We added more yarn, spinning wheels and looms as we could afford to do so, eventually stocking what amounts to 3 rooms and a storage area. Of course we can't have every yarn that is out there, but we have tried to have a wide selection focused on natural fibers and whenever possible items produced in the United States or as Fairtrade.
[ Here we will stop for a little discussion on Fairtrade. Fairtrade means that producers in the developing world get a better deal for their products. (Yes, that generally means that it costs us more--but isn't it worth it to contribute money to better lives for people who produce our yarns.) Two of the yarns we carry, MIrasol and Bee Sweet both take a percentage of every sale and invest it in schools, health care (like tetanus immunizations) after school care and other worthy projects that help out children of the people who produce the yarn.]
It goes without saying, but I will say it anyway, that the only reason a store can be successful is if it has customers. It is the loyaty and support of customers like you that keeps us in business. So many of you came to the store on Small Business Saturday to support us that it was an incredibly successful day and made me feel really good. Virtually all of you said that the reason you came was to support the store and show how much you appreciate it. Your comments and support were especially meaningful this year with Mack's illness and the reduced hours we had to put in place. I also want to thank those of you who comment on this blog. Your comments motivate me to keep up the research and to be more diligent about writing a blog at least every week. Thank you so much for seven years of business. Running a store is hard. If I had realized how hard it was, I don't think I would have started it. However, we are where we are and the truth is I love the store. I have learned so much and there is so much more to learn. I have met so many wonderful people from all walks of life and have been part of their lives as we talked and worked on finding the right project or shared a special moment. Thank you so much and lets keep our fingers crossed that we can make it for 7 more years