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

14 thoughts on “Closing Up Shop at Sidetracked Vintage”

  1. Magical….

    But if the time has come, to close…. You know (gut feeling) if it is time. And good to do it, giving yourself enough time.

    Courage…

    Lots of gentle hugs,
    Luna Crone

    1. Hi, Luna! Yes, it’s time to transform the shop into something else; it will take a different form in my private workshop/studio. Hugs!

    1. Mamasmercantile! There will be more shop photos as the shop transforms into a new space and ever-evolving creations. 😉 xoxo

  2. I’m sad that your closing your lovely shop but you know you’re doing the right thing and that’s the important thing. it’s better to have given it a go rather than wonder “what if!…onwards and upwards. xxxx

    1. Vix, thank you! Yes, it’s time to relocate into a private space for awhile! The shop will take shape into something just as magical, and I do think I will have a shop again some day. xoxo

  3. Hey Lynn, I will never get to see your lovely shop, but I would love to be on your customer list! If there was any way I could come and see the lovely vintage clothes that you “re-created” I would love it~ but, the best is yet to come! You are moving towards a new beginning. I love the vintage lace skirts and tunics you create, so maybe you will continue to do so! The photos are so lovely and I can just see you there! XO Terry

  4. I’m sad that you are closing your shop. I have enjoyed visiting via the pictures that you post. I wish you all the best in your next adventure 🙂

    1. Hi, Sue! I know. Part of the process is really sad for me as well, but stay tuned for upcoming photos and events! xo

  5. I am finally back from my blog break and came by for a visit. Wow, Lynn! Viewing your shop in the caboose makes me want to take another break and come to visit! I could spend hours going through all of your treasures! This is my kind of shop! A bit of everything. The red transferware plate caught my eye right off. 🙂

    Isn’t it crazy how just writing things down in phases can make it all look so simple? The only thing that gets in the way is how our heart becomes attached to what we love and it is obvious that you love this store.

    Have a wonderful weekend, my friend. I trust that you had a good 4th of July celebration.

    xo Dianna

    1. Dianna, I bet you would love looking around in the shop! I do love the shop, but I am ready for the next chapter. I do think there will be another shop in my future. xo

  6. Lynn, somehow I missed this post. I imagine you have such mixed feelings closing up your shop. I would have loved to see it in person. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful photos!
    Take care.

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