It’s been a while since I told you guys I was selling my first company, my dear love, Mrs. Vintage. The idea for Mrs. Vintage (an antique furniture rental company for those of you who are new to my blog) came to me in 2011 while I was planning my own wedding. At the time, I noticed a huge lack of wedding rentals in New Orleans with any sort of personality or nostalgia. For me, modern, white pleather sofas were just NOT going to make an appearance at my wedding. Like any entrepreneur, I saw a problem, and did everything within my power to fix it. In February of 2012 I launched the very first vintage furniture rental company in New Orleans to cater specifically to the wedding market!
A few years later, my husband and I decided it was time to try and get home to California. Being away for four years made us really understand how important it is to be near family. So we started devising a plan to move home, and to sell Mrs. Vintage. In February of 2015 I sold to Distressed Rentals & Revival which ended up being a perfect fit for both of us! I got to keep my brand name, and she got all my inventory and 2015 weddings.
At first I thought I wanted to relaunch Mrs. Vintage as a retail company specializing in vintage furniture. After all, the thrill of the hunt, and finding that perfect vintage piece is truly my passion. But after some thought, I realized how much I loved running our shop Homestead (@Homestead_Living) and I wanted to do more than just vintage furniture. Rob and I have always wanted to reopen the shop, and now I’m spearheading that project. I’m planning on incorporating a ‘vintage’ tab on the online shop so all my treasures will still be available for purchase. But now, we are basically marrying the two brands so we can offer SOOOO much more!
I can’t say too much before the shop is open, but I can say, it will be an entirely new brand. Well sort of. This will all make sense when we get the online shop up and running. We are hoping to have the online shop open by Father’s Day, which may be a bit ambitious at this point, because there is so much that goes into getting an online shop up and running! And of course I’m a perfectionist, so I want every detail to be reflective of our new brand, right down to the pretty packaging your purchase shows up in.
“I think it’s important to approach new business with that in mind: is this something you would do even if you don’t get paid?”
In my spare time, I’ve been working on a brand new podcast (set to launch soon on iTunes!). Do you listen to podcasts? If not, you really should. You can pick from thousands on iTunes, there is literally something for everyone. My podcast is called The Company You Keep (thank you Jaynie Lighter of Ebb & Flow for my pretty new logo!) and is a business podcast geared toward creative entrepreneurs. I have learned SO much from other entrepreneurs, and I still have so much to learn, so the podcast seemed like a perfect platform to both learn and teach. My thinking was, if I’m interested in these stories, other people probably are too. Right? I hope so! Each week I sit down with a creative entrepreneur and hear them tell their story in their own words. Hearing their struggles and successes is so inspiring, I would do this podcast every week even if no one listens! And I think it’s important to approach new business with that in mind: is this something you would do even if you don’t get paid? Is this something you would do because it’s a passion? I think that has to be the basis of a new endeavor. You have to really really LOVE doing it. And hopefully you can eventually monetize it. Get rich quick schemes do not work. Run for the hills from your idea if all you want to do is get rich.
I’ll be sure and let you know when the podcast goes live on iTunes! I hope it’s as big a help to you as it has been for me. Thanks so much for reading! ~Julia xox