Posted: 8th August 2016
The beginning. I thought I would write my first blog on how it we started and how Lily’s Secret Vintage Tearoom came to be. So back in 2013 I was working full time in my sales and marketing role at a building firm in rural Shropshire after graduating from Harper Adams University the two summers previous. Between work I was following my passion and selling vintage wares part time at festivals and shows, all the gorgeous things such as dresses, china, handbags and everything in between. I love the hunt of finding a bargain and digging through boxes of ‘stuff’ so I found this profitable hobby very rewarding.
Christmas came and I had decided I wanted to be self employed full time and in ‘proper business’ so I told my parents and partner and started to make plans assuming I would carry on selling vintage and working as a freelance marketer. As the spring months and my sisters march wedding became closer I decided one sunny afternoon to take a trip to a local family run nursery to price up a wedding rose as a gift to her and her husband to be on there special day, upon entering the car park I was taken back by the potential and when I wondered around and found the tearoom to let I instantly knew that life would be changing and it would be mine.
After chatting to the owners, my partner and family over the weekend the Monday morning came and I had agreed to take on the tearooms and handed in my notice to the day job. One of my other passions in life is food and home baking especially, when I first left school I had planned to take this route and trained as a qualified chef and worked in the industry for several years however decided to go down the university route and follow the ‘marketing’ trend of courses in the early naughties.
So everything was in place as I said goodbye to my work colleagues, I had two week to source the furniture, liaise with the local authority, plan a menu, market the venue and decorate, oh and my sisters wedding. Only two whole weeks as the spring bank holiday was rapidly coming towards us and I wanted to be open in readiness, which we did and two and a half years later were still going strong.
So that’s the story, essentially fate played its hand in creating the Lily’s Secret Vintage Tearoom we know and love today.