I’m not sure that my head has stopped spinning… it’s been a month and I think I’m still somewhere in the new shop whirlwind. Its been a crazy few weeks, but I wanted to come in here and share a few pictures with you. Paisley Vintage is now open in Long Jetty! Paisley Vintage Open in Long Jetty
I still pinch myself that I’m here, with a space of my own, doing something I love. Sure there’s hard bits… the financial side of things does my head in… but there’s so many things I’m loving. And even a few that have surprised me.
So many people I’ve met via social media have come in to visit, to finally meet in person and chat about paint and furniture. I’ve had amazing support from friends, and have met some really lovely creative people who want to paint just as much as me!
I’ve learned so much, and I’ve made a few mistakes a long the way… some big ones too. Luckily nothing that couldn’t be worked around, or that will be permanent. I’m working on my stock levels, styling, window displays, marketing, advertising… so many things I’ve never done before but I’ve been lucky to have had some amazing friends offer guidance along the way. In the lead up to opening I had friends painting sample colours, racing round buying goodies for my open night and scouts letting me know when great furniture was on offer.
I’m grateful to have joined the Annie Sloan team; so many people have come in having looked for Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan locally and previously come up short. It was a perfect opportunity in the market, especially when I’ve been using the products almost exclusively since they arrived in Australia! And seeing the beautiful projects people have produced with those gorgeous paints, from an Antibes Green upright piano, to a buffet and hutch made over in Old Ochre or bedside tables highlighted with Duck Egg, has been both inspiring and exciting, and reminds me why I wanted to become a stockist. The shop enables me to share my passion with the community, sharing the amazing transformations you can accomplish with just a little bit of time and a tin of paint. I’ve also held my first workshop, sharing my knowledge and experience with people keen to paint their own furniture at home, which was really rewarding and I’m looking forward to the next ones.
Some great pieces of furniture have gone out to new homes for which I’m grateful, as well as a few pieces perfect for others to paint. And those adult colouring books have been amazingly popular! I’ve been lucky to be able to support some wonderful local creatives by stocking their work, and hope to continue to do so.
If you haven’t been into the shop as yet, please come on in, and don’t forget to introduce yourself. I hope the shop becomes a creative space for people to come and be inspired, share amazing finds (I’ve seen so many cool roadside treasures lately!!) and get creative. I’ve got amazing things coming in all the time, from wood appliques to stencils and beautiful homewares and design books. And there’s ALWAYS new furniture, because you know I can’t pass up a beautiful piece when I see it!!