As the last Friday in November draws near, the Traditionalists among us may have been looking forward to the start of the Christmas shopping spree. This always happened on December 8th., the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. On this day, country people, especially farming folk, would take a day off from their duties and head to the ‘big smoke’ to spend their few bob – all that is no more.
We have succumbed to the vagaries of our Transatlantic cousins and now we ‘celebrate’ “Black Friday” ! Why..? Who knows ! But, in the haste of our multinational department stores to make money, it appears as though the indigenous Irish stores may have shot themselves in both feet while trying to keep up. December, which was one of the busiest months in the retailers year, has taken a significant hit as customers do the majority of their Christmas shopping on Black Friday. The Winter Sales have taken a huge hit; after all, if you bought a new 48″ TV in November you’re not going to buy another one in January. Retail figures in the weeks leading up to Black Friday have slumped – would you buy anything when you’re told “we’re having massive discounts in two weeks time” !
All this is followed by “Cyber Monday” which, naturally, takes more money away from the High Street trader and your Local Independent Retailer. What are the consequences..? It won’t happen overnight, but the demise of your local store where you generally get that little bit more attention, that little bit more informed opinion, certainly that much more expertise will become a thing of the past (just like Holy Days of Obligation) and your friendly online store won’t be interested in what’s going on in your life!
With the end of October we come to the end of another financial year for Household Linens and if you pop in over the next few days you’ll find us busily counting tea towels and pillowcases in preparation for our annual stocktaking.
Of course, that news has other significance… Household Linens was founded in November 1977 so next year we will be celebrating FORTY YEARS IN BUSINESS!!!
We look forward to a year of celebrations and great giveaways so if you don’t follow us already on social media channels such as Facebook & Twitter be sure you tune in to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes (and tell your friends as well) !
Our blog is undergoing some much needed renovations too as our image galleries were a little outdated so please bear with us as bring them up to date.
Many of you will recognise the young man below but he normally wears a shirt when he’s working on the shop floor… However, Peter Cotter (son of owners Joe & Norma) will be wearing a very different uniform from Thursday as he has been called up to the squad for the Ireland Paralympic team to play in the CP 7-a-side football !
Peter, all here in Household Linens wish you and the rest of the squad the very best of luck and all we can say is “give ’em hell” !!!
21 November 2015; Peter Cotter, Athlete, Football, Douglas, Co. Cork, Paralympics Ireland. Paralympics Ireland Team Development Conference. Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
As we come in to the August weekend, once more we wonder how time has slid us by… The excitement of the Euros in June is already a hazy memory and it won’t be long ’til thoughts turn to books & uniforms and college timetables and all that those entail 😦 There are some things we can still be happy about though !
This year marks the anniversary of our 39th. Annual Summer Sale and we continue to be grateful for the very loyal customers and friends we have made since first opening at 11 Princes St. back in 1977. Sadly, many of our neighbours from those days such as the “Emerald China & Glass Centre”, “Oldens Family Butchers”, “O’Connors Shoes” and others are no longer in business but we are fortunate to have new neighbours in Oliver Plunkett St. such as Elvery Sports who will cater for all things fitness & leisure wise while MarcCain across the road from us will help all you ladies to look in tip-top shape! Of course, they join our other neighbours in Fran & Jane, Sheena’s Boutique, Rococo, & Olori to make this end of Oliver Plunkett St. the “must go to” destination for all you fashionistas !
For our own part, we continue to try and bring you great quality at great prices… We have two designs in the “Christy” collection at 50% off and they really do have the WOW factor!
Both designs are fully dressed on beds inside the shop so why not pop in and see for yourself and feel the superb texture that has made the “Christy” name so synonymous with quality bed linen.
In other news, we are pleased to have been awarded the title of “Sleep Experts” by our supplier “The Fine Bedding Co.” whose duvets and pillows we are pleased to stock. The title is only awarded to shops who have a proven knowledge of all things sleep related and have a level of expertise above that of your average bed linen shop. Have a look at this short video and it helps explain even more why sleep is such an important part of our lives..
There’s an awful lot more to see inside if you haven’t visited for a while… The big craze in the cinemas is of course the BFG or “The Big Friendly Giant” for those of you who have never read Roald Dahl’s famous classic ! We are thrilled to have the officially licensed duvet covers in stock which come in both single & double size with pillowcase(s) included. They are quite reasonable priced as well – only €25.00 for the single & €38.00 for the double in the sale 🙂
Finally, we spoke earlier of some happy, hazy memories from the Euros but let’s not forget that our very own Cork team, Cork City F.C. are still flying the flag for us in this years qualifiers for the Europa League ! Next Thursday night they travel to Belgium to take on local favourites Genk. May we wish them every success on the road and we look forward to seeing the return match in Turner’s Cross on Thursday, August 4th.
We don’t know about you – but we’re tired of the rain and we’ve had our heads down so much that two or three months passed us by while we were avoiding the downpours! Indeed, the traders in Oliver Plunkett St. were very lucky to escape severe damage (again) to their premises after a series of high tides last weekend. This picture shows the road flooded outside the shop on Sunday morning.
All that rain reminds us that we must give a fast shout out for our friends in “Sunshine & Umbrellas” who are holding their annual fashion extravaganza on April 28th. A little bird tells us that Xposé will be there live so get your glad rags on for what is a very worthy charity.
Of course, the other good news that Oliver Plunkett St. received was that we were awarded the title of “Great Urban Street” for 2016 across Ireland AND the U.K. ! Hopefully it will lead to an increase in footfall over the coming months and shoppers will be able to enjoy the ‘boulevard’ experience in better weather than what we’re having now…
In Household Linens we have much to be happy about as well… New spring designs are being delivered on a weekly basis and we have had a phenomenal response to designs like “Trent” from the NAF NAF collection as well as other (even quirkier!) designs like “Daisy”.
We also have incredible value in discontinued duvet sets from the “Kirstie Allsopp” collection so do stop by if you’re in town some day.
Finally, we are coming to the end of the liquidation stock from Clery’s, the famous Dublin Dept. store… There are sheets, odd duvet covers, some curtains and hollofibre duvets & pillows so definitely your last chance to grab a bargain. We are always at the end of the phone if you’d like to ask any questions or check prices.
We’ve been so busy the last few weeks that we hadn’t time to bring you images of all the new designs we received in the Autumn and the run up to Christmas… We’re still not 100% up-to-speed but – we’re getting there ! Have a look at the image gallery to see some of the almost 100 designs we have instore and (when it’s stopped raining) call in to pick up a bargain in our Winter Sale !
Naturally, we also have great reductions on our duvets & pillows, especially the “Spundown” duvet that is our best seller as you can wash it at home in your own machine at 60deg. (the temperature that kills dust-mites).
Whether you be of any religion or none, may we wish all our customers & friends a very happy & peaceful Christmas and a healthy & prosperous New Year. Thank you for your support over the last 38 years (isn’t that scary!) and we look forward to seeing you again in 2016 🙂