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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Starting an LYS on: June 23, 2007 11:11:02 AM
no prob. it took me a while to find all that out the hard way so if i can help someone else and save them some time i'll do it.

It cost alot more than what people think it will. I figured i'd have to pay around 1000 a month just to keep the actual store front running, thats not counting inventory or paying an employee. That's about 200 more than i make at my job. so i'm going to start saving and keep my fingers crossed that someone doesnt beat me to the lys idea. I'd be crushed if someone else opened a yarn store. this town isn't big enough for two of us.

best wishes and happy stitches
mandie
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Starting an LYS on: June 12, 2007 09:16:47 PM
i may be a bit late to jump in on this one but i thought i'd let you know what i have found lately.
I also live in ohio about two hours from you. I have been wanting to open my own lys and have done some research. about all yarn companies have a first order amount that you must meet.
-mango moon has the cheepest at only 240.00
-southwest trading is 450 i think
-lion brand goes thru another wholesaler called notions marketing they are located in michigan contact 1800 748 0250, but they want you to have a storefront first

-brown sheep company's contact person's info
Mary Bell
Brown Sheep Co.
7891 Doubletree Court
Kalamazoo, MI  49009
269-501-9747
yarnsalesetc@aol.com

they want 1000 for a opening order

I hope this helps you out. cascade and rowan want a rep to visit your store first before they tell you much of anything. I dont have a store front yet and let them all know that i'm hoping to open a store by the end of the year and i was just trying to figure out how much money i would need.
Good luck
mandie

3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: recyled yarn KAL? on: May 14, 2007 08:23:15 PM
Hello all,

I have been reading posts for awhile now but this is my first post. I just recently started tearing apart sweaters for the yarn. I started buying recycled yarn for Jags funky fiber web site and then started doing it myself. Here are a few of the sweaters i'm working on right now. A local special education school in our town has a rumage sale, you take what ever you want and then make a donation to the school. I was able to get a bunch of sweaters and a huge cone of plymouth yarn for five bucks, i ended up giving a bit more than that in a seperate donation but you just cant beat the deal i got there.
I'm also so happy for garage sale season, you can get lots of great sweaters there for .25cents.

now if i can only figure out how to post a pic. lol
I think i'll just do this instead
http://picasaweb.google.com/mandies2happy
I think that should work, i'm not the best at the comp.
thanks
mandie
4  Ohio / Ohio: Northwest / warm up america of wyandot county ohio on: March 27, 2007 09:26:26 AM
I have started a chapter of the wonderful charity warm up america. Our first organizational meeting will be on April 12th @ 6:30pm in room 116 @ trintiy evangelical church (by drug mart).

This is for anyone (not only for this church) I personally am not a member of this church so please dont think you have to go to the church to help this group.

We will be knitting or crocheting 7by 9 inch squares to then sew together to make afghans. we will be donating these afghans to the foster care children of wyandot county.

If you have any questions please email me directly @
mandies2happy@yahoo.com
please subject it
warm up america

thanks
mandie
5  Ohio / Ohio: Northwest / Re: I'm back in Ohio, Wyandot County on: March 27, 2007 09:23:04 AM
hello,
I live in upper. this is my home town as well. I am trying to get a group together for a knitting group. Do you know anyone who would be interested in this? I am also starting a chapter of a charity here in town called warm up america. We are having a organizational meeting on april 12th at 6:30pm in room 116 at the Trinity evangelical church (out by drug mart). This is not church related so please dont think you have to go to that church to come to the meeting. They just happen to be the ones who stepped up and invited me to hold the meetings there. We will be knitting or crocheting 7 by 9 inch squares to then sew together to make afghans for the foster children of wyandot county. Please let me know if you would be interested in this group or starting a seperate knitting group. my email is
mandies2happy@yahoo.com and my knitting blog is
http://gilmoregirlskal.blogspot.com
Thanks
mandie
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Columbus Ohio LYS's on: March 11, 2007 03:46:02 AM
i had no trouble at KM. I live about an hour north of columbus and just happened to be in the area. A friend told me about KM and due to the upcoming knitters connection event i had to stop buy. I am in that under 30 crowd and they were wonderful. They helped me find everything i  needed and then offered to wind the yarn into balls for me. The only problem i had is that they had a shipment just come in and the front counter was cluttered. Some of the things i put on the counter to buy did not get rung up and i didnt notice until i got home that i was missing some yarn. Heartbroken but it did give me a good reason to go back. lol. Maybe that was the plan all along. lol.
I cant wait to go check out the other stores you all have mentioned next time i'm in columbus area.
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