I decided to start a page where we can update each other on where to buy craft supplies in Kenya. Sometimes, finding craft supplies isn’t easy. One day, I am thinking to myself, Â where do I buy some quality cotton fabrics to make baby clothes in Nakuru? Nakuru is so ”useless” there’s nothing for crafting except cheap and ever pilling fabric from ”Eastleigh” stores. By then I am sneering at myself for living in such a backward town. Then, I walk to my famous wool shop, called Nakuru Wool Shop, and ask, do you normally stock on other fabric apart from uniform fabric? ”No, ma’am”, I am told. ”Do you know of any other shop apart from yours that does stock?”. Scratch, scratch, scratch … , ”Oh, I’m so sorry can’t help you with that”. By that time, I am being looked at as if, I pity you for asking such a question. ”Thank you for your effort, help me with my acrylic wool then”. ”What colour do you fancy today?”. Â Â …….
As I stroll to the next shop, I peer at the building’s name, I hardly know the names of buildings in my small town. Then I take a corner next to the biggest book shop we got in town, and I see a fabric shop christened, Rivatex. Climb, climb, by that time, all hope of getting any fabric has vanished because the last boutique I was into, the tailor I found there told me, ”Cotton in Nakuru is unavailable, leave alone flannel. By the way, what’s flannel?”.
”Hello”, I quip. ”Do you stock on uniform fabric, I want very strong fabric, I want to make some fabric harness for baby”. The lady then says, ”we stock a variety of flannel prints and even some solid colours”. ”Oh really?”. ”Mind if I take a look?”. She gives me a bunny print. It’s the exact same kind I would ship from the United States. I feel delighted take a few metres and request her, ”please stock on some cute and bright baby prints, please and I will be your number one customer”. ”Of course”, she says.
I jump a little higher because that saves me a little shipping money on flannel, it’s around the corner in my small town, the shop isn’t very busy, that means, quick service. It’s an accessible shop. And most importantly, they say it’s 100 percent Kenyan, Buy Kenya, Build Kenya is what they thrive at. What I learnt? Don’t underestimate the smallness of bigness of a place or even a human, they can as well save you. Searching, asking and you may find something from someone who understands what you are looking for or asking. Keep asking and don’t stop looking, they may have something and not know the name or call it by another name. Shopping for ”exotic” stuff or ones with strange names isn’t easy in Kenya and especially in small towns.
Are you in Nakuru and found something that you were told to go buy in Nairobi but ”accidentally” found it in your town? Please share where to buy craft supplies and the unusual buys in your area. Are they of quality? Something quality your customers won’t regret buying products from you?
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