Monday, April 26, 2010

The Excitement Mounts

What a fantastic day we had yesterday. We got up and headed to the grocery store. We even stayed within our budget for the first time in a few weeks!

Next we hopped in the car and headed to the consignment shop in Chicago. Since we didn't eat breakfast, we made a quick stop at Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts. No, those things are not on my diet...not even remotely close to being on my diet, but you know what.....I have done so well on my diet that I felt no guilt whatsoever.

We arrived in the Andersonville neighborhood and knocked on the door of necessary exTRAVagance. The Andersonville neighborhood is filled with wonderful restaurants and shops. It is clean and it is everything good about city living.

The shop was wonderful. They did a wonderful job painting and decorating and filling it with beautiful and exciting handcrafted items. We had the opportunity to meet Travis, one of the owners along with some family members that were there helping check in, price and display items. Even grandma was there sitting at the sewing machine putting the finishing touches on some pillows.

My clocks and cake stands will be right at home among some pretty amazing art. There were glass pieces, pillows, quilts, rugs, napkins, wine stoppers, some refurbished antiques, paintings, dishes and more. The more I looked around, the more excited I got.

I am a country girl and don't spend much time in the "big city". I really wasn't sure what fabrics to use for the clocks or what kind of cake stands people shopping there might like, but I think I made good choices and hopefully things will sell.

The one problem that I had was trying to figure out how to price my things. This particular shop has you price your items and then you split 50/50. I have a formula that I use when pricing my items for my etsy shop, Four Dog Day. There was no way that I could price my items the same as on etsy and give them half. I thought long and hard and tried a couple of different ideas, but each one ended up with me not making nearly enough for the time I put into my things. I finally figured out a formula I was comfortable with and went with it.

While we were walking around the shop, I looked at a lot of the prices and I knew I had done the right thing. My items fit right in at the prices I decided on. Now, we just have to hope they sell.

Tresa and Chris met us at the shop and the four of us took a walk around the neighborhood. We went in a couple of other awesome shops. If I were ever to move to the city....Andersonville would me my kind of neighborhood.

The shop opens on May 15th. I can't wait. Next Saturday we are headed to a big flea market and I will be in search of "things" to use to make more clocks and cake stands. Should be fun!


Silke said...

Congratulations on having your items in this fun store!! It sounds like everything is ready to go for the store opening!! I hope you'll show some of the items you are going to be selling on your blog!! Happy Monday! Love, Silke

aliceinparis said...

OOh, very exciting indeed! Looks just like the kind of shop I would have a great time poking about in.It will be fun to see how things go. I wish you GREAT success:)

Sherry said...

How wonderful to find the perfect place for your work. I bet you'll have lots of fun returning to the shop and Chicago as the weather gets warmer. xo

Pat said...

So glad your pieces and the new shop go together so well. I have to agree that the pricing is one of the most difficult things in our business when we wholesale or consign. Wishing you much success with this new venture.

Kittie Howard said...

I echo Silke, Congratulations. Sounds like you're in the right place at the right time. I hope you have great success!!!

Oklahoma Granny said...

Sounds like the perfect shop for your wonderful creations. Congratulations and good luck!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh how cool for you! I like the look of that shop--I'd go in there!

Angela said...

That looks like a really cute shop! I can't wait to see the things you took! (You did take pictures, right?)

I am about to send you a convo...I think I might have a good source for plates and candlesticks.

Ms Sparrow said...

What a neat way to spend a day in Chicago! Wish I were there too.

Bluebell said...

Hello You, gosh you had an exciting weekend, what a great idea this is I hope all your things sell really well they should they are very different so should peak interest. I would love to visit a shop like this.
Love Jillxx

Mary said...

yay for you and good luck! i hope it goes really well for you.

Lanyardlady said...

Looks like just the shop for your trendy items. Wishing you many sales and many happy trips to the city!

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