the accidental shopkeeper


(image ©2000 Denise Van Patten –

on the way home from the new school the other day, i stopped by one of my fave antique malls, the antique barn.   i hadn’t been in there for some time so i decided to see what fun treasures awaited me. 🙂

i noticed a number of booths were empty in the mall.  i was almost afraid to ask if  this place was going to fold like my other fave mall, campus antiques had last fall.  i got to talking with the mall owner who happened to be working the front desk.  he said that those booths were available for rent.  so i asked him how that all worked.  he explained. i told him i would be possibly interested but would have to think it over & discuss this with the dh.  he said no problem.

after a couple of days thinking things over & talking with my dh, i’ve decided to give it a whirl at the antique barn. i will still keep my online shop open, but may have to forgo vending at the big antique fair (like i had last year).  doing both the antique fair & renting booth space would be too much, both time & money.  i don’t know what will happen as far as increased sales, but as the saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained.  right?

 i went to my booth space yesterday to do some painting. & today, the dh & i will start moving some of my (heavier) merch in.  good thing this place is right on the way to/from the new school.  this’ll give me somewhere “fun” to go to after a long, hectic day with energetic preschoolers.

will share pix of my efforts soon because as of right now,  my lil shop is literally a work in progress. 

have a super weekend!

xo mary ann  🙂


5 Responses

  1. How exciting for you! Good Luck on your ventures! I know you will be a success. Share pics when you can!
    Hugs & Faerie Dust!

  2. I’m excited for you.

  3. Ooh, sounds fun! Good luck!

  4. That’s great news! Good luck with your new adventure 🙂

  5. hurrah!!!!!! i knew you could do it…this is going to be an exciting adventure and one step closer to your ‘tea room’ dream…i here for you and can’t wait to see it in person…2 more weeks…CONGRATULATIONS, reya…so PROUD OF YOU!!! lub ya…xoxo looney 😉 (ps…totally agree with the sweet gals above…take loads of pics-befores and afters!!!) xoxoxo

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