Sorry I’ve been MIA again. Last week was a whirlwind, which carried into this week, and I’m just now getting my stuff together enough to post.
Saturday the 17th, Cara and I set up for our first try at a big furniture sale. We set up at a community wide yard sale day in a large, local subdivision. It was a gorgeous day. We were excited. But the crickets chirped, we had few visitors, and didn’t make a single sale. I was about ready to throw in the towel. How can we keep doing this if no one is buying the things we’re making?
Cara set out to try and get some of our pieces out of our homes (halleluiah!) and into some local Salons. She had great success with one Salon in particular that is decorated in black and white with lots of damask (perfect!) Silver lining #1!!!
I decided to give another push at doing some nice Craigslist ads to move along some of the pieces we had on hand. We were contacted by a lady who is starting up a new little boutique with her Mother-in-law and Sisters-in-law. She had seen our pieces on CL, LOVED them, and wanted to talk to us about furnishing their boutique with our furniture. They would, in turn, sell the furniture for us in their store for FREE (read no consignment percentage!) They have the benefit of having a furnished store from which to display all their goodies (jewelry, handbags, etc.), and we get (hopefully) some great exposure and a place to sell our stuff! Silver lining #2!!!
The shiny, sparkly, gleaming silver lining #3: On Thursday, I met with Elizabeth, who had also seen and fell in love with the stuff I had posted on CL. She works at a cute and eclectic Aveda salon where each of the stylists have their own little room which is theirs to decorate. She wanted me to do some custom pieces for her salon room. She needed a large dresser to keep all her equipment and stuff, a large framed mirror, and a small piece to house all the product for sale. Elizabeth was SO fun to work with. We came up with a great color scheme and design ideas, bouncing ideas off each other. I think she LOVED the finished product as much as I did. :)
Here are the pieces as they were when we started on Friday:
And here’s how they turned out: (The top color on the paint chip on the dresser is the wall color in her salon room, “Sea Kelp” from Behr. The GORGEOUS main color on the dresser and side table is Catalina Mist from Krylon. Yes! A spray paint!)
So, things are looking up. I am finally starting to get the feeling that this endeavor could really work out. Thank goodness, because it’s so FUN and rewarding! And I love working with Cara (hugs, Cara…)
Oh! And a great big thank you to my cuz Meghan, who is the proud owner of the Springy Chair and End Table! (hugs, Meg…)
Linking to some par-tays!
Domestically Speaking, My Backyard Eden, Reinvented, Lucky Star Lane, The Persimmon Perch, It’s So Very Cheri, DIY Showoff, Miss Mustard Seed, Funky Junk Interiors, A Soft Place To Land, Thrifty Decor Chick
This project is also participating in the Spray Paint Challenge over at the CSI Project!