This was a photo taken at the Antique Society a few weeks ago. Yesterday this space was emptied by the previous tenant and I began painting the back wall in preparation for my next ReSelling experience. Today I officially begin to rent this space, I'll finish painting it (aqua of course) and begin moving in my Mid Century Modern lamps, artwork, decor, furniture and more.
Mod Sonoma moves beyond just a blog for me to share my passion about MCM, but a place to sell what I truly love. I can't wait to thrift on the weekend and arrive on Monday morning and place something in my Mod Sonoma space.
Although the cost is higher than any other ReSelling fee that I have, the option to sell things quickly without having to take photos, edit photos, list an item and package an item will give me a lot more freedom. As we all know, time is money.
I've mentioned often here at ATG that balance is the key to a successful ReSelling business. Although I always have tried to find that balance I have never truly accomplished it. I felt that I was just taking control of inventory, organizing and listing in February right before we moved and life became crazy and my ample storage disappeared. As many of you know, having too much inventory is often an issue for us. We love to buy.
Typically we buy more than we can process in a week. I buy on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with only four days really to prepare and list all of the inventory. This means that all the extra inventory goes in the garage for a later date.
One of my weaknesses in thrifting is my love of dishes. I don't want to think about how many sets I have in my garage right now. Yet the difficulty (for me) in shipping dishes means they sit in a box until I feel that I am ready to pack and ship them.
To help solve this problem, Mod Sonoma is going to have an entire display of vintage Heath Pottery. Tomorrow I will also display one of my favorite finds ever, 20 pieces of Starburst Franciscan Dinnerware. Okay.....this is probably the hardest thing to part with. Ever. I adore these but profit outweighs adoration at times like these.
I realize that my buying audience will change. It won't exactly be a global market like eBay and Etsy offers. Yet we do get so many shoppers from the San Francisco Bay Area as well as those visiting Sonoma County from all over the country.
I also now have the option to place things in my space until I am ready to list them on-line. It's kind of like they will be stored but in a venue where I can sell them if the right customer comes along. This is preferable to inventory in boxes in my garage.
I've been spending the last couple of weeks pricing inventory. I love sitting down at the dining room table, listening to Pandora on my iphone and creating price tags with my number stamps. I have found this small task to be so relaxing.
While I love being on-line, being at a computer usually gives me a headache. I never feel quite healthy behind a screen so now having an excuse to price inventory away from my Mac is heaven for me.
The next two days are extremely busy as I have to have everything ready in my space before the children and I drive north to Seattle for my mother's memorial. We leave Friday morning.
I'm considering hosting a sort of open house at my space in late August or early September. If you are a local reader and might be interested in attending, would you please let me know in the comments. There will be small gifts, edible treats and lots of talk about thrifting and ReSelling.
I'll definitely be sharing my experience being in an Antique Store with all of you, both the ups and downs of being a part of a bricks and mortar store. I'm hoping for many more ups of course. I feel that this is the year that my business is really going to take off in ways that I never imagined.
If you are local and interested in inventory that will be headed to my space, you can like Mod Sonoma on Facebook. I will be using both the Mod Sonoma blog and facebook to announce added inventory as well as post articles about Mid Century Modern and Mod Design.
Do you sell in an Antique store? Do you have any advice or stories to share?