I’ve bought and sold antiques most of my life. Everything from selling at antique shows, markets, show promoting to co- owning my own shop, Raised In Cotton for 8 years. For the last two plus years, I’ve had a space at the monthly Bottoms Up Antique Market in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, Missouri. The historic area in downtown KC has some amazing old warehouses which make the perfect backdrop for the 30 antique businesses that participate in the sales. Last month, Gwen McClure the owner of Bottoms Up asked me if I would be interested in moving to a bigger space that would soon be available. Half of me was jumping up and down with the fantastic plans on how I was going to style the new space. The other half which is probably my most honest, was wondering if I had the mental and physical energy to keep the space at the stylistic level that was in my mind. Maybe it’s from the experience of owning a shop but I know that starting a business or project is not hard. The difficult part is sustaining the passion to keep it amazing. Also getting older has taught me a few valuable lessons including not to put so much on my plate that I can’t enjoy the benefits of the other things in my life no matter how much I want to do it. But… after considering everything and a good discussion with Mr Practical Pants who I call my best “Wing Man” I decided to go for it!
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This past weekend we loaded the truck with treasures to fill the new space. There was three problems to start with, one it was 100 degrees in the shade. Two I had inventory in three different locations to collect and third was the fact that Mr Practical Pants and I are middle-aged so we are not the fastest moving team on the planet. We actually started referring to ourselves as “Two Seniors and a Truck” but we did manage to get everything unloaded at the venue. We did it without passing out from heatstroke which was a huge consideration since the building is not air conditioned. So I thought in future postings I would show you how I start from scratch to style and ready the new space using the inventory that I am selling. This sort of info is not always found specific to antique booths so I will share some of my ideas with you. If you ever need to hire “Two Seniors and a Truck” just let me know:) Blessings, Carol *I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading your comments regarding “Getting My Blog Groove Back.” Your friendship and support mean the world to me!