1. Opening a brick and mortar may not be for you OR me: I don't like the constant acquisition part of reselling. It unsettles me and give me hoarder feelings, it's a part of the business I'm really struggling with.
2. Keep Yo Big Mouth Shut: As soon as I learned I had an opportunity to open a shop I blabbed ALL over the place. With a big project of any kind cancellation is a reality, so hush until the last moments! I did a live presentation on the shop plans and wrote in various spaces on the web about it, my excitement was contagious but ultimately misguided. D'oh! You live and learn...
3. Be Careful When You Choose Partners: It's difficult to assemble the right group that works together beautifully. Start slow when choosing to work with others. Get to know them well and work with them on multiple projects first. Remember, you can do it alone. Thrift Core was entirely built by one chick!
4. Assert Your Damn Self: I tried hard to please everyone and ended up under valuing myself and doing myself a disservice more than once. I was supposed to be the boss and had the most capital to bring but let myself settle into a lesser role to be nice. Never again!
5. It's Okay to "Fail": I still want to open my dream café and/or shop. I'm realizing it might not fit into everything I want for my life into the future. I used to be embarrassed or ashamed of failure but now I know your career path is a constant evolution. It's okay to realize something may not be for you.
I still dream of my café/art/vintage shop and continue to hunt down the right location. Every time a location didn't work out it turned out to be for the best. (For instance, we almost bought an entire vintage shop but it was given to another owner. The shop ended up closing down. Could have been me!) I feel like carving out my own physical space would be better for sales than my limited antique mall booths and I'd love to make a creative local hub. I'm taking it slow, evaluating the options, and still thinking deeply to determine if it's still for me. If I find an amazing low-priced spot I may pounce!
*Photos taken this morning walking around my neighborhood. They've started two local breweries and an entire arts district, all within a five minute walk from my pad. Inspiring stuff! The big building with two "antiques" signs nearby seems to be abandoned. Curious and curiouser!
Got any business or selling confessions to share? Have you opened a brick and mortar shop of your own? I'd love to read your story! Let's discuss in the comments. And feel free to ask any questions about the shop and my brick and mortar journey. I really appreciate everyone's initial support with the project. Thanks for reading along, it means a lot!