Monday, 21 April 2014

Roll up roll up... it was sale time

I like to have a sale on Bank Holidays, today was horrid to start and i did wonder if it would be worth it while i was freezing dragging myself around a terrible Sunday market in the fog!

But by the time we had got home with what i can only describe as meager finds... 3 lovely pictures but that was all! Not worth the £20 petrol or the very early start but hey ho. Anyhoo the weather had changed and the sun was shining so after  a quick cup of tea... my first of the day grrrr, i set off to open the shop.

Now we all have signs at the end of the road into Bridgemont to send folk up to the industrial estate which is off the beaten track, anyhoo can you guess how surprised  i was to find some idiot (not the word i used at the time) had vandalised our sign!!!!

Now luckily after much searching we found the sign and put it back but this is another kick in the teeth for many shop owners... wanton vandalism! Why, why do they feel the need to do this kind of thing, well all i can say is they are mindless feckwits, with no morals or manners.

So after spending time fixing the sign we opened the shop to lots of lovely buyers, all were so shocked when i told them of what had happened.

In between customers i re organised the garden section and then washed some china tea sets.



I will not let these bad things get me down when i have so many lovely customers and such wonderful supportive friends and family x

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Vintage

Vintage can be seen as a dirty word sometimes... people seem to think we buy everything cheap as chips and then bang them in the shop at an extortionate price but think on this!

I get up at 5.30 on a weekend, go out in the cold dark muddy freezing in Winter weather, searching in sometimes grungy stuff that makes you want to reach for the hand sanitiser quicker than a flash.
You have to run the barge of the ruthless steely eyed dealers.. yes yes i know i am a dealer but i try to be polite and not barge folk around just because i am not that desperate to find that think!
Then you have the unbudging grumpy sellers who mention the price on ebay with every second breath, to me ebay is nothing at all to do with reality, if you bags a bargain then good oh but half the time prices have no rhyme or reason!
That is before i add in the cost of fuel and time, then bring it home clean, clean some more and then often repair.

It all takes time and after all that i often do research on each piece so when someone asks i can give them as much info as possible.

Shall leave you with this thought... at one of todays tiny car boots we dropped in at by chance.

An enamel wash bowl uncleaned and in need of a bit of tlc... asked the seller the cost £15.00 he barked at me... well that my dear readers is exactly what i sell the same size bowl for in our shop!
Ours are cleaned and the rust is treated, i promise i don't bark at customers either and always try and smile too!

Tatty bye x

Hope you are enjoying a little look into the real world of a vintage shop owner :)

Happy Easter







Easter is not just about chocolate, for me it is about family time, a rare afternoon off and lot of yummy food!


What ever your Easter means to you, have a safe and happy one xx


Saturday, 19 April 2014

A thought

Slacking with the blogging again.. so busy running a shop and a busy home of 4 children, 3 cats and a man!

Life and days whoosh by, i often think oooh i will blog but then something else pops up!




So my thought for today is how busy life is... running your own shop is more than a full time job!
Our whole world revolves around the shop, not just the opening everyday, yet have a day off and everyone notices and comments!
I wonder how many who have a job working for someone else would work 7 days a week 16 hours a day for very little pay.. no day off no paid holidays, yes i choose to do this but it would be nice if people think before they tell you you should be open all the time!

Even our days off are usually about catching up with banking and admin, searching out new stock and chasing up post and couriers.

Don't get me wrong i love doing this but do spare a thought, it is not all fun and an easy option... far from it.




Tonight i will be updating my fb pages, the blog, twitter, pinterest and instagram, searching for fairs to go too and of course sourcing more vintage stock.

That's another thing, we only sell true vintage.. it has to be sourced by building up contacts, getting up at stupid o'clock to search around in the cold, wet dark corner of a muddy field or sometimes just by luck.
There is no vintage fairy... wish there was some mornings when i have to drag my aching bones out into the cold ;)
This isn't a whinge or me being grumpy, it is just what is in my head now a bit of a look into my life! I don't want praise or thanks you's, i get the biggest buzz ever when someone finds that perfect thing in the shop and takes it away to give it a forever home.

Right i have a cup of tea and a chink of rocky road with my name on.. shall try and be a better blogger!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Shop

from start to finish


The first look


Bit of a mess but lots of potential 


Loved the old fireplace 


Work started


Lots and lots of painting


and more painting


Now with heating in, painting done and floor painted!




Saturday, 1 March 2014

Off the grid!

Well there is so much to catch up on and so much to tell you but where do i start!!

So here's a quick update

A bit of TMI first, my poorly boob healed quickly but it seems i now have another cyst that is growing fast.. so back i shall go and hopefully we will have a similar outcome.. fingers crossed!

We are finally in the new shop, i have painted, cleaned, painted, scrubbed and painted some more! We have got it as near as dammit!
I will do a whole start to finish blog tomorrow!

We opened just over a week ago and have had an amazing response already.
I am finally back to sewing but needing a bit of ooomph to get me all fired up with the old sewing lark!
We held our first workshop last weekend which was ace fun and now i am busy planning lots more.

We have had cold, illness and lurgy! Birthdays and Valentines! Dad's anniversary.. miss you Dad!
We have had days out as a couple... yes ok so we did go vintaging but a day out is a day!

So there you go, there is loads more but i can hear someone snoring at the back so i shall trot off

XX

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Sorry

I need to say a big sorry to all those waiting for me to draw the pack winner!

Let me explain... nearly two weeks ago i found a lump... panic followed and appointments and more worry and panic!
My doctors were fab and got me in to see a specialist really quickly but still it is scary going to the Cancer clinic! I had lots and lots of test and checks done.

I am so very lucky and happy to say i have cysts, they are benign lumps which all though they are a bit of a pain especially the huge b***er (5cms) that they removed on Tuesday, they are not cancerous.

I have more than this one and have to of course keep an eye on them and get them checked straightaway.. like you must do people!

So i haven't been slacking off and i have had to rest a bit but i am getting back to full speed again and shall pick a winner this weekend

hugs and stuff

Me x

Monday, 6 January 2014

and the blog goes on...

I shall keep the giveaway open for a few more days as some people are only just getting back into blog reading after Christmas xx