Capitols in the bag

This vinyl business of mine is still very much in the early days. I love all aspects of this work & am just about making it viable as a just get by, sustainable business that is still manageable with a couple of physical glitches that I have. This I would much prefer than a ( job ) which pays for a higher standard of living. A high standard of living, is a high standard of calm & happiness & less stress than a high pressure job. There is satisfaction that what I do is ethical, no more selling my soul working for businesses that make you feel uncomfortable with what you do. I am grateful in that one way for my neuromuscular disorder as it has led me to do this as a means of earning some income.
So, the facebook page likes are slowly increasing, a handful of boutiques / shops stocked & getting to do more markets.
Getting up early on a Saturday or Sunday morning to drive to a nice bar or hotel to set up a stall with like minded people, often with lot’s of great music playing too, happy faces circulating the market & these are most often the best dressed people you ever see.
The vintage markets are nice ways to spend a few hours relaxing whilst you are working…..hobbies or passions as your work is a total bonus.
So, Edinburgh shops have been pretty well networked. I need to try & get a few shops in Glasgow to stock my vinyl next. I think there are a few vintage shops along Byres Road that I need to check out.
Markets have been done in Edinburgh & Glasgow. The Out of The Blue Drill Hall http://www.facebook.com/ootbdrillhall is a great venue, especially for shoppers with young children as it has a good cafe there & is very child friendly, tons of events in this place, an important venue for Edinburgh Arts & Leith as a community. Markets there around 4 times a year.
Gin in Teacups is another favourite market I do. These are Either in Voodoo Rooms http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Voodoo-Rooms-Bar-Restaurant-Function-Rooms-in-Edinburgh/397284873658 this is my favourite venue for regular markets & the food here is also of highly acceptable quality. Gin in Teacups also on monthly at The Arches in Glasgow http://www.facebook.com/TheArchesGlasgow I like the sound of the trains rattling overhead in this place.
Additions to this list of vintage & craft markets in Edinburgh & Glasgow will be in my next post. There are many steps to set up & start your business, the things you are less good at often by nature will get left until last. Blogging is not something I am so good at, but this is an important way of networking & getting new visits to your website, so I am making an attempt from now to post on here at least 3 times a week to get into the habit of blogging as a natural part of my working week.

Had fun drilling spiders today

Can’t believe how many of these spiders I must have thrown away! I have some on the way though so I can make more of these soon. Got an order already so looking forward to lot’s more spider drilling.
Amazed that someone I went school with commented on this picture ” Brilliant, but what are spiders?”
I could explain myself, but posted this wiki link to get more fluent description.

45 rpm adapter
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“45″ RPM automatic spindle adapters.

The 45 RPM plastic insert is a symbol for the music enthusiast.
A 45 rpm adapter (also 45 rpm record insert, or 45 rpm spindle adapter) is a small plastic or metal insert that goes in the middle of a 45-rpm record so it will play on a turntable. The adapter could be a small solid circle that fits onto the bottom of the spindle (meaning only one 45 could be played at a time) or a larger adapter that fits over the entire spindle, permitting a stack of 45s to be played.
[edit]The Spider

The former RCA Corporation introduced a snap-in plastic insert known as a spider to make 45 rpm records compatible with the smaller spindle size of a 33⅓ rpm LP record player. Commissioned by RCA president David Sarnoff and invented by Thomas Hutchison, spiders were prevalent in the 1960s and sold tens of millions per year.

Peddlar’s licence unchanged since 1891

Apart from the making of my stock, bloging to get traffic to the website, doing stalls in clubs & fairs, generally doing all the things I need to do to make a kinda living from recycling vinyl the way I do, It is a must to try every way possible to promote.
After a friend suggested it, I called the police yesterday re: applying for a peddlar’s licence. It only costs £12.25 a year & is use able UK wide. I’m sure it will be worth the £12.25 outlay to get myself a licence. What I did not realise is how funny this unchanged since 1871 licence reads. I could not find all the policewoman read to me yesterday in a happy & giggly fashion..but there was a bit in it somewhere about nettles & here is a small section that I could find. Getting one of these very soon & glad to get in there before the law changes as this licence is on the list of things needing amendment for keeping laws up to date.

“any hawker, pedlar, petty chapman, tinker, caster of metals, mender of chairs, or other person
who, without any horse, or other beast of bearing or drawing burden, travels and trades on foot
and goes from town to town or to other men’s house, carrying or selling or exposing for sale
any goods, wares, merchandise immediately to be delivered, or selling or offering his skill in
handicraft.”