Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Where to find me, and why I've moved

 You may have seen pieces in the news about etsy putting a hold on some seller's money. I am one of those who was affected, as far as I can tell because the Royal Mail was hacked. Back in February the Royal Mail was hit with a ransomware attack. While this was being sorted out, all international parcels were put on hold. It was impossible to print postage, and no post office would accept the mail. Etsy knew this. Printing postage for international orders was disabled.

Of course, I had a number of international orders. I explained to each customer what was happening, offered them the opportunity to cancel. All of them wanted to wait it out. Every few days I updated them as to what was happening and the moment that international postage was again possible, I was printing labels and packing envelopes. This, it seems, was not enough for etsy, and after 17 years and 22,000 sales I was deemed a risky seller and every penny of my income was put on hold for 6 weeks.
The Mr's business was killed off by international lockdown requirements. Mine was suffering somewhat from the effects of Brexit. 6 weeks without any income was.... not fun.... Nor was the fact that it was not possible to talk to etsy staff about the hold as the site states clearly that if there is a hold, staff CAN NOT discuss it.
So, a brief guide as to what is where:
The buttons and haberdashery from Overspill have moved to ebay https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/boutonnerie?
The naturally dyed threads and fibres have moved to https://folksy.com/shops/OccasionalPurl where they will be joined by knitted, stitched and woven handmade items from HafodLas.
The contents of BlackEarthBeads are being split: my hands are such that small buttons and beads are getting very difficult to produce, and that's not a situation that's ever going to improve. Small pieces will go to the ebay shop until I've run out of the blanks that I have already made, larger buttons, shawl pins etc will join the fibres at Folksy.com
The vintage shop, EnglishGentleman, will be closing completely and everything there will be auctioned through https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/occasionalpurl Occasional Purl on ebay is also where a lot of ends-of-lines will end up - the amount of oddments I've found while stocktaking is truly amazing / terrifying depending on your current mindset!
So, please bear with me while everything gets moved around. I have around 2000 listings spread across various shops, and they all need a new home. If there is anything you are looking for, PLEASE ask. It probably still exists, it just might not be where you expect it right now!

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