Tuesday, November 8, 2011

{GIVEAWAY, GIVEAWAY!} Picker Neighbors . . .

. . . (I should have remembered that everybody clicks on the giveaway posts but it MUST be in the title of the post to catch your eye! If you would like to enter my giveaway, click here.)

Now back to the reason of this post.

You've all seen the TV shows American Pickers and Picker Sisters, right?  Well, my friend/neighbor and I have become 'Picker Neighbors'.  We've been scouring the local auctions, flea markets and antique stores this summer.  And what, you ask, are we doing with all of our fabulous finds?

We are going to try to sell all (at least the ones we can part with) of our goodies.  The very first occasional sale at Miss Maggie's House is this weekend! 

Am I scared?  Am I nervous?  Am I thinking what have I gotten myself into?  Am I wondering why we are going to all of this work when I KNOW no one will want my stuff?  Do I need a little confidence booster here?


But we are having the best time ever and really, isn't that the point?  Doing what you love to do.  Living out your dream.  Having a reason to go shopping.  And only buying what you love and would have in your own home and hoping someone else loves it too.

Here is how all of this came about:  my friend's husband has a house sitting empty.  I say to my friend Kate in a half joking kind of way "we need to have occasional sales there.  A place where we can occasionally sell what we make/buy/find."  Lo and behold, she thought it was a great idea and pushed me (yes, pushed me hard) to follow through on my suggestion.  AFTER the wedding, of course.  So, here we are.  

We are having this first sale on-the-fly.  We are not necessarily ready (I haven't sewn a thing!) but I think we both knew that if we waited for spring, we would have found a way to back out.  We figure that this occasional sale will announce that we are here and that we have some fabulous plans for the future.  We didn't want to do the 'Christmas' thing so we had to stage this house quickly.  And 'townies' just won't travel to the country when there is snow on the ground!  I have been painting and distressing furniture like crazy and she has some very lovely antique pieces.  I have scoured my 'stash' and very reluctantly have chosen pieces that I think I can live without if they sell.  I can always bring them back home if they don't!  I LOVE MY STUFF!  

Invitations for a 'sneak peek and first dibs' on Friday night have been sent.
(and we have bribed our guests with the promise of wine and snacks!)
An ad in the paper has been published.
We have been working on the house for 2 weeks straight.
We are committed!

Here is a sneak peek for you!

Pricing has proven to be very, very difficult.  I think the purpose is to sell what you are offering but how do you put a price on things you love?  Do we price things low so customers will think they are getting a bargain and come back or do we price things what we think they are worth and maybe have them sit there waiting patiently for a home?  Tell me, how do YOU put a price on your items?

Anyway, wish us luck!

This just happens to be my 200th post!  (yeah for me!)  And I am one follower away from having a nice round number.  Makes my previously mentioned giveaway even more special, don't you think?


Jill said...

Oh my!!! That living room set is soooooooo AWESOME!! If I can get there, can I come Friday night?!

La Dolce Vita said...

congrats and have a great time with this, I really enjoyed being a brocanteur! you will too! xo

Kelly_Deal said...

Congratulations and have fun!

Trisha said...

I would definitely be there to do some shopping! I love this idea. Good luck to you-I know it will be a success!


Gabriela said...

Wow! Good for you! I really love what you are doing!Wish you the best!!!!
Congrats on the 200th post!And I will see if I can send another blogger your way!Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
As far as price I think it's difficult. But I try to look things up on ebay or etsy if possible...also I think I look at what I paid for something and what people would buy it for. I have been tempted to put what ' I am willing to let it go for' but sometimes that could mean you will end up with zero sales! Hopefully you can find a balance....Let me say again how fantastic your daughter's wedding was!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Pricing is an art in itself. After nearly 17 years of doing craft shows I still have trouble! Congrats on the milestones & good luck with the sale.

Anonymous said...

I think you are having the time of your life just doing this and getting ready for it. What fun. I hope you do well to encourage you both.

I used to have a friend who had a duplex house - her and her husband lived downstairs and her Mother lived upstairs. After her Mother passed away she said she couldn't think of anyone else up there. Both her and her husband loved flea markets and garage sales and they used to buy things and lovingly finish them and then she would have a sale twice a year upstairs where she stored it all. A lot of my antique pieces - large and small came from them. They stopped doing it as they got older.

I miss their sales.



Suz said...

I went through all your wedding photos and I love the things that you did. i hope I can do at least half the things when Katie gets to that point. I know your beautiful daughter will appreciate and love the memories you created!