My business stumbles forward....
by, 01-28-2009 at 12:40 AM (1669 Views)
Totally unexpected development on the business front today. I have seen a little craft store on my way to/from work every day for almost a year now. I have never stopped in. Today, I wasn't in a hurry, and I thought, hey, what the heck. I'll give it a once-over. I am not typically the kind who stops at craft stores (although I'll slam on the brakes and cause a nine-car pile-up at the whiff of a bead or yarn store), so I'm still not really sure what got into my head. Anyhoo, I stopped in.
The woman was very pleasant, and as I wandered around, we made small talk, and she mentioned that her husband was expanding the store to take advantage of a large storage room in the back. They are building crafters' booths, and are leasing them out. She was obviously very proud of it, and she took me on a tour.
Well, very long story short, I ended up signing a three-month lease for one of the booths after grilling her for about half an hour!! Not sure what the HELL I was thinking, as I don't have nearly enough inventory to fill it, but I am nevertheless really excited about it. After work, I stopped at the library and spent about 90 minutes researching how to sell crafts to their best advantage and trying to figure out how I want to design my lay-out.
I left the library thinking about the milestones I've passed in my life. When I was 20, I started my career; when I was 30, I bought my first house; at 40, I started my business. I wondered if this booth was a huge mistake or a step in the right direction. I drove down the dark highway toward my home, and thought about where I'd be when I was 50, and what milestone I could claim then, if any. Just before my turn-off, I saw a shooting star. I'm not a superstitious person, but I'll admit, I wished upon it. And thought about how long it has been since I actually seen a shooting star, and hoped it was a harbinger of good fortune to come.