Right now its really hard to feel normal under so much fear, stress and anxiety, let alone beautiful. With the uncertain effect on the economy and jobs, many people are unable to splash out on treats and luxuries.
Mums are having to be mums, teachers and employees all at the same time without being able to spend time on themselves. People are unable to leave home and fall into PJs and Netflix mode, forgetting about self-care, because... what's the point?
The point is that self-care, self-love and self-image is especially important right now to give everyone a sense of normality, of purpose and of dignity. Its more important than ever to take care of ourselves: be it a relaxing bath, a home hair-colour or some gorgeous jewellery!
As a sole trader I set up Timeless Vintage Jewels 18 months ago, out of my studio flat, learning everything I needed to do to build my business from scratch and making plenty of mistakes along they way!
After a year and a half I have built a solid social media following and a fantastic stock of beautiful vintage jewellery, along with styling pages and a blog. My aim has always been not just to sell jewellery but to encourage women to shop sustainably and to feel beautiful however they dress!
You don't have to be a vintage expert to appreciate the beauty of these classic styles and how glamorous its possible to feel!
Whilst I'm still open for online sales, many people are worried about the transmission of the virus through the mail so my Gift Vouchers are now available in both electronic and physical form so that you have the opportunity to store up credit for better times - without touching anything!
When lockdown ends and the world opens up again, your vouchers will have already paid for you to splash out on some fantastic pieces to make you feel extra special whether its to go out for dinner, visit friends or just a night out at the pub. Remember the pub?!
I am one of thousands and thousands of small businesses and sole traders who don't qualify for government help, whose businesses have suffered through lack of demand. Having ploughed so much time and effort into building our businesses from scratch, in the hope of creating better lives and futures for ourselves and our families it is heart-breaking to see it crumbling away.
Projects like Pay It Forward enable us to keep in touch with the community and with our clients, creating new relationships and finding new markets, as well as providing cash flow to help us keep up with our day to day expenses without running further and further into debt.
Your help at this time is so, so very deeply appreciated.
Hopefully it will be the start of a beautiful and glamourous relationship!
The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for millions of British small businesses, which is going to make it very challenging for businesses to survive. Together we can help them.
Crowdfunder are offering up their platform to allow all UK small businesses to pre-sell their meals, events, hotel bookings etc. for cash now on a promise to redeem these at a later date.