Monthly Archives: January 2015

GOOD NEWS!!!

I am still pinching myself. I knew this was going to be a good year for me, that big and exciting things would be happening. But I had no idea it would be happening so fast!!! I decided recently that I was going to start looking for a retail space. I am beyond burned out on working from home. I miss people. I want to be able to see the joy in someone’s face when they purchase that perfect piece, not just hear about it over the internet. I want to be able to turn things over as fast as I can buy them. There are so many reasons!!! It has always been my dream to be a vintage shop owner. I’ve been an entrepreneur at heart since I was a young adult but it always seemed out of my reach. But things fall into place just as they should, and now THIS IS HAPPENING!!!!! I had some ideas of where I might set up shop. There were a couple of people I knew that might be open to the idea of renting me a small space. But when I tried to work up the courage to ask, I just couldn’t do it. There was a reason for that. When I got online the other night and decided to just start searching for commercial space there it was. It fell into my lap like it was supposed to be. So I sent an email and heard back almost right away, the next day I went to check out the space. It. Was. So. Perfect!!!!!! It is right in the heart of downtown Sugarhouse. Right where I want to be! This area is booming and right near Westminister College. I have a small 428 sq ft space, which is absolutely perfect for me. I have windows and a back room for my office/sewing. It is inside of another existing business owned by a very sweet lady named Bekke. I got really good vibes from her when we met, and I just knew it was meant to be. Immediately I got started trying to apply for a line of credit to get this started. Fail. Since quitting my office job back in July, I have been using a credit card for all of my business expenses, and that card is almost maxed out now, which is greatly affecting my credit score. So, I decided I had to take a leap of faith and use my savings. I know that I will be successful here. There is no doubt in my mind. Sugarhouse needs a vintage shop, and now they will have one! I am already going crazy working out the details in my head. I am scheduled to open March 1st with a tentative Grand Opening celebration on March 6th. Yay!!!!!

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I feel so lucky and blessed to be able to do what I love to do. None of this would have ever been possible without the overwhelming support and love that I receive from my husband Thom every day. His faith in me has been what has kept me going and given me the self confidence to get where I am today. I know I don’t get personal on here too often, but I want to include this picture of Thom and I. I am so in love with this man. I searched and searched for him, I was single for 9 years after my divorce. I was fine with being alone for the rest of my life. I didn’t want it to be that way, but I would rather be alone than to be with someone who I am not crazy about. We have so much fun together, he makes me feel special everyday, like I am his top priority. I wish every woman could have a partner like mine!!!

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So now it’s getting the business license and getting everything ready to open. I am so ready for this!!!!! If you are local, you should definitely stop by and say hi when we open. I’ll be at 2166 S Highland Dr, in the lower level of One World Gifts. I’ll keep you updated!

Back to the machine…

Kristal

Fugly Floral Dress: REHASHED

When I found this dress in a thrift store awhile back, I immediately loved that floral print! It looked like a lovely vintage wallpaper and I was determined to save it! I loved the ruffles too, in fact I debated whether or not I should rehash this one at all, or just leave it alone. It wasn’t until I actually tried it on that the decision became easy, it looked horrible!! That is my hurl face you see here…

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First thing I did was to pick out the trim that was around the collar and empire waist. I had actually almost finished picking it from around the waist when I realized I hadn’t taken the before pic! Then I removed the sleeves and high neckline and finished off with bias tape. Then I thought the ruffle at the collar was still a little too much, so I took some of it off and hemmed. Then I took a large section off of the bottom of the dress and used it to make a waist tie. Then I added 3 cute little vintage buttons from my stash. In my mind I was done, I was going to keep this a maxi. However when I tried it on, I wasn’t happy with it…

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So I got back to work and took off some of the length. This is what it looked like when I was finished!

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I love how it turned out! Sometimes you have a vision for a piece but as you get into it, that vision changes into something else. This one will be for sale, I didn’t take it in on the sides at all so it will fit a wide variety of sizes. There is plenty more room in this dress, especially in the bust!

Back to the machine…

Kristal

“Wholesome” Schoolgirl Dress: REHASHED

When I found this little vintage Laura Ashley diamond in the rough, there was no way I was leaving that dress at the thrift store! It was absolutely adorable in every way… except for the length. I hated the length, it just seemed so… wholesome. Like it would just simply be so much cuter if it were shorter. So that was the exact fate of this dress!

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I’m happy with it, it looks so much cuter this length. I actually did this rehash right before Christmas and I can’t believe it’s still sitting in the Etsy Shop! So cute.

So I guess I can let you all in on what I have been up to… Let’s just say Winter is my slow time of year. I’m not out doing markets and shows as much as I was during the Spring-Fall months. I miss people. It’s feeling hard for me to stay self motivated at home… all alone… all day. I am currently starting to look for other opportunities for my business. I would like to have an actual storefront, even if it were just a space to rent within another shop. I want to get dressed up and go to work and have other humans to interact with throughout the day. I never thought I would say it but I miss having somewhere to report to. Why should I put makeup on? Why shouldn’t I wear my yoga pants with my gray hoodie and slippers all day? I don’t need to at home but I like doing those things and I miss them. So waaaah waaaah, there you go. I really hope that doesn’t sound very depressed. I am so fortunate to be able to do what I do, and I never take that for granted. I have an amazing husband who is supportive of me beyond what I had ever hoped for in a man. Getting all the kinks worked out and figuring out where I fit in are just issues that don’t work themselves out overnight. I realize that. I’ve never been the most patient but I feel that good things are to come! I’m going to find the perfect place to bring in my lovely collection so that lovely ladies can come in and find their perfect piece. And I’ll actually get to see the joy instead of just hearing about it 🙂

I do have a market coming up though, it’s the 3 Dotters Vintage Market in Pleasant Grove, February 7 from 8 am – 4 pm! Come see me, I’m going to be doing a big sale on coats! This is a big market with lots of awesome vintage vendors, held in the Old Rec Center at 65 E 200 S, well worth the drive!

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Back to the machine…

Kristal