Free Rilakkuma pencil for the next 100 shop orders!

Big surprise for the weekend: The next 100 orders in our online shop modes4u.com will receive a Rilakkuma pencil as a free gift (while stock lasts, picture is for reference only). The pencils from San-X are really high Japanese quality and have super cute designs. Rilakkuma is such a fun character! Hurry with your order for a chance to get a Rilakkuma pencil for free from our big surprise box.

The next 100 shop orders will receive a free surprise Rilakkuma pencil

The next 100 shop orders will receive a free surprise Rilakkuma pencil

New fabric category on modes4u.com: Solid Fabrics

We now have so many single-colored fabrics that we decided to open a new fabric category for them. So from now you can find them bundled up in our solid fabrics. There are lots of different colors available as cotton, organic cotton, knit, flannel or laminate.

We created a new fabri category for our shop: Solid Fabrics

We created a new fabric category for our shop: Solid Fabrics

solid mustard coloured echino canvas fabric from Japan

solid mustard coloured echino canvas fabric from Japan

solid red Riley Blake stretch knit fabric

solid red Riley Blake stretch knit fabric

solid light purple echino canvas fabric from Japan

solid light purple echino canvas fabric from Japan

solid dark green fabric Robert Kaufman USA Clover

solid dark green fabric Robert Kaufman USA Clover

solid pink fabric Robert Kaufman USA Bright Pink

solid pink fabric Robert Kaufman USA Bright Pink

solid black Robert Kaufman knit fabric onyx

solid black Robert Kaufman knit fabric onyx

solid gray Riley Blake laminate fabric USA

solid gray Riley Blake laminate fabric USA

solid citrus yellow Robert Kaufman knit fabric

solid citrus yellow Robert Kaufman knit fabric

solid orange birch organic fabric from the USA

solid orange birch organic fabric from the USA

solid green echino canvas fabric from Japan

solid green echino canvas fabric from Japan

Check out our Easter products

We are ready for spring and Easter, therefore we put our Easter category online. You can find all the products from our shop in there which have a connection to spring and Easter: items with rabbits, chicks, eggs, ladybugs, flowers and more. We can’t wait for spring to arrive!

Browse through all the fun Easter and spring products in our Easter category

Browse through all the fun Easter and spring products in our Easter category

kawaii chick sauce spices container for Bento Box

kawaii chick sauce spices container for Bento Box

rabbit with overall eraser from Japan by Iwako

rabbit with overall eraser from Japan by Iwako

yellow chick in egg eraser by Iwako from Japan

yellow chick in egg eraser by Iwako from Japan

pink Hello Kitty bunny mobile phone plugy earphone jack

pink Hello Kitty bunny mobile phone plugy earphone jack

Rilakkuma yellow chick artificial leather key cover charm

Rilakkuma yellow chick artificial leather key cover charm

Rilakkum egg kitchen painting eggs towel from Japan

Rilakkum egg kitchen painting eggs towel from Japan

light blue chick fabric by Dear Stella USA

light blue chick fabric by Dear Stella USA

light green sheep fabric by Dear Stella USA

light green sheep fabric by Dear Stella USA

white flower meadow fabric by Timeless Treasures USA

white flower meadow fabric by Timeless Treasures USA

red chicken egg food fabric by Robert Kaufman USA

red chicken egg food fabric by Robert Kaufman USA

blue chick animal peep fabric by Robert Kaufman USA

blue chick animal peep fabric by Robert Kaufman USA

kawaii bunny rabbit cake macaron stickers

kawaii bunny rabbit cake macaron stickers

kawaii rabbit bunny flower stickers by Q-Lia

kawaii rabbit bunny flower stickers by Q-Lia

kawaii rabbit bunny macaron pearls Note Pad Q-Lia

kawaii rabbit bunny macaron pearls Note Pad Q-Lia

wide rabbit squirrel mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

wide rabbit squirrel mt Washi Masking Tape deco tape

yellow egg with diamonds squishy cellphone charm

yellow egg with diamonds squishy cellphone charm

rabbit bunny donut cup Letter Set by Kamio

rabbit bunny donut cup Letter Set by Kamio

No shipping over Chinese New Year

It’s that time of year again. In a couple of days the year of the horse starts; and the Chinese New Year is always accompanied by a couple of public holidays. All post offices will be closed on Friday, January 31st and Monday, February 2nd, so we can’t ship any orders we receive for our online shop in that time. From Tuesday, February 4th, we will start shipping again.

We will start shipping orders again on February 4th 2014

We will start shipping orders again on February 4th 2014

Chinese New Year surprise: red pockets in all orders

Chinese New Year is the time of tradition and you can be part of that now. The next 3,600 orders in our online shop will receive a super kawaii red pocket with adorable horse designs, as the Year of the Horse is about to start. These little red envelopes are almost the most important thing for CNY, as traditionally they are filled with money gifts for friends and relatives. So everybody wants to get as many as possible. Our red pockets won’t be empty either; they are not filled with money but with a cute thing.

Be sure to order soon if you want a red pocket. We start giving them away today and expect them to be gone in a couple of days.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Chinese New Year public holidays from January 31st to February 3rd we can’t ship any orders, as all post offices are closed. From Tuesday, February 4th, we will start shipping again.

The next 3,600 orders will get a free kawaii red pocket for Chinese New Year

The next 3,600 orders will get a free kawaii red pocket for Chinese New Year

modes4u.com now in Spanish

We’re becoming more and more international. A couple of days ago we released the Spanish version of our shop. So now you can already choose between the languages English, German, French and Spanish. We’re really happy and hope all our Spanish speaking customers will like it. Currently we’re also working on an Italian version of modes4u.com, but this will still take a while.

Check out the Spanish version of modes4u.com

Check out the Spanish version of modes4u.com

4 years modes4u: How it all started

Last week our online shop modes4u turned four and we started a big giveaway to celebrate our birthday. When we were preparing our birthday activities, we also wrote a little article about our shop and looked back on how everything started and developed in the last years. We thought it might be nice to share that with you, if you are interested in some funny facts and background information. And don’t forget to join our giveaway by leaving a comment on our blog post 4 years modes4u: BIG Happy Birthday Giveaway. The giveaway is still open till April 3rd.

From 1 to 100 – the kawaii online shop modes4u celebrates its 4th birthday

1640 days ago the online shop modes4u.com opened its virtual doors. Since then the team around native Austrian and company founder Sandra Boch has been sending cute and playful stationery, fabrics and accessories to more than 25,000 customers worldwide. What started with one order per week is now at around 100 per day, and modes4u celebrates its 4th birthday.

Enthusiasm, ambition and maybe a dozen products, that’s what it began with. “We received the first order in our shop around 3 weeks after we went online. It came from Germany and I was so happy that we finally got one“, 30 year old company founder Sandra Boch remembers. Even 4 years after her business opening the young entrepreneur is still excited about every order. But by now she gets a lot more. Today the modes4u-team processes an average of 100 orders per day, in the busy pre-Christmas weeks they even receive several hundred every day. “That’s when really everybody has to help, so that we can handle that amount”, Sandra says.

The Native Austrian, who emigrated to Hong Kong many years ago, established the online shop for cute stationery, fabrics, accessories and DIY-items in 2007 with her Chinese husband Alan Mak. On March 20th 2008 they launched the website www.modes4u.com. “In the first months we maybe had one order per week; we stored the products in our flat and took pictures of them in our bedroom”, IT manager Alan remembers. Today the couple employs 6 German and Chinese staff members, developed its own storage and packing system and has a professional photo studio. The company just moved into a new office last year, but will change location again in 2012: They are just running out of space.

Almost 3,500 products start their journey from the office in Hong Kong to customers all over the world. Already 86 different countries received packages from modes4u. “But most of our orders are shipped to Germany, France and the UK. Many customers are from the USA too. A lot of our products, which we mainly import from Japan, are just really hard to get in those countries”, Sandra explains the success of her own company.

Win one of our cute San-X packages in our big birthday giveaway

Win one of our cute San-X packages in our big birthday giveaway

Giveaway Winner Anouncement

We draw 30 random winners for our giveaway:

1) carmel: carmelita@xxx

2) Angelika: s_angelika3@xxx

3) Jingle: jinglesells@xxx

4) Ivonne: ivonne.h@xxx

5) Ionie Thomas: ionie_thomas@xxx

6) emily: emilyfinch32@xxx

7) Simone Münstermann: mone@xxx

8 ) HoopBunny: hoopbunny@xxx

9) Sonia: sonia.solci@xxx

10) Paw-paw: paugalang@xxx

11) Aliyah: aliyahhr@xxx

12) janita: janitalatifa@xxx

13) Alexa Thun und Hohenstein: alexakuepper@xxx

14) SuperLuna: decoradarling@xxx

15) Sarah: sarahzevenbergen@xxx

16) samira yussuf: superstarsammy@xxx

17) Marina: isollea@xxx

18) Amira Savoy: hellosaranghae@xxx

19) Felicity: tvr28lz@xxx

20) trixx: trixpixel@xxx

21) chuchoo: dboulette@xxx

22) Tania: tania.enokibara@xxx

23) Juli Drappeldrey: morgaine1999@xxx

24) Tiffany: aozora.sanpo@xxx

25) Kasia Kawczynski: princess.rei@xxx

26) steph: jrseniors@xxx

27) hiiime: pandaboer@xxx

28) Frances: mirrorandmoon@xxx

29) Ruriyuki: ruriyuki@xxx

30) Ingrid: homocore@xxx

We removed the end of every email address, to protect their privacy. We will contact everyone by email directly.

Congrats to the 30 lucky winners!

Bye Bye Alibaba!

We have been a Gold supplier on Alibaba.com for 2 years now and we decided to stop promoting our wholesale business there. We are just too busy with our existing customers and our retail shop and don’t have the time anymore to accept any new wholesale customers. Therefore, we decided to shut down our Alibaba Gold supplier account and focus on our online shop instead. I am sure we will not regret this decision.

we got this Gold Supplier badge from Alibaba

we got this Gold Supplier badge from Alibaba

our Benefits Slide Show

We worked on a new slide show for our front page in our shop during the last few days and we finally finished it today. I am very happy with the result because it shows very nicely why a customer should buy in our shop and what benefits he/she has. We also included some really nice and fun pictures of our business. The 5 main benefits are:
1) Safe Shopping
We provide safe shopping by using SSL encryption in cooperation with secure payment providers like PayPal, VISA and MasterCard. We do not store any sensitive information on our servers. The payment process is done on a secure, encrypted website directly provided by our bank and PayPal.
2) Free Shipping
We offer the lowest international shipping costs possible, so you can enjoy shopping with us even more! Buy items worth 60€ (US$78, £54) and we ship your order worldwide FOR FREE!
3) Big Community
We have a big community fan base on Facebook with over 16,000 fans! Get the latest news, giveaways and gifts and “like” our Facebook Page now!
4) Import from Japan & USA
We import the latest high quality products directly from Japan, USA, Korea… and offer them for a very attractive price.
5) Ready to Dispatch
All our products are in stock. When we get your order, we will ship it within 24 hours and every order comes with a FREE GIFT!

New Information Slide Show 1

our new front page

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