With the biggest trading seasons for retailers now kick-started with a festive flurry, PG Buzz asked Carole and Debbie Hatch, partners of Paper Moon in Dore, Sheffield how are they gearing up for Christmas, what sparkling treats are in-store, hot sellers and looking into the crystal ball, how will sales fare.
Christmas run up: “We have been busy taking deliveries of all our Christmas stock and topping up on stock that is already selling through well. It is always crazy this time of year making sure that everything’s in place ready for the busy season ahead.
We both try and do as much Christmas shopping for family as we can from the shop. We’ve both got boys so for them we’re always a bit frantic with online orders as we have little personal shopping time in December.”
Adding extra sparkle: “We hold a Christmas Shopping Event every year, usually around the middle of November. We offer a 15% discount on the day and are open until late. It’s a lovely atmosphere in the shop with Christmas music playing and sherry and nibbles on offer. The day has always been a huge success and is a great way to kick-start people’s Christmas gift buying.”
Festive favourites: “Our charity Christmas cards are selling really well, every thing else Christmassy doesn’t go on display until the end of October. Scarves and wraps from Zelly are already selling well, as are silk scarves from Quintessential. Everything unicorn is selling brilliantly, especially the tins from Rachel Ellen. Bracelets from POM and Envy have also been great sellers this season.”
Christmas crystal ball: “Our Christmas sales have increased year on year, so we are optimistic they will do the same this year. Christmas spending tends to start quite late in Dore. We find from the 1st December it all goes a bit crazy in the shop. We have learnt not to worry, if sales are slower through November as we know it will hit in December.”
Santa’s wish list: “Carole would love a new more updated phone for Christmas, and I would love a pair of grey leather boots. Spending time with family is what we both really love!”