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My New Antique Mall

For the past two weeks I have been packing, schlepping, unpacking and arranging merchandise at the New Fredericksburg Antique Mall. The old Fredericksburg Antique Mall and the Antique Gallery finally have merged together at one location. We are now in the old Ben Franklin building where River Run Antiques was located. But this mall is so much different from River Run. My cousin, who owns the mall, has put in super new lighting, made beautiful spaces for all the dealers and had the floors cleaned up and polished. It is now so light and bright! 

Here is the new sign on the front.

Here are some pictures of Moss Cottage Vintage’s new booth!

My showcase is still waiting for electricity. It will be nice and light when I get it hooked up!

Mantiques, sewing supplies and some cool odds and ends.

Moss Cottage Vintage is only one of many shops in the Fredericksburg Antique Mall. The entire main floor and downstairs are filled with booths. This is one antique mall you do not want to miss if you are visiting old town Fredericksburg, Virginia. Our new address is 925 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. The mall will be open every day 10-5 and Sundays 12-5.  And if you are familiar with the old River Run mall, come and see the wonderful transformation!!!

The Makeover

I have been very busy this year rearranging the shop and giving it a new look. I am doing this partly because I am carrying some different merchandise than before and partly to keep like merchandise together. I think the shop was somewhat “confused” before with retro and Shabby and industrial all mixed together. Now I have grouped similar items for more cohesiveness. I’m really starting to like the way it is coming together and enjoy going to the shop again instead of dreading it! Martin has come in twice to help me with bigger changes that I couldn’t do by myself. What a sweetheart. Anyway, here are some pictures I took today from the shop in Fredericksburg.

Shabby Chic china, figurines and other pretties.

Shabby Chic china, figurines and other pretties.

Valentine's Goodies

Valentine’s Goodies

Showcase full of treasures.

Showcase full of treasures.

Lots of pretty linens.

Lots of pretty linens.

Pretty retro items.

Pretty retro items.

Sewing notions and baby items.

Sewing notions and baby items.

 

Really fun and neat vintage items.

Really fun and neat vintage items.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. If you are ever in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area be sure to stop by. Thank you for looking and I’ll leave you with one last picture.

P.S. I did vacuum before I left!

More retro goodness.

More retro goodness.

When One Door Closes…

We’ve all heard the saying, “When one door closes, another opens.” This has been so true for my shop Mossy Cottage.

As business expanded at my William Street location I was able to get a second smaller space upstairs. I called this space Mossy Cottage Too and it had more retro and industrial merchandise. For the last couple years, however, sales upstairs have not been so great, mostly because only about 1/4 of the  people who come into the mall actually go upstairs.

To boost sales I started an Etsy shop several years ago but really didn’t put much effort into it. Earlier this year I decided to work harder at my Etsy shop and run it like the real business it is. Well, once I started to put some time and effort into it, my Etsy shop  finally took off. I love that I can list items and run the shop in my pajamas from home.

That being said, I decided to give up my Mossy Cottage Too space upstairs at the mall, and concentrate on my larger downstairs space and my Etsy shop.

Here are some blurry quick pictures of my new business plan. Please notice that if I had one more item to squeeze into my booth downstairs I literally would have needed a shoe horn!

 

 

Out with the old.

Out with the old.

The end of an era. Or at least a couple years!

The end of an era. Or at least a couple of years!

Pretty hand made dress from the 1950's.

Pretty hand-made dress from the 1950’s.

Showcase full of yumminess!

Showcase full of yumminess!

Pretty linens.

Pretty linens.

Fun retro merchandise.

Fun retro merchandise.

Baby and sewing items.

Baby and sewing items.

Shabby Chic china and glass jars.

Shabby Chic china and glass jars.

More glassware and purses.

More glassware and purses.

Hanging linens and wicker items.

Hanging linens and wicker items.

Lace, lace and more lace!

Lace, lace and more lace!

So there is a quick tour of Mossy Cottage as it is now. I love having the retro mixed with the shabby chic mixed with the industrial. It all can coexist nicely.

I feel a sense of peace having just one booth again. Having an active Etsy shop helps with the sales, but doesn’t require another rent nor schlepping anything upstairs (which gives my knees a sense of peace)! If you would like to visit my Etsy shop here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MossyCottage