In a world filled with horrific, heart-breaking news, I am thankful there’s a little good news in my personal world–today my youngest brother and 90-year-old dad moved from a small apartment into a house. It’s a good-sized house with a yard big enough for a garden and as quiet as can be. (Isn’t it cute?!)
Plus it has a front porch where I plan on hanging out when I go to visit them. Mind you they are 2500 miles away, still this makes me happy. My dad, while a bit fragile, will thrive being able to garden as he always has–planting and tending his tomatoes, onions, peppers and corn. Can’t wait to visit!
Life on vintage front is a bit harsher…
The revenue in my Etsy store is down a whooping 50% from this time last year. Fifty percent!! Gosh, that’s well…huge.
This month in particular has been the culprit. But I do understand it. Food and gas prices have skyrocketed. Investments are shaky. It’s a tough time. And people are scared. Who needs a crystal bowl, a garnet brooch or an antique print? Well, no one!
And while this income does not need to support me, it’s been super helpful! This downturn is giving me pause. So, I will be cutting back on my store. Shopping less. Spending less. At least for a while.
I have already cut back on shopping at my neighborhood thrift store. Once a honey hole and the source for 60% of my inventory, now I’m lucky to find anything to buy amongst the throng of new shoppers.
Here’s what I didn’t buy…
These 1940s ceramic console bowls were fun, but big and breakable (a shipping nightmare) and not worth much. I didn’t even bother checking their price.
This handmade baby blanket was in perfect, unused condition, but priced at $7.
And this signed pottery vase, one of my fav categories, just didn’t appeal to me. I tend to like weird, non-pretty stuff, but I thought this was sloppy.
Bought one thing…
So after going round and round this small store, I bought one little thing, just one–a vintage leather stud box. Not valuable, but kinda neat with only a few light scratches.
Stuff from my house…
And I will continue to source from my personal collections. I figure this is a great time to keep downsizing, whether I put it in my store or donate it.
This vintage San Francisco hanky is darn cool. I bought this years ago with the intention of framing it. Never did!
And this vintage California state hanky has my town on it!
While my love of vintage and antique stuff will never fade, and I hope my online stores will once again thrive, I have to be realistic. There may come a time, perhaps sooner rather than later, when all this work/expense is just not worth the effort and the small bit of profit I make and I’ll give it up. While it makes me sad to think about, it is in the back of my mind.
I’ll close for now hoping your reality is full of joy,