breakfast chit chat…
Posted in fashion, stores October 30th, 2009 by pia


Marie’s crochet bags are super cute, don’t you think? I think one of these sweet little crochet bags would look pretty teamed with this peacock mini from nanidoo


…which you could wear any season, love the scoop back.

I’ve been perusing big cartel while having my breakfast. There are heaps of great boutiques but it’s not the easiest site to search. Any tips or tricks?  I’d love to see big cartel do something similar to etsy, with a market place home page that changes regularly, I think it would be  much more appealing as both a buyer and a seller. And then us bloggers could do ‘big cartel favourites’ posts too.

Oh if only I had my homeware store still. I would be perusing these fab internet markets every day, in search of beautiful handmade and vintage stock. Perhaps one day I’ll open another one somewhere in the world. There are so many cute shops for lease in Amsterdam these days, no doubt because of the current economic climate. I often fancy myself setting up shop again in one of them. Although I adore shopping virtually, nothing beats a bricks & mortar shop, there is something so special about walking into one that just captures your imagination, like walking into a little world where you can buy and take home the things you fall in love with. I think now is the time you can negotiate a great lease deal and set up your dream shop. Some of my fondest memories are those of first setting up my shop  – having very little capital and finding cheap second hand shelving, filling old indian cabinets with handmade treasures, lugging a ridiculously heavy old iron claw foot bath into the storefront and filling it with handmade soaps. So much fun.

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  1. Ceils says

    Oh, Pia – do open a shop!

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  2. pia says

    Ceils, I’ll keep thinking about it. At this stage I’m not sure I would be able to take on another project, I’ve got way to many huge ones happening right now. But maybe one day! It’s always in my mind.

    October 30th, 2009 | #

  3. marie says

    id visit for sure! (thanks for the mention!)

    October 31st, 2009 | #

  4. Jeska says

    fabulous dress. Great discovery!

    October 31st, 2009 | #

  5. Christina says

    Hi Pia, I’ve been following your blog for a while and I had to comment today as I was thinking the same thing about opening up my dream shop on the weekend. I’m in Sydney and would love to know your advice on running a homewares store. Thanks, Christina

    November 2nd, 2009 | #

  6. Cassandra says

    Hi Pia
    Like you I also had a homewares store – in NZ – called Haven. I closed it after losing my sister and niece unexpectantly. Anyway – it always nags doesn’t it? It’s a dream you fulfilled, and then you have to walk away, so you never really did it right. Well I’ve moved to London and instead of opening a store, I’ve compromised to something I think is much much better (for me). Some corporate work in magazines and I started my studio at the Papered Parlour this week, where I can re-start designing and making homewares. I’ve spent six months figuring it out to make it fit – take time – mind map. The right mix will come. Why don’t you curate a one month pop-up store??????

    November 3rd, 2009 | #

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