Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Deep breath....

I'm excited and nervous to announce that I now have my own little store! There is a local craft and antique mall and as of April 1st I'm leasing a little place inside that I can call my own. It's fun but a little bit scary as well.


Before I signed the contracts I worried.....


...what if I can't find things to sell?


....what if no one wants to buy my stuff?


....what if it's a complete failure?


But then I thought, if I don't try, I'll never ever know.


Having an antique store is something I've dreamt of for a long time. And now I have a spot to try that dream on for size, to see if I can do it. Painting furniture is something I love to do but I'm running out of wall and floor space in my house! This gives me the opportunity to continue collecting and painting and to hopefully make a little money for my family in the process.


I took a few pictures so you can see what it is all about.....


It's fairly empty right now but I'm working on filling it up!















My daughters asked if they could take some pictures for me. Of course I said sure and handed them the camera. My younger daughter took this one.....




And my older daughter took this.....





Silly girl!




Some of my favorite things, milk glass, silver and lots of white and gray!



























So that's my little announcement!


If you are a local reader, my store is in the Cottage Crafters Antique Mall, 4636 Broadway, Allentown, PA 18104.


My space is Q20.






Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared. ~Edward Vernon Rickenbacker



40 comments:

Cindy said...

Hi, I just found your blog lind over on Shelia's blog. Congratulations on stepping out and making your dream into a reality. I am wishing you all the best! I wish I lived near you, if I did I would be over with my cash in hand. Hugs, Cindy S

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

Congratulations and Best of Luck! Have fun with your new little venture....I bet you do great!

Jennifer@3sonsandadaughter said...

Congrats! I'm sure you will do fine. I'm grappling with the very same thing right now... Best of luck to you!!
Jennifer

Pine Tree Home said...

Best wishes to you. I have friends in Allentown! We camped a view years ago for Musikfest.

I love the vintage purse and the white dishes are always a hit.

Jill said...

Oh my gosh, my sister-in-law lives right near Allentown. The next time we are visiting PA I'm stopping in!

Christina said...

Congratulations! I know you will do great! You have an amazing eye.

Darlene said...

Congratulations Michelle. It already looks great. I hope you find and sell a bunch of great things!

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

How exciting! I had a booth for a while and really enjoyed it (; Somehow I missed your last post but I wanted to tell you I love the floor and the beautiful wallpaper, I can't wait to see it when it's all done!!
Hugs~Kelly

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Congratulations! I'm sure you'll do great! Have fun too. I wish I could come visit. It looks lovely. :)

Sunshine's Design said...

Congrats on the store! I am sure it will go great!

Wendy said...

CONGRATS! And good luck! :)

Katy said...

Yay, way to step out there and do what you dream. I'm ready for something new ...something little that could turn big. I have dreams, I just need to push myself. Thanks for sharing. :)

Dawn said...

Yay for you, Michelle! It took a lot of courage for you to step out of your comfort zone and begin this new venture!

You will do great!

Hugs,
Dawn

Theresa said...

Lookin' Good! If I was close to you, I would give you some business:) It will be fun and you will be glad you jumped in and did it! Have a blessed day my friend!

Diva Kreszl said...

congratulations!!! I do so wish you the very bust of luck on this endeavor, it looks quite lovely already so I'm sure you'll do well :)

a little bit vintage said...

Oh, congrats on your little store! Wish I lived in your neck of the wood so I could stop by! Good luck!

Smiles,
Rachel

Denise Marie said...

very excited for ya girlie!!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

You go girl! I wish you much success! We all love your stuff so I'm sure the visitors to your booth will adore it too. Wish I lived closer so I could come visit.

Anna said...

congrats and good luck to you!

Jen Kershner said...

Good for you! Go chase that dream girl!

chair up said...

Oh, I'm so excited for you Michelle. That is something that I have often thought I'd like to do but can't imagine ever having the courage. Good for you!
Angex

Kristen said...

I think it looks great. I would definitely come if I was close.

LuLu said...

Congrats!!! I think it is just wonderful and you will be a huge success!! taking chances is the best!
xo,
LuLu

Craftify It! said...

Wish I didn't live on the other side of the US! Love it & wish you the best of luck!

Marie said...

Oh my sweet Michelle - I am over the moon excited for you! This is big news. I bet you just can't stand it! Congratulations. I wish I could come browse all your treasures there in PA. That would be quite a car ride.

I would love to buy that seltzer bottle and the silver spoons!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Amy R. said...

Your little spot looks great and I just love that candle sconce with the silver plate on it! I wish you the best and I can't wait to hear how it goes. That is also a dream of mine.
Best wishes!
Amy

xinex said...

Oh how exciting! Congrats, and lots of luck on your new venture. I wish I was closer or I would definitely be your customer.....Christine

Robin said...

Good for you and congratulations!

With your sense of style it is sure to be a sucess!

1 Funky Woman said...

How wonderful for you! You will do great! You have great style so I'm sure you will be a hit! Best of luck to you, wish I could come shopping!

Sarah said...

Good luck with your new endeavor Michelle!!

Ann said...

Boy that takes me waaaay back! 20 years ago I started in the collecting biz and got my first space in an antique mall. It was sooo much fun! Just remember--if you do what you love you won't work a day! Good luck !!

Raru said...

Oh... so sweet. Wish you a lots of luck. :)

happy happy friday,
raru

Sherri said...

Michelle congratulations on your new venture! Best of luck!!

A Gardner's Cottage said...

Congratulations!!! This is exciting wishing you the best.

T.J. said...

wait- I somehow had no idea you were in Pennsylvania!!! I grew up in Pa (Lehigh Valley/Bethlehem) and know right where your new shop is. What a small, small world!!!!!

Congratulations on your newest adventure- it will be wonderful!!

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

Good luck on making your dream happen! What great pieces you have!!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Love, love your blog and need to visit more often...

I have not had enough blog time lately...So glad that I stopped by tonight..Be sure and stop by main blog
http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/2010/04/i-think-god-smiled.html
and witness a miracle.

beth said...

That is so cool, Michelle! I wish we lived closer to you so we could go to your shop!
Many congrats!! Beth. :)

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

That's so exciting, Michelle! Congratulations!!

bellatreasures said...

i just found your blog. So exciting I know. Less than a year ago I started my own booth too. I will be following to see the progress. Best of Luck and enjoy!!!