Hello everyone and welcome to my first blog post!
I thought it was about time to properly introduce you to Benjamin since he is a major part of my life and my shop! Benjamin is a 62 Ft long narrow boat that is currently moored in Burgundy, France. I named my shop after this boat since it was a new beginning for me, a new house with new possibilities for the future. It also is quite a vintage-looking boat which fits perfectly with my love for vintage and tiny houses all in one! I was originally thinking of turning it into a shop whilst also living on it but, as I said before, it is a tiny house! So there isn't really the space for it. However, I have realized that, with the current situation, shopping online is really the future for retail. I love going to look for vintage in a physical shop but, for the moment at least, it's just not feasible to have a physical shop. So I'm going to focus on my online shop! I've recently started creating YouTube videos, which I love, and now writing blogs so all my creative juices are at work! Now that I'm on Benjamin I can really be fully my shop, take pictures of vintage and have the boat as my background, truly be Benjamin Vintage Finds!
Now more about Benjamin's story...
This lovely boat had been moored in my parents port for many years with no one was taking care of him, he was rotting away, literally. One day my dad decided to go and check it out, make sure it wasn't going to sink. He found that the interior was actually in pretty good condition and with a bit of TLC it would be a great boat. He took some pictures, showed me and I instantly fell in love. We tried to get in contact with the owner since we knew who it was since they had been making payments for the mooring for the past 10 years. Eventually, we got a response it turns out that the owner had sadly passed and it was his wife that was making the payments. She had hoped one of her sons would be interested in keeping it, but they weren't so she sold it to us! We ended up waiting about 6 months to a year for us to buy Benjamin.
I found out that Benjamin was ours during my final term of uni, all I wanted to do was come back home and start painting it! I ended up spending almost all of my summer sanding, jet washing, painting and cleaning the boat. I even hand-painted the lines on the outside and if you know anything about me it's that I can not draw a straight line to save my life, this was an experience for sure! My dad and I then started to attack the interior, which was in a pretty good state. There was a little bit of a water leak but nothing too bad. It has wooden flours that had a few issues, so we got some nice carpet for the lounge and down the hallway and then for the kitchen we got some lino with nice fake tiles. We got a sofa painted to cupboard doors, cleaned as much as we could! It was looking pretty damn good if I say so myself!
It is now November 2020 and I have finally moved onto Benjamin, Hallelujah! I'm so happy and feel right at home here. I spent the first week cleaning the boat and putting all my clothes, vintage and bits in general away trying to make it more liveable and comfortable. To be honest, I was a little nervous the first few nights by myself, however now it just feels so cosy. Before moving onto Benjamin I was living with my parents which was lovely, but I was feeling so stuck in myself and also with my shop, I really needed to take this next step in my life to get new perspectives and figure out what I want to do with my shop and what direction I'm going to take it. Moving onto Benjamin has been the best decision of the year and I wish I had done it sooner. I am a very independent person and very much enjoy my own company so living on a little boat by myself is perfect! My next step is sorting out my studio space on the boat and figuring out how to take professional pictures of the clothes whilst still showing off the boat.
Keep your eyes peeled for more of my beautiful vintage in a new set up! I will be making more blog post and YouTube videos all about me, my love for vintage and tiny houses! My next blog will be more about me and my journey with vintage, so if that interest you please stick around for a while!
Lots of love,
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