BIG HUGE Announcement!

•  07.May.2013

 

This announcement has been in the works for a while, and although I’d been a bit nervous to share the news, I actually woke up this morning extremely relieved and REALLY excited to share. Over the past couple of years myself, my businesses, and my brands have gone through many a transition (I guess the growing pains of a new life direction right?) and today I’m officially embarking on (and announcing) one of those most recent transitions with you today (I alluded to some of those transitions in this post awhile back). The crazy thing about it all is that running a business is a little like going through puberty : all the awkward moments, blemishes, mishaps and learning moments are out in the open for all the public to see. The best part?? All of those growing pains ultimately create the best version of yourself…they lead you to the person who you are ultimately meant to become.

When I first launched my vintage rental company SCOUT nearly two years ago, I envisioned the company running hand in hand and pretty parallel to the other aspects of my styling and design brand. And although on many occasions it has done just that and been incredibly successful as a result, there have been many more moments where I felt as though the two aspects of what I was doing were working against each other – my energy was just being zapped. Running two separate entities (nearly three if you count this blog!) ultimately made me realize what aspects of the creative industry and event world I’m most passionate about and want to continue pursuing, and which ones I’m okay saying goodbye to. My heart has constantly pulled me time and time again in the direction of styling, yet unfortunately when you are spending hours and hours a day answering endless email inquiries, boxing up rental orders for clients and carrying heavy furniture up six flights of stairs your passion and ability to create beautiful imagery as a stylist & designer gets pretty lost and tossed to the wayside.

As I result (and after MANY months of deliberation and consideration) I realized that I wanted to simplify what I was offering as an entrepreneur – ultimately what I was offering of myself and of my brand. Although I still have the fondest love and passion for vintage props, furniture and decor I’ve realized that I can still live out this aspect of who I am through my prop styling efforts (full-time) and through a more focused shop experience as well. Although I feel so blessed to have participated in so many amazing weddings, events and shoots through the RENTAL aspect of my company, I have decided to move forward from rentals and instead transition SCOUT to an intentionally curated online shop. I’m SO SO SO excited about this transition as I know many of you, including my previous clients, and a few random people off the street have asked when/if I’ll ever be willing to sell pieces from my collection. Get excited…the day has come!

I will be hosting a SCOUT PROP POP-UP SHOP (now that’s a mouthful!) on Saturday & Sunday May 25th and 26th at the Wallingford Center in the Trophy Cupcakes Party room (1815 N 45th Street Seattle WA) from 11am-4pm each day. I’m really delighted about the opportunity to offer my expansive collection for purchase for the very first time and am so thankful to the Trophy team for participating in this exciting event. I will have all sorts of items at the sale (furniture, tabletop accessories, textiles, unique and one-of-a-kind pieces) all perfect for home decor or an upcoming event or wedding. It’s the perfect opportunity for the local community to get dibs on the items before they go online later this year to the public. Although not every item from our collection will be up for sale,  you can get an idea of what sorts of items will be available at the pop-up shop on our website here. *Note : All purchased items must be retrieved before 4pm on Sunday, and items are priced as marked not including tax. Also, we are encouraging cash, but will also be accepting credit and debit cards at the sale for those larger purchases of furniture and such. Items will start from $1 and up and we will have quite a few large furniture items for sale as well (chairs, dressers, settees etc.). Get there early, as I expect items to go fast and we will not be having any extended holds on items. First come basis.

With all that said, this blog has always been that place where I’ve wanted to be transparent and honest with myself, my readers and my creative community, and today I’m sharing that I am moving on from one aspect of my brand to the exciting possibilities of another aspect. I’m so hopeful and excited for what is to come now that I’m focusing my full-time efforts on styling, this blog and the small upcoming online shop – cannot wait to see what the future holds! I will still be engaging in wedding and events but it will be strictly from a styling and design arena. I’m in the midst of re-branding the service portion of my brand and am looking forward to sharing that with you as it becomes available in the coming weeks. To everyone who has supported my rental brand and been a cheerleader from the beginning, I hope you will continue to root SCOUT on as we transition later this year to our online shop. I will be sharing many more details about the new online shop in the months to come, and I hope if you are in the Seattle area you’ll swing by our first pop-up shop later this month to get first dibs on our collection!

For additional details or questions about the upcoming pop-up shop in Wallingford later this month, feel free to email me at hello@jennelliottblake.com. Hope to see you there and please pass along the invite above to anyone who might be interested in pretty vintage items for their home, event or upcoming wedding. Thank you for your support and stay tuned for the online shop and rebranding later this year!

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15 Comments

Ahh!! I’m so excited and will definitely be at your pop up shop!!! Congrats on figuring out more of what direction you want to focus on. Keep following your heart!

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07.May.2013

Way to go Jenn! Wishing you the best! Thanks for the humbled honesty on the blog. It’s always great to know that the people you are inspired by, are real people. :)

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07.May.2013

From one mule to another- I’m excited that you are evolving in your self-discovery, Jenn. Keep working hard on working hard! :-)

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08.May.2013

my husband and i will actually be in seattle that weekend! how serendipitous. I’ll definitely make sure to stop by.

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Sounds like you did lot of soul searching to get to this point! I don’t live in Seattle, but I look forward to seeing your online shop!

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08.May.2013

So happy for you and the changes you are making Jenn. I cannot wait to see the online shop and will definitely spread the word about the pop-up shop.

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08.May.2013

I remember that post when you shared your feelings about moving forward… and here you are! All the best!

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11.May.2013

Awesome! I can’t wait to stop by and check it out! I hope that green hutch will be available – I’ve been in love with it for a looong time now.

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14.May.2013

I so wish I was going to be in town for the pop-up shop! Unfortunately, I”ll have to miss it :( Best of luck to you!

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20.May.2013

Any chance you will be selling a spy glass//telescope?

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jenn

Hi Rosanna! Oh man…no telescope this go around. Best of luck with your search! Hope to see you at the sale!

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