Hiring Weekend Shopkeepers!
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It's time to bring on a few new members of the team! I'm looking for a couple of passionate, organized, self-motivated people to work in our brick & mortar shop. The Ideal Candidate: Lives in Seattle! Has pertinent experience! Knows and loves C&Co! Friendly and empathetic to customers and co-workers! Willing to sweep & take out the trash! (The little things are big things too.) If this is you or someone you know, please read the full job listing below and follow the application instructions you find there. I can't wait to meet you!

Our Guiding Principles:
Honest - Craftsmanship - Community - Empathy - Kindness - Respect

Job Opening: WEEKEND SHOPKEEPER

Reports To: Sara, owner of Constellation & Co.

Job Overview: We are hiring shopkeepers to work at our Constellation & Co. brick and mortar shop! We sell stationery, unique gifts and handmade and locally made goods. We also design and print a line of letterpress stationery in house, so you’ll have the opportunity to wear many hats as part of the Constellation & Co. team. 

Hours: We are looking for people who are willing to work weekends! Each weekend team member hired must be willing to work 1-2 full weekends per month. Our weekend hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 3pm. You’ll be required to arrive 20-30 minutes early to prepare for the day, and stay 20-30 minutes after closing time to clean up and get ready for the next day. (6 hours total per weekend day.) You will greet customers with warmth, offer to help them find things, check out customers, and tidy the shop throughout the day.

Pay: $15/hour

Start Date: February 2018

Responsibilities and Duties:
Opening and closing the shop on time
Helping customers find and choose items
Working the cash register
Restocking items that sell throughout the day, unboxing arriving product
Keep the the sales shelves and tables tidy throughout the day
Cleaning up messes that occur, sweep the floor, feed the shop bird
Communicating with other team members and owner about customer questions/concerns/inquiries, and sold out items
Helping to package greeting cards after we print them

Qualifications:
Retail sales experience
Organized and detail oriented
Willing to wear many hats
A friendly, helpful attitude
A self-starter that works will independently

Perks!
30% employee discount
Great group of co-workers
Beautiful, relaxing Fishermen’s Terminal location

How to Apply:
Please email your resume and a paragraph about you to hello@constellationco.com. Please no phone calls or drop-ins. We will respond to each applicant and schedule in person interviews with top candidates.

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Constellation & Co. 2018 Year In Review

IN 2018...

  • Our brick & mortar shop celebrated its 4th birthday

  • Constellation & Co. released over 50 new products

  • Sara uploaded 123 videos to her Snail Mail Superstar YouTube channel

  • We welcomed 2 new employees to the team

  • Sara read 53 books & wrote 46,424 words toward her first book

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Sara’s Appearances

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important words in 2018: delight, hope, grief, snail mail, connection

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Our Team in 2018

This year, our beloved letterpress printer, Brooke, started her own private therapy practice!

After 3 years working with us, Meredith set off on her own to focus full time on her photography business & start a new venture, Om Mama Co.!

This summer, we had way too much fun with Sara’s sister & summer intern, Beth! Her big project this summer was documenting a year of Card Club. We also enjoyed the exuberant company of another lovely Beth, who filled in throughout the year (Once they worked on the same day, & we called it Bethapalooza!). Lara & Haley were also a big help filling in at the shop this year.

In September, we welcomed Michelle to the team! She does a great job running the front desk, helping customers, assisting Sara with marketing, & coming up with out of the box ideas.

In September, we also welcomed Molly to the team! She has stepped up in a big way, taking on the lion’s share of our letterpress production work. I made this video about Michelle & Molly’s first day.

On May 23rd, we lost a member of our team to cancer. Our wholesale manager, Chelsa, had been with C&Co. for 4 years. Words will never do her justice. I hope you got to meet her. She became fast friends with everyone she met. Her smile lit up the shop. She made our team a family. She was our dear friend. She’ll always be our Wonder Woman. She loved working at Constellation & Co., & loved communicating with all of you. C&Co. will always be full of her memory, and are doing our best to live with joy every day in her honor. I made this video in the days after her passing, trying to make sense of my grief.

In 2018, our window display got a lot of love!

I had way more fun making this video retrospective than is even appropriate. I hope it makes you smile! I’ll be doing another big giveaway when my YouTube channel hits 500 subscribers - do me a favor & click here to help me reach that goal!

Places Sara Visited in 2018

St. Petersburg, Florida
New York, New York
Portland, Oregon
Sanibel Island, Florida
Vancouver, British Columbia
Sonoma County, California
Los Angeles, California
Naples, Florida
Whidbey Island, WA
Treehouse Point, Issaquah, WA

Sara’s Favorite Albums in 2018

The Undoing - Stephanie Gretzinger
American VI: Ain’t No Grave - Johnny Cash
Georgica Pond - Johnny Swim
Evening Machines - Gregory Alan Isakov
Tearing at the Seams - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Lush - Snail Mail

Sara’s Favorite Books Read in 2018

I Am Radar - Reif Larsen
Year of Yes - Shonda Rhimes
The Signature of All Things - Elizabeth Gilbert
The Bookshop on the Corner - Jenny Colgan
Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life - Jen Hatmaker
We Were the Lucky Ones - Georgia Hunter
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry - Fredrik Backman
Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race - Debby Irving
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo

The Most Watched Snail mail superstar Videos on youtube in 2018

$1 Stationery Wish Haul - 5.4K views
Unboxing the New Sailor 1911 Stormy Sea Fountain Pen - 2.1K views
Stationery Gift Box Review - 457 views
An Informal Guide to the Heidelberg Windmill - 433 views

In 2018, Sounders FC won the Cascadia Cup, & it made an unexpected visit to the shop! Thanks, Big Dave!

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Letter Writing Retreat at Treehouse Point

For my final few videos of 2018 and to finish up the inaugural year of my YouTube channel, I checked something off my video-making bucket list! I took Mr. Snail Mail Superstar on an overnight adventure to one of my favorite places in the whole world, Treehouse Point. We stayed in the Treehouse called “Nest.” I used the quiet evening away for a mini letter writing retreat. I wrote 16 pieces of mail, addressed to two countries and nine US States. I also took some time to shoot some photos of my favorite cozy items from our brick & mortar!

Treehouse Point, located in a forest beside the Raging River in Issaquah, Washington is a rustic bed and breakfast, featuring six hand- crafted treehouses. It’s the perfect place to turn off technology, escape everyday stress, and enjoy the rejuvenating powers of the PNW. Treehouse craftsman, Pete Nelson and his wife, Judy, share a vision of connecting people through personal encounters with the trees and nature. You may recognize their names from the popular Animal Planet TV show, Treehouse Masters!

This video is Part 1 of 4 in a series! The other parts are linked below. In this segment, I’m leaving Seattle in the pouring rain, arriving at Treehouse Point, giving you a tour of the “Nest” treehouse and talking about the greeting card collaboration I did with the lovely folks from Treehouse Point.

In this segment, I’m opening my mail and reading reading some holiday cards and postcards that I’ve received recently.

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In this segment, I’m writing letters and cards with my favorite fountain pen and using my Snail Mail Superstar wax seal… all in a treehouse! I wanted this video to be a peaceful escape, so I didn’t include any clips of me talking (you’re welcome), and left all the great ASMR letter writing sounds in there. I hope you love it!

In this segment, I’m taking you with me on my morning walk around Treehouse Point to show you the other beautiful treehouses and listen to the roar of the Roaring River. I’m also sharing some thoughts on progress and milestones and reflecting on where my life was at 5 years ago, the last time I visited Treehouse Point.

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This treehouse series has been produced in collaboration with our Washington State neighbors, Treehouse Point. Each 4bar card is letterpress printed by hand in 3 colors on a kraft card and is accompanied by a green envelope. Card is blank inside for your personal message. Available as single cards or as a boxed set of all 6 designs.

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Northwest Is Best
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This celebration of Northwest life is letterpress printed with hand-set lead type and an original vector illustration. Card front reads, “Northwest is Best” and the interior is blank for your message. 4bar kraft card with a green envelope.

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Treehouse Outtakes! For every video I make, there are a lot of weird moments you don't get to see. Here are a few of them. ;)

The Story of Empathy, Kindness, Respect
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On January 20, 2017, I designed a poster to carry for the next day’s Seattle Women's March. I'd been thinking for days about what to say on the poster. I had so many swirling thoughts and ideas. I wanted to show others that I care about them. I wanted to say that injustice isn't fine with me. I wanted words to aspire to. These are the three words I chose. They felt right at the time, and they've settled into my heart and life as goals for this year, and goals for myself. I don't do these things perfectly, but they're who I want to be. They're what I want for my family. They're what I want to show to others.

Empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Kindness: the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate.
Respect: a feeling of deep admiration for someone elicited by their abilities, qualities or achievements.

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I put the design together with antique wood type in my print studio, and pulled poster prints on my iron handpress. Later, I scanned my original letterpress print and digitized the image for use on other items.

On January 30, 2017, I partnered with Cotton Bureau to offer Empathy, Kindness, Respect shirts! In the 2 years since I first created this design, I’ve sold over 800 shirts! So many people are walking around the world wearing this message of love in action. Even better, I’ve donated every dollar raised from Empathy, Kindness, Respect shirt sales, and have donated over $5k to International Rescue Committee and Refugee Women's Alliance, refugee aid organizations working in Seattle.

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The shirts are still available to order on Cotton Bureau. The Empathy, Kindness, Respect design is also available as a greeting card on our website, and a poster in our brick & mortar shop.

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Our Empathy, Kindness, Respect card is 4bar sized and lovingly letterpress printed with black ink on white paper. A matching white envelope is included, and the card is blank inside.

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Snail Mail Gift Guide

I took a deep dive into the best corners of the internet and called in a few favors with my stationery industry buddies to bring you… drum roll… my 2018 Snail Mail Gift Guide! Let me know what you think, and if I missed anything fun.

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Write More pencils - Dahlia Press
I Licked An Envelope For You card - Paper Bandit Press
My Love Language is Snail Mail card - Paper Bandit Press
Snail Belated Birthday card - The Social Type
Snail Mail Holiday card - Bloomwolf Studio
Snail Enamel Pin - Gingiber
Snail Mail Moving card - Gingiber
Letter Lover enamel pin - Night Owl Paper Goods

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Snail Mail enamel pin - HibouDesigns
Just Saying Hello card - Darling Lemon Paperie + Studio
Snail Mail is my Jam tanktop - Julie Ann Art
Happy Mail enamel pin - Queenie’s Cards
Parcel Post Envelope pencil bag - Belle & Union Co.
Parcel Post Mailbox pencil bag - Belle & Union Co.
Parcel Post Stamp pencil bag - Belle & Union Co.

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Tiny Envelope earrings - Tiny Forget Me Nots
Correspondence Set enamel pins - City of Industry
Snail Mail Sticker Set - The Imagination Spot
Snail Mail Superstar enamel pin - Constellation & Co.
Better Than a Text postcard set - Ginger P. Designs
Good Mail Day postcard set - Ginger P. Designs
You Make My Mailbox So Happy card - Constellation & Co.
Snail Mail Superstar zipper pouch - Constellation & Co.

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Snail Mail Superstar shirt & sweatshirt - Designed by Constellation & Co., available on Cotton Bureau
Airmail Sticker Sheet - Mr. Boddington’s Studio
Snail Mail Socks - Constellation & Co.
Stamp enamel pin - Rifle Paper Co.
Letter Lover necklace - Oh Hello Friend
Postage Stamp holiday ornament - Little Postage House

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Snail Mail Hello Notecard - The Lavender Whim
Acrylic Mail Tray - loopsandbelles
Snail Mail Sticker Set - Yellow Daisy Paper Co.
Snail Cards, Choose Your Message - Whimsicals Paperie
Funny Snail Mail Sticker Set - Kiss and Punch Designs
Pen Pal Flair Sticker Set - Kiss and Punch Designs

Writing Letters in the Seattle Spheres

In this video, I'm writing letters in the Seattle Spheres! The Spheres are a giant greenhouse in downtown Seattle on the Amazon campus.

Designed by NBBJ, the three glass domes are covered in pentagonal hexecontahedron panels, range from three to four stories tall, house 40,000 plants, and are home to meeting spaces and restaurants. The spheres function mainly as flexible workspace for use by Amazon employees, but are open to the public through weekly headquarters tours and an exhibit on the ground floor. More info about the Spheres here.

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Infertility, Adoption, & Being a Mom Entrepreneur

I'm Sara, the Snail Mail Superstar. I'm a greeting card designer, letterpress printer and stationery shop owner. First and foremost, I love snail mail! In this video, my friend Meredith is interviewing me for her new business venture, Om Mama Co! We talked about infertility, adoption, being a mom and an entrepreneur, how to support and show empathy for other women, and the culture of community at Constellation & Co.

Om Mama Co. is a collective of photography & wellness businesses in Seattle serving a community of anticipating, expecting and new moms. Their mission is to connect, support and celebrate women during this season of life, by encouraging mind & body strength, friendship and fun!

Learn more about Snail Mail Superstar!

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Our 1st Card Club Connect event!

I'm Sara, the Snail Mail Superstar. I'm a greeting card designer, letterpress printer and stationery shop owner. First and foremost, I love snail mail! In this video, I'm sharing quick moments from our first ever Constellation & Co. Card Club Connect event and sharing some postcards and letters I've received lately.

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Walk A Mile In My Snail Boots

I'm Sara, the Snail Mail Superstar. I'm a greeting card designer, letterpress printer and stationery shop owner. First and foremost, I love snail mail! In this video, I'm leaning into Fall in Seattle by pulling on my new rain boots (covered in little snails!) and taking a walk. I'm also sitting down to open the mail I received while I was in Florida.

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Meet the Team: Michelle!
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Q: Describe yourself in 6 words or less.
A: Do I have to grow up?

Q: What is your favorite thing about working at Constellation & Co.?
A: I love meeting people, interacting with people, encouraging people. I am a people person who loves to share life and have everyday heart-to-hearts with anyone willing to connect. Constellation & Co. is all about community and I'm 110% invested in that. 

*Warning: If you come into the shop and start me talking, I may not stop for awhile. Atticus, the finch, is your only buffer and way out. 

Anywho, come in and say hi! :) 

Q: What are you doing when you're not in the shop? (Other jobs, hobbies, etc.)
A: When I am not in the shop, I'm probably doing something with my church community. I LOVE my church family and am in a season where I get to pour heavily into it and get a lot in return. I'm not from here originally, so, to FINALLY have a group of people surrounding me, supporting me, praying for me... investing in my life after what felt like such a period of readjustment and isolation is just amazing. 

Something fun to know about me is that I'm an illustrator and writer by profession, so there's drawing, designing, book writing, etc. going on. Sometimes, though, I'm simply binge watching a foreign TV show so I can learn about another time period or culture. And of course, spending time with my fantastic husband. He's the best.

Q: What is your favorite place in Seattle? (Shops, restaurants, parks, etc.)
A: It's a toss up between Uwajimaya (The Kinokuniya Bookstore, you guys!!! Ah!) and Pike Place Market. I really enjoy being in market place environments where there are lots of colors, sounds, smells, and things to discover. I like finding cutesy stationery items, eating all the delicious snacks, and searching for the world's best teas (I do have a collection!). Also, how beautiful are the flowers are at Pike Place Market?

Java Pen Power Line Mild Highlighters Review

I'm Sara, the Snail Mail Superstar. I'm a greeting card designer, letterpress printer and stationery shop owner. First and foremost, I love snail mail! In this video, I'm reviewing some products that Java Pen's distributor sent me to try out. Full transparency - I received these products for free, but this video is NOT sponsored.

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