Today was my first official day open at BEACHGLASS! I had an amazing Launch Party on Wednesday night to celebrate my new venture with friends and family, but today it was official.
It was a perfect day. I opened the doors at 9am to a fun couple visiting Mukilteo from Austin, TX and my last sale was to a another group visiting from Florida. Who knew Mukilteo in October was the tourist hot spot? 🙂 I assured all of them that there really were mountains out there behind the fog….geesh, we have to be the only place where people shout “look! the mountains are out!!”
I had a steady flow of locals all day and some great friends popped in… it really was so much fun! It felt good to have all of the “grunt work” of getting the shop ready to open behind me and just enjoy helping customers throughout the day. I was even able to squeeze in a little time to post some pictures on my Facebook page and place some much needed orders to replenish what flew out the door on Wednesday night.
Today was just what I hoped for…this is one happy girl.
As I started filling in the shop it was obvious I needed a round display table for the center of the space. I have this amazing industrial cart in my garage that is just begging for a cool round reclaimed top, but I just don’t have the time right now to track it down. It would be crazy cool…but it will have to wait patiently for the proper makeover.
But when I was down at Home Inspirations to start to pack up to move my space, I was chatting with another vendor friend that I needed a round table. A customer overheard and offered to sell me hers. “It’s solid, round …but it’s oak and really needs to be painted” was how she described it. Hmmm…I may just be able to do that!
We arranged the deal and on moving day swung by her place on Rucker Ave and picked it up. It was the perfect size, but she was right…it was that yellow colored OAK – that was just screaming for a makeover.
Shipments are arriving nearly daily and it has been interesting trying to stay a step ahead of them. When I placed early orders I made sure they were shipped to our house since there was so much work to be done at the shop and I knew any inventory would just get in the way of the remodeling progress. But as things have started to come together, I started directing deliveries to the shop address. Particularly, the large ones.
How has that worked? Pretty much as you would guess. If I’m at home – they arrive at the shop. If I’m at the shop…I come home to the front door blocked with boxes. It’s just the challenges of opening up a new shop, so luckily it’s an easy fix once I’m officially open for business.
It’s October! Let the countdown to OPEN begin!
Before we started unloading the truck on Friday, I had to take a quick photo of the shop.
Remember this place? This is a shot taken from the front door looking to the right side of the shop.
Wow…what was I thinking?
But take a look now…
This shot is taken from the opposite angle looking toward the front door. I think it’s my favorite “before and after” 🙂
A huge thank you to my friends and family for their help. My sister for helping paint over all that turquoise window trim, and Aaron, Jenny and Marcus for all of their help with the floor. Couldn’t have done without all of you…and I’m so grateful!!
And a special thank you to the Mister (aka Charles) painting, lights, floors, loading, unloading…the list is too long. I’m a lucky girl.
Yesterday was moving day! It was such a big day and felt like we made a giant leap closer to getting the shop ready to open. I have been hunting, picking and buying display pieces all over the place, and was beginning to fear that I was going to have such an eclectic mix of items that it was going to look terrible! I often wake up in the middle of the night struck by a “what was I thinking?!!” moment so strong that it would kill any chance of getting any sleep. I don’t do well with the unknown…have you caught on to that by now? So it was a huge relief to get some of the major pieces in place and have it look as good as I hoped it would. WHEW! Continue reading
It is like Christmas around here! Nearly every day something arrives (or say they will and don’t show up a-hem UPS freight…not getting those seven hours of my life back). Some deliveries are coming to the house and others that include larger items are getting shipped directly to the shop. It’s been a little crazy coordinating it all and I’m not sure I can squeeze one more box into our garage!
One of the most exciting for me has to be ALL of the paint….and there is a lot of it! Each day a few boxes arrive with the promise from the great guys at Vintage Market & Design of more to come. My postal delivery man finally had to ring the doorbell the other day and ask what in the world I was up to…and could he please leave the EIGHT more boxes down by the garage? What? No Postal Crossfit up my entry stairs?! I think the poor guy has delivered over thirty paint boxes alone to my front door. So of course I let him of the hook without giving away the fact he was saving me the trip of lugging those heavy boxes back down to the garage anyway. 🙂 Continue reading
Just a little something fun to share today! Getting closer….
If you have been reading my blog you know that I do a lot of painting…and I’ve used A LOT of paint. This paint-that paint, chalk paint, milk paint, this wax-that wax…I have certainly done my share of experimenting and as a result…formed some pretty strong opinions.
So when I started researching paint lines to carry in my own shop – it was tough. I knew I had to carry a quality product that was easy to use and I felt confident selling and also have it make sense from a business perspective. Basically, if I was going to invest thousands of dollars in a paint line, I wanted to LOVE working with it and LOVE teaching others how to use it too!
Believe it or not…that was not an easy task.
When I turned on my laptop (too) early this morning, I went straight to my blog. I’ve been seriously neglecting it lately and wanted to check in and write a quick update post on the progress of my new shop. But to my surprise, instead of my homepage a renewal notice popped up.
Yep, it’s been a year.
Wow. My first reaction was definitely negative…seriously? MORE money? The past few weeks money has been flying out the door with all of the expenses of building out my new space, buying fixtures and displays, and all of the amazing inventory…so getting another “bill” wasn’t exactly something I was ready to celebrate.
But then it hit me… Continue reading