Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Memories....

Do you ever sit and look through your archives of saved pictures on your computer? Well, that is just what I have been doing and it has prompted me to share with you some old photos. A couple of years ago, I ran my own little shop. I was lucky enough to have the space on the side of our house (It has since become my kitchen!)

I enjoyed that time very much, but running your own shop is a tremendous tie. Also I found it difficult to switch off from all the work involved, particularly as it was difficult to get any distance from it!! My youngest daughter was only 10 at the time (not to mention us having two older daughters too) and I felt that I couldn't give her the attention that she needed all of the time, either.

I used to sell handmade items, made by myself from vintage fabrics, as well as other vintage textile items and pretty antique treasures. I just don't think the village that I live in was ready for it!! As it was a small shop on its own in the village, it was very difficult to get custom through the door. This is why I progressed to doing the fairs and selling on-line.

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Why not look through your archives and see what memories you stir?!

25 comments:

  1. OMG your shop was beautiful!! I would have bought everything!

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  2. My sentiments exactly! What a dream to sit in your own little exquisite shop, sipping pink champagne, the pooch by your side. Instead of living in London.

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  3. Love looking at your pictures, wish I could step into that shop, my credit card would be too hot to touch. What did you do with all the things from the shop? Keep posting your pictures, I look everyday.
    NANCY JO

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  4. Your shop was an absolute beauty. When I first gave up work to have chidren I too wanted a shop but knew that I didn't want to put in the hours and that unless I was prepared to travel I wouldn't have a good location for retail. Actually it turned out for the best as I'm far happier as a mother than a business woman.
    Carolyn (Willow House)

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  5. I would have been at your shop every day. What a wonderful place for some one who loves the victorian look to spend a few hours. Do you sell any of your items on the internet?

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  6. What a beautiful shop you had! Thanks for the trip down memory lane...nel

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  7. I wish I had a shop like that! It looked very beautiful!

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  8. Hi Niki, I love to see your photos of your shop! You had by far the most wonderful vintage shop I have ever been in! Just seeing all those glorious vintage treasures displayed is such an inspiration. If you were to open another, I'm sure you would do extremely well - I'd find something to buy every day - bank account willing!! Clare x

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  9. Perfect, Niki!! When I finally get my old photos onto my new computer I'll be posting some memories - mainly gardens and sunsets. Sue x

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  10. It's as well your shop wasn't in my town..I would never have had any money for food..!
    If the heart I bought from you is anything to go by...your little shop was full of treasures.!

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  11. Oh my gawd Niki what a wonderful dream shop! Wish I would have memories like this! I totally love the pictures!

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  12. Oh my........your shop was absolutely beautiful. I would have loved to shop ther if I lived nearby.

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  13. Hmmm... So beautiful !!!

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  14. OH wow, I love your little shop. My kind of place. Don't you miss it?

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  16. Exactly what I always dreamed of owning but never have. Beautiful place to linger awhile.

    Annabelle ~^..^~ xo

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  17. Hi and thank you everyone for your lovely comments.
    I do miss my shop, but NOT all the work involved.
    To Sharon Kay, yes I do sell on the web. I have my own website see 'my site' on my links. I also do a few fairs. Thanks for your interest!
    Niki.x

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  18. What a pretty little shop you have! I would have been one of your regular customers for sure :)
    Love your pillows and it looks like you also make duvet covers or quilts. And pretty little bags. How beautiful!

    tea
    xo

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  19. Hi Niki - Thanks for your lovely comments re my memories - there's a piccie of Mum on there now! Can you email me as I've lost all my old email addresses with all the computer problems. Thanks. Had a quick flick through someone's Somerset Life this afternoon ... lovely! Sue xx

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  20. Niki, your shop was gorgeous, what a dream! Except for the lack of customers. But at least you can say you did it.

    In answer to your question about archives of old photos - I have a folder of pictures of garage sale finds I sold on eBay over a couple of years. Some of them I wish I had back again! That would be the hard part of having a shop, how do you part with all those pretties?

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  21. Looking through archives is fun.

    You were lucky to have had the shop. It was lovely. I have a friend who has a shop with hand made things from all over the world. I love to visit her shop.

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  22. If I would have walked into that shop, I would have thought that I'd died & gone to heaven :)

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  23. Oh, I would have spent a fortune at that shop ;-)))

    By the way, heart # 3 is on my blog now... ;-))

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  24. Such a gorgeous little shop - with the perfect name - Nostalgia!

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  25. I, too miss my shop....but on second thought not that much....it was always so beautiful and that wasn't even reason enough for the public to beat the door down....I had about 50 loyal customers, but needed about 200....(grin)

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Niki xx