And soon it will be brexit too! As it is now past the posting deadline for corset supplies to get to Europe before they have to go through customs, I have decided to take some time out for a number of reasons.
1. We need to take stock - it's been a crazy year! Orders going out like mad has meant we've hardly had time to update stock let alone catch our breath - since March we have had 3 pallets of corsetry steel and plastic whalebone delivered with the last arriving today.
Eagle eyed customers will also have notcied a shiney new shelf in the Fabric department where we have been selling coutil remnants, roll ends, and slight seconds. These usually go very fast only hours after they are listed, so you'll be forgiven for having missed them! Anyway ... there is still a mountain to climb on that front ... We have 'bundles' to list yet, which include bra making materials, herringbone coutil boxes, lace and trim bundles and special edition corset making kits.
|Corsetry coutil fabric remnants for sale at reduced prices. Sometimes this includes corsetry fabrics which are no longer in stock or available so the early bird does catch the coutil worms!||The famous pile! It's getting alot smaller but there are still corset making goody bags to go! We have closed the Etsy shop where all this used to be listed because fees and postage rules are ridic!||The corset boning roll ends is always the biggest pile! This is particularly handy for when you need small or odd amounts of flat spring steel and plastic whalebone.|
2. We need to figure out what to do after the Brexit transition period which ends on 1 January 2021. As yet, there are no guidelines at all. For a small business like Sew Curvy, the most difficult thing is VAT. Customs information etc., is all taken care of through our Royal Mail 'Click and Drop' account but we need to be more clear on the way we present products and VAT.
3. We haven't had a furlough scheme going on at Sew Curvy and while that has been a blessing in disguise because I was able to get out of the house, it has been crazy busy - we have sent out more corset kits this year, than in the whole of the previous 10! You'll see from my previous blog posts that there has been some personal busy'ness going on too - moving house during a lockdown, is no small endeavour let me tell you.
|Corset making supplies going out all over the world
This was a quiet day!
I have therefore decided that the 2 week festive break will be an ideal time to take a bit of time off, and sort out the shop & studio without the pressure of orders to send out daily.