Thursday, January 14, 2016

BE MY VALENTINE Customer Appreciation Sale

THE February  'BE MY VALENTINE' Customer Appreciation SALE is over, but keep an eye out for FLASH SALES and future DISCOUNT COUPONS.
BE MY VALENTINE Discount Coupons

In celebration of placing my first add in the fabulous and exciting VINTAGE LIFE Magazine, I am offering 10% Discount Coupons for both of my etsy stores.

Enjoy a BE MY VALENTINE customer appreciation sale.

Use the DISCOUNT COUPON code number VLM1111 at between January 14 and February 29, 2016 and receive 10% off every purchase in your cart when you check out.

Use the DISCOUNT COUPON code number VLM2222 at between January 14 and February 29, 2016 and receive 10% off every purchase in your cart when you check out.

It's always so exciting and terrifying to lunge into the deep ocean of the unknown. My Etsy vintage businesses have brought me equal amounts of joy and headache as I traverse a computer realm that is like second nature to my younger vintage lover peers. Luckily I have my I.T. husband David to help me conquer those techno phobias and basically save my bacon when I make a big boo boo.

 He suggested a long time ago that I invest in advertising but then I had this thought that overtakes so many women;."What if it works and I am wildly successful", how will I cope when I am already overwhelmed by doing all the jobs associated with an online business? I watched the movie; 'The Intern' with Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro the other night and recognized my old fear; of being a woman with too many tasks and a new one; of growing old and not having the energy to do it all if I am successful. Both can be true but don't have to be. I do Tibetan Buddhist meditation and that helps overcome these negative states of mind when they pop up, transforming them into positive energy.

I have to visualize myself as that multi-armed Goddess I saw in a feminist cartoon in the 80's, in her case holding; an iron, a frying pan, a child, a telephone, a typewriter, a broom etc in her many hands. For me these days it's a job collage of; computer, photographer, fashion stylist, hiring models, photo cropping, historical research, listing each item, cleaning, mending & ironing the clothes & hats etc, arranging the storage so I can find that one tiny piece of costume jewelry a customer orders (there have been a few panicked moments as my inventory grows, I tell you), lovingly packing & shipping the items and the most fun of all; responding to my lovely customers and the vintage treasure quest itself! Believe me it's hard when a customer asks for a discount after doing all that for each item, but hey that is the world we live in! We put our ideas about things in a box of simplicity and isolation not realizing the complex interdependent causes and conditions that go into the production of every item we purchase, be it the clothes we wear, the water we drink or the food we eat.
Mama Earth isn't too happy with us about that, either!

Luckily David recently retired and has become my photographer. He's great with getting the models to relax and have fun and you'll see a definite improvement in quality there. We are about to re-photograph 60 HATS, for those of you who bought hats in the early days of Luminous Lady Vintage and wondered where in the heck they went. Boy were my  hat photos bad with a capital B when I went back through them. He also does the artwork on my adds, banners, business cards etc with some finalizing help from Kristin at Redbat Designs. I have found a model Sara who is perfectly  supercalifragilisticexpealidpocous (looks like Myrna Loy, my favorite actress of the 30s & 40s) who is a junior in high school and who won't disappear on me for a couple of years at least. I've made some headway in my understanding of blogs and other social media, so bring it on ;-) 

So we'll see how this all plays out. The Vintage Life Magazine which is published in Great Britain monthly, this Jan 26th, where vintage goes beyond clothes and accessories and is a 'lifestyle' for many men and women and has an international following. About half of my sales on Etsy have been international, so help me celebrate jumping into the void of new vintage treasure quests by visiting my stores (to help my Google rating) and take part in the sale if you are a vintage lover!  "Here's to you, vintage gals out there, some customer appreciation Valentine love & blessings and Discount Coupons!" #VintageLifeMagazine #facingfears #roadtosuccess #ValentineDay #DiscountCoupons  

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