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.
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.