Thursday, January 21, 2010


At the risk of this reading like one of those cheesy acceptance speeches at an awards show, I am going to risk it, as I have so much to be thankful for!
1. Firstly, THANK YOU for the kind and encouraging comments left on my previous post - truly a 'feel-the-love' moment for me that so many took the time to reassure me and offer their best wishes.
2. THANK YOU for the personal emails sent to me, each offering a supportive sentiment that I was doing the right thing in chasing my dreams.

3. THANK YOU for the special cards that were sent to me at the was lovely to receive mail at my new address! (One small problem; the shop doesn't have a letter box (why?!) - so poor postie has to call when he knows I am open!

4. THANK YOU for the bouquets of flowers that arrived for me today, the end of the day it was hard to tell if I had opened a vintage shop, or a florists! Some of the beautiful blooms have been arranged in glass vases amongst the stock in the shop, and some have been brought back home with me this evening...

5. A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to some very dear friends who put my first day nerves to rest within a very short time of me opening the doors this morning. To have the buzz of enthusiastic shoppers inside the shop, was truly a comforting feeling.
To Isabelle, who was my first customer within 30 seconds of me flipping over the 'closed' sign to 'open' and turning the key in the door - and for the post that she has already added to her blog today.
To Lizzie, and her hubby Jack, who both share my passion for vintage. Liz has 'been in the business' for years and I have known her for many of them, as well as bought beautiful treasures from her over that time. So to have her come over to see me today to wish me luck was wonderful. Here is Lizzie's blog post about her day...and don't forget that she will have her impressive stand of vintage goodies at the Shepton Mallet Antiques Fair this weekend.
To Belinda, a new friend in the making, but already the perfect ally. As I have said before, her work within the Shepton community is tireless and passionate, and I feel fortunate to know her. She has hopefully secured an article for Nostalgia at No.1 in the Shepton watch this space!

6. THANK YOU to all who called into my shop today...if you picked up one of my business cards and are now reading my blog for the first time...welcome!
And last but by no means least, to my hubby - who was there within half an hour of my shop opening, to surprise me with a bottle of champagne which I was able to share with some of my first customers. Also, I couldn't have got the shop up and running without his help and support. He is awarded several Brownie points and I am once again in awe of his self-taught DIY skills! xx
OK...enough cheese for now!! I think you get the gist that I am grateful for my lot today!
When I got home this evening I had over 100 emails in my inbox! I am slowly working my way through them, but please forgive if I don't reply straight away...
I'm needing some zzzz's now - sleep well,
Niki x


  1. All this is so well deserved of you, Niki! I am so happy for you! You are certainly an inspiration to all mothers in blogland who one day have to decide which direction in life to take when their children grow and fly the nest!

  2. Niki! I'm so excited for you!!
    if I ever travel abroad, I will definitely stop in.....

    can you have parties on the cobelstone out front? wouldn't that be great for you? to host parties after hours and let people shop, and you cater it with local foods? (sorry - a bit of a dream for me :)

  3. So glad the first day went so well ( I knew it would!) here's to many fun and profitable days to come! x

  4. I am so thrilled the first day at your new shop was so wonderful, Niki. Congratulations once again for living your dream. If I ever fly across the ocean to London, I will definitely plan on doing a side-trip to visit your absolutely lovely shop. Oh, and of course, would love to meet you too!

  5. I just found your store and blog tonight. I wish you the best and I hope you enjoy yourself. sandi

  6. Congratulations Niki! I saw the shop at Isabelle's blog and was overwhelmed with how beautiful it all looked. Wishing your business all the best love in the world and hope to visit it in person one day when we make it back to the Ol' Blighty. xx

  7. Dealbaida7:21 am

    What a welcome post! I've been aching to hear about your first day, even though your legion of followers ALL knew it would be hugely successful.


    The opening of Nostalgia at No. 1 has been many, many years in the making and the friends and flowers, cards and callers, customers and carers are just rewards for your hard work.


  8. I was thinking of you yesterday. No surprise that it was a roaring success and such a special day for you both. Best wishes for the rest of 2010 and beyond. You and your husband deserve it. Lucyxx

  9. Lovely to hear you're getting the support you deserve, Niki! Have a great second day.

  10. Guenievre9:32 am

    Hello and congratulations !
    Je vous souhaite beaucoup de réussite. Vous avez de très beaux objets dans votre boutique.

  11. You deserve it - glad the first day went well, hope all goes well today and you have a great weekend!

  12. I'm so excited to see your shop - it's gorgeous! Just love your layout - and your doggy in the window is not only darling but brilliant - just like you dear Niki! Hugs and congratulatory kisses to you, my dear. Love, Suzy xxx

  13. Well done Niki - I hope that you had a prosperous day after all of the stress and effort! It looked fab!

  14. Oh Niki I am so delighted for you. I wish I could have been there on your special opening day but I am glad you had some friendly faces to share it with. I am amazed at how much stock you have. Where have you been keeping it all?!!!

    I will venture to Shepton one of these days and pop in. Can't wait.

  15. Well Niki i can see 2 things just for starters that would have come home with me.

    So glad you had such a great start and obvioulsy am itching to get there in person soon.

    best wishes always Ginny x

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  17. Good luck with your new shop. I've just found your blog, and it's lovely, just the thing for an old danish anglofilia like myself.

  18. I have still been telling people about your lovely shop today!

  19. susanna4:54 pm

    Hello Niki, I am still me, Susanna from Italy, I left you a comment January 3 ... remember? I wanted to congratulate you for your wonderful shop is a dream, I can not wait to come see him in May.
    I would be glad of your answer mean that you have read my comment.
    Good luck for your store hello hello

  20. What a fantastic shop you have created, congratulations.

  21. All that blood sweat and toil has paid off handsomely Niki.. Your shop looks beautiful... I am sure you will put Shepton Mallet on the map!

    Now sit back and count the pennies!

    Michele x

  22. Niki so lovely to meet you virtually - Lucey at Lemonade Kitty sent me over to have a peep at your blog and new shop. The shop looks just amazing, congratulations on your new venture. I have just been scrolling down all your posts looking at your photos and it has been transformed with all your gorgeous things. I am on the hunt for some American milk glass cakestands so please do let me know if you ever come across any. Kisses Kitty at Dolliedaydream xxx

  23. Anonymous7:17 pm

    I Have Visited Your Shop With My Older Cousin And, As Every Said, Was An Aladdin Cave. :)


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Niki xx