Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Being a shop owner

Owning a shop has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I probably wanted a shop when I was born, but don't remember! I spent the entire day in my new space setting things up and waiting on a freight delivery and it was like floating on a cloud. I got all of the herb jars filled and the shop smelled of lavender, lemongrass, chamomile, burdock, and all sorts of other wonderful woody spicy scents. I have forty different herbs for making teas and tinctures or adding to body products. I hope people will get this and want to buy them from me. Its so much better to smell them and touch them than trying to figure it out on the internet. 

 While waiting on the very late truck to show up, I filled little muslin bags with lavender, just because I could. No checking emails, cringing at the ringing phone, having to drive to another store somewhere, packing luggage, sleeping in a hotel and waking up not knowing where I was.
Just breathing in the calm essence of a beautiful herb. Life can be so sweet some days

 I found this really great card holder at a local antique shop for $20. It was a little tattered, but I added some turquoise burlap ribbon to the worst of the boards, and it looks so pretty with my friend Shannon's cards. As I have mentioned many times, I am a fan of her work and she is going to be one of the artists featured in our shop. I can't wait for people in Mebane to get to know her work. It's so wonderful! We are hoping to open the first week in August, time is all of a sudden catching up to me and I wonder if I will have everything done. I ordered a Square P.O.S. system yesterday, went all out and got the bar code scanner, label printer, and cash drawer, even bought a new iPad. I am spending money like I have it, whew..... this better work out!

It was so fun to see a big 18 wheeler pull up in front of my store with boxes... for me!  This is going to be a daily occurrence soon, I have so many orders to write. Oddly enough, this past year and the suck ass job I had taught me a lot and prepared me well for this. Funny how things work out....

Gerry has started an instagram for the store. You can find it on my instagram. He is definitely the better photographer in the family :)
We have decided to forgo FB and stick with the website/blog and instagram. Wesley was cheering us on at the mention of not doing FB, she is so not a fan. I think most folks her age are going more the route of IG and kinda over FB and I am after that demographic so I'm going with her advise, she never fails me.  Has it really only been two weeks since I got dumped by stupid company?! Seems like a year has already passed. This is going to be so much fun!!!!!


Trish said...

Such excitement!.. looks wonderful and will be so interesting to have such a variety of artists. :).. T.

Tracey Broome said...

Trish, it is very exciting, but a little scary too!

Anna M. Branner said...

Scary can be good though right? Greg and I were talking about billing options this morning. The fact that you made the investment in the Square POS system will make that an easy process! So glad you got what you needed from the old job. Obviously the Universe knew it and had them cut you loose!

Tracey Broome said...

Or I can hand you cash:)
Lots of options though, you are right!

imagine said...

It seems that all of your learning/roads and adventures have all lead to this dream.
Believe me girl, it ain't going to be easy but I think you will do fine.
It is what you were born to do.
I just wish I could visit to see [and smell] it all

Welcome to the club

Tracey Broome said...

You are so right, every day I do something and I think, oh yeah, I learned this from some former work .... just feels like I have come full circle to be in the right place finally!