Charlotte Dallison is a freelance writer and vintage shop owner, based in Melbourne, Australia. In a past life she was also an interior designer.
Lessons from a 1930’s Budgeting Book
During these unprecedented times one needs to get up to scratch on how to Make Things Work. The current crisis has impacted our physical and mental health whilst also emptying our bank accounts. As a freelance creative and a small business owner, I feel particularly affected by the ongoing lockdowns we’re experiencing in Australia, as well as the coronavirus pandemic at large. So when I was gathering a few books to keep me company during Melbourne’s sixth lockdown I couldn’t resist adding Orchids On Your Budget to cart. There’s something especially drab about having to read any kind of budgeting book, but reading one with the glimmer of the late 30s involved felt a little more palatable. Orchids On Your Budget was published on the tail end of the depression, not long before the second a world war, certainly extremely tough times for so many, but really was that financial situation all that different from the one we are facing now?
Why Wear Vintage?
Last year, at the end of lockdown 2.0, I launched my own online vintage boutique. I had been collecting vintage clothing since age 14 and after the pandemic pushed me out of job security I decided to take the leap and pursue my true passion, because what did I have to lose?