Monday, January 9, 2012

So how are things?



Hello there- thought I might do a little follow up post to the one I wrote when I started selling full time. In the last 3 months I learned even more than before and frankly this new year is both daunting and fabulous all at the same time! Here's some very valuable vintage lessons I finally am getting around my thick skull.

☛ "there will be other winters". This is a direct quote from the quite marvelous Lauren of DearGolden. I had the good fortune to meet her recently and we did a little shopping together, I passed up a cardigan and muttered something like "I have a lot of cardigans"...and her response was the above. it made perfect sense and reminded me this is my JOB now. There's not just winter 2012 but 2013 too...

☛ working from home isn't a cake walk. It's a constant struggle to not clean the loo, re-organize the kitchen cupboards, visit J in his shop...to stay focused is hard and I'm slowly getting better at it. Slowly.

☛ don't take money for granted. Now that I am subsidizing my business with my savings it ALL matters...which brings me to my next point....

☛ value the vintage. I think back to what I charged a year ago and do a little cry but whatever, it was a learning curve, now I want to charge fair, firm prices for these one of a kind pieces and unless the shop is on sale they cost what they cost....so easy to forget the time that goes into each piece: sourcing, cleaning, mending, photographing, listing....and hopefully shipping! If a frankly derivative dress at Anthropologie can cost $220 what should a dress in wearable condition with a one of a kind print -aged 80s years- cost after all....

☛ when in doubt ask. So much I don't know, so so so much. But when I actually take the time to figure a vintage mystery out it always pays off, makes the description better, listing more accurate and makes some pretty solid internet friendships too. Having said that I hereby apologize for anything incorrectly dated in my shop. It's a work in progress!


Anyway enough.....2012 marked some pretty cool changes for the shop even if my sales right now are not booming (I have high hopes for the future, blast this recession, support small businesses and all that!), I'm shipping now from home (good god how did I last this long?), just signed up for the Manhattan Vintage Show (holy s**t) and am looking at cars for hunting trips....full steam ahead on the vintage dream.

Wishing myself good luck ( but we all know it ain't luck right? )

14 comments:

  1. two things:
    hurrah! good post.

    you signed up for the show!?! hrumph!

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  2. Fantastic post and wonderful advice Amy!

    I couldn't agree more with "If a frankly derivative dress at Anthropologie can cost $220 what should a dress in wearable condition with a one of a kind print -aged 80s years- cost after all…."

    Can't wait to see what's in store for Wildfell Hall Vintage in 2012! And yay for the Manhattan Vintage Show. I would love to attend that!

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  3. Congrats on your resolutions for yourself and your your shop. It was a pleasure to talk with you about your future plans and your dreams. Anytime...my door is always open.

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  4. totally agree with all of the above as a full time seller :)

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  5. Your shop is really taking off...I'm so happy for you! I totally get the value the vintage point. Some of my vintage barware went for pennies when I was first starting out. It's all part of the learning process. :)

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  6. Amy, thanks so much for this post! I am considering leaving my now part-time office job and going full-time vintage in September (well, have been considering it for years now) and I am so excited and even more worried. Even though I have had moderate success for years part-time, I know I have TONS to learn yet. This was a very helpful, encouraging and inspiring post. Congrats to you and good luck in 2012! <3

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  7. Great post, so true and thanks for the advice, always trying to pick up tidbits of advice. I am truly impressed on how far you have come in such a short amount of time, your hard work is really paying off and will continue to do so in the future, besides your charming personality shines through too!

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  8. Such a great post, I love all of your points! Your shop is one of my favorites and I know you are only going to grow more successful than you already are ♥

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  9. I'm wishing you luck,too!
    Great post! Selling is HARD WORK and should be rewarded like any other job!
    I could never do it ,yself,but try to support when/as I can....:)

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  10. I know what you mean about not getting distracted...i don't work from home - but when i'm making things for a fair, i find it really hard to stay on task. I like your shop Amy, you choose beautiful pieces, i really hope to be able to buy from there one day.

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  11. All great points! Especially the one about pricing. You're doing great, Amy! (Also, I *love* the postcard.)

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  12. Great post. As a vintage seller I have to remember to "value the vintage" as well. We are all works in progress. I will look for you at the Manhattan Vintage Show.

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  13. Awesome post! I value and respect the honesty of your post regarding full time selling. It's just the push I need get myself out there full time as well. Will look for your shop @ the next clothing show! :)

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