Sarah Laker, owner of Marple Stationery Supplies, an independent card and stationery shop – located in the small town of Marple, close to Manchester and Stockport – has fully embraced the ‘hair-raising’ challenges and opportunities that the last few months have presented. A case in point was her ‘big shave off’ of her hair (courtesy of her husband, Matthew) which raised over £5,000 for local charity, Mellor Country House (https://www.pgbuzz.net/hair-raising-final-few-days-before-the-big-re-opening-for-indies/) just before the shop reopened.
Here, Sarah shares some of the products that have sold well in Marple, a shop which is very well loved by the local community.
Bex Parkin and Elena Essex from Earlybird Designs
“Both artists’ design styles and subject matter (lots of animals and foliage) do well.”
Thinking of You
“The publisher is a master of getting just the tone of its editorial which perfectly match the illustrations.”
Holyflaps from Redback Cards
“The ‘Chin up. Tits out.’ design really hits the spot right now.”
“Beautifully simple designs of nature and landscapes that have proved very popular during lockdown.”
Jazz from Two Little Monkeys
“This is a new range for me and the adult age designs are especially strong.”
Shine from Redback Cards
“The children’s age designs have sold really well.”
Neon Spot from Earlybird Designs
“Striking and bright designs.”
Ceramic hearts and gifts from East of India
“The sentiments mean they can be given as little gifts, including for those experiencing bereavement of a loved one.”
Top: Marple Stationery Supplies has worked with the local community to re-open taking on board the new hygiene requirements.