Florist Shop Display Update and Lessons.....

It's been ages since I've given an update on my little display of garments from my business at the florist shop. Since meeting Leanne late last year and forming this mutually beneficial relationship, we have also become firm friends. Every few weeks I pop into the shop to check on my display and have a few hours chatting with Leanne whilst having morning tea, and catching up while floral arrangements are made and customers come into the shop.

I've been asked several times recently by local creative and market friends how things have been going with the shop display and sales. The answer is, it's been going well, surprisingly well in fact. It's taken a bit of trial and error to work out the right type of garments to stock in such a location.

The shop has had a recent change around and my display is now in a "baby section" up the back there in the pic collage near all the balloons and stuffed toys  for "New Baby" arrangements, it;s right near the counter (out of shot). It's a great little position.

The answer to the appropriate garments to stock for such a display have ended up coming quite simply really. People popping into a florist shop might often be purchasing flowers of congratulations for a new baby being born. So stocking a varied selection of baby pieces from newborns through to toddlers has been easy, with a few special garments thrown in like vintage Christening Gowns and sweet bonnets and booties, that has bought together a perfect combination. Word is starting to get around that I have a little display and Leanne is having people pop in to see what is new and wanting to see more and make connections with me.

I'm so thrilled with how things have been received since having this arrangement and the sales I've made. It's all been a lesson for this mum in business though to take the chances and offers for opportunities from new friends and acquaintances and run with them and see what happens.

But there is a lesson here that I want to share with other mummas out there in small business; and that's not to let your internal voice of doubt or logic talk yourself out of why opportunities won't work. When you busy yourself with that sort of talk internally you're closing yourself off to all the other possible ways, an opportunity could work for you with some experimenting and trial and error. So remember to seize opportunities, if someone has commented in passing on your business or product and how it would work well or compliment their business, be bold pop those shoulders back and ask how you can make it happen. There is nearly always a way you can negotiate mutually beneficial business relationships by being brave and bold. Give it a go surprise yourself and give yourself and your dreams every chance to soar.

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My Vintage Childhood: Florist Shop Display Update and Lessons.....

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Florist Shop Display Update and Lessons.....

It's been ages since I've given an update on my little display of garments from my business at the florist shop. Since meeting Leanne late last year and forming this mutually beneficial relationship, we have also become firm friends. Every few weeks I pop into the shop to check on my display and have a few hours chatting with Leanne whilst having morning tea, and catching up while floral arrangements are made and customers come into the shop.

I've been asked several times recently by local creative and market friends how things have been going with the shop display and sales. The answer is, it's been going well, surprisingly well in fact. It's taken a bit of trial and error to work out the right type of garments to stock in such a location.

The shop has had a recent change around and my display is now in a "baby section" up the back there in the pic collage near all the balloons and stuffed toys  for "New Baby" arrangements, it;s right near the counter (out of shot). It's a great little position.

The answer to the appropriate garments to stock for such a display have ended up coming quite simply really. People popping into a florist shop might often be purchasing flowers of congratulations for a new baby being born. So stocking a varied selection of baby pieces from newborns through to toddlers has been easy, with a few special garments thrown in like vintage Christening Gowns and sweet bonnets and booties, that has bought together a perfect combination. Word is starting to get around that I have a little display and Leanne is having people pop in to see what is new and wanting to see more and make connections with me.

I'm so thrilled with how things have been received since having this arrangement and the sales I've made. It's all been a lesson for this mum in business though to take the chances and offers for opportunities from new friends and acquaintances and run with them and see what happens.

But there is a lesson here that I want to share with other mummas out there in small business; and that's not to let your internal voice of doubt or logic talk yourself out of why opportunities won't work. When you busy yourself with that sort of talk internally you're closing yourself off to all the other possible ways, an opportunity could work for you with some experimenting and trial and error. So remember to seize opportunities, if someone has commented in passing on your business or product and how it would work well or compliment their business, be bold pop those shoulders back and ask how you can make it happen. There is nearly always a way you can negotiate mutually beneficial business relationships by being brave and bold. Give it a go surprise yourself and give yourself and your dreams every chance to soar.

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12 Comments:

At August 9, 2013 at 12:48 AM , Blogger Van said...

I love the display you've made and how you're reaching out and trying new places to sell. Gives me ideas...hmmm :D !

 
At August 9, 2013 at 6:01 AM , Blogger Trudie said...

Thanks as always for your support and encouragement. I have other plans and extension upon this display and networking from this position all of which the shop owner (my friend) who is massively supportive of.

 
At August 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM , Blogger Vix said...

It looks lovely and I'm not surprised it's a success. x

 
At August 10, 2013 at 8:12 AM , Blogger Trudie said...

Thanks Vix, I must say I went into thing uncertain but hopeful. As a result I have been more than pleasantly surprised.

 
At August 10, 2013 at 8:22 AM , OpenID andanyways.com said...

It looks like the florist is a good fit for your business. Well done.

 
At August 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM , Blogger Jill Butler said...

I think that's a good lesson to learn for anyone in business! Opportunities present themselves and we never know quite how they will turn out, but we need to be adaptable and positive.

 
At August 11, 2013 at 3:13 PM , Blogger Seana Smith said...

My favourite local shop is the florist and she sells a few pretty things for little ones too, lovely old-fashioned aprons are my fave. Very good idea, and you're building something long term and authentic and really useful.

 
At August 11, 2013 at 8:38 PM , Blogger Trudie said...

It certainly has turned out to be. Who would of thunk, but I'm glad I took the chance.

 
At August 11, 2013 at 8:40 PM , Blogger Trudie said...

Thank you.
There's a lesson in every opportunity whether they work out or not. It's about what you do with that knowledge and experience.

 
At August 11, 2013 at 8:44 PM , Blogger Trudie said...

Thanks for your lovely words Seana.
The florist has certainly turned out to be a delightful match.

 
At August 15, 2013 at 1:56 PM , Blogger Maxabella said...

Such good advice, Trudie, for anyone whether they have a business or not - seize the opportunities and be brave and bold. And your display looks so gorgeous. x

 
At August 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM , Blogger Dorothy Newhouse said...

You have pretty amazing display but what I really love is the great advice that you gave. I learned from it a lot. Thanks!

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