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We’ve got to talk about something.

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Over the years, we’ve worked very hard to maintain an apolitical stance with our company. In general, we really do feel that business and politics should stay separate (kinda like church and state!) For small businesses like ours, the stakes of coming out on one side or another of any issue are extremely high. Abandonment due to political disagreement could crush us, financially (and trust me, we’re NOT rolling in it here. We’re barely wobbling.) That said, the current situation in our country is not one in which anyone should remain silent. We will publicly, as we always have privately, support love. We will support freedom,

That said, the current situation in our country is not one in which we think anyone should remain silent. Things have gotten scary. The truth has no meaning and hate feels as though it has been empowered. This cannot stand.We will publicly, as we always have privately, support love. We will support freedom,

We, at Amalthea’s Attic, will publicly, as we always have privately, support love. We will support freedom, justice, and equality. We will support the hopes and dreams of ALL people, not just the ones born to privilege (and yes, privilege is real and yes, it can be harmful and terribly divisive.) We would love to hear your words, your feelings, your hopes, experiences, and dreams. And we want to share them with others, so, we are reaching out to our fans.

Did any of our fan page followers go to the women’s march? If you did, and you’d like to write a post about it for our blog, please let us know! Did you not go, but have strong feelings about what’s going on from the point of view of the “not so normal?” The Attic is strange, and we’re proud of that. We wave our freak flag and have for 40 years. We want to help you wave yours, too, so that people who may feel alone in a sea of red know, they are not alone, they have friends. Others are out there, and they are there to help.

So Much Going on! FREE HAIR DYE, Discount Swim, and more!

It’s just about the end of August, and this year, it’s going out with a bang. First up, we’ve got our FREE HAIRDYE contest going on, and it ends TOMORROW!

Free Dye Contest

Want that sweet, sweet free hairdye? It’s pretty simple to get. Just head on over to instagram, make sure you follow @amaltheasattic (we’ll check!,) and  repost this pic with #dyevotered or #dyevoteblue. That’s it! We’ll choose  2 winners, 1 red and 1 blue  at random on the evening of 8/31/16 (EST.)

Now, you’ve entered the dye contest, but you want to look AMAZING for the last few weeks of beach weather? Well, rad news, we’ve got a huge 20% off clearance on all swimwear in the Attic!

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Just use code INSTASWIM at checkout and you’ll get 20% off anything in our swim department! It’s madness!!!

Also, a few stock notes:

We’ve just gotten in a new shipment of Arctic Fox Hair dye, and we’ve added to our 8oz color lineup! (We have ALL colors available in 4oz size, as always.) We’ve also got, in 4 and 8oz sizes the three gorgeous new shades in the AF lineup:

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So if you’re ready to travel to never, neverland, and get your fairy mermaid awesomeness on, we’ve got your back. There’s a TON of new stuff coming to the shop in the next few weeks, so be sure to check back often, or you risk missing out on something you might really, really be sad about. And no one wants that.

No one.

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Support Small Business!

As you may know, the Attic is a wee business. We carry a ton of items, and we get them out quickly, but we are still a very small shop, and we’re proud to be able to serve our customers as well as we have over the years. Our customers are AWESOME and we love them. Except a select few.

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Fraud sucks. It sucks a LOT for everyone, but for small business, it’s absolutely deadly. We’ve been burned a few times in the past, and as a result, we’re pretty ruthless when we have even the slightest suspicion of credit card fraud. When we suspect fraud, we’re gonna call, we’re gonna look into your address, we’re going to do our research, but most importantly, YOUR ORDER WILL NOT SHIP.

I know! You want your stuff NOW! And trust us, we want it out of here NOW. Shipping orders out means making room for new merchandise which means the store can grow and everyone wins. So, what can you do to ensure that your order goes out asap?

  1. Get Verified: Do you have a paypal account? Are you using that account to pay us? We know a lot of you are. If so, make sure your account is verified. It’s not that hard to do! You WILL need a bank account though (however, you do not need to pay with that account! You can use a credit card or your balance if you want!) Here’s a quick “how to verify your paypal account tutorial:

Log into your PayPal account. …

Click the Wallet menu option. …

Click the “Link a bank” button. …

Enter your online banking information. …

Enter your banking account and routing information. …

Wait for the confirmation deposits to appear in your account.

2.  Make sure your billing and shipping info are the same! We know, you want to send a gift sometimes. We all do, and that’s totally cool! Just make sure if that’s the case you include your billing phone so if something looks a little hinkey to us, we can call and check!

3.  Don’t use a hub. Guys, we ship WORLDWIDE. There’s almost nowhere on the globe that we can’t or won’t ship. We LOVE sending our goodies to far off places! So, there’s no reason to use a hub, we promise, we’ll get it to you, and if you have any questions you can always email us!

So, there you go. There’s a few ways to make sure your order gets out as quickly as possible! No need to fret though, for the vast majority of orders things go VERY quickly, but because we’re small, when we get a weirdly enormous order from a strange place with a non-matching billing address? We’re gonna hold that one up. We love you guys, we do.

See? That’s our love in bat form. That’s how you know it’s real. But we also love our store, so we have to protect it, and we’re sure you all understand.

 

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Stickers are a problem

So, here’s the thing about stickers. They’re awesome! You see a cool sticker, you just HAVE to have it, right? You buy it, you get all excited, and then, if you’re like me, you put it in a drawer. That’s it. You can’t use it, because once you use it, it’s gone! It’s over for that sticker, and then you never have it again! This is my eternal sticker quandary.

The 80’s were a great time for stickers, because it was perfectly normal to carry around your sticker book. You’d keep them all in the book, show them off, trade them. But they stayed alive! You never had to commit to putting your sticker ON anything permanently. But, time has moved on, and now, stickers aren’t for the faint of heart. Sure, some of you are brave, you’ll put them on your laptops and monitors, cars and lockers, you’ll even put them right on your fridge! You’ll do things with them, share them and show the world your beloved stickers! Unless you’re like me. Then, you just have a great big drawer of stickers that you love, and cherish, and no one gets to see.

Speaking of stickers, The Attic has a crazy number of super awesome stickers that you might wanna take a look at. And maybe buy. And stick in a drawer? Well, that’s up to you.

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Candy Sugar Skull

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Day of the Dead Bride Sticker

Day of the Dead Bride Sticker

Miss Cherry Dead Kitty Sticker

Miss Cherry Dead Kitty Sticker

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Live to skate derby sticker

Zombie Hand Kiss Sticker

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Like what you see? We’ve got even more in the shop! So don’t wait, check ’em out now! Your drawers are waiting!

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Time for new goodies!

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We’ve got amazing news for you weird hair kids out there! First up, Arctic Fox dye has landed in the Attic! Arctic Fox is a highly pigmented, 100% vegan & cruelty-free, long-lasting, semi-permanent color line that gives 15% of profit to charity to help save animals in need and prevent animal abuse. We’ve had several customers asking us to carry it, and starting this week, we’ve got all the colors, all the time!

To help make room for all this new dye, you can get 15% off our remaining stock of Special Effects! Just use code SFX2016 at checkout! In addition to the new dye, we’ve got new dresses, tops, skirts, bags, accessories and more! Plus, you’ll get Free shipping on all domestic orders of $25 and up!

Want more reward points on your account? Just send us your customer action shots for our instagram, we’ll give you 500 bonus reward points on your account.

Still not happy? Refer your friends! You’ll get free rewards when they make their first Attic purchase, and they’ll get rewards FOR the purchase. Sharing is caring!

Please remember to follow us on instagram, and visit our Facebook fan page for up-to-the-minute sales and stock updates! You can even login to our shop. with Facebook too! What more could you ask for?

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Bats are just awesome.

So, it’s pretty obvious that here in the Attic, we’re big fans of bats. Why? Well, they’re extremely cute, super useful (if you hate being attacked by flying insects) and they’re one of the more interesting animals you have a good chance of encountering in your nightly life (unlike that weird person in the club who seems glued to the pole. What are they DOING, anyway?)

To show some of our love, and to help you show yours, we’ve got a TON of swank duds for bat lovers! And when you’re done drooling over  all those goodies, you should take a few minutes and check out some awesome things you may not know about bats!

First up, we’ve got a TON of awesome bat socks!

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Done with toes? How about your fingers! Check out these awesome bat nail wraps!

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Want some bats on your ears? Look at our Gone Batty earrings!

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We’ve got clothes for bat lovers too. Stuff like our racey back tank, sweet Vee tee, and Spooksville swing skirt!

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Finally, if you’re looking for a little snuggle time, just you and a bat, you might wanna check out this little guy. He’s an uglydoll  bat doll with his own bat doll. You’re not going to get a whole lot cuter than that now, are you?

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No, you’re not. And you’re welcome. Now, after you’re done shopping for all the bat gear you crave, check out some awesome facts about our furry little (and sometimes not so little!) friends.

Cool bat facts!:

There are 1,100 species of bats worldwide, making up a quarter of the world’s mammals. There are 40 species of bats in the United States alone, and many of them will swoop down where you can see them clearly, if you toss a cheerio up in the air above your head.

Bats can live more than 30 years and can fly at speeds of up to 60 mph. Sure, people live longer, but we can’t fly at all. Lame.

Bats can find their food in total darkness. They locate insects by emitting inaudible high-pitched sounds, 10-20 beeps per second and listening to echoes. People can also often find their food in total darkness, but only because they’ve taken the same route to the fridge over and over, so many times. Plus, our food isn’t flying around, hopefully.

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Many bats eat insects. Bats can eat up to 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour and often consume their body weight in insects every night, helping keep bug populations in check. In contrast, most humans don’t even eat one mosquito a NIGHT. Sounds like maybe we’re not really pulling our weight in the great battle against mosquitoes.

 

Other bats eat fruit or nectar and can play an important role as pollinators. There are only three species of “vampire bats”—bats  that live off the blood of animals. None of those species lives in the United States. If something is sucking your blood, it’s either a mosquito, a phlebotomist, or some jerk.

More than half of the bat species in the United States are in severe decline or listed as endangered. In addition to loss of habitat, one of the most dire threat comes from white nose syndrome, a disease that has decimated bats in the U.S. and Canada. The Nature Conservancy collaborated in a recent breakthrough, successfully treating and releasing infected bats. Want to help bats out? Give them a home, and install a bat house!

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Some bats migrate south for the winter, while others hibernate through the cold winter months. During hibernation, bats can survive in freezing temperatures, even after being encased in ice; conversely,  many people begin to suffer pain and misery when they can’t find their slippers and the bathroom tiles are cold.

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Most bats have only one pup a year, making them extremely vulnerable to extinction. Bat mothers can find their babies among thousands or millions of other bats by their unique voices and scents, much in the same way you can find your friends at a festival like Burning Man.

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Bat droppings, called guano, are one of the richest fertilizers. Bat guano was once a big business. Guano was Texas’s largest mineral export before oil! Even poop is bigger in Texas.

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Austin is a seasonal home to North America’s largest urban population of Mexican free-tailed bats, which live beneath the Congress Avenue Bridge. Approximately 1.5 million bats reside there! For your very own guano hat, visit the bridge and hang out for a while!

81ead498e31a3bb00b6e062a9f7a33b2The world’s largest bat is the “flying fox” that lives on islands in the South Pacific. It has a wingspan of up to 6 feet. It is also fuzzy and adorable.
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The world’s smallest bat is the bumble bee bat of Thailand, which is smaller than a thumbnail and weighs less than a penny.

 

Awww! He certainly is the night now, isn't he!

Awww! He certainly is the night now, isn’t he!

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We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

Guys, we need to make room for all of the new hairdye coming in this week, so we’re having a pretty rare sale.

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That’s right. Our remaining stock of Special Effects dye is ON SALE!!! Woo! We’re not yet sure if we’ll be reordering this brand of dye, so it’s possible this is your last chance to grab some from us. Supplies are very limited, so if you’re thinking about it, jump on it, now!

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