Thursday, 29 July 2010

Today is a most excellent day

It's great how some things can be so unexpected. I just sold two Toast Rack items today :) I'm so happy. That's both more money for the business and for my holiday. My shop is looking quite empty though so I have to get more items up. The only problem is that I have 2 brooches and a pair of shoes, that's it. So I've got to get vintage hunting again :)

I went to two awesome market's while I was in Holland. I bought this really cute 1960's black and red gramophone brooch. Really wish I could go back. Grr. My mum lives round the corner from one of them and won't go to have a look for me so I'm really jealous, lol. Will have to find some markets around here and pay another visit to my favourite vintage shop in town.

I really enjoy vintage hunting and am so happy that I decided to make Toast Rack solely a vintage shop. It's a real passion of mine. I wish this could be my job - that and making my Random Quirks jewellery.

Not much else going on. My dissertation is going ok. Just need to get my focus group done and then I can write quickly and easily until it is finished :) Oh, and 1 month until my holiday! I can't wait.

Yes, today is a most excellent day :)

Monday, 26 July 2010

Work, work and more work

Wow, been awhile hasn't it? Not only my blog has suffered but my shops have been neglected too. Must learn to multi-task. On the bright side, last time I wrote I had only done 5000 words on my dissertation - now I have written 10500 words. And I've done 2 out of 3 of my research methods. I keep thinking, why did I decide to do three.

Anyway, luckily for me I have a back-log of new items that I made for Random Quirks so I can start listing them again, starting with this one in the picture. Plenty of rings, stud earrings and keychains to come :) I also have plenty of supplies so I should hopefully be able to make some new items soon when my new item box begins to get empty again. I have also almost finished phasing out the hand painted t-shirts - one more to go. I do hand paint t-shirts in my spare time as favours to friends though, so if anyone were to want one, I can definitely do some custom work.

So, on to Toast Rack. I don't know if I mentioned it but I have also decided to stop doing the t-shirts there as well. Instead I am going to concentrate on selling vintage accessories. Again it was a time and difficulty thing. I think I am better off selling made to order things. Once again, I bit off more than I can chew. I finally got a sale with Toast Rack for a vintage brooch so that convinced me that I was better off only selling vintage items. I love vintage. Fingers crossed for this new venture.

Not much to say on the job front. I don't have one and it's really difficult trying to find a new one. (got let go from my job in may due to staff cuts) I can't really get a proper job at the moment since I have my holiday in September for when I finish my dissertation. Annoyingly I booked it before I lost my job so I've had to scrimp and save for it and am doing pretty well so far. Luckily I have lots and lots of stuff to sell on ebay :) I can't wait :)

Well thats all for now, I am going to try my hardest to become a better multi-tasker.