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 took me until I was in my late 40’s to gain the courage to take the leap. It’s wonderful to know my family is proud of me, having Chris be my constant supporter and cheerleader, for my son and daughter to call me after every open day just to see how the it went. I love having friends to collaborate with and that enjoy being there to help me and our customers. It’s all given me things I had never expected. Add to that being voted as a favorite store in local publications and having customers bring friends in to share their love of Rust & Found -- I feel so lucky and my heart is beyond filled
The reality of 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. I never foresaw the great new friends Chris and I would make through the business. Customers have become near and dear, other business owners became friends and mentors, and we’ve met some wonderful people during our travels. Those things won’t change, however we’ll both miss the face to face interaction during Open Events. Hearing your stories of using my designs in your homes, or your love of strolling through the shop to see what’s inside each month… that inspires me and I'll miss that interaction dearly. Seeing all of you is another benefit to having future Pop-up events!
Our Surprise Event!
This brings me to the final announcement! November 24th & 25th we’ll be having a huge Black Friday & Saturday Blow Out Event! All the remaining inventory will be greatly marked down. I want a fresh start in the spring so hope it all goes, including display pieces and lighting! Be sure to to mark your calendars for this as we would love to have you join us for our last big event at the shop. Your presence and support are what helped shape my success and joining all of you to celebrate new beginnings would be the best closure to this chapter of Rust & Found.
We'll see what the new year brings, but I know it needs to be new, so the now has got to go. Check out Facebook and Instagram for updated hours and details of this event -- Chris and I will be there, as well as Cameron and Haley, and we can’t wait to see you!
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
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!