A Fork In The Road

February calendar page

It's February and I have a sneaking suspicion that this year will fly by just as the previous year has done. In this rushing by new year I have been doing a lot of soul searching as to my creative path. I've been reinventing and changing directions and I find that running a website 24/7 has gone to the back burner of my priority list...
white slipcovered sofa from Pottery Barn

It's just so nice sometimes to slow down and enjoy the day reading, walking, creating just for fun, hanging out with the dogs while my husband is out working and just being a little slower...and more thoughtful...

elegant shabby chic table setting

Cooking and entertaining and focusing on better eating and health...

If you don't know this, I've been selling on~line since the late 90's and that is a really long time, especially in today's fast to change and fast paced society. Right before the holidays I decided to close the website Shabbyfufu for a month, so that I could spend more time with my family. The month came and the month passed and as the days went by I almost forgot that it even existed. And you know what? I haven't missed my on-line shop although I thought that I would, and it's certainly been closed far longer than I thought it would be...

Back in it's heyday my website was a bustling six figure business and I was totally devoted to the hamster wheel of buying and selling, taking orders and creating, employing guest artists and even the not so fun packing and shipping side of things. What a wild and crazy ride! Then came the recession and I hung in there and still managed to turn a pretty comfy profit. Shoppers seemed to develop the Amazon mentality of free and fast and a plethora of websites started popping up like weeds in my St. Augustine grass. Competition can be a great thing, but not when low prices undercut your ability to make any soft of profit for all of your hard work and some of the new shops were doing just that...

I started to notice a shift and trends changing in decor. I'm not a trend follower by any stretch, but I could not help notice the shift. The vintage and especially the antiquer's world were taking a hit. I would go to estate sales and garage sales and noticed that no one wanted the old things anymore, including the younger heirs of their parent's and grandparent's home goods. That generation seemed to embrace modern living and having less "stuff", my own now young adult children included. Reproductions were becoming huge and everyone was shopping at places like Target and HomeGoods (myself included). One day it's in and the next day it's out...which for a vintage dealer is not great news...

I closed up my booth in the local antique mall years ago and now that mall is the only one left in a ghost town of an area where I used to spend hours hopping from one vintage store to the next. It's more difficult to find great vintage pieces on eBay now and don't even get me started with the constant rise in shipping costs! So the time has come to take a different fork in the road...

ranunculus in a vintage white pot

Lately I'm finding more of a passion for other pursuits such as photography, interior design and styling and working on my blog. Perhaps I'll mentor or write an ebook, I'm not sure...

Will I ever get to that awesomely comfy place of recognition and financial gains by what I'm working on now? That remains to be seen and I think that it's only natural to sometimes compare oneself to others and think...nah, no way. I need to remind myself to stop doing that and just enjoy the moment...

french shabby chic living room

I opened up the website today to hopefully clear out some merchandise at great prices for my customers and may just do a pop up shop from time to time. Today I listed a variety of lots of vintage tablecloths and will be offering more lovely things that I've been collecting (and hoarding) when I can. If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or are signed up for my weekly newsletter that's the best way to know when I pop up to sell again.

vintage printed tablecloths in layers

Thanks for listening, and for following the blog. It's a work in progress, as I am. It's not the end of the road:~}}
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