End of an era for favourite store

Margaret Swerdlow is retiring to spend more time with family
18th Sep 2019
Janelle Stewart

One of Guyra’s favourite stores is closing its doors after 15 years of trading.
The owner of Blacksheep wool’n’wares Margaret Swerdlow said that she is sad to see the business close, but it is time to retire and spend more time with family and friends.
“I would like to thank Julie and David Mills for opening the shop and giving me the opportunity to take it on,” Margaret said. “It was Julie’s dream to open a yarn shop when they moved here from Melbourne and David bought the shops and Julie started trading as Blacksheep wool’n’wares.
Margaret would also like to thank the Guyra Community for their wonderful support and all the knitters who helped her during the years of trading.
“A special mention to Bertha Reeves who has just given so much service to the shop and without her I don’t think I would have survived,” Margaret said. “Bertha helped me in so many aspects of the shop when I took it over from Julie - I had never run a shop before and had so much to learn and Bertha was always there helping with customers and solving my problems with patterns.”
“Many of our customers have knitted garments from Bertha and they are now worn throughout Australia and overseas. - Fifteen years of knitting nearly every day is just something we all can only admire.”
“I would also like to thank Janiece Williamson who started in 2004 with Julie Mills and continued until last year when I started to wind down the business and unfortunately had to let her go,” she added. “Janiece was an extremely hard and dedicated worker, helping so many of our customers through the years as Blacksheep wool
became known throughout
Australia and overseas.”
“So many customers travelled miles just to come to the shop because we both took great pride in making sure our customers walked away satisfied with their purchases and the shop was a great experience for them to visit.”
“Thank you to all my suppliers, couriers and especially to Kerry at the Post Office who helped me on many occasions. Thank you to all the Knitters Guilds who visited the shop every year, staying overnight and purchasing so much yarn - they even came from interstate.”
“I hope when the drought is over the Guyra Community will prosper and trading for the shops in town will build again,” Margaret said. “I will miss very much all my friends who called in nearly every day for a chat they kept me going when times became very hard and we solved the problems of the world - you all know who you are.”
A closing down sale has started and there is plenty of wool and patterns still available, all now at wholesale prices. There are great bargains to be had by all so come in all you knitters and stock up for next year. Finally, just a reminder to pick up any yarn you have put away that would be very much appreciated.