Closing Up Shop at Sidetracked Vintage

Well, my shop will continue in other forms, but I have decided for sure to not renew my lease on the little red caboose that housed my vintage shop. Can you believe I have been a shop owner for almost two years!? It will be two years in September when my lease is up. I figured it would be very wise to go ahead and begin now to wrap my mind around shutting the doors for good. This gives me three months.

I have a private studio/workshop that has been offered to me to turn into a magical recreation of the shop. I am so excited about this! It will just take some time, hard work, and paint, to make the transition! <3

Phase I: remove the items from that shop that I know I want to keep for myself or for my private studio

Phase II: plan and advertise one or two large sales at the shop to cut down on what has to be moved and to say goodbye to my customers (for now)

Phase III: Empty out what is left, clean up, turn the keys in

HA HA — it is that simple!

Meanwhile, here are some recent pictures of my very pretty HAPPY PLACE. I have developed a following of customers. I am currently compiling a list of local folks (emails, phone numbers) who want to be on my mailing list for inventory updates and private sales and workshops.

There is always something new in the shop.
Looking into the shop from the front door. You can see back to the gypsy-esque curtain that closes to make a dressing room.
Twinkly lights. A handmade sign that says VINTAGE
Looking towards the front door from the back of the shop.

There are always plenty of vintage hats and purses.

Scarves galore — old and new.

Original artwork.
Mirror in the dressing room area.
I will miss sitting in my little “mouse hole” — a tiny office space with my coffee pot, my Pandora, and my antique cash drawer. My personal photos of me and Jason and my children. Snacks. My iPad. I have loved every minute of it.
This little wall unit kept the caboose unbelievably comfortable! It heats and cools. My HAPPY PLACE was always cozy. And it always smelled like lavender and lemon essential oil from where I regularly cleaned and wiped things down. And then I brewed coffee while working. Customers often said they loved the way it smelled.
Clothes fit for a night out, stage, theater, or just a casual outfit.

Books! Mostly vintage readers, primers, French this-and-that, a bit of the macabre, unusual garden books.

Old suitcases full of vintage linens.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Happy Flag Day!

In honor of Flag Day, June 14, I would like to say HAPPY FLAG DAY! (It is also my firstborn’s birthday.) I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some vintage photos I found recently of school children showing off their United States flags. Oh, if only names and date and location had been written on the backs of these!

I am thinking these photos are from the early 1910s, based on their clothing and the fact that the flag with 48 stars was adopted in 1912. There are so many of you who are more knowledgeable at this stuff, please feel free to offer any thoughts about these photos!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Quilt tops, a River Walk, and Kitties

The weekend was a whirlwind of busy-ness.  It started with a Friday walk on the Hillsborough River Walk.  We just missed the rain, getting our steps in before the drops started falling!  Jason and I admired again the amazing man-made stickwork structure by artist Patrick Doughtery.

I was in my sweet little shop Sidetracked on Saturday.  I love meeting my customers.  I had a new customer from Raleigh who found me on line.  She and her husband stopped in and we had a nice visit. Of course, the kitties (all four of them) keep life interesting and sweet.

Jason and I did a lot of garden work over the weekend, which was evidenced by my Fitbit blowing up with steps.  I managed a quick stop by The Scrap Exchange where I saw some beautiful quilt tops.  I passed them by without purchasing, but I did take a few pictures.

The entrance to the River Walk.
“A Sight to Behold” by Patrick Dougherty
Stickwork structure that is just amazing to see!
Looking up through the top of “A Sight to Behold”
A window inside the structure.
Sedums growing in a plant box at Sidetracked.
Quilt top at The Scrap Exchange.
Quilt top at The Scrap Exchange.
Amelia resting in my guitar case.
Mars resting in my guitar case.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

The Magical Garden: I Shall Never Get Tired of Plants and Garden Whimsy

A few photos from the little whimsical garden outside my shop, Sidetracked:

A planter full of sedums.

Bottles sit atop metal posts.
Bottles in the garden.
A stack of this and that.

I will close with a few photos taken from an antique photograph in the shop currently. There was no information on the back of the photograph, but I sure wish there had been!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Clothes for Entertainers

One of the things I love about having my particular retail shop is meeting local performers (and some from as far away as New York!) who come in looking for clothes. Vintage is so popular.  Some customer simply wander in because of my VINTAGE sign.  I also have quite a few regulars who enjoy visiting and looking for treasures.

I love looking for things that are stage worthy, theatre ready, and unusual!  I truly have fun with clothes from the shop! People always ask, “Where did you get that?!” I love sharing that I shop for such things and pull them into Sidetracked for my customers.  They are welcomed to visit Sidetracked!  I love visiting with the customers!

Silky blue and white fringed shawl.
White Forest Black Dress

The lace pattern tights were originally a Christmas gift from my dear Jason! He knows I love clothes. Once I fell in love with them (and had 100 different people ask where I got them), I ordered some for the shop. I have put a link below where you can order them, or at least see them. They may look delicate, but they are sturdy (handled with care, of course). I have gotten two years from my first pair so far!  (Note the link below is my Amazon affiliate link.)

Lace Pattern Tights

This is a vintage lace dress that I came across recently. I did NOT purchase this, simply because the waist and sleeves looked too tight for anyone other than a stick. I don’t have time to alter it.
Oh, I nearly bought it, but that pleated waist and narrowing sleeves. Just look at the little glassy buttons!! Love!
Our potted sage has been getting lots of rain.
Do you like the sepia or the silvery edit?

Enjoy this day!
Lynn