Handmade With Love
I hope you are doing well and are excited about the festive season. This year has been odd in so many ways, hasn't it?
Like many other small businesses, OMCH struggled with suppliers closing, costs increasing, materials being lost, delays on deliveries, and the real threat of an uncertain future. With another lockdown starting this week in England, we're anxious to see how it impacts small businesses.
The majority of us will be doing most of our shopping online this year and there's a lot of power in where we choose to spend our money. One small purchase can make a big difference to independent designers - like us. Large retailers haven't suffered at all during this pandemic, they've benefited while small businesses have struggled. Please consider buying a few gifts (or all of them, if you can) from small, local and independent shops.
Shop directly with that small business too, from their actual website; not through Etsy, Not On The High Street, or eBay. These marketplaces take a cut, sometimes even on the postage you pay, which means less money goes to the designer. Shopping direct means the largest cut goes straight into the pockets of the people who made the item.
Small Business, Big Difference
We've noticed the rush of gift buying gets later and later each year, which for small businesses is so difficult to plan for. It's impossible to predict the stock we need, and when designs sell out we can't replenish them in time. So if you can, please consider starting your gift shopping early this year. It'll help us manage the workload, keep your favourite jewellery in stock, and give you time to buy meaningful gifts that'll arrive for the big day.
By shopping small and supporting independents, you know exactly who made your gift and where; you're helping someone pay their bills, contribute to the local community, and keep their business alive. When you buy from a designer, you're more likely to get one of a kind gifts handmade with love, eco-friendly packaging, customisable options, gift wrapping options, and personalised customer service.
Our handmade minimal jewellery is responsibly-made, using sustainably-source metals and wrapped with love in eco-friendly packaging from our Birmingham studio in the Jewellery Quarter.
Happy shopping and happy holidays,