Friday, April 08, 2011

An Update


I am going to honest with you all, I am having a hard time blogging these days. I know it is because the store is closed and those hurried, everyday shop operations are what kept this blog going for so long. I'll also be honest with you and tell you 90% of my former blog posts were to keep you current on shop news but especially to show you what had just been added to the store so you would come in and buy something. When sales were down, I could blog and voila!- business would pick up for awhile.


Yes I am selling online and when I focus on it and add new merchandise I am thrilled with the response. I have met with my tech and discussed changes I want to make: a JUST IN category and a SALE category. I am also going to add a PROVISIONS category because I find so many great garlands, wires, trims and baubles and I know that crafting has now gone to a whole new level. I found I have a lot of artistic customers out there that need unusual hardware for their creations. I also love scavenging for these items. Changing the website from an idea to fruition is one thing because website work takes forever to implement! I knew this going in and thought I would have all the time in the world to work on it, but not so. I have a stash of great items from my trip to Texas and I will post those as soon as my current project is completed.

White Silicon Watch, perfect for Spring!

Closing down the store is still not over believe it or not. Some vendors are still sending merchandise to the Prairie Village store, some customers still do not know (those that might have visited KC once or twice a year) and there are still little 'business' issues here and there.

I knew I wanted to rest up after the shop closed and because of the lousy winter weather, I certainly did, but I guess not enough for my taste! The Better Homes & Gardens shoot will happen soon and I have really been hammering down on that. I hunted for my camper so I could head to Texas and now that I am back, I just want to crash. The BHG Halloween shoot is happening next week and I am really happy with the all the props, wardrobe and food that have been found. The editor even added another day due to all the wonderful items we need to shoot.

I wasn't sure what life would hold once the store was closed or how I would make a living (and I'm still not!). I knew I had plenty of customers and friends who needed help with this and that. Some business owner/friends are overwhelmed and need help; some friends need my advice who are in the midst of remodeling their homes; I have some personal projects I can certainly cash in on if I choose to. Getting in the groove of a freelance life again is kind of strange. I watched Eat, Pray, Love again last night and I would love to take a year off and do whatever I pleased without any 'have to's' in the way. (who wouldn't!)

My best friend from grade school (yes, 40 years) lives in New York now and has been in and out of town all year due to the illness of her parents. Her mother passed away last Wednesday and because of all the strange circumstances she has asked me to clean out, redecorate and stage their home to sell. And believe it or not, I am in the mood to do my own home. Because the store is closed my home (and garage and basement and porch) have become the holding ground for all things and it is making me a little nuts. Are you like me? Once every few years I just have to get rid of everything and see empty shelves and life without piles of stuff.

I am on a list at our local antique mall to get a large booth. I decided I really want to do this to please the local customers I left behind. I also find so many great, larger items I cannot sell online and I want to offer them to Curious Sofa fans. So far, nothing is available and I just can't understand why they won't kick someone out!!! Ha. I am hoping they have a vacancy by late summer so I can do the popular Halloween and Christmas display in there.


I hope to shoot some behind the scene images of the BHG shoot. I can't give too much away as they would not like that much but it will still be fun to give you a tease. Stand by for that. In the meantime, I hope all of you are supporting your local retailers, taking a day trip to an antique show and getting ready for Spring. Open those windows and let your home breathe!

12 comments:

  1. Honestly, the way things are, I wouldn't want to go too far out of this country (eat, pray love). I would love to have your little trailer and just roll across the USA.

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  2. Gosh, I 'm so glad you are going to open a booth!! what mall? Whoever it is, they'd be smart to make a spot open up for you, you'd be such a draw for their business.

    I can't wait!

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  3. Excited about the new PROVISIONS category!

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  4. I am still missing you and your store! I am so happy for you that you are living a more relaxed lifestyle and enjoying your new adventures. It's selfish of me to wish you would have been able to some how do both. I loved your smaller original store as well. Even though I didn't have the funds to support your store with big ticket items, I did buy as much as I was financially able to! I'll be thrilled if you open a booth at the antique mart (are you talking about Mission?) I wish you well in all your endeavors, and if you should talk to your old staff, please let them know they are missed as well!

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  5. Debbie: I feel exactly like you in many ways. I'm really tired!!! But...still need to do this business...so hanging in there. I am very excited about the fact that you are going into a Mall. I assume it is Mission Antique Mall....am I right? Anyway, wherever it is...I, and many others will follow you wherever you take us. I can't believe they won't just make a space for you. Silly people! Thank you for your blogs! Love them...and will keep watching.

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  6. Glad to hear you are doing great. I am not putting pressure on me to blog everyday...........blogging is meant to be fun not a hardship. Goodluck with the booth. HUGS Mary

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  7. I would L-O-V-E it if you had a booth around town. I don't know, but being a local, I know that online can't replace going and touching the merchandise and seeing it from all angels. :-) Although.... it sure sounds like you aren't giving yourself that big breath of fresh air. Don't wish the booth too fast, there is a reason your body is still telling you that you need a rest.

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  8. No need to apologize for not blogging as much. It is so interesting to hear about your travels and whatever project you're working on! I believe you have reached a status level among design/retail/photography professionals that will always keep us "curious" about what direction you are headed in and what items have your personal stamp of approval.
    The Texas shows knock me out after just one day so I can only imagine how you must feel! Hope you can find some quiet time to recharge a bit.

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  9. gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!
    love the photos!
    take care,
    Rosa

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  10. I really enjoy keeping up with your adventures. As an antiques booth owner, I am thrilled with your new direction! I have dreamnt of opening a small shop, but really the freedom of not having to be there all the time is priceless, so a booth is a great way to go. I'm sure with your booth and your online store you will find just the right combination that will be perfect for you and will finally give you some much needed time off! (well, maybe - ha ha)

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  11. Can't wait to see your pics from Roundtop. I bought a older little 5th wheel and am taking your advise and taking my 1st trip in it before I decorate. OH... to some day go to Roundtop..Maybe next year. Love to follow your adventures. You will love having a booth. No sitting there all day. Just decorate & pick up your check once a month. And SHOP SHOP SHOP.... Hugs Chrisy's Cottage

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  12. well my friend, i can't believe they won't roll out the red carpet for you at that mall either! i, like you, am looking for a venue here at home but it's slim pickins and the nearest viable possibility is over an hour away! i will do it if they will have me! thanks for the call about my "situation", changes have happened since. all the best to you as you are one of the best in my opinion!

    hugs,

    shelley

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