...just a few weeks ago, (10 to be exact) this is what my sweet little shop looked like. All blue and Alice in wonderland-y with giant yellow daisies on steroids perched on top of the bay window. It was crying out for someone (me!) to come have a look see and breathe some life back in to it.
Back in January, I had determined that 2006 was going to be the year I really started to take my business seriously. 2 years back I had begun my website, then never updated it or learned a thing about HOW to update it, and I was at a stand still. I made a time line of sorts, and decided my next step would be a retail space, most likely a 10 by 10 space at the downtown Antiques and Art Mall. The trouble was that you could only have large items, no small accessories, and of course there was no way to lock up your stuff at the days end. That's when my daughter called. She had been googling and found that the Arlington Gardens, the darling cobblestone mall on Plumb Lane, had a few openings. I ran down to take a peak...and the rest just fell into place!
I like looking at the "before" pictures because it really gives me a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
You can't see by this picture, but it had screaming emerald green carpet and an ugly ceiling fan inside. We pulled up the rug to find a very neutral, PERFECT vinyl floor, and replaced the light. We painted inside and out, and now it is reborn into A Cottage Industry.
Anyhow, I am sorry to drone on and on about my little shop, and I bet you are thinking "Dear God, what DID this woman do BEFORE she had this tiny shop?!" but after those 10 weeks, I am still in awe that I found such a perfect-for-me, not-too-big and not-too-small, but just right spot to indulge my passion.
we'll see what the next 10 weeks brings, but for now, I am blissfully content.