I'm still really into wearing clothes and sewing and styling and vintage like I was before, but I've found a new outlet for those interests. Around the time I was winding down on my posts here, I started dreaming about running a local shop to showcase vintage and handmade clothing. Jacksonville is a huge, diverse city but we currently have very few vintage shops to speak of. I saw that little hole in the market and determined to fill it myself, and in April 2013 I opened my shop, Stitch Craft Vintage.
I'm starting out small and working towards bigger things. I found an independent booth in a local market with low rent and, with the help of my handy husband, outfitted it to look less like a flea market stall and more like a boutique. It's a constant work in progress but I am so proud of the space I've created. About half the store is devoted to women's vintage clothing and the other half is handmade; I'm really stoked on having a place to hock the things I'm making, and it's led to a surge in my vigor to create, create, create as much as possible. So many good things are coming out of this endeavor, and no matter where this road takes me, the journey is proving more fulfilling than I ever anticipated.
I could go on and on about this new chapter of my life, and as I'm sitting here writing this I'm feeling a little familiar itch to come back to this blog space more often. I don't know that I will return to OOTD blogging (they say personal style blogging is dead, have you heard?) but I might come back from time to time to ponder things I'd like to explore on paper (screen?): what the start-up process was/is like, the challenges of running a creative business on the side while working a traditional 9-5, fears about the oversaturation of the vintage market, how selling in a flea market presents a totally different side of retail.... So many good writing prompts there.
In the meantime, if my blog is still showing up in your reader and you give a shit what I'm doing these days, stop by my shop instagram (@stitchcraftvintage), check out my etsy shop, say hi on my facebook page, or look over my (admittedly bare) shop blog. Let me know if you're still reading, and if you'd care to read those prompts I mentioned. And have a fabulous day.