We are all aware of the devastating effects the COVID-19 pandemic had had on the health of the world. It’s also affecting the economy in crippling ways.
All Wooled Up has seen firsthand the effects of the government’s “Stay at Home” orders. First, our booth at The Farmhouse Market in Greenwood, Ind., has been closed when the shop closed in March. It was our one stable location where we had hoped to offer many items to Hoosiers throughout the year.
Second, two of our favorite festivals that we attend yearly have been canceled.
The Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival in Lexington has always been one of my favorite events. I’ve been a vendor ever since it started, 11 years ago. It’s a festival done in partnership with the Bluegrass Stock Dog Trials held at Masterson Station Park. And while the weather was never 100% the best, we always had great crowds.
The Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival in Franklin, Ind., in June has also been cancelled. This was another event I never missed, despite the heat that comes with June in Indiana.
The loss of these two events are a huge hit to small businesses such as All Wooled Up. For my business, I do primarily all my sales in person–whether it’s at a festival or in a shop booth. My needlefelting I something that is mostly appreciated if you can see it in person and touch the medium. My shawls draw you in by their texture and warmth as you wrap them around your shoulders.
I am hoping to offer more ways to purchase my items online, whether it’s the new Yarn Kits, custom needlefelting projects, hand knitted items, etc. I’ll post on my Facebook page as well as this website. I hope to kickstart my Etsy store back up again, as well.
All of this is in hopes you’ll continue to support small businesses, especially the ones that rely on events and festivals for their sales, a lot like my friends at the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival and Hoosier Hills.
Stay safe! Stay healthy!