Saturday, 21 January 2012

We're getting a shop!

Yep, we really are!!  But first Happy New Year to you all!!  I hope 2012 delivers all you want it to.

So, as part of the regeneration of the local indoor market and some funding from Boris, the Mayor of London, we are joining the collective of folk who will be breathing some new life into the Wood Street Indoor Market in Walthamstow, E17!

Our shop is weeny, but it is a SHOP with a door and everything, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to have our very own space to sell both our greeting cards and some of the lovely things we would just love to have but just don't have the room for! 

We (me and the husband) have a lot of painting to do and I will be spending a lot of time on Pintrest looking for inspiration.  I will also be working out the best way for us to sell other peoples products as we won't be able to just go out and buy all the stock we'd like to.  The 'rent a shelf' set-up has been recommended and this seems like a good plan if we keep it simple and fair.  I'd love to know what you think.  Do leave your comments on 'rent a shelf'.  Has it worked for you or been a nightmare? You can send your comments direct to me a if you prefer.

I had no idea the New Year would get off to such a busy start.  With the small person spending some time in hospital already this year things have been a bit off course the last couple of weeks.  But I am slowly catching up and the little man has made a full recovery.  That will teach him to bite his toe nails - don't ask.   

Next week I'm off to Birmingham for a very special pitch.  I randomly entered a competition to win the opportunity to pitch to the buying team of the Mary Portas shop in House of Fraser.  You can imagine my surprise when I got an email letting us know we were one of just 15 being invited to meet the team.  Even if we don't get a stocked this time round, just being selected to meet House of Fraser is amazing!  But the pitch is ready and the fingers crossed.

It really is a case of watch this space for a bit.  Next week I'll post some pictures of our little shop-ette and let you know how we're getting on, oh and how much more painting there is to do!

"A dream doesn't become reality through magic;
 it takes sweat, determination and hard work."   
Colin Powell

A little update - yep we are in. Everyone that pitched to the team got through and will be in Mary's House of Fraser shop soon.  How amazing is that!!