Hi, I'm Holly! Welcome to cutie pie cottage

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Help Me Dream!

Flowers!  Remember growing them?  Remember summer?

I've been thinking a lot lately about making money doing something I enjoy.  Help me dream and brainstorm!
I designed and planted the above flower arrangement.  I think I have an eye for design.
I also love collecting antique and vintage items and planned on having a booth some day.  "Some day" keeps moving forward.  Lack of money to collect with and back and foot problems have held me back.  Something tells me I won't have a booth in my antique mall like I had thought- but then what will I do with all my vintage stuff?  I don't like mailing packages or handling money so I wouldn't have my own store.  What to do- what to do?
I submitted some of my hutch pics to a magazine because people seem to really like the way I display my wares.  Should I try going the magazine route?  Can I handle the rejection?  Should I pursue becoming a stylist?  I love to craft and come up with my own ideas, too.
 
I think I am very creative but my crafts are so personal that trying to sell them seems... odd and I don't want to be a craft factory.  I've thought about having an etsy shop but again, I don't like to mail packages...
Help me dream!
Is there something I'm not seeing?
Do you see me doing anything?
Oh- and I love to take pretty pics and I'm getting better at that but I don't see myself becoming a paid photographer.  I hate gadgets and machines.
I'm also a good teacher but HATE the stress of a class and public speaking.
  I've thought about doing video tutorials or something like that but would people really pay for that?
Can you see the wheels turning in my head?
If you've read this far- thank you!  If you comment- double thanks!



24 comments:

Marilyn said...

I always wanted to have a booth in an antique mall. But I know I wouldn't be able to keep it up. I know some malls will rent just a shelf space or small display place for not so much money. Maybe you could rent a space with a friend. Good luck with whatever you do. Or ...don't do. LOL

Art and Sand said...

I hear you.

I retired from 32 years as a teacher and am not sure what I want to do. I love crafts, but they cost money to make. I thought about an Etsy shop for my crafts, but I don't want the hassle of mass production and shipping deadlines.

Can you combine your teaching and your love of crafts to teaching crafts in your home?

I now have the space in my workroom to have 4 or 5 people working. I am thinking of offering bookmaking classes.

Protector of Vintage said...

You have so much talent!! Maybe you could sell your crafts and vintage wares online and have someone (a son, husband) help with the shipping. Starting with just a small space in an antique store is a good idea, too.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Holly, I've been trying to get a booth, but we don't have many antique malls and I could only get on waiting lists, so I found a sweet little shop where I just started consigning some linens and other things. You don't pay rent, they take a portion. That could be a great outlet for your vintage and a few crafts. Just a thought!

Craft classes would be great, you could post at the library and teach your yo yo's and rag balls, and making garlands. You could do one-on-one or have 4 or 5. I would sign up for something like that here in a heartbeat.

Keep those wheels turning, you'll come up with something.

Deanies Stash said...

I love the suggestions so far. My thought is that you should get a small space at a mall as you are so great at styling and have a talent for finding great stuff. You could mix in some of the crafts, too. The mall where I sell has small spots that are just $50 a month. I think that would be a perfect starting point. I used to be a big seller on ebay but my husband and I got tired of the packing. That is why I haven't opened an etsy shop yet. I think I might with things that are very easy to ship. Good luck in whatever you choose as I know you will be successful!

Primitive Stars said...

Keep dreaming my friend, I heard dreams come true.....love the flower pot,looks so pretty. Your booth would be very eye catching, I sure would want to shop there.....Blessings Francine.

Lesa said...

Some libraries even offer space for classes, so you might not need to use your personal space for teaching. Just a thought.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I don't like online selling either...Have you tried selling your items to small boutiques? Is there any craft consignment stores. Don't talk yourself out of everything, maybe if you try some of your ideas the positive of it will out weight the negative. You have to much talent to waste

Carol

Jann Olson said...

Holly, you are very creative. I know you will find what your are seeking. I don't think you will get much rejection from magazines. Love your vintage style! I ran a business for over 5 years. Loved it, but it required a lot of time. I had a partner and we closed it when my husband was activated for Desert Storm. I would never have been happy if I hadn't tried. We were successful, but it took many hours of preparation and work.
hugs,
Jann

harriette said...

I had been dreaming of having space in an antique store for a few years. I went to my mom with the idea and she agreed to split the space with me. Is there someone you could do that with? Start in a small space like a case and then move bigger when the time is right. Try having a sale on your blog to see how it goes..one trip to the post office wont be that bad ;) I do understand the shipping though. Maybe try a low cost or free table craft fair? There you could have your crafts and some photos of your flower arrangements. People will start asking about the photos etc.. I would hire someone at the right price to do my flowers!! Good luck my friend! xxoo

vintage grey said...

I love having a shoppe online and hope to some more craft/vintage fairs once in awhile. Looking forward to seeing what you do! xo Heather

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I agree, start small at a shop. So places let you rent just a shelf or 2. Easy, peasy!
Just DO IT!!!
deb

Nora Miller said...

Holly,

You would do great at an antique mall. I just got an e-book called "Selling at an Antique Mall" that has been very useful in helping me decide whether this is something I would want to do (have done it before, but lost interest/momentum). You would have a darling space, but it is work. If you have the time and the inclination (you already have the talent) I would go for it!

Sue

★Carol★ said...

I'm dreaming right along with you, Holly! My dream has been to have an antique/craft/gardening shop. Please move to Illinois so that we can open a shop together!

Now to answer your question, does your town have a park district? Ours always has classes on all different kinds of things, from antiques to gardening. So does our library. Perhaps you could teach some classes at one of those places? You definitely need to share your creativity!

Shirley Hatfield said...

Do they have any shops like Morgan's Emporium in Idaho Falls? Morgan's sells DIY and repurposed furniture, but they also carry vintage goods and decor pieces from other vendors. Maybe the consignment shop route would work like others have suggested. =D

Shirley Hatfield said...

Oh...I forgot to mention that I put your dear little button garland on my Valentine tree...it's perfect!

Dew Drop Teddy Bears said...

Holly,

I have been a huge fan of yours for so long now! I've never left a comment before because I usually don't comment...and because I'm shy! I, too, am so very much like you! I am a country girl, don't like big crowds and positively HATE being in the 'spotlight' or speaking in front of people. That's why I work from home! I make teddy bears and sell them on Etsy. (DewDrop Teddy Bears) It's a LOT of work but it suits me fine for now and I have fun doing it. I understand about the shipping trouble. I don't know if you actually don't like the packing so much or if it's going to the Post Office that you don't like. If you just don't like going into the Post Office, you can buy a cheap scale, weigh your packages at home, print your shipping label and set up an arrangement online to have your Post Man pick up your packages at your house. That's how I do it! I can't stand having to go into the Post Office! One more thing that I wonder about....what about opening an Etsy shop and selling e-books/tutorials on how to make your rag ball garlands or yo yo's? That way there wouldn't be any shipping! I think lots of people would be interested in learning how to make your crafts! I'm sorry this is so long and I'm also sorry it's taken me so long to comment. I love your blog!! Hugs, Angela

PixieVintage said...

You have a lot of options to pick from Holly, which one or two from your list would make you the happiest?

A small space in an antique mall would be nice and manageable, but if you sell online you will reach many more customers. Maybe if you chose small, easy to mail items it would help in shipping. I don't like to wrap and mail things either - I have several online places I sell at, and I only sell small items for that reason. Or, maybe you know someone who has a teenager you could hire once a week to do your packaging and shipping for you?

LBP said...

I know you don't like the shipping thing, but my friends made a Facebook auction page and buyers can either pick up their purchases locally or they will ship. Just an idea!

Linda

Musings from Kim K. said...

I love the idea of starting small (like a shelf) at an antique mall, or teaching small classes in your home. I can't wait to see what you do! You know you have the support of your blogging friends behind you!!

GardenOfDaisies said...

It wouldn't take too much to have a table at a local craft fair (those are usually only one day or one weekend) and you could ask your husband to come along and handle the money end of things. Can't wait to see what you decide. I have often thought it would be fun to have a booth. If only I lived near my sisters, we could go together on one, and share the work and the rewards. But they all live far far far away. :-(

Happy Holiday Girl said...

Could you maybe save up for one big weekend like Farm Chicks show? I know some people only do one show a year with their stuff. It would take work that weekend but it might be worth it.

Cheryl Rodda said...

I would start a facebook (maybe a vintage flea type with members)... get followers...and sell on facebook... there are several where I live... good luck! Wish you were in the Utah area... I would buy from you...I own a store.

Laura Adams said...

I can see you in decorating and craft magazines. You really do have the knack for pulling everything together! I personally love your style and your creations that I have seen. I also love the flower arrangement...I think you should submit to magazines like that... why not ..you'll never know if you don't try...also when you submit your photos send a link to your blog....I think that will help alot..and create a decorating book on amazon...it use to be free and they print and ship for you as the orders come in...