16 April 2010

so then my husband said to go back to Shop & buy myself a treat . . .

Greetings all,
Ok, i know, i'm a tad pumped about Shop Handmade but it's something i believed in, like Handmade Market, from the first tiny dreamy thought.  I am so incredibly proud to be working in the Shop too - when school goes back, right now i'm busy babysitting the children of Shop owners.  Here are some long shots for you, which i took in the light of day of the Grand Opening.  My goodness, took me an hour to get snaps clear of customers, it was busy all day.  When i walked in there were 4 ladies at the counter with goodies piled high, like a super market check out, only totally glamorous.  These images should give you a better feel of the layout.
My personal shopping (gift from faraway soldier) . . . the Red Stitch Owl i bought last night apparently was for my middle daughter, she eyeballed me in a way that i couldn't argue, so i bought the last one left in store, hiding up in a tree with pink wings; plus a Danielle Kathleen pendant; & Little Slave resin bangle, love love love . . . my husband!!
This collection of lovelies is for my school Mother's Day Raffle . . . i spy Plushka hair tie, Yardage Design tea towel, Prim&Pretty brooch, Look Mama card, Hugs&Kisses candle, Lindsay&Edmunds chocolates, Little Mustard Seeds tea cup, My Indulgence Time soap, Highland Habitat face mist.
ALL this for $100.40 - my point is - gorgeous high end handmade unique products AT market prices, no inflation as the designers/ makers get 100% of the sale of their wares, no store mark up, so you really are supporting micro handmade businesses at Shop Handmade, many of us are mummies working from kitchen tables & home craft rooms!!
Goodness, look at those dressing room curtains, who made them i wonder?? 
The Shop is huge, 140m square, i think these sweeping shots attempt to do it justice for space.  Note wide aisles for prams or customers shopping in groups!!  All welcome!!
Personally love the shelf options at the back of the Shop, so much room for customers to stay & take their time.  Plenty of sales are coming from this area. 
A beautiful morning tea welcome spread was put on for our first Shop customers today.
So if you have products in store, congratulations - you're so clever.  They are beautifully presented & supported by a knowledgable sales team, not to mention posted all over blog land, Canberra Times + lots of great magazines, stay tuned . . . Shop Handmade is my ONLY shopping destination now!!  Love Posie

20 comments:

BLONDEDESIGN said...

Well done, the curtains look great too! Wish I was there....Kx

m.e (Cathie) said...

looks wonderful! so wish I could visit.

yardage girl said...

Another GREAT post - thanks so much for sharing - it is really great for those of us far away. Nic
P.S. Lovely to see my tea towel in your raffle - thanks!

Steph said...

Looks brilliant! So classy...yet great prices like you said. Fabulous concept....I'm green with envy that I can't pop in regularly :(

Kate said...

Thanks for the tour! It looks gorgeous! What a brilliant shopping destination for Canberrans (is that a word?), someone needs to set something like that up around here. Have a great weekend.

Rubyred said...

Well Done to you all! It looks fabulous! I wish we had something like that here!
Thank you for your sweet comments too!
Rachel x

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

Wow Jennie! What a great and exciting venture for all you in Canberra!
So great to see!

Purple Paisley Patch said...

The shop looks wonderful, such a tribute to handmade and the wonderful peeps who create all those yummy goodies.

LOVE the curtains! I could use some of those. :-)

Heidi said...

Wow what a great place, I wish we had one..

Little Ted Canvas said...

Just an amazing concept, it all looks so beautiful & oh so inviting. I drool everytime I see everyone's pictures, wish I could visit...

cheeky textiles said...

Wow looks fantastic. what a amazing job you have all done. you must be so proud to be a part of this great shop. well done you, Rachel and Julie love Anastasiaxx

Posie Patchwork said...

Like i hadn't been enough, i went back today (3rd day in a row, stalker alert) to pick up some gorgeous treats for my beautiful Melissa (Peggy-Jean cards & is my assistant when i get completely snowed under) for her birthday. Store is going strong, i have sales yippee & it just looks incredible. Love Posie

Prim and Pretty said...

I cant get the shop out of my mind! I was there twice yesterday and really wanted to go back today but thought I would look a like a stalker myself. Its a lovely enviroment to shop. Thanks for the purchasing a brooch.Im busy making more brooches today, I think I will need to restock Shop Handmade next week. Yippee!

Little Angel Little Devil said...

Oh wow Jenniw as usual a fantastic post with wonderful pic's does the shop really look that good?????.
Will never be able to tell you how grateful I am to you for your love and support! love love Rach

moose and bird said...

Wow, the shop looks amazing. I wish there was something similar near me. xo

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

The shop looks amazing!! Glad to hear it is a big success.

Corrie said...

gorgeous change room! huge, I can fit my twin pram in there

look forward to checking out the shop before handmade on the friday

I also love rachel's face as she's scanning, so focused, so dedicated!

lovely purchases
Corrie:)

bee said...

Oh - my - goodness!! The shop just looks so beautiful, thanks for sharing some pics. What a fabulous initiative... genius in fact! It's so heartening to see such wonderful support for local handcrafted goods. I HAVE to get myself up to Canberra to check it out.

Raewyn said...

WOW...That...is....awesome!!!

Stacey said...

Oh it looks just so lovely. So many beautiful things in one spot.
Love your hair thingy too. Very pretty!