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What's Happening — upcycle

Window dressing

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I know I am new to shop ownership, but one of the things I am most excited about is the dedicated time to craft my windows. Although I may tire of it eventually, right now I am thrilled at the possibilities. I spent the last few days making Thanksgiving (transitioning into holiday) windows, and I thought you might want to see what I did and how I did it. I used what I had on hand: a roll of brown kraft paper, twine, envelopes, plain white paper, watercolor, fabric scraps, and colored pencils. And lots of tape... I wanted a...

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Week 3.5

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I debated not doing a post this week because so much of the work has been behind the scenes: setting up the alarm system, ordering more product, getting insurance, and most of the things I saved for next to last since I didn't really want to do them. However, progress has been made for sure, and that better be the case because I officially open one week from today. I really should have taken pictures of the spare room so that you could see the difference in having it crammed with work and now, with a large portion of it...

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Thrifting on Summer Avenue

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A friend of mine was waiting on some car repairs and looking for something to do, so I figured it would be a perfect time to check out the thrift stores on Summer Ave. I didn't want to go alone, and I had someone captive, so it worked out for both of us. Plus, it is time to look for some fixtures that I may be able to use in the store. I LOVE estate sales, and general poking around for deals, and junking, so this was FUN to me. Here are a few pics and some information from our...

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After some unsuccessful antique hunting, I decided to turn my efforts toward my parents' house. There are numerous sheds and cabins, and my father has never thrown away anything, so I went out to the far reaches of Shelby county to do some digging. I feel fortunate the roof didn't collapse on me in this one. I did leave with a 1983 Care Bear cup from Pizza Hut and a Memphis State University (not U of M) beer coozie. No luck other than that. In another shed I found this piece. My parents, not surprisingly, disagree about its provenance, but...

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