Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sale! SAle!! SALe!!! SALE!!!!

Can you guess from the title of this post that I'm having a sale?  Yes it's true, I'm cleaning out my inventory of handmade purses/totes/shoulder bags to make room for a new line of ..........well, it's a secret right now but I promise to 'reveal all' as soon as I can!

Just head on over to one of my etsy shops -  -- to see all the great stuff I've marked at a very reasonable price.  Hopefully you will find something that you like!!

In the meantime, I'm working on a new line (as I hinted at above) of produce that I am very excited about!  I really believe in it and hope it will be received well by the public--it's fun, kitschy and really, really cool!

Well, that's all the hints I can give for now but I'll keep you informed on my progress!!

God Bless all and any who read this,
Pat, A Remade Life

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Winnie in June

The June show in Winnie is now past and was an 'eye-opener'.  I'll explain that a little later.

Friday was a slow day, as it usually is, but my son Jonathan did a good job and sold several things.  Of course, my good friend and helper, Kay was there as well and she is always a blessing to me!  Saturday started out well with our first sale of the day coming early in the morning so we had great expectations.  Unfortunately, the 'expectations' didn't pan-out and, although we made numerous small sales, the total earnings at the end of the day were disappointing.

Sunday morning broke hot and humid (this is Texas after all!) and somewhat slow.  The people started coming about mid-morning and we again were encouraged but the rains came around 1:30pm and that was pretty much that for the show!

And now to the eye-opener comment:  I have been battling back and forth with the decision to close the shop at Winnie.  Sales and the crowds have been down for about 5 to 6-months and the shop is barely breaking even.  It has become increasing harder to rationalize staying there and continuing to struggle through the bad times.  It would be different if I didn't work full-time or even if money was not an issue--but then, who doesn't have 'that' issue!!

I had decided to ask a vendor whose partner was getting out of the business if she would like to come into our shop and rent part of our space.  She's a great person and it would have been fun to have her there!  Unfortunately, she had already asked another vendor to come in and share her shop so that she wouldn't have to move out.  Makes sense and I'm happy for her to have found someone.

So, back to the decision.  My first decision was to get out of the antique mall in Spring, TX where I rent a small booth.  My overhead there is eating me up and the sales are also sluggish.  I plan on turning in my
30-day notice today or tomorrow.  I'll run a really good sale and hopefully will be able to unload items so that I won't have to haul too much to the warehouse.

And now for Winnie:  unless something changes over the next few months, we will be pulling out of Winnie soon.  I've got numerous pieces of furniture that need to be refinished/painted so I would like to get those redone and sold first.  I plan on putting a huge sale on the last few months there so again, hopefully, we will be able to unload stuff and not have to bring much back to the warehouse.

It has not been an easy decision and not one I've enjoyed making.  BUT, I know my heavenly Father has a plan for me, a good plan for us to prosper!  He will guide my steps and show me where I need to be at this time in my life.

I do ask for your prayers, that my eyes and ears will be open to His guidance and that my heart will be receptive to His will.  I have said all along that my customers are some of the best people in the world!  I have truly enjoyed them and have been blessed to be apart of their lives--I hope that in some small way I have also been a blessing to them!!

So, stay-tuned cause it looks like a new 'adventure' is on the horizon for "A Remade Life"!

Here are some pictures of a few things in the shop,

God Bless All and Any who read this,

Pat, A Remade Life

Monday, June 3, 2013

"Cleaning House"

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted but I do have a good excuse---I've been on vacation!!  And where, you might ask, did I go?  NOWHERE!!--I stayed home.  And it was awesome.

Those of you who are not into resale or 'hoarding with a purpose' as I like to call it, you might not understand how easy it is for resale to take over your life.  And it seems to happen so subtly that you don't notice how 'cluttered' your home is getting till something practically falls on your head!!  No, nothing fell on me but I did look around one day and say 'enough is enough'.  That's when I decided to reclaim my house!

So for the past 8-days I've been organizing, throwing away (not easy for me to do!), donating to a local charity and moving these 'treasures' out of my house!  I must admit that I did start slowing down after 5-days but I did manage to accomplish most of my goals---my garage is now organized and I've actually got lots of space to move around in there/my kitchen is now a REAL kitchen and not a place to store extra supplies--we are even eating at the kitchen table again/my laundry room is actually a place for washing & drying your clothes and not a 'holding' spot for things on their way to the garage/and I even had some time to organize my workroom and organize my bedroom!!

I think I went back to work today just to get a little rest!!  But I am very happy with the progress I made and the things that still need to be done are no longer intimidating--they are 'do-able'!!

I even managed to sort and organize many of these treasures and have begun posting many of them in my shop on etsy.

And while you might not see any before & after pictures of my home (no way jose, there's no way I'm letting anyone see how bad it got!),  I will post a few pictures of my wonderful grandson, Brayden and my dear mom whom we visited with while I was off!

If this picture looks fuzzy it's because I couldn't get Brayden to be still!!

"Excuse me, could you spare a dollar for an ICEE"?

Brayden LOVES being outdoors at the park!!

This and the following pics are just some of the items I've posted for sale in my etsy shop

OK, so I decided to show you an AFTER picture of my garage--believe me this is TONS better then the BEFORE!!

This is my very retro and very pleasant kitchen--I'm soooo happy we are now taking time to eat at the table!!
  Well, that's pretty much it for now.  Hope you've enjoyed the pictures of my 'vacation' and please let me know what you think, leave me a comment--I would LOVE to hear from you!!

God Bless all and any who read this,
Pat, A Remade Life   --my etsy shop, check it out!