Hi there! Back in the beginning of March, I mentioned that Simple Gifts, our local Shaker museum shop, asked me to develop some products for them. A couple of weeks ago, they held a grand re-opening and several of their “artisans,” me included, attended. I had such a good time and found it very gratifying to watch people browsing my wares and even buy some of them(!).
I thought I’d share some photos of the display containing my Shaker-inspired giftware, now that the shop has re-opened and is ready for business. I have tutorials for several of these projects and provided the links to them below.
But first, do I have time for a quick story? At the event I noticed a couple looking at my display and reading my bio. Then they turned and looked at me, and I overheard the husband say, “I think that’s her.” I smiled and said, “Yes, it’s me!” and walked over to them.
Such a delightful couple–Chris and John. They excitedly began to explain that they had recognized my business name (Adirondack Girl @ Heart) because Chris’s sister Connie is a follower, and apparently she enjoys the blog because Chris and John knew all about me.
Small world, right? We exchanged phone numbers so that when Connie is in town next time, hopefully we can all meet up. Connie, if you’re reading this, I’m looking forward to that day!
Okay, let’s get back on track. Tara, the manager of Simple Gifts, has utilized the small space allotted her very well. My goods can be found in the center of the shop on open shelving, as you can see here. [I got a little anal and labeled everything, LOL.]
The saying, “Hands to work, hearts to God,” is attributed to Shaker founder, Ann Lee, and the heart in hand motif has become synonymous with that phrase. I used it in the mixed media piece on the left ($24.99) and in other items you’ll see later.
At the top of this photo you see another mixed media piece that I designed for Mother’s Day a couple of years ago.
I also made a few signs ($19.99 each) containing the Shaker phrase, including this red one, using a stencil that I purchased on ebay from the Homestead Stencil Company.
I also have watercolor, “Tree of Life” paintings on offer ($19.99 each), in aged frames that I make myself. The Tree of Life is another well-known Shaker motif, which I’m personally very attracted to.
You can learn more about framing like a professional here.
I showed you how to make the flattened tart tin magnets a couple of weeks ago ($5.50 each) and have since added the second style, with the Shaker saying, ’tis a gift to be simple.
Tara enthusiastically agreed to include my new, “Small Batch Wood Salve” in the shop, at least two of which sold at the re-opening event ($9.95).
You’ve probably heard me mention my Wood Salve a few times, and if you’re a subscriber, then you had the chance last week to pre-order some. Fifteen lucky reader-friends will have the salve in their hands very soon! I hope to have it available in larger quantities on my blog in the near future.
Well, that’s a peek at my “line” of Shaker products. Thank you so much for sharing in my excitement over this new venture.
Selling Your Stuff
I know some of you are wondering, “Can I have an experience like this, too?” For many of you, the answer is yes!
However, there are a number of factors to consider, like, what’s your style (vintage-inspired? shabby chic?), do people want what you’re making/offering?, what’s the best venue for your products?, is it easy to find you and your wares (are you online? in a popular shop?)?
I’m considering starting another Facebook group, specifically for anyone interested in talking and learning about selling your “stuff,“ particularly vintage and antiques, and/or vintage-inspired DIY projects, like the ones you saw in this post. Let me know in the comments or an email if this is something that you would like to take part in.
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