We are all channeling our inner yogi and finding the balance between last year's busy season and ramping up inventory for the upcoming season!
In the last few weeks many of our staples in various sizes and colors are beginning to finish up and replenish on the website. To see the inventory levels available in each item, size, and color be sure to head over to our Inventory and Production Page (requires account login to view).
Here are a few items that have started to hit the shelves:
Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on the Inventory and Production page to stay in the loop as more things finish up in manufacture and hit the shelves!
As we ramp up production of our alpaca product staples
we've begun to list some 2nd Quality Sock Closeouts!
These are all perfectly functional with just some slight knitting defects
making them less than 1st quality.
As always there are limited quantities available - get them while available!
Although it may not feel like it, Spring is just around the corner and to help usher in the warmer weather we are excited to add a new color to our BOLD Survival Socks.
Available now in both Medium and Large sizes!
The New England Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association has their NEAOBA Socks available @ Wholesale pricing to their members! This year NEAFP collected fiber from New England alpaca farms and did a custom run of socks using all New England grown fiber. These socks are Made in New England with New England Grown Alpaca!
NEAOBA members can purchase the socks through the NEAOBA site here!!!
NEAFP will be closed from 12pm Friday December 23rd until Wednesday December 28th @ 8am for our Christmas Break.
We will also be closing for New Years on 12pm Friday December 30th until 8am Tuesday January 3rd.
Thank you for an amazing year for all things U.S. Alpaca!!!
NEAFP will be closed Thursday Nov. 23rd and Friday Nov. 24th for our annual Thanksgiving holiday break.
We will be back at the mill on Monday Nov. 27th and will begin shipping out all orders that came in over the break in the order they were submitted.
The Holiday Sales rush is officially here and we are experiencing an extremely high volume of orders coming in for immediate shipment. We are working to stay on top of the queue but please plan for your order to take an extra business day (2 extra in extreme cases) for your order to process and ship out.
All orders are shipping out in the order in which they are placed so if you have a time sensitive order, the best way to ensure that it reaches you in time is to place it as soon as possible.
For the time being both USPS and UPS are on schedule for deliveries. We will keep an eye on both, if USPS or UPS starts to have delayed shipments we may remove that shipping option to ensure your packages are reaching you in a timely fashion.
UPS Ground Transit Map
USPS Priority Transit Map
Due to how USPS handles packages, please add 1 to 2 extra days to these estimates.
Starting with some of the softest alpaca fiber grown on U.S. Farms, we've created an heirloom quality cable patterned baby blanket. Perfectly sized to wrap your little loved ones up into a comfy bundle, helping them doze off in to dreamland. Soft, warm, and cozy, just like the alpaca themselves - a perfect gift for the new baby in the family.
Available now at both Fiber and Wholesale price points!
We started offering our BOLD Survival Socks in 2014 and over the years we have had a tremendous amount of requests for the Size Large to be available in Purple. We are happy to announce that starting today Purple in size Large is officially available and ready to ship!
(P.S. - More BOLD Survival - Size Mediums are just around the corner!)
To help celebrate and announce the new color option, we rounded up the Boys of NEAFP to show off the new socks!
original photo by Eastland Alpacas, Mount Joy, PA
National Alpaca Farm Days is just days away and hopefully your list of things to do is complete (ya right!). The social media posts are up and invites sent, the animal pens are set up, the alpaca products all properly priced, and the barn is perfectly clean (is it ever?!?).
As the Farm Days Alpaca open houses are just around the corner, here are 5 Ways your Open House can Increase Future Sales!
1) Collect Visitor's Contact Info
Whether it’s name, address, or just a simple email sign up sheet - it’s imperative that you get the contact info of all the alpaca enthusiasts that visit your farm this weekend. Even it’s just an email address, you can use that info to keep them informed on the rest of your holiday events, market locations, whats going on at the farm with the alpacas, and any new products or sale announcements you have planned for the Fall and Winter months!
2) Have Signage and Handouts for all your Upcoming Events & Markets
We all know that the true alpaca product sales season starts when the leaves are off the trees and the cool wind whips through the back fields. Make sure your open house visitors know where you, your alpaca products, and possibly even a few good alpacas will be setup next! It’s as easy as putting up a chalkboard, whiteboard, or printing out a flyer to handout that lists out all your upcoming alpaca related events.
3) Engage with your Visitors
We know alpaca farm visitors come in all shapes and sizes - some want to bring the grand kids to the alpaca farm to see the animals up close. Some are there to research the possibility of owning alpacas in the future, and some are just there for the free popcorn and more alpaca socks. No matter the reason, it’s important you or someone working the event engages each group to understand the reasons for coming. This will help you ensure they have a wonderful experience on the alpaca farm which will lead to future product and animal sales in the future.
4) Ask your Visitors “How did you hear about us?”
It’s now more important than ever to find out how your open house visitors are hearing about your alpaca event. In the age of social media and digital advertising, there have never been more avenues available to small businesses in reaching their target audience. By asking this simple question, perhaps on the email list, you can find out what marketing efforts worked the best so you can utilize them for future events & announcements and stop wasting $$$ on the ones that don’t.
5) Offer a Return Visitor Incentive
Give your visitors a reason to come back for more alpaca socks and maybe even bring a friend during the holiday season! Offer a small coupon, $1 OFF your next pair of alpaca socks, with each sale you make during the open house. You can structure this in a multitude of ways to fit your farm and products, just be sure to set a time limit so you have people coming back for more this year!
Looking to place a last minute order in preperation for NAFD? We can make it work.
Choose UPS (most reliable shipping times) as your Shipping Option and put a note in Order Notes (Step 4 of checkout process).
UPS GROUND Transit Map
When to place your last minute orders by?
Yellow Cut OFF: Thursday 9am
Burnt Orange Cut OFF: Wednesday 9am
Maroon Cut OFF: Tuesday 9am
Orange Cut Off: Choose UPS 2nd Day Air after Tuesday 9am
We've started adding some new limited colors to our BOLD Boucle Mittens.
Atlantic Blue and EverGreen:
These are limited runs done in select sizes so if you see a color you'd like, stock up while they are available!
NEAFP will be closed for the long Labor Day weekend & will re-open on Tuesday September 5th.
Thank you for an amazing August Summer Sale - we plan to be completely caught up with orders by Wednesday September 6th!
We are happy to announce we've made some improvements on how the shopping cart handles products at the fiber price point. All of our products listed in the fiber pricing category now have their Fiber Grade and Weight requirement listed prominently along side their $ cost.
As these products are added to your shopping cart, the fiber requirement for each product along with the total fiber requirement for your order in progress will automatically be tallied and displayed on the cart page.
The days of manually tallying your order's fiber requirement are over!
After your order is placed, the fiber requirement for each item as well as the total fiber weight and grade requirements will be listed on your invoice.
Updated Fiber Pricing Product Listing
Fiber Grade and Weight Requirement - View Cart Page
Per Product and Total Per Order
Is it a glove? Is it a mitten? It’s the best of both worlds! Our Alpaca Glittens offer the warmth of a mitten and the dexterity of Gloves, making them a perfect fit for hunting or any activity where you need quick access to your fingers. The mitt flap pulls back and attaches with a secure button, giving you digits free roam.
Harnessing the natural characteristics of U.S. Grown Alpaca fiber, our Glittens will keep you warm without the bulk, and are designed to hold up on any wilderness bound adventure. Alpaca fiber is also naturally moisture wicking, breathable, and retains heat in both dry and wet conditions - making it a great insulator.
If the Fall and Winter weather tends to throw you for a loop like it does here in New England, then rest assured, our Alpaca Glittens allow full warmth and coverage, and the ability to stretch your fingers when it’s time to get to work.
Explore more with the help of our Alpaca Glittens.
Made in Adult Sizes: Small, Medium, and Large
Made in Fawn & Brown
Our Herringbone Scarves in Grey are back in stock and on the website!
#Hashtags can be used to complement photos shared on Instagram (and other Social Media platforms!) and help you discover new accounts and pick up followers. Some hashtags were created specifically for Instagram photo challenges — #ThrowbackThursday, for example, encourages users to post retro photos. By searching the hashtag on Instragram, you can pull up a gallery of everyone who has used it on a recent post.
When making a post to your Instagram's account, by adding related hashtags, you are giving a way for people interested in those topics / tags to find your photos and ultimately your business and farm. All things Alpacas are seriously trending right now, and there are thousands of alpaca enthusiasts who are searching Instragram daily for all photos posted with alpaca related hash tags. In order to expand your reach and increase your business's following, it's important to not only use alpaca related hashtags but other fiber, yarn, and textile tags as well.
By choosing 4 to 5 alpaca and alpaca related hashtags with each photo you post, you will slowly but surely increase your following as more like minded people interested in alpacas find your profile and follow your posts.
Listed below are some of our personal favorite alpaca related hash tags that we use regularly on our posts. Take a look and search a few on Instagram to find the ones that click with you and your business!
P.S. Get Creative! - #hashtags can be a fun way of posting indirectly related info to your photos! You can also even create your own hashtags for your farm and business and share them with your audience!
Other Hash Tags
We are excited to announce our annual Summer Stock Up Sale is officially live! We are offering Free Shipping on
large orders as well as offering select discounts on a handful of our newest products!
Our Summer Stock Up Sale will run until the end of August so now is the time
to get stocked up for the quickly approaching Fall Season!
Sale Ends August 31st, 2017
This new sock, The Outdoorsman Alpaca Sock, is a heavyweight boot sock. It has all the great features of our Survival Sock (Machine Wash and Dry, Ankle and Arch Support, Full Terry Loop Cushion matched with a reinforced nylon exoskeleton), but is 20% heavier for increased warmth & comfort. The Outdoorsman Alpaca Sock is also a boot length sock, fitting perfectly in between our crew height Survival Sock and our Over the Calf height High Calf.
With the news that AFCNA was closing their doors, we knew that it was important to keep the fiber they’ve collected and remaining Extreme sock yarn in production domestically to the benefit of U.S. alpaca farms. We’ve purchased all of AFCNA’s EXTREME Sock yarn and are using it to produce our new Outdoorsman Sock. We know farms across the country have done very well building a market for the heavy weight Extreme Sock. Our new Outdoorsman Alpaca Sock takes the best features of the Extreme, is made from the same yarn, and adds improved features to make it better than ever.
Our Outdoorsman Alpaca Sock is a heavyweight boot height sock designed to be the warmest, softest, most comfortable alpaca sock Made in the USA. For increased cushion and comfort, the interior contains a full alpaca terry loop knit. The inside of the sock has arch and ankle supports, ensuring a proper, snug fit each time they are worn. Outside, the Outdoorsman Sock sports a rugged nylon exoskeleton with reinforcement on the toe, arch, and heel areas – making it as durable as it is warm and comfortable.
The combination of the soft, warming alpaca terry loops against your skin with the reinforced exterior make a sock tough enough to stand up to whatever the great outdoors throws at it. Whether fishing, hiking, camping, lumberjacking, or just flat out enjoying Mother Nature, the Outdoorsman Alpaca Sock will keep you warm & cozy for as long as you need them to, no matter the conditions.
On top of being one of the softest, strongest, most insulating natural fibers available, Alpaca is moisture wicking, hypo-allergenic, and odor resistant - making it a perfect all natural fiber for socks destined to explore the great outdoors.
Contents: 75% U.S. Alpaca, 23% Nylon, 2% Lycra
Care Instructions: Machine Wash and Dry, See Label