It is with great sadness that I let you know that Craft Country, the little craft and design store I run with my friend Michele, is to close.
Our last trading day will be Saturday, 28 September.
This winter has been particularly difficult. As many of you will know we only sell on consignment and run on volunteer power so don’t need to make a lot of money but this year we couldn’t easily get through the winter. It wasn’t an easy decision to make as both Michele and I love the shop and have put a lot of effort into making it a great part of the community. We looked at a number of options before we decided to close and didn’t take the decision lightly.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and rethinking the shop and how it could continue to run but with low sales, a full time job and a bunch of other commitments I couldn’t make it work.
I’m really sad about this and need to try and focus on the 2.5 great years we had, not on my feelings of failure (Tom says I’m an over achiever – this is part of that).
Between now and the end of September I’m writing my Christmas list and doing my shopping at Craft Country while I still can.
One last wonderful event
We have one last great event – the launch of Johanna Knox’s new book on Sunday, 15 September at 2pm. Our events are always popular and Johanna’s last book made the finalist list of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards so you’re in for a treat with this follow up. We would also love to celebrate and commiserate with you.
People tell us all the time that they love the shop, they love our window displays, our stock and what we bring to Featherston. Unfortunately that hasn’t recently translated into them also buying. It was with a heavy heart that I read the local newsletter recently full of ads for local council candidates espousing how they would bring local businesses to Featherston and boost the economy.
So my message to you here? Shop local. Go into that local shop you’ve been meaning to visit. Explore your community. Support what people are doing around you. You won’t always be able to do that but if you intend to then you might get there some of the time.
And special thanks to all the people who did support us – 2.5 years was a good run and we’re grateful for your custom.