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  • This sounds better!

    From the New York Times...............
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/23/bu...=2&partner=rss

  • #2
    Now that is good to hear
    "Human beings, who are almost remarkable in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so" - Douglas Adams


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    • #3
      happy with that! MERRY cHRISTMAS
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      • #4
        Thanks Peter. I quite believe it, I made most of mine this year too. Mind you, I still spent a bomb but don't know where!!!!
        Carol
        God helps them that help themselves.

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        • #5
          P.S. I don't know who's the saddest, thee or me. Nothing better to do Christmas Afternoon?
          Carol
          God helps them that help themselves.

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          • #6
            great news indeed, thanks Peter!

            I think when we're on the t'internet every day, Christmas or not, the urge remains
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            • #7
              Thanks for the news Peter. Hope it stands true for the UK too.

              Merry Christmas
              Sara

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              • #8
                Originally posted by SaraStamper View Post
                Thanks for the news Peter. Hope it stands true for the UK too.

                Merry Christmas

                Im with you on that one sara
                Sarah

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                • #9
                  I work in hobbycraft and like most people am worried about my job
                  firstly because I need it to pay bills etc
                  and secondly because I love it well really thats the first reason but the bills are important lol
                  I've been thinking for a while that with the credit crunch people will think about making things for themselves
                  eg we have a wedding section and I'm hoping that people will think about making their own wedding invites, bouquets etc , to save money
                  also people might think about repairing clothes, seat covers etc rather than forking out more money for new ones
                  lets hope I'm right
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                  • #10
                    Sunrise. When Wendy and I got married in Sept this year all the wedding stationery that is the invites, service order, place settings, guest book, top hat favour boxes, table centre pieces, and thank you cards were co-ordinating and made by us (as were the business cards which we were asked for by quite a few). And Wendy's jewellery was made by me, We were on a fairly tight budget but were so pleased with the results and had a few people very surprised at what we spent as they thought a package like that would have set us back £loads

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                    • #11
                      thats really good! at least the slow down is helping us to discover our talent which has been lost, coz of busy life, hectic schedules etc...!

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                      • #12
                        well just make sure you all go to hobbycraft to stock up lol
                        I know some of it can be expensive but honestly there are a lot of things that are good value
                        we've just had some lovely papermania scrapbooks which come with the page protectors , papers and I think some embellishments and they're only £7.33 !!!!! great for next christmas ha ha ha ha
                        theres also some lovely little whicker baskets with a father christmas or snowman which would look great with homemade sweets in and they're all half price at our store they're between 74p and 99p
                        what is wrong with me planning next christmas already help !!!
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                        • #13
                          Has anyone found during recession that people tend to visit craft fairs more (well they did in the 80/90's problems) and buy handmade perhaps they feel that they are actually helping the UK economy and not overseas, as in some of the larger chain of stores. Plus we offer better value in the long run than the shops, particularly with gifts etc that are different.

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                          • #14
                            We have been through recessions before, and this one is the same, we have noticed the M+S trend as its known to market traders! that is that all of a sudden you start to see people that would not normaly be caught dead shopping on a market. But that is why we have seen the massive discounts in the big stores, to try and stop their customer base even looking elsewhere. I feel the next couple of months will be very cutthroat in retailing, and it will see many firms big and small going to the wall.
                            We were going to have a sale, but now Im not so sure. A gold trader on our market had a 20% off sale the last week before xmas, it failed to raise sales and the feedback from the customers was that they were going to wait for the Jan sale because he would go cheaper.
                            So I think we will stick to our prices, but push the findings and maybe bag up a bigger selection of beads as I feel many will be wanting to make their own

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Caroleecrafts View Post
                              Has anyone found during recession that people tend to visit craft fairs more (well they did in the 80/90's problems) and buy handmade perhaps they feel that they are actually helping the UK economy and not overseas, as in some of the larger chain of stores. Plus we offer better value in the long run than the shops, particularly with gifts etc that are different.
                              This year was my 1st year of doing craft fairs and I've been surprised at the different range of buyers there are about. But I really do think that anybody organizing a fair in 2009 would do well to push the " support the uk craft industry" in any advertising.
                              Peoples ideas of handmade gifts are changing slowly but surely
                              Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes CAN change your life !!

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