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Recent print sales

In abstract, art, black and white, business card, card, color, print, raven, sales, sea, seaside on August 10, 2013 at 07:43
Thank you so much!

Recently sold jewellery

In art, crafts, jewellery, jewelry, mixed media, my artworks, necklace, sales on April 14, 2013 at 08:44
Feather and Stone Gypsy Mermaid's Pendant
Feather and Stone Gypsy Mermaid's Pendant
This is a part of my Gypsy Mermaid collection, which is all about uncharted seas, empty beaches, pebbles, driftwood, and even mysterious water-polished remnants of long gone civilizations. Something for an “inner mermaid”: original, natural and wild.
Ice and Flame - Gypsy Mermaids Necklace, Sea Glass, wire, beads
Ice and Flame - Gypsy Mermaids Necklace, Sea Glass, wire, beads
Teardrop Leaf Seaglass Gypsy Mermaid's Pendant
Teardrop Leaf Seaglass Gypsy Mermaid's Pendant
Thank you very much!

Some thoughts on small towns’ centers decline

In 1990s, city, eco-friendly, good life, politics, powys, russian, shopping, traditions on March 24, 2013 at 08:52

About a year ago I went  to Norfolk and lost my gloves. It was bitterly cold, my hands always get cracked in these conditions so I went to several shops trying to buy new gloves or mittens. They look at me as they never heard about items of clothing like that.  Apparently they wouldn’t sell them till next winter…

Yesterday (deep wet show on the ground) I desperately needed new snow boots and, again, to my surprise, met the very surprised look. Fortunately for me a kind lady working in the shop went to storage and fetched some boots for me. Why there is attitude like that? It is often cold and still could snow in March and April, so why are they not interested in making money and helping people? I often feel that the economic trouble in this country is to some extent to do with apathy.

Many are worried about decline of Newtown  now. People don’t want to buy anything apart from bare necessities. Some blame supermarkets. But I am looking at my neighbours at the market and in the area – small business owners – and supermarkets have nothing to do with their struggle. Tesco don’t sell craft supplies, vine making supplies, handmade arts and crafts, etc. The lady who sells bread and eggs here always has customers despite all supermarkets sell similar food too. Supermarkets help people – me and the family, we wouldn’t survive without their cheep food, home deliveries and large variety of items. So don’t blame them, please. Don’t blame charity shops either – they actually help people on both ends. I lived through a crisis in Moscow in 90s without any charity shops and it was tough.

Because of insecurity people are very carefull about their shopping. And lots of shops are getting closed. But, think about that: who really needed 10 clothes shops in a little town? And mostly selling very similar items too. It is boom which was crazy – not bust. It is getting back to some normality now, in my opinion. People used to buy new items when the old ones were still perfectly OK and that was wrong. It is not realistic to hope for this situation to go on forever. It is not sustainable.

Rather than trying to compete with supermarkets and Internet, I think the town centers should become something completely different to survive. Shops and cafes should be truly unique. Rents should be lower. The council should also partly sponsor all sorts of local groups and clubs to have outlets here – making town centers the places where people came to socialize, not just shop. Benches to sit (protected from the rain) and more playgrounds would help too. More security against vandals, drunks and hooligans. After living in Moscow it surprised me how early everything shut down here – apart from pubs. Because of this town centers are not very nice place to be in the evenings. I don’t think this is right. Longer shop opening hours and the town not being completely dead on Sundays would bring more life on the streets. I think, it could be done, unless we all are just drowned in apathy…

 

My Shop Reserving Policy

In about me, art, crafts, Британия, ethics, legal issues, moral issues, my artworks, painting, portrait, relationship, shopping, textile art, traditions, xenophobia on February 2, 2013 at 10:41

Just letting out some steam….

Dear customers,

if you would like to reserve an item from the shop you’ll need to pay a non-refundable deposit of 10 pound a week. Please notice that if you express a wish to come on a particular day I can not guarantee that the shop will be open at that time.

Let me explain the reasons for all this. I am a novice shop keeper.  And a very surprised one. Often people come to the shop, look around and say to me: “I really like this painting” or “I want you to do commission for me. I definitely will be back tomorrow / on Friday / next week, etc.”

I am accustomed to trust people. On the day named I would come and wait till the Market is closed – even if most of other traders are already gone. Usually nobody shows up. Later I see these customers again and most of them say absolutely nothing to me.

On few occasions either I felt ill or cold, or someone from my family was poorly and I would rather be at home. I am not exaggerating.

It is not just me I am concerned about. Probably other small shops and stalls owners who really are struggling at the moment feel the same way. Is it my goods which are not good enough on careful consideration or is it my accent suggesting that I am not around here and could be treated less humanly?

Imagine if you are employed and on the day you expected to be paid your boss ignores you just like nothing happened? The income of small business owners depends on you. We live by hopes your give us.

It is perfectly fine to say “I will think about buying this”. Great!  Nobody needs false hopes, disappointments or later embarrassment.

Yours sincerely.

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2013 at 15:48

Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have. T.A.Edison #Shrewsbury #Market #people #indoors #shopping #stalls #lights #life #latergram #all_shots #linandara_people #linandara_retro #рынок #люди

It’s not what you think it is

In Uncategorized on December 29, 2011 at 08:32

When I buy a device this days its not only a phone, but a computer, an atlas, a radio receiver… If only they figured out a way to add to this list the keys and the bank cards, then there would be just one thing to pick up when leaving home. Well, maybe also an umbrella if its not included…

Yet some things are less than they should be. For years I’ve been buying cheap boots and raincoats which turned up being not waterproof… There is no point in boots or raincoats which are not supposed to be used under rainy condition. They shouldn’t exist, but they are here.

It’s not what you think it is

In computers, shopping on December 29, 2011 at 08:19

When I buy a device this days its not only a phone, but a computer, an atlas, a radio receiver… If only they figured out a way to add to this list the keys and the bank cards, then there would be just one thing to pick up when leaving home. Well, maybe also an umbrella if its not included…

Yet some things are less than they should be. For years I’ve been buying cheap boots and raincoats which turned up being not waterproof… There is no point in boots or raincoats which are not supposed to be used under rainy condition. They shouldn’t exist, but they are here.

Little Shops

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2011 at 11:37

Its a pain to see many little shops closing down. Yet, I think, one of the reasons for this is their working hours. Many mothers and fathers are probably doing their shopping just after taking the kids to school or just before picking them up. Yet lots of little shops are still closed in the morning. There are some without clearly indicated working hours on the window, and ones where the shopkeeper is almost always late… There was a very nice little gift shop in Newtown, Vanilla Rose, but it was so tricky to get inside. Once in the in the afternoon there was a sticker saying on the door “back at 3”. I went back… and found the same piece of paper saying now “back at 3.15”. I couldn’t wait any more and bought everything in another shop… Most shops do close early, even more true to say this about the market stalls – they owners already have packed half of their stuff when I go shopping in the afternoon.

Also most of this little places don’t accept card payments. Because of this lots of shoppers will be very careful not to pick up too much items. Its good for buyers but not so good for shop owners.

Anyway, I think last few decades have seen too many people buying things they don’t really needed (like new clothes when old ones were still wearable, or new furniture when old one still was in one piece… yes!). It was unnatural. And I feel it is unrealistic to expect this to carry on forever. So, unfortunately, some shops (and factories) have to go for good.

Shopping trolly

In Uncategorized on November 21, 2011 at 11:09

It would certainly increase the number of people shopping without using their cars if we were allowed to take standard BIG shopping trolleys strait to the doors of our homes.

Supermarkets

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2011 at 10:55

Some “green” or “traditionalist” people don’t like supermarkets, but for a family with no car,  their good choice of products, discount food and home delivery is the most convenient way to shop for food. Just before the closure many of them drop the price of the goods with short shelf life – its an option worth exploring.

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