Saturday, February 23, 2008

        I just closed my on-line shop.  I have been thinking about doing it for a long time.  First I looked for a partner.  I wanted someone as dedicated as me who would take care of business.  I never trusted anyone who wanted to be a partner.  Isn't that anal of me.  Thing is I spent 8 years building up my reputation.  I am a very good packer.   I respond right away to emails.  I am very accurate in my descriptions.  When you sell on line I think you need to be.  The people who would be my partners didn't always return calls right away.  They always seemed to busy to take care of business.  Their tastes were completely different then mine which was fine but one lady really liked cheap things and they don't sell for anything but cheaply, ya know!  Cost of supplies kept going up and up and I didn't feel like I wanted to raise my prices any higher then they were.  It got so my items weren't priced as they were worth but priced to take in account all the shipping supplies it would take me to mail it correctly.  Something wrong about that.

    This is the 3rd time I have closed up shop.  It gets in your blood.  But I plan on selling my inventory at the auction and making a clean break of it.  I love going to auctions though and love a good deal.  I will probably always sell somewhere but not full time.  And for the first time in my life I don't have to have the extra income.  My last raise helped and I have most of my bills paid off.   Yippy.

   What will I do with my extra time?  I will go on photo shoots, ride my bike, enjoy a day off!  Even on my days off from my job I was always working on the shop or an auction or packing.  Leasure time.  Its a good thing.  Plus I have started to collect hand made marbles.  By glass artists.  Beautiful.

    Today we are slow starting.  We got to bed late because of the play.  I need to hit the library asthe new Tim Dorsey book is out and bring my MIL's clothes to the charity place.   What a huge undertaking that has been.  I never saw one woman have so many clothes in my life.  13 large boxes full and that doesn't include the coats.  We will have a large amount of room with them gone.  Then back home and Rick is doing our taxes today while I read and be lazy and watch some movies.

      Hope everyone has a great weekend.


radar446 said...

I am sorry to hear that you are closing up shop.  I have been following that venture of your loosely through your jounal and know how much you cared about it, and enjoyed doing it.  I understand your reasons for shutting things down though.  I tell you what...this economy has made it rough for the smaller ventures out there.  If it weren't for the fact that I love photography so much, I would have closed up shop a while back as sales are pretty much non-existant right now.  Maybe the future wil bode better for both of us and you will be able to open your e-doors once again.


jimsulliv3 said...

Sorry about you closing your business but hopefully you'll have more time for yourself. Cute Kitty pics.


kirkbyj05 said...

I loved it when I browsed your shop.  It was a classy web site.
At least you know you can start something similar up again if you need the extra 'dosh'.
Betty sounded very much like me.  I can't see what I have in my wardrobe for clothes, which I know I will never wear but can't bear to part with them because of memories.
I'm glad you are working on finding more time for 'you'.    You deserve it.
I do love your cat pictures today...they are so funny!
As for book reading...I have a bad habit of starting many books at the same time.  My bedside table and floor is choc-a-block with them.   Lol!
It depeneds on my mood which one getss picked up.
Enjoy putting your feet up for a change.
Jeanie xxx

madcobug said...

Now you will have the time to enjoy life more without all that working. Hit those bike trails and take photos to share with us. Helen

rbrown6172 said...

i love the way you'll be spending your off days.  it's perfect...r & r for julie.  :)  sorry about your business....sounds like it will only be temporary of sorts, though.  hopefully, you'll find another outlet that will better suit your needs.  love the cat pix...esp that top one.  lol  did you take them??

lanurseprn said...

Cute kitty pictures! I'm glad you are planning to enjoy your leisure time more. You deserve it! You work hard....HARD....and you need to have your R & R.

cacklinrosie101 said...

I know you will fill that leisure time up quickly but I believe you will be back to selling again somehow also.  Just a different medium.  You find some of the nicest things.  I know you'll be glad when your MIL's stuff is all taken care of.  Chris

nhd106 said...

I didnt' even know you had a shop!  Oh well...
Enjoy the time off...I know WE will enjoy more pics from you.


linnpooh said...

I'm sorry you are closing your business, Julie, and I know that, soon, another door will open that will allow your love for antiques to bllom in ways you never even dreamed of.

I loved those kitty pictures!!!!

Pooh Hugs,

rdautumnsage said...

Sorry you had to close shop. Although it sounds like something your ok with doing. I have no doubt you will find other ways to enjoy your time and hobbies dear friend. (Hugs) Indigo

jckfrstross said...

have a good week:)