Thursday, March 31, 2011

One month-ish until we're OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

For the past year, it's been one disaster after another trying to get my shop up and running.
Would you believe I'm now up to my third caravan!
It was due to very unfortunate circumstances that the custom built van had to be put aside, however shortly afterward, this darling round Franklin Regent 12 foot caravan was listed on eBay and I knew it had to be mine.

It's certainly been a mission getting it organised so quickly.
My amazingly handy Dad has been invaluable through all this.
He's been living, breathing, dreaming and existing for my caravan, getting it ready for me before my market debut.
I can't believe how lucky I am.
Don't get me wrong, I haven't left him to do all the hard work, I've been right in there getting stuck in.

There's been nothing glamorous about the process.
We've been pulling out and replacing rotten wood, pouring glue remover gunk on the floor and scraping it all up, getting giant splinters in hands, Lots of sanding, ripping and tearing, re-skinning the walls and floor, getting eaten by mosquitos, we even had to DIY a crane on Dads roof to winch the fridge out of the van's skylight as it was build into the van.
Our blood, sweat and a lot of my tears have gone into this project haha.

The inside is one or two weekends off being mostly completed, and then we just have the outside to paint (Which is a mission in itself... a scary one at that)

If you haven't already been staying up to date with my Facebook photo updates & stories, I've attached a few here for you to check out! I hope you like what you see!

This is the large display bench that goes across the back of the van.
It has display holes underneath for more stock.

This is the beginning of a set of graduated sized shelves.
Each shelf will sit flush with the bottom of each circle.

This is the end where a clothes rack will be built in across the end.
It will be full of fabulous vintage frocks during the warmer months, and deliciously warm coats during the cooler.

It's the little touches that make all the difference.
Skirting boards to give that homely touch, and chrome edging to tidy up joins.

I'm going back to Marysville again this weekend to get it to the next stage!
Don't forget to like my Facebook page to be kept up to date with it's progress.
It's really getting exciting now.

We are aiming for a May grand opening, It's currently on schedule, but there's a possibility it may run into a couple weeks of June.
Either way it's not far away at all! Yipeee.

Thank you all for being so patient with me and my shop!
I can't WAIT to take you on a tour.

Trish x

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