I'm totally wanting to blog, and I still can't post any pictures! Looks like I'll have to roll up my sleeves, put tape on my glasses and turn into a nerd tech and see if I can figure out what's wrong and why I cannot do pictures! I can upload pictures to facebook, no problem! But here? Nothing! Pooh! Even the printer isn't working and that's more frustrating than not being able to post pictures here. I NEED my printer! [insert pouty face picture here]
The booth we opened up has been doing fabulous!! [insert photo of booth here]
It's absolutely fun and hard work, but mostly fun. It's like walking down memory lane, at times, when I open up one of the many boxes in the basement and rediscover all the stuff I bought over the years and stashed away for our future antique store. Not quite our own antique store, but I think the booth is a way better decision-- no worries about finding a space and paying rent, the overhead costs, insurance, hiring someone trust-worthy to help run the place, being "stuck" at the shop instead of hunting for more inventory... At least with a booth, all I need to do is pay a small rental fee, show up once or twice a week and restock, and then they take care of the rest! I'm free to hunt yard sales, I can stay home and do my schooling with the kids, Andrew can work his hours and not feel like he's working two jobs... It's really a much better fit!
Our initial thought was to maybe keep the booth until we ran out of things to sell, but it's exceeded my expectations already and I'm really enjoying the whole process. I like finding stuff, whether it's in my basement or at a yard sale, cleaning it up, pricing it, and then arranging it at the booth once a week. It's thrilling to check online and discover what sold that day and then click on the month's totals and see what we've made so far. We're definitely going to try and continue this for as long as we can! [photo of close-up shot of booth shelves here]
I'm already putting aside items that I want to put out during the winter months and thinking ahead to the holidays. I stare at my booth pictures for hours, trying to mentally move things around, making notes to myself next time I'm there to adjust this or take a better picture of that. Our home is already looking better and less cluttered. I'm excited to see how far we can take this venture of ours.
This new job Andrew has, it's been working out nicely for us with his evening hours. It leaves us with mornings and early afternoons together. Friday and Saturday finds us cruising the yard sales, looking for more inventory for the booth. Sunday, I'm cleaning and pricing things. Monday, Andrew stays home with the kids and I go to the booth for a few hours, maybe one of the girls comes with me.
The current week we're in has been pretty crazy, so I haven't been able to get to the booth yet. Aiming for tomorrow, but anything can happen between now and then, so I'll just wait and see. I'm looking forward to going in and restocking items and rearranging shelves. I have some new shelves to bring in, which will expand my display areas and hopefully will generate more sales. I constantly think about the booth, my mind's eye picturing the shelves and trying to imagine a better way to display certain items. The booth is still sparse, so there's room for everything, and I like it that way, but I also realize that less things means less sales. Just need to find that balance between clean and filled versus stuffed and cluttered.
Now if I could just get blogger to post my dang pictures, everything would be hunky-dory!