Starting a Haberdashery
- Price: £5.99
- Published: August 2017
- Type: Business Opportunity Profile
- Format: PDF
- Qualifications and skills
- Key market issues and trends
- Trading, commercial and legal issues
- Further information
Haberdasheries traditionally supply small items used for dressmaking, sewing, and other textile craft activities, such as thread, ribbon, buttons, zips, elastic, scissors, pins and needles. Many also supply patterns, fabrics, yarns and basic non-textile craft supplies such as tape, glue, beads and sequins. Some haberdasheries supply sewing machines and specialist sewing and knitting books, while others provide tuition in techniques such as sewing, quilting or embroidery.
Typical customers include sewing, knitting and craft enthusiasts and amateur dressmakers, along with multi-media artists, fashion students and designers, and wedding-dress makers. Sewing and embroidery services and commercial makers of craft items, soft furnishings, Christmas decorations and wedding favours are also important trade customers.
As well as trading from traditional retail premises and local market stalls, haberdashery proprietors (known as haberdashers) increasingly trade online.
This profile provides information about starting up and running a haberdashery. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.