My oh my the journey I've been on the last couple of years my friends! On my 30th birthday I sat at dinner with my husband and told him, "You know, something inside me is telling me I need to pursue getting a booth space at an antique store, I think I'd be good at it." I had been selling online for a couple of years and was really starting to get into vintage and painting furniture. So I jumped in with both feet and started in a tiny little space in a tiny little shop, then moved to a bigger space, then added a 2nd store with a bigger booth space, then I started to sell online again and before I knew it I had 2 large booth spaces in 2 different stores and was thinking to myself, "You know, something inside me is telling me I need to open my own store." So again I jumped in with both feet and the natural progression of my business over the last year has been, to say the least, AMAZING! We found a great little space in downtown Snohomish with affordable rent and a beautiful brick wall, I couldn't wait to get my keys and get open!
I opened lost, found. on December 16th. This place has been such an amazing outlet for me the past year (I realize that its not quite December yet, however the process of opening started many months before we opened the doors!) and I have made some amazing connections as well. Through being a part of this great community I have made friends with fellow shop owners, customers, locals and made many new friends online through the wonder that is social media! I enjoy coming to work every day and spending time rearranging our inventory, chatting with customers, restocking new merchandise, gathering the found merchandise and painting furniture pieces that find their way to new homes all over the state. Its extremely fulfilling for me!
Its actually so fulfilling that I have been struggling hard to find the right words to announce to everyone that I have decided I need to close the store. One of my wonderful friends and fellow creator, Tina, finally gave me the words. She looked at me and said, "You are too creative to be chained to a counter every day." And MY GOODNESS she is so right! So here I am, on my 35th birthday actually, announcing to you all that I've decided at this time its just not right for me and my family to have this shop. BUT my friends, I have so much more to offer you by making this decision. In all honesty, I had been feeling very down and burnt out and depressed since deciding to close. Mostly I was feeling this way because I hate disappointing people and I have grown to love this so much that I was feeling like if I closed I was quitting, failing, and writing myself off. But the thing is, its not those things at all! Businesses evolve and let me tell you ever since Tina put that phrase in my head my inspiration has returned, my goals are loftier, I'm planning again and I'm very excited about the future of my business!
So, what's the plan? First up is a closing date. Sadly its coming up very quickly with November 10th being our last day of operations at 717 1st Street. Yes, we will be having a closing sale! No, it will not be an "Everything Must Go" sale because I'm definitely not finished! If there is something you have had your eye on for a while, this is the time to message me!
From now until closing we will be running a sale of 20% off our wholesale merchandise including: Clothing (except the bring me socks!) Beekman 1802 products, Baggu and elSage Bags, All Cards, Aluminum Water Bottles and Sweet Pickins Paint! I will also have RED pen markdowns on merchandise around the shop and will also be selling some of my fixtures so if you are a fellow store owner and are interested in any of my display pieces please feel free to ask about them, all shop fixtures will be available for pickup from November 13th-18th, we will not be open during that week but will be busy packing up, selling any leftover pieces by appointment only and moving on out!
CLOSING DAY! November 10th will be our last day open. I hope you will all stop by and say hello/goodbye if you can that day because its going to be a big party! I'll have treats, refreshments, big deals and we will be open late until 8pm! I will be creating an event on Facebook for this last day party so be sure to follow us there so you can see what we are up to next and get the deets!
The FUTURE of lost, found.
Through opening the store I have rediscovered my passion for photography and gained a new passion for interior design and staging! While I'm no longer taking photos of babies and brides; now I really enjoy photographing my vintage finds and furniture. So I definitely plan to utilize this and reopen my online shop! This is very exciting because I get questions all the time about purchasing and shipping items from my out of town followers and now I'll be able to offer that service to those interested! My plan is to do limited collections of vintage and antique pieces once or twice a month. I'll be announcing these collection sales via social media, Facebook and Instagram as well as the blog!
I am also having a great time with my lost, found. Rooms projects! My 2nd room is a playroom and I absolutely cannot wait to reveal that one for you guys in a couple weeks! I'll be working closely with fellow local artists and creators to add fantastic elements to these rooms and I really hope this takes off. Now that I won't be working regular hours at the store I get to translate those hours into other areas and custom work is back on the table since I'll finally have some more time on my hands! I'm open to all the possibilities including custom paint projects, one on one paint tutoring/classes, interior design and staging rentals! If you or anyone you know would be interested in having a piece done or having me consult on some design projects, definitely shoot me a contact form and let's collaborate!
Lastly, vintage shows and a small booth space are on my agenda. I love to travel and want to be able to bring lost, found. on the road to some of these amazing vintage shows and markets that I've been to so I'm working on a few exciting prospects and will absolutely let you all know where and when you can shop from me in the very near future!
I hope upon hope you all will stick around to see where we go from here. Possibility is exciting and scary all at once! I'm so grateful for all of my amazing clients, customers, friends and family that have supported and encouraged me through all of our ups and downs the past few years, its been quite the journey!