Friday, 15 October 2010

Feature Friday: Gleeful Peacock

What a find this week. I try and feature shops that don't have many sales but I had to make an exception this week. Meet Gleeful Peacock. You may have heard of the shop or not but either way you have to agree - the stuff in there is gorgeous! It has been really difficult to narrow it down to my two favourites to show off but I think I managed it. 

Describing herself as "a creative soul", the woman behind Gleeful Peacock is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and loves being able to call herself an artist. The shop is a mix of jewellery and hair accessories - pretty gold and silver with a colourful twist. For example, I am loving how this locket here is painted blue instead of just leaving it plain - it gives it a shabby chic quality.

Everything is reasonably priced so it's perfect for some early christmas shopping...for yourself, hee hee. Anyway, the range of hair accessories is really cool as well. Here is my favourite one below - so pretty! I'm really into headbands this year :)

I love looking through this shop and it is really cool how it is sophisticated and colourful, but not over the top. Ideal for people who like pretty romantic vintage inspired wearable art. So organise yourself and start shopping early this year - right here at Gleeful Peacock!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

So many developments

Right, where to begin? I shall start off with the vintage fair I went to on Sunday. It was a bit of a slow day, but I managed to make a small profit so it was definitely worth it. It was also my first time using a clothes rail (thank you to the organisers for lending me one). Didn’t sell any of the clothes this time but it wasn’t really the right crowd and it didn’t help that I didn’t have anything to display prices. Must get/make some tags. It was a good day for Random Quirks, as all but one of the items that I sold was from there :)

In other news – I got a job yesterday! Yay. It’s only a Christmas temp position at New Look but its both employment and a step in the right direction towards my merchandising career. Not sure exactly when I’m starting but I have to go there this weekend to have an induction and team building.

I am also developing some branding bits and pieces for both Random Quirks and Toast Rack. Things like logo stamps, proper thank you cards, tags and promotional material. Last night I made a thank you card for Random Quirks. Let me know what you think.

I also need to make a new banner for Toast Rack since the current one isn’t really relevant. I also want a logo for the shop as well. This is me preparing for the Holiday period. :) Stuff is getting done.

I’m finally able to head to a car boot sale (a real one this time!) this Sunday so I will hopefully be getting more treasures for Toast Rack. I’m hoping to get more jewellery and trinkets than anything else since I have enough clothes for now. I would really like to put these gorgeous dresses I found online but I can’t really photograph them. I don’t have a model or a mannequin. Maybe once I clear out my room a bit then I’ll be able to fit a mannequin in there – I saw some cool ones in the TK Maxx in my home town.

Oh yes, and I almost forgot, there may be finally a Random Quirks website in the works. That is all I will say for now, more news on that at a later date.

What stuff are you getting done for the holiday rush?

Friday, 8 October 2010

Feature Friday: Floor Art Etc

Wow, it's a close one. Now I know it technically isn't Friday here in the UK anymore, but it still is in the US so that will have to do, it's been a busy day. Will establish just how worth it the busy day was at a later date depending how things turn out in the next few days.

Anyway, on to the feature. This week we will be looking at: Floor Art Etc. I found this shop wandering around the bags and purses section of Etsy. I love mixed media so it was a great find :) 

There is a mixture of household items and bags in Floor Art Etc with the common theme of photography and art. I especially love the messenger bags like this one below. All the prints were designed by Billie Anderson from Montana who describes herself as "fortunate to be a designer and artist along with being a Nanny to my adorable Grandson Nikolas". The messenger bags would be a great gift for someone special.

If you don't have the money to spend on bags, but love the prints - then you can find the prints are available too! I am in love with this particular print below, as a whole print it is gorgeous, but there are also so many details to it. :)

This shop is definitely worth a visit if you like intricate prints - I sure do :) Pay a visit to Floor Art Etc today!

Come back next Friday to see who I feature next . Who knows, it could be you!

My next vintage fair is on Sunday, so wish me luck! I will try and get photos of the new stock I received today to show you soon. 

Monday, 4 October 2010

New stock, car boots and vintage fairs...

So, as promised I’m showing off some of my new stock and my stall from the vintage fair I went to. Firstly, the new stock. After popping home last weekend, I came back with loads of treasures that I found at a car boot there. I managed to get some photos of them but sold some of them before I could even get them online. I also made some new handmade Toast Rack and Random Quirks jewellery.

Let me know what you think. Now I need to replace the vintage stuff I sold, lol. I really need to find somewhere to get a regular income of items. Yesterday I attempted to find a car boot sale here in Manchester but since it’s a city, that’s easier said than done. My friend and I ended up wandering around in the rain with no luck of finding one. Never again, don’t always trust google people!

Luckily, I now have some car boots that actually exist written down and will have to wait until the 17th to go. For now, I will have to rely on ebay and charity shops. . I have also started collecting vintage clothing and nik naks to go along with the shoes and accessories I have. It’s really fun. Check out the goodies I got today at charity shops around Manchester:

Also, not seen in the photo are two dresses I picked up. A purple velvet dress and maroon corduroy pinafore dress – both very cute and wintery. I like :)

The vintage fair I went to on Saturday was awesome. I had both my Random Quirks and Toast Rack products there, and unsurprisingly with it being a vintage fair - all the items that sold were from Toast Rack. It was an awesome day where I not only made a profit, I made a good profit :) Take a look:

My display seems to have improved even further. I have to put it down to the space saving mug tree I got to hang necklaces off and the spinning hanger that I use to put up bracelets and brooches. Fingers crossed that the next vintage fair I go to on Sunday is as good as this one. I’m staying positive.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Feature Friday: Green Pickles

Happy October everyone! Today's featured shop I found in the forums about a week ago. An awesome find I reckon - definitely on my christmas shopping list...for me :). So for those who are organised and are thinking about beginning their christmas shopping, or maybe even have a friend's birthday coming up, look no further.

A fellow UK seller, Green Pickles is run by a designer and crafter who is inspired by "fairytales, whimsical romantic feelings and sunny days". It definitely shows in her work. I love the hair band above - it could work in both summer and winter. I am loving hair bands at the moment and this is at the top of my list. She even offers custom items, so I may have to request a button hair band in purple at some point :).

There is also a selection of whimsical hair combs which are adorable! This one has to be my favourite. Very vintage chic. Every item in this shop is unique so you are guaranteed to be individual from your friends. That is the awesome thing about the hand made movement. Go visit Green Pickles today!

Come back next Friday to see who I feature next . Who knows, it could be you!

Also, I am going to a vintage fair tomorrow - wish me luck! I have also finally gotten photos of my new stock so will show those off next time. :) Take care!