We are taking part in the @justacard week this week (well, I'll try not to totally forget while working on the refurb!) So here goes... Day One: You
I'm Elliott, I'm 24 years old and the owner of GiftBox. Getting in to running my own gift shop was a complete accident. I used to help out with running someone else's little business in Newmarket and was offered a corner of the shop to sell loom bands (when they were all the craze, as that summer we'd been touring fetes and carnivals selling them!) I knew the craze wouldn't last forever so decided to find something else to sell and decided I'd try stocking a small range of gifts. It kept growning and eventually we realised we needed our own premises... fast forward 3 years later and here we are in with my own gift shop in Mildenhall Market Place (our second one after moving from the first in the high street nearly 2 years ago!) I love every minute of what I do, getting to choose totally unique gifts for a job means I get to feel like I'm Christmas shopping 365 days a year, getting to chat to our wonderful customers, hearing their stories, seeing them enjoy what we've got in-store and helping them pick the perfect gift! Although days can be up and down, I wouldn't change what I do for the world and love (nearly) every minute of being self employed!
The #justacard campaign is so important, every single purchase no matter how big or how small is important to us, as when you are a small independent every single sale helps! We've recently started stocking more small independent gift and card makers in-store as well as planning to introduce our Locally GiftBox. area soon in-store to show our support for small, local businesses!