Hello my lovelies, well this is new! I'm a bit late to the blogging party so bear with me...
So I thought I'd make the first blog post all about my first few months of business, tell you why I started it and what lessons I've learnt along the way.
So I've had a real passion for vintage for a fair few years now (it is making me feel old writing this!) and I guess it all started in my college job at a charity shop. From then on I loved to find beautiful vintage items to wear, or vintage-inspired pieces. This carried on for years and I soon developed a love for all things vintage, from classic films & books to vintage inspired decor. I then dreamt of opening a vintage clothes shop with attached tea rooms!
I knew what kind of wedding I would love way before I was engaged - don't we all, ladies!? So as soon as the ring was on I developed an addiction scouring for vintage treasures for my Vintage English Garden wedding. I even bought an Art Deco dressing table to display family photos and vintage perfume bottles. The hubby-to-be asked me what it was for one day and I was like "oh it doesn't have a purpose". To this day people mock me for me 'non-purpose dressing table', even though it now has a purpose, painted in my bedroom.
So yeah, I had the most amazing day, which was, of course, so perfect because I married my wonderful hubby and the room was full of my nearest & dearest. But I'm so proud of all I achieved with the styling, and I did it all myself. From sourcing a vintage style marquee through to crafting & designing all the decor & stationery and sourcing all the vintage items to add little touches. I loved every moment of it and when I realised how much so, I dreamt of doing it for a day job.
So after that I plodded along in office jobs for a while. I have mainly worked in creative industries like advertising and design, but my job wasn't creative at all as an office manager and PA. However, I loved it when I got to plan an event and was able to apply my creative side.
On 25th September 2015 my world changed - I gave birth to my beautiful, crazy, cheeky, funny, clever and independent baby boy - Bertie.
When you have a baby, your world changes. Your priority is no longer yourself, or you as a couple. You re-examine your whole life and work comes into that. If you choose to go back to work after maternity, ideally it would be to a job you love, or a career that you've given your all to. For me, going back to London to work in an office just wasn't feasible, mainly due to financial reasons. So what to do... Local part-time job searches were depressing. They were so poorly paid and after childcare I would have taken home £2.50 - £4.50 an hour for most!
So I decided to give being a virtual PA a go. But what about my dream? That vintage business I had dreamt of for years, those wedding styling ideas floating in my head and pencilled in notebooks. Luckily I have a very supportive hubby and because the PA work is a slow-burner, I was left with a bit of time to pursue other things (or clean the house, but hey). So I started Vintage Amy. Bringing the vintage essence into your home and events.
In the beginning it was all about Instagram really, and I soon developed an addiction and now use it as a place to share, moan and chat to friends found. I was also planning away at what I wanted to achieve, what I needed to do and when I needed to do it by. I then signed up to a vintage fair and a pop-up shop. I had built up a huge collection of vintage clothes over the years when I had the shop dream, but now this is not where I want the business going, I thought it was a good opportunity to get my name out there by selling these and some vintage decor, as well as showcasing my styling
Whilst doing this I booked wedding fairs and practised styling wherever possible, round the home and at a few events. I also started building a SquareSpace website. I found this quite complicated to begin with, working my way around the site and getting it to look how I wanted. So I decided to get some help with it. Chatted to a lovely guy who offered me the website I wanted plus more. Paid him upfront (I know, silly me)! Three months later, still no website and I can't get hold of the guy. Yep, that's right - ripped off and have learnt a very hefty lesson. I've always been too trustworthy in people and I guess you just can't be in business. I think when it's your own business and it's all new, it's just all very different from the decisions you would make in employment. Your heart is on the line.
But whenever I look back to the negatives that have occurred in my life, there has always been a positive outcome. So from this I have created my very own website, poured my heart & soul into it, and am really proud of what I've achieved.
So now I have a new, handmade, website, I've attended my first wedding fair, I have some wedding bookings and I'm planning my first wedding shoot next month. It's all go-go-go and some days I want to pull my hair out at how much I've got to do with Vintage Amy, the PA work, my boy and the house. But I've got to keep telling myself that it will all be worth it and all my hard work will pay off. And most days I flipping love my job, as after all - I'm surrounded by pretty things for most of it.
So, thank you so much for reading this (well done for reading this far!) and I would love for you to follow me on my continued journey.