It's been ages since I've blogged and I decided, in the midst of the 85 projects I have going on, that I should take a few moments to let you (if you're still out there) know what's been goin' on...
The past few years have brought a lot of changes. I went back to work in "the real world" ( as-in "not working from home selling vintage and blogging".) What started out as a two day a week receptionist position has evolved into a full-time PR/Marketing/Fundraising job for a 125 year old non-profit in Providence. I also have increased my volunteer work and average about 25 hours a month doing what is near and dear to my heart. In addition to that: I'm the proud mother of a beautiful teenager and yes, I'm still a housewife. As wonderful as that all is and has been, it has not allowed very much time to devote to my beloved hobby of vintage treasure-hunting & selling.
I've debated for the past year about what to do...the pendulum of indecision has swung from "I'm just going to donate everything" to "I'll bulk-list my entire collection in an eBay Auction" to "I'll have a private sale for vintage dealers and let them shop to their heart's content at wholesale prices"...and everything in-between. In the end, no solution seems to work because the thought of no longer being involved in the VW (Vintage World), even the tiniest bit, breaks my heart and I feel depressed at the very thought of it.
One thing I will say about myself is that I'm a HARD WORKER. I give 500% to everything I undertake...and as admirable as that sounds, it can actually be a curse, too. I ran myself so ragged late this summer I ended up bed-ridden for almost 3 weeks with a FUO - (Fever of Unknown Origin in case you didn't know what that acronym stands for (as I did not.) I was sleeping up to 18 hours a day. All of my lab tests came back "normal" and multiple mono tests also came back negative. But I was so exhausted I was out of work for over three weeks; and even now, a month later, I still have brain fog and could fall asleep in a millisecond. I understand that something has to "give". I'm coming up on the big 50 (?!) in October and have had to admit that I can't burn the candle at both ends the way I always have.
So...in an effort to "simplify" I've decided to move my online store (The Red Velvet Shoe, in case you forgot ;) to my Etsy shop platform. Creating new listings is a breeze on Etsy compared to doing so on this Typepad platform I created as my .com storefront. And EASY is what I need if I want to stay in the VW. I've started the process of copy/pasting SOME of my listings to Etsy. I'm not moving everything because I have so much other fabulous inventory I want to get listed! So if you visit a page and you get an error page, it's most likely because I've already moved the item to Etsy. I'll also be attempting to move Tales From A Vintage Wardrobe to another blog host (still undecided where)...I've read some nightmare posts about trying to do it so if that becomes the case, I'll only salvage my most popular, highest-visited posts and call it a day. Shooting for EASY, right? Between my two sites combined I've had over 350,000 visitors and despite my pathetic neglect I'm still averaging 50 hits on each site per day...not amazing numbers but enough to motivate me to try to keep my little corner of the VW alive & well.
Who knows what the days, weeks, & months ahead will bring...in the meantime I'll be doing what I can behind the scenes for "Tales" & "The Shoe" and will post again when I'm ready to finalize the changes. Your thoughts, suggestions and commiseration are most welcome.
This rare & lovely 1960s suit hails from the design house of Elizabeth Arden, New York. Among highly noted designers associated with Elizabeth Arden were Charles James, Ferdinando Sarmi & during the 1960s, Oscar de la Renta, renowned for dressing style icon Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy during the "Camelot" years in the White House.
Yes, it's that rare time of year I go into my Pay Pal Buttons and do some serious "mark-downs"...just started last night and will continue to mark things down through tomorrow evening...everything in this collage is under $20.00 and we've already had 250 hits on them today as well as inquiries to hold...better grab it while you can.
If there's an item you've been eyeing and I haven't already marked it down, leave a comment on the item page and I'll see what I can do for you! xx
With my friend & amazing photographer Irene Zawadowicz (all photos hers unless otherwise noted)
Lovely sunflowers from Carmen & Ginger
Better late than never...on Friday, 28 June, we had our "Grand Opening Soirée" at The Red Velvet Shoe...a sort of private opening for family, friends, neighbors & local clientele to take a peek at our newly renovated Boutique. We had yummy foods, lots of wine & champagne, and a fabulous turnout...the hour got late, the girls got silly, and a grand time was had by all.