This month I am featuring two local businesses run by the same person – Amy Wade.
At the moment these businesses are internet based but Amy can take viewings by appointment to show you her garments.
1. So your business names are ….
Vintage Mash & Brat Hats
2. What type of businesses do you run?
Vintage Mash is all about amazing vintage clothing and accessories, with a few new and vintage inspired pieces thrown in the mix.
Brat Hats if a funky place to find cool hats for your seriously hip kids anytime of year – Not just summer.
3. How long have you been operating/trading?
Vintage Mash has been online since December however I have been collecting vintage clothes since 1996.
Brat Hats has been underway for about a month after I found I couldn’t get a hat anywhere for my daughter in March – once summer was “officially over”, so I was told in the shops.
4. Do you have any short term or long term goals for your business?
I plan on vintage shopping for the rest of my life so as long as people continue to love what I choose for my collection, then I will continue selling it. I do have the option of hiring out my wares as well, so I hope to make that a bigger part of my operation so some of the more costume pieces can be worn over and over.
I plan on ‘Hatting’ kids all over New Zealand and for Brat Hats to go huge. I want to have the biggest and best selection there is!
5. Your perfect day/customer scenario?
My perfect day starts with a great breakfast, checking my emails full of orders, packaging them up with extra cuteness then hitting the courier to post them off then hanging out with my family for the afternoon.
6. Where are you originally from?
I was born in Timaru and was brought here by my family when I was 1 year old.
I have lived all over New Zealand but have always returned to the
mountain and sea.
7. Name your favourite café/restaurant in New Plymouth
I would have to say Lahar in Okato, the coffee is the best anywhere and there is always yummy food to choose from all cooked with free range and organic healthy goodies – YUM!
8. When you have time off – what do you like to do?
I love to hang out in my studio and get creative, making jewellery, gift cards, painting and scrapbooking my daughters’ photos.
It’s a great way to recharge and remember the greatest moments and forget the stressful ones!
9. If you could do anything in Taranaki for one day – what would you wish for?
I would love an adventure day with my hubby and friends, skydiving (I love it) snowboarding (double love it), and racing cars of some sort, preferably V8′s but Go karts will do too Then meet up with my daughter Mia and throw in some incredible food made by someone else (with no kitchen cleaning for me) and that would be AWESOME.
10. If you could fast forward into the future how would you like New Plymouth to be?
Friendlier with happy customer service workers. Everyone would be great drivers and there would be better parking. We would also have better shopping and more local focus with our region blossoming into a healthy self sustaining place.
Please click the links below to find out more about her clothing and hat lines.
For more information please call Amy on: 0276 305 950.
Thank you Amy for your interview and all the best with your business ventures.