My friend Charlie (top) and I have rented a store front and are opening an antique shop with all of our stuff.
Charlie has been an antique dealer for 30 years and I am honored that he asked me to join him. I have dabbled for years, and for the past year have been doing shows but am now in what we call "Charlie Boot Camp" and I am learning a lot.
We had been tossing around some ideas for a while, and one morning he came over and said he found a space and did I want to see it - so, we drove over (the store is in the town of Weedsport, about 17 miles west of Baldwinsville) and I said "OK"! We rented the space on a Friday, the next Monday was June 1, so we started in cleaning and painting and hauling and arranging.
We aren't officially opened yet, but we are there and lots of folks have come by and we have been selling them stuff! Another friend of mine is involved (placing her items to sell in return for shop sitting) so we have three folks to cover the shop and we can be opened a lot of hours. The location is great - on a well traveled route about a mile from the thruway and a gateway to the Finger Lakes region and right on a Wine Trail (we have lots of vineyards around here ) and right across the street from a wonderful coffee house that has great music 4 nights a week!
We are setting aside a space in the shop for painting and studio work - and I am really anxious to get to the point where sort of settled and I can return to painting and making things right in the shop!! Miss that for sure!
So that is what I have been up to for the last couple of weeks - wish us luck!