by Natalie - 16:30 on 04 April 2020
Hello and welcome to Charming Times
I’m a Yorkshire lass based in West Yorkshire.
I own and run Charming Times along side working full time.
I started Charming Times in 2011, I’m a 1 woman band doing almost everything myself but I do get help from family and friends and also outsource what I can’t do.
Why I started Charming Times
I’ve always had evening and weekend jobs, who doesn’t like a little extra cash to splash?
I decided I didn’t want to answer to other people anymore and that if I was going to work, I might as well be earning money for me instead of others and if I didn’t want to work a particular day/show etc, it was my choice.
I started by making greeting cards and selling them to family and friends then I saw an ad in a craft magazine about starting a pottery business. It intrigued me so off I went to Oxford to learn more. Loved how it worked but knew I would have to do it small scale and mobile and so the business idea was expanded to include pottery painting parties and kits as well as ready painted items.
Along the way I have picked up other skills / ideas , some of which have been incorporated into my business like fused glass pendants , beaded jewellery, etc.
As my business is small, I only keep a small amount of the stock so if you see something you like, get it while you can as there is no guarantee I will be getting the same items back in.
Some items I make, some I buy in, so I can offer a small variety of unique stock.
The money I make mostly goes back into the business.
When you buy from me, you are helping me grow my business, pay my bills and treat myself. I craft and sell all my items with love and am genuinely grateful to all my customers. You aren’t lining the pockets of faceless company directors or buying mass made items.
I aim to keep the business me sized so I can keep control of most aspects of it.
Have a browse around my website and Facebook page, sign up to my newsletter to keep up with what I’m doing.
Let me know if there is anything you want to see and feel free to reach out to me with any questions or queries you may have .
Bye for now.
Watch out for my next blog 😉
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