Time flies fast in SL.
It's been over two years since I opened my first store, and I actually didnt even know. The other day someone asked me how long I had had my store, so I took a dive into the depths of my inventory and dragged out the oldest sales box I had. I was thinking it would be from late December 2005, but it turned out it was from October 5th. So this anniversary is almost 2 months late.
Care for a trip down memory lane with me? Warning, this will be a long one. But let's go! I came to SL in August 2005 after seeing my best RL friend drag the belly slider back and forth, and I found that utterly hilarious. Later the same day Antonia Marat was born. I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. SL has really turned my life up side down in many ways. The two main things being Max and artilleri. I wouldn't have had it any other way.
I began making clothing very soon after joining, I would say about a week or so. I had absolutely no prior experience with it, so needless to say everything I made pretty much sucked. I remember wanting to give up a zillion times, especially while learning to do alpha channels which all seemed like Greek to me. And I don't speak Greek.
Some of the very first artilleri products. As you can see the style has been the same since day one, but I like to think that the quality has improved a little.
My first store was a tiiiny little box outside my home in a sim called Cass. It was open for a week, I didn't sell a single thing, and I closed it down. Then a spot in the Unlimited sim became available, and I was able to snatch it up. And later that day, I had my very first sale. :) And whoho, it was awesome! So a big thank you to dreams Anubis for being my first customer ever.
Some of the earliest artilleri stores.
The mainstore has moved around a little. First Cass, then Unlimited, then CGN (a mall), then Gama, Axel and now finally in the artilleri sim. The first diner store popped up when I moved to Gama in January 2006, and since then I've kept the diner theme.
I know I could go on forever, but I think I have been rambling long enough now. So in wrapping it up, I would like to say thank you. Thank you so very, very, very, very much.