Meanwhile, here at Tattered….

It’s been exactly one month since the last update post. Time has past enough to give another update.

Next Monday I will be part time at the clinic so I can devote more time to the store. I seems to me that it is not really happening! I have always worked for someone else and full time. I started working when I was 15. I took some time off after my second son was born. I tried to be a stay at home Mom, but it wasn’t for me. I really give credit to those Moms and Dads out there. If I would have had computers and blogs and Facebook back then, I maybe could have handled it. It won’t be that I will have all this extra time on my hands. just that I won’t have to go at maximum overdrive mode.

The weekends open have been successful.  The store seems to sell about have of the inventory by noon on Saturday. Ideally, we will have replacements to pull from back room instead of it being a first come first serve situation. There is always things to work on waiting in the back room. I have accommodated several customers that have asked about certain pieces they had in mind. Often I show pieces that are waiting to be fixed up and it seems to be just what they are looking for, so I get to sell it. I have also did custom work for a few where they have brought in their piece and painted to their request.

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I am trying to build Tattered’s branding image now. I am excitedly waiting for another draft of a logo. So pumped to unveil it. I am fortunate to have a friend who is a graphic designer who also is a vendor for Tattered. I plan to order custom bags and am in need of more business cards. With the expanded store hours, I should publicize that in the papers. I find that advertising is so expensive, BUT, there are a lot of people who don’t Tweet or use Facebook. So the old fashioned route must be used.

A mentor of mine told me when I first started not to invest so heavily in the store. She said just to recycle grocery bags, use a calculator, never advertise. I have followed that advise. There are times when you have to find your own way too. I bought a cash register because I felt like I was running a rummage sale instead of a brick and mortar store. I put my beautiful merchandise in crinkled up Walmart bags. I just feel cheap and unprofessional. I guess it’s not the image I want to portray. Even though the name is Tattered, it doesn’t actually mean that is how everything has to be.

So I plan to upgrade the image, a more grown up Tattered. I think that is how businesses can be successful though. Never to get stale, keep moving and shifting as needed. I did already upgrade the Facebook page  with an awesome timeline from Leesa Dykstra Designs. She does beautiful work. So much talent. I am working on building the fan base for Facebook. I think for only being open for 5 months, over 600 likes is something to be proud of. So keep the love coming and visit me at Facebook too!

Thanks for your support, please share my pages with your friends. I am hoping to update this site more now that I will be part time at the clinic, YAY!!

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Busy remodeling

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Quick update on the renovation. It is moving along well. Still working full time, but forging ahead with plans. Reno is nearing completion. Nate has been working his butt off. I will try to give more information as time allows!

Juggling new business

Hey everyone! I haven’t had a recent update for awhile. I made it through The Vintage Carnival Saturday. It started a little shaky. My spot wasn’t ideal, but it worked out fine in the end. The weather was horrible, glare ice roads, that didn’t seem to deter traffic to the fair though, wow, what a turn out! The rustic arbor was a fabulous draw. I finally put a tag on it that it wasn’t for sale.  There was a lot of interest in renting it for weddings. So with one rental, it will be paid for. I sold about 16 pieces. I found that pricing was tricky. Of course at a holiday venue, a lot of people were shopping for Christmas gifts. It would take the right person to buy furniture. I had tons of traffic though and people seemed to be attracted to my booth. There were a lot of other vendors there that shared their experience with me, which is so much appreciated! We are having another carnival in the spring. I think the timing was perfect. I debuted my wares, before the store opens. I got the Tattered name out there and told people to watch for the store opening after the first of the year. By the time the spring carnival comes around, I will have more media in place and the store should be in full swing. Now to the juggling. Yesterday, I finally caught up on all the house cleaning and grocery shopping that has not been attended to the past month. I really didn’t do anything in regards to the store. It was the last day of deer hunting for the guys too, so tonight, Nate starts the renovation process on the shop, which to me is the ultimate excitement!! Today is back to my full time job as a nurse. I took Friday off to set up for the show. It’s hard to concentrate at the job with so much on my mind. Progress: Lumber has been delivered to the shop. Courtney is working on the signage for the store front. It’s going to be an 8 foot long sign with dark stained boards and the turquoise blue Tattered name on it. She is also a local gal that works a full time job and does these beautiful signs on the side with her hubby. I have all the quotes except for a furnace and an awning for the back door. I did stop at a consignment store yesterday where I had good luck finding quality pieces before. I struck out and left empty handed. I am going to an estate sale this Thursday to restock.  I forgot my camera, so couldn’t take any shots of the booth, so bummed. I too one awful shot with my phone. What kind of blogger am I!? Have a great week!, Nicole

The key to happiness

Rental key

Today, I got the key to the shop!! I paid the deposit and the first months rent. I really feel official. 

I’ve been working on getting estimates and space planning. Today I worked on furniture projects all day long. I have the Vintage Carnival next Saturday. I should have enough pieces to bring with. There are a few things left to do, like price everything and look at coordinating accessories to spruce up the displays.

Classic table

Tool box- what should go in there? Surely not tools

Little side table

Rustic top with classic antique white bottom

Antiqued bar stools

After the fair, then the rush will be on to renovate that mechanics garage into what’s been occupying my mind for the past several weeks. I hope that time and money are on our side! The meeting with the grant person was very positive. Any projects tied to the grant money has to be completed by the end of this year. We think it’s doable. We will likely do the construction mostly ourselves. Apparently, the carpenters around here are busy until spring. I trust Nate’s work, he built our house, addition and all the buildings on our property, plus he builds bridges for a living!

Just a little update on the progress. It is a lot farther along then I could have ever imagined!! Happy trails…. Nicole 

EXCITING NEWS!! RENTAL PROPERTY

Exciting news! I officially took over rental of the old mechanic garage TODAY! I met with the co-op board and they agreed to the renovations that need to get the building from garage to retail space. I also lucked out and have a very good chance at grant money for commercial rehab projects. I met with the guy today and it sounds like a done deal. I have to get estimates and have all the work done by the end of the year. That’s right, 2 months. I have a feeling that Nate will be doing the work himself as the carpenters around here are booked until spring.

Just a quick note to update you all. Now, I have to figure out some math and estimate building materials.

Nicole

Rental update

Quick update. I confirmed the rental deal. We have a verbal agreement to go forward. I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! I spoke to the board chairman (a fuel cooperative owns the building) and I spoke to him about the changes that need to take place to convert the shop into a retail space. What a generous fellow. Sounds like he wants to bring it to the board to kick in on the reno. We’ll see. I meet with the board a week from tomorrow. Its happening fast, I have to come up with a plan and have estimates ready to present.

Once I get through the board meeting, I will slow things down again, well sort of. The Vintage Carnival is on November 10, so that will still keep me busy. The reno on the store is a big project and since I plan on starting with the monthly sale only, I want to get the store right. Not perfect, but right.

Keep me in your prayers, Nicole