Retail Shop!!! | Raising A Farmhouse

Monday, October 1, 2018

Retail Shop!!!

Guess what you guys?!?! I have the best news! I'm opening up my very own little retail shop:)
As you can imagine, I am beyond excited... and busy...
So here is the skinny on how all this went down...
About a year ago, I was contacted on ETSY by a guy who was going to open a new vendor market in OKC, he loved my art work and wanted to know if I would be interested in opening a booth in his warehouse... I was no stranger to running a booth, I had ran one for about 6 months back in 2014 and did not enjoy it, it was stressful, far away from my home and I had no idea what I was doing...
So naturally I told him I appreciated it, but no thanks!

Well he ended up pursuing me and being very persuasive and I decided I would open a booth with him, I figured I have experience I what not to do, and now know exactly what my style is, I thought maybe I could give it a second chance... however, long story short, due to some issues with the building and the city, he has yet to open and I at one point I had decided I would open a shop in my in-laws commercial building.

Well obviously I had a baby, and being on my own (business wise) trying to run my own shop was just not feasible... but yet I still had a desire to open a booth...
I ended up contacting about 4 different places and the OKC Farmers Market Antique Mall was the first to contact me... like almost immediately...
So about a week ago, I went down to look at this space... and I fell in love with it!
It was perfect and close to home with easy highway access, I get down here in like 15 minutes, when it used to take me 45 minutes at the old place I was at.
And what's so awesome, it's more than a booth, but not a stand alone retail spot, 
it's still inside an antique mall with other vendors and descent foot traffic.
But yet, I can run my own shop 
within the hours of the Mall and I can pick and choose when,
 and how much I want to work.

We had about 10 days before Oct. 1st to get the shop ready to 
move in before rent is charged, and let me tell you, we have been getting after it!
So before I show you where I'm currently at, let's take a look at how far we have come....
Here's the before... If I could go back in time and slap whoever
 painted this lavender and lime green, please believe I would.
We started by adding some crown molding and vertical wood strips to mimic board and batten.
 The whole shop is totally off and shotty craftsman ship, but I guess that's part of it's charm:)
So I have been trying to add as much character and charm..on a budget...
The inside was lime green and lavender as well... 
and covered with glorious peg board.
We started by giving it a simple coat of white paint.
We also removed the peg board on the back wall and found the original entrance to the shop, although  you can't access it, it's still better than that peg board!
The outside got a coat of a beautiful charcoal color called Hemotite by Behr.
I'm going to paint the window frame as well.
To take away from the shotty ceiling, I decided to do a stencil on the floor.
I have always loved the Moorish Circles from Royal Design Studio, however they're prices are outrageous, they quoted me $260 for a stencil that was around 18"...
 I ended up making it, larger and for free...
And it turned out pretty darn cool.
We also altered the door and put a plexi glass panel in it to open it up and bring in more light.

It looks so much better, and once I get the window frame painted, it will be perfect!
I will hopefully be adding my sign this week:)

Where the remaining peg board was, I ended up covering with book pages, it was so simple and free.

I also decided to add a little faux fireplace, I plan to add an electric fireplace stove
for some ambiance and some heat for this winter.
I had this ship lap and all the trim except for 1 board, so this entire project cost me less than $9

I decided to add a chalk board wall to the back,
 I thought it would be nice to write prices on and it gives some nice contrast.

Above this ceiling, is an amazing vaulted wood with beam ceiling... some idiot ended up putting in a drop ceiling years ago to save on electricity, the manager said I couldn't take it down, but I plan to really insist on him letting me, I'm hoping after I have been there a while he will allow me too...
In the mean time, I'm thinking of covering it in book pages? Maybe... I'm not sure...

I still have some touch ups to do like painting the fireplace and finish up
around the bottom of the walls, but other than that,
I will be spending my time this week working on painting some of my furniture and inventory.
I can't wait to show you when I get my signage up!!
I'm hoping to be in by next Saturday... or at least starting to move in...
I'm going to start off being open just on Saturdays and Sundays and apt. only during the week,
 that way I can stay home with my son and not miss out on him,
he's growing so fast, I just don't want to regret not being there for him.
I'm excited to share this journey with you!
Thanks for stopping by,

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