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    Can you believe my local craft shop which has only been there 3 yeras is now closing.

    Due to blloming car park prices and roadworks, nobody goes into town so low trade so bye bye craft shop!!
    Now il have to travel to my nearest Hobbycraft or go to that horrid shop were I got the rubbish guillotine!!
    https://folksy.com/shops/GrimmExhibition


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  • #2
    OH NO!

    There's nothing worse than a favourite shop closing down Maybe you should look at opening one yourself now!
    Caroline

    You don't need talent to be artistic you just need patience!

    www.potterdoodledoo.co.uk

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Potter Doodle Doo View Post
      OH NO!

      Maybe you should look at opening one yourself now!
      mwohahahaha

      Ive worked in a shop before and know I shouldnt say it but there is nothing more evil than the public.

      I can handle an internet shop but not real people...they are evil I tell you...Eeeeviiiilll.
      https://folksy.com/shops/GrimmExhibition


      http://poisonedapplecraftuk.blogspot.co.uk/

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      • #4
        oops .. guess I said the wrong thing there lmao.

        You can usually get better deals online for your supplies, but I know, it's not the same as browsing around a 'proper' store. Although I find I don't spend as much if I shop at an online are I can't see the products in reality .... or on the other hand I order loads of things to 'try out' and never get around to using them so spend more anyway ... I'm confused now I think I need to go and lie down lol.
        Caroline

        You don't need talent to be artistic you just need patience!

        www.potterdoodledoo.co.uk

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        • #5
          Yep, you are right, a real shop is great.Maybe one day Il get over my people phobia.
          https://folksy.com/shops/GrimmExhibition


          http://poisonedapplecraftuk.blogspot.co.uk/

          Poisoned Apple Theatre - Handmade Crafts on Facebook

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          • #6
            aw that's such a shame!

            The internet has really taken over the craft market, hasn't it!
            Bead Shop, 91 Liverpool Road, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 0QB, Lancashire. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-3pm.

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            • #7
              The one in Burnley that opened up in Sept/Oct time has just closed down too. It wasn't particularly good but at least it was there!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bea View Post
                aw that's such a shame!

                The internet has really taken over the craft market, hasn't it!
                That and Hobbycraft

                If I want to buy a set of needles for either of my machines, I either have to schlepp into Bath - a round trip of about 25 miles, or switch my PC on and go on ebay......
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                • #9
                  Our local (& only) craft shop is also closing, it's been in the town since i've lived here and thats about 20 years (yikes am i that old)
                  The reason they gave is the rent was going up...
                  To be honest though i never bought much from there, it's very old fashioned and there's no beads or jewellery making goodies, hmmmmm
                  maybe we should all open one in our towns, get everyone crafting...
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                  • #10
                    I think some craft shops might not keep up with what the customers want in terms of products and also not actually ''sell'' but just sit there. I was in a craft shop once looking for stuff for ages whilst the lady was talking to what seems to be a friend. I just didn't feel like interrupting and asking about some stuff I was looking for or wasn't sure what it was. Customer focus is important. Sometimee the staff are actually not that knowledgeable (that was in another shop). Hobbycraft have hired a company to train their staff to help customers. Their staff level of knowledge is known to be rather limited.
                    There are so many new stuff coming on the market, you can easily get something new every month to make it interesting for regular customers, shops need to keep up. When customers go to these huge craft shows, they see all these things that the local shop doesn't stock. Ok, can't stock everything of course!!
                    Some shops have started running classes and that's another key thing today that people want and it will bring in custom.
                    Sorry, going on a bit there. It's just that I hear about craft shops closing when lots of bead shops are opening all over the UK!
                    I can't understand why craft shops are closing when crafting is even bigger than a few years ago. The internet (and to some extent the craft shows) might have played a part but I can't seem to understand nevertheless.
                    Bead Shop, 91 Liverpool Road, Penwortham, Preston, PR1 0QB, Lancashire. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-3pm.

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                    • #11
                      We don't really have any craft shops in Glasgow anymore. We have big Art Stores but there isn't much choice unless it is for painting supplies. They do the odd mould and things but no great selection. I need to get all my supplies on line I'm afraid as there is absolutely nothing local.

                      Cheers.

                      Lisa
                      Bowed Over
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                      www.bowedover.co.uk

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                      • #12
                        Oh I dream of opening a craft shop. We have a couple around here, but neither are what I would call "good". They don't keep up with the latest products, and they don't appear to be very welcoming, but maybe they just don't like me

                        I think my worst downfall would be using all the stock for myself, or standing there gabbing to all the customers so no work would ever get done

                        When I win the lottery....

                        Jules x
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                        • #13
                          this is a very interesting thread. Theres a craft shop in my town, and again I always feel like I'm in their way and they want to get rid of me, they are so unwelcoming. They never ask me if I need help, what I working on or my favourite craft is etc, which I always do when I sell at craft fairs as it builds a relationship with the customer and makes them feel like you are interested in them. (Perhaps the shop owners know I'm in the trade myself but it shouldnt matter as I always pay their retail prices when I need something).

                          Shops are of course expensive to run, rent etc, but I dont believe that is the reason they are all closing down as we wouldnt have any high street shops at all!! I dont think they make enough effort to keep up with the market and I know my local craft shop doesnt put much money into advertising which I'm sure would help them. Plus they are never open which is a problem too - I've been at least 3 times in a normal day and theyve been closed!

                          Internet sales are of course growing all the time, but i know a lot of people who dont buy anything online at all, so I dont believe its taking all the customers away from the shops.
                          Liz

                          EA Cards and Crafts
                          Huge choice of papercraft, jewellery and wedding products! Full papercrafts catalogue available.
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                          • #14
                            I have often dreamed of owing a little craft shop too, with my own little studio out the back for me to create and also do classes etc, but pie in the sky dreams unfortunately!! The only thing we have around here is The Range which mainly seem to cater for cardmaking, and is so jam packed with stuff I find it claustrophobic so try to avoid it if I can!!
                            Jo x

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