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  •  We WERE the small business today (5+ / 0-)

    and yesterday-Our little antique and gift store in central Texas had the best 2 days of its 18 month existence. We had at least 50 people over both days, and sold a bunch of things that they couldn't do without. We had both locals and travelers, and they were all amazed at the amount and variety of things we had, and were able to stuff into the space and have it still not feel claustrophobic. They'll come back and they'll tell their friends, and my only complaint is that we're all exhausted.

    Tomorrow: more stuff into the shelves and gift certificates!

    Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

    by postmodernista on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 09:06:32 PM PST

    •  Wow... (5+ / 0-)

      Let's hope that's a game changer for you.

      •  ditto (4+ / 0-)
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        we generally have 2-5 people per day with low level purchases, or 1 or 2 with big $$, some days none. But this, I think was worth a lot of advertising dollars I would never have, just in the range of reaching faraway people and also the locals telling their friends.

        The first customer was the owner of the local hardware store, trying to find vintage look clothing for the kids who'll be in her Christmas float for the parade next week. I had a tweed newsboy's cap and wool scarf, and a porkpie hat and plaid scarf, snd a vintage parkbench. Also referred her to a Koskatalogue dealer of vintage clothing. She walked out saying 'I'll be back- I had no idea y'all had so much'

        The last guy today was a Houston area African-American fellow who found a vintage Afro pick and a black Stetson; he was a dead ringer for Mr. Obama in that photo with the cowboy hat, and I complimented him and told him so.

        A very good day.

        Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

        by postmodernista on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 09:44:53 PM PST

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    •  fingers crossed that today's customers..... (3+ / 0-)
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      ......tell all their friends.  BTW, did you note the quote by Alan Au in that USA Today article:

      ""The more full the store is, the harder it is to help anybody.  I function a lot better with a steady stream of customers."
      Still, better too much business than too little, especially now.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 09:23:45 PM PST

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      •  true, both (3+ / 0-)
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        and this is hard, both because of the volume and diversity of our stock, and also because people come to us to find things that speak to them. It takes a little longer to establish what they're really looking for, or to have the conversations that give me enough info to make suggestions for gifts. It is as labor intensive as EMS, teaching, or grant projects ever were, but damn it is so much fun! and I often learn SO much from the customers themselves. The place is paid for, and we own the stock, so the risk is minimal at this point, but I would love many many more days like this.

        Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

        by postmodernista on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 09:49:34 PM PST

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        •  good old fashioned customer service in the...... (2+ / 0-)
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          ......internet age; it doesn't really go out of style, all the electronic distancing technology aside.  Glad to know that the place is paid for, which I imagine is so not the case just about everywhere else.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 10:16:51 PM PST

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      •  btw (2+ / 0-)
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        need a gravy boat? we've got about 40 of them...or themed salt and pepper shakers? horse collars or clocks? heh.

        Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

        by postmodernista on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 10:01:48 PM PST

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        •  hmm, eBay? :) (1+ / 0-)
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          Not that I know about such things, mind you :) .  It's enough for me to try to sell stuff on Amazon, which again makes me wonder about doing an SNLC on that.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 10:17:30 PM PST

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          •  I'll stick with the live version (1+ / 0-)
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            and the Kos Katalogue. For this, it seems, the 'net is like trying to take a sip from the ocean. And my dad, one of the partners in this endeavor, says about some of the many really special things (a kerosene-fired copper coffee urn, a genuine Edison dictaphone, a lapdesk from 1927, or a silver chest from 1910, etc.) "Dear- you'd wear out 2 cars and the whole internet trying to find another one."

            But I'd still like to see an SNLC on that topic.

            Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

            by postmodernista on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 10:25:44 PM PST

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            •  it would be an SNLC of the..... (1+ / 0-)
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              ....."moral dilemma" of being part of the Amazon system, which I indirectly addressed in this past SNLC.  But getting back to your business, is there some reasonably cheap way of displaying, or at least listing, your wares on-line?  (Don't know if you'd be concerned about security there, though.)

              "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

              by chingchongchinaman on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 07:05:41 AM PST

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              •  we have a facebook page (0+ / 0-)

                with pix of a lot of the stuff, though no one has said they want to buy something through that venue. A lot of this stuff is small, but I worry that shipping costs might be prohibitive on the larger pieces.

                Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

                by postmodernista on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 07:35:34 AM PST

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                •  late reply; hmm, tough situation there (0+ / 0-)

                  Can understand why people would be reluctant to purchase by way of FB, but then one could almost say the same thing of the internets in general.

                  "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

                  by chingchongchinaman on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:48:09 PM PST

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