We’re a week into 2015 and unusually I haven’t put myself under some unattainable pressures to start new projects, open new businesses and make a million by February 1st, or some such ridiculous resolutions! Having closed the physical shop last June, I spent the second half of the year trading at festivals and setting up my house as an online headquarters. Fitting a two floor shop into my already full house was tense but the decisions all felt natural and right so it was a matter of getting my head down and just doing it! The Etsy shop is set up and going well, we’re in a kind of routine with it, ready to keep our eyes and ears tuned in for new ideas, today felt a good day to look back at 2014 a year of big achievement and change!
This weekend last year we were doing a beginners course in working with neon We learnt about how a light is made, how the glass is shaped, gases used, the science of it. We certainly had fun and a better insight when ‘neon spotting’ during the year!
One of my biggest achievements of the year was co curating Fancy Pants with Jo. The prep began in February, we did the promotional shoot and started looking through the archive of costume for our display pieces!
Here are some of our initial findings in March at the Hartlebury museum archive storage, there are some fabulous pieces that had never been seen by the public so we were very excited to get things out on show where they should be!
The year started to get into motion with the first of 2014’s festivals, we traded for the first time at Festival of Vintage a well run two day event of all things authentically pre 1970s.
We really enjoyed this weekend, it wasn’t over run by reproduction clothing and 1990s clothes so was great fun for a proper bargain hunters rummage! We had a laugh with SHR veteran, Lewis on the second day too!
We’ll be there again this year, in the same spot, so maybe see you there?!
Before this we ‘prespent’ our takings on a trip to Israel to visit my family, I hadn’t been in around 20 years so it was like going with fresh eyes, my boyfriend and I had an amazing time, such an interesting country, obviously there are major problems there, we went at a quiet time and had ten days of exploring the dynamic cities, desert landscapes and luscious green surroundings of my families homes. We were there for Passover so enjoyed an authentic experience of the traditional dinner!
A great month of work and play!
May highlights were all about our vintage pals, Minimum Mouse It’s always better to work with your business ‘competition’ than against, usually everyone benefits when you put brains and brawn together in small businesses. By working with fellow vintage sellers we’ve run successful vintage fairs and traded at international festivals, many hands make light work, in many ways!
Anyway, Marianne and James got married so it was a vintage hen do and wedding extravaganza!
They got married in the UKs oldest cinema in their hometown of Birmingham, they made a beautiful and funny home video that had us balling when it was projected on the big screen!
The wheels were most definitely in motion for the closing of the shop by May, once I make up my mind there’s no going back! The sorting and clearing had begun and we had a mega sale in store!
Well, June was a biggy as far as life events go, I closed the physical shop I’d been running for 8 years. It was definitely the right thing to do and I now feel more ‘free’ both physically not having to sit in the shop and mentally, feeling inspired and creative again without the routine of the ’shop front’. Sure, I miss customers and the daily ‘face to face’ thing but it was the right time to move forward with the business still going strong.
The final Saturday was a fun day too, Jo was there and Lewis came down, Loll our friend and fellow member of team WAVE brought bubbles and we all had a merry time reminiscing and getting excited for the future! Lots of dressing up of course, and the birth of the ‘Bubblegum Bitches’ yet to make their debut public performance after the first rehersal that day!
This post is pretty long already so we’ll do the next 6 months in the following blog piece, the ‘post Hopmarket shop months’!