When I'm not at home being a dedicated 'Domestic Goddess, Model mum and Creative Genius'!......Oi! Stop snickering at the back! I actually have a lovely little part time job in a local children's designer boutique.
I only work 2 days a week, 10 till 5, and if you read my last post you will understand that is is a far, far cry from my previous life as a Merchandise manager in Gap's London flagship store (The largest gap store in Europe I'll have you know!)
No, Boutini is a very lovely little independent Aladdin's cave of gorgeous treasures for your little ones......But it is designer stuff , Kenzo, Catimini, Noaddedsugar, to name a few, so it ain't cheap! And it is generally quiet, VERY quiet! And in these recession hit days i often wonder how it is Jane (the owner) managers to keep afloat? but the business has been going for a year now and she says she does alright! I guess the days when we only sell one £20 item get made up for by the customer who comes in the next day and spends £400 in 5 minutes (Oh to be so frivolous!) Jane is no longer working in the shop now as she is about to have her 2ND baby, so she employs 2 of us to run it for her. That's Me and Lucy.
On the days that we work we are on our own in the shop, but can you believe that after 3months working together, or should i say in the same shop, Lucy and i only actually met today!! ( Yes i am currently at work now...Thank goodness for wifi and the smallest laptop known to man!). We have spent the past few weeks communicating vie post-it notes! But today Lucy popped in to say hi, she 's much taller that i imagined!...Very tall,....and we have such low ceilings! Anyway she is lovely!
So the point of my little story is that Lucy tells me she (with a friend) is setting up a new business. Can you believe i have forgotten what their calling it ( You can!...What!... Dipsy! ....me!) The idea is that they will be staging a second hand children's designer/vintage clothing and equipment event, A bit like a 'bring and buy' i guess you could say! They are going round collecting up peoples goods and wears, and will be selling them on at the event, giving folk a 40% return on their profit. They have hired Heartford castle hall on the 5Th Sept to stage the event, and although I'm a bit vague on exactly how it is going to run, the bit that did get my attention was ''would you like to advertise, maybe have a stall or we could just sell some of your shoes for you!.......Hello........Now what kind of fool would i be to pass up the opportunity! I have not done a craft fair before, its not really a Craft fair i know, but i make baby shoes...there will be people shopping for babies! And there will be other independent local producers of children's goods, and all being well they are going to make it a monthly/ bi monthly event!
So i guess i best dust the cobwebs off old Mabel ( poor sewing machine hasn't seen sunlight for a few weeks now !) and start building up some stock.
Why don't i sell my shoes in the shop i hear you ask?....Jane has suggested i bring them in, but i guess to start with i was too nervous about pitching my stuff next to all those labels.......maybe if i get a boost of confidence at this event i might just take her up on it1.......Then i really would have to do some work!