I'm sure everybody has seen and heard the doom and gloom forecasts on TV and the radio about the death of the High Street. Retail trade is definitely in the doldrums at the moment and with big names seemingly dropping like flies some of the littler names have decided to be proactive.
Bricks and mortar yarn shops in the UK are mostly independent and generally quite small businesses. We've decided that rather than complain about online competition and big box shops selling cheaper than we can, we will concentrate on what makes us what we are. Local Yarns Shops (LYSs) offer amazing support for knitters and crocheters. We know the ranges that we sell and we understand how to knit and crochet. We give support for customers who need help with their projects -- whether on how to choose a new one or complete another one. You can buy your yarn and patterns from us and if you have problems and they are not up to scratch, we will go back to the suppliers and tell them so. Where possible will order yarn for you if it is out of stock or if we haven't got enough for a particular pattern and if a yarn is discontinued we can find out from other LYSs if they can supply it for you. We host craft and chatter groups as well as formal (and informal) classes and supply endless cups of tea and coffee to keep you all going! In short, we offer a personalised, cheerful and friendly service.
As if all of this isn't enough to encourage you all to visit us, 42 yarn shops across the UK have signed up to the Keep Yarn on Our Streets campaign. The first event is a treasure hunt. During October 2018, each participating shop will have 50 enamel pin badges of our “Keep Yarn On Our Streets” logo in their shops. The badges are £4 each or free with a spend of over £40 and there will be a prize for the first three people to collect 10 different pin badges during October 2018. We want all you yarn lovers out there to hunt out participating shops, and potentially find new favourites.
I'll post a link to a map of the shops joining in with this later in the month and you can follow the fun on instagram keepyarnonourstreets.
Welcome to our blog
Here we will share our experiences of running a local yarn shop in South Wales.