I have just moved my shop. For the second time. So this is a funny story…..about three months ago the landlord to my shop called my husband and said “we need to talk”. Both of us knew I would be moving out. Basically, somebody came into my shop, decided they liked the size of it and offered the landlord more rent per month. So the landlord asked if we would match the offer and stay, if not we need to leave….so I left. A week before a friend of mine, from South Africa but living here in Warsaw, came into my shop saying she wanted to get together and pick my brain about retail in Warsaw and she told me she was going to be opening a shop with decorative items just down the street.
This is going to be long…..
Anyway…..the place she was going to move to I had looked at for warehouse space about two years earlier when I was the country distributor for Annie Sloan, but since I stopped selling the brand it never panned out. A lovely couple that lived in Detroit for 25 years own this group of warehouse spaces in Konstancin and she was taking over a space that sold fire extinguishers. So after we gave the notice to move out- I contacted her and asked if there is space in the same complex and if she would mind if I moved there. She was thrilled because she wants to change it from warehouse into something more community focused and artsy.
So new lease signed and I had three months to organize my stuff. Last week I finally moved into the new space…..after some renovations and now I am digging myself out of painted furniture hell!!
This last photo is from today. I can finally see the floor. After all this work I am so glad to be here. As much as I loved being in the old place- I felt as though I was stuck in a bit of a rut. Another thing- I sell Pure&Original paint which is marketed more for whole home and not just for furniture- I was finding it very hard explain how this new paint works- so now I have samples on the walls! I will always sell painted furniture- in fact I have different paints for that—-Fusion and Miss Mustard Seed- both from Canada, but now I can show how Fresco and Marrakesh wall paints looks!
And here is a bit of karma for you. The landlord and the new tenant couldn’t agree on the terms of their lease- so my old shop is sitting empty!
Anyway- signs going up on the outside tomorrow as I continue to “curate” my collections!