I am thankful today for all the opportunities that I have had so far with my business! I only started my business a few years ago and feel very blessed to have come as far as I have. I have met some really great, fellow junkers – found a loyal group of followers who love my creations as much as I do – and found a few nesting spots to sell my goods at while I grew my business! There have been victories, mistakes and experiences that have helped to form my business into what I imagined it to be.
It’s all about risk taking, not being afraid to chase your dreams. You might fall flat on your face – Lord knows I have – BUT you tried, you grew from that experience and you get back up.
So here is my newest leap of faith… I am leaving the comfort of Salvage Sisters Antique Market to venture into the world of online shopping and shows. December 2nd I will no longer be a vendor at Salvage Sisters. It was not an easy decision to make and I didn’t take it lightly. But I know in my heart that it was the right decision for me. Salvage Sisters has been a GREAT location for me to spread my name, make some great new friends and to grow my business. It is a FANTASTIC store, with so much JUNK goodness inside that I know I must sound crazy for moving out and on to new ventures.
But in the last few months, I have found that my passion lies in handmade and repurposed items. I LOVE creating new items from old things – items that you never would have imagined! Taking old spigot handles and making them into a one-of-a-kind necklace – turning an old farm door into a fun, whimsical coffee table – making throw pillows from old flannel shirts… that is where my passion lies. When I had my booth space at Bird On A Wire – I could still do those items and they sold very well at BOAW but at Salvage Sisters they do not. Salvage Sisters is more vintage, antiques, painted furniture – things my house is packed with but not the type of things I like to create and sell. Actually, half of my house has probably been stocked by SSAM vendors!
Knowing in my heart that I needed to go back to my roots of creating, repurposing and hand making items – I knew it was time to walk down a new path. Salvage Sisters will always be a big part of the success I have had so far BUT I feel there is even more success to be had!! More dreams to chase down!
So what do I have up my sleeve, you ask? Well – I plan to sell strictly on Etsy for starters. Yeah, yeah… I know… I have been talking about Etsy for, well, ever now and have no shop to show for it. BUT there is a good reason to that!! My jewelry has been selling faster than I can make it!! Good problem, huh? :) I have been busy crafting pieces now, though, for the last few weeks and have kept them all to myself – well, till now – so I had inventory to stock the shop with.
I’ve also decided to stock some other items in the shop – smaller, shippable vintage finds and a few other “surprise” sections!! I’ve also learned my lesson on setting an open date – that I always seem to somehow miserably never make – so when the shop is open, y’all will be the first to know!!
My second bit of news – I have partnered with my good friend Dakota Smith of Sew Gypsy!! She makes gypsy/boho inspired bags, clothing, home décor, etc. You might remember her from my post about our show at the Franklin Fall Festival. Turns out we made for a pretty good team so we have decided to team up for the 2014 show circuit around Central Indiana!! Stay tuned on here and on my Facebook page for a listing of all the shows we will be attending!
Dakota will also be added as a contributor on my Facebook page – that way she can add photos and updates about her products or any shows that she might be doing solo. So watch for Dakota’s posts to start showing up on there in a few days!
I know leaving the comfort of a store with a dedicated following might sound, well, a bit crazy!! I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to have been a vendor at such a great location. BUT, I feel that the new direction I am taking with my business is more true to my passion and partnering with Sew Gypsy will help to compliment my business. We make for a good mix of creativity! So we very much hope to see you at some of our shows in 2014!!!
Oh, the places we’ll go!