Happy New Year everyone! As today is the first day back in work after the festive period for many of you, I thought I’d share some of my favourite Nancy’s Tea Shop pictures from 2013 in case you feel like a distraction! I also thought that I’d remind myself of some of the things that have happened in the world of Nancy’s Tea Shop over the past year.
A very welcome development was my mum coming on board as a partner in my vintage venture. Her impressive sourcing, packing and cataloguing skills mean that the logistics of storing and shipping our china to customers all over the world is in capable hands. We joke that my dad and boyfriend have become ‘china widowers’ given the amount of time we spend on shop-related things but their support has been incredibly helpful too whether it be sourcing our vintage wares or giving technical advice on photos and graphics.
Another achievement that I’m very proud of is that we reached 1000 sales on Etsy part way through the year. We were over the moon when we reached this milestone and are touched that so many of you like our china.
I am also pleased that I have become a regular(-ish) blogger – my aim of two posts per week hasn’t always been met but I recently wrote my 50th blog post and I’m keen to continue developing my blog in 2014. I really appreciate you following me in my vintage adventures and I would love to hear any ideas you have for blog posts this year. Blogging also made me realise how much I like writing and so late in 2013, I applied to become a contributor on the lovely This is Your Kingdom website. I have had two articles published so far and hope to write more pieces about inspiring places I visit in 2014.
One of the most important and enjoyable aspects of running our online shop is the many wonderful online friends we have met. We are lucky to have regular customers who use their china purchases for their own vintage ventures and we enjoy hearing about their news. We have also appreciated hearing the stories behind customers’ purchases, some of which are incredibly touching and we feel privileged to be able to play a small part in them.
I like to think that together with our customers we are preserving a part of history – of the people in the Staffordshire potteries who made the china, the people who originally owned it and those who have shared in its beauty as it’s passed down through generations.
And so onto 2014, we’ll be planning the year ahead over the next couple of weeks and hope to share some of our ideas with you soon. In the meantime, here’s a final collage of some of my favourite photos from 2013.