At a Glance
Bio The path that led her to this point
I've worked in laboratories - my first job was aliquoting blood... back in the day when it wasn't fully automated and when wearing gloves was optional!
I've held customer service management roles, been a business analyst on large projects; and worked within medical, finance and food industries.
For most of my years in the corporate world I loved to hunt for vintage things as a hobby, heading to markets or country towns on the weekends.
I've always loved antiques and old architecture.
The desire to do something more creative and work for myself got stronger after having kids; that put things sharply in perspective for me.
Becoming a mother was a real motivator; it made me less afraid of taking risks with my career.
I was determined to establish something I actually enjoyed and where I could be very flexible with working hours.
So I invested a small amount of money in setting up my own online store.
For about 18 months I worked two jobs while I was setting up my business and establishing a customer base.
As soon as I started earning consistently more through the business than my regular job, I quit.
It was a risk, and there have been several periods where I have doubted myself, but feedback and repeat customers have reaffirmed I'm on the right track; as has appearing in some magazines.
I'm purely self-taught - in the antiques business there is no course you can do - it's ongoing reading, research, mistake-making, and hunting!
People's tastes in vintage objects can vary significantly from person to person, so I aim to sell pieces that are simple and timeless.
I'm now looking forward to a buying trip in France soon, that will enable further expansion of the business.