Pops is no longer making the traps to sell, but you can make your own with his carpenter bee trap instructions here.
Pops (and Mom) have been in the shop most days since what I call “The Great Carpenter Bee Trap Adventure” began! At this point, Pops has said he wants me to open up the ordering again… so long as everyone understands that he CANNOT promise a particular delivery date. He will continue to work on them as long as my readers need them, but he can only make so many per day.
At this point, we have over 350 people who have filled out a waiting list request and many of you who filled out the form want more than one!
I’m happy to say we will be opening up the orders again in a few hours for a batch of 500!!! (Those who filled out a form to be put on the waiting list will be notified first and will have several hours to place their orders before we open up the ordering to everyone else.)
We have hit a few snags — like sourcing boxes, getting enough extra jars, and finding ways to package the first 100 bee boxes safely. Such things are much more difficult than I would have imagined a week ago. Who knew that buying $300 worth of flattened shipping boxes would wrack up a $100 delivery charge?!?! Again, we had no expectation of this volume… so we are working out the kinks and problem solving as quickly as humanly possible! We are making it work! *Yay!*
We also ran into issues with shipping at the post office. Apparently, it’s not ok to ship out in a recycled box that says “clorox” on it anywhere, or one that may have (in a former incarnation) been used to ship wine. Measuring and weighing each individual box when all the boxes were different shapes and sizes (what we had on hand and what we could get from a local dollar store) takes forever!
PayPal also decided that printing off eight shipping labels in a row was “suspect” and blocked my account for suspicious activity… twice so far! So, I spent some lovely “quality time” on the phone to customer support. I hope that’s all worked out now…
We found and bought boxes that will fit one or two traps for shipping and will offer either quantity to readers. (They were delivered today! Yay!!!) Unfortunately, we are going to have to raise the price of the traps by $1.50 to cover the cost of purchased boxes and packing material. We are completely out of the packing materials and boxes we had on hand and were able to beg and borrow locally, so we had to buy to get them to my readers safely.)
And, if anyone wants more than two, we ask that you place a second order. (We want to make sure everyone who wants a trap has a chance to get one — before they sell out again.) Besides, we don’t have boxes that will fit more than two in a single shipment. 🙂
Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. Some of you will get them much sooner, but since each one of these bee traps is made by hand, one at a time — and since there are just two people in the Pops Shop working on them it may take some time. Please be patient.
Pops met his first promised deadline (actually he beat it by a day and had the first 25 delivered to the post office on Monday — when he had promised shipment on Tuesday.) He and Mom are working to get the next batch of 25 shipped out tomorrow — six days earlier than promised!
Pops may agree to offer another batch in the future, but I’m going to see how he and Mom feel after filling this second wave before deciding if we should up the numbers. (I don’t want them to take on too much or to be obligated if they quit enjoying the adventure. 500 Bee Traps are a LOT to build!)
I will say that it’s so cute to watch them work together on a project this big. Every time I stop by they have more made traps, have more in the middle of the building process and they share more ideas on how to do it all better and more efficiently with me!
So, if you are one of my readers who wanted a Pops’ Carpenter Bee Trap of your very own… stay tuned!
I thought you might want to see some of the photos of my Pops’ shop with the fruits of his labor in process, so here you go!