VYS was conceived over 2 years ago and it has been a very fun and valuable life experience for me – I have learned much more than I ever anticipated and met so many wonderful vegans and crafters on this journey.
Life has changed a lot for me over this time period – personally, professionally and financially – and it is with a heavy heart that I am announcing a hiatus of Vegan Yarn Store, perhaps with an ultimate aim of closing the business.
Why only a hiatus at this time – why not just close up shop straight away? Well, because I love this business, I love the idea and I am attached to it. Maybe because once I’m re-settled in a new place and back on track I’ll resurrect it in the same or a slightly different guise. Maybe it’s because I’m bad at making hard decisions or maybe it’s just that I’m not a quitter (…upon reflection I don’t think these last options are mutually exclusive, it’s two different ways of framing the same thing!). All I know is that right now I don’t have the space and flexibility to do this wonderful business idea justice.
This decision has been a long time coming and some of you may have realised that no new stock has been added to the store for months while I grappled with this difficult choice. Running a business and holding down a full time job is much harder work than I realised, especially with undulating mental health, regular self-doubt and excellent self-sabotage skills. Having a hiatus will give me the opportunity to step back and reflect on what the next phase of my journey holds.
I need to clear all of the yarn I have so for the next 5 weeks all stock will be 20% off using discount code HIATUS20 (I was always SO creative with my discount code names, right?!). Full details on the discount are at the end of this post.
Once these 5 weeks are over, stock will gradually start to be removed from the main VYS store and added to eBay in Buy-it-Now multi-ball batches under the username vys_outlet. Bookmark it and add it to your favourite eBay sellers so you never miss a deal!
Finally, I would like to say thank you. Thank you to you my wonderful customers who spurred me on with your encouraging words and beautiful pictures of finished projects, and of course for your purchases that allowed me to keep going! Thank you to the stockists who humoured my niche idea, to the fayre and festival organisers who supported me, to the people who advertised VYS for free in their magazines, blogs and social media accounts. Finally, thank you to my friends and family who gave me advice, spread the word and helped me with decisions along the way – including this one. You’re all fabulous.
Until next time,
An emotional Kelly
The discount is for 20% off all active products and will end at 11:59pm on 30 July 2016. The discount will not be added retrospectively to your order so please ensure it is entered correctly at checkout.
If you have a gift card to use please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your order and I will add the 20% discount via paypal invoice. This is because two codes cannot be used at once.