Today, I proudly announce that the opening of my very own yarn shop will take place on
Monday, February 7th!
Before encouraging you to stop by, I wanted to tell you a little bit about the process, in case any of you were considering going the same route. The first thing one has to have is confidence. In my last post I mentioned my daughter's fearless knitting. Well, I have jumped fearlessly into the e-commerce world. I can be hard on myself for many things, but I have never been afraid to try new things.
That means in my shop:
- I will only sell yarns from natural fibers. - Acrylic fibers are readily available, they don't "fit" with my values so I don't sell them.
- I will only buy yarns from companies that support sustainable development. Here again, my values, helping people, animals and the environment.
- I will not charge for shipping. I get so frustrated online when companies either don't ship "outside the continental US" or only offer free shipping within the "continental US". The Internet is a world market. You have to be willing to trade with the world or what's the point?
- I will not use plastic in shipping, believe me, this is extremely hard, but I'm working on it!
- I want people to have a pleasant shoping experience. That is why I insist on the word "shop". For me it implies cozy, friendly and calm, a place you would like to visit and spend time.
Working with wholesalers is a whole new ball game! I cannot even compare myself to a small fish in a big pond. I feel more like a fish egg in the ocean! Some of the wholesalers I have worked with are absolutely lovely and very encouraging. Others haven't even returned my calls. Still others have policies that state that they only sell to brick and mortar shops and not online only. I can understand that, but one of the companies that I very much wanted to do business with sells to online only shops in the US, but in Canada (where I am) you have to be brick and mortar. Confused? I sure am! The other important thing to mention is that first wholesale orders have a minimum requirement to verify the seriousness of the retailer I imagine, but these minimums range from $300 to $3000 dollars. The old saying is true, "It takes money to make money!"
Through these experiences we adjust. We stay in contact with the companies that are pleasant to work with and respect our values and goals. We also learn patience. I cannot have a fully stocked store from day one, so no point in worrying about it. I would eventually like to make a living with my shop, but my first goal is to do something I love, have fun and make a difference doing it. As for those goals, I think I am on the right track!
So, this is the beginning. I would love for you to stop by and let me know what you think. When you do, please sign up for my Newsletter. You will all receive a 15% all time discount and the first 50 people, this lovely cotton shopping bag.
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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!