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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Staying Busy

Folks have been asking me about my design work, MoS Marketplace, and One Kings Lane.  It has been an evolving process, but here is a little (big?) glimpse at where I am right now.  

**Y'all know I've never been one to talk much about my personal life here (and I don't blog with the purpose of seeking validation for my life decisions), so if the thought of reading this bores you to tears, skip this post and come back tomorrow.  You won't hurt my feelings.**

I'm a little Type A I guess, and as such, I've spent my entire life working towards having a successful career, from the time I stepped foot in the door of my first political internship at age 15.  I was never the babysitter- instead I spent every summer either doing some sort of political or legal internship or job, working on Capitol Hill, etc, in hopes of building my career, getting into a good college, going to law school, etc.  I worked hard, and it paid off.  

Then babies entered the picture, and everything changed.  The job I once loved was now sucking the life out of me (being in real estate development during a recession is tough).  Childcare was stressful.  I wanted to spend more time with my children and less time at the office.  But going part time wasn't an option in my current job.  So I quit my job.

Blogging was a release for me- it inspired me and gave me something to look forward to after the babies went to sleep at night.  However, blogging is very time consuming but not particularly lucrative (for me, at least).  Some folks started asking if I ever decorated, so I started doing interior design work part time.  I worked with some wonderful people on some fascinating jobs (most of which I still need to photograph and share with y'all).  It was creative and fulfilling, and I loved it.  Then the part-time interior design started becoming more and more full-time, and once again, I was longing to spend more time with my children and less time working.

Always having loved "the hunt" and finding vintage pieces to re-sell, I decided to amp up my MoS Marketplace business and focus more on buying and selling accessories and furniture.  It would be a quick side business I could attend to while the babies were at preschool.  I kept my inventory in my basement and attic- it was a mess, but it was fun.  

Last summer, One Kings Lane approached me about selling in their newly formed Vintage and Market Finds division.  It would basically be the same type of inventory I had been previously listing on MoS Marketplace, but OKL would handle shipping and would put my pieces in front of a 6,000,000 member audience.  I tried it, and it worked.  Since then, I have been increasing my visibility there, expanding my store front and listings as much as possible.  It all started to feel real when I moved all my inventory out of my house and into a real warehouse.  
**The Sarried chest sold last week and is awaiting the truck to pick it up**

Now that baby #3 is on the way and arriving sooner than I can imagine, and I am busy with a 3 year old and 18 month old, I am having to make some cut backs.  I am not taking on any new design work right now (and haven't been for several months).  I'm doing my best to keep up with blogging, but it doesn't always happen every day like it used to.  Right now, selling on OKL is my focus.  I am constantly pounding the pavement looking for pieces to add to my storefront.  It can be a dirty job, digging through boxes at estate sales and auctions to find the jewels worth buying.  You meet some interesting characters (like the man who told 7-month pregnant me, "It's a good thing your feet aren't any bigger or you wouldn't be able to get them through those tight jeans.")  But I love it.  I go to small towns, and being a Gastonia native I can relate to the small town folks there, and I think they like me.  Of course, this has all changed before and could change again.  

So that is where I am.  I may list pieces on MoS Marketplace from time to time, so I will blog here to let you know when I do.  If there is anything in particular you are ever looking for, let me know, because I have a warehouse full of fabulous pieces (it takes a while for OKL to list everything).  Thanks for hanging in there with me!

5 comments:

goheels83 said...

Sarah, that is such an amazing journey you have been on. You have to do what is best for you and your family. Best of luck with everything!

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

So fun to hear about all of this! Completely understand trying to balance it all:) Take care, Caroline

Melissa said...

I love hearing about how people evolve when they grow up... you've got a good gig going! Can't wait to watch you grow (and not your feet! What are people thinking saying things to pregnant women, seriously?!)

Betsy said...

I don't know how you juggle everything, but it sure seems like you're doing a great job! The blog is always fun to read, and you find the BEST vintage treasures. Plus your kids are the cutest! Keep up the good work- wherever it may be :)

Donna Benedetto said...

Sarah,
I am a CT designer and although my children are much older now have much of the same story. When my kids were little I was always on the hunt for vintage pieces and loved every minute of it. It is perfect and extremely satisfying job when the kids are young. My children 19 and 16 now have a trained eye and can spot a great piece miles away...your children will develop a good eye also.
All the best to you.
Donna
donnabenedetto.com

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