If you guys know me, you know I love flowers! To celebrate to start of spring, I'd like to share this gorgeous shoot by Serena Jae (which is now also on the main slide show). We had the privilege of working with a super amazing and talented team in Atlanta and I can't wait to do it again soon!
Location: Cator Woolford Gardens | Photography: Love by Serena | Beauty: Claudia Mejerle | Bridal Gowns: Gossamer Vintage | Cake: Maggie Austin Cake | Calligraphy: Abany Bauer | Desserts: Sugar and Slate | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Florals: Amy Osaba Events | Food: Sun in my Belly | Styling: Ginny Branch | Rentals: Blue Eyed Yonder | Stationery: Brown Linen Design
Laura and I met earlier this year in spring and we conceptualized the shoot via email messages. We've never met prior to this but I knew we would be fast friends; her eye for beauty and mine for detail were a perfect match. And did I tell you she collects antiques?! We've collaborated for many shoots since, but this one is very near and dear to my heart.
For this shoot, we envisioned beauty in an abandoned mansion. Somewhat ghostly and moody, this shoot is also evocative and romantic.
We also shot a boudoir portion that will be published at a later date in a magazine! I hope you guys like this shoot!
Photographer: Laura Gordon Photography
It's been a while that I have posted in this blog but it is the one-year anniversary of the website so I believe this warrants a post! :)
For all those considering opening up a vintage shop, here are some tips about vintage selling that I have learned:
1. When you go to an estate sale, DO NOT buy everything you see. Be selective. Just because something is inexpensive, it doesn't mean it's worth it. Find pieces that inspire you and buy pieces you like and don't mind having around if it doesn't sell quickly.
2. Do not think you can fix everything. My to-do pile is literally piling up to the ceiling because I keep thinking I will get to it. My mistake was buying pieces that I thought were fixable, but they ended up being very tedious and time-consuming.
3. Set a budget or limit on how much you will spend for a piece. Remember not all pieces sell and you might end up with it in your inventory for quite a while.
5. Running a vintage store, you are the photographer, seamstress, poster, marketer, launderer, packager, etc. Remember to give yourself a salary. I went a whole year without paying myself to grow my inventory. It was difficult, but luckily, I have a supportive husband.
6. Package your items to reflect your brand. Your customers trusted you enough to buy your pieces online without trying it on so the least you can do is make their package pretty and presentable.
7. Have fun, take it easy, and if you need a few days off, your customers won't mind waiting a few more days if it isn't urgent.
I hope that helps anyone out there thinking about opening a vintage shop. It's one of the hardest job I have had, but also the most rewarding!
Hi ALL!! I hope everyone's spring is going wonderfully! I know some of you guys wanted to see the full Spring Lookbook I used for banners a few months ago, so here it is! I hope you like it!
Model: Danielle De Souza
Hey all, it's a little bit over a year since I started Gossamer Vintage and it's getting busier and busier. My business grew at a pace I didn't expect but I'm so thankful. I hope to be better in the future, but I still have lots to know and mistakes to learn from.
I moved to Virginia about 3 years ago from Georgia and it's always wonderful every time I go back home to visit the family. Having a home business does get a bit lonely and breaks in-between is always good for the mind, body and soul. I love my vintage clothing and all, but I miss having family around...
This time, not only did I get to visit my family, but I got to hang out with friends and also did a couple of photoshoots with some newly acquired pieces. I'm posting a few peaks from my own camera, but the film shot by my friend Serena will be stunning. I cannot wait to see them! Shoot with full credits coming! Thanks to Amy Osaba for flowers and Ginny Branch
I hope you enjoy these!
What better way to start the year by sharing the first styled shoot I did for the shop? :)
These dresses are just a few from a selection Edwardian lace and beaded dresses.
Featuring model Cindy Wang and MUA by Shekeita Maggitt. I hope you guys enjoy!