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Sunday, December 12, 2010

emoticon Christmas has always been a MAGICAL time to me! Maybe because I grew up in pretty humble circumstances and although I certainly didn't know I was poor...I was.

Of course NOT in the things that are important in our life...certainly I had NO lack of love from my parents! emoticon And I was made to think I was BRILLIANT and able to achieve anything! Those are treasures with NO limits on value...so all in all I was very wealthy in developing a good sense of self and a BIG imagination for what is possible in the world.

I've been reflecting on lessons quite abit lately. You know my dearest and most darling friend is suffering from colon cancer. I've felt guilty and neglectful for not being able to visit her daily. Of course I've had the gallery front and center, and my markets keep me scrambling, but all in all...those things are really just excuses for not wanting to face the inevitable.

My friend is going to die, and I just don't want to accept it. Today I went over to visit her and was feeling a little sulky about it. I told DH...geeze...on my ONE day off...I really need to go and visit Donna and try to cheer her up a little. How selfish of me! When the day comes that she isn't here anymore I will rue saying those words...and today she dropped a harsh reality on me.

"Bobbi, she said...you've just got to let me go." She looked up into my eyes and I could tell she was making an effort to keep her eyes focused on me. I cried like a spoiled brat of a child who has just had their favorite toy taken away. But then I understood. She's just tired of the struggle, and the pain, and the sadness she feels for taking other people away from their lives in caring for her. Her sweet daughter has stayed with her for over three months now. Leaving her job, and her boyfriend over in Miami. Her other daughter and her sister travel from many miles to come and see her when they can.

She has made the decision and she wanted me to understand, selfish guilty friend that I am.

I told her it's okay to go. She will be at peace and happy. I asked just one promise that when she gets there she will let me know somehow that she is okay. She promised me she would and I know that is a promise she will keep if there is any earthly way she can.

So I'm sad and happy today. I'm sad that I'm losing my dear friend and that I get to meet another Sparkie friend. The universe always seems to cheer us up with something positive to counter balance the negative. I'm looking for the silver lining in friendship..yes, I am! emoticon emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/15/2010 9:20PM

    Boy do I understand what you are feeling. It's so hard to let go of the ones we love and care deeply for. It's especially hard during this time of year to be losing someone. Be thankful for at least having the time today and making the time to go see her. It sounds like she has made peace with the inevitable and it's good of you to let her know that it's okay. I know your heart is breaking over this emoticonas is mine when I think about my aunt having passed away a little more than a month ago.

BIG HUGE emoticonand emoticon to you my beautiful, loving virtual mom!

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NEWFLABULESS 12/14/2010 1:30PM

    It's so hard to come to the reality of letting go. I have to admire your friend for stepping up and asking you to let her go - that takes a lot!! Hang in there and cherish the wonderul times you have had together.

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GOING-STRONG 12/14/2010 12:08AM

    I am so sorry that you are losing this dear friend and I know that another loss for you won't be easy. Stay strong and remember that she will be in a better place and free of her pain and suffering. Hugs, R.

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PENNYAN45 12/13/2010 3:32PM

    What a good friendship the two of you have -- sharing your love and your honesty.

Saying goodbye is so very difficult.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 12/13/2010 1:54PM

    Maybe your son and my nephew will welcome her when she arrives. I've always wanted to ask someone to hug Nathan for me but never get up the nerve. Maybe she will hug them both for us and we won't even have to ask her to, they'll all just know each other.

I'm praying for you, your friend and all her family.


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MPARKER67 12/13/2010 11:32AM

    Yes sometimes we are selfish. We never want to let friends go. You are very lucky to have had her as a friend. emoticon

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SUNNY332 12/13/2010 9:05AM

    What a wonderful friend you have there, Bobbi. You are going to look back on this day more than once and remember how Blessed you were to have had this friend in your life.

God Bless both of you.

Hugs, Sunny

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BARBARAROSE54 12/13/2010 6:17AM

    What a beautiful friend, you are truly blessed.

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VAMANOS 12/12/2010 8:13PM

    What a blessing that you managed some time to visit, for both of you. And what a brave woman to tell it like it is. I know you love her enough to honor her request of you, and that the connection is too strong for death to sever. Yes, it's hard letting go, the hardest thing we are ever asked to do, but it sounds like it is time, so she can be at peace.

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ELSEEBEE 12/12/2010 7:27PM

    Last year I had to hold my mother's hand and tell her it was okay for her to leave this world where she was suffering so much. It is a hard thing to do, but the only consolation for us left behind is that the pain will be over and they will be at peace. Bless you, my friend, for having to endure this during the holiday season. But what a lovely gift from God your friend has been to you. Peace to you and yours.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/12/2010 5:16PM

    Your friend sounds like a wonderful person. She will keep her promise.

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MSLZZY 12/12/2010 4:40PM

    She offers you comfort inspite of the pain. Hold her close in your heart! HUGS!

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MS.ELENI 12/12/2010 4:23PM

    Life's lessons are hard. Letting go of a loved one is by far the hardest. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMIE1959 12/12/2010 3:59PM

    Bobbi you have known the hardest loss possible... emoticonI understand how you feel with this one. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/12/2010 2:59PM

    My cousin kept telling me to let go, and I couldn't. I never accepted her illness or her passing. It makes loss so much more difficult that way. It's been 5 months now, and I still think the phone will ring, or whatever.

On your last blog, I smiled. I am a person who cannot sit in one place for long, so I've never considered a storefront. However, you've made this such a great place. And you've sold the piece I wanted - the teak carved bench. I just loved that. How much did it go for?

Take care, Bobbi. Big hug.

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RENA1965 12/12/2010 2:55PM

    Donna is watching over you.. Perhaps this new friend was her gift and sign she will be okay.. emoticon
I have lost also many dear people, do this journey for Donna and know her fight against cancer wasn't in vain..
I do it for my husband to show him his diabetes type 1 was not in vain.. I have learned from his ending and can do better- life is precious..

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NANNER2121 12/12/2010 2:53PM

    NO words, no words. Just hugs.

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CNIANE 12/12/2010 2:53PM

    emoticon It's hard to lose someone you love. I'm glad you are able to spend some time with her and I know she appreciated it to, regardless of her tiredness from the struggle.

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Wired up at the new consignment gallery! Sparkies..unite!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

emoticon One of my biggest obstacles to opening the new consignment gallery wasn't what you thought it would be! It wasn't the lack of opening funds, or the willpower to let go of LOTS of my own very beautiful furniture. It wasn't the hard work in restoring a pretty shabby looking place into something that I could be proud of welcoming my customers into! Nope...it wasn't any of those things which probably should have been pretty high on my 'dread list'...nope it was that I would be committed to a brick and mortar establishment for seven (7) hours a day...which is like a LIFE TIME to me...I'm not a sit and wait for customers type of gal! emoticon I MUCH prefer to pound the pavements...or the farmer's markets...in my case here in sunny Florida and snare them where they prowl. Yep...there's ALWAYS a GREAT potential customer shopping for FRESH wholesome produce!

But my biggest obstacle of opening the new gallery is that GASP...I would be without the internet! GASP, GASP, and DOUBLE GASP...I would not be within Spark range!

But...today all of that has changed. We decided on a Mi-Fi wireless internet receiver...and YAY...I now have internet access...lucky, happy, and finally within Spark range. Although I surely didn't tell DH that was the reason we REALLY needed it.

I told him that it was necessary for research in checking prices and competition...this will be OUR little secret..okay..okay?

Hugs and thanks for your wonderful comments and united support...you are SO appreciated...if I could...I'd travel to each and every one of you and give you a super BIG SPARK hug!

Today was a good day for traffic, although only one sale, but it wasn't horrible and lots of people measuring and commenting on how they liked the gallery set up.

Horror of all horrors..there is YET another consignment shop that opened up about 2 miles from where we are. It's big and has really pretty things...but holey moley...the prices were NUTS...that means WAYYYYY high!

I figure if people are going to pay $1,500 for a chair they may as well buy it BRAND new...and it better have feet covered in 24 k gold foil! emoticon

Never the less...I did see a few 'sold' signs...so I've got to get more COOL and unusual things in my place...can you smell the smoke from my brain working overtime?

I'm putting my faith in the good of the universe, and maybe a few of Josh's angels and he himself can come up with a good plan...all it takes is a special connection to the right person...I'm blessed and grateful that I've already met some really INTERESTING people!

I did go to a condo today and looked at some furniture that a fellow wanted to consign...I had to politely decline the stuff...I NEED stuff...for sure...but not just ANY stuff..it has to be original and interesting...this stuff was WAY dated, and sorry but just plain ugly! Poor little guy...that's the hardest part for me is declining things without hurting people's feelings...I mean how the heck do you politely say I know you think this stuff is great...but it's too taste specific for me to place...I'm learning...but being the 'say it like it is' person that I am...I have to be careful. DH is SO much better about those kinds of things...but I can't send him...because hee..hee...he has NO taste either! emoticon

Hugs darling sparklers! I'm down to 168...that's a RECORD for me, it's been since we lost our darling son..that I've weighed that. Now another 30-35 pounds and I'll be a sylph..hee..hee! emoticon

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DS9KIE 12/25/2010 8:48PM

    I hear you on the dated furniture. I have that problem with old upright pianos, people think that pianos no matter how old, beat up and unplayable thepianos are that the piano has alot of value (not to mention that there is an over saturation of piano and keyboards)

So sometimes I just have to be truthful and just tell them its not worth anything. But what I really want to say it thow it away, the piano is too old to be a piano and it doesn't play anymore.

Kepp up that great work.

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NEWFLABULESS 12/14/2010 1:28PM

    emoticon on your weight loss. I'm sure that Josh will lead you to those special pieces that will sell quickly.

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ANIHAKA 12/12/2010 4:17AM

    Well done on your weight loss. I know what you mean about being without the internet. I suppose you could say being indoors when you'd rather not be is like being a caged bird.
Have a great week.


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CHRYS13 12/11/2010 9:21AM

    Congrats on the weight loss! (and, of course, on getting wired-up! sh-h-h!!)
Keeping you thought as you search for those one-of-a-kind unique items! emoticon

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PENNYAN45 12/10/2010 6:37AM

    Wireless internet access is a great idea!!

Good luck with your sales. Pricing is crucial when it comes to competition.
Your place will get the reputation for having the better prices for buyers.

You'll have to send to the competition all those folks whose furniture doesn't meet your standards. LOL.

Congratulations on the great start!

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VICIOUS421 12/10/2010 4:01AM

    Congratulations on the Weight loss!!!!! That is Awesome!!!!!! And major Congratulations on the Wireless Internet!!!!!!
Bobbi, seriously I know you and I know that you said the exact right thing to that man with the dated furniture so he didn't feel bad!!!!!!
I think you are right about the pricing thing so I wouldn't worry too much about that new place. In these times people are looking to get good quality for less money!!!! I know you are going to do GREAT!!!!!!

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 12/9/2010 11:32PM

    Bradyn joyfully fills all my time these days (he no longer wants to stay with his dad, unless accompanied by mom or I), so I'm way out of Spark range. So much has happened for you! Congratulations. While away from the Internet, you walk with me in mindfulness each day. Love, Sue

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MS.ELENI 12/9/2010 10:37PM

    Congrats on getting the internet. emoticon

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ETAGGEL 12/9/2010 9:59PM

    Congratulations, you are up and running with the internet too! best wishes to you and the custom will come. A little competition is good for people1

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SCIGEEK 12/9/2010 7:16PM

    Yay on the internet! Don't worry about the stuff you are going to reject I know you will handle it with tact and they will get over it. You don't go there promising to take their stuff so it is not as if you are backing out on anything. I am so excited for you and your new shop!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/9/2010 7:08PM

    I'm delighted you decided to get internet at the shop. It will make it so much easier to spend time there when there are no customers.

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VAMANOS 12/9/2010 6:56PM

    You could always say it doesn't meet the needs of your shop right now. That's the way they politely tell my DH that he's not good enough for the job. emoticon

Seriously, you do no one any favors pulling your punches. Just be polite. Too taste-specific is a phrase that sounds good, too. I always told my real estate clients 'too personal' to get them to take their kid's pictures and religious sayings off the walls. Just as I had to advise them to make their homes welcome the average homebuyer who would be interested in their neighborhood and price range, you have to make sure what you offer appeals to the customers you are targeting. After all, the name of your shoppe isn't 'Found Object, a Junk Shop'. Yes, I know I misspelled it. Didn't want this comment popping up in a search with 'junk shop' right after the name!

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NANNER2121 12/9/2010 6:45PM

    Funny you should say that: I have internet at work that I require for research also - and sometimes I must research nutrition, fitness, recipes among other things on SparkPeople - legitimately! I even signed my Boss up so she can research also.

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MSLZZY 12/9/2010 6:39PM

    The hardest thing is to say "no, thank you" in such a way that it feels like you are being sensitive and not snooty! I know you have enough tack in your pinky to do this with grace! Just keep looking for the unique and unusual and your little corner of heaven will thrive! HUGS!

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Grand Opening...SCORE! Happy face..emoticon insert here!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

emoticon Today was colder than a witches...knee...to be polite emoticon

But that didn't seem to keep the customers away. Our little ad ran in the local shopper..and surprise of all surprises...people actually saw it and called to get directions to the gallery...yay...the power of advertising...I guess it really does work!

I took in our coffee maker because it grinds the beans and makes the MOST wonderful coffee. I'm telling you...if you want coffee to die for...and I know we are all supposed to be cutting back on our caffeine..so I try to get the MOST delectable coffee in the whole wide world for my one and only vise...(well...other than popcorn..heehee) try Don Pablo and it's worth it to get the whole bean and grind right before using. Simply heaven! I should buy STOCK in that company because I've raved about it to every person on the planet so far! emoticon emoticon Yummy, yummy coffee and I've finally learned to drink it black...a big jump for me. I used to have a couple of drops of coffee in my skim milk for years! You can find Don Pablo at Costco...I'm telling you...it is the BEST of the BEST! Rich and robust with absolutely NO bitter taste or after taste.

Hey...what is this...a coffee commercial...NO! emoticon

We had our all time BEST day so far, we actually broke a thousand...of course all of those sales don't go in my pocket because of the commission split. I'm really generous to my customers...I give them 60% for the first 30 days. I tell them that if the merchandise is priced right it WILL sell, then they and I will be happy campers! I go to the usual 50.50 split on day 31...but I'm beating most things WILL sell within the first 30 days...I surely hope so...I like to keep the furniture moving!

Most of the consignment places around here do 50/50% splits...but here's the deal...they price the stuff WAY high in the beginning. Of course the potential seller is happy thinking yay...50% of 1,200 is $600 to ME...but of course it doesn't sell so it goes down 10% after 31 days...then down another 10% on day 61 which is esentially a 20% discount...and in 90 days if you don't come and slep the stuff back home...it CAN be donated in your name...or it stays with the shop. Now if you go into these shops and take a gander at the STUFF they have in there...it's easy to ascertain that little to NOTHING gets donated. It remains with the store...THEN is when they drop the price to a price that WILL sell...and who scores the ENTIRE profit...why the shop you silly goose. Just a little 101 consignment buzz in case you are thinking about this plan of action.

I'd rather the stuff be priced REASONABLY so that the seller and I can profit in a partnership...the other consignment stores will HATE me when they find out that I'm blowing their little sham! But I'm thinking they really DO need to treat the customer fairly from the get go and they have been allowed to play this little game for WAY too long! If you are going to take a commission....at LEAST earn it...right?

I'm nervous now because when pieces sell...I need more STUFF to keep the gallery full and interesting...so I might have to scout out some estate sales in the near future.

This morning I got on the scale and was SO SURPRISED to see I'm at my lowest weight since last June when I joined SparkPeople. 168...the scale registered...I don't know that I entirely trust it...so I'll double check tomorrow...but happy, tired girl I am tonight!

Oh...and you will be SOOOO proud of me...I did not have one morsel of the sweets that I took in...I knew I couldn't even touch one Christmas cookie..because it would throw me over to the DARK side...sweets do that to me...but I HELD strong...too busy actually to think about cookies...which is a GOOD thing...and I hope I'm busy each and EVERY day...thanks darling friends for your wonderful wishes and support...you are SUCH a huge part of my Josh loss healing and my weight loss.

I'm blessed...so VERY blessed to have you in my company! emoticon

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NEWFLABULESS 12/14/2010 1:24PM

    emoticon You will be very successful with your plan. Sharing is more important than filling your pockets.

Also, congrats on you resistance. I still have a horrible time with that. Baby Steps will get me there, though.

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NANNER2121 12/9/2010 6:48PM

    You are going to be a huge success because of your business sense and your fairness to your clients and customers. Bravo and congratulations. Josh is probably wearing the biggest smile right now . . .

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/9/2010 6:32PM

    Yeah!!!!! I'm so happy for you that the Opening Day went well! Maybe the people that brought in the furniture in the first place will bring in more to sell once they see that their other stuff sold. Word of mouth will help too!

I bet you are looking at whatever furniture you have left at home and wondering what you could sell it for!

Good for you for not going over to the DARK side. Salty foods will do that for me. One bite of it and I can't stop until it's gone.

Sleep tight!

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MSLZZY 12/9/2010 5:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonSUCCESS! emoticon

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FLMOMX2 12/9/2010 11:04AM

    YAHOO!!!!!!! Looks like you are doing great in all areas!! Keep it up!

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KAT573 12/9/2010 9:58AM

    KUDOS lady!

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SUNNY332 12/9/2010 9:56AM

Oh my goodness, I am so happy for you. I expected a good turnout and was not surprised to read this blog.

Continued wishes for your success with this venture.

Hugs, Sunny

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MIZCATHI 12/9/2010 9:40AM

    I am so proud of you, for the shop, your smarts and integrity, and your lowest weight since you started! Yayyyyyy!!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 12/9/2010 8:57AM

    I'm so proud of you! Congratulations on an excellent day at the Grand Opening and on the scale. Funny how when we're out there enjoying life, food doesn't seem to be as important as it is when we're bored, tired, frustrated.... wow that list is long! Ugh!

Keep us posted on your shop. I'm happy that it's so popular.


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ELSEEBEE 12/9/2010 8:33AM

    You are emoticon!!!!!! I love your business philosophy and believe it will bring you great success. I always wonder why business can't see that when they treat people fairly, they will do better. It's so great that your opening went so well and we'll all be out here waiting to hear the next chapter!!!!
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ANGELCOWBOY1 12/9/2010 6:18AM

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Fantastic news Bobbi - exactly what I expected! emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 12/9/2010 5:47AM

    YAYAYYAYAYAYYAAAAAA I knew it would be great, the pictures probably dont do it justice and they are great. So glad and I figure you will get more furniture when people realize you are giving a good deal to them and not scamming as you said the others are.
Way to go and here's to another day! and down WOW as I steadily go up. argh.

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VAMANOS 12/8/2010 11:03PM

    Wondered earlier if we would get a report on Grand Opening day, of course I should have known you wouldn't have left us hanging! A BIG emoticon on your successful opening. You'll do well, people who practice fair dealing always do--word spreads.

By now you should be having a righteous rest, and will see this tomorrow--here's to another successful day, and another, and another, and so on....

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SUCHAHOOT 12/8/2010 10:43PM

    emoticon Bobbi!! I've been thinking about you a lot today. I'm so happy to hear things went well. As for your business strategy...love it! Karma, baby. You will do well! emoticon

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BECKYSRN 12/8/2010 10:08PM

    Way to go, heart sister! Honesty in business gets you the most in the long wrong, so keep it up. Sounds like you've had a good week.

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So TOMORROW is the official big opening day! Yip!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

emoticon It's been a fairly long time coming but tomorrow the BIG day arrives!

Grand Opening for Found Objekt A Consign & Design Gallery!!

I bought some balloons and a helium canister so that I can blow up my own! You know me...I always prefer to do as much as I can on my own...detect a little 'control freak' tendencies there? Yep..perceptive you are!

But seriously how can you go wrong with a $20.00 kit from Target that gives you a helium canister, balloons and string to hang them from...no way! I did this for a friends daughter's baby shower, and it worked splendidly...so happy me...I remembered to do it again...AND capital point...REMEMBERED what store I bought the kit from too...my new healthy diet keeps those brain plugs a sparking...yes it does! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Now I DO feel a little guilty that I'm feeding my customers cookies and two bite brownies, and 1 bite cinnamon rolls...I won't touch that yucky processed sugar myself...so I shouldn't be passing it to lovely customers...but who has the TIME to bake up a healthy batch of eats...not me...not now...well if I were a better planner of my time...I might have been able to pull that off...but with two markets, the gallery 10-5 Monday-Saturday...not likely...even if I were a better planner.

That brings me to a very important point...we as an American society have NO time...no wonder we eat crap! Crap is readily available and we are trading in our health for the rat race time schedule we all seem to be so addicted to. I know, I know...you HAVE to work...and you HAVE to attend to the kids and their crazy schedules..so I'm not saying I have a perfect solution...I'm just saying that we trade our time for our health...and I am guilty of that too so no judgement...just observation.

I wonder if someday we might all decide that we want to live a simpler life and jump off the insane fast track that many of of live on. I've often thought of shedding our high stress, high maintenance lifestyle for a much simpler existence. Really, the more hours I put in...the more I think about what it REALLY takes to be happy.

Not much, at least not much for me! A good book, my sweet kitty cat nestled on my lap, my DH to snuggle with and a modest shelter, with enough room for my books and my jewelry...that's actually about it. Of course a garden would be a plus, but as long as I have a farmer's market nearby I'm set.

This new gallery is exciting, it's fun to arrange all of the cool furniture and accessories as they come in and go out of the place...but the hours are a BIG commitment and I'm one that tends to chafe at being installed in a building for a set schedule daily...so we'll see how this unravels...so far..so good...but I DO have a short attention span...so stay tuned..and remember I only committed to a six month lease..hee...hee!

Here's a shot of the front of the gallery

Here's a pretty Christmas arrangement I worked up today to greet the customers on our 'Grand Opening' day tomorrow

Here's sweet MsEleni on her gallery visit Sunday...what a sweetie pie she is! We had a GREAT time together!

Here's the handsome hubs...did we do good or what? DH is on the left and Bill is on the right, they got along as great as Eleni and I do! How awesome!

A few gallery shots...this French Armoire is to die for!

Love these handsome standing wicker planters...but they looked pretty plain until I worked some greenery magic in them...remember...presentation is EVERYTHING!

I'm losing almost a pound a day...now this is a little weird...but I'm feeling okay so I'm not questioning it. I have gone from a pretty sedendary lifestyle sitting and jewelry designing most of the day to an ACTIVE on my feet and MOVING, pushing, pulling, climbing up ladders to hang pictures, helping customers load and unload merchandise daily...what a difference a little movement makes in your life...so rock it, rock it rock it, and move it, move it, move it...and don't forget to have fun and be proud of yourself in the process! Hugs darling friends of mine!

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BARBARAROSE54 12/8/2010 1:00PM

    Good luck today Bobbi !

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DESERT_BIRD 12/8/2010 12:12PM

    Bobbi, this is sooooo exciting!! I'm with you on the simple life.

It's always such a pleasure to see and read your sweet comments on my blogs/page.

Go get 'em!!

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MPARKER67 12/8/2010 12:05PM

    Hope you get tons of visitors and they eat up all your processed goodies!

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RURAL3 12/8/2010 9:46AM

    Your galleria looks wonderful. You can see all the thought you put into the planning process. And yes, presentation is everything. Best of luck to you on your opening!

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SUNNY332 12/8/2010 8:38AM

    It all looks ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! I am so happy for you and so excited about the grand opening.

Enjoy your day - you worked hard for it so enjoy every minute of the day.

Hugs and Best Wishes, Sunny

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CHRYS13 12/8/2010 6:53AM

    Looking fabulous....your store, your friends, dh, and you!

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RUBYCLAIRE 12/8/2010 6:02AM

    I WANT THAT FRENCH ARMOIRE!! It certainly is gorgeous!

Congrats, Bobbi, your store looks FABULOUS!

Your pictures came out really nice & I'm so glad you got to enjoy your friends and that the hubbies hit it off!


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PENNYAN45 12/7/2010 10:20PM

    Get a good night's sleep tonight. ... so you'll have lots of energy for tomorrow - the BIG DAY!

Your place looks great in the photos. All your hard work is going to pay off!

I wish you a very SUCCESSFUL opening day!

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MS.ELENI 12/7/2010 9:50PM

    I just know your grand opening will be wonderful emoticon

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VAMANOS 12/7/2010 8:21PM

    It looks like so much fun! And how fun to be able to be productive in both weight loss and business at the same time. Don't go wasting away to nothing on us, but hooray for the head start right before Christmas!

I so agree with you on the time issue. I'm a little apprehensive about what will happen if/when I live in civilization again and get back to business.

emoticon on getting to the Grand Opening. Knock 'em for a loop!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/7/2010 8:17PM

    I'm sending good thoughts your way tonight and will be sending good sales vibes down to your store all day tomorrow! You have it arranged beautifully.

You have been working really hard....no wonder why the weight is melting off!

Have fun!

Happy Sales to You....

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DKELLEY35 12/7/2010 7:54PM

    Congrats on your Grand Opening! It looks like a really great place. Good Luck.

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20OUTLAND03 12/7/2010 7:41PM

    Congrats on your Grand Opening!

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HEALTHY4ME 12/7/2010 7:38PM

    WOW it all looks so great!! You can only do great!! Congrats and best of luck. I know it will be a fun and profitable day!!!!


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Wednesday, Wednesday...the official 'grand opening' day! Wowsa...am I pooped...but a happy pooped

Saturday, December 04, 2010

emoticonI feel like I've just ran 5 marathons...in fact...I'm SURE I have. I've lost about 7 pounds in 7 weeks...AND I got to tighten my belt a whole notch!

Yep...LITTLE things make me happy. A belt notch, is a belt notch, is maybe 7 pounds...but a victory all the same!

I'm still in my size 14's....longing to get back to my size 8/10's...but I'll take it a belt notch at a time and that's okay by me.

The important thing is that I've learned that we can do some pretty fabulous things if we dare to stick our toes into the great white water's of the unknown...or maybe that's the deep DARK water's of the unknown.

The important thing to remember is that tomorrow there's always the chance of a miracle happening. Believe me I told myself that A LOT over the past few months.

Those months were FULL of land mines, and obstacles! There were nights that I had conversations with my darling departed son Josh...and told him that I hoped he wouldn't fault me if I failed. Because fear of failing was heavy on my mind...I mean toss and turn at night not able to sleep failing!

Even after we got the rental space secured, the amount of work that needed to be done to bring it up to snuff...seemed insurmountable...I mean REALLY...insurmountable...but how do you eat an elephant...one bite at a time...and that's how the daunting elephant became my logo. To remind me...that YES...we humans can do some pretty darn amazing things if we can shut up our inner critic and just focus on the end result...it can be done...it HAS been done...to date..so far...and we've actually sold enough to cover my expenses for the month so anything from this point on is gravy.

And...did I fail to mention that we have not yet 'officially' opened? That's not until this coming Wednesday. We've had four sales...two fairly good ones...with two deliveries of a sofa bed, a sofa sleeper, and a dining room delivery.

And here's even BETTER news...people like my concept. They tell me that a lot! They like the idea of mixing art and furniture and accessory consignment together..so that makes me supremely happy!

I've always found that many of our customers in our construction business turned into really great friends...and I'm hoping this tradition continues.

I get to see my darling sparkling friend MsEleni tomorrow...you know I love you girl.

I get to meet my sweet sparkling friend Judy (EnglishTeach10) and her hubby this month...and YES...three's a charm...my wonderful Oregon friend (Oh2beskinny) too! How's that for yet another miracle...three wonderful friends from our spark family...and we will get to hug each other in person...nothing could be finer...NOTHING!

I'm dog eared tired right now...but I just had to share my little unwinding saga with you...and I'm here to encourage EACH and EVERY one of you to follow that little tug in your heart that yearns for a challenge...even if it's a scary one...because you know what...you most likely WILL achieve it...if you just tie a gag around that inner critic that keeps discouraging you. Faith, and love, and belief and grace will carry you through...oh yes...and remember me too...I'm only a spark page away and I'm a GREAT cheerleader...yes I am!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 12/7/2010 11:21AM

    I am excited for you! I want to be there on Wednesday. It kind of bums me out that I'll miss the grand opening. I'll be there in spirit though. I hope you have a fantastic day!


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MPARKER67 12/6/2010 11:25AM

    You are always so "up". And Eleni said you are like that in person, too. 3 sparkers you get to see. emoticon

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ETAGGEL 12/5/2010 10:18PM

    I am really happy for you, you have put so much work and effort into this project. The very Best of wishes to you! Josh is so proud of you!

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SUSANSERENE 12/5/2010 3:14PM

    I am SO proud of you, Bobbi, and incredibly excited for you! Your dream is arriving!

You will not fail, my friend, and Josh is proud of you NO MATTER WHAT! He's with you, seeing you work hard yet laughing and enjoying and sparkling as well. ((hugs)), sweetie.

You're my sheroe, Bobbi, and I treasure you.

Keep sparkling and success will be yours!

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 12/5/2010 2:39PM


I am sooooooooooo happy and excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations, you so deserve every bit of it!!!!!!! You have dreamed, planned, stepped out on so many limbs, perservered, atempted the impossible and improbable and you have succeeded and shown so many doubting Thomases what hard work, and determination can do. I wish I could fly to Florida, surprise you, and celebrate your success!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are awesome !!!!!!!! and you rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love and Hugs,

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MSLZZY 12/5/2010 8:32AM

    Wonder Woman has nothing on you! HUGS!

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SUNNY332 12/5/2010 8:01AM

    Woohoo - Bobbi - Grand Opening is just around the corner. I am so happy for you.

BTW - there is no way Josh Man could find fault with you. He loved you to pieces and knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that you loved him too. I know you miss him and would love to have him to share all of this excitement with. I wish he were here too.

I think Pam is planning on attending the Grand Opening. I will send this on to her to make sure she knows it is Wednesday.

Enjoy your time today with Eleni. Will she get to see the shop? I can't wait to see your next blog entry. Give Eleni a hug for me.

Hugs to you,
Sunny Girl

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/5/2010 4:36AM

    Thanks for blogging and letting us know how things are going even when you are so tired. That's so awesome that you have already covered your monthly expenses! May you have lots of gravy this month and in the months to come!

Whoo Hoo on the belt notch!!! That is huge. All that furniture moving is paying off big time in many, many ways.

It's really been exciting watching you go through the process of starting up this business. I can well imagine the nights of tossing and turning that have gone into it.

Wish I could be there to help you celebrate your Grand Opening. I'll be sending extra good vibes your way that day.

Happy Sales to you....


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GOING-STRONG 12/5/2010 2:52AM

    Boy I know what you mean about anxiety waking you up at night... I don't like it one bit... but you are so right... great things don't happen if you don't step out there on the ledge and at least try! Very good news indeed about the sales and expenses covered for the month. Congrats on that wonderful achievement and now with some of the pressure off you can sleep like a baby LOL... Hugs to you, Rhonda

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VICIOUS421 12/4/2010 11:02PM

You will do Great and I will be sending you special thoughts for Wednesday!!!!!!

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JENNYAMHSTYEDU1 12/4/2010 10:30PM

    I'm so glad your store is so close to opening. I know that you'll succeed!

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ELSEEBEE 12/4/2010 8:53PM

    The rest of us never had any doubts that you would be a success at your new business! You know what you want and you have a plan for getting there. While it takes a lot to get a business up and going, please don;t forget to take good care of yourself, my sweet friend! Sending many hugs abd paryers your way!!!!

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BARBARAROSE54 12/4/2010 8:08PM


am so happy to also hear you will be meeting 3 Sparkers !

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VAMANOS 12/4/2010 7:50PM

    You've mentioned a couple of sales, but I didn't realize it was enough to cover your expenses for the month...wow! In the black in the first month? Unheard of! You are going to do SO well.

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Merry Christmas, hon!

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