Thursday, October 16, 2008
I really need to weed through the clothes I own and have a yard sale somewhere. There's no more room for new stuff. Oh, I say somewhere, because I can't have one...living not quite a mile up a dirt road I won't get any visitors! I'll have to borrow someone's house for the day.
Speaking of wiggle dresses, or dresses in general...I hung out with Matt yesterday...Apparently it was the first time he's seen me in jeans and a t-shirt. I'm always wearing dresses when he sees me... Although he did compliment me yesterday and it made be blush a little...
My friend who wanted to buy Garri's shop COMPLETELY bailed out on me. He hasn't even returned my call(s!). That's wierd. Just tell me you don't wanna do it.
I'm thinking Spring of next year I will do it myself. By then I'll have enough $$$$ saved up for rent for a few months and then some. Now I am really putting my thoughts down on paper. And maybe somewhat of a plan.
As for my new look for my webshop: I bought a new desktop computer (so purrty!) with Adobe Elements. I'm currently learning that program and messing around with it. You can see my new banner (above) yeah thats my car and I used elements to create the effects. Hush! I know what you are thinking...I'm still learning...hahaha!
And the images I wanted to take, I haven't as of yet. I just dislike having photos of myself taken. Although I want to try to post pics of me wearing vintage in the listings, to see if my sales increase. Ugh.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Shopping really is the best therapy...maybe that's why I'm in such a good mood!
*Side note...OKAY so I know I my posting needs work...perhaps I will start blogging more often...
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Turns out I'm currently repaying a loan for my Human Services Bachelor's degree, in which I am nowhere near that field of work as of now.
Life has it's many hurdles, turns, sideswipes and barricades. Everything happens for a reason. I'm greatful for completing my degree and the knowledge I have acquired is amazing. But, what now?
I probably shouldn't write any of this down as of yet...until it actually happens...but I am a sucker for crazy hopes and dreams.
Garri is closing her shop down, her family is moving and yadda yadda etc... A friend of mine offered to buy the existing shop. He wants to me to handle everything! It's a lot of work, from buying to advertising, to organizing. I agreed to it as long as I can have space in the store to do my own thing also. My idea is to help him and train his daughter to handle everything. (Garri has taught me a lot about this business). I would get them started and then open my shop near them to get this cool local hangout going.
As I am talking to my friend more and more, we seem to have a lot of creative differences concerning what direction to take the shop. One thing we do agree on: Having a deal where we help needy families in our town and giving them warm jackets for the Winter. Get the community involved, have people bring in their outworn jackets for a discount in the shop. We would get invloved with the school and just plain be helpful and give back to our community. I love this idea. I've always had a desire to do charity type work. I've done it plenty of times before, but to have this ongoing effort would be waaaayyy cool.
Garri is out at the end of this month. As details are being worked out, I might have an official OK for the store by then.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
He wanted to take me to a friendly dinner afterwards and talk. Just talk about stuff that's going on. I consider him a pretty good friend and easy to talk to. We went to a local Mexican restuarant. I ordered a Strawberry Margarita to start off and as we were eating our salads, he tells me he is going to die.
I have goosebumps while typing this. He's had cancer for a couple years now, and just a few months ago went to the doctor. He has a bad case of mouth, throat and stomach cancer. The thing is, I think he has given up. He hasn't even attempted to get treatment. He says he will "try to talk to some people."
To say the least, last night was very emotional. Neither of us finished our dinners.
Even being the next day, it's hard not to think about it.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Compromising in between making money and enjoying what I do has been hard. I will be honest, so far it's been, I will sell what will make money. Now that I have been at it constantly for a while now online, I have a better idea as to what works. I feel I have actually come up with a nitch that I can market easily. I have been aiming too high with certain ideas. Certain things that are out of reach. Maybe things that aren't "me." I have come up with a creative strategy, that is completely me, easy to attain, and of course, on the cheap. These ideas will go great with the Fall season, and it is perfect timing. I'll try it, and if it doesn't work, at least I'll know.
I do need to define my personality online, which has been a little difficult so far. I want to share with the world who I am. And not just some follower, I aspire to be a leader! How cliche does that sound? But, hey, that's alright.
I am going on a road trip in a couple of weeks...Hopefully I will gain some creative inspiration... well, heck, I know I will. I will be working a little in the meantime, and my shop will temporarily be closed while I am gone (I'm leaving for 2 weeks!). I'm coming back with a bang, you can be sure of it.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I was in a hurry, driving kinda fast, you know the same old story. I was listening to Johnny Horton and something always comes over me when rocking out to him. Where the posted speed limit is 45mph, and not because of residential areas, but because of windy mountain roads, I was going more than twice that. I know the highway like the back of my hand, I really have driven down it with my eyes closed. It was a nice adrenaline rush and it woke me up. I was in a good mood by the time I had arrived (and still am!).
Friday, July 25, 2008
#3. and #4. I don't think these scans truly capture the doll like creepiness...cool late '50s fashion with almost wax like figures...I don't even think these women are real...
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
1950's sheer gingham blouse
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
In the meantime, I will be taking more photos, and listing more as well to go along with the first round of auctions.
I did have time to play this weekend...Went to my first Indian Casino...and lost $30. I also caught some sort of cold that pretty much kept me inside the whole 4 day weekend. Hence, maybe why I got so much done haha.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I've learned it doesn't matter if he is a bad boy type, momma's boy, intellectual-they all seem to have treated me the same in the past. I'm really tired of it and have no energy left over to deal with people's attitudes and too weird quirks.
So, for now, I am not looking for love. I am looking for success and lots of acquaintances ( I have a perfect amount of good friends and people who I trust).
I've decided to go back to school, too. My mind has been feeling like mush lately and I am happier when my life is filled with honest to good work and accomplishments. I think I will take one class at a time to get back into the groove, especially since I'd like to expand my side business, too. Ms. Michelle with an MBA is on her way to rule the world! ;-)
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
If, by any chance, my lovely readers know of an adjustable dress from for sale (vintage a plus), please let me know, purrty purrty please!
I am changing the name of my vintage company, too. More details later, but all I can say is 1. I'm sick of DMV, a girl cannot make up her mind, 2. I've been thinking of storefront name and DMV won't cut it, and 3. DMV is linked to too much personal stuff, the internet is a crazy world!
I'm starving, it must be time for lunch...
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I was connected with a woman who supplies costumes for a local theatre group. I met with her and she purchased about half of what I brought to show her. All 1950's and early 1960's outfits, women, men & girls. I was feeling a little down about the business and perked right up when she expressed how much she liked the clothing.
I have been hit up before to provide clothing to theatre groups, but I wasn't quite ready. Now I have the confidence in the knowledge I have gained. This is definitely an option for me, especially in the local area.
The Babylon Mall website has turned out to be a bust for me. Sort of my fault for not posting items frequently, but I seem to have more luck on Etsy and the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I think I will let Babylon go at the end of the month.
I wish I had some more insightful things to talk about. Maybe some decent writings. The time I give at the day job is so wasteful. During the days, I daydream about roadtrips, the characters I meet along the way, the roadside attractions that make no sense. Even the gasoline prices haven't affected my longing to get out of town.
A new clothing store has opened in this town. Amid the current economic status, they still opened. I haven't been in yet, but I did check out the window. I believe the inventory is better quality than Forever 21, but lower prices than a Macy's. They're having a cocktail party this weekend. I'll be going to spy. If they can open, so can I. If I do...I may not be able to go on a long trip this summer...
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
I stepped out of the house this morning to routinely start my car...and low and behold, sweater weather is no longer with us! The sunlight was so warm so early today. I pretty much spent my weekend outdoors- a trip to the Getty Museum near Santa Monica with Roger, and gleefully restoring that '75 Schwinn bicycle that crossed my path not too long ago.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Last year, when I decided I wanted to open a shop in town, a store pops up with my idea in Apple Valley. I then said to myself, okay, we'll see how they do. Well, they've been open for a year now. Obviously doing alright. About two weeks ago, I devised a plan for myself. I'll save up extra money, enough for about 3 months rent, and open a shop. Doh of course I find out yesterday a couple shops opened up in Hesperia just recently. I haven't been in them yet, but curse the day if they are exactly what I wanted to do. Grr. Maybe luck will be on my side and I can think of something different than what they carry. I'll have my own niche. It's vintage clothing and they better not carry it. Haha.
Ah, more power to them, I'm happy the desert is growing. I just let these ideas in my head that pass by and I'm not sure how to grab on for the ride.
The Smoketree Jucntion Flea Market was a bust! Who knew? But I tried. I had my own booth at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, too. Not a bust, but it would have been nice to do a little better. It's a fact I did better with Garri on the new side than having my own booth in my own section. haha. I'll be doing that for a while...just have a small rack in her booth. By now I know what sells there, so that will be fine for the time being.
I'm still having these crazy ups and downs when it comes to being an entrepenuer. It's the same issue as when I first started...being alone, not having any real support. By watching Garri run her own business, it gives me confidence that I can do it. I guess you can say I see her as a mentor, she's empowered me more than anyone else in the last few years.
I've been nonstop thinking about how I can move forward. I'm looking to revamp my website with new images (next month I'll have them out!) and I am setting a goal to start listing a few items everyday online. Although everyone knows I detest the online thing, it's what will get the most play, unfortunately (considering I wanted to sell in a physical store). *Deep Breath*
A friend of mine is going fishing today, I'm gonna head out and hang out with him for a little while. We both have stuff going on, I think he'd be a good person to talk to, not biased, or judgemental. I brought my camera, too, hopefully some good photos come out.
'Til next time...
Thursday, April 17, 2008
uh oh. (Working title)
I am not sure how today's entry is going to turn out. I don't know where I am going with it. This won't be a superficial post. I need a place to vent and I am nearly in tears.Lately, I have been going through some major ups and downs.Normally I would be desensitized to everything around me. Since I have met Joel, my heart has opened up to a new level. And I am thankful for that. But also comes a down side. I am super touchy, I am very pessimistic when it comes to things that are misunderstood. Lately, I haven't felt I meet his expectations. Nothing I do is good enough.
The dog I rescued ran away Sunday. I can't even bribe a starving dog with food and shelter. I was at an all time low for two days after this happened.
Friendships come and go, I know. People grow apart. I would think someone who has been in my life for what seems an eternity, would not forget me.
I'm stuck in the desert for the time being. I feel caged.I am thinking about taking another road trip, soon. And by myself this time. It's been on my mind constantly. Last year's trip was so enlightening and I need a boost of that again. Perhaps that is my addiction. This isn't a metaphor for running away from my problems, I learned so much on my last trip. I came back a new person. I want that again. It's time. Maybe the dog and I were two peas in a pod...meant to be lone wolves, kittens, married to the sea...
Friday, April 4, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I applied for a Social Worker position in Northern California (about a 12 hour drive from my current residence). They liked my application, and want me to take the exam. But they only gave me a weeks notice. That made no sense to me...applying for County jobs around here, they've given me at least a months notice. Not only would the flight cost an arm and a leg, I would have arrived totally late and only got a few hours sleep before the test. Just thinking about that, stressed me out completely. If you know me, you know I need at least 10 hours of sleep a night! Haha!
All while deciding the good vs. bad points, I had a really nice conversation with Garri, owner of Juicy Exchange in town. She asked if I wanted to sell my vintage clothes there. While discussing the possibilities and details, I decided to go ahead with it. In a way, I will have that in-person store that I wanted in the first place. This is such a great opportunity and I am really excited.
I have been sorting the clothes I have acquired and I also bought some more...shame on me...I found a big lot of 50's-60's childrens clothes right after I talked to Garri. She has a very down to earth style setting that also includes affordable children's clothing. Having the vintage kids clothes on the rack will be a lot of fun ;-) I've also started to work on price tags/ business cards. This is third day, right? I've made two versions already and I'll be making out another today. I'm just not quite happy with what I have made so far. Hopefully today will be the last revision. *fingers crossed*
In exchange for this opportunity, I will be helping her out in the store and designing a web site, too. Things I don't mind doing at all after my day job and on weekends.
When all of the details are worked out and my clothes are "out there" I will most definitely write about them here...
One door closes and another opens... this may be what I have been waiting for!