A DIARY OF COLOURING IN A BOOKSHOP
It's been three months since we opened our new/olde shoppe in a late Victorian building here in Freshwater, Isle of Wight. The shop has had very little done to it since Queen Victoria was on the throne, and following an attack on the rotten floorboards, and opening up an old fireplace- we decided to throw caution to the wind and dress in our stock- lest we lost the Christmas selling period. January to March here are the quietest sales period, as much of the trade is tourism. Having said that, Freshwater has a vibrant community, and we love it here. We chose Avenue road (effectively the High street) in the middle of town, as the road has a fabulous Butcher, Baker and Fishmonger- and though there are many empty shops (as par for the course in any high street sadly these days) and currently harsh County Council parking services- it didn't take a lot of imagination to see how a basically well-served High street with good local footfall, might be amenable to a Book-shop with add-ons!
So, we stocked up our books, gifts, cards, coffee and cake and opened.
It has been a cracking three months. Trade has been good, and we've trawled the plethora of Charity shops for our shop furniture and bookshelves.There has also been a nice surprise, that has kept me busy. Book-stock (at a level I envisaged a year or two down the line) has come my way, and it has been nose to the grindstone, sorting and pricing until earlier this week.
Now, it is time to change around the 'cart before the horse' approach that we began with. Time to pull together the design for the shop, by decorating the walls and the furniture. I had come across Websters Chalk paint powder via facebook, and followed their posts. I approached them, and am delighted with the product.
Over the next few months, this blog will be showing you the project of revamping the shop- furniture piece by furniture piece. Our aim is to 'lighten-up' the feel of the shop. We love its cosiness, we love its 'smile'. We love how it chimes in with another era. We just want to freshen it, and 'tie-in' our charity shop finds, by paint finishes and colour.
Here are some pictures before we start. We shall be exclusively stocking the fabulous Webster products, it is a frugal and eco-friendly way of changing surroundings. Our wish is that you find it inspiring- and if you do- well you know where to come to find Websters!
See you soon for project progress...