We'll be adding lots of new, vintage, old, farmhouse, made and found goods!!! Hoping the Spring weather will finally arrive! If not... come anyway and get inspired with new things for your home and garden... for today's country living!
As I evaluated this past year and soul searched what
I wanted 2018 to look like for The Whistle Stop I came
up with a list of the things I love to do and things
I “not so much” love to do! Truth be told after 24 years
I’m a little burnt out… and it shows!
What I know is… I’m a planner(and also a procrastinator!)
I like to hunt for vintage goods and find the one
special piece that sparks a theme to create creative
displays for the shop! Curating a shop full of
wonderful vintage & handmade goods with a
sprinkle of market wares mixed in so that our
customers will find inspiration when they visit
is the end goal! And hopefully find something they can’t leave with out! So, I guess the real end goal is that we get customers in the door and that they leave a few of their hard earned pennies behind (on something they absolutley love!) so that we can remain in business!
Times have changed… where we used to be one
of handful of vintage, handmade shops in the
area one can now find a pop up vintage market
just about any weekend, in any near by town.
I used to say… “send a postcard and they will come!”
And come you did! — and lined up down the block!
Online sales and discount home decor stores make it
hard for ma and pa shops to compete. Many (not all!) of our
long time (note, I didn’t say old!) loyal customers are at
stages of their lives where they are down sizing
and not collecting more things!
Shoppers now have so many choices where to
spend their time and their pennies!
Bottom line— it’s getting tough to own a
brick and mortar. So, what’s an older, burnt out
ma and pa to do? -THE HOW- Carry on!… some way, some how! (my new motto... and a post for another day!)