Friday, 23 August 2013

To make with

There is a shop in Arundel that used to sell hand made things and now sells vintage clothes. I heard on the grapevine that another shop in Chichester which sells handmade is closing at the end of this month. This is telling me that to survive in the present economic climate you have to be willing to change. 

I might have said before that my shop has two types of customers. Firstly and mostly the customer who is looking to buy something highly individual and handmade as a present or for themselves. Secondly the person who likes to make things for themselves and is looking for new ideas. It is this second type of customer that I want to appeal to more. 

This week I am, as usual, going through my treasures, collected over the years which I use for making things with. Ancient bits of gold braid, antique buttons, old lace, bits of vintage fabric and colourful beads. I love this stuff and so do many other women. Witness the Knitting and Stitching show where I see the carrier bags full of lovely and inspiring bits and pieces that women find there to make things with.  So, in short my idea is to have an area in the shop 'To make with' where my finds and collections can be bought. Now I have to find or make just the right sort of packaging!! 


the woolly dog said...

That's interesting to know (being desperate to have a shop sometime) thank you.

Cuttingwood Cottage said...

I have been to your lovely shop about two weeks ago. Unfortunatly I don't live nearby, The Netherlands, to keep an eye on all the lovely things you sell. I was happy to find you had a blog. Hope to read about your shop and all handmade items for many years to come!