Frequently asked questions
COVID 19 is a very real part of our reality right now and I would like to take a minute to address how that effects Dancing Skunks. I am a one mom shop (and huge germaphobe) and am fully vaccinated. My husband works from home and my kids are homeschooled so our exposure risk is really low. We take all precautions we can to not bring it into our home, studio, and lives. Covid has effected some supply lines so when certain supplies do run low there can be a lag time in getting a resupply depending on how the supply chain is fairing. I am doing my best to stay on top of it and reorder with plenty of lead time whenever possible. Thank you all for your amazing support during this crazy time. I am truly honored that you have chosen to support our small shop.
What does it mean that we meet CPSC safety requirements?
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent government agency that protects consumers against unreasonable risk of injury or death by overseeing the safety of products sold within the United States. They set requirements and standards that consumer goods manufacturers, such as ourselves, need to meet in order to sell or even donate our items. We have done our research and been in touch with the CPSC to make sure that all of our products meet their standards.
All of that to say that I have literally spent years making sure that my products are going to be safe for your Little Love. I sew each and every product as if I were going to use it on one of my precious babes; after all, I created these products for them!
For more information you can check out their website at https://cpsc.gov/
What is with the name Dancing Skunks?
Since all of my products are inspired by my children, I thought it only appropriate to name my business after something inspired by them as well!
We LOVE our family dance parties. I noticed that our dance parties were getting rather...fragrant and the kids thought this was HILARIOUS. So I called them my skunks every time we were dancing and they got a kick out of it. During the time when I was trying to come up with my business name, we were having a particularly epic dance party and I called them my dancing skunks and something inside of me said "that's it!" I know it's silly, but I feel like it says everything I wanted my business name to. It is inspired by my kids and is also so reflective of parenthood in general. Sometimes it stinks, sometimes it's joyous. Sometimes it's a ballet, sometimes it's hip hop...
How long does it take to get my order shipped?
All of my products are currently handmade by me! This means that I take the time to lovingly put together each item and ensure high quality standards for long lasting products. As such it does take time. Some items can be made in advance, others are made to order, but I do my best to get them out to you as fast as I reasonably can. My current processing time is 1-5 days.
All orders are shipped USPS Priority or First Class. Items are out of my control once picked up from the carrier, but I can provide tracking information to you if need be.
Why don't you sell outside of the US?
I definitely want to some day and am working towards that. Safety and following the safety regulations is extremely important to me, but there is a lot of work that goes into that. I am starting to look into the safety requirements, taxes, and importation rules for other countries, but it is rather time consuming so as a one woman show it is slow going. My goal is to get there eventually though.
I saw some cute clothes and other items that you've made but I don't see them on the website. Are they going to be back in stock?
Those were custom made items. If you are in the market for some custom made clothes for your Little Loves or to give as a wonderful baby gift, please email me and I would be happy to work with you to get an amazing outfit put together for you.
Why are you making preemie hats?
I think it is important as a person and business owner to use our talents and passions to help others. I do a lot of sewing for my business as well as for my kiddos and I end up with a lot of cute fabric scraps from this. One day it hit me that I could use these scraps to give back to my community instead of putting them in my fabric recycling. So I drafted some patterns and started making them. When I went to donate them to a local NICU, I was told that due to their understandable Covid precautions that they could not accept them at this time. Knowing that the need is still very much there, I decided to donate them through my website. Sending love where I can :)