Next opening is Monday, January 5, 2015, at 2pm Eastern time. Turnaround for orders will be longer this time due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but I would estimate a 3-8 business day range anyway.
I always post regular updates about the precise time I will reopen the store on my Facebook page. If you "like" my page on Facebook you can get them easily, and if you select "get notifications", Facebook will tell you when I post, which is the best way to get reminders. Otherwise, you can always refresh the home page here and check the Facebook feed in the lower right to see what I've posted.
While the store is closed, the "add to cart" button has been removed to keep new orders from being placed.
To find out more about SBP slings and to explore fabrics, colors, and other features, please use the links at the top of the page. I know there is a lot of information on the site -- all included because of the emails I've received over the years -- but 90% of the questions I get are answered on those pages; if you email a question that is answered on the site, I will copy and paste the answer from the relevant page.
I recommend reading the Construction, Sizing, and Anatomy pages before you order -- they will show you how my slings are sewn and help you find the right size. Most people will wear the size that corresponds to a snug t-shirt, and that is the same suggestion I will make if you email me about sizing.
If you plan to order a wrap conversion ring sling, please read the wrap conversion information page, as it is a very comprehensive guide to everything you will need to know. It looks like a lot, but every question I have been asked about having a WCRS made is answered there.
If you want to compare different fabric types, read the full product descriptions for the fabrics you're interested in, and if you're looking for a sling for hot weather, newborns, toddlers, and chilly weather, I have sections that highlight each of those under "shop by specific needs" in the product menu.
I've done the reading, now how do I place an order? Because of the volume of orders I receive, and because it's just me doing all the sewing and everything else, I've had to limit the number of orders that come in over a given period of time. At the moment, I've resorted to announcing the day/time I'll be opening the store, and keeping it open just long enough to accumulate 300 slings' worth of sewing, and then I close the store again. Sewing that many typically takes me about three weeks, so I reopen at three week intervals. Lately, reaching 300 orders has taken about an hour and change. Because of this, I recommend doing all the reading well before I open -- email whatever questions you have, and try to make sure you know exactly what you want to order before I open the store. If you wait until I open to ask questions, I'll likely have closed the store again before you have a chance to place the order.
When the store is open, you just place an order like you would on any other internet store. Choose your options, hit "add to cart," and then follow the checkout steps that follow. If you're able to click "add to cart" and go through the payment stage, then your order will be sewn. There aren't any sewing slots or waiting lists or anything like that; just the interminable wait between store openings (for which I do apologize). Turnaround time is generally in the 3-10 business day range, with the longest wait being for WCRS that are received in the first week and a half after I've opened, and the shortest wait being for in-stock slings and WRCS pieces that come in the late second and early third week. I wish I could get them out quicker, but it is just me here :)
For more information about infant safety in carriers and other devices, please read this important sling safety information, and this about general infant safety in carseats, strollers, and the like.