And so it began
This glorious little business became a thing back in 2013. Kate was on a Pinterest rampage for her and Dave’s upcoming wedding and decided that she wanted to hire vintage furniture for said wedding. While there was one or two small vintage hire businesses in Melbourne, none had everything she wanted, and it was mostly pretty rustic, when what Kate wanted was more glam textures – velvets and vinyls and what not!
An idea formed. A business idea.
The ‘lets start a biz’ moment
What you’ll read next is a re-enactment of a pivotal moment in their lives #braceyourselves.
Kate to Dave, “Let’s buy the furniture we need for the wedding and then start a vintage hire business.”
In true Dave fashion, he replied, “But what about warehousing and logistics?”
Flippantly waving her arms around, Kate replied, “We’ll work it out!”
Which they have – but golly, those parts have been the most challenging and the least fun, but what the hey, that’s #smallbizlyf for ya.
From E-Bay to eternity
So, Kate – a long time eBay + vintage lover, began buying vintage dining chairs, lounge furniture and trestle tables. In Kate’s sister’s ute named Maxine (because they only had a Suzuki Swift named Ol’ Dirty Bastard), they traipsed all over Victoria picking up furniture which would become their first collection. All the while meeting hilarious, interesting, quirky sellers, who shared their love of vintage and good chats – telling us the history of the pieces – most of which they still have in their glorious collection.
Post their December 2013 wedding at Gardens House, Royal Botanic Gardens, they set about building a website, and doing the other super sexy business set-up things like registering a business name (Good Day Rentals), getting an ABN and worrying if this was a fecking terrible idea and would ruin them.
Ready for take-off
In August 2014 they launched Good Day Rentals (which became Good Day Club in May 2019 – more on that below), while both working at their corporate jobs – Kate as a corporate communications manager and Dave, a business analyst. The furniture lived in their front bedroom, stacked to the actual ceiling. That room still has the scratches to prove it, because they didn’t even have a garden shed to store stuff (and still don’t).
They’ve both since exited their corporate flunky lives – Kate in 2015 when she had Remy, went on maternity leave and never went back. And Dave in April 2018.
Livin’ the dream of… um, warehouse ownership
They now own a warehouse in Sunshine West, which along with their furniture collection – which is about 15 times as big as it was back in ’13 – houses two workshops. One for maintenance and custom builds, and the other for rad pal slash floral genius Good Grace and Humour, plus our neon office, which is also a co-working space, POW POW!
They’ve met so many terrific people – customers, sellers, other wedding vendors and industry professionals – and it’s a truly amazing thing to them that people love what they’re doing and want a part of it. So thanks legends, and GOOD DAY!
Say hello to Good Day Club!
In May 2019, after many months of work, Good Day Rentals became Good Day Club – a name which much better reflects what they now do as a business. At the beginning it was just furniture hire, then about a year in they launched event design and styling, adding neon sign hire in late 2017 and graphic design in mid-2018.
Along with the new name and fabulous new branding, they launched new products and services;
- Graphic design for events
- Workshops and classes
- Custom + ready to ship furniture
- Colourful, creative headshot days
- Good Day merchandise
Watch a cute arse video and read more about why they they changed their name over on their radical blog.
Meet the team
Co-Founder + Creative Director
Co-dounder and creative director of Melbourne vintage furniture hire and event styling legends, Good Day Club.
Kate Forsyth is an expert at stacking unstackable vintage chairs, driving her truck – God – with only a few minor infractions with roadside trees and traffic islands, and designing and styling the raddest, most non-traditional and fun weddings known to wo/man/people.
Kate is also a person. Outside of running a small business she parents a small human Remy along side her husbo Dave, and is learning to drum.
She can now drum En Vogue’s Don’t Let Go, In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins, Make It Witchu by Queens of the Stone Age and Nirvana’s Smells Like Teed Spirit, which is of course, pretty much the greatest thing that’s ever happened to her.
Co-Founder + Maker of things
Co-founder and general manager at Good Day Club, Dave Bunting is even more of an expert [not true] at stacking chairs than creative director Kate Forsyth. Dave takes care of most of the behind-the-scenes stuff, like making sure orders get delivered intact and on time, repairing furniture following admission to the Good Day Club Chair Hospital, and turning Kate’s super-rad ideas for furniture or props into actual things.
Dave is also the brains behind Very Good Products, making custom furniture from reclaimed wood.
Graphic Designer + Stylist
Our Stylist + Designer and creative all-rounder, Stevie spends much of her time creating animations, renders, floor plans and sketching up ideas – all the fun stuff! Outside of work, she has an extremely full creative life, taking commissions for illustrations and other cute stuff, cooking, and being a skilled Instagram story-er. She married her sweetheart Sam in early 2019 in the greatest wedding EVER.
Stevie is still an intermediate chair-stacker, but hopes to one day become an expert in the art, with a little help from her chair stacking mentors Kate and Dave.
Mel is a sponsorship coordinator, turned fashion marketer, turned studio manager, first for Melbourne based designer, Emily Green and now for Good Day Club.
Mel also has a bit of administration and HR management in her background which means she loves a list and thrives when she is burning through tasks and crossing things off her list… If something pops up unexpectedly, she’ll add it to the list just so she can cross it off!
Mel is also married to a management consultant, which comes in handy never and together, Mel and husband are trying their best to raise two small human boys in their wee inner-city apartment. Spare time is pretty much non-existent but if Mel does find herself with a moment or two to herself, she enjoys all the ‘bougie’ things like yoga and dinner at fancy restaurants.
Head of Toy Playing
Remy is Kate and Dave’s sweet little boy slash Chicken Pants. He loves all forms of transportation but is particularly partial to trucks, buses, motorbikes, diggers, graders, steamrollers and ‘noisy cars’.
Being trained to be the world’s youngest warehouse and logistics manager, Remy can already carry a box of cushions and is really rather good at ramming one fragile, vintage tea trolley into another fragile vintage tea trolley #SaveTheTrolleySaveTheWorld