Warning: rambling post about house and home and store without the influx of pretty new photos
Well it looks like it is going to be one of those days. My inspiration has been solely focused on store stuff as of late and therefore I haven't had too much to share on the home front. I got brackets in the mail for a great new shelf project but haven't dragged myself to the hardware store to get the wood yet so, on the counter they sit.
I think they call it the February blues.
Anyone else similarly afflicted? I love snow and the blanket of white outside, it is my lack of proximity to it at all times in the outdoors that depresses me I think. I am a serious outdoor person and spend most of my free time out there from spring to fall so in the winter with the -22 C temps that we see I can't stay out there to enjoy it, snow and all for any length of time and just get crabby. I recognize this problem as it is one I inherited directly from my dad. February is not a love month for us, we are snippy and short tempered and just need to be with nature. As my dad says, "I need to move to Arizona" that's his solution anyways.
I try to find safe non-snowplow non-ice covered hazardous places to go for short walks.
Last week was a huge first for me and my little business. I went to my first gift show! Ra Ra! You can conclude your own thoughts about why I would be needing to go to a gift show but it probably means exactly what you might be thinking. We are getting so very much closer to being a reality for locals. My lovely business partner of a husband even went with me. We have done this whole haul together and the giftware side of it is no different although he does fink out of things when the boring bookkeeping side of things needs work.
The show was amazing and eye opening in so many ways and also foot killing but that was to be expected. Many of the great companies that were there to show product would just not work in our area. I was cringing at some of the wholesale prices and that isn't a good sign for moving product in the Niagara Region.
I guess after eye opening prices my next thought when walking through the booths was how amazingly creative the companies and their booth stylists are and in that same respect how amazingly uncreative some shop owners are because the displays are copied right from the show. I guess if it ain't broke don't fix it but it was kind of disheartening to see. I suppose a good copy of inspiration is a sign of flattery though.
I was hunting for unique product for our business as we are mostly a vintage and handmade company so we don't want to get too crazy with the giftware per season and a common problem I see in stores I have been in, is buying similar if not exact product available in big box stores i.e. Homesense, Marshall's etc and expecting to compete with those prices.
I want to be different!
(if that isn't the quote storyline to my life I don't know what is)
I want people to come to me for that item they have been hunting for, for high quality pillows that aren't the mainstream, for that special gift for someone they spend time shopping for. I want people to come in and start to hum because they like the music, the smells and they want to stay awhile. It's lacking in our area a store like this. I had this conversation with a local body store owner around the holidays. She agreed we just don't have that store that you just want to stay in whether to sit and stay or to shop.
This little rant reminds me of a post I read last week on Apartment Therapy. Our store will be targeted at the people who in some way embrace this philosophy.
The inspiration for the following words is actually based on books the author of this post is reading on french women and their lives and the simple pleasures to a healthy life. This is not to say only french women do this or have their lives organized, it is just based upon these books.
The author continues on to show how these philosophies from the books can be reflected in ones home in the statements below: