We bought a vintage store, pt 2

Hi! I’m still alive, still digging through boxes of vintage! Thank you all for sharing the excitement of this new venture with me- I’m really excited to be working with vintage again. For the past few weeks, I’ve been knee deep in vintage, elbow deep in wash water, and neck deep in excitement. I have been working super hard to make sure that this endeavor is a blessing and not a nuisance for my family, so I’ve been only working while Jacob is sleeping or with family. Slowly but surely, things are falling into place and I’m gearing up to start selling clothing again!

We went up to Washington to pick up the lot and pack up the shop we bought from. With the help of my sister, Sarah and her family, and a whole lot of snacks, we braved the 108 degree (!!!!) weather and packed a 27ft U-Haul truck floor to ceiling! It was somewhat of a challenge with two little girls and a Jacob that had a vaccine the day before, but the kids were incredibly awesome! It took a day and a night to pack the shop, and about 50 man hours in one day to unload the truck- it was insane! We have 10′x20′ storage space jam packed and a room in our house with clothing, shoes, and accessories.

It has been an exhausting three weeks of unpacking bags and boxes only to repack them again once they are sorted: selling as a lot, by season, by style, etc. I have not felt this physically tired and sore since I was very very pregnant, but I am determined to get this fully organized and ready for business by the end of August! My plan is to continue to quickly sell off things I don’t plan on selling in my shop to make room and some quick money. I want to have a fully stocked shop ready to go when I re-launch my Etsy shop and have everything uniformly photographed.

Here are some more crappy phone pictures to show you what I’ve been up to (sorry, it’s the only thing I have time for these days.)

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These bags and boxes were filled with clothing I hadn’t seen yet, the suitcases all full of jewelry and hats- so so so many hats. And yes, those are hoop skirts just hanging out on top of the boxes)

(The most organized mess you can imagine.)

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(Just a lot of vintage, and a familiar backyard scene of air drying dresses)

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(some beautiful mexican bracelets, suitcases of jewelry!)

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(beauties that fell out of the plastic bags as we moved them! The poppy colored silk one fits me perfectly and has flaws…so it’s meant to be mine, right?)

I am so grateful to my family for helping me since this vintage has been in my possession! Having my mom or siblings take Jacob to the park or play with him so I can work in the day time is so incredibly helpful! I’ve only worked while he sleeps, so getting a few extra hours here and there is making a world of difference, and it’s extra awesome for Jacob! Also helpful is my mom and sister ironing pleated dresses, unpacking dingy boxes, and getting clothes on their hangers! Vanessa braved opening lots of plastic bags of surprises with me, which was very nice of her. ANOTHER MILLION THANK YOUs, FAMILY and FRIENDS!