Tagged: Fredericksburg Antique Mall

End Of An Era

Moss Cottage Vintage has just gone through a major change. Due to the sluggish economy these last years, I have felt that my profit margin at the Fredericksburg Antique Mall isn’t were it should be. I am doing well on Etsy, but that is because my overhead is so low.

I like having a space in the mall because I like to “play” at displaying my items. But the space I was in was just too big and too expensive to make it worth my while. 

So, out with the old…

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And in with the new!

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I love my new space! It’s surprising how much stuff I was able to fit in there and my sales have already increased!!! If you come to the Fredericksburg Antique Mall, my booth is the third one on the left on the ground floor, right before you go into the back section. Send me a message if you are coming and I’ll try to meet you there.

Now onto some arts and crafts. Here are two cards I made recently. One for my nieces 16th birthday (she loves anything Tudor) and one for a gentlemen who loves fishing.

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Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. Moving the shop was quite a big ordeal and I’m also busy with some household renovation projects. I hope I’ll have a chance to “art” again soon.

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