2017 was a big year for us. We learnt lots of important lessons (both personal and professional), made new friends and said goodbye to old ones, experienced highs, lows and everything in between. So, as we welcome a new year and new opportunities, we took a look back at all of the things we achieved last year and thought we’d share some of the highs and lows with you.
No. 1 Launching the Website
This project almost killed us, and by “killed us” I mean I almost killed Rhodri with my incessant knit picking. We built our site using Wix and, while it is supposed to be a walk in the park, it felt more like a triathlon in the Amazon, but we persisted and launched our site including an online store, hire catalogue, photo gallery, blog and some other jazzy stuff.
No. 2 Goodbye Ragi
Parting is such sweet sorrow and this goodbye was no exception. Ragi wasn’t just a car, she was part of our family. She’d been the carriage of choice for year 12 formals, the designated driver for 21st birthday celebrations and, more recently, a key business partner who helped us courier furniture across Sydney, Wollongong and beyond. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end and, with a blown gasket, the Ragi took her leave in February.
No. 3 Famous Furniture
We get quite attached to our pieces so, when we sell something, we always make a point of asking what the person plans to do with it. This year, we were pretty excited to learn that some of our vintage cases ended up in the Peter Alexander winter campaign photo shoot, an art deco cabinet found its way onto the set of A Place To Call Home - When you run a small business, it’s all about small victories, so we’re counting this as our 15 minutes of fame. Aside from these, other pieces found new homes at Opera Bar and countless other pubs and restaurants across Sydney and Wollongong.
No. 4 Party Time
When we started out, we were only selling furniture, but over time we thought it might be an idea to start building up a selection of items for hire. Since launching our hire catalogue in July, we’ve contributed some rustic, vintage and retro flair to a whole range of parties and events including weddings, product launches, Mother’s Day High Teas, Christmas functions and live music gigs in Sydney, Wollongong, the Southern Highlands and everywhere in between.
No. 5 Picture Perfect
One of the best highlights last year was meeting Bob from Waymark Productions. Together with Bob, we worked on a styled shoot at The Cooperative in Gerringong. It was a great day out, Bob managed to capture some excellent images of our stuff and while we were absolutely knackered by the end of it, we had plenty of laughs along the way. We’re really excited to keep working with Bob and we’ve got more photoshoots in the works – so stay tuned.
Aside from all of the highlights, one of the biggest things that we are proud of this year is that we’re still smiling at the end of it all. Working for yourself is liberating and challenging in equal measures because, while you are free to call the shots, there’s also a lot of responsibilities that you need to be accountable for. Plus, working with your partner can be challenging, because it can be hard to switch off/out of work mode, but we can assure you it was one of the best decisions we have made and we managed to go another year without killing one another, so we must be nailing it, right?
Thanks for reading all about our year in review. We are excited to try new and different things and to start making/building/creating/designing/earning the highlights of 2018, so watch this space!