I feel a bit like Piglet. (Mama, do you know what I mean?) In a panic. In a rush. More to do than I can do! I have been working many hours out of town lately. It has been a real challenge. If I did not love my job so much, and all that they offer me, I think I would have “give out” by now.
In addition to work, I have been extremely busy closing the shop down. It took months and months (years) to stock it up to where it is now, so tearing it down has been a process. I have had several large and very successful sales, thanks to my sweet customers. I have moved out about 400-500 items during recent sales. Now I am boxing up, bagging up, donating, storing, all in preparation for my little private studio/workshop.
Then there’s Etsy. Ahhh, Etsy. I have been really focusing on my Etsy shop. Peeps, it’s a good and happy thing. Just busy, busy, busy!
Here is a treasure I found recently. For my garden.
The real thing. Heavy as lead. Beautiful detail. Not plastic. 7 dollars. Lucky me.
I want to share a really cool story. You know I occasionally buy old photos for the shop. Recently I acquired a stack of photos that included quite a few from the mid to late 1800s. As I went through the stack I noticed that some photos had the same photographer’s logo. I began to put those to the side. Fortunately, some of these had writing on the backs. A little Google work and my Ancestry.com account connected me to one man related to TWO of these students. You see, these are all classmates from the 1868 class of Miami University. It was the sweet words written about A.L McLain on the back of his photo that unlocked the Miami University mystery.
Joseph Matthews Hibben; Dr. James Lafonts McLain; Alvan Leander McLain (died young of consumption); George Robinson; Daniel Addison McMillan; ? Brown; Federick J Picard; James Clinton Boatman.
I know several of you will really appreciate this post! At least a few of us spend significant time trying to preserve old photos!
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.
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.