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:~}}

11 comments

maria vavi said...

Dear Janet I am a fresh one here, but I liked your place at first sight, when I accidentally came across, surfing web. I wish you very best with your life out of the frames of an on-line existence. Hope. you'll not totally give up the blog and from time to time will post some nice and sophisticated things to meditate over with a cup of coffee.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I enjoyed this very interesting post and your thoughts on the changing decor world. I do not care for the current style of Less is More and everything sleek and brand new. I am a Victorian soul who loves rich color, not bright colors and florals rather than geometrics. Last year, I decided to table my little and I do mean little Craft Business. It was becoming a second job and I already had a full time job at the time. Since then, I have also gone part time and I have just been enjoying my spare time and "playing" in my home and crafting for me. I do not really miss the time and pressure involved in having to get things made for Craft Fairs. And I do not miss the little money that I made at it too. I just read a post on whether or not a fellow long time Blogger would be returning to Blogland or not. Even blogging is not what it used to be when I first started and I have also wrestled with the idea of quitting Blogging too. I wish you well on whatever way you choose to go not that you have reached that fork in the road so to speak. Times changes and we unfortunately, have to change with them. Good Luck in whatever you do...

Hugs,
Deb

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Janet,
Thanks for "spilling it!" I totally agree with everything you've said. I've noticed that stores like Hobby Lobby, HomeGoods and the others have actually copied so many designs first started by Bloggers. And the sad part is that people are buying it, even though it is no way the quality of something created by hand. I agree with Deb's comment above about blogging. I've been blogging for about eight years and I've seen so many changes and so many of my favorites have disappeared. I've noticed that comments and views are down on my blog and it's probably because I do not blog as often as I used to. I have wrestled with thoughts of quitting but I'm hanging in there. I still have a booth, shop space, but it's also getting harder to compete with retail pricing and as you mentioned, finding great vintage pieces.
I wish you the best in your future endeavors and I know you will choose the right road on which to travel.

hugs,
Sissie

Junkchiccottage said...

Janet,
I loved your honest post today. While sad to see your on line business go your website along with so many other good ones just cannot keep up with HomeGoods type stores. Shipping costs alone have to make running an on line business hard to do. You have so much creative talent I know you will find new channels for that creativity. I have shut my blog down for a short time while I am in transition with life things but I have to say it has been a nice break. Good luck Janet.

Victoria Silva said...

Such a well written and authentic post...and I so agree with your thoughts and feelings. I too am reinventing myself...it is a path unknown...but necessary for my growth...and yours is too. Hugs and support to you my friend...the pink throw I bought from you is a pretty token in my home of your creativity.

Victoria said...

Maybe a soul re-fueling break is in order! Whatever you decide, you will do well at it:) Hugs!

Julie Marie said...

Oh Janet, I don't honestly know how you have kept up with all the hard work you have done for so many years!... you are such a beautiful, vibrant lady... and one of the most sincere in all of the land of social media!... I have been one of your "faithful customers" at Shabbyfufu for many years now as you know, back when PINK was everything!... I still love all of my tresors from you, my most favorite being my chalkware French bust... infact, that was the first thing I ever posted on my IG feed!... I quit blogging way back in June of last year after writing almost daily since 2009... I do not follow trends or fads either and am not into the competition of it these days... but yours is always fresh and inspiring... open and real... I will always follow you and your dreams, wherever they take you... the older I get (I will never be old, just years adding on!)... the more I seek serenity and the simple things in life... I love when you write about your healthy eating and lifestyle!... ok, I have probably taken up all your comment space with my ramblings... love you sweet friend, and remember my favorite quote "follow your heart... it knows the way"... xoxo... Julie Marie

DD's Cottage said...

Glad you are finding creative ways to fill your soul. I love your photography and your blog and look forward to seeing so much more!

Sharon B. said...

Hi Janet,
I just discovered your blog and I love it. I hope you keep posting. I wish I had discovered your shop long ago. I am fifty-nine and I have decided that I am going to start decorating Shabby Chic. I too want to decorate with less, have more white and bright in my home and I am tired of all the decorating trends. I also think it is something to do with getting older and more nostalgic. I love your decorating and photography,very inspiring! Good luck deciding what you will be doing next.

JoanMarie said...

Hello Janet,
Your post really resonated with me on so many levels. As a new blogger, there is so much pressure to find and stay within the status quo and I LOVE listening to blog professionals like yourself re-evaluate and re-focus based on what makes you happy and fulfilled. Delighted to have found your blog and look forward to which path you take next. Your are an inspiration and I thank you!
JoanMaire

Sandy said...

This post resonated with me today. I had 2 antique booths where I sell a variety of things, architectural salvage, industrail, painted furniture, pure antiques and vintage home goods like linens, tablecloths etc. You're right people want Home Good prices and frankly some of their stuff is good, but it truly doesn't compare to the authentic vintage and antique pieces. We closed 1 booth and are slowing down. I truly hope you keep your blog alive. Your photography is gorgeous. It makes me want to spend time in each space that you style and photograph. It's a changing world and I'm not one to follow a lot of trends because they come and go so quickly.

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