Rocketships, Inc.

Writing about what I’ve learned

Viking Ship of 2018

Viking Ship of 2018

My friends and I got together to build a boat the other day. We build one at the end of the year to fill up with memories and put out to sea in a Viking burial ceremony on New Year's Eve. In past years the boat was made of cardboard and papier-mâché. It's lots of fun...

The Shipping Container Plan

Last year I needed a big project. Having just returned from Denmark with a head full of information about Danish interior design, I decided to import a container of vintage Danish furniture to Victoria, where there is a strong market for it. Cost breakdown As the plan...

Learning About Upholstery

Finished work Upholstery is expensive. I've learned a few things on my journey - how to refinish teak, how to walk into someone's place of business and try to sell them stuff, how to get awkwardly shaped large objects into a car without scratching anything - but the...

Treasures from Ladysmith

Treasures from Ladysmith

In March I found a dresser that checked all the boxes for a killer UsedVic deal. Terrible, poorly-lit photograph that didn't show what the item looked like; ungrammatical copy; located up island in Ladysmith. The dresser itself was a teak 9-drawer midcentury modern...

Stuffing Large Things Into Small Cars

Stuffing Large Things Into Small Cars

I've been busy since the last time I checked in. Of my ten ideas for growing the business, I've tried two. Instead of turning my car in for a van, I got a tow hitch installed. And I've tried selling things myself and putting them up for consignment, so I can get a...

Ideas for growing

Ideas for growing

As you may know, I'm working on a side hustle selling Danish furniture.  I've been "practicing" - buying Danish or midcentury modern style furnishings for cheap up island or online classifieds, running them back to Victoria and/or refinishing, and reselling to local...

Practicing

Practicing

Before I gamble a lot of hard-earned money to buy designer furniture, stuff it into a steel box, and ship it from Denmark to Victoria, it wouldn’t hurt to make sure I know the market.

How long does it take to fill up a shipping container?

How long does it take to fill up a shipping container?

Here's a thing you can do. Danish Modern Design is a style of furnishing and interior design that became a part of pop culture in the 60's. I mostly know it from Mad Men and the waiting rooms of high-end chiropractors. It's popular right now in Victoria and has been...

We Made a Boat

We Made a Boat

Last night we built a boat. It’s a viking burial-at-sea boat, and we’re going to use it in the funeral for 2017 on New Year’s Eve.

This is a tradition now. It’s traditional because I said so, and people agreed, and that’;s how a tradition starts.