Hello my sparklies!
Wow...it's been a minute, hasn't it? Time without my sweet hubby seems to move in slow motion yet the days still fly by. I always have good intentions on a blog...but then boom the day is done and I'm exhausted and push myself to get my Teddy Bear Challenge stuff posted.
Our team is doing really really well and I'm so doggone proud of us. We take our challenges seriously and it shows. We are usually within the top three teams most of the time...that takes commitment, my friends. Commitment I probably wouldn't come up with on my own but I value my team so much I work a lot harder...it's all good.
I've been doing the usual things that need to get done in my life. Namely going to work at our little consignment gallery. Securing beautiful new merch to come in and working hard to sell the items on the floor.
I'm SO excited that a beautiful house is coming in from Bonita Bay the second week of November. I need practical yet lovely things. I tend to lean toward the cool, unusual funky things that I like...but those don't always translate into quick sales...and of course sales is the bottom line to survival when your rent is so darn high.
I'm taking in this 'big boy' sofa sectional which I don't usually do because they take up so much floor space. But in consignment world, if you start cherry-picking what you will and won't accept sometimes you don't get anything as the owner wants it ALL gone. So...fingers and toes crossed this will sell. It won't come in until January so it will give me time to talk it up and show pictures to my customers so by the time it comes in...hopefully someone will snap it up.
The accent chairs and the monster wool rug will come in also.
I'm getting TWO bedroom sets which is SO awesome...I NEVER get complete bedroom sets in. Always a piece here and there but never the entire set. We have been at our location for 10 years and I've gotten maybe two complete sets. So, in this case, it's GREAT I'll be receiving a master bedroom and a queen bedroom set.
This is the queen set with nightstands which are beautiful and a fantastic dresser.
I believe this is the master bedroom set, I don't have pics of the entire set but it is gorgeous as are all of these lovely items.
A nice sofa bed.. small scale which is always popular
A cute little outdoor bar and bar stools.
Trundle beds aren't that popular right now but this one is light-colored so I'm hopeful it will go.
Again...you take the 'iffy' to get the full package of mostly desirable items.
Lovely large dining set. I don't usually take in parson's chairs...but again, these are a happy fabric and appealing so I think they will sell if priced right.
That's all of the pics I have but you can see why I'm so excited for this household to arrive!
I reworked a wall with some new wall accessories that came in last week.
I also reworked this little table vignette...so cute! That is real marble on the round and it would be perfect to make a lazy susan out of it wouldn't it?
I got these beautiful roses from a little neighborhood friend that stopped by the consignment gallery to drop them off. She is a gem among gems! We went to lunch today then went to check out a few consignment shops so I can stay on top of my competition. WOW...a lot of prices are pretty low...I think people are nervous to unload merchandise because there are rumblings in the retail world that a big slow down is coming to the economy. I think I'd better take heed to this warning and see how much stuff I can get rid of during 'season' I really don't think it will serve me well to stay there another summer and pay the hideously high rent all summer. Ten years seems to be about the end of the line for me...but you never know so I'm keeping my options open.
Beyond staying busy at the gallery I have attended a few grief group dinners where about 20 of us meet up early and have a wonderful early dinner. I find these people so wonderfully comforting with open hearts full of compasssion.
I have taken on the responsibility of making a list with everyone's name, address, phone number and e-mails which makes it SO much easier to stay in touch.
I have another group meeting tomorrow and am looking forward to it. Because it's on Tuesdays instead of Mondays I have to open the shop at 12:30 instead of 10:30 but I have decided that this is important for my mental health so it's something I need to do for now.
Maybe I'll try to snap a pic of the group to share with you sometime. Lovely, lovely people. I'm so sorry that I had to have my hubby leave this earth in order for me to meet such wonderful new potential friends...but if he hadn't I would have never have met this group so I'm trying to look for the silver lining.
On the other hand, I went to a dine-in group with our old group of friends which is also about 20 people when everyone is back in town. I have known most of these people for almost 30 years...but I have to say they are in no way as supportive and understanding as my new friends seem to be...Don told me something very, very important. He said "Bobbi people can only give you what they have to give. If they don't have what you need to feel whole...go find people that have more." I totally have taken his advice and I thank the love of my life for sharing that beautiful wisdom with me.
If you need more...find those that can offer it...you deserve that for yourself and remember...I'm always here to give you an ear and a pat on the back my lovely friends!