Hello and welcome back! Today we start a new section of the blog, where I look at different ways to buy craft materials and how to make shopping a better experience.
But first, it's time to announce the winner of last week's vote - which colour scheme was your favourite?
It was a very close one (to the point where I ended up having to run a vote on Instagram between the two that were in joint place). However, the colour scheme that came out on top was Drift, which you can buy for a discounted price of £10.00. Below is a photo to remind you of the colours.
Now, for today's post. I planned all these posts at the end of 2020 (before this lockdown had been announced), thinking that by now, we would be open and I could give you a virtual tour of our shop. However, unfortunately, we still can't open just yet. Things are improving though as many more people are getting vaccinated and COVID cases are starting to fall again. In addition, as ever, you can still buy wool from us, so today I will be explaining how you can do that.
1. Via this page
I often suggest this because I love the range of yarns on our online shop; however, I feel like I should explain exactly how to do this and also when I do and don't recommend buying from our online shop.
Firstly, to get to it, either click the "online store" button directly above (if you are looking at this on a computer), or click on the three horizontal lines in the top left corner and then click the "online store" button (if you are looking at this on a phone). Once you have done that, you will find a list of categories. Click on the one you wish to look at then click on specific items to look at the yarn fibres, colours available and other details. Once you have found what you want, click "add to cart" and when you have found everything that you want to buy, click "checkout." This will take you to a list of all the things that you have added and give you the option to pay via PayPal. Once you have paid, we will post it to you!
I really recommend this, particularly for when you are lacking inspiration on colours or if you are looking for a specific brand. However, I wouldn't recommend this when looking for a specific colour or texture as it is so hard to capture yarn colours on camera and of course, impossible to show texture.
2. On our eBay sites
Our eBay sites work very similarly and have similar pros and cons too, but it is also a little cheaper so it's perfect if lockdown and changes in work have tightened your budget. However, one of the problems with buying from us via eBay is that we are selling on clearance and will not get that yarn in again, whereas with this site, we may reorder the yarn and even if we don't, what we sell here is more widely available in general. As you may have seen on our homepage, our eBay sites are "avicraftwool2015" and "caitlnew0." To find what we are selling on these pages, put one of these names into Google or any other search engine followed by the word "eBay."
3. By Telephone
You can also leave an answerphone message on the number 020 8290 1238 telling us your name, telephone number and what you would like to buy. We will then find it and ring you back to organise payment and posting. This is a great way of buying from us if you know what you need, but if you don't then this can be a lengthy process. Also, you will need a credit/debit card so that you can pay over the phone. Why not order our new Stylecraft colour scheme this way?
4. By Email
Finally, you can order from us is by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining what you are looking for. With emailing, you don't necessarily need to know exactly what you want, though it would be a good to have an idea on colour, fibre and thickness preferences. Another bonus of both telephone and email is that you can buy haberdashery this way too!
So there we have it. Next week I'll be looking more broadly at the pros and cons of online and face-to-face yarn shopping. But until then, happy crafting!
My name is Sharon the Sheep, the owner of Avicraft Wool Shop in Bromley Kent..