Fast forward and Another Time came into being in 1978 as an antiques business! (That craft market was a tough sell!) Co-ops were the order of the day and I joined a local one in an old grain mill. I can still taste the grain dust we battled with every time the shops opened for the weekend! Just like with internet malls today, every time a new co-op opened, everyone thought "that was the place to be" for the best antiques sales! Boy did I move around!
Like all good antique dealers, flea markets and shows were a must and boy did I do my share! Besides running shops and raising young children, I did 13-15 antique shows a year at my peak! My kids still lovingly remember soup and sandwich weekends with Dad! (He still makes a killer pot of soup!
Starting in 1993 I went into the sole proprietor store owner stage! 4 stores in 15 years and all within 10 miles of each other! Next life I may just hire myself out as a Mover!
|Last but not least..... ?? Hey, ya never know!|
eBay scene! Wow - a whole nuther' world and a whole new adventure in antiquing and sales. It was that venture that made my decision to close down the main street store venture in 2008. Shortly after though I left eBay sellling around 2010 to try the online store venue. The clientele truly has become worldwide. Oh my how "my little corporate" entity has grown! Same hats to wear but definitely a different desk to sit at and manage from. But the creativity and education remain, so onward I go. My passion is fulfilled. Sometimes I think about retirement, but not too often!
And bottom line ... recently I went to some good old barn auctions again because I missed all that great entertainment and surprise! Still some great soups and chili to be had too! Definitely hot coffee flows.
Last but not least, you guessed it, I decided to give eBay a whirl again. If I didn't some other young lady might wind up buying "the contents of a shed" at my own estate auction some day! LOL Amazing how the circles just keep on a keepin' on!