Today I have lovely ladies, Siobhan and Yasmin from Lost, Found, ReMade sharing their gorgeous homegrown business (a business I wish I had though of first!) and lots of lovely advice. I would be green with envy if they weren’t so bloomin’ fab.
Why and when did you first decide to open a shop?
We are Yasmin and Siobhan, two vintage lovers with nimble fingers and an eye for detail that has led to a growing collection of handmade and vintage items in our homes (especially our wardrobes!) We used to spend weekends trawling second-hand shops and markets looking for one-off vintage pieces to transform and then about 8 months ago we set up Lost, Found, ReMade.
We decided to set up our own venture, combining our passions for vintage and crafting to create Lost, Found, ReMade. We wanted to create items that gave a new lease of life to beautiful, but sometimes overlooked, vintage homeware. We’re used to crafting too and love being able to create something new from treasures we’ve found at vintage flea markets, secondhand shops or on our travels.
Both our candles and cake stands are created from carefully-selected vintage crockery, combining different eras and styles – everything from the roaring 20s and the stylish 50s to the bold and vibrant designs of 60s and 70s. We’ve even got a few early 80s Dynasty-style treasures too! There’s something for everyone.
The teacup candles look simple but actually there’s a lot more in those cups! Siobhan used to make candles, which were lovely but we wanted to give it a shot with soy wax as this the most eco-friendly option. And it’s not just a candle – when all the wax has gone, all you need to do is wash it out and you’ve got a beautiful new cup that’s ready to use, so all you need to do is put the kettle on!
Each of our cakestands is unique. Not only do we spent hours hunting for excellent quality, often designer, vintage plates, but we also take great care to matching up our finds to create elegant one-off pieces. We sell a range of one, two and three tier cakestands.
You can customise your cakestand when you choose your favourite fitting. We use metal fittings for our cakestands as these add a touch of elegance whilst also having the added bonus of being easier to clean and put away than cakes stands made with glasses in between the plates.
And they’re not just for cakes… you can also use them for savoury treats or as an alternative to a fruit bowl. Some of our smaller cakestands make great jewellery stands too – try hanging earrings off the edge of the top tier plates.
As well as candles and cake stands, we also sell vintage homeware, specialising in vintage designer items. We’ve got some great iconic pieces including a Portmeirion ‘Totem’ dinner set, a selection of items from the Hornsea ‘Saffron’ range and J&G Meakin ‘Tulip Time’ full dinner set. We also love quirky vintage items too and have a selection of teapots, 70s glassware and other one-off pieces.
Where did you first decide to start selling your products, and why did you decide on that method?
We like selling at markets because it’s always great to chat to people who are interested in our products, people love hearing about how we’ve crafted the candles and cake stands and want to know more about the how we’ve selected each plate or cup.
We launched our Facebook early on as it’s a great way for people to ask questions and browse our collection. We’ve found that they will get in touch if they spot something they’d like to buy.
One of the most attractive elements of Lost, Found, ReMade is that we’re flexible and will tailor our products to suit the buyer’s taste. We’re happy to change the way we’ve put plates together if that’s what you want, and we also take commissions too, where we take a specific order and then hunt out the china for that piece to create a bespoke item for that buyer. Email us if you’d like to order a bespoke item.
We’re looking into selling online and have begun to set up an Etsy shop. Here’s a little taster of what’s to come, keep checking back for more creative additions for sale here soon!
We’re also starting to offer some of our pieces for hire, specifically looking at wedding hire at the moment. Still all on a small-scale at the moment for friends and family but we may look to do more of this if it proves popular.
Where do you find that most of your buyers hear about you?
Because people have seen what we’re doing on social media and chatted to us in person at markets, they can see that we know what we’re talking about and that we really do create beautiful pieces. Word of mouth has worked well for us – people really do spread the word if they see something they like. Twitter has helped us out with this, giving us a way to reach more people who will be interested in Lost, Found, ReMade, as well as giving us the chance to find like-minded crafters to learn from and chat with.
What do you enjoy most about running your own shop?
Seeing the whole creative process from start to finish is brilliant; we love hunting out the best items, imagining the most creative the way of putting them together and then actually crafting them into this vision. Nothing beats creating something that you’ve designed and then handmade.
What is the least enjoyable thing?
That’s a hard question because we both really enjoy our vintage venture! It’s a great break from our day jobs and, as well as making products to sell, we love crafting itself.
What is your favourite item that you have in your shop right now?
Yasmin loves bright colours and a quirky take on floral prints so her favourite creations have been the Springtime cakestand and the Colclough candles. Her favourite vintage items are the Meakin Tulip Time dinner set .
Siobhan loves bold colours, especially orange, and big floral designs like our Orange Flowers 3 tier. Her favourite candle is the Alton Wellington 1930s teacup candle because of the delicate china and ornate design. Her favourite vintage items are the Hornsea Fleur plates.
We are both massive fans of the 70s Avocado pair/pear!
Is there anything you would do differently if you started the whole process again?
We’ve learnt a lot along the way, especially when going to markets. For our first stall, we brought big boxes full of stock and it was too much to carry and store under our table. Now, we’re much more compact, carefully selecting the items that would suit that market. Wheelie suitcases have also become our friends!
Do you have any advice for those following in your footsteps?
Be selective. It’s tempting to try and sell at every market that comes up but make sure you do plenty of research. We check out our markets before booking to make sure they’re right for us, and also choose markets that will promote the event and make an effort in creating the right atmosphere.
One other piece of advice we’d give is not to stray from you want. We started out with a vision to only create high quality pieces using the best and most beautiful vintage items that we could find. As we became more popular, it would’ve been easy to start using lower quality items to satisfy demand, but this wouldn’t have been what we’d envisioned for Lost, Found, ReMade.
And if you have any other questions for Yasmin and Siobhan, you can get in contact by email too. firstname.lastname@example.org
They are so approachable and friendly, don’t be shy!