Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Shop of My Own!

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It's always been my dream to have my own little shop one day. I'm not ready to give up on that dream but I'm not in a place financially where I could do that right now. The next best thing would be to start an online business with my own website but since I work full time I was a little afraid to make that commitment. I've now decided to set up a vintage shop on etsy! This is my way of taking baby steps towards my dream and if I like doing this as a side business I will be opening up my own online shop in the future so I can sell both new and vintage items.
My Vintage etsy shop is now open for business. I have 13 items listed and more will be added soon!

These photos are a sampling of what's available there.
It's going to be so much fun shopping at flea markets, thrift stores and garage sales for vintage and antique items that I can put in my shop! I have a link to my etsy vintage shop on my left sidebar so you can just click on that to go visit my shop or you can click here. Please feel free to leave a comment below and let me know if there are any items you would like to see there. (I'll only be shipping in the U.S. to start with but I may ship internationally in the future.)

I'll still have my other etsy shop for my handmade items. I'll be putting some more toile hearts up there soon! I also plan to make some more tassels!

80 comments:

dishdiva said...

Cindy,
As always your pictures are so inviting. I agree there is nothing wrong with draping a beautiful pillowcase and hankie combination on your hutch...using your logic because I too have beautiful handpainted plates hanging in my bedroom! I am sure your on line store will be a huge success!!! Lorrie

Claudia said...

Congratulations, Cindy! What perfect sense it makes! It is so much fun shopping, but you can only fit so much into your house - right? So why not shop for others? And you are a great shopper.

Perfect.

xo
Claudia

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Congrat's Cindy! All I can say is "it's about time"! With your beautiful taste and style I am sure your shop will be a great success! ~ xo Joy

Elsie said...

Cindy~ I think that is a good idea.
I would be willing to bet your shop
goes over extremely well. Congrats
on your new opening. I don't see
how you find all that time to do
all you do. I am glad that you will
be sharing your fantastic finds
with others. Thanks and good luck.:O)

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

YAYYYY so glad you took the step. I would love to find a Clotche...It's been so hard to find one around me, so I think those would be a great addition to the shop. Also Mercury glass. Best wishes in your new endevour.

Tammy518 said...

That's so wonderful, Cindy! It's always been my dream to own a little shop too. Good luck with your new venture!

Lavender Cottage said...

Congratulations Cindy.
Here is a favourite quote of mine:
Little ideas that tickle and nag and refuse to go away,
Should never be ignored, for in them lie the seeds of destiny.
-Farmer Hoggett-
Perhaps your own shop is in your near future.

marlis said...

Congratulations... remember that Rome wasn't built in one day. Your taste and dedication will lead the way on this wonderful new venture!

The Tablescaper said...

Congratulations!!! It's always so exciting to be taking steps toward our dreams.

- The Tablescaper

Patriotic Mom said...

I can't wait to see your items! I am on the lookout for a soup tureen. I'll keep checking your site. Good Luck!

Kathysue said...

Oh Cindy, Congratulations, this is wonderful news. Yesterday when I saw your display in your china hutch I thought to myself,"She needs to have a shop." And here you are today making this announcement, I am so happy and proud for you to step out on this new adventure, You will do wonderfully, Kathysue

Blondie's Journal said...

I am sure your shop is going to be a success, Cindy. I love the items you already have. I don't know how you find the time for everything you do. You're incredible!!

xoxo
Jane

Pam said...

Congrats and best of luck. I checked it out but did not see anything I really needed. Will check back often.

Kathysue said...

Cindy, I just visited your lovely Etsy shop, it looks amazing, Yay!!!!

Marilyn said...

Lovely shop.... You have started out with some beautiful things!!
Good Luck!!
Love,
Marilyn
xxoo

One Cheap B*tch said...

Good for you! I'm off to check out your site. Good luck! =)

Georgianna said...

Congratulations, Cindy! I added your shop to my favorites. I love the idea of you shopping for us, especially at Alameda. After your posts on that market I've been trying to figure out how to get down there for it! I'm most interested in bird cages, small garden ornaments/statues and architectural remnants. Will definitely keep an eye on your listings!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Best wishes to you in your new endeavor! I'll be checking your Etsy shop for sure!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Congratulations on the shop. It's a grand place to start. Much success to you!
Best Wishes
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Congratulations on your new business - Hope you do very well!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

And might I add I was loving the white soup tureen and it's already sold!!!! Better luck next time to me! LOL

Linda said...

Congrats on the shop. I also have been toying with the idea of a vintage Etsy shop. Hope it goes well for you.

Carina said...

Cindy,
Congratulations, lots of luck with your shop. It's a pity I live on the other side of the globe, shipping costs would fly trough the roof.

Warm greetings from Holland,

Carina

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Congrats!!

Ticking and Toile said...

Cindy,
Your shop looks fabulous! And at the looks of how fast everything is selling....I think you are definitely going to have a lot of fun & success!
I am a lot like you in terms of always wanting a little shop & stuff...I can tell you that having my little etsy store has been the next best thing & an absolute thrill! It is soooo fun hunting for stuff to sell & then when someone loves what you love & buys it....true happiness!! :o)

Shellagh

GWENDOLYN said...

Cindy,
Good luck with your new store!
Blessings!
Gwen

Desiree said...

Congratulations! This will be a great new opportunity for you, I'm sure! I'm off to go check it out!

Esther Sunday said...

Awesome, Cindy! You have such an eye for stuff and provide such inspiration, I'm sure you will do just fine!

elinAnita (eddaskreativiteter ) said...

Congratiulation Cindy:)
I am doing the same.....and I am standing outside on a market every sunday her in Oslo:)
I have a web shop....but I am wondering if I am going on Etsy to:)
Thid is the best I do...I love it:)
So go on girl....it will be okei:)
Those heart you make...is wonderful....but you havent one left:(
What is the price for the hearts?
And do you ship to Norway?:)
Have a wonderful evening.....
hugs from elinanita

Miss Gracie's House said...

I've just added this to my list of selling adventures...it has done very well...I can't keep up! You will do well with your *following*!
Rene'

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Cindy,
Félicitations on your new boutique! How exciting for you. I'm sure it will be a big success for you, you have such a lovely eye for detail and beauty.

I'll head over now to take a peak!
Bonne chance!

Beverly said...

Congratulations to you, Cindy. this is very exciting. I'm heading over for a visit now.

VINTAGE HOME lifestyle said...

Congrats Cindy...I am sure you will do amazingly well. You have such beautiful taste.
Cathleen alyce

Tammy/Yesterday's Cottage said...

Congratulations on your new venture! You will be a big success! My daughter and I took the plunge last week and opened a booth in an indoor antique/flea market type mall last week. It's been a lot of work, but also lots of fun! It's so rewarding to hear positive feedback and see the sales report at the end of each day! I'll be doing a post later this week - my camera's charging as we speak so I can get some pictures!

Karin said...

Congratulations! You are well on your way to having your very own shop someday! I know it has been a dream of yours and I know you will do well. You've already accomplished the most difficult part of running a business, which is to get your name out there.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go visit your etsy before you're all sold out!

Susan Wicker said...

Oh Cindy, I am so happy for you! That's what I would love to do, too! I don't know about sending costs, though. I wonder if Etsy helps determine all the details. Anyway, I think that is a WONDERFUL idea! I wish you the absolute best. Sincerely, Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Kathleen Grace said...

Congratulations Cindy! I think you are going to love etsy. It's easy and a great venue for selling. I can't wait to see all the lovely things you put in it!

Aimee said...

Congratualtions on your new Tesy shop! I hope you do fantastic...

I've been busy giving my Blog an entire new look!

Aimee

Vicki said...

Hi Cindy,
congrats on such a big step! I have set up an online business (and had a shop) so if you ever need and help I'm more than happy to point you in the right direction (I set mine up quite cheaply)....and answer any questions... I wish you nothing but joy and success.. I will be checking out your shop for sure!
you can email me at thesilverteapotmossvale@hotmail.com...
sending you hugs

Vic xxxx

Lou Cinda said...

Oh My Gosh! This is wonderful!! I am so excited! I will be shopping alot!!

Lou Cinda

someplace in thyme said...

Cindy, I wish you all the luck in the world with your new shop. Etsy is a wonderful place and you should do great there, Char

mariondee-designs said...

Hi Cindy, good for you not giving up on your dream! I'm sure your shop will do really well, you have such great taste! Will have to check it out now.. take care, Maryann

geovnna said...

Felicidades Cindy:

Espero que te vaya bien con la tienda y estoy segura que asi sera. Tenes buen gusto para las cosas, te cuento que cuando vendas internacional voy a ser la primera que te voy a comprar.

Saludos desde Costa Rica

betty said...

Cindy,
Wow!!! I am so happy for you. I love your first picks. What fun it is to find all the goodies for your store. Your dream is becoming a reality. Awesome.
Betty from Cozy Corner

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Hi Cindy,

Good luck with your Etsy shop! I'm sure it'll be a huge success. You always find such lovely things!

Manuela

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your taste is exquisite so I have no doubt you will be a smashing success!

Victoria said...

I think I saw beads of sweat form on my fiance's forehead when I told him you had an online shop now, he glanced over at his wallet to make sure it was still there. I love all the cherub items in your home so if you come across anything cherubic that would be great! And little birdcages, candleholders and shelves:) I'm so excited about this!!!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Best of luck on your new etsy shop! Looks like you are off to a good start. You've listed some very pretty things.

Cheers!
Tina

Sharon said...

So Romantic

Brentwood Kitchen Shopper said...

Cindy, I love your taste! I browsed through your etsy store and really like the items you put up.

I started my own online shop about 2 years ago (selling houseware products). I work full time and the site is something I do on the side. It's so much fun! I highly recommend my web developer and it was super cheap too.

Best of luck! And let me know if you like to any pointers!

Laurie said...

This is very good news - congratulations! At the same time, it is very dangerous news for me, as I was going to try to stay away from Etsy for a month! But a little peak at your new shop can't hurt, can it??

The Lazy Peacock said...

congratulations! your shop looks wonderful, and your photos are amazing. i love the merchandise and i think you prices are great. i've added you to my fav shops!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Cindy...Congratulations on your Etsy store! I know it will be a huge success!~Patti

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Congrats Cindy, your going to do awesome!!
Hugs~Kelly

Beverly said...

What a great new venture for you Cindy, I know you will do well. I've been looking for one of the "Blogland" (blue floral) teapots and I noticed on your dish post a few days ago it was peeking out. If you could find another of those I would be soo happy. Also, as Nina Patrica said Clotches would be good too, tho I don't know about shipping costs. I'm be anxious to see what offerings you have. Thanks~~

Anonymous said...

Cindy!! I am so glad you have your own etsy shop! I always love the treasures you buy for your home so I am sure you will have great success with it!! Elma

BailiwickStudio said...

etsy is such a good place to start. I've the same idea - one day I'll be opening my own website. In the meantime, etsy is easy and fun. I'm part of a group called the Cottage Style Street Team you might be interested in - it's fun to chat now and then with like-minded ladies! Some sell handmade things and others sell vintage items. Come visit! ::Jill
http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6393356&page=1

desiree said...

Congrats Cindy! How exciting for you! I'm sure our paths will cross at the Alameda Antique Fair as well as Move it Elsewhere! If I hear of any good places I'll keep you posted. Maybe we could get coffee one weekend--Love to pick your brain about Etsy≈desiree

ShabbyTammie said...

Cindy..
I'm sure one fine day you will have your OWN SHOP but your on to a great start.. DON"T GIVE UP YOUR DREAM...
Besides it gives you a excuse to shop for more beautiful things I will be back to visit your shop often I simply love your blog and the pictures are BEAUTIFUL..
Tootles for now...

debbie said...

DEAR CINDY,
CONGRATULATIONS...THE SHOP LOOKS GREAT.
I THINK THAT IF YOU BUY THINGS FOR THE STORE THAT YOU "LOVE" YOURSELF,IT WILL BE A HIT...THAT IS WHY YOU HAVE OVER 2,000 PLUS FOLLOWERS BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN YOU, WE LOVE WHAT YOU LOVE, AND YOU WILL BE A HUGE SUCCESS.
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE SOME SOUP TUREENS...I LOVE YOURS...ANGELS...HANKIES, DISHES...
ONCE AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS
BLESSINGS
SIMPLY DEBBIE

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Erika Leigh said...

Yay Cindy! Way to go for your dreams! I clocked over to your Etsy shop and saw that half of yuor items are already gone! How fabulous! Good luck and keep the good stuff coming!!! XOXO Erika

Sherry said...

Congratulations! If anyone should open a shop you should. The romantic vintage will forever be in style!

WendyBee said...

Good for you, Cindy! You are both courageous and cautious! And you have the talent and judgment to choose items for your shop. I predict success!
WendyBee

Candylei said...

Beautiful pictures make us giddy. I love them. Congratulations on opening your etsy shop. Now you will have a very good reason to shop for antiques!
all the best, Candylei

Vintage Amethyst said...

Aaahh good luck with your new shop.
Wishing you many many sales & happiness finding precious items to fill your shop with.
love
Alison
x

Denise Marie said...

I'm not surprised, Cindy. What a great baby step. I thought you were already doing this. What I love most about you and your blog is that you are doing it...living your dream and look at you...you've affected so many people.

Sarah Youngblood said...

I know you will do well with your store. You have such devoted readers who, like me, enjoy your taste and creativity. Best of luck to you.

Also--shipping internationally isn't too hard. I have an Etsy site and have shipped abroad with success.

Sarah

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Linda Q said...

Aww I didn't see this yesterday, trying to catch up on my blog reading some today.
Congrats and cheers to your success! You have a good eye and find such great things, I think you will do well!
So here is to your success!!
Linda

LillyB said...

Awesome news Cindy!! I was thinking about something along these lines. I am sort of weiry of craigslist, meeting strangers, but I heard a preacher say, necessity turns spenders into producers, so I guess that makes sense!!
I know you will do great!!
God Bless!
Lilly

bj said...

AHH..this is great news, Cindy. You will have a blast finding things for your shop...and we will have fun buying from you!!
Great news...and I wish you the best.
xo bj

Cozy Little House said...

Good for you, Cindy! I'm very happy for you. One day you will realize your dream. And this is a good step toward it.
Brenda

Dixie said...

Cindy.. I think you're going to have a hard time keeping your shop stocked! Good luck and best wishes for great success!
Dixie

Melissa Lester said...

Congratulations, Cindy! Can't wait to check it out!

prashant said...

Congratulations, Cindy! What perfect sense it makes!

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maría cecilia said...

Congratulations Cindy for you new eatsy shop!!! You`re going to have such fun flea marketing!!!
Cariños,
Maria Cecilia

Queenie said...

Hey Cindy!
Welcome to Etsy...congratulations on your new vintage shop...it's very pretty! I wish you much success...you are gonna love it. I sure have!
Big Hugs,
Queenie

Mary G. said...

Cindy,
I absolutely think the pictures were wonderful. The blue and white kitchen was absolutel my favorite!