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.
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!
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.)
As promised, here are two more hats. I am sharing photos with you as they go into the Etsy shop. (I have to admit, again, photo editing apps are GREAT for softening middle-age wrinkles for promotional photos.) 😉
Over the next 24 hours, some new inventory will be going into my Etsy shop. I thought you might want to see some of the hats recently brought into the collection at Sidetracked. I will be sharing pictures as I add them to Etsy.
Meet the gray 100% wool Merrimac, made in the USA by Merrimac Hat Corp, probably 1940s or 1950s. Please note, photos editing apps are great for reducing wrinkles! 😉
My shop in the caboose, Sidetracked, is my happy place! I love it so much! When I get there I am very content. I move things around, stand and stare at them, and think, hmmmmmmm, is that better? Yes. Then I move some more. I talk to customers. When it is slow, I take my essential oils — a few drops on wet papertowels, and wipe down the floors, the walls, the door knobs, everything like that, to keep it dust free and smelling so clean and dreamlike! Yes, dreamlike. It is a little boxcar space that is full of magic and wonder! Lots of twinkly lights. Lots of this and that. Clothes. Trinkets. Antique purses and hats. I have regular customers who tell me Sidetracked is their happy place as well! Here are some photos from yesterday.