Maybe you’ve seen the “10 Years” stickers on orders this year?
In February I released Decennium to mark the 10th anniversary of VP being incorporated as a company. Today’s birthday milestone is a little more exciting for me, today is what I consider the true anniversary of the birth of Vintage Purls, the business.
Back in 2008, incorporation was the official beginning of Vintage Purls as a retailing company but it wasn’t the start of trading for me. It took some time to get all my ducks in a row and to develop stock and a shop online. April 10 was the day I launched Vintage Purls more or less as we know it today:
That day was the “big leap”, the public commitment. It was exciting and scary and it’s astonishing to me that I’ve been doing this for ten years now.
I would not, of course, have been doing this for ten years without amazing support from the NZ knit community. I think it’s only fair that we have some presents to mark this milestone. Not presents for me, presents for you!
Every purchase here online between today and May 10th puts you in the draw to win$200 shop credit! That’s right, if you win you can spend $200 via the VP site on almost anything you like*.
Additionally I’ll have prize giveaways every week for the rest of this month too. Be sure to follow VP on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, to see how you can win. And if you sign up to the VP email list you’ll get be in for a chance to win other prizes, just by being on the list.
Aren’t Birthday’s fun? 😁
*Anything in stock, so the credit can’t be used on Majacraft products.
New Zealand Post has decided to extend its rural surcharge for shipping from the 1st of February. Consequently the costs of shipping to rural addresses are about to increase significantly. For a decade I have treated rural addresses the same as any other in NZ but sadly this isn’t a viable option any more and so from February 1st, rural orders will incur a surcharge to cover the additional cost. The extra costs will be visible at checkout once your address is entered, you will be fully informed of the cost before you commit to your purchase.
I would encourage those of you who reside in rural areas to consider having your orders shipped to a non-rural address if at all possible. Perhaps you have a work address, or a relative or friend whom you visit often that could act as a receiver for you.
It’s super easy to choose a great Christmas gift for the Knitter in your life. Here are some suggestions and tips to help you make a decision from all that is on offer here at Vintage Purls.
Let Them Choose
If you have no idea what your Knitter needs and you’d like to let them choose something for themselves then a gift voucher is the way to go.
This is also the perfect solution for last minute shoppers – pay by credit card (or PayPal) and your gift certificate will be with you mere seconds later.
Send it to your recipient by email if you are feeling super eco-friendly or print it out and pop it in a nice envelope.
Great tools make a Knitter’s life so much more enjoyable. The average knit item contains literally thousands of stitches. When you repeat an action so often it only makes sense to do so with the best tools you can afford. ChiaoGoo sets provide beautiful collections of superb quality knitting needles.
They come in metal and wood (have a look to see what your knitter uses now) and in a complete set or in a smaller set which can be added to later if need be. There are even sets of very tiny needles for those Knitters who do really fine work.
The 5″ Twist Small Set is incredibly popular but if you aren’t sure what your Knitter needs, get in touch and I’ll try to help you find out what will be best. If we still get it wrong, don’t worry, your purchase can be returned and we can make sure your Knitter gets exactly what they need.
Have you ever been asked by a knitter to hold a skein while it’s wound? Your Knitter needs a swift! Swifts hold a skein and allow it to be easily balled up. Add a ball winder to the package and your Knitter will zoom through their skeins in no time.
A Knitter can’t get enough yarn, its our lifeblood. Not sure what colour to buy? Open you Knitter’s wardrobe and see what colours they wear – that’s often a really good indication of what they’d like.
A single skein of Sock yarn will make something useful (like Socks, a shawlette, or a hat and gloves), buy three or four skeins and then something much larger can be made.
A ball of Zauberball makes a great stocking stuffer or modest present for your Knitter. There are heaps of colours to choose from. If your Knitter likes to knit socks, choose a kind with nylon in it.
Hand-dyed yarn is always special and it’s something we do well. If your Knitter likes to knit fine shawls a skein of VP Lace will be appreciated. Sock, baby wear and accessory Knitters will delight in a skein of VP Sock. Those who knit for kids will definitely get use out of some skeins of Max. And for those who appreciate some luxury, Superstar is ideal.
Does your Knitter live somewhere that gets really cold in winter? Help them get super toasty with a gift of Outlaw Bohemia Sport. This yarn contains possum, alpaca and wool so it’s incredibly warm and cosy. Also an ideal stocking stuffer. One ball will make a small accessory, buy two or more for something larger.
You’ll find some great little things to make Knitter’s smile filed under the “cute” tag. Novelty tape measures, temporary tattoos, cushion covers, we’ve got all sorts of things!
Grant a Wish
Your Knitter might have a wishlist here on Vintage Purls. Wishlists can be shared or made public so you can find our what they really want.
Welcome to VP’s new website! It’s been a long time coming (the old site was very old), but that’s true of almost everything when you’re a small, one-woman business.
I hope you see some improvements that you can enjoy. I’d love your feedback if you do struggle with some aspect – I can’t fix what I don’t know about, and all feedback is really valuable.
Here are some new features I think you’ll like:
More ways to pay. If you prefer not to use PayPal, we can process your credit card via a NZ based service now.
Better wishlists – you can now make lots of different wishlists. Make a wishlists public or share one by email or keep it entirely private to you. Wishlists are a great way to inform family and friends about what you’d like for your next birthday or for Christmas.
Online Gift Certificate purchases. This is now automatic (no more emailing me to do it manually). Order a gift certificate in the value of your choosing and it will be ready for you right away (if you pay by credit card or PayPal).
Streamlined product listing. Hopefully it’s easier to shop now. I’ve been able to reduce the number of product listings down and provide more options within a listing. This is especially effective in the needle-stock listings. I hope you find it saves you some time.
Filter by brand or tag. If you’re only interested in one brand of needle, or you only want to see yarns that contain silk, then use the Filter by Brand or Search by Tag options to reduce the choices you see and find just the right thing.
A brighter and cleaner look. A spring-clean is always cathartic. The new look isn’t a radical change but it is just a little fresher.
I’ll be continuing to update and improve the website as time goes on, I do hope to make Vintage Purls NZ’s best online boutique knitting shopping experience.
I’d like to thank you all for your amazing and continued support. 2017 is Vintage Purls’ 9th year in business and I’m keenly planning for our 10th birthday already.