Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Here We Go Again

A beautiful little family quote by Desmond Tutu - perfect for Thanksgiving
A few weeks ago I started fixing up my shed/studio in anticipation of inviting a few friends over to celebrate its becoming a warm cozy place to gather amidst antiques and decor and craft items. I was getting frustrated because the store has been closed during the months of August, September, and now October because of the remodeling. Everything I had been working on for Fall and Halloween was just sitting there.  

Because I couldn't sell from the closed store, I revamped my Etsy store and added more listings, and when I had to retrieve an item I sold that was still at the store, I had a little surprise waiting for me. I found out that the business model had changed, and it wasn't one that would work for me. I didn't fit in the new plan. I was going to have to move. Consequently, I went from staging cozy little vignettes to opening up space in order to be able to accommodate all the furniture and accessories from the store into the shed/studio.

Another nice pottery piece with leaf shapes left unglazed
Hand thrown pottery pitcher perfect for Fall

Hutch top displayed with some Fall and everyday and a touch of glitz
I worked all day last Thursday, moving most of the furniture and accessories to clear the space and then on Monday, John helped me move the antique hutch top, the last heavy piece in the way of opening up the room. He also moved a hanging light fixture and a chair so the movers wouldn't bang their heads in the moving process. Obviously those low hanging items didn't bother me.
Space ready to be filled by the movers

John moving light fixtures and a chair hanging too low from the beams

As you can see everything is piled up against the walls, leaving an open area in the middle of the room for the movers to fill up with all my inventory from Stella & Notte.

Existing inventory and inventory added from the store all packed tight

Open area just waiting for the onslaught

That open space didn't stay open very long. Two Men and a Truck went to the store, and wrapped, and lifted, and loaded, and arrived with all the store inventory, and here we are with painted screens and painted furniture and boxes of ironstone and silver plate and wire baskets and woven baskets and whatever else strikes my fancy.

Boxes and tables and chairs and washstand awaiting a plan

Oil paintings and screen paintings and easels
Looks a bit overwhelming, but it will come together all in good time

Painted Hutch with its Fall array awaiting that special buyer
We did sell a nice big item and loaded it into a customer's truck instead of the moving truck. It was amazing how quickly it happened. When I found out I was no longer going to be able to sell from the store, I went home and immediately listed that lovely hutch on Craigslist. Within an hour I got a response from someone who really wanted it. Unfortunately, I couldn't show it to her, because Jeanine was concerned about liability with all that construction going on.  However, the buyer was there today as we were moving, and the hutch was just what she wanted.  

I didn't plan this new circumstance, but I do believe that everything happens for a reason, and I have faith that very possibly it is for the best. My business plan will have to change. I will be listing more in my Etsy shop and on Craigslist and in addition to pick ups, I will be having a few quiet gatherings and celebrations in my redone shed/studio.

So, hopefully, the next photos you see will be of a completely staged space with fall and Christmas and whatever else I have planned. I see a BIG sale coming on and some fun times and I am looking forward to welcoming you to Just A Second once again.

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  1. You have a lot of stuff! John needs a step stool! Lovely article and great pictures, Renie!

    1. Thanks, Gail. We both need step stools, he for the shed/studio/garage, and me for the kitchen!

  2. Wishing you the best of luck in your new endeavors. I know you will do well, wherever it is. Great that you have such a neat space right in your backyard!

    1. Thanks, Pam. It is a great space and I am grateful. Now I just need your expertise in getting the online segment up to speed.


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