And so another year begins and with it comes some hope but more uncertainty… We would love to be full of optimism but despite our economists telling us that we have “near zero” unemployment, young couples are finding it harder and harder to get a foothold on the property ladder. The cost of renting is just as exorbitant and we are hearing from more and more people that they will just “make do” with what they have in the hot press.
Despite that and despite the several recessions / depressions / booms & busts that we’ve witnessed since we first opened in 1977, we start 2018 with our 41st. Annual Winter Sale.
As usual, we only have genuine reductions on our own stock and offer some clearances from our suppliers so that you are getting great value for your hard earned money. Brexit may not be good for our exporters but it’s good for us as we’ve made some big savings on our Sterling purchases so the savings are better this year than ever ! As an example, our double “Spundown” 13.5 tog duvet was selling at €79.50 only twelve months ago; now it’s €67.50 and we’re giving 20% off in the sale so it’s only €54.00 !!! Similar savings are reflected in prices on pillows, sheets and duvet covers.
2017 saw us celebrating 40 years in business and we were delighted to have that achievement recognised by several of our suppliers in being named as their “Recommended Stockist” for famous brands such as “Dorma” & “Sheridan”. The highlight however was to have been named as “The Sleep Experts” by the “Fine Bedding Company” which is an accolade afforded to a very select number of shops who have demonstrated an exceptionally high level of knowledge in all matters pertaining to the creation of the perfect sleep environment.
What will 2018 bring..? Hopefully, not more flooding as we’ve experienced in the past and as lieterally washed over Galway and the west coast overnight. A debate is raging over the flood defence proposals for our city’s quay walls and we admit to sitting on the fence (no pun intended). We’ve experienced the devastation caused by flooding on too many occasions in our 40 years but we certainly don’t want an ugly solution to an ugly problem.
Certainly, we hope that we can continue to rely on the support of our very loyal customers – over 2,200 have ‘liked’ and are ‘following’ our Facebook page so they’re kept up to date with all the latest news but in December alone 1,177 of you parted with your cash and helped keep seven people in employment so a very sincere thank you. With your support, we hope to continue our tradition of offering good quality bed linen at the most competitive prices. Only last week we had a lady who bought a duvet cover 35 years ago and is still perfect today so maybe we’re the victims of our own success!
Keep checking out our social media platforms as well… Besides Facebook, we’re also on Twitter and we’ve had a great reaction to our ‘Pinterest’ page – you may not be able to buy from us online but you can see (nearly) all the designs we have in stock and we’re always happy to take an order over the phone. Things are changing in the face of retail and we’ve had some new changes ourselves with a whole new L.E.D. lighting solution installed by “Elight”. We’ve also made changes to our counter area and given the front of the shop a whole new makeover so, if you haven’t been in for a while, pleae stop by and give us your feedback. Your views do shape our buying policies; you told us you wanted to see more displays on the beds and that’s why we now have NINETEEN display beds – part of the reason we have been named “The Sleep Experts” and (hopefully) part of the reason you’ll continue to make Household Linens your no. 1 destination for all things in bed linen.
A happy, healthy & prosperous New Year to you all.