Off The Shelf...
Debs Wool Shop and Llandeilo
Monday 3rd July 2017
When I moved to Wales, one of my first priorities was to find a good wool shop that was close by. Not that I need to buy more wool as a) I have massive stash and b) I have accounts with most of my favourite suppliers so I can get wool when ever I want it - but I wanted to see if I could find a wool shop that was much like the one I left behind. I think I had created a shop where people felt comfortable wandering about, could pop in for a chat and a cuppa and one where people wanted to go back to again because they liked it a lot.
So I went to one in Pontardawe and found they only stocked baby yarns. Then I found one in Pontardulais which was nice but had more fabric in than yarn. Next I found one in Llandovery that had just opened - it looked lovely but only stocked Sirdar (which is ok but not my favourite brand). Along from Llandovery I found a lovely shop in Llandeilo that sold some of my favourite brands (Manos, Debbie Bliss etc) but I didn't enjoy my shopping experience there, I cant put my finger on why though. I was beginning to feel a little bit like I would never find one or I would have to travel a long way to find what I was looking for.
One day, on a trip back to Llandeilo with a friend, she said 'there's a wool shop ever there', and pointed across the road. And there was Debs wool shop. In the same town as I had found the other shop before but didn't even notice this one. Of course I went in, and was greeted by Debbie - a smile and a chat in a bright cheerful shop, with a sofa and shelves stacked almost to the ceiling with wool. Here it was, my new favourite shop ever (Main Photo)
Debs Wool shop in Llandeilo was only a few months old then, and in our chat I mentioned to Debbie that I had recently sold my own wool shop and how much I was missing it. We chatted for ages and I knew then that Debs vision for her shop was similar to how I had planned mine (only she is much more organised than I ever was.....) and a new friendship was born.
I never told her that I had an online business then, however on my next visit to the shop she asked me about it and suggested that she keep a few bits of my stock in for me to see if she could help sell some. Deb stocks King Cole, Stylecraft and James Brett, so none of my yarn clashes with hers and I was very touched and grateful for this offer - so generous and kind. So now I have a box in her shop and have sold quite a bit of yarn this way. Thankyou so much Debbie!
Debs Wool Shop also has a weekly knitting group which I now go to. Always nervous about attending this sort of thing as a newcomer, I was expecting to sit quietly on the edge while the regulars chatted, however I walked through the door (a bit late as usual!) and was greeted with hello's from everyone. Deb introduced me and I sat down and was immediately part of the group - so welcoming and each and every member is chatty, friendly and lovely. I now look forward to my Tuesday afternoons, as much for the people as for the knitting.
I also got to help out in the shop for a couple of hours last week and play shop keeper again - I loved it. Best part is the till has a scanner so you can beep each ball of wool through, I felt like a proper posh retailer, my till was never so amazing!
LLandeilo (1st small photo) is also a great little town for other shops, eating, and walking. I walked to the Castle (2nd photo) and it was a pretty route and well worth the time spent getting there. I can recommend The Ginhaus (3rd photo) for your lunch stop - fabulous food, the place is full of Gin and on the way out you can buy the best scotch eggs in Wales and my neighbours (The Bakers Pig) Salami from their just amazing Deli!
So, if you are ever in this area and are looking for somewhere to buy a great choice of good value yarn from a friendly, knowledgeable, cheerful shop pop into Debs Wool Shop (99 Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo, SA19 6HA) for a great wool shopping experience. Both Debs and Chrissie are fabulous and will get you sorted. I love them!