Okay let's run through what I've been doing. The catalyst was my 40th birthday at the start of April and surprisingly, that bought out a lot more stuff than I thought it would. Really, serious life questions. I didn't think turning 40 would be a big deal cause I usually don't go for all that society stuff. I don't think turning 40 was bad, just... a benchmark, I guess. Anyway most of it was down to the antique centre my dad and brother took me to, and how they had a ton of super awesome stuff I wanted to buy, but couldn't, because I don't have a real house to put it in and probably won't any time soon cause I was saving my life and money to go to England.
awesome things at local antique center - reminds me of my first 'proper' house back in the mid 90s
Making this decision changed everything. Everything. My whole outlook has changed. I really had no idea how depressing day to day life had become, to not be able to buy household goods and furnishings, and to have to save every dollar I could spare (and that ain't a lot). I didn't actually realise being able to buy household goods was that important to me (though I know I'm a huge fan), but if I can go to an antique centre and be close to tears because 'I want that cupboard', that's got to mean something. And it does; the homes we live in must be comfortable and beautiful and reflect our own passions and aesthetics. The home is the spiritual center of a modern person, it is our comfort and our refuge. The home has always been important to me, and I haven't had a proper one for almost 3 years now.
In choosing to stay in Australia a while longer I've suddenly been able to start planning my life instead of feeling like I'm on hold. Now I have the goal that by the end of the year, I will be in a house I can call mine, with all my stuff around me and plenty of space to do what I want to do. And be able to have the family over to admire my white tinsel Christmas tree and my vintage candy shop themed kitchen and my entire room just for packing and shipping. Which I shall call the Post Office.
Sparrow Salvage has been emptied of the last of my jewelry and I'll be having a giveaway sometime next week in order to pass along the last few things left from that stage of my life. I don't want to keep anything; I have a folder full of pictures that I can reminisce over, that's all I need. But sparrow salvage does not die, it transforms! Like a classy butterfly, it is now my vintage flagship store. It's where jewelry, fashion, homewares and whatever else takes me fancy will be listed.
vintage bells - listed and sold
I've also just opened a new shop for my photography. I was really creative with the name - Penelope Neil. I didn't go with a cute name because I don't want it to be one of those photography shops that just sells home decor prints. I mean that's what they are, but they're more than that. It's a hobby shop right now, but I want to develop a side-career as a freelance photographer for home and lifestyle magazines so it's operating as a motivator as well.
On top of all that I've just become the leader of the Australian Vintage team on Etsy! A position I volunteered for as the Aussie vintage sellers on Etsy really need a strong supportive base both for exposure and camaraderie. It's very quiet there right now- it went into hibernation when the captain's life overtook all his time. I'm hoping to get it pumped back up again because I want it to be huge, and i have a million ideas for how to expand it.