… facing the final curtain

Now that summer is drawing to a close and swimsuits are put out to dry and school uniform replaced or resized, our minds are turning to how to make our last few months in the shop a fun-filled time for every-one.

As you probably know by now Jill and Josie are giving up the shop after 12 years. We’ve had some interest in taking it over lock, stock and basket but nothing concrete, so unless someone turns up soon we’ll be closing shortly before Christmas.

Josie has already got a ‘proper job’, putting her excellent catering skills to good use at Glyndebourne. It’s a full-time commitment so she will not be able to be in the shop so often and she has partly handed over the ‘e’ element of the shop to newly retired Dad, Jim. Please bear with him as he learns the ropes, as he’s not yet sure of the difference between bias binding and ric rac , and is more used to measuring things in pints than fat quarters. Nevertheless he will be doing his best to keep things up do date and respond to e-mails etc.

Lots of people have told us how sad they will be to see the shop go and in many ways so will we, although Jill is excited about retiring and actually having some time to do some sewing! However we are determined not to be misty-eyed to make the autumn fun and fruitful with classes, events and super sales.

Talking of which, we have reduced all patchwork fabrics to £12 a metre or less – including the new ones!

And that’s not all! We’ve reduced all Christmas and Halloween fabrics to £10 a metre and novelty fabrics to £8 a metre. Also we’ve got loads of ribbons and buttons to clear, as well as selected books and patterns, all half price from now on!

And despite having to clear loads of fabric at bargain prices, we’ve still got new stuff coming in. Grand Traverse Bay from Minick and Simpson – in gorgeous blues and creams – has just arrived and the new ‘Flight’ range from Janet Clare is wending its way across the Atlantic as we speak and is due to be with us by the end of the month. We’ve ordered lots because we know it will be popular and remember these will be just £12 a metre.

We’ve just had word from our Moda distributor that all prices are going up due to post-Brexit fall in the exchange rate – so £12 a metre makes this a good opportunity to stock up!

As the weeks go on, everything must go as they say. Jim’s biggest fear is that the shop contents just gets moved home. So ‘everything’ means ‘everything’, to coin a phrase. So watch this space for more bargains to come.