The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -Eleanor Roosevelt
There is something I have been thinking about for quite a long time. Its been my little secret- something I like to daydream about when driving, or the fantasy I use to fall asleep. It isn’t a massive dream like wanting to become the president of the United States, much more of subtle fancy to keep my day more interesting. But as time passes that little reverie is becoming more detailed and possible. I am at the point where I feel like I really need to either press forward and make this dream a reality or realize it is the fantasy that I enjoy, not the actual achieving of the vision.
Though it may seem like I want to open a bakery, that isn’t the dream. The fantasy is to take this amazing vintage building and turn it into a retail store. Seriously! I have been thinking about starting a store both bricks and mortar and online to sell the vintage inspired clothing I love so much. The thing is I also want to start my own small (and I mean really small) line of clothing. I can do both, but I am just not sure I have the time- I mean I do have three children to raise.
Here is a photo of another building for rent. It is much more practical and much smaller. I actually called to inquire about the rent.
It isn’t as pretty as the bakery, but it is in a great location and is totally move-in ready. *Sigh. I just don’t know if I really want to open a store or if I just like the idea of it. I am guessing I would be carrying many of the same brands as ModCloth so why would anyone bother to buy clothing from me? My sister says it isn’t as much about the store as it is about the owner’s curation of what is sold. ModCloth has lovely clothing, but they also have a younger target market. I mean I would be selling to 20 somethings, but also to an older crowd which I think is often lost in the world of retail. Of course everything I sold would be vintage or classically inspired, but who knows if there are enough people out there who want to wear the same things I do? Then there is the time factor. Can I make it to market week in New York four times a year and Magic twice a year? What about Europe where many of my favorite brands are located? Plus there is the other fantasy of having my own line of clothing. It is much more doable because I already have the manufacturing experience- I used to own a line of boy’s clothing! But do I want to go down that path again? Especially after being devastated when I had to shut it down? So many questions I have to answer.
I thought talking about it on the blog would help me figure things out. Maybe you ladies have some advice? What do you think about opening a clothing store and/or having my own line of vintage inspired clothing? Do you think you would be interested in something like that?