Sunday, April 22, 2018

Thoughts on Shops

I have often thought to myself "Jess, you should open up your own store".  My biggest problem is that I honestly never feel 100% about it - so I guess it's a good thing I haven't opened anything yet.  I have gone round and round since....meh.....2005, I suppose, in regards to opening up a rockabilly/retro type of shop.

If you're new to this blog, then let me tell you a little about where I live.  I live in Fairbanks, Alaska.  Around here, we consider Fairbanks, Fox, Ester, Nenana, North Pole, Ft. Wainwright, and Eielson AFB to all be part of our community.  There's roughly...130,000 people give or take a few thousand due to the military bases.

We have a '50s themed restaurant in Fairbanks, a real aluminum-sided diner out in North Pole, a top-notch Chinese restaurant with tiki bar cocktails in North Pole, and a sizable rockabilly community.  Surprisingly, it seems that the majority of rockabilly folk are in the Fairbanks-area.  Most would automatically think Anchorage.

We have no stores that really offer rockabilly/retro clothes, aside from a few thrift stores and some vintage options from the antique stores.

I keep going back and forth with myself on all of this.  I could set up a pop-up shop over the summer to see how it goes.  I could just open up a little store.  Will there be enough interest to keep me afloat?  Would there be more interest because a shop would be there?  Should I look for a business partner?

I know the products.  I know the wholesale options.

I could use some advice.


On a side note: Have you checked out my friend's blog?  Nostalgia a la Mode!  Fellow Alaskan and very good friend of mine.  I'm actually trying to figure out what to make for her annual birthday/tiki party....which happens in like 2 months.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Finds!

It's another Friday Finds!  This time around the focus is on swimwear since summer is just around the corner!

At SwimOutlet.com - check out these Sporti brand swim caps!  These run $4-$10 and each design comes in a rainbow of colors.



Also on the same website, check out the brand Creative Sunwear.  These also come in a rainbow of colors and generally run between $4-$12.



For Luna has swimwear ranging from £60-£80.  One pieces, swimdresses, and two pieces.




Esther Williams Swimwear is popular for the Esther Williams suit style.  Prices range from $40-$80.


 Bettylicious is another great brand of retro swimwear.  Prices range from £24-£80.


Wanting something more 20s and 30s?  Sarina Poppy Vintage makes and sells swimsuits that range from $100-$125 range.


Merman Designs on etsy only sells men's designs for $57.33.


Unfortunately, there aren't many options for men when it comes to retro swimwear.

Before I sign off, I would like to tell everyone about my friend's FB blog called Nostalgia a la Mode.  She posts about vintage stuff, but really likes to make the occasional vintage cocktail.  Her latest one is The Aviation.