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our shop is closing

We will be re-opening the shop on Tues 16th June at 9.30 am.  Our general hours will resume.  We would respectfully request all customers to respect others and keep social distancing rules.  We are allowing a maximum of 3 persons in the shop at any one time.  Hand sanitiser and tissues will be on the wall as you go in and on the counter top,  door handles, counter top and touch points will be regularly cleaned.

Also in other news, we're permanently closing our shop premises in Wingate at the end of  August 2020.  Thsi decision has taken a long time and has not been taken lightly, lots of changes in the craft industry and changes to personal priorities at home.  I made the firm decision last Christmas and expected to be closing at the end of June but as with many people's plans, plandemic Covid19 got in the way, so here we are.

The shop may be going but I handmadebyhells is not, I will continue to make cards which is my biggest passion and have all manner of projects I hope now to have the time to start AND finish.  Lords knows our garage at home will be chocker with the bits I have been collecting.  During this time of shop closure, I have been beavering away at home, making a mess, making new stock and attempting to make progress with our fabulous new website.

Moving forward: my intentions are:-

  • clear ALL CRAFT stocks in our sale  IN STORE ONLY!!
  • In a while, customers will be able to order my cards and other bits ONLINE, a souped up click and collect service for local delivery, or post out.  The website bit is a huge job, as there is just me doing it and still busy with the shop for a bit yet.
  • Pop up shops - I will miss the social interaction of the shop and I have always loved doing fairs etc, so I will be setting up mobile shops in locations around the north east, some very very local and some not so.  Its all quite exciting!  There is a BUTTON on my new website which will show my schedule and venues and those of you on facebook, can see my events.

PRESENTLY though, YOU CAN SHOP THE SALE SOLO  Shopping isn't an experience I enjoy myself right now and it's beyond awkward, especially if you're shopping for what's deemed non-essential, SO, i'm offering customers the run of our shop with the door locked. They can shop alone or in a party of 3 people max.  All social distancing of course, again, with door locked.  No cost to book a slot.  Telephone me 07766 130213 to arrange, 30min or 1hour.  I'm currently doing this over 3 days but may exptend as it has proven popular already.

PAYMENT via cash, card & contactless if you like.

ALL craft stock is reduced.  Peel offs all just 60p each, All A4 patterned background papers & cardstock just 30p each, all 12x12 papers and cards 30p each.  die cut Decoupage and toppers start at just 50p, most are a £1 or less.  Diecutting mags are al half price £5 or £6.50.  Mountains of crafts stuff, ribbons etc, Full reels too.  ALL priced to clear out.

A huge thank you to all who have patronised our canny little shop over the years, sharing chat and huge enthusiasm for craft, i've gained some friends too.  Thank you.

As customers have supported us, we have supported our local community too as moch as we have been able, so many great causes and projects.  Local schools, macmillan and many others, The Great North Air Ambulance is always near the top of my list.

I hope to see many at our craft clearance or your SOLO SHOPPING EXPERIENCE - come amazing bargains to be had.  It's not a good bye, more of a see you later!

Warm wishes

Helen & Kevin


 We will be re-op