After my trip to Seattle, it's been very hard to sit down and write about thrifting. The trip North was much harder then expected. It brought the grief of my mother's passing up to the surface again, I got to experience waves of depression mixed in with not being able to stay on my gluten free/processed food (mostly free) diet. I arrived home a complete mess. The only blessing is that I brought my father with me.
We arrived home and immediately gave him a tour of our homestead even though it was dusk. He loved it and saw all the potential in our 1 1/2 acres. He is already planning to build me a small warehouse out of recycled wood. The following morning he got to work and began to help us work on projects that we haven't had a second to catch up on since we moved here in April.
It's been wonderful having him here. He and I are very close and we always banter with each in other in silly father/daughter ways that make both of us laugh. His visit is healing for both of us.
During the last week I've poured all my attention into my space at the Antique Society. I also received my first check which covers August 1 - 15th. I'm excited to share that I sold over $1,200 in Mid Century Modern & Mod wares in my 180 square feet of space. The dealers do say that your first few months are typically the best since buyers tend to get excited about New dealers. Regardless, I'm looking at my sales as motivation to make having a local presence a priority. My goal for the year is to continue selling at the Antique Society, list on eBay and sell books and media on Amazon. Between the three of those, I'm hoping to secure a good income.
I can't tell you how exciting it is to scout for inventory at the weekend with having an actual venue to place the items. It's changed the way I buy. Although I don't have a photo of it, I recently bought a fabulous rectangle cork board bulletin board (large vintage brown cork like they sometimes have on lamps). I painted the edges a lovely aqua blue and added some wooden mushroom push pins. I'll be taking it down to the Antique Society this week. Just the idea of being able to work on a project and place it for sale locally is a wonderful distraction for me. Of course this opens the floodgate to "projects" and the front of my garage has about 6 of these already in just a few weeks of time. (oops)
The last update to share is that Keiran is going to be in a Waldorf Charter School this year. It was a huge decision to make for our family. He has been at his current school from 1st through 3rd grade. Financially though this gives us a much needed break. The children's tuition was my responsibility and I didn't feel ready to support both of them at a private Waldorf School. My eBay business isn't even properly running yet and I'm just getting going at the Antique Society. Keiran is nervous and excited. He has struggled to find a close friend at the school and this gives him at least the opportunity to connect with someone new. I've met with the teacher a couple times and she is incredible. He loved her immediately and had a hard time hiding his beaming smile as she spoke to him. This of course warmed my heart.
So there are many changes in store for our family. I will say that I think I'm glad to leave the summer behind us. It hasn't been my worst summer but emotionally it's probably been the hardest one ever. I've spent many hours on my bed with tears in my eyes. I'm emotionally spent.
I now look forward to school starting, fall arriving, building friendships with my local Antique Dealers (another post on this subject soon), stocking my eBay store for the holidays and trying to organize my complete and utter mess of a house (which really is filled with inventory to the brim). I also have plans to write more ReSelling posts here at ATG.
Did you go thrifting this weekend?
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