In design, less is more…at least I think so. And now that we’re officially in a recession, at least according to what I’ve been reading, it’s time to have a look at how we shop and spend in relation to our knitting. My friend Margot has a really interesting post up at the moment.
As she says there, while overall sales at the big box stores are trending down (into the gutter, if you’re prone to panic or have gone to certain the-sky-is-falling needlearts shows), basic craft supply sales are holding steady. People aren’t buying the mass-produced junk — seriously, the only thing that makes the Jo-Ann Superstore near me super is the super amount of junk they sell in the center that has nothing to do with fabric or yarn or craft supplies — but they are buying what they need for DIY. And FYI: I do not go to Jo-Ann to buy ceramic birds, or gnome statues, or overpriced candle sets. I go to buy fabric.
Fabric, Jo-Ann. Your core business? Remember?
Oh, and notions. So maybe keeping more zippers and stuff in stock would be a good idea.
Have you changed your own spending habits relative to knitting? Or are you continuing to spend on your knitting and cutting back in other areas? Which crafty purchases are you cutting or changing? Are you buying less books and more PDFs? More sweater yarn and less one-off novelty stuff? I’d like to know!