Hi all, just as an update its been a couple of months and we haven’t yet been able to find the right team of people who can take over and carry on the running of the shop. Several people have expressed interest but the timing just hasn’t been right. If anyone who was half thinking about it and interested please do let me know. I think it needs a group of 3 to 4 individuals who can combine to manage it. If a few of you express an interest I can put you in touch with each other and you can see if you can form a plan together.
An alternative thought is that the shop doesn’t need to be located here. Another option could be for a group of people to get together and rent a space in an existing business (perhaps somewhere like the Cheesecake Factory in Robertson, or somewhere like Dirty Janes in Bowral) where someone else is there to open and close and take sales. It would still need someone to coordinate the group and allocate payments etc but means you don’t need to be in a shop full time.
At this stage though we will run as normal to the end of February and then start shutting down through March with all stock needing to be picked up by the end of March or donated. We will switch to purely commission for March (30% as normal) to allow for any sales up until when people have picked up their items after any rental periods have expired. We wont be taking in any new items after the end of February either.
As a suggestion for anyone who might have stock (myself included) it might be a good time to think about discounting some of your items if you don’t want to take them back OR pick them up and re-gift them or hang onto them until the next shop / solution comes along.
In the 2 years, 8 months, and 12 days we have been open so far we have had over 400 locals sell 30,054 hand made items to the value of $292,077.99
It has been a great experience so far and I do hope it continues and will keep looking for ways to try and help that happen.