On the first day of May 2020, it became 25 years since I first opened the door of my shop Bisarri for the first time, at Uudenmaankatu 14 in Helsinki. Until then, I had worked in a consulting company in Espoo as a project secretary. The new store was located next to Otavan Kivilinna, right at the bus stop for bus 14.
In the early years, I attended many fairs, although there were not as many antique events and fair organizers as there are today. I participated in fairs as far as Oulu and Vaasa multiple times a year, in spring and autumn. This is how my clientele expanded throughout the country.
Some customers have been with me since the early years. Some visit more often and others less often, but everyone has stayed in my mind in their own way. A year ago, I met a couple who made a wedding registry at my boutique nearly 20 years ago. Although I had not met them in between, the meeting evoked fond memories.
During these years, I have also had the honor of getting to know many Finnish designers personally; Juurikkala, Olin-Grönqvist, Sarpaneva, Still, Von Fieandt, Vennola, Orvola, Kokko, Ishimoto, Koskinen and Toikka.