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Two Seniors And A Truck

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! Truck filled with antiques.

Quick iphone snap.  

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!

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    liz
    September 15, 2014 at 2:27 am

    So looking forward to seeing your booth come together. Wishing you much luck in your larger space.

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      Carol Spinski
      October 8, 2014 at 4:22 am

      Thank You Liz:)

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    Becki @littlemrssevenonesix.com
    September 10, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Hi Carol…I stopped by Bottoms up hoping to catch you…I miss seeing you. Your ideas and style always inspire…and that baby girl of yours…perfection.

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      September 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Becki, Oh My Gosh, I missed you? Where the heck was I???? Would have loved to see you and Thank You for your sweet comments:) xo Carol

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    Maureen @ Cottage 960
    September 10, 2014 at 1:57 am

    I can’t wait to see your process. I have loved your style for a long time. And yes, a well done booth is a lot of work. I have taken on a small booth space, and each time I add new things and re-style, I almost don’t want any one to purchase anything. Because then the work begins again. (even though I love the work) I didn’t realize you had space in Bottoms Up. I have only been there once, but didn’t see your space.:( Hopefully I’ll make it again soon.

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      Carol Spinski
      September 10, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Hi Maureen:))) Yes it seems with any sort of booth space it’s always a work in progress isn’t it. But I find moving things around can improve if they sell or not. My space is right when you come in through the double doors on the second floor. It’s bigger for me so I brought some larger pieces of furniture. Would love to see you:) xo Carol

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    Tami Hacker
    September 2, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Carol looking forward to your new space at Bottoms Up! Smiling as I read your post as I can so relate.

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      Carol Spinski
      September 9, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      Hi Tami~ It took me a good few days to get over all the packing and unloading but it was worth it! Can’t wait to see you and your smiling face:) xo Carol

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    Sheila Rumney
    August 27, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Sweet Carol, you made me laugh when you said that you were the fastest moving team on the planet… But what a team you are!!! Hope to see you at Bottoms Up in your new space. Blessings to you.

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      September 1, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      Oh Sheila we were certainly comical and of course had to take a few Advil afterwards:) Hope to see you at Bottoms Up. xo Carol

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