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Great to report back into the blog that a small project has really taken off now for Vintage Bluebird Gifts and Interiors.
Since we opened the shop back in April last year we thought that personalised gifts would always be a great string to our bow. Gillian started making personalised bunting as a result and we get a good number of orders each month and are getting regular repeat orders. Usually the bunting is made for Children as something a bit different to give for Christenings and birthdays. We can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more, get a quotation or place and order. The website will be updated in a few weeks so we can sell the bunting online.
So with this success story we started to look at other things we could make and a chance conversation with an upholsterer got me thinking about lampshades. The problem is always that you have to take a guess on what to stock. So you’re always guessing which size, which fabric and whether the shade is to hang from a pendent or to sit on a table or standard lamp. So the solution is to have all the fabrics and all the lampshade rings and to then make the shade to order once the customer has made their decision. And as it only takes about 30-40 minutes to make a shade from start to finish it is no less inconvenient for the customer than say, getting some keys cut. We still have some shades on the shelf for people to walk out of the shop with but they really are just samplers now.
There are also some further and exciting opportunities that have been borne out of this project. We are can offer to make the lampshade from a fabric of the customers choosing, so as long as we are provided with enough material then a shade can be made. We can offer tutorials in making lampshades so that eventually we will be able to hold classes or parties where people can try a new a different skill. There is an element of trial and error to getting a perfect result so we can help teach how to make the perfect shade. We are also going to sell lampshade making kits through the shop so that if somebody just wants to ‘go it alone’ or requires just the minimal advice and assistance then we can help.
Until the next blog…
This Sunday Neil and Gillian from Vintage Bluebird will be making their annual pilgrimage to Pulse at Earls Court London. This will be the second time we have visited the show and so much has changed in the intervening year. The shop has moved to its new home in Ashbourne, the handmade lampshades and personalised bunting service (in-house only at present) has started taking off and the website continues to grow. Our visit to the show is to decide which suppliers we are going to work with as we will be adding jewellery to our offering in the next few weeks.
Pulse is the summer’s largest design focused retail gift and lifestyle show and the only one that takes place in London. There are nearly 500 wholesale suppliers broadly covering gifts, home wares, fashion accessories and wellbeing. There is a further part of the show called launch pad where exhibitors showcase new and innovative products. We love this show because you tend to get the smaller and independent suppliers showcasing their wares. The show also gives us the opportunity to broaden our offering ahead of the summer season.
The organisers of Pulse anticipate upwards of 7,000 visitors this year making the show a key opportunity for many suppliers to meet with the retailers. The show is also a bellwether for sentiment within our sector of the economy. Both fellow traders and exhibitors alike giving strong indications of what the current climate is like and whether prevailing sentiment is positive or otherwise.
So all being well we will have a fantastic offering of jewellery for our customers by the end of the day on Sunday. Buying at shows really is one of the pleasures of running a retail outlet like Vintage Bluebird because when all is said and done we are all really buyers at heart.