Back in July I started a journey involving JUNK.
My friend Kristie and I seemed to both be at a crossroad when we decided to haul a bunch of our treasures to the Srpingfield Antique and Flea Market in July. We had enough cool stuff combined to fill a 10X30 booth. What we “threw together” turned out to be profitable enough to pursue other ventures.
One thing leads to another….
Three months later, we getting ready to set up at the Srpingfield Extravaganza (same location where it all started) and then immediately travel to Round Top, Texas for the world’s largest Flea Market. Round Top is between Austin and Houston, population 77. Twice a year thousands from all over the world take on the challenge of shopping 22 miles of antique and flea market booths. It is exciting that we will be one of the many booths!
- For those in Ohio, we are booth 25 & 26 at the Springfield Extravaganza.
- For those in Texas, we are setting up outside by the dance hall in Round Top.
We learned a lot in our three short months.
- We no longer do small shows, just too much work to set up and tear down.
- We are slowly starting to purchase pieces together. So, two very different personalities needed to learn to work together.
- Our moto is “work smarter not harder”… so we are figuring that one out.
- We are very good at packing a truck!
We love this business!
It is different everyday. There are so many different aspects of the business that it never gets dull. However, there are some “jobs” I prefer over others.
- Buying/Picking (my favorite)
- Setting up/Tearing down
- Packing the truck
- Looking for new opportunities – networking
- Facebook, Craig’s List, Ebay, Etsy
- Making videos/ promotion
- Books (Hate this part)/ Inventory
And the list goes on…
We’ve met some amazing people!
First, the generosity of our friends has blessed us. We’ve had several friends donate pieces to our start up. One friend, Angela, even trashed picked for us! We are so thankful! Lisa Foster donated a Philharmonic Music Company Radio/Record player console, among many other wonderful pieces. We had no idea the value of it and had considered making it a fancy bar. I posted it to Craig’s List first. A gentleman from Washington DC contacted me and drove one early Sunday morning to pick it up. Turns out he is very interested in the history and taught us a lot about the Philharmonic Radios and the radio buisness. He was so thrilled to find this treasure. I can’t begin to describe the feeling of connecting this gentleman with a piece of history he has been searching for. Amazing!
We’ve also have become friends with some very talented people. We have new friends from France to Texas. The creativity and energy of this community is energizing!
Where to next?
It’s funny that when you stop looking for that “thing” to do… it finds you! I am so grateful for this opportunity to pursue a passion, be an entrepreneur, use my gifts and have fun. I wonder when a hobby officially becomes a career and not exactly sure where this road will take Kristie and I?
I will just enjoy the journey!
You can find us on Facebook. We are posting pictures and videos to share our journey! ~ guaranteed to entertain