A Short Spell Inside the Adored Vintage Atelier

Adored Vintage | Vintage Work Atelier in Portland, Oregon

Bonjour mes amies! I have been moving the studio around again (I tend to do this quite often) and I really like the new set up. It’s been so lovely to get back into the swing of things after a pretty awful July (it is my least favorite month, so many annoying things always happen to me in July!) Anyhow, I’m back on track on focusing on positive, happy, and beautiful things!

I love that my work studio has started to feel more like home. Of course, there is much more to be done…however, all in due time!

Adored Vintage | Vintage Work Atelier in Portland, Oregon
Adored Vintage | Vintage Work Atelier in Portland, Oregon
Adored Vintage | Vintage Work Atelier in Portland, Oregon
Adored Vintage | Vintage Work Atelier in Portland, Oregon
Adored Vintage | Vintage Work Atelier in Portland, Oregon

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In Which I Confess I’m A Little Nuts

I don’t deny I have a mild case of OCD. The cogs in my brain are constantly turning. Spinning, whirring, overheating a lot of times. When someone suggests to me that I should relax and take it easy my initial reaction is to roll my eyes. Like how could I possibly relax? Don’t you realize how many things there are to be done and how many things I want to do, and of course the have to be done and need to be done?

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Ok, I’m going to be candid and honest for a bit. And give me a brief moment to inflate my ego (I very rarely pat myself in the back, so even writing this out is kind of a knee jerk for me)

I KNOW I’m good at what I do. I know my product photography is great and the way I present the vintage wares on my site looks like a professional team did them. I know for a vintage e-commerce shop, Adored Vintage is one of the best.

I say this with pride but also with a funny taste in my mouth. I am my hardest critic. If you find 1 flaw on my website, trust me, I’ve found 50. I don’t know if other people go through my website and grumble about how some photos are better than others.

Or the fact that all the vintage necklaces are photographed so many different ways. (OMG, this drives me nuts!)

Or in some photos the colors are off. Or the dress form is kind of crooked. Or I started cropping product photos at a slightly different dimension so some of them don’t line up. I’m getting all antsy just thinking about it. Arg.

I’ve accepted that I like things to be a certain way and get irritated when they’re not. It’s what makes me good at what I do, but also something that really annoys me about myself because it takes me twice as long to get things done sometimes.

When I was younger I would rewrite my school notes because my handwriting was too terrible in the notes. I mean, what if someone wanted to borrow them and they would think:

Jeez Louise, I can’t even read this! Who wrote this? A caveman?

Sometimes when I’m critical of others I am aware that its stemming from my own self critiques. It’s exhausting to be in a constant state of “Get better, get better, get better.

I am realizing I can’t take on too much. I can’t do it all at once, and it’s always going to be a process. Organizing the vintage studio by decade was a huge undertaking this week and I’m still working on the last bits of it. Now of course I’m working on slowly (but surely) rephotographing the vintage jewelry so it’s all cohesive WHILE ALSO updating the shop with new products.

It thrills me to no end to see everything photographed exactly the same way. I’m literally grinning right now at the thought of them all on the website looking the same way. EEeek… why does that make me so excited? (Because I am a weirdo!)

Oh jeez, I hope you didn’t just waste 10 minutes of your life reading this super boring post. But, you know, if you really wanted to know some of the inner workings of my brain as a vintage seller, then well here it was!

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A Work In Progress

Adored Vintage | A Short Visit

There’s something so satisfying about hanging shelves up on the walls! This past Friday we finally added shelves above our shipping station in the studio. It makes a world of difference!

I am realizing the studio is going to be a work in progress and as we settle in even more in this light filled space, it’s starting to feel more and more like a home away from home.

We still have a bunch of ideas we want to do for the studio, but I am enjoying documenting the different stages the Adored Vintage atelier is going through!

Adored Vintage | A Work in Progress

Adored Vintage | A Work in Progress

Adored Vintage | A Work in Progress

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Thanks for coming to popping by to visit the Adored Vintage atelier!

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A Quick Visit

Adored Vintage moved into the new work studio back in mid October and it feels both like yesterday and also years ago. At first I wanted everything to be quite minimal… However, the truth eventually surfaced. (That I’m a HOARDER!!)

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I have way too much vintage inventory to ever truly be a minimalist. Unless I had a really giant warehouse, but it would prove most inconvenient to go from one end to the other. I just can’t do it for the sake of cool minimalist interior posts on Instagram!

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Honestly, it is MUCH easier to fake minimalism than it is to actually be a minimalist. As my friend Chris would say “GIRL, T–r-u-s-t!

This week we started to bring the remaining (i.e. MOST) of the inventory from my house to the studio. And as much as I have loved a somewhat minimalist office, the time has come… to just let it be. Let it be pretty. Let it be messy. Let it be bursting with antique and vintage clothing!

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And so…I welcome you to give the studio a little glance…

This is the for reals reals studio tour where I didn’t clean a damn thing. Style a tabletop photo. Or sort clothes in eye soothing color schemes.

Ignore the small piles of messy. It’s all pretty anyway. Pretend like you don’t see the ugly electric wires and the mismatched hangers… because despite my attempts at buying out IKEA of all of their wooden hangers, I just never seem to have enough.

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And now you see, what most of the studio looks like MOST of the time. I know I will share more photos later! I hope you enjoyed the quick little visit to Adored Vintage HQ in Portland!

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