It's a daily whirl wind here at the shop in the best of ways: there is certainly never a lack of things to do when it comes to keeping a small business up and running. Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes? Here are some of the many things we tend to throughout the day:
- Responding to shop emails, social media messages, texts and voicemails. Lots of them. In order to not get buried in the many inquiries we get daily, it's a constant housekeeping activity.
- Organizing daily mini photo shoots to capture new arrivals and putting together content for social media, newsletters, blog posts, etc.
- Constantly organizing racks, jewelry, shoes, etc. and running go backs throughout the day
- Taking in consignment, entering it into the system, pricing, tagging, and getting all that inventory out onto the sales floor
- Pulling expired items and either donating them or gathering them to be picked up by the consignors who want them back
- Packaging and mailing items that sell over social media
- Planning and brainstorming for future shop parties and events
- Trying not to get too off track from gushing over whatever cute animal or child that happens to be at the shop
- Sporadic dance parties
- And so on and so forth: never a dull moment!
The past two years I've had more personal growth than any other time period of my life. No matter what you may be facing I have found that the hardest things in life really do promote a new lens on life. I have gained an appreciation for all I have, a gratitude, and an understanding of life that fills me with more compassion, understanding and a deep sense of self.
I want to thank Meg Nanna for the beautiful photos she did for The Women's Expo Magazine. about a week ago. I've been photographing as part of what I do my entire career and I have actually never had my own lifestyle shoot. She made me walk the talk I help others see for themselves.
Nicole asked me if I wanted to carry a few necklaces she had made recently. She sent a picture and I was in love. We sold 3 in the first few days and have requests for more so I'm going to pester her to make more for our anniversary party this Saturday.
Last Friday I popped into Nicole's new house so I could get some pictures of the necklaces. Her 4 year old, Yvie, who could be the cutest child alive was excited to ham it up for the camera.
For the next hour Yvie entertained us all and I took some photos. Nicole's calling her line Le Jardin.
Nicole & her Husband Travis own Leisure, a bar a few blocks from the shop which happens to be one of Portland's best kept Brunch spot secrets. The food & service is fantastic and there is never a wait.