Sunday, August 18, 2013

My Latest Venture

I mentioned in my last post I had a couple of projects on the go & this is one of them.

I've had my name down for a stall at a local vintage business for 18 months, as it wasn't going to happen anytime soon when a new place opened a few weeks ago, I made some enquiries, & booked myself a tiny space, just big enough to fit a set of shelves. Normally I'd throw myself in the deep end & take on a massive project, but this time I decided to take it slowly, hence the small space. I've been buying loads of vintage stuff for years & I really have way too much stuff to use so the opportunity to on-sell some of my goodies came at a good time. I also desperately need to downsize my craft supplies, so hopefully this will be a good place to do it.

The biggest problem was finding just the right name. I've been mulling it over for weeks & although I had a long list, & liked quite a few of them, I knew I hadn't found the right one. Then last Thursday I walked into the kitchen & read the sign over the mantle 'Keep Calm & Carry On.' Then it hit me 'Carry On Vintage.' I'm a big fan of the Carry On films, especially the early ones made in the 50's & 60's, so as Pop Larkin would say, 'perfick.'

So name chosen, boxes of stuff everywhere to be sorted, time to get moving! To be honest I've been lacking motivation to do anything  much lately, so this seemed like the right way to give myself the kick in the bum I needed!

Being OCD I had to be totally organised. I put the shelves together, my dd Emma helped me paint the timber shelves, I covered the metal shelf supports with fabric to soften the look, chose the stock & set it all up. I washed everything that was washable, catalogued it & priced it. 

Come set up day I had everything packed up by shelf, so I was totally organised & was able to set up the stall in record time, & here it is!



I need to make a much bigger sign but I was against the clock.
I made the bunting out of remnants of vintage sheets.


I painted the shelves different colours & set them up with different themes.


Bedroom shelf.


Kitchen shelf.

I plan on making things out of vintage fabrics to add to the stock.

The stall is at Tyabb Vintage Garage 1546 Flinders Frankston Rd, Tyabb, VIC 3913
It is currently open 6 days a week (closed Tuesday) from 10am - 5pm.

I have set up a facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/carryonvintageoz
Please pop over & like me. :-)

Yay a tick off my bucket list!

3 comments:

Sweet Pea said...

Hi Jan, what an exciting project! I love vintage and wished I lived closer so I could visit. I'll be popping over to visit your fb page though. Good luck...it seems sensible to take baby steps and I'm sure you'll be looking to expand your space before you know it.

lily boot said...

cute! Next time we drive that way, I shall certainly call by! I'm so impressed!

Cameron Scott@CONVERGEX said...

You did just the right thing -- to take things slow. Running a business needs scrupulous thinking. You can't just jump into a sudden idea and expect miracle results. Although it sometimes works, it is for a very few instances. How's business going?