Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Another Store Bites The Dust!

The other day I was out running errands, and decided to stop at my local scrap booking store. I needed some pens and papers and they carry a large supply. I had not been there in a food month or so, because I had no upcoming events that I needed to make cards or gifts. When I got there, the store was dark and locked.  The store had gone out of business.

I am fortunate to live in an area where we have a fair amount of independent retailers. I do my best to support them, even on my limited budget. this occasionally means paying a bit more, but its something I feel is worth while, and supports the community that I live in. I budget accordingly. In my case this includes local fabric stores, an independent book store (both new and used), and independent hardware, and other similar shops. I get most of my gardening supplies and pots from an independent dealer rather than one of the big box guys. I'm not saying I buy everything this way, but they are my first go toes. I know the product will be good, as will the customer service. Psychologically I also know that it's small business that build the economy.

Unfortunately, my scrapbook store (which had very competitive prices and almost anything you could use), found that they could no longer compete with big box stores and the Internet and keep their prices at what they considered a fair level. I will miss them.

Meanwhile, In support of my own "small business", I attended an outdoor fair this weekend. This fair was part of a North Texas Etsy group and an experiment. We partnered with a vintage fair that has been in place for quite a while.Rather than a traditional fair, we were set up under the trees amidst the vintage dealers.  While I had an enjoyable weekend in the outdoors, we will definitely have to do some tweaking and further advertising before the fall holiday market. I did not "make" as much as the amount I spent on the fair entry. On the other hand, many people took brochures and asked about having quilts made for specific occasions, so it was a wonderful market experience.

Not to be outdone, I spent extra money (I know, I know). These two iron patio chairs were at a booth near me and I spent two days looking at them (what is it about turquoise and blue-almost everything sold at the vintage fair were these colors). I haven't decided if I will refurbish and resell or keep them for my self. I'm looking at yellow or green paint, and custom cushions in a retro print. I'll probably resell, just not sure where.

As if that wasn't a busy enough weekend, after Friday and Saturday I catered a reception and church, then came home to enjoy what was left of my day of rest. To make up for a rough three days, yesterday afternoon I sat down with my kindle and the newest John Sanford (Stolen Prey) and read the whole thing in a day.


Today it's back to being busier. I have quilts to finish, a patio to clean up (we are considering boarding dogs and doing dog daycare in the house), at least a bit of housework to face, and it's time to hit the pool!  I enjoy being busy but I so need my down time on occasion!!!

5 comments:

  1. In my area the businesses that disappear quickly are local restaurants. There are hundreds within 5 miles of our home so we won't go hungry. But, to drive past a place we had dined at just a few weeks or months ago and find it gone is disconcerting. We do try to avoid chain restaurants whenever possible.

    The other major retail shift I've noticed is the departure of all Blockbuster stores, rapidly replaced by urgent care centers. Obviously there is a lot more money to be made in medicine than DVD rentals.

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  2. I go to my local hardware store, where I usually get the right thing, rather than the big box store, where you're left to your own devices. I also go to my local nursery which has better quality plants -- and if you wait for a sale, the prices are just as good if not better.

    Also love the flea markets and craft fairs, where you can find all kinds of wonderful stuff. I recommend used book sales as well, usually held at your local library or church.

    And what do you know -- I, too, am a Lucas Davenport fan. He's rough, he's tough, but he's also got a soft spot in his heart and occasionally even shows a sense of humor.

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  3. We too lost our scrapbook store when the economy took a nose dive, I miss them so much. We try our best to buy local and USA made (not easy to find) I too am willing to pay a little extra for some things to keep our local shops around but they can't seem to make it these days :( Also it seems hard to sell quilts now days with the imports that come in. Folks don't seem to understand that we are giving our country away with imports, so sad

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  4. Debby, I amf ortunate thatI do sell my quilts. I am not as worried about imports although I would rather not buy stuff from china. I lived in europe for years and go with the free market. You have to remember that if we want other countries to buy our stuff, we have to buy theirs. Its exports that make the economy.

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  5. Sightings, I also do flear markets, yard sales and so on, In addition to small local stores. I dont buy books as a rule, except for resale, and then I go to library book sales, thrift shops, even yard sales.

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