Happy Tuesday, everyone!
I’ll keep this short, sweet, and to the point: we’re not sure whether or not we’ll be able to safely host any in-person trunk shows or pop-ups this summer, so we decided to try and put together some kind of system for virtual trunk shows. Our local community of indie dyers has been hit hard by show cancellations and their normal trunk show arrangements being upended by the COVID-19 pandemic – we want to continue to support them in any way possible, and so we came up with the idea of co-hosting events on Zoom.
Our first Virtual Trunk Show starts tonight at 7 PM PST, and I’ll be co-hosting it with Nancy Torrance of Schmutzerella Yarns. You’ll get to virtually visit Nancy’s yarn room and get help selecting colors (or color combinations); I’ll be sharing my screen so that I can suggest pattern ideas for different bases and colorways.
How do I attend? If you don’t already use Zoom, download it from zoom.us (laptop/desktop) or from the appropriate app store for your mobile device. Once you’ve done that, simply click this link – valid for all 5 days of the Virtual Trunk Show – and you’ll be whisked into the event.
When will it happen? From 7 – 8 PM PST each night from Tuesday, May 12, 2020 through Saturday, May 16, 2020. We’ll be featuring a different set of yarns each night.
- Tuesday: Morphing Minis and Sweet
- Wednesday: Dude and Spectacular
- Thursday: Brilliant and Groovy
- Friday: Excellent, Oomph, and Score
- Saturday: wrap-up, questions, anything we missed
How do I buy something and have it count for the trunk show? Visit Nancy’s website at schmutzerellayarns.com and make your purchase. When you’re checking out, please mention that you’re purchasing for the trunk show in the order notes – that’s how Nancy and I will track purchases. That means that anyone – even people out of state – can now meet Nancy and get the full trunk show tag-team experience.
I don’t live near Stilly River Yarns. How is shipping going to work? Nancy will be happy to ship to you directly, especially if you’re out of the area or if you will be taking advantage of her dyed-on-demand listings. If you live in the Stanwood-Camano area or have an existing order waiting for your hank/s of the Dumpster Fire preorder to be added to it, you’re eligible for free shipping since I’ll be picking up most preorders directly from Nancy and bringing them to the shop for porch/curbside pickup (or shipping with your other items). IMPORTANT: To get free shipping, you’ll need to put in the shop’s address as your “ship to” location and enter the promo code STILLYPICKUP [yes, in all caps]. Our address is at the bottom of the newsletter.
Eeeek! Did I miss out on pre-ordering some of that amazing Dumpster Fire Yarn? Nope! You can order it through the end of the day tomorrow (Wednesday, May 13, 2020). Here’s the link to pre-order. I’ll also have some hanks available in the shop in late May or early June.
What if I don’t use Zoom, or the times don’t work for me? Don’t despair – you can still place an order through Nancy’s website any time this week and have it count towards the trunk show. Just follow the directions as given above!
We look forward to seeing you at the trunk show this week, whenever you can make it ! And we appreciate so much that you’re helping support both our local community of independent dyers and the shop. Feedback is welcome – email us at Lindsey@stillyriveryarns.com if you’d like to share your thoughts.
Take care and talk to you soon,
Owner, Stilly River Yarns
Stilly River Yarns
9913 271st St. NW
Stanwood, WA 98292