PurelyAlpaca BLOG

March 25, 2016

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PurelyAlpaca Buys Fiber!

Seeking your alpaca fiber! 

alpaca felt fiber call

Do you have alpaca fiber to sell?

Want to promote alpaca?

Looking where to Sell Alpaca Fiber?

Want current alpaca fiber prices?

Want to join in on our Labor of Love?

We are alpaca fleece buyers. We know there are a number of alpaca farms who have alpaca fiber that needs a new life as luxurious and functional alpaca products!  We use alpaca fiber for a number of projects like felt inserts, felt products, socks, accessories, yarn, etc. 

This is a great opportunity to get value for your alpaca fiber while promoting American Alpaca Farms! 

We pre-pay for shipping*! No upfront costs to you.
*(costs deducted from final payment)

How does the Alpaca Fiber Call work? 

Here’s the basic idea... but it can vary depending on the project:

  • Steps:
    1. Talk to us: email is also good, perhaps even better. Let us know what you have. 
    2. Collect Your Fiber:  All fiber is useful, but not the really the wiry belly, lower leg fiber or short 2nd cuts stuff. All fiber needs to be free of vegetative matter, matting, "poo" and staining. Both Suri and Huacaya fiber can be used. Once you have selected the fiber you will send, weigh it and label the bag by weight and grade. If you already have the colors separated its likely best to keep it that way. Multiple smaller bags can be put into larger bags. We may request other identification depending on the requirements of specific alpaca product manufacturers. 
    3. Let us know: Send us a note (fiber@purelyalpaca.com) with the approximate number of pounds per grade of fiber (1sts, 2nds, 3rds) that you plan to send. 
    4. Mail Your Fiber: Once approved, we will provide an address for sending your fiber. Not to us! To our mills. PLEASE DO NOT SEND TO OUR CLEAN PRODUCTS WAREHOUSE! 
      Your fiber will go straight to a mill or sorting facility, depending on the project.

      No upfront shipping costs! We pay shipping costs with the understanding that those costs will be deducted from the amount due for usable fiber. You have no up-front costs, but note that you should still be motivated not to send junk fiber that isn’t usable. Shipping only good usable fiber will get you the best payment.

      We can handle boxes or even pallets. In prior fiber calls, we found that shipping 100 pounds or more can be done with Freight Shipping (we'll help arrange this) for about $1/lb. Combining your fiber with other farms might be a really good cost effective way to ship batches of 100-500 lbs. We do not need or want you to take your fiber to alpaca shows, just ship it from your location to our mills.
    5. Get Notified: After your fiber has been received and reviewed you will receive an email notification of the number of pounds of usable fiber attained from your shipment, as determined by the sorters. Again, for the best $return, PLEASE do not send unusable fiber (tiny 2nd cuts, grass, twigs, rocks, POO, etc.), it hurts the process and is a waste of you deducted shipping $ from the final payment.
    6. Get Paid: For each pound of usable fiber that you send, you will receive payment in the form of a store certificates ("PacaBucks") which can be used for shopping for anything on our retail store, www.PurelyAlpaca.com.

      The rate is currently**:
      $10/lb - Prime (1sts, best of the alpaca blanket)
      $8/lb - 2nds and 3rds

      Note, this is of usable fiber as determined by the sorters who received the fiber. We do not offer cash payments. Paying for fiber in store product coupons helps us to be able to afford this process, and support the American Farms and Small Businesses who work tirelessly to promote American alpaca. Besides, we have 100s of great alpaca products you can get for sale in your store, or for yourself, family and friends.
    7. Be Famous! In addition, your farm will be (optional) recognized and promoted as a fiber contributor in Purely Alpaca's website and media outreach!

Limited Collection: Though we work on this year round, we tend to do this work in large batches so there may be specific times when it is best to send in fiber depending on current projects.

** Please note, this project is not a big "money maker" for us. It's a Labor of Love. We can buy the products we need without going through all the management of a fiber collection and processing stream. But since starting in 2002 we have always sought ways to support the use of alpaca fiber produced by small American alpaca farms. With your help we will together assure a use for all American alpaca fiber in the production of useful products. These efforts are key to supporting small American alpaca businesses (farms, sorters, mills, retailers) while promoting alpaca!

If you would like to participate or just join a notification list for further announcements, details and developments, please email a note to fiber@purelyalpaca.com.

We welcome your questions and thoughts! 

Regards,
-Brian and the PurelyAlpaca Team
PurelyAlpaca.com

 

March 10, 2016

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Icy Weather Fishing Guide Using Superwarm Alpaca Socks

Bob D., an extreme conditions outdoors guide, tries out our Superwarm Alpaca Socks as he guides a hearty group in a cold weather fishing trip to Wilson's Creek in NC and Paint Creek in TN.

Here are a couple of images I took...I have a few more that are coming  from my buddy's camera for you too Brian...Socks worked great... The water was about 34 to 37 degrees...air temps were 19 or so.

Rained and sleeted while we fished for a couple of days....I have a couple of shots of myself in the water fishing to near the tops of my wader boots....This will give you an Idea of the nature of the cold we are withstanding to enjoy this sport during the late fall, Winter and early spring months.

Bob D. fishing guide, testing alpaca products Supply store for outdoorsman on fishing trip, wearing alpaca socks 
Choice Alpaca Brand Superwarm socks in mix of natural fiber products for icy fishing trip Wearing alpaca socks makes fishing in waders in icy waters tolerable

Bob is a regular sporting guide and is working with us to test products and develop new lines for the outdoorsman who appreciates the warmth and comfort of natural alpaca.

Alpaca is an excellent choice for the sportsman looking for comfort, warmth, breathability, moisture wicking and even fashion in a natural product. If you have ideas as to what would make the ideal alpaca item for your adventures, do please drop us a line. We ENJOY developing new uses for alpaca and would welcome your message. 

Stay tuned for more to come from Bob and his outdoor "alpaca enhanced" adventures. 

-Brian

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Alpacas are very Magnetic!

Alpaca Expressions Magnetic Bottle Caps

Your love of alpacas has no bounds! 

Express your passion with PurelyAlpaca's latest find:

Alpaca Expressions Magnetic Bottle Caps Set

Share the magnetism of alpacas with these adorable USA handmade magnetic recycled bottle caps.

Fabulously unique, use them anywhere!

These trendy magnets are the perfect accessory for any kitchen’s fridge, file cabinet or wherever your imagination attracts you!

Alpaca Expressions Magnetic Bottle Caps Set

 

 

Think Spring, Think Alpaca

Are you looking forward to spring and warmer weather?

Here are out Top Ten Alpaca Products and Gifts for Spring!

1

Alpaca Herd Fun Socks

Alpaca Herd Fun Socks

Show off your love of alpacas with these Alpaca Herd Fun Socks featuring wonderful cute alpacas!

2

"PacaBuddies" Stuffed Alpaca Toys

 

"PacaBuddies" Stuffed Alpaca Toys

This cute little herd makes the perfect alpaca lover gift. Take one to the office to keep you company. Of course alpacas do not like to be alone so you might want to get a complete set!

 

3

Alpaca Love Ankle Height Cotton Socks

 

Alpaca Love Ankle Height Cotton Socks

Show you Love of alpaca with these cute socks!

Cute ankle height cotton socks featuring our favorite camelid and little hearts of love.

4

Dahlgren Made in USA Alpaca Running Training Socks

 

Dahlgren Made in USA Alpaca Running Training Socks

Our Ankle top, light cushion alpaca running socks are perfect for spring time activity. A high tech performance alpaca blend.

5

Alpaca Fleece-filled Bird Nesting Ball®

Alpaca Fleece-filled Bird Nesting Ball®

Looking for something special for your winged friends that visit your back yard every year? Give them something special this year for building a cozy nest.

6

Embroidered Alpaca Travel Purse

 

Embroidered Alpaca Travel Purse

Our favorite camelid adorns this colorful embroidered travel purse. Useful as a light secure travel pouch, to carry cards and cash or just to show off your alpaca passion. Many details and bright colors give this embroidered purse great appeal.

7

Hand Made Alpaca Dryer Balls - Set of 3

 

Hand Made Alpaca Dryer Balls - Set of 3

All Natural Alpaca Dryer Balls – Good for your Health! 

Commercial dryer sheets are expensive and could be causing these unpleasant and even dangerous symptoms.

Dryer sheets are designed to stay on clothing for a long period of time and slowly release their chemicals throughout the day and night, which leads to prolonged exposure to toxic chemicals.

8

PACCU Alpaca Bag

 

PACCU Alpaca Bag

Get the NEW PACCU Bag! 
  
Show off your Alpaca Adoration with this fun and functional bag!
 
A perfect choice for:
  • Shopping
  • Events
  • Groceries
  • Carrying alpaca yarn
  • Visiting alpaca farms and show events!
  • Picnic, park, beach, camping, etc.
  • Talking about your love of alpacas!

9

t-shirt: Big Alpaca Face

 

t-shirt: Big Alpaca Face

Do you love, Love, LOVE alpacas and want the world to know?! Get In Their Face about your love for our favorite camelid with the PurelyAlpaca Big Alpaca Face t-shirt!

10

Alpaca BBQ Apron

 

Alpaca BBQ Apron

What could be more fun than a ALPACA BBQ?!

NO!, not OF alpacas but a BBQ BY alpacas! This funny Alpaca apron is quality made and features two alpacas enjoying a summer day with a friendly BBQ of "Greenburger" brand burgers and a mug of "Sweet Grass Beer".

Fire up the grill and enjoy the outdoors in this fun and functional quality made apron, designed for alpaca lovers and lesser humans with a fun sense of humor.

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December 31, 2015

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Top Ten Ways to Stay Warm This Winter

Stay Warm, Wear Alpaca!

Did you know: While similar to sheep's wool, alpaca is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic and comfortable to wear.

Here are our TOP TEN Alpaca Products to help you stay warm this winter!

1

Superwarm Heavy Extreme Alpaca Socks

 "Superwarm" Heavy Extreme Alpaca Socks

Have you asked...
  "What are the warmest socks ever?"
  "What are the best socks for cold feet?"
  "Where can I find extra warm socks?"
  "What are the warmest socks for extreme cold?" 
The Superwarm Alpaca Socks are it!
Our most popular winter product!

2

"OutdoorAdventure" Alpaca Sock

"OutdoorAdventure" Alpaca Sock

The OutdoorAdventure alpaca socks are the ultimate in comfortable alpaca warmth for the feet! Designed to be the warm, comfortable heavy alpaca socks ready for action! 

3

Solid Weave Brushed Alpaca Scarf

Solid Weave Brushed Alpaca Scarf

Available in multiple colors this unisex Solid Weave Brushed alpaca scarf offers a soothingly warm brushed baby alpaca surface in a classic alpaca scarf style which works with nearly any outfit!  

4

Alpaca Bed Blanket

Alpaca Bed Blanket

Cuddle up under our wonderfully warm and beautiful brushed alpaca bed blankets. A simple, functional item, put this blanket between the top sheet and comforter and enjoy a great increase in warmth! 

Makes a great soft couch cuddle blanket! Tested and proven :) 

5

Field Hiker Alpaca Socks

Field Hiker Alpaca Socks

Very Popular Alpaca Hiking Socks!  

These field socks have a great look, feel and performance which has been proven over many years to be very popular and a best seller. Comes in classic hiking style.  Look great in hiking shoes or birkies.  

The medium weight and good fit makes for a nice stylish hike through the Andes or your back yard.

6

Classic Fishermans Alpaca Hat

Classic Knit Fishermans Alpaca Hat

Once considered for the old salt, these unisex Classic Knit Fishermans Alpaca Hats are quite in again.

Classic style of heathered color, with alpaca elegance, comfort and warmth.    

Made from 100% Alpaca.

7

Adult Brushed Knit Alpaca Chullo with Ear Flaps

Adult Brushed Knit Alpaca Chullo with Ear Flaps

Knit alpaca chullos ("Choy-ohs") with ear flaps are great for staying warm and looking cool. Great on the slopes, a perfect ski hat or snowboarding hat. Stylish South American design. Each of these alpaca hats has a unique, varied patterns.

8

100% Alpaca Work Play Gloves

100% Alpaca Work/Play Alpaca Gloves

The USA alpaca farm who makes these gloves and sells them at numerous venues says, 
These are what get you through winter. Farm tested, farm tough! Made of 100% soft prime alpaca fiber which has hollow-core insulation factor; everyone who works outdoors will LOVE these products! Natural colors, undyed.

They have a particularly strong following among hunters, fisherman and farmers of all types.  Some have reported wearing them as a liner INSIDE another glove for an extreme warmth combination, smart! 

9

alpaca felt insoles inserts

Alpaca Felt Shoe Insoles / Inserts

This natural alpaca fiber shoe insert grown and crafted in the USA will keep you WARM - from the bottom up!
Works well in outdoor boots, indoor shoes and even slippers! Alpaca shoe inserts wick away moisture, saving your shoes and your feet!

10

Bolivian Brushed Alpaca Gloves

Bolivian Brushed Pattern Full Fingered Alpaca Gloves 

These alpaca gloves are delightfully soft both in look and feel. Funky fun. Simple elegance. A soft and warm rustic glove. Also available in Fingerless... 

 

 Stay Warm, Wear Alpaca!

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December 19, 2015

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We're So Excited! Alpaca Bed Blankets have arrived!

Our long sought Alpaca Bed Blankets have arrived!

Ecuador Alpaca Blanket Ecuador Alpaca Blanket Cream Blanket on Bed

In 2013 we traveled to Ecuador seeking all things alpaca. These blankets are one of our top finds. Made in the Otovalo area of Ecuador, known for its fiber artists and long proud fabric history. See more about Ecuador and photos at: 

https://plus.google.com/photos/110261172522217096328/albums/5947356372586343425?sort=1

Wonderfully warm and beautiful brushed alpaca bed blankets. A simple, functional item, put this blanket between the top sheet and comforter and enjoy a great increase in warmth! 

Makes a great soft couch cuddle blanket! Tested and proven :) 

If your loved one is a blanket hog consider getting two! They will work and feel wonderful for both of you.

A perfect gift item for weddings and other gift giving occasions.

So functional, we've even used one as a durable, functional and warm camping blanket for years! 

Measures: 70" x 90", fits well on beds up to Queen sized (60 x 80"). 1.70 lbs

Materials: 80% alpaca, 20% acrylic. 

Colors: in colors photo from Top to Bottom are:

  • Ecru
  • DarkBrown
  • Ivory
  • Tan
  • White
  • MedGrey
  • SilverGrey
  • RoyalBlue

Available now for immediate shipping. Low priced at only $139.95.

December 17, 2015

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Daily Shipping with on time delivery for a very Merry Alpaca Christmas

PurelyAlpaca is shipping out Alpaca Products daily.
There is still time for an on time delivery for Christmas!
Christmas Deadlines. Place order by: 

Monday, Dec 21st 2pm Pacific - Priority Mail
Wedneday, Dec 23rd 2pm Pacific - EXPRESS Mail

With 100s of Alpaca Products you are sure to find that PurelyPerfect Alpaca gift for those on your Chirstmas Shopping List.

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Order NOW for on time delivery!

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