Sad Truth Number 1: The second that Halloween is over, Christmas starts showing up everywhere -- too soon! Well, because people start shopping then, too, I made a promise to myself to really stock up my Etsy shop, so all I've done this week is work, work, work.
My goal was to get 200 items listed in my Etsy shop by November 1 (today). I didn't make it -- but I gave it a good try and am now up to 189 items! Hopefully, I'll hit 200 tomorrow.
Sad Truth Number 2: Working is not as much fun as playing (or shopping)!
There were some good sales this week, but I determined that I wasn't going to buy anything new until I got lots of things listed and ready for the mall. It was so hard not to go shopping yesterday or today...
I did buy something great last week -- these two 1950s lamps with stovepipe fiberglass shades. They're small and would be perfect as bedside or vanity lamps.
Sunday is Dealer Day at the antique mall (when it's open to our dealers 2 hours early so we can work on our booths) and I'm planning to start bringing in a little bit of Christmas. I think it's just wrong to push the December holiday when we're still 4 weeks away from Thanksgiving, but people start buying now to decorate later, so I'll try to make them happy! By the way, if you live in southeast Michigan, the first Sunday of the month is a great time to shop Livingston Antique Outlet, because so many dealers have just stocked their booths!
Speaking of shopping and selling on Etsy, I think thrift shopping is contagious! My youngest son has just opened an Etsy shop specializing in vintage records, vintage barware andall things rock & roll. He's like me -- can't pass up a sale or a thrift shop -- but he's also a musician, and has been the go-to person for rock knowledge around our house. So he's decided to turn his love of music and old stuff into a small business. If you get a chance, check out OldTimeRockNRoll -- it's a good place to find old records in good condition and at good prices. If you're looking for something in particular, let Dan know and he'll search for it for you. Don't forget to tell him 'Mom sent you'!
That's it for today -- back to work! Next time, I hope I'll have some more thrifty finds to share...