Hello, and thank you for taking the time to read my plea!
So, here's my story: I'm opening a bridal shop that will stock worn-once and ex-shop sample wedding dresses. PLEASE DON’T TUNE OUT YET, I PROMISE THIS GETS MORE INTERESTING!!! This is a dream i've had for nearly 20 years and the time in my life has come to take the huge step of making it happen. So scary, but so exciting.
I’m a great lover of historic buildings and supporter of our rural economy, so I’ve grabbed the opportunity to take a tenancy on a beautiful historic disused building in a stunning village to give it a new lease of life.
Not all brides can or want to spend a small fortune on a brand-new wedding dress. The world has gone by the way of ethical buying, and recycling wherever possible. Of course, there are also many brides who just don’t have the budget to buy new.
The aim of the boutique is to offer brides who for whatever reason want to consider a pre-loved dress, the same exciting and luxury experience with their friends and family that they would get if they walked into any boutique selling new dresses. Less money shouldn’t mean less special, they still deserve to be thoroughly spoilt! The stock will consist of worn-once dresses that I will sell on behalf of brides who wish to recover some costs from their own wedding, and also some ex-shop sample dresses that have been used in boutiques selling new dresses as examples for brides to try on.
Most importantly I will be donating at least £10 from the sale of each dress to a charity (in talks currently with my bee keeping friend as to which one, so charity details TBC shortly) that supports and spreads the word through courses and schools visits in support of bee keeping and conservation.
I won’t sell you my sob story (it would be too depressing and take up too much of your time), we all have stuff as fully qualified grown-ups that we have to deal with, but I’ve had a pretty awful past few years, so I’m trying to take brave and positive steps to make a better life for me and my two children (and the dog). There is no point sitting around feeling sorry for myself, no one else is going to help you if you don’t help yourself. This businesses isn’t going to make me rich (sadly!), but I hope it will pay the bills and mean I can take the kids on the odd holiday. But most importantly I want to do something with my life that I am passionate about and that will bring joy to the lives of others.
So here comes the dirty issue of money. I have raised most of the funds to cover the start-up costs myself; if it’s not nailed down it’s been sold on Ebay…..watch out kids (the dog is safe though)! The family that I am going to be leasing the building from have also been incredibly generous and supportive in preparing the building to make it fit for use. However, I’m running a bit short. I am trying to raise £4000 to pay for the final bits I can’t cover; £2,400 of which will be used to put down flooring in the building, and the remaining £1,600 will be used to purchase some ex-shop sample dresses (in addition to the pre-loved dresses I will sell on behalf of others).
The only thing I can offer you in return is lots of photographs of the shop as it goes through it’s transformation, photos of the finished product, an invitation to opening party (VIP list of course!), a pot of local honey, and hopefully copies of some letters of thanks from delighted brides!
Thank you for reading, just to take up a few last minutes of your precious time here are some quotes that have kept me from hiding under the duvet and hoping all the rubbish stuff would just go away. All the best, Kate.
"The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope."
― Barack Obama
"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others."
― Audrey Hepburn
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
― Anne Frank