Okay where to start, let's see. First, let me start by saying at any given moment I have about a million different ideas running through my mind so I may ramble. A book I'm reading, Rules to Rule By: The Gold Standard, taught me about a little thing called ADA (Attention Deficit Advantage). I'll discuss the greatness of this book in a later blog post...maybe. Also, by no means am I a "writer" as I'm sure there are a ton of grammatical errors in this blog. Anyways, so anyone who knows me knows that I was destined to do something different than a normal 9-5 type job. I knew I needed something that would let my creative ideas soar. I've always loved clothes and while working in retail I thought about how I wanted my own store. I enjoyed helping others pick out something that made them feel great about themselves. Their excitement would always put the biggest smile on my face, knowing that I helped them feel that way. Thus, began the start of my own boutique.
I started my online shop about a year ago, but I needed an extra boost. I thought about a brick-and-mortar, but there was too much financial risk involved. One day I stumbled across mobile boutiques and I fell in love with the idea. A boutique on wheels, what a great concept. That was the day the adventure began...and after a few months of completely redoing the inside..ta da. Below you can see the transformation process of a 7 by 15 foot cargo trailer into my very own boutique on wheels...and the fading of my Summer tan.
So where would my launching pad be? My hometown has a festival every December called Feast of the Seven Fishes. I was determined to have my boutique there. After numerous emails, and no response back I decided to stop in to pitch my idea. She said "It won't, because the items are not handmade". Hearing this broke my heart. I got into my car and cried. Not because I was upset, but because I was frustrated. All I wanted was one chance to prove what an amazing idea this was for the area. Now, I let this weak moment happen for about five minutes, then I turned the frustration into determination. I've had more than one person tell me this idea isn't going to work. Many have been skeptical, but I just have to ignore their nonsense and prove them wrong. One of my favorite quotes is "If I give them the power to feed me I also give them the power to starve me". This "no" was not going to stop me from being at the feast..or at least by the feast. I set up my boutique right across the street in a parking lot. Hello from the other side (insert brunette girl waving emoji). The risk was worth it. The entire day I heard nothing but positive feedback...schwoo what a relief.
Enough with the rambling. I want to thank everyone who stopped by the boutique Saturday to say hi, shop, or just check it out. I truly enjoyed meeting each and every one of you. I'm super excited to give a unique and fun shopping experience to the people in this area and I look forward to shopping and bringing a little bit of my style to all of you! :)