While stores like Target, Walmart, and Best Buy have been making their holiday-shopping presence known through a bombardment of ads via radio, print, and television, small businesses typically do not allocate their more limited dollars in that manner. The local yarn shops in the area will usually get the word out via word-of-mouth, email, and other social media sites. Here is a roundup of specials and holiday hours for the local yarn shops in Chicagoland:
I’d Rather Be Knitting: This yarn boutique in Buffalo Grove will be open from 10a.m. to 5p.m. on Black Friday, offering discounts including 25% off all novelty scarf yarn, a selection of 50%-off yarns, and a very limited quantity of yarns at $1 per ball or skein. I’d Rather Be Knitting is also participating in the American Express Small Business Saturday promotion; just register you Amex card at ShopSmall.com, spend $25 at a participating business, and become eligible for a drawing for a $25 credit on your next Amex bill.
Yarns To Dye For & More: This Frankfort-based yarn shop is offering deals for both Friday and Saturday, with hours of 9a.m. to 5p.m. on both days. Shoppers can receive 75% off one clearance item for every $50 spent in the store, and patterns, pattern books, and magazines will be 25% off for those two days. In addition to a 10% discount on needles, customers can earn YTDF “bucks,” or dollar credits, for every ten dollars spent over these two days. The bucks can be used throughout the entire month of December.
Elemental Yarns: Elemental Yarns in Shorewood will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, but will re-open on Black Friday from 10a.m. to 4p.m. On Small Business Saturday, hours are 9a.m. to 5p.m. and shoppers can enjoy a discount of buy one, get one 50% off on select yarns in the store. Many new gift-ready items will be arriving throughout November and December as well, including knitting kits, project bags, and Soak Boxes.
Knot Just Knits: This location in Oak Park is closed through Sunday so employees can spend the holiday week with their families. On Monday, Knot Just Knits will expand their hours for the holiday season throughout November and December, including opening on Mondays from 12p.m. to 9p.m. and staying open an extra two hours on Sundays, from 11a.m. to 5p.m. In addition to an already-large sale yarn section, Knot Just Knits holds a drawing for a free ball of yarn and pattern for its facebook followers, with a new drawing for every 25 “likes” on facebook.
Loopy Yarns: Throughout the entire week and ending on Sunday, Printer’s Row-based Loopy Yarns is offering their annual Customer Appreciation Sale to all customers. All yarns in the store except Madelinetosh and previously-discounted yarns will be 20% off through Sunday, November 25. Loopy Yarns will be closed on Thanksgiving.
Mia Bella Yarn and Accessories: This Highland-Park-based yarn shop is holding a two-day Black Friday sale, with hours on Friday and Saturday of 10a.m. to 5p.m. Mia Bella has held their sale for three years now, and this year’s sale includes all yarns, needles, books, and almost everything else in the store except for already-discounted yarn and spinning wheels.
Sifu Design Studio: Andersonville-based Sifu Design Studio is holding their annual Black Friday Sale, commensurate to when people walk in the door. Customers can get up to a 40% discount on yarn and accessories based on how early they enter the store, and the discount throughout the rest of the day is 15% for everyone. Normal hours for the shop on Friday are 11a.m. to 9p.m.
Check your local shop’s website for other promotions, sales, and special hours. Shopping local is an excellent way to beat the overwhelming crowds at big-box retailers, and because the sales are on advertised on television, the smaller stores may just surprise you as to what they will offer.