I loved helping launch and build up the vintage and retro section in the shop and enjoyed teaching the volunteers and other shops staff how to spot the vintage and retro gems in their donation stock. I also really liked it when I occasionally had the chance to do the window displays and visual merchandising in the shop, making decorations and using props to catch the eye of the passing customer. But it wasn't all peachy working for a charity....
Time for a change.
For reasons I'm not going to get into on this blog, I decided to leave the charity shop to start my own business Hare and Hatter vintage. At first it was going to be a vintage china hire and venue styling business but my love of all things old and interesting has led me to expand the idea to incorporate vintage clothing and accessories, home ware and handmade vintage inspired pieces.
I also love rescuing vintage and antique unloved furniture and up-cycling it, giving it a makeover and a new lease of life. In fact I have rooms in my house which are bursting at the seams with furniture I've collected that are waiting to be painted. My husband has learnt to cope with it over the past few years (he hasn't really had a choice!)
So, that's where I'm up to now. In a nutshell vintage china hire / clothes / home ware / furniture. Currently test trading the business and hopefully Hare and Hatter vintage will be cropping up at vintage fairs and festivals in the future so keep your eyes and ears open for more info.
ta ta for now! xx
Here are a few of my shabby chic projects. To the left, an art deco 1930's display cabinet painted, distressed and waxed. To the right a vintage Polish wooden chair painted, distressed and varnished.