Being on maternity leave, I looked for a way to generate an extra income, with the hope that I can stay at home a bit longer and look after my children.
I came across a lot of friends/school mums that had many items sitting in there wardrobe that have either never been worn or worn once. I think its great to reuse these items and also gives people a chance to own quality items at the fraction of the original cost and perhaps can’t afford such items brand new.
I started by selling on eBay and soon had enough items to hold a sale. Every few months we hold a sale of preloved clothes and I involve other local small business such as beauticians, stall holders to help with the cost of the venue.
Taking the business forward, I would like some funds to convert a garden building into somewhere people can come and view and try on the dresses (perhaps a group of friends) and to hold the stock. I will offer a personal service and search for requested dresses for proms, wedding and events for people on a budget.
I would like to offer affordable quality prom dresses and accessories, so some funding would allow me to purchase second hand dresses, clean and repair as necessary. I will also offer a hiring service so clients do not need to purchase. We would love to try and stop the throw away society and re use beautiful items.
Funds would also help me with marketing and I think it would look better if I had my own studio for people to come and visit.
A lot of people suffer with anxiety and as a sufferer myself I know that shopping can be daunting, I want to create somewhere that you can come along, on your own or with friends, try some dresses on and have an enjoyable experience. My own daughter missed out on her prom for this very reason and I would like to help others.
I will carry on with the regular sales as we focus on providing a few hours to have some ‘me time’ as most people, especially busy mums don’t have time to get out shop and have a treatment. I would love some extra funding to expand this, we currently have second hand rails and a makeshift changing room, so it would be great to upgrade these.