Monday, September 11, 2017

A new shop for me!

Hi there!
Once again it has been a long time between posts, I don't know why, but I haven't really found my blogging rhythm this year, but there has been plenty happening behind the scenes!!  
I guess the biggest thing that has happened since I last posted is that I've moved Little Woollie Makes Yarn Store into a proper shop in Hastings, a town not far from my home.   I no longer run it from home and it feels much more legit!
It has been a big decision to move into a shop.  Would it be the right move? Could I cover my rent?  Plus all the other expenses that crop up with a lease?  Would I find more customers?  Would they buy from me?  Would I get bored being tied to a shop all week?   There were plenty of unknowns!!

In the end I just decided it was time to give it a go,  if it doesn't work at least I will have given it my best and will not die wondering!  So the last few months have been a whirl wind of leasing a shop, setting it up, moving everything from home to here, and getting open!  Luckily I have an awesome family that have given me a lot of help and been very encouraging and supportive, it would have been a lot harder without them!

So you know what?  I am now running a local wool shop!!  Yay!  I can hardly believe it myself!!
Little Woollie is no longer just an online shop,  people can come and give the yarns a squish and see all the beautiful colours in the flesh, much better!! :)
I have to say, I have had so much fun over the last few weeks, setting everything up, meeting lots of gorgeous yarn loving people who all get what I'm trying to do here, it is so good!!
I have a lot more space than I did at home, so I have been busy sourcing new stock and approaching suppliers on my wishlist, so many new things coming into the shop over the next few months, it's going to be great!
So here are a few pics I took of the shop this morning, it is looking nice and colourful at the moment, I really like coming here to work each day! green table and chairs is a nice place to work at, and I popped my 'little woollie' sign up too, it still gets lots of nice comments even though it's looking a bit the worst for wear these days! 

....there is pretty much yarn everywhere you look! :) .......

......I am trying to get  more patterns in store, I didn't really stock patterns when I was at home, so it has been fun seeing what I can find.

....My dad made me some great peg boards so I could hang up the skeins of Ultra Pima Cotton, I am so happy with how this looks, so good to see all the colours in one glance!  there are a few holes where I've sold out of some colours, but I have more stock coming so it should be refilled soon! :) 

The shop is at 1/99 High St, Hastings, Victoria, on the Western Port side of the pretty Mornington Peninsula, if you are ever down this way, pop in and say hello, I'd love to meet you! 

(One other good thing about working in the shop is that I don't get distracted by home things, so  I am trying a new thing where I write a blog post every few days, we will see how it goes!  I have lots of things to share with you! ) 

Have a great day everyone, signing off from Little Woollie headquarters in Hastings!



  1. Thank you for sharing your photos of the shop.
    How fabulous it looks.
    Good luck with your new venture, I am
    super sure it will be a great ride with lots of adventures along the way.
    I look forward to joining in your crafternoons.
    Keep the posts coming.
    Hugs 😀

  2. Congratulations Julie! What a fabulous achievement! I'm very excited for you and wished that I lived a little closer so I could pop my head in and help you celebrate.
    You don't want to die wondering and life is for living. If you don't give it a go, you will never know. Wishing you all the best for a happy future in your new crafty space.

  3. What a lovely shop - I so wish I was closer! It's an awfully long trip from the States to you! Best of luck!

  4. A visit to your lovely area is on my wish list. Best wishes

  5. Congratulations wishing you every success.

  6. It looks amazing - well done! I believe Ravelry run a scheme for wool shop owners where your customers can purchase Ravelry patterns via your shop account. It's useful for people who aren't on Ravelry (they do exist!).

  7. all the best for your new shop!
    it looks great! the tables really give it pizzaz!
    thanx for sharing

  8. Congratulations. Your shop looks inviting and bright. I wish you great success.

    Have a good day, Margaret

  9. It all looks wonderful Jules,
    Congratulations on opening such a lovely, inspiring shop.
    Jacquie xxx

  10. Congratulations Julie on your new and very exciting adventure. The shop looks bright, colourful and very inviting. I made my very first "online" purchase with you,and I hope that one day I can visit you in your lovely bricks and mortar store. Well done and best wishes.

  11. Good luck to you! I was just in Victoria, darn! If I return I will make a pilgrimage!

  12. I wish you all the luck - I'm always so happy when a new yarn shop opens!

  13. My very best wishes for success! Only wish I lived nearby! Love from Easton, Pennsylvania :-)

  14. OMG Congratulations! It looks so homey and fun!!!

  15. Your shop surely invites us to enjoy togetherness as we relax with the beautiful new wools and the new colors and I bet they smell good-:)

  16. Congratulations!! Wishing you every success and hoping to visit before too long.

  17. Congratulations! Your new store looks amazing!

  18. wow! it looks amazing and well done for taking the leap :-)
    good luck with your new adventure ~ you will surely fly x

  19. Oh, I love your garland of swatches! What a fun idea :)

  20. Congratulations on your new shop! It looks so warm, colorful and inviting!

  21. Good luck in your new venture. The shop looks very inviting. Well done.


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