Hello everyone! I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything here. So… I recently made the decision, along with my sweet and so supportive husband, to quit my job and do what makes me happy, selling and refashioning vintage clothing! I once heard a saying that went something like this… “Think of what it is that you love doing so much that when you are doing it, the hours are flying by. Figure out a way to make that your career, and you will be happy for the rest of your life!” That was years ago, and has always stuck with me, always a voice in the back of my head and I knew exactly what that thing was as soon as I heard it. Everything has come together as it always does, and now seemed like the perfect time to quit that soul-sucking office job and go for it! After all we only get one life to live, why shouldn’t I be working as hard for myself as I have for someone else all these years, and spend my time doing what makes my heart absolutely sing!!
So here is what I’ve been working on lately… I wanted refashion some of the long sleeve vintage blouses I have into flowy tank tops. I wanted to have a few of them ready to take with me to the Urban Flea Market in downtown Salt Lake yesterday. So I started with just a basic long sleeve, collared shirt like this…
I removed the collar and sleeves and created a new neckline, finishing this one off with black bias tape, and voila!
And this one, same thing…
Take off the sleeves, make a new neckline, now I have this!
This one was actually the first one I made, unfortunately I started it on a creative whim and didn’t take a before picture, but by now you get the idea. Remove collar, remove sleeves, blah blah blah… for this one I actually made the front the back, so there are buttons that go down the back.
These are the only “after” pictures I have as I have been so busy getting ready for the flea market that I forgot. Luckily I took pictures at the market before I sold them, because I ended up selling 2 out of 3! Awesome but waaaahhh!! I didn’t even get to wear them first before they were sold. Oh well. The flea market was an amazing success, I even had multiple offers from people with storefronts who are interested in selling my clothes in their shops! I got to meet lots of other people who share my passion for vintage clothing and it was all around a very hot but amazing day. Here are some more pictures of my booth at the flea market.
I was on such a high after leaving the market, ready to go out and do another one right then! But seriously, it was very reaffirming of my decision to quit the office job and do what I do. I loved every minute of it and now I have time to refashion more pieces during the week to sell at the next flea market! This coming Saturday the 19th, I’ll be at a new flea market called the Summer Flea at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park in South Jordan. This will go on every Saturday throughout October. They have the option to do a car boot (how very European!) or just rent a pitch, I’ll be just renting a pitch after checking it out and learning that they actually let you pull your car right up to your space to unload. So I’m planning on being there every Saturday, depending on how well this first one does. Anyhoo, I better get back to work, or play, it’s all one in the same now! Yay!!!
Back to the machine…