Frequently Asked Questions
Please note that at this time, we are only able to offer assistance with web or wholesale inquiries via email. Please email email@example.com. We typically reply within 24-48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.
Store Staff are not equipped to assist with web or wholesale inquiries and will redirect you to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your understanding!
Where can I find your apparel size & fit guide?
Because we source our tees and crewnecks from a few different vendors, one size guide does not fit all! Please email us at email@example.com for the deets on your choice of garment.
Is everything in your stores on your website?
Only a portion of our in-store stock is online at any given time. If you've seen or purchased something at one of our four locations in Portland, Oregon, and can't find it online, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you out.
You are out of stock of an item I was hoping to purchase, what can I do?
Please sign up for the ‘Notify me when back in stock’ feature on that product. You will receive an email when the item comes back in stock online. We also consider demand based on notification signups and may possibly reorder that product faster.
Please keep in mind that we source from small makers, businesses, and artists. Many are small batch vendors, and we buy small/seasonally -- ie some things go in/out of stock regularly so snag it while you see it!
Custom Care Package request.
We would love to help you put something together! Inquire here.
Do you offer your products for wholesale?
Shipping & Returns
How long will my order take to ship?
We process & ship from our warehouse 3 times a week and can usually have all orders shipped 1-3 business days after purchase. During sales or promotions, shipping may require 4-7 business days. You will receive a tracking number to the attached email once your order has been shipped.
How do you estimate shipping?
Shipping is automatically calculated at checkout and is based on weight and destination of the package. Our rates also include handling and packaging costs.
Does your free shipping offer apply to international orders?
At this time, our free shipping offers only apply to customers within the US (mainland).
My package is delayed, lost, or missing.
Please let us know so we can monitor the situation. However once the order has left our hands and is in the possession of USPS, we would ask you to contact USPS customer service at 1-800-275-8777 to file an inquiry as to the location of your package or contact your local post office for more information.
Address entered incorrectly at checkout.
Reach out to us at email@example.com to update your order before it is shipped. If the order has already shipped & gets returned to us, we will ask that a second payment for shipping is paid for.
I need to return items from my web order, how can I do that?
Absolutely. We want to make sure you're happy with your purchase, either online or in our stores. We'll take online returns or exchanges within 30 days of purchase for any reason, and within 15 days in our stores (make sure you have the receipt!). You can read our complete refund and exchange policy here.
Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your return or exchange. You will be responsible for the return shipping back to us, and we will cover shipping back to you if you are exchanging an item.
I missed my warehouse pick up time, or can I change my selected time slot?
That's no problem at all! We mainly use the time windows to have an idea of how many pick-ups there will be that day. We are open for web order pick-ups at our West End, Portland location daily 11am - 4pm. Once you receive an email saying your order is ready, you are free to stop by at your convenience during those times.
I have not received any notifications since placing my online order.
Please take a peek in your spam folder first, many retailer emails get auto filed into there. If you still do not see any information regarding your order please reach out to us at email@example.com
I ordered a gift online and don’t want the prices included, help!
No need to worry! All web orders come with a gift receipt as the packing slip automatically - no prices will be shown. If we see that the recipient is different than that who purchased our warehouse team will aim to take off any price tags on the products.
I signed up for the newsletter & did not receive the coupon.
Hold tight! Take a peek in your spam folder if you do not see the code after that amount of time. If you still do not see the code email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to assist.
Why isn't my coupon code working?
We are only able to honor 1 coupon code per order. We cannot retroactively apply discount codes to an order.
I got my order but my item was damaged. What can I do?Email us at email@example.com with your order info & photos of the damages. This will help us to replace your item(s) and/or file a claim with the postal service. Please include photos of your package with the product, box, and packaging.
Question About Gift Cards?
I have a question about my online order not answered here
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure everything works out great.
Issues with a vinyl record I purchased:
Congrats on your recent purchase! Thank you for supporting our label and all the artists we carry!
We understand that many people are still getting acquainted with vinyl as a format, and wanted to send along some tips to help you avoid some common issues that arise with vinyl. Vinyl is very subjective in playback setup, much more than CDs and Cassettes. If you have a player that is all in one (meaning speakers are attached and there is no receiver) then we would highly suggest placing a weight of some kind on the base of the record arm (that the needle is attached to). A quarter or nickel should help weigh down the record arm to avoid any skipping that is common when being played back on an “all in one” record players.
We also advise cleaning your vinyl with a non-abrasive cloth, going clockwise with the groove. You can use a combo of rubbing alcohol, water and soap (literally 2 drops). Even with new vinyl, there can be particles of cardboard or dust that can affect sensitive record needles.
On the topic of needles, make sure your record needle is cleaned off of any dust or debris that can accumulate after a couple plays. Sometimes little things can obstruct the needle from doing its job (its got to get into those little grooves to play you your grooves).
Hopefully those suggestions help. That said, if your record has visible bubbling (on the vinyl itself), the label is off center, or the vinyl appears warped, please contact us for a return/exchange.
Thank you for shopping with Tender Loving Empire. Your support helps our community of artists and artisans. We are happy to have you be a part of this place.
Where are your handmade goods made?
We sell handmade goods from an increasingly wide community of independent makers and designers. We started by selling what friends made here in Portland, Oregon, but have grown to add makers from across the United States, and select fair trade importers. Take a look at our About Us page for more info.
You're a record label too?
Yes. We began by providing a way for friends to release their music and reach a wider audience, and have continued to grow to represent an increasingly diverse, multi-genre group of artists. You can read more about our whole story here.
Will you sell my handmade goods?
Send us an email at email@example.com with links, descriptions, and whatever else you like, and our buyers will take a look.
Can I be on your record label?
Send us a soundcloud or other streaming link to firstname.lastname@example.org and our record label folks will give it a listen.
Can I work at Tender Loving Empire?
Take a look at our Jobs at TLE page for current openings. You can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and see our job announcements there.