Hey Everyone! I hope everyone reading this had a fabulous weekend! I have been reflecting on the past few months since I have opened the shop. Opening a new business comes with a lot of hard work, frustration and an element of uncertainty. There have bumps along this road and I am sure that I will continue to face obstacles, as nothing wonderful ever comes easy. With that said, one thing I have been surprised to experience since I opened my doors is the overwhelming feeling of friendship I have been receiving from all the people I have met along this journey so far, and I want to take a moment to ruminate that.
As those of you who know me well can attest to, I am very critical and doubtful of myself. Even at my best, I can point out flaws in my work and it has made opening Reclaimed Rose an emotional endeavor for me. This business is like my baby - it's my heart and soul and it can be very hard to bare your soul to the world. Even when I sold on Etsy in the past, I would never tell my family and friends my shop name because I was worried about people judging my work. However, since I have opened I have not had a single customer complaint or negative feedback. I am very proud of that. Eventually, I know someone will have something to critique me on, but I feel really good because I expected the first few months to be really rocky. Just hearing customers walk through the shop and 'ohhh and awww' at everything (even if they don't purchase) is a huge compliment and I want to know how much I appreciate those who come in and look around and have a conversation with me about the pieces in the shop or art in general.
And the final point I really wanted to touch on is the number of amazing, awesome, fantastic people I have met since I have opened. In the past seven years since I graduated college and have been working with the public, I don't think I have met so many kindred spirits, who appreciate what I do, share common interests and really touch my soul. From a customer who lives an hour and a half away coming in to donate books to me, to the friendly people I buy or sell from on BST websites, to random customers who take a peek at the shop on the whim only to end up being incredible people who visit me on their days off just to chat, to local artisans who give me the encouragement to believe in myself, enough so that they choose to put their artwork in my shop. All of these folks have reaffirmed that this is what I need to be doing with my life -- this is the field of work I need to be in.
And finally, my biggest supporter, my husband Marc and the rest of my family and friends. It hasn't been easy for Marc and I to take on this business financially. It wasn't something I planned on and the lease for the shop was just serendipity working her magic. However, Marc continues to lug around old furniture in the back of his tiny little Sonic (some of which I make him pick up from the side of the road), he mans the front desk at the shop sometimes, he is my carpenter, my advocate, and sacrifices his whole paycheck to finance our personal bills so I can focus on the shop. I am so lucky that he supports my dream. My mom, dad, step parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and in-laws have been amazingly supportive as well. I can't even tell you how many times they have lent me their vehicles, gave me supplies and items for free, bought stuff from me they really don't need, advertised for me, helped me at the shop, the list goes on. And to my friends, who take my crafting classes, visit me at the shop, give me stuff they don't want so I can re-create it, and always keep an eye out of anything that can possibly help me, I want to say thanks! To Marla and Rhonda who have offered me so much advice on the shop and given me the tools I need to get started I am also so grateful. I am tearing up just writing this because it is overwhelming. I feel that I need to say this because without all these people in my life, Reclaimed Rose wouldn't exist right now! Thanks everyone!