Sep 20, 2015

We Are Open!

Yes, I know.  It's been over a month since I posted.  Shame. On. Me.  It's been a crazy ride and there is so much to tell!

First off, we opened the doors to the shop on September 5th with a "soft" opening.  No fanfare, no balloons, just opened the doors.  That weekend was amazing!  Being that it was a holiday weekend, the streets were loaded and we had many, many fabulous customers come through the door.  We sold a lot of things, from several pieces of furniture to tons of decor.  I didn't feel that we were ready to open (more on that below), but so glad we did!

Since then, it's been a great month!  More furniture is gone and I'm trying my best to keep the shop stocked.  Not so easy when it's just me working it for the most part.  Of course, Dean is by my side on the weekends, but it takes two of us to keep it running smoothly those days.  I decided to be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays so that I can have those days to get my stock ready.  

So what else has been going on?  Well....I must trust in God's timing.  I have to.  I'm not sure how it will all work out, but we'll figure it out.  After a couple of years of trying to get back into my career so that I can finish out my retirement, it happened.  At the same time.  Literally.  Of course, I had to accept the job!  The shop is for now, retirement is for a lifetime. Since we signed a contract on the space, we are kind of stuck.  In the meantime, we will have to make the best of it and believe that everything truly does happen for a reason.  Because of all of this happening and the weighing in on my mind and heart, I had a hard time pushing myself into getting things at the shop exactly the way I wanted it for opening day.  It has since filled up nicely and new things are coming in daily.

For now, here are a few pics from around the shop.  I have more coming and amazing ladies that help fill in with their handcrafted goodies and vintage finds!


One of my newest pieces!  I love this one.  A pine washstand made over with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Mustard Seed.  Love the chippiness on this one!

Did you know that we are now the Fredericksburg area retailer for Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint?  
We have a full stock available!  Visit or contact us with your MMSMP needs!  Classes coming soon!

All of our cotton wreaths sold out quickly.  More coming in this week!  Take a peek at those super cute soaps by be mindful.

I LOVE the fork fish by none other than Krissy of Updating Yesterday!  I have one of her first ones and wear it all of the time.  I fondly named it "Bubbles".  Are you also a Pisces?  Perfect!  :)

More creations from Updating Yesterday!  These totally fit in with our slogan "Restyled Charm and Vintage Goodness"!   Gorgeous necklaces made from drawer handles.

Natasia brought in many more signs and ornaments yesterday and we sold a lot this weekend.  These ornaments are so cute and can be used for so many things. Gift wrapping, wine bottles or for sweet gifts. At only $2.99 each, you can stock up for the holidays!  There are tons to choose from! This is just a very small sampling.

This sweet rocking horse found a new home today!

This new line of body products from be mindful. is wonderful!  All handcrafted from start to finish.  Visit her webpage to read all about the products and if you can't make it to the store, she also sells on-line!

How absolutely cute are these bird soaps??

This went out to it's new home today!

This was a fun find. An old French phonograph.  It has all the workings, just needs a new arm.  Or, repurpose it into a mini bar! Painting, pumpkins and grain sack chair in this pictures are all sold.

This vignette greets you as you come in. Though, not for long!  The dresser sold last weekend, but we get to hold on to it until they pick it up next Sunday.  I hate to see it go, but....I have another wow piece in the works!

I have a lot to sort out, but we are marching on!  I'll seriously try to be better about posting updates and pictures of the shop.

'til next time!

Aug 19, 2015

We Are Moving Right Along With the New Shop!

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind!  By looking from the outside of the building, it looks like nothing is happening.  However, we've been busy cleaning and painting, as well as getting permits, insurance, signs, display pieces and lots and lots...and lots of new inventory (all currently stored in our house and garage)!  Technically, our lease doesn't start until Sep 1, but the landlords have been kind enough to allow us access to get things ready for the big move in.  Because of this, we are on schedule to open on Saturday, Sep 5th!

For the most part, the building is very nice!!  However, the kitchen was the one room that needed some TLC.  It has been very neglected over the years with very worn cabinets and dirty floors.  I had the ancient stove removed which created more floor and wall space.  I'll be hand scrubbing the floors tomorrow to try to get the grout a little cleaner, then shine them up with my favorite floor product.

With my hubby standing there in this "before" picture, you can see how HUGE this space is and it will be a great retail area with lots of natural light! What you see is just half of the room.  See the cabinets to the left?  Yuck.  See the two cabinets to the right behind him? They are FABULOUS!  Possibly original to the home.  I will only be cleaning them up and use them for display (they are movable!!)

I got permission to paint the cabinets and went to it!  The white really make them look so much cleaner.  I still plan to do some tile work and will be heading to Hobby Lobby tomorrow for some cute knobs.

Not a great picture....but it is SO much better!!  The doors do close...the paint was still wet when I snapped the picture.  

I'm making curtains out of ticking for the window and the french doors.  I can't believe that I haven't taken pictures of those gorgeous doors from the inside, yet...but here they are from the covered deck.  

A glass panel was installed on the outside and we are debating on whether to have it removed and stored in the basement.  On one hand, we can open it to the outside and not use the common door to go out to the deck - which will be our main access route to the basement - but, on the other, this does add some security...

That mantel on the wall behind Dean is actually the original to this fireplace in the middle room.  Pine shelf mantel....not so pretty.

We took down this makeshift mantel and hung the old one its place.  I have some nail hole patching and painting to do...but believe me when I say it looks like it's supposed to now.  Pictures coming soon of that project.

We are getting there!!  The floors in the basement are supposed to be professionally cleaned, so until then, I'm holding off on doing anything down there for right now.  It will then become our storage area, more retail space and classroom.  I hope to have it all done by the 5th, but if not....soon after!

Bit by bit, it's coming together!

'til next time!
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