I really, really want a "real" space (as opposed to just online). The small things I put in Mr. P's Emporium on Etsy, but furniture and heavier items just don't work because of the high shipping costs. I sell on Craigslist, have a couple of pieces on consignment, and I'll do more tag sales in the spring, but I want to get further into the vintage furniture and home accessories business.
So imagine how excited I was when I thought I had a space in my favorite shop in downtown Leesburg. After looking at photos of my pieces and checking out Mr. P's, the owner basically told me I had it; she just had to check with her partner. She said she was the one who is mainly running the shop, but she wanted to give her partner the courtesy of a call. It was the perfect space for me because it was small. I'm a bit concerned about leasing a large space because I work, and since this would be my first "real" shop I want to make sure I have the time to keep it well-stocked. Plus I don't want to have to spend a ton on rent when I'm just starting out. This place would have been a great first step as I learn about the business. I was already figuring out how I was going to decorate it! Then after putting me off for a couple of weeks she told me she decided to lease it to a vendor who is already in the shop. Needless to say ... big disappointment, and it's no longer my favorite shop!
So I'll keep looking, and I'm still shopping!
I checked out a yard sale last weekend and found some great primitive pieces. This vintage harvest basket was $10. Ten bucks! It's got the original straps.
At the same yard sale I found two old wood packing boxes. This one was for Alaskan salmon and the writing is still vivid.
This one is older and unique. It still has its label.
I saw a blog post (sorry, I don't remember whose it was, otherwise I'd give credit!) about putting casters on the bottom and using these boxes for rolling storage. Great idea.
Maybe I'll just keep everything. But then I wouldn't need a shop -- we'd just need a bigger house!
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tuesday