This weekend marks the 1st anniversary of our little shoppe! Last year we decided to open our own little place where we live and it has been an adventure. Anyone who tells you that it is easy to open your own business is either lying or has a large bank account to help it along. Since I tend to not lie or have a large bank account, I will tell you it has been hard work. But, it is work I enjoy and I have a very patient and wonderful little family. We have made many friends through our shoppe being open... people we may not have met without this wonderful thing of *vintage love* binding us together. I have been asked several times if I would do it again. If I would open my own little shoppe... and the answer is yes. Yes, I would. Even knowing all the work and running around it would entail. I honestly worked harder for myself than any job I have ever worked... and I am a hard worker.... I get that from my momma. I think that opening your own shoppe not only requires physical work hours, but mental work hours. Sometimes there are so many ideas that I want to work on that I never get anything accomplished. It is hard to focus on the big picture when you are wanting to focus on something small.
And, I think that opening your own shoppe/restaurant/boutique/salon takes a bit of bravery. I am not saying that to say... oh I am SO brave. But, when you put yourself out there (like in blogland) you put yourself up on display and are open to criticism amongst other things.
We wouldn't be here today if we didn't have such great support from our customers. If you have ever been to our store, you know how very tiny it is. You get to know people. And, I think that is worth all the hard work over the past year. Having my own little shoppe has been a dream of mine for a very long time... I can't even remember how long. I know that it is other people's dreams too since I get emails and comments asking shoppekeeping questions. I do try very hard to answer those questions, but I am sure I have missed some of you from time to time. So, if you leave a comment on this post I will try my very hardest to put together a post answering questions next week.
AND, most importantly, to say thank you to all of you near and far that have supported my little dream from day one or by a comment you left yesterday, here is a coupon for you!
Here is the link to print it out if you are local. And, since many of you are far, far away, I also added my first ever coupon code to my etsy shoppe: HAPPYANN1 The sale is good until Sunday evening.
thank you, thank you, thank you! you are simply the bestest!
bye for now~
Happy Anniversary! I commend you for following your dream and for being so honest!! I just opened my own petite shabby store a couple of months ago, and you are soooo right, it is hard and time consuming and stressful and wonderful! It's everything all rolled into one! Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous second year of business!!ReplyDelete
Georgie Emerson Vintage
Congratulations and happy anniversary! I've been fortunate enough to visit your shop in person, and I just love it. It's the epitome of charm. :)ReplyDelete
And I absolutely love the silver-leaf job you did on my "new" mirror. I plan to be a repeat customer.
happy 1 year anniversary michelle! i love vintage furniture and i so enjoy seeing your makeovers and the pictures you post of your shop. it always looks amazing! hope you have been able to celebrate.ReplyDelete
Happy Happy Anniversary!! I have loved following you and your store....wishing you much continued success!! Celebrate!ReplyDelete
Happy Anniversary!! Your shoppe is so lovely!! xo HeatherReplyDelete
Happy Anniversary! Time flies when you are working you're treasure hunting for the masses. :) I only wish your exquisite shop was closer! Until then I will remain your faithful online shopper.
Again, congrats, enjoy your success -- doing what you love.
Happy Anniversary! I too am venturing out and opening a tiny little shop here in town. Thanks for the encouragement offered in your post. I always enjoy reading your blog.ReplyDelete
I'm a little late reading (Mondays are always my catch-up day!), but I do have a question for you. I have my own little shop that's been open for about 6 months now. I work a full-time (50+ hours/week) job, and my shop is open every other weekend. Which means I'm buying mostly in the evenings after work or on the weekends our shop isn't open. My question is - where are some of your favorite places to buy? And, if you know any of them that are available more in the evenings, or even at the beginning of the week rather than the weekend. I'm a hard worker too, but I feel myself getting a little overwhelmed to keep up with everything when we never have any down time!!
Any help you can offer would be so appreciated!! And congrats again, you're amazing!
Congrats, girlie! Love all that you do!ReplyDelete
I think of you often and your wonderful little venture- you are an inspiration! I always think it sounds fun, but I'm never sure if I want that kind of commitment yet.... Love following your adventures :)ReplyDelete
I found you on Pinterest after clicking over from someone's shop display board. My biz partner and I just opened a little shop in Oakland, CA on Friday and it was really neat to read all you've written about what it takes. Whew! Love seeing all of your creative ideas.