As promised in my blog post End of an Era I now have more information on that story.
She has really enjoyed this new hobby, and the thrill of making something for herself. There was talk about the possibility of making clothes and selling them online, or going to markets and selling items that she had made.
When Val mentioned to me that she would like to sell all the stock in her shop as a total package, I was really interested myself. All those ribbons, and laces and braids and shiny fabrics I could put to good use in my Embellished quilts classes! And the patchwork fabric that I purchased for the Paper Bag Mystery quilts would be great to have at my fingertips. But, I felt a bit like Val, and the thought of sorting and packing up all the stock in the shop was a bit daunting and exhausting. And I was reminded of an earlier post this year, where I talked about the balance in my life and sorting out the …. should do’s, and the …. want to do’s etc. I know that I am already busy enough and had to say no. I still haven’t found that “get up and go” that I lost, and no one has found it and brought it back to me either. But I did think about a much younger person who I knew that might be interested.
When the chance came for Susanne and Dan to purchase the stock, they went into “overdrive” doing their homework based on photos taken of the stock at the shop, and investigating online selling. This may be a “bit” bigger than she had thought about when talking about selling a “few” things! And I don’t really think that the photos quite prepared them for when they actually walked into the shop and saw all the “stuff”.
From the time when they learnt about the option, then said yes, then hired a truck, drove from Melbourne to Mundulla, loaded the truck, drove home and unloaded the truck and returned the truck, it was a total of 6 days. And I don’t think that their mind’s have hardly stopped thinking about fabric and “stuff” since.
In the last 2 weeks, they have been busy organising their stock purchases and trying to work out the best way of selling it. There are lots of options and it will all take time, and at present she is testing the market on eBay. If you are interested in purchasing any stock, please contact me and I shall let you know further details. In the near future they will be setting up an eBay store, and I shall post details of how you can check this out.
There are lots of exciting times ahead and I shall update you occasionally. I still know where all those ribbons, braids, laces, buttons and gorgeous fabrics are and have some ideas of my own! And while the patchwork fabrics are not “at my fingertips”, I know how to find them too! Meanwhile I wish them all the best in their new venture.
Blessings, From Jude