It’s been a tough decision but I chose to put Miss Vinyl Boutique on hold.
Why ? The market apaty causing weariness, the lack of suppliers, a limited offer. It’s more and more difficult to work with respect and efficiency. I’m fighting shipping delays, cancelled orders for no told reasons, new items that last a month, giant retailers who don’t pay taxes in France and an ever growing lack of faith from suppliers in their own lines of products.
This also causes fatigue: the increasingly requirement of consumers, the race for fading profitability, lack of recognition from business partners transform the journey into a nightmare. Like Dorothy, I was struck in a poppy field by the Wicked Witch of the Crisis.
I’ve been fighting for my survival for 4 years now. A chain of personal and physiological events had a snowball effect on an already exhausted body leading to a burnout.
I’ve worked as an independant for 25 years. I managed a graphic studio first then started the retail adventure. I’ve always work in my passion fields (music, art, dolls) and didn’t put limits, who can when it’s all about passion ?
Time passing, I feel like a guinea pig in a wheel. You don’t know how to stop or how to do it. Going on vacation for a week seems shameful. You spend your nights anticipating sales and problems and don’t see you body sending you huge red flags because you’re so busy finding solutions.
Thank God, I haven’t lost my passion. I still am and will ever be a doll fanatic. I just drop my too heavy and obsolete tools. I will go on talking about dolls, taking pictures through my blog, Pinterest and Facebook page. This adventure brought me many friends and warm experiences I don’t want to loose.
I take one year to think about Miss Vinyl’s future according the market flows, find a new way of selling and and most important, take care of myself.
Miss Vinyl is not dead !
Only the online store you used to know will close on January 2nd, 2017.
I’ve got some projects so stay tuned!
Sincerely and faithfully,
Cecile Miss Vinyl