So, remember when we said it was our last ever warehouse sale . . . well, it appears that wasn’t strictly true! We are coming back, bigger and better than ever, read on for all the goss . . .
So we started our little warehouse sales around three years ago from our tiny little first warehouse in Cotgrave. Over the time we have been running them they have grown bigger and bigger and the sales have become one of the things we most look forward to throughout the year, well other than Christmas, obvs!
We have now outgrown our first warehouse and have given the keys back as we have moved into our larger, supershiney HQ (still in our lovely village of Cotgrave).
So, as much as we love our new HQ, it was making us sad to think we wouldn’t have the chance to meet so many of our gorgeous customers again face to face, so we thought we would have a regular pop up shop!
Our first event will now be in our new warehouse – about 5-10 minutes from our old location (for those of you who travel to get to us). The sale is set for SATURDAY 30TH JUNE starting at 9am until 12 noon!
We have also listened to all your feedback from our previous sales and we have made some improvements . . . the thing we get asked for the most is for some of our current, full price stock. We can’t guarantee it will all be there but we will certainly take some of our full price, most popular goodies too! There will definitely be some tulle skirts there for twirling around in! We will also now be taking card payments.
We sincerely hope to see more of you lovely people there. Please click here for all the info, full address, to register your interest and to ensure you are kept up to date with the latest . . . Elsie’s Attic Pop Up Shopping Event
So, we love hearing from our lovely customers and a lot of you have been asking for free postage. We appreciate that shopping online can pose a bit of a challenge . . . will it fit? Will it look like the images on the site? So, paying to have something delivered to only have to send it back can be quite frustrating.
As much as we’d love to offer free postage on all orders, as a small developing business, we are not quite there with that one yet, but are are now pleased to offer free postage on all UK orders over £60! As much of our occasion wear is over £60 we hope this will be a help to you all.
We are still working with our suppliers to drive down postage costs so hope to be able to offer free returns very soon!
We love hearing from you – our amazing followers, so if you have any more feedback for us – please get in touch. Drop us a line at email@example.com
On the 28th of April we are holding a tea party photos shoot and we are inviting some of our very beautiful followers along to take part.
We are now on the hunt for stylist to join us on the day. If you are a fresh and enthusiastic makeup artist, hair stylist or event stylist and would like to collaborate with us on this event then please get in touch.
We will have around 10 ladies joining us on the day who will have their hair and make up fixed up to help them feel fabulous and shine on the day.
We are also on the hunt for an event stylist to work with us. Are you a talented and resourceful event styler that would love to join us then please get in touch.
Our photo shoots are always massive fun and a great opportunity for you to reach a huge audience via our social media platforms. The event will be an all day shoot in Nottinghamshire.
Sound like your kind of thing? Then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Elsie’s Attic is a fast moving and vibrant fashion business. We are expanding again and are looking for a certain someone to join our small, friendly team to help take us onto the next level.
Do you have a passion for fashion? Drive & enthusiasm? Attention to detail? Do you know who is who on Instagram world of Mummy fashion? Do you love folders and post it notes? Love working as part of a team . . . do you have a proven track record for being efficient and effective?
We are also looking for someone to help with photo shoots and styling – a very exciting opportunity!
We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and flexible individual to run our warehouse operations. We are looking for someone with a passion for fashion, the ability to get on with a small team and work under pressure
Main tasks include: –
Customer service – answering customer emails and phone calls
Managing staff – give direction to the existing warehouse team on a daily basis
Manage incoming deliveries
Manage stock control processes
Manage the listings on the website
Liaise with the Directors of the business to ensure the business is delivered effectively
We are also looking for dynamic individuals that we can develop and can become more involved in fashion shoots, brand reps etc.
As a family friendly and realistic company we are happy to consider job share applications.
Salary circa £22-24K PA depending on skills and experience.
If you have the enthusiasm and skills to fulfill the above then get in touch, we’d love to hear from you! The position is based at our new warehouse in Cotgrave, South Nottinghamshire and is full time 8.30 – 4.30pm.
To apply please email email@example.com with a covering letter and CV. CLOSING DATE – MIDNIGHT THURSDAY 1st MARCH.
We will contact candidates re interviews week beginning 5th March.
We are so pleased to tell you all that Elsie’s Attic is cruelty free! . . . well . . we have never been not cruelty free, if you get what I mean, but read on and it will become clear!
Steve and I are passionate about animals and are strict vegetarians – almost vegan! So, we thought it was only right that our business followed suit. We have never sold leather and would never, ever, ever go near fur. However, we were hearing more and more about major, high street brands being caught out in selling items that they genuinely believed to be fake fur that in fact contain fur from real living animals such as fox, racoon and even cat!
So, we decided to have a look at a scarf we had bought from one of our suppliers as we all felt the faux fur was not so faux! We had spoken with our supplier who assured us it was NOT real fur, as that was what they had been told when they also queried it with the manufacturer. So, we decided to cut one open and have a look . . . as you can see from the pictures – this is REAL fur not faux. I’m sure most of you can imagine how upset we were! So, we realised the only way to be real fur free is to be totally fur free – so from now on we will no longer stock any faux fur items either!
In terms of the scarves we had with fur pom poms – one brave member of staff cut all of the pom poms off and we then donated the fur free scarves to our local horse sanctuary, Pablos, for them to sell on their charity stall . . . at least this way some good can come of it.
We just wanted to say a huge massive thank you to all of you who came along to our HUGE warehouse sale on Saturday 9th September and in fact to all of you that have ever been to one of our sales! It really is one of our most favourite days as we actually get to meet lots of our beautiful customers face to face!
Even though we opened up slightly earlier this time there as still a gorgeous bevy of beauties ready to go once we opened up! We are always so touched that so many of you make the effort to come and how far some of you travel! We regularly have people come and stay overnight the day before, I think the record so far has been a lady and her daughter who travelled down from Glasgow the day before!
It was an amazing day, great to meet so many of you and thank you to the two gorgeous girls who nipped into the village for Coffee and cakes for us! We sold 100s of dresses but still had lots left so these are all now available on the sale section of the site. Get your bargain here –
We are already planning the next sale – drop us a line of you think we can improve in anyway or have any questions. Keep an eye on your email and our Facebook for updates.
So, what is hygge . . . pronounced hue-ugh . . . ? Well, as I think we all know by now it is a Danish term to encompass that feeling of cosiness and well being.The Danes are the happiest nation on the planet so we reckon they must be onto something . . .
Hygge encompasses that feeling of relaxation, indulgence, togetherness and comfort. It is the pursuit of everyday happiness and cosiness, drinking hot chocolate by candlelight! We think our new Hygge Collection encompasses this spirit perfectly!
So, there’s no denying summer is over . . . but the upside of that is, we can now all buy some new clothes for the autumn and winter! It can’t just be us that are obsessed with big coats, cozy cardigans, hats and huge wraps . . . now we love our occasion dresses more than anyone but wearing them on the school runs is pushing it, right?!
Well, that is where our new hygge collection comes in. We have launched a range of stylish, soft and comfortable day wear that can be dressed up, dressed down and layered up with other wardrobe staples for a super comfy and cosy look. Even better, the collection is a great affordable price point.
We have soft layered tops that pair perfectly with our slouchy trousers. The dresses are long and generous perfect to dress up with some well chosen accessories or dress down with a large scarf and flat boots for the school run!
We have a beautiful range of jumpers and cardigans – all oversized for snuggly and so very soft! For even more layering and warmth we have our amazing range of coatigans. Coatigans are perfect for when its nippy enough to wrap up but no ‘big coat’ is need yet!
The collection is growing daily so please keep an eye on our Facebook and the Hygge Collection page for updates.
OK, so we are a little late with this blog post (we actually turned three at the beginning of July – remember our bumper weekend of giveaways!!) but that’s life all over in the Attic – so busy and so manic but we love it!
We thought you might be interested in our tale of the last three years, of how we started and got to where we are now . . . we’d give you a little bit of a sneak peep behind the scenes!
So, who is this Elsie . . . well Elsie is me, Amanda, and my amazing husband too, Steve! We own and run Elsie’s Attic together and we have done each other any serious harm . . . . yet!
Just over three years ago I was feeling a bit dissatisfied in my career, you know the story, Our eldest son was only four and just starting school and I missed him desperately and so wanted to be there to do the school runs. I was a trained Forensic Psychologist, had owned my own dog training business and then gone on to work in PR but none of it was floating my boat . . . after a late night chat over a bottle or two, we decided to use my passion for fashion and start Elsie’s Attic . . . or Tallulah Rose as we were initially called!
We started out just selling bags, scarves and jewellery . . . I look back on our early Facebook days and smile and cringe in equal measure! Right from the start we wanted to stock things that are just a little bit different but pretty, always pretty – we just love girly fashion!
So that was it – off we went, I ensconced myself at our kitchen table and really, seriously, I barely moved for the first year! I spent days and days searching out fantastic lines and we soon expanded into clothes. We initially used to sell on Facebook and then after a few months we decided to bite the bullet and commissioned a website. Quite probably one of the most stressful things I have ever done – particularly the time I worked 36 hours straight with no break or sleep to get all the products loaded up . . . but it was done and ready to launch so we did the obvious thing . . . buggered off to a festival for the weekend! Little did we know then how truly epic things would become!
The rest of the time has really been a blur . . . we both gave up our full time jobs and worked full time on the Attic. We expanded from our kitchen table to the garage and then bought a new house from which we were going to run the business from the converted garage . . . after only a few days and 12 boxes outside in the pouring rain, we knew it was time for more space and staff!
. . . and so the orders just kept on coming so, as scary as it was, we moved into our own warehouse and took on our first members of staff! Two years later, we have kissed more than a few frogs but we now have the most amazing team who help to ensure your beautiful items reach you as quickly and as safely as possible . . . say hi to the very camera shy Alison, Lindsay and Shelley!
We have also seen our celebrity collaborations grow . . . we started off with Fifi Geldof, have made friends with the super kind and generous Jodie Marsh and have been over the moon to work with others including Karen Clifton, Lorraine Kelly, Stacey Solomon and the very sweet and funny Dolly-Rose Campbell (aka Gemma in Corrie!).
This year has been particularly fabulous . . . our own label is going from strength to strength. Our tulle skirts are super popular and we even had our very first photo shoot with Elsie’s Attic fans as models – such a cracking day and you can read all about it here. We have big plans afoot to launch more of our own label products too . . . exciting times!
Amongst all this in the last 12 months we have also found time to have a baby and get married!
We now run this fun, crazy enterprise with two boys in tow . . . not forgetting the Attic dogs, Otto and Bertie!
We are now busy bees getting ready for the wonderful Christmas season, personally my favourite! We want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for all of your support, orders and messages. Our favourite times are when you all come and see us at our warehouse sales!
If you have any feedback, comments or just want to say hi, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you – firstname.lastname@example.org
Big love Amanda, Steve and the rest of the Attic team . . . Mwah! x EA
We have been selling our beautiful tulle skirts here at Elsie’s Attic for three years now so we thought it was high time that we organised our own photo shoot to show off these stunning beauties! These skirts are our own design and manufactured under our own label so we are immensely proud of them.
So, we are calling this our real women photo shoot and yes, we know all women are real women but we just wanted to convey the idea that we used beautiful Elsie’s Attic fans to show the skirts off to their best.
Once the decision had been made to go ahead with the shoot we put a shout out on our social media channels and we were utterly blown away and completely honoured with the amount of responses we received. We sat down as a team and set about recruiting gorgeous girls in sizes 10 to 18. None of the girls had modeled before which just added to the excitement.
We are very lucky to have gorgeous wedding industry friends, Astra at Timeless Couture and Kerry at Tineke Floral Designs based out of Haarlem Mill in Derbyshire. Both these gorgeous ladies are involved in our wedding this July so we knew we could rely on them . . . . after a few frantic phone calls and we had a venue – the mill and some floral styling, just one catch, the mill and offices, at the time, were partly a building site! So, Mr Attic (Steve) and I headed off up to the Peak District the day before to clean up and shove stuff around!
After a lot of hard work and lugging stuff up three floors – we were ready for shooting on the Sunday. Now when it comes to photos the ladies to do the job were obviously the gorgeously fun Emily and Katy of Emily and Katy Photography . . . they are definitely the best in the business, in fact we are trusting them to shoot our own wedding this July! So, venue, models, shooters and skirts ready . . . we just need some talented ladies to help with the finishing touches – hair and make-up!
We had a super early start on the Sunday for the drive from our base in sunny, rural Notts to the Peak District – a nervous excitement was kicking in for everyone! As soon as we got there it was full on . . . all the girls relaxed in Astra’s boudoir in the mill and were pampered and glammed up by Sophie and Rachael. It takes a considerable amount of time to get five ladies photo shoot ready!
We had a lot of skirts to shoot as we had both our Spring/Summer collection and the new colour palette for the Autumn/Winter season to shoot so we knew we had a full on day ahead of us!
The aim for the day was not just to capture details images of the skirts on girls of all sizes but also to show the versatility of the skirts . . . they can be pretty, rocky, wedding, party, everything! We spent the morning shooting the pretty, wedding looks for the summer season and we captured some truly beautiful looks.
Lunch was just some sandwiches scoffed between outfit changes as we had so much to get through. In the afternoon we broke loose a little bit, there was a hair and makeup change and we worked on the Christmas party looks
As well as our ever popular berry red and forest green, we have added some new colours for the forth coming Christmas season and here’s a sneaky peep!
Before finishing up we just had the bridal and rock looks to shoot – talk about two extremes . . . but before that, more titivation and tea time . . . and maybe a little prosecco or two as well!
We used the gorgeous Hollie to show off our new bridal skirt – it can be made is six (shown here) or four layers and will be hitting our site very soon.
The last thing we wanted to do was to show the true versatility of the skirts – they can be rock chick as well as pretty! How amazing does our Hollie look rocking it up with one of our slogan t-shirts too!
It was a long hard but fun day for all involved and the finished shots are amazing, Emily and Katy have done a totally cracking job and kept us entertained as energy levels were flagging! I hope you all love the shots as much as we loved making them. Thank you to all involved you were all super star beautiful professionals and thank you to everyone who buys our tulle skirts it means so much!