As I prepared to write this post, I found myself searching through old images on my computer. I came upon photos from the very first day that Dear Darling Vintage
, the company Melissa and I used to have together, was open. In a few weeks it'll be 3 years since that pivotal day, and so much has happened in that time- 2 blogs, vending at 4 shows, countless logos and blog headers, at least 5 different business cards, meeting thousands of amazing people both in person and online, and a move to a new state.
|My Urban Craft Uprising booth last summer.|
When we decided to move to California so that the mister could pursue his PhD, I had no idea what it would mean for Gather and Hunt. I knew I'd need a 'regular' job with a steady income to support us, and that might mean putting G&H on the back burner for 4 years. Having been here for seven months now, that 'regular' job still hasn't come (though not for lack of trying), and while I've tried to keep improving the blog, the G&H shop has been in limbo (aka plastic bins stashed in every spare closet space we have), and I've been pondering what to do about it all.
Over the last month or so, I've landed on the idea of taking the G&H shop online. While I do hope to shift my focus to interior and photo styling in the future, I still have a great inventory of vintage goods just waiting for new homes, and having a shop gives me a legitimate excuse to indulge my love of scouring thrift stores and estate sales.
So here's where you come in- as I weigh all my options, I could use some feedback. Do you buy vintage from online shops? If not, why? Would you prefer to see a G&H only shopping site, or a G&H Etsy shop? I really value the opinion of my readers, and will take your input into consideration, so please leave a comment and let me know what you think.