Shaftesbury Christmas Shopping Starts Early As Shops Face Supply Challenges

Shaftesbury residents are shopping for Christmas a month earlier than usual, according to our town’s independent retailers.

We talk with Lucy Barfoot from Coconut and Cotton, Dawn Small from Willow, Anita Horak from Kit and Kaboodle and Karen Hardwick from Cranbornes. The traders believe that concerns about another lockdown are prompting this early present buying.

Clockwise from top left: Anita Horak from Kit and Kaboodle, Lucy Barfoot from Coconut and Cotton, Dawn Small from Willow and Karen Hardwick from Cranbornes.

All four businesswomen say they’ve experienced challenges in obtaining some stock from suppliers and they advise getting gifts sooner, rather than later.

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