Thursday, April 6, 2017

Biz Behind the Scenes: Collecting, Crafting, and Getting Caught Up + Re-Inspired

March was a month of ups-and-downs for sure, mostly emotionally. But by the end we got through it and again I feel 100% inspired and ready to make like crazy; my favorite thing to do! I'm writing a little series on how I got through the hard shop start-up time. 'Til then, here's some behind-the-scenes of what I've been crafting and getting up to with business and life.



I'm back to vintage collecting! It's a blessing to look at vintage from the perspective of being a collector again. I'm hunting online and at few (VERY few, I don't let myself hunt too much, on an early-start-up budget) flea markets and yard sales for late 60s-70s groovy bits for my home and shop. I'll share some thrift hauls soon. (You can see a preview of it above with that gorgeous shag rug I scored!)


March was another busy season of markets and big store sales. I got backed up and stressed at some points but now I'm getting ahead and making the changes needed to keep my sanity. My new intern and employee are really helpful here, it's fun to work with my new age herb-loving co-workers! Tara, my new helper, is a talented artist, I'm looking forward to some chill drawing and crafting nights at the store!

Just a tiny smattering of our adorable customers from the store & at marketplaces.
With new helpers we're getting more sales and I'm getting more items on our Etsy shop

Speaking of markets, I'm excited that we got accepted into Renegade Craft Fair in Miami! I've admired the artisans in Renegade for years and I was thoroughly surprised to be accepted into a marketplace with some many polished, creative business owners. In my head I'm always thinking of my work needing improvement and not being good enough so it was a nice pinch of validation to get in, I was expecting a rejection e-mail. If you're in or near Miami come say "Hi" :)


All accomplishments aside, I let another month go by without many travels or tours of nature and that is going to stop now. (Although we did get to an orchid show and saw the amazing Shadaowland at the Florida Theatre.) We're scheduling time for trips this month even with more markets coming. It's one of my personal priorities to be OUT in the world and not just cooped up inside and I'm doing what it takes to make that happen this month.

*And speaking of vintage, if you sell vintage frocks and/or baskets in particular, but vintage anything from the 60s-70s please e-mail me or leave your link in the comments (a lot of readers are vintage shoppers) so I can browse your wares. Also please do let me know if you're interested in selling vintage clothes with me? I'm on the fence but I'm too exhausted to teach workshops at the moment (just being honest with myself, finally, haha) so I have more retail space to fill up and I'm passionate about vintage clothes. And I'm also looking for teachers for workshops (creative, holistic, anything, if you've got a workshop, I've got a room!) so hit me up if you're interested!

How as your March? April's already turning into a good one where we're sitting. I actively post behind-the-scenes peeks on Instagram here & here
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14 comments:

  1. Congrats on your feature in the paper! That's so exciting:) I can totally relate, March was a big month for me too. Starting to feel my creativity coming back again though which is good x

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    1. Glad it's coming back for you too! :)

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  2. Congratulations for getting into the papers and being accepted to the Miami Craft fair, Vanessa!! Your determination has paid off :)

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    1. Thank you! It was my biggest moment of jubilation in a while, I've admired Renegade Craft Fair since I was working an office job wishing I was a full-time creative.

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  3. Congratulations on all your success. So exciting! The library must have been a great place to teach at. A perfect way to get involved and known in a community.

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    1. Thank you! :) The library was fun, met some interesting herb-loving people and helped introduce others that had no idea how to use them.

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  4. Busy month for sure, Vanessa! Congrats on being a part of the Renegade Craft Fair:)

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  5. You know I'm still pimping the vintage.....7 years now and still going strong.....https://www.facebook.com/Booth403/. You never know what you find on the trail.

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    1. For me it came down to storage and just the sheer volume needed to be in business with vintage. I can still love it as a collector and pick the best pieces for myself and never go back to the stress (for me) of selling it ;D haha

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  6. For me it came down to storage and just the sheer volume needed to be in business with vintage. I can still love it as a collector and pick the best pieces for myself and never go back to the stress (for me) of selling it ;D haha

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