Well… here we go again. Lockdown version 2.0 is about to start in England. I wanted to let you know how my little business intends to continue operating during this second wave. I’d also like to share some thoughts about lockdown’s impact on small businesses and what we can all do to help.
Nie McDee will remain open as normal
But I will temporarily be dispatching parcels just once a week, on Tuesdays. I will be doing this to protect my local post office staff and myself. To help counter the extended dispatch times, all parcels going forward will be upgraded to First Class postage at no extra cost to you.
At the moment I have enough supplies of thread and Aida for all of the kits currently listed on my site. As we enter lockdown, my ability to source more supplies may be impacted. I will do my best to keep everything in stock but please be aware that some kits may become unavailable as we get closer to Christmas.
As I have done throughout the pandemic, I will continue taking all necessary precautions when handling stock and packaging. I will shut the shop entirely if I or anyone in my household becomes unwell. I’ll keep you posted on Instagram and Facebook should that happen.
Digital patterns will always be available on Etsy. Even if my shop shuts here, you can get your cross stitch fix there.
Christmas Deliveries & Closure
Covid-19 has already had a pretty significant impact on postal services. With lockdown now forcing most people to take their Christmas shopping online, it is likely there will be even longer delays.
Please order Christmas gifts as early as you can. I’m going to do all my own Christmas shopping in November, just to make sure everything arrives in good time.
I will continue dispatching orders until 15th December. On 16th December I will be shutting my shop for a long Christmas break. My plan is to reopen on 12th January. During this break, digital patterns will remain available and I’ll be checking emails – but on a reduced basis.
Covid-19’s Impact on Small Businesses
Small businesses are already feeling the effect of Covid-19. I won’t pretend that online businesses are feeling the hit quite as badly as our indies with bricks and mortar locations, but even online businesses are used to making the majority of their income at in-person markets at this time of year.
Here are some ways I plan to help my favourite local and online small businesses:
- Liking, sharing and commenting on everything they post on social media.
- Buying takeaway coffee & food. Some of my favourite coffee shops will be moving over to takeout only and I intend to be caffeinated as hell for the whole of November.
- If local businesses have found a way to keep going online, you bet I’ll be supporting that. Vouchers for tattoos, beauty treatments, meals out or fun experiences make EXCELLENT gifts for those friends who already have everything. It’s also something to look forward to after lockdown.
- Shopping small for the vast majority of my Christmas gifts.
I know times are tough for many people right now, but if you’ll be spending money this Christmas and are able to do so, please consider spending with small businesses. Every single sale really does make a difference.
Thanks for reading this far, friends. And thank you so much for all of your support this year. I’ll be back soon with more blog posts. In the meantime, keep safe.