It's freezing out, the Xmas cookies are all gone and we're waiting for the ball to drop.
It's the perfect time to cuddle up by the fire and look back at the past year at the store.
Favorite projects, ideas that came to fruition, crowded weekends and
treasure packed road trips! These are all the same things I look forward
to for 2018, and I have a new notebook just waiting to be filled with
plans for new ideas, designs and so much more.
I've collected some of my favorite trips, projects and looks from 2017.
Maybe you can find some inspiration in them for your ideas or wishes
for your home this coming year.
My favorite photo this year was this one from our final Holiday Open House.
Photographic proof that our customers also enjoy this journey;
That you all appreciate the same imperfections in design, enjoy uniqueness
and support a dream. Here's to 2018!
I can't wait to see what ideas present themselves.
There are some exciting changes happening here! My Rust & Found journey is taking a new path, and I hope you’ll follow along with me.
Let’s just get the big news out of the way first: I am going to be closing the brick & mortar part of my business at the end of November. It’s a bittersweet change, for sure, but it will allow for some great new adventures for you and me both!
Five years ago I started a business model that was new to this area: opening only once monthly. There were lots of questions as to how this could work and why don’t we open more often, but you all stuck with me and soon we figured it out together. These occasional openings allowed me time to create, find, and curate great things to share with you in a new way. Over the years, other stores have adopted the same or similar business model because it works! But it’s time for something new. We’ll dig more into the storefront closing in a few moments, but now let’s jump to the exciting part of the changes.
First: I will soon be offering in home design consultations! I’ve been asked about this many times, and the truth is it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Prior to the success of the store I’d never felt it was possible. Owning Rust & Found gave me something I hadn’t foreseen in the beginning: a reputation for good design sense, a newfound self confidence, and your trust! The “how & when” are still in the planning stages, but this winter I’ll have more details to share with you, and I’m so excited to make this part of the business a reality!
The second exciting change: you no longer have to wait to purchase the “made” or “found” items I’ll have for sale, nor will you have to be the first one in line when we open to ensure you get something you saw posted. You’ll be able to purchase things as I finish them! Facebook and Instagram will be the same as they are now, with furniture or lighting designs shared during the process and/or when completed. The same goes for great vintage or unique finds. You can purchase immediately! Again, there will be more details coming out here and on social media over the winter as to how you can snag items right away.
And third: we hope to offer a “pop-up event” several times a year, where we set up somewhere new and share creations and things from our picking trips. The road trip adventures will continue and the thrill of the hunt will never stop! There are a few options we’re already looking into for a summer show.
If It Ain't Broke Why Fix It
So about the closing of the brick & mortar. I’m sure at this point you are asking “why? I thought you loved your store!?” I do! Believe me, a dream I’ve always had not only came true but grew and became more than I could have thought possible! I can’t begin to explain how honored I feel seeing happy faces come to shop over and over again. These past five years have been full of huge personal growth for me as well. Saying it’s been a self-confidence boost is an understatement. It's truly been fantastic!
The reality of our success and growth is that it's harder for me to keep the shop filled. It's so wonderful that we empty out when we open. ... What a great problem to have, right? That’s the goal! However, selling more means making more and the physical demands of the job have taken their toll, this past year in particular. Long term back issues and the increasing fibromyalgia pain leave me fatigued much of the time. Add to that new hip and knee issues... I don't think my body is aware I'm only 53! We’ve also been unable to take as many picking trips this year with long hours in the car being more uncomfortable for me. Selling items as I make them will allow me to work at a more manageable and more comfortable pace. I have a feeling that working with less discomfort may also leave me feeling more creative.
Some of you knew I’ve always had this physical struggle and asked why I don’t simply start consigning to ease the demands a little. The truth is, I didn’t set out to open a store because I wanted to be a business owner. It was more about a need for a place to sell my creations and finds. I love that the store is very much my brand and represents me and my passion. Bringing in other makers would take some pressure off of “filling space” but it would no longer be why I do what I do, nor would the store continue to look like my heart and soul.
All added up this is such an exciting and positive change! Even so, change is hard. I’m definitely going to miss the side benefits of the current set up, which is seeing all of you! Chris and I have made great new friends with other business owners and customers alike. I'll miss having those monthly opportunities, however I'm positive I will still see some of you with this online selling venture. I have a feeling picking up an item at my house will turn into some great visiting with some of you!
Please stay tuned for more information both here and through social media. When the details are worked out, I'll be sharing it all.
This part of my journey has been so rewarding thanks to you, and I’m excited
to take the next big step with your support <3
Can this be real? Is our Grand Opening & Holiday Open House
in only 3 WEEKS? The to do list is still so full, but we are chipping away at it.
The big move was last weekend and boy is the place a wreck!
But now comes the good part, the part where we are no longer working in construction dust, paint covered clothes or eating dinner on the store floor. (We actually take time now to eat at home first! haha) It's the part where I get to imagine where things are going to go, and start to unpack and make it happen. Today I got the final light wired up for over our new cash/wrap counter.
Now I just need to BUILD the cash/wrap counter!
As for the Grand Opening weekend, please note our Friday hours are EVENING,
and not our normal hours. Make it a date night or girls night out!
We are extending our Saturday and Sunday hours to allow more time for you to find the perfect piece for your home before you host your friends and family. You'll also find great gift giving items... handmade jewelry, artwork,
candles, purses, scarves and so much more!
A little help to find our parking.
We have an alley that runs behind our store and to the parking lot.
Our main store entrance is in the rear of the store as well. We will have a small overflow lot next door ( watch for signs), and there is other parking
around town within walking distance. You can also enter the alley
from Bitzer St. next to the YMCA or from Bachtel St.
Now it's off to Nashville for some picking to help fill the gaps and gather
some great treasures for the November and December holiday shows.
See you all soon!
I'm home for the weekend and co-opting the blog to help describe the windows mom and I worked on. While many of you love the final product, it takes a special sort of person to look at rusty bits of metal or unfinished wood and see what kind of treasure they'll turn into.
For this month's windows, my goal was to give a sneak preview of what mom might see in a pile of junk behind someone's barn. The smell of manure fades away (but the actual thing stays on her boots), weeds growing up through the pile disappear, and her eyes see into the future* of that perforated tin and sun-bleached barn siding.
Ok, so -- that might not all come through in a single window display, but it was a fun project!
*I'm partially convinced she can actually see the future.
I noticed that everyone sort of had their own approach to their shopping and junking. Some are looking for a specific item. They have done their research on what they are looking for and have a mission. Others like to wander and take it all in before zeroing in on the items they can use. And then there are those that feel it's a challenge to find the best deal or the things that are unique before anyone else can get to it. An my personal favorites were the gals who did some dumpster diving on the trip! Hard core junkers! :) As long as you leave with a smile you were successful!
Bright blue skies, smiling faces and a bus full of Junk! The day was perfect for our first group road trip.
It was so fun seeing what treasure hunters hauled back. Little bags of trinkets, pieces of furniture, rustic salvage, windows, lighting, jewelry, clothing... you name it! We had to convince our driver at each stop that YES, we CAN get even more under the bus! haha. As one of the gals on the trip put it to him: "we are junkers and we know how to make it all fit!".
Enjoy some of our Road Trip photo album...
Thank you so much to all the shops that had great finds for our bus group and plenty of help on hand to handle the large groups: Marshalls Antique Salvage, Farmhouse Frocks, Rust & Found, Funky Junk Boutique and City Salvage and Design. A special thanks to my sister Tracey that helped me all day and made a great bus buddy, and to my hubby that gave up his Saturday to be at the shop so I could be on the bus, and my friends that helped at the shop and kept things running!
Thank you to all our Rust & Found Junking Road Tour participants
for being so fun and patient!
Who Am I?
I've tried it all..hair stylist/faux painter/stay at home mom/jewelry artist/late in life college student. Through all of those former "careers" I have had one constant passion.. a love of junk, flea markets and creating! It took me 30 years to find the courage do this full time and I have finally settled on what I'm going to be when I grow up!