce so many that we can list on the website for everyone.

My job today is to make my way thru the many tubs holding the masters and start selecting the next round of what will be coming next...... So, now is a good time to let us know if you have any requests,  I will try to get them pulled and on the list.

Happy Candlemaking!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

5 new Silicone Mold Styles Released this week

For us here at Candle Mold Vault Silly Season has started off with a real bang! I might say totally unexpected, on a Holiday weekend no less...... So when I sat down at my computer this morning with my cup of coffee to catch up on things. I was blown away at what happened overnight.

I have said it before, and I will say it again...... I just LOVE our customers! In a matter of a few short hours while I was in dreamland YOU, Our Wonderful, Loyal customers outdid what was already a huge, weekend for us in orders. I simply do not have words to express how I feel about each and every one of you! So, I will simply say again, Thank you!

It looks like there will be about 5 new Silicone Mold styles added to the site this week yet. With Holiday production time so short now, we will begin to look ahead to the next holidays to give everyone time to plan and order ...... as well we will add some general pieces in here and time permits.

Happy Candlemaking!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Phone Orders work great!

A Big Thank YOU to all our customers Today! So far you have taken what is normally a slow Holiday weekend, not spent in front of computers.... and turned it into A SUPER SALES WEEKEND at Candle Mold Vault... and those "in the know" are simply picking up the phone and doing their orders the fast and easy way. It continues to be the way most of you choose to order.

New Molds will be posted this of now it appears that in the silicone only one or two in each will be available for sale after the pre sale orders, so you will need to act quickly.

We also have a number of 2 piece Plastic molds to be added as well. I hope to have those online this week.

I hope your Labor Day is Enjoyable........

Happy Candlemaking!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Biggest Sales Day Pre Orders for Silicone Molds

I just wanted to Thank everyone for reaction to my post yesterday.....We had so many calls and new orders, pre orders for the upcoming Silicone molds that it was our biggest sales day in record! I mean HUGE!

Now, the down side of this will be, some silicone molds will not be listed at all on the site for sale.. as they are already sold up to the number we have set for sales. The ones we will be listing are all going to be very close to the "cut off" number. Meaning, if you want them, you will need to order them while you see them........ once they are gone, I have no idea when or if they will ever be back. I am told it is best to just consider them retired for the sake of mold sales.

We hope that while you enjoy the Holiday weekend, you are also thinking about what your needs and wants will be for the Big sales season ahead. The time is now to start planning and get all those supplies ordered and get everything started..... It will be here before you know it!

Happy Candlemaking!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Silicone Mold Line Goes into Limited Sales Number Status

We have heard and are responding to the requests.... Those of you that are concerned about flooding the market with countless numbers of the New Silicone molds have helped us decide that we are going to limit the number of each mold we will produce and sell to the public.

Please understand, that we already have a number of those pre-sold to our commercial customers and long standing customers before they are even listed and that number will reduce the number we are now able to offer at the website. The concern is and always has been that just do not want our customers to be in open competition with each other should they be down the street, or simply that these become over exposed.

We do not want to turn people away, so we encourage everyone interested to decide on which mold or molds you may want early... but we feel this is the best way to protect your sales and investment in the end as well.

In other news we are continuing to be contacted by more and more former commercial customers of Pourette by the day, we are taking on more of this type work as well ( behind the scenes) so it may show on the site with listings of molds. Sorry about that!

As always, if you have questions, please feel free to email or call us and we are happy to help!

Happy Candlemaking!