Wednesday 19 September 2007

The Shop . . . is open . . .come on in . . .

It took a bit of doing but I am finally and officially open and it is GORGEOUS!!!

Come on in and have a look.

This mantle piece is what you see when you first enter the shop.

To the right is part of the window display

And standing from the door looking through the shop . . .

Everywhere you look are little displays, look at these gorgeous paper doll dresses Mum made in a black Victorian theme.

To the left of the entrance way is the 'baby department'. The green linen press is filled with beautiful baby knits, linens new and old, towels, bibs etc.

Looking further up is the main Linen Press overflowing with vintage linens and pretty smelling things!

Here is the counter area, I still have things to put up to pretty it some more!

Everywhere you look are little nooks and crannies, this is the 'sofa alcove'.

And the shelf beside it loaded with cut class, china and Scullys Rose range which is made here in New Zealand.

Here's a stocking I made using new and old fabrics. Below it is a green stool Mum painted and stencilled.

Another display of pretty china.

A corner of the kitchen.

There is a separate little room we have called 'The Blue Room'.

The blue room looking through to the main shop area

The Blue Room from the doorway into it.

Another little alcove.

The door leading to the toilet . . .

which has to be the prettiest toilet ever (thanks Mum!)

The shop opening party was a rip roaring success, lots of people and lots of sales!

Mel (who works with me in the shop) and I were kept busy wrapping.

It was thirsty work! I am wearing the little pink vintage number I showed in a few postings back. I didn't have time to wash it so I smelt authentically vintage, moth balls and all!

Here is Mum in her party clothes!

And Mum and I at the counter looking at the lovely plants, flowers and cards brought in by family, friends and customers as shop warming gifts.

This is my friend Gail who came up to help. She lives in Hamilton, a city down the road from Auckland.

The Princess had guesta's to play with. Here she is on the left hiding from the camera, beside her is Anna and Sarah, my friend Nancy's daughters and Kylie and Jamie, Gail's daughters.

It was a hard day for some people. Particularly Babes, who was worn out from his child minding chores, he had been looking after The Princess, Kylie and Jamie for over 24 hours.

Heartfelt thanks to my Mum, without her I would have never made it.
Mel who I also couldn't have a shop without.
Ann who is a friend of Melanie who brought us coffee and cake to keep us going on the Friday night before opening. Actually might have been to sober us up!
Gail, who is merchandiser extraordinaire and who has been with me for each shop opening.
Babes for supporting all that I do and taking care of The Princess when I am on a mission.
All you wonderful ladies in blogland who inspire me so much.
And The Princess, who is the light in my life!

That's the end of my Oscar Acceptance Speech!!!!
Oh and to Natasha who gave me a lesson on photo placement!


Anonymous said...


and bless all those that helped you

Its BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish I could get up to Akl just to have a look and buy through
if im ever up that way again I shall be sure to visit

have you thought of asking Charlotte to post on Lovely Shops
because it truly is

Natasha Burns said...

YAY Rachael!!! Fantastic!!!!! Thank you for the incredible tour, it feels like we are all there with you.

Congratulations on getting it all together (and managing to keep your blog going at the same time!!!). Your mum did such a great job helping you and with her beautiful creations (and gorgeous loo!).

Glad you got the photo thing sorted!

All the very best of luck with your shop, I am sure you will do well with it. Oh and you look so cute in your pink outfit, mothballs and all, lol!!!

Natasha xo said...

Congrats! wish I could have been to the party!!

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

lovely shop!!!! I would love to visit someday!

Alison Gibbs said...

Well done Rachael!
The shop looks great. You certainly have a big space to fill and it looks like you did. Having help from family and friends is always a bonus.

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Fabulous!!!! Everything looks soo sooo pretty! You have so many pretty pictures on the walls and I love the baby dept!!

Good luck on your grand opening!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Congratulations to you. It all looks absolutly gorgeous!!! How I would love to visit, but ahhhh it's a little more then a hop, skip and a jump. Continued success to you and hope to see many pics of your shop in the future.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

This is pure torture not being able to come!!!
Everything looks so pretty and I see that it wasn't taken for granted! I hope you have a blast everyday you are there...and sell a lot too!

bluemuf said...

Congratulations Rachael. You and all your helpers have done an exceptional job getting the shop ready for opening day. It's lovely and so exciting with all the little nooks and crannies full of fun vintage items. It would have been so much fun helping you get everything ready. I wish you continuing good fortune in all you do. Thank you for showing us all the beautiful photos.

Hugs Karen

Artifax said...


Oh, it is just GORGEOUS!! And your photos are amazing! I feel like I've just spent a lovely afternoon browsing there! So many lovely treasures!

It's all so beautiful! You did an absolutely fantastic job with it! Wish I lived closer so I could stop by, say hi, and pick up some pretties :) said...

Love the store ! I wish we had something like that where I am! Hugs,Angelina

Aimz said...

Lovely Rachael! If i'm down that way I'll come and say howdy :-)

CatieAn said...

hi rachael

what a beautiful shop!! i loved looking at all the rooms and goodies you have available. How wonderful to have so many friends and family to share in the hard work and the joy of the grand opening. I wish you much success with this venture.

Unknown said...

Congratulations!!!! Oh my gosh, I am in LOVE with your store!!!!!!! I wish I didnt live so far! I see TONS of things I want, lol!!!! Beautiful job, you will be such a success. I am so happy for you!!


Anonymous said...

Be still my Heart!!!! Beautiful!!! I wish I could spend hurs browsing and buying! Best of Luck to you!!!

Barbara said...

congratulations! the shop is GORGEOUS! i had to smile when i saw my blue tin there on the shelf! like i was THERE! WOOO HOO!


Deborah aka Miss Bee said...

It IS gorgeous! I'm panting over the teacups and saucers and the linens!
Continued success!

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Congratulations on your shop! I would so love to open one. Best of luck, it's beautiful!