We are SO excited to be turning 5 years old this week, and we thought the best way to celebrate would be a little trip down memory lane!!  We’re going to tackle one year of P&J history each day this week, starting with year 1!!

The first year of Paisley & Jade was a steep learning curve!  Perkins & Morgan launched the business in June of 2012 with a 6×12 covered trailer, a couple storage units, and their much loved laptops.

Our very first day of work (& very first instagram post)!!

Paisley & Jade's First Day as a vintage & specialty rental company.

Without a permanent warehouse space, we relied on a series of storage units to house the collection.  We were super lucky that the place we stored things liked us, and would remove walls between units as we grew to make a bigger and bigger space for us!

Paisley & Jade had to think outside of the box to store and organize their vintage rentals prior to moving to Highpoint & Moore.

Industrial shelving and organization went a LONG way while we were in storage!! You may recognize some of the pieces here as some of the longest standing members of the collection.  You can also see the obsession with chairs began early on… this is the very beginning of the long road to hundreds of mismatched chairs!! (Photo below by Neilson-Hall Photography)

The love for Mismatched Wooden Chairs began early on at Paisley & Jade!

Because we didn’t have a permanent home for our collection, we opted to shoot our inventory outside, which was a great idea until we realized how HOT it was lugging furniture around a field.  The amazing Stephanie Yonce Photography made it an amazing experience every time, and helped us bring the collection to life through photos!!

In Year 2, much of our vintage and specialty rental inventory pieces were used in styled shoots. This shoot, in particular, was with Stephanie Yonce Photography!

Stephanie Yonce Photography helped bring our rental inventory to life by taking inventory photos that we could share with potential clients.

Sometimes a break from shooting was in order… have to make sure the rentals are in good operating condition, right??? (Photo by  Stephanie Yonce Photography)

Co-Captains of Paisley & Jade, Morgan and Perkins, pedal on P&J's vintage Tandem Bicycle.

We were excited to grow our collection beyond what we had found locally, and in September of 2012 took off on a buying trip to Brimfield, where boots are a must!!

Paisley & Jade ventured outside of Virginia in search of items to add to their vintage & specialty rental inventory and found themselves in Brimfield, MA.

Co-captain, Perkins, searched the Brimfield Antique Flea Market for vintage items to bring back to Richmond and add to the Paisley & Jade rental inventory.

We came back from that trip with a truck full of goodies and LOTS of good stories!

Perkins & Morgan of Paisley & Jade added to their vintage and specialty rental inventory during their visit in Brimfield, MA.

One of our first (and still-favorite) events was the September 2012 Richmond NACE Meeting at The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing (Photos by Stephanie Yonce Photography)

Paisley & Jade's vintage and specialty rental inventory made their way into the Richmond NACE Meeting!

Some of Paisley & Jade's vintage and specialty rental inventory items showcased at The Boathouse at Rockett's Landing.

Since we didn’t have a space of our own, we were thrilled when we had the opportunity to join an amazing group of wedding professionals at Blush on Berry/Richmond Wedding Collective!  We got to get to know some of our amazing industry friends through this space, like Jessica Maida Photography, who shot photos of our pieces in the space (pictured below)!

Paisley & Jade joined the professionals from Blush on Berry/Richmond Wedding Collective in their office and this space was a great place to put some of their vintage and specialty rental inventory pieces on display!

The space was perfect for meeting clients, getting work done, and getting excited about emails from potential clients!!

P&J styled up the office at Blush on Berry/Richmond Wedding Collective with their vintage and specialty rentals inventory! The inventory is great for not only events, but home and office staging, too!

Our first year in business also brought us to our first marketing dilemma – how were we going to show off our collection when it was stacked up in storage units?  The answer: furniture baseball cards!!!!

Before the Paisley & Jade catalog came to life, the vintage and specialty rental items were showcased on baseball cards!

Looking for both a cool and functional way to showcase your inventory? Baseball cards!

In November, to celebrate the beginning of our new venture, we invited our industry friends to our official launch event!  We decked out Blush on Berry with the collection, and Jessica Maida Photography captured the evening for us!

Paisley & Jade's white church pew sat outside of Blush on Berry and inside was their collection of vintage and specialty rental inventory to show all of Richmond!

Inside of Blush on Berry, Paisley & Jade decked the shelves of their vintage and specialty rental inventory items for Richmond to see!

Co-captains of Paisley & Jade, Morgan & Perkins, took their vintage and specialty rental inventory out of storage and decked out Blush on Berry!

Since we were a two-woman show when we started, all the job duties were handled by Perkins & Morgan, including painting & building inventory.  (Remember, SAFETY FIRST!!)

Perkins and Morgan from Paisley & Jade were a two woman show in the beginning. All building, painting, and DIY projects for events and weddings, were all done by the two of them.

Paisley & Jade in-house DIY projects are shown throughout their vintage and specialty rental inventory.

As part of our marketing plan for our first year of business, we also participated in 9 bridal shows across the state of Virginia, which was A LOT.  But we had lots of fun and met lots of great potential clients and creative partners!!!

Paisley & Jade participates in bridal shows and showcases their vintage and specialty rental inventory to potential brides and other clients!

Who needs a cart when you have a farm table??

Paisley & Jade Farm Tables double as a cart to deliver the vintage and specialty rentals to clients!

Perkins, of Paisley & Jade with the Lubbock, an upholstered chair that makes up for just one piece of the vintage and specialty rental inventory!

After nine bridal shows, it’s totally normal to feel like this:

Bridal shows are tiring but worth it to showcase your vintage and specialty rental inventory to a number of brides!

We also participated in quite a few styled shoots our first year, but one of our favorites was at Monumental Church with Events by Elizabeth Palmer, Stephanie Yonce Photography, I.K. Catering, Lighting Professors, Sweet Fix, and Lou Stevens Glam Squad.  The shoot turned out beautifully, and was featured on Southern Weddings!

Paisley & Jade went to Monumental Church and took some of their vintage rentals with them to make up this beautiful seating arrangement!

We had a blast hanging out with all our friends on site, and even hopped into the scene for a photo of our own!!

Morgan and Perkins of Paisley & Jade hop in the photo at the Monumental Church on the Sacramento, the beautiful upholstered lounge.

Year one was definitely adventure, and year 2 brought even more fun things (and hilarious photos)!!

Paisley & Jade co-captains deliver their vintage and specialty rental items to an event and catch some of the fun afterwards!

-Perkins & Morgan

 Paisley & Jade is a vintage & specialty rental company based in Richmond, VA and serving Virginia, North Carolina and Washington, DC.  We maintain an inventory of gorgeous & unique furniture and decor pieces that you can use to create one-of-a-kind event spaces, weddings, photo shoots, and trade show displays.  To learn how Paisley & Jade can help enhance your next  visual display or special event, please contact us today!