*Yesteryear Happy Memories*

 What a difference a few decades makes when your buying and selling.

When we started out over three decades ago, before the markets, we tried to make ago of party plan.

We would turn up with a rail of stock and hope the hostess had bothered to invite someone. Matt absolutely hated it and would wait in the van, I on the other hand loved it, chatting to grannies and neighbours I was in my element.

We had a borrowed van, courtesy of Matts old football manager and his wife, Gerald and Gerry Jones. To whom we will be eternally grateful ❤️

  

God that van was ugly though, I actually made curtains for it!

The rust was so bad that if you lifted the floor mats up you could count the hedgehogs in the road underneath lol.

This came in handy when it rained heavy though because the windscreen leaked so bad, we had to stuff it with tissue, which I would then wring out through the holes in the floor whilst going along, so that Matt could actually see where we were going!

We needed windscreen wipers on the inside too!

Both windows didn’t have any handles only a spanner, they were either fully open in summer or permanently shut in the winter😂

I loved that little van though and I named her Wilma out the Flintstones and having just passed my driving test, I rounded her off nicely lol.

I would drive down the middle of the road so as not to hit anything, it put the fear of god up any passengers and pedestrians.

Anyway, my poor mum and dad , they truly had the patience of saints.

We had an office in their loft – as that was the only space left unoccupied in their house.

We couldn’t afford to insure the stock in the van making it too risky to leave outside so, we would have to unload it every single night!!!

Up their stairs, we would crash and bang then pass it up through the loft hatch, basically letting all the heat out the front door on route.

Thankfully we didn’t have much stock then!

We didn’t mind as my mum and dad were so strict that even though Matt lived with us (he had a z-bed in the dining room) he wasn’t allowed up stairs unless my little brother was with us.

This drove us nuts, we would close the loft hatch and pretend we couldn’t hear him calling to come up because we was having a meeting lol!

We had a street map pinned to the roof and we would colour the streets in as we canvassed them for parties, door knocking .

Oh how we hated door knocking 

Looking back, after a days work, the last thing you want is to get up to someone knocking on your door selling clothes parties!

How thankful we were to the kind ones that were pleasant, the ones that didn’t swear at us, threaten to set their dogs on us if we didn’t get off their property in 5,4,3,2,1 seconds lol we used to run and laugh.

I tripped walking down someones front garden though and they were all sitting in the front room watching me, Matt ran but I had to knock as they were all looking at me, they declined having a clothes rail delivered and then laughed so loud I could hear them as I walked back up their path with mud up my back and leaves in my hair!

One door we knocked I got the absolute giggles because someone answered the door and I said,

” Hello is there a lady about the house I can talk to?”

they replied, Yes, me!I thought she was he!

Instead of just carrying on with the sales pitch in a nice professional manor I proceeded to dig myself in a little deeper “Oh, Im sorry it’s the lighting I thought you had a beard going on!” ….she didn’t want a party either?!?

To be continued………….

Reggie’s 20th Birthday 

When I asked Reggie what she would like for her birthday, she said some time with me so maybe a day out at Broadstairs.

Everyone came to visit last week when I was away with my mum in Broadstairs but poor old Reg because she was just so busy with work.

So off we went back down to the coast for the day.

So lucky to catch another sunny day with my little girl on her Happy🧡Birthday.

This Weeks Fav 

We all want one to scare of any cloudy days! Original store price £49!

Its a coatigan, perfect for work or dressed up to go out. Ideal over black, brown,grey,navy,white and cream 🧡

 Faux Swede Burnt Orange  £20 £20 £20 £20

Size 8-18 nice size, not skimpy🧡

 

Have a great week girls

leave any comments below

xxx Jane Hume xxxx

 

 

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “*Yesteryear Happy Memories*”

  1. You deserve everything you’ve worked so hard for. I love your clothes, they’re priced so reasonably. All your staff are great and your models do your clothes credit.
    Keep up with the good work.
    Best wishes Jackie x

  2. It’s great to read about how you have both grown within the fashion industry to get where you are now. So inspiring that you did not give up & how you never forget who helped you on that first part of the journey. Glad Reggie got some Mummy time too. I need a clear loft for all of my clothes from you as they are so nice I can’t stop buying them! 🤣x

    1. Thankyou Sophia, Im sooooo looking forward to your lovely head massage on Monday its my little piece of heaven xxxxxxxx

  3. Hi Jane,

    I love that story of yesteryear, brings back memories of my first car lol.

    I think you have such a great set up with the Photography, Social Media, Sales & Marketing, it is great to see the Company going from strength to strength, I love family run companies.

    Me personally, would like to thank you Jane, from the bottom of my heart, for giving my daughter the opportunity not only to model on a Wednesday night, but to take Phoebe on full time, she is doing what she loves best, i am very proud when i see her photos, not only are they professional, the clothes she models so portray Janes Stall.

    Jane i wish you all the best in your fabulous venture to you and your lovely family.

    With the best of love, from a very proud father (Phoebe’s Dad)

    1. Oh wow, thankyou Dean
      Phoebe truly is such a gorgeous girl inside and out!

      It’s just been great watching her transform into this confident model, no matter what the weather has thrown at her, always willing and always smiling even after a long day at work! Now we have her full time, getting up to all sorts life is certainly never dull lol
      Thankyou for your lovely message xxxx

  4. Hi Jane – this is Margaret from Tolgate Coffee, up the Lane from you. I just wanted to say what an inspiration your story is, and funny too – I have been sitting in my office for the last 15 mins laughing out loud.

    When I first took on the lease of Tolgate Coffee, the greatest thing was the buzz of your stall; the chatter, the music and the general ambience your stall creates in the Lane – I would be in the shop with my painter roller either laughing or singing at the buzz outside. forgetting my feelings of ‘oh God, what have I done?’ You filled me with enthusiasm.

    The Tolgate Ladies love your clothes and stall, long may you prosper.

    It’s great being your neighbour.

    Margaret x

    1. Oh Margaret, thankyou for your lovely message I have just read it out loud to Rae and Matt and we were all emotional😢

      That really is so kind of you.

      Matt is working with Zoe from ZC social media (our social media lady) and the council and the aim is to bring Strood together and get as many of the local businesses online so that we can all work together to create some events and special offers.

      To me its so important that we all support one another and build on what we have. I have such lovely customers and the Lane is such a happy place to shop.

      Thankyou Margaret and thank you for my lovely jacket potatoes with delivery! xxxxxx

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