I have been working on getting our studio ready to open up for the odd day here and there, and appointment viewings. It may not be huge, but it will look like a mini version of the old shop, just at the end of our garden.
So if you spot something on the website, or facebook page, you can come and view in person still, as well as the rest of the usual colourful and quirky stock.
We should be ready for action after easter, but will confirm asap.
I thought i should share what i am currently working on at Pineapple Retro HQ.... These lamp bases have been in stock for many years, but were originally metallic gold, and in a bad way (they had been over polished, so the gold had warn off in patches, and they didn't look very nice) I decided to refinish them into much happier colours, and this is the result.
Each has been primed and spayed with several coats, and a protective lacquer added after. They have also been re wired with co ordinating coloured cable, new plugs fitted and switches to each. The shades have been handmade using vintage fabric, some Boras, Sweden, another Heals, and will be sold as complete lamps. Photographed in my conservatory, so nothing else for sale i'm afraid
Since the last one, the shop has closed, my stock has been brought home, organised into our racked garage and we have been working on the studio/ showroom (the wooden structure built at the bottom of the garden) photos will follow shortly. It is very light and bright, so an ideal place to photograph pieces, as well as satisfy my urge to 'do displays'.
Today i launched the new look site, with a brand spankers new logo (designed by my very clever boyfriend) and new colour scheme. It seems appropriate as the business is entering a new phase for 2015. In case you hadn't guessed, it's me in the logo!
I have a vast amount of treasure to add to the site, as well as concentrate on more social media. I already use my instagram, pinterest and facebook page lots, but need to do more on Twitter, Google+ and Linkedin, so feel free to follow me, and moan if i'm not active enough!
Well, you can't keep a good pineapple down for long! having closed the Brockenhurst shop over a week ago, i am now working my way through the website stock at home, re photographing it all and doing the many new goodies at the same time.
We now have a dedicated space to photograph in, which will later be turned into a show room at home, it's gloriously white, and very light- heaven for me! so expect to see a bit of a re-vamp on here.
As well as getting on top of photographing, there is a postoffice at the end of our road, so items can be mostly sent out next day, with all packaging also on site, i may be efficient for once!
I am looking forward to the challenge, and am still finding many unusual goodies, and now, without being tied to the shop, i should be able to find even more!
A week today i will be closing my beloved shop. It is already looking very stark, as the sale started a while ago.
For anyone who didn't know, the shops will be sold at auction next year, and are very likely to be developed. It is a crime for this area, as they have been here since 1912 it is believed, and have been many different shops in their time, but we always knew we were likely to be the last one's here.
We have given these knackered buildings a lot of love and care, especially my mum, who has had her shop here for 25 years, whilst I've been on site for 9 years. i grew up here, coming down after school, whilst my mum worked and then spending all my time building up my own business.
It will be a horrible day when we close the doors for good, with many tears shed i'm sure.
I am intending on closing next week, and clearing out, but will be bringing back my usual bright, high quality, original stock to dress all three window displays until we have to officially leave at the end of January. I want to be remembered for how it was, not the mess it currently is!
Thank you so much for all your amazing support, through good and bad times, i will continue on here until i find another premise, but do keep them peeled for some amazing goodies coming soon.
It is with great sadness i must announce, December 24th 2014 will be the last day of trading for my Brockenhurst shop. The land is being auctioned off, and our shops must be cleared.
You don't get rid of me that easily though... i will just work online for a while, concentrating on making the website the best it can be, as well as tackling other online aspects (pinterest, instagram, twitter etc) working from home. But aim to get another shop next year sometime.
Today (Saturday 21st June 2014) we have lots of celebrations at Brockenhurst train station (the end of the road to the shop) so i have done a window display to join in. We believe this building used to be a fruit and vegetable shop in the 1930s/40s, so i have filled my window with the modern retro take on it.
I have so many fab letters in stock at the moment (illuminated and not) most of them are currently shop only, but the illuminated ones should make it here (if they don't sell before hand).
They are great for initials, but also for writing words, and i always try and have something written in my window display. The mixed letters look great together, with a mix of fonts, colours and sizes (i am working on a wall full at home myself)