Saturday, November 23, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
When the holiday season rolls around I am always acutely aware of how non-seasonal my shop is. Sure, I look out for season appropriate things but for the most part I list what I find and I find what I like! Seems like one of the joys of an online clothing shop is that someone from Sydney could buy a summer dress in the morning and someone from Vermont could buy a sweater in the afternoon, (I don't think I've ever shipped to Vermont) Anyway....I blame my kiwi upbringing for being oblivious to seasons. Not being raised here in America means the "Thanksgiving through to Christmas/Hanukkah" didn't really happen for me (no Thanksgiving of course), our holidays were all about Christmas day through New Years as it's summer time and we are at the beach, off on camping holidays and not at all thinking about fur, rhinestones and the like. Now that I have been stateside for almost 12 years I love the holiday season and I really love switching my closets over, folding away the tired summer stuff and dragging out the long wrinkled coats and millions of jeans...thinking about who to invite for the orphans turkey day and getting a real tree to put pressies under. But I don't seem to have embraced it very well in my vintage shop, there are days when NONE of my orders are domestic, the UK, Australia, France.....all over the globe and sometimes for all kinds of events too so the dress may not really need to be season appropriate. I am quite envious of all the lovely sellers who post shots of racks of coats, wooly sweaters and sparkly dresses....how do you find so much? how do you manage to squirrel it away.....I just don't work like that, mind you a NYC apartment has a liiiiiiittle to do with that. Having said all this I am planning a little holiday glamour in the shop this year, well, maybe not glamour but a little festive touch which might make up for the summer-winter soup I have created in there.......when can we start saying Happy Holidays? hope you guys have ordered your turkey! (or tofu).
Posted by Wildfell Hall Vintage at 3:44 AM
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Not sure about you but I am a fairly staunch small business supporter. If a friend is selling something I try to buy it, I search Etsy usually before trying to find something online from a more corporate seller, I try to shop locally for our household items, use the local baby shop for Wolfie's things rather than Amazon but s**t it gets hard sometimes because of the extra expense! BUT, I am in no way complaining about the costs, I completely understand as a small business myself that individuals selling an item they have produced/found/sourced encounter much higher costs than a corporation or large company. In my old age I am becoming increasingly angry at the corporate monopoly on commerce and the downright criminality of the banking system....it makes me more and more supportive of existing outside this "system" as much as possible and not supporting the bloated growth of a select few multi-million dollar franchises.
It costs more to think like this though doesn't it? This morning Wolfie and I trotted down to our local farmers market, it is in Williamsburg Brooklyn, not the cheapest of areas and I think my $31 meager bag of vegetables can support that fact. I then paid $24 for some sausages and eggs. So within about 6 minutes I had spent $55 on an amount of food which wouldn't last the 3 of us more than a few days. It's a tough dilemma, sometimes I jump in the car and head to Trader Joes and even Wholefoods and I can get a lot more for my dollar at these places, and I don't think they really are such bad companies to support. But there is something so, so nice about getting your food from people who grew it, put it in their truck and drove to you with it, then chatted to you about the tomatoes and went home with your money in their pockets. The best part of that exchange is that the money I give them with almost 99% likely go BACK into their farm, whereas my money at Wholefoods is most certainly getting very much more distributed....however they employ a ton of people, support small suppliers etc so I guess large companies in many ways have validity in this way and are important for our economy.
I've decided that I'm going to find a happy medium somewhere with supporting local/small businesses. When I can I will, maybe every 2nd week shopping at the farmers market makes more sense financially than every week. I'm def' buying everything for the holiday season locally, any gifts for family and friends (though to be honest we don't send many anymore, do we really need more stuff?) will be purchased on Etsy or from local stores. Sometimes I think corporations really snag us with the ease of shopping with them....free shipping, next day delivery....and I def' use it occasionally but I feel so much better for taking a bit of extra time to get out and shop with independent retailers....are you thinking like this for the holidays? it's hard to make good choices sometimes, bit more effort and money but long term effects so much more rewarding, especially for many people I know who are self-employed. Having said all this I am well aware that even having the financial choice of buying organic and local is a luxury and I am grateful to be able to even consider both options!
Posted by Wildfell Hall Vintage at 6:05 AM
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Always utterly fantastic to see the goods on a lovely lady! jump on over to Jamie's fab blog Chatterblossom for the lowdown on her Slipperie kimono....and there's a wee sweetener in the blog post too....thanks Jamie, beautiful photos once again!
Posted by Wildfell Hall Vintage at 4:56 PM
Friday, October 11, 2013
Last week I bought this little brass mouse on Etsy, my receipts sort of float around my over-stuffed desk until I find time to log them so I figured this perky little guy would help to hold them in place and be a reminder to do it. I'm not sure if you guys are highly organized or a mess, or somewhere in between but running two shops single handedly is bloody hard work....throw a 9 month old baby in the mix and it's pretty much chaos until I pour a glass of wine at 8pm. But I ain't complaining, I am always super duper thankful for being busy and as my husband says it's a nice problem to have, yes sir! which brings me to systems....do you have any for inventory etc? mine is rather loose....I buy stuff, log the receipts into a monthly spreadsheet (the crudest of spreadsheets!) and sometimes....at the end of the month I work out what I paid for things and what I am left with after the sale etc....it's all very basic. Lately I feel like things have grown to the point where for sanity I should keep a better record....but here's the thing....I go shopping once or twice a month this is usually a 2 day affair, then the cleaning, the steaming, the photographing and the listing.....the shipping....the ordering of packing materials...the business cards....the emails....all me....how in the world am I going to implement a system, right now I eat standing up and literally run like a maniac from the second little Wolfie leaves the house till he comes back....John suggested I take each day at a time rather than wait to log information which I think is a good idea (at this point a marital argument of household chore imbalance could've ensued but you gotta pick your battles....) so, from now on after sales I am going to log the information on THAT day thus never having a build up of hideous paperwork! brilliant! I'd be interested to hear any advice about how you guys cope with this kind of small business one-woman show situation.....ok I'm off to take the receipts off the little mouse tail.
Posted by Wildfell Hall Vintage at 5:56 AM