" (French for once again / one more time)"
So we started to figure out how we could do it in a "pop up style". Maybe we could have a sale once or twice a year, bring everything together at her beautiful Arts and Crafts house in Oak Bay, Victoria and invite people to come and shop. It seemed like that would be doable, so we decided to just do it.
Well Barb went home to Victoria and chatted about this idea to her friends Fran Fettig-Winn and Patti Wells, two very stylish and talented ladies in the world of vintage and upcycled design who thought that this was a great idea and loved the idea of being a part of it. Encore Une Fois was born. Barb came up with this wonderful French interpretation of "once again / one more time" and we jumped right into our first sale for that Christmas. Between the 3 Victorian friends they had a pretty substantial friends/family email list, and our house show was a huge success. Patti has been a vintage and all things beautiful collector for many years and had a garage full of containers filled to the brim with glass ware, silver, paintings and china, small pieces of furniture, jewellery and textiles which she had sold in her beautiful shop in Oak Bay - Manilla Tag in another life.
Fran is a craftswoman and needleworker of great skill and style who makes tea cosies which are works or art as we well as pillows, aprons and childrens dolls. She is also a collector of vintage ephemeria and had an overflowing crafts/sewing room which was crying out for a bigger outlet.
So between the four of us and a few wonderful friends we did Barb's house up as a boutique with each room displaying our home made and found wares, it was beautiful...... and a huge success. We have gone on to do another Christmas sale last year, and a spring/summer outdoor sale this past June, each of which has been a great success. We are in the throes of getting our next sale ready for early November and looks to be better than ever with people looking forward to bringing their friends and family to early shop for Christmas or just for themselves. Here are a few pictures to tell the story so far
|Our first sale advertisement|
|Aprons and tote bags lining the stairs|
|One of Fran's beautiful tea cosies|
|Encore Une Fois's first spring/summer sale in Oak Bay Victoria|
So if you would like to join us on November 6th in Oak Bay, Victoria Encore will be presenting it's Winter Sale. If you would like more information you can go to Encore Une Fois Community on Facebook or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.