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Old 02-15-2006, 11:35 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Lana
Oh darn! And to think we will be around North and Harlem on Sunday.:(
So close........and yet so far.
Thanks Kelly.
LANA!!! They are open on Sunday from 12-4! And, North & Harlem is not far AT ALL! Maybe a mile? Mile & a half??

Sorry Femmy...
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Old 02-15-2006, 02:00 PM   #12
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But alas, (thankfully) I don't have a post card.
I did go just a bit over board at Quietly Wild last Saturday. :rollseyes:

Oh, I knew how close I was gonna be. I grew up near by. My older DD lives close to North & Harlem, I will have many opportuniies to find the shop and get on thir mailing list. (pood DH)
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Old 02-15-2006, 02:07 PM   #13
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Lana, is Quietly Wild having it's sale yet?

I also heard that Basket of Stitches (? i think that's the name) in Palatine is 40% all their yarn (they're closing)

KK, I'm going to PM my address for a post card just in case I can make it to your neck of the woods in that time frame!!
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Old 02-15-2006, 02:21 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Andrea
Lana, is Quietly Wild having it's sale yet?

I also heard that Basket of Stitches (? i think that's the name) in Palatine is 40% all their yarn (they're closing)
The owner told me the sales wouldn't start 'til the end of the month.
I called ahead to make sure she had what I wanted, because it's an hour from home.

Gee, we have friends just down the block from a yarn store near the tracks.
Haven't seen them in a while.
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Old 02-15-2006, 02:35 PM   #15
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What's the deal with all these yarn stores closing? There are so many new knitters EVERY DAY who need to stashify!

Although as a small business owner myself, I know how it's not all wine and roses and peaches and cream....insurance, both liability and health (if you even can afford the health insurance)...finding reliable employees...lease or mortgage expense...buying inventory...it never ends!
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Old 02-15-2006, 03:10 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by gardenmommy
What's the deal with all these yarn stores closing? There are so many new knitters EVERY DAY who need to stashify!

Although as a small business owner myself, I know how it's not all wine and roses and peaches and cream....insurance, both liability and health (if you even can afford the health insurance)...finding reliable employees...lease or mortgage expense...buying inventory...it never ends!
Also more people shopping on line and craft stores adding more and more yarns to their inventory.

The gal in Woodstock said it was family considerations that require attention,
to be available to help her parents.
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buying inventory ... now THAT would be the hard part
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I've looked into opening a yarn shop. And I have to say that when looking at LYS vs online to do business, online wins hands down. Overhead on a LYS can be spendy, it is very tiring, espeically if you are the owner and main worker. You have to keep up with local trends, stock so much of so much, have minimums with many yarn suppliers that you have to meet (either per order or per period (quarterly, annually, etc.)) There is just so much to do. Plus you have to compete with online sales. While some people want instant gratification with shopping, there are others who are just as happy to read a review, accept it and purchase at a discount online (or they can be evil like me and go feel the yarn at a LYS and then go order it online because I know I can get it 25+% cheaper even with shipping )

In all honesty I think the only reason that my LYS stays in business is because it is connected to a sewing and vaccuum repair shop which does booming business. The yarn portion of the store is small and I don't see inventory moving very well. I've toyed with opening my own shop (after I rob a bank) but it would be rather expensive. But maybe with the right storefront and the right location and the right customer service it could be profitable.
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Originally Posted by Lana
But alas, (thankfully) I don't have a post card.
Laaaaaana! PM me your address...Ill have them SEND you a postcard!! Im there twice a week, anyway!
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