That is the question. Well, I FINALLY answered my own question and am VERY happy about the decision. Yes, we are going to close our Bowling Green shop and move it back to Fredericksburg!
We are actually going back to the place we were before....R&R Antiques! Located at the corner of William and Caroline Streets, it has anything and everything for the collector and beyond!
This has been a hard decision, but there are so many reasons why I chose to move. First and foremost, business is slow. We are in a very small town with virtually no foot traffic. Don't get me wrong, I have some great customers, but of course they don't need to shop in there everyday. I've also learned that having your own shop is almost a 24-7 venture. To sell, you have to buy. To buy, you have to go out for many hours. When you are stuck running the daily dealings of a store, you lose "valuable" time that could otherwise be used for hunting for treasures. Your one day "off" is then spent buying stuff to bring back to sell - not to mention if it needs cleaning, painting, etc.! My house has definitely suffered! I used to commute four hours per day with an 8+ hour work day, and I think I had more personal time than I do now. :)
Bottom line, I want my life back to do what really makes me happy! So, I am moving back to my old stomping grounds in Fredericksburg and I couldn't be happier!! I will be in an antique mall where I only need to maintain my space on the schedule that I chose and pay rent. Yay! I can finally get creative and inspired again!
Here's our new space. Still has some things in it from my dear friend and owner, but I can start moving in!
One thing for sure....our refrigerator and food closet will be full again...dinner will be cooked and the house will be clean!! Who wouldn't be happy with that combo!