Breaking up is hard to do

Let’s start at the beginning. In the spring, summer and fall of 2011, I was and have been blessed with an abundant workload at my ‘real job’. It’s challenging, creative and often inspiring work that leaves me energized and excited. I’m doing what I love and it seems there’s no end to the need for tantalizing words. I love words! I love using them to educate and interact with new people.

Perhaps that’s why I’m hoping a few words can explain my predicament. While my professional life is surging with new opportunities, my little side business of five years is forlorn and neglected. Farmgirl Finds is only open on Fridays and Saturdays to begin with. But Fridays weren’t an option during the summer months because of my job. And now in the fall, it seems calamities continue to happen and conflicts arise.

Take today for instance. My children are sick … fevers, coughing, chest congestion and general unrest. They’re pitiful. I can’t, in good conscience, ship them off to Grandma and Grandpa’s house bundled up and ready to work in the barn all morning while I play shopkeeper. It’s cold. They’re ill. I’m a loving mom above all else and therefore, the shop is closed this weekend while I tend to my virus-struck kids. There’ll be no antiques today and I’m frustrated. I know someone will be disappointed. Someone will be angry when they arrive at the shop to find it closed. It’s unfair to my customers. I don’t like being unreliable.

Lovely life got in the way and Farmgirl Finds will soon close its doors. It’s been a wonderful five years gathering antiques and arranging them for display, but it’s time to say goodbye and embrace new opportunities. There’s exciting stuff in the works, not the least of which is spending Saturdays with my family! In February I’ll embark on an exciting and other-worldly adventure. You can bet your boots I’ll blog about it!

As for Farmgirl Finds … here’s the plan:

November 4-5, 2011
Fall Clearance Sale
All furniture is 20% off and summer/fall items marked at clearance prices!

November 18-19, 2011
Christmas Blowout and Final Clearance Sale
Everything in the store will be reduced and we’ll pull out the things in storage, too. Who knows what you’ll find! All candles, Christmas, ornaments, rugs and remaining vintage decor will be priced to move. You won’t find better prices … anywhere!

6 Comments

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    rebekahg October 28, 2011 (12:32 pm)

    This makes me sad but I know family matters most! Do what you need to do!

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    Nancy October 28, 2011 (1:13 pm)

    Aw! I will miss stopping & looking at your pretties and chatting with you. I certainly understand your dilemma and I’d make the same choice too! I will try to make it for your sale…Merry Christmas to me! lol

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    Gwen October 28, 2011 (8:03 pm)

    My husband Ron and I will miss visiting your beautiful little store on the weekends. Best wishes with your “exciting and other-worldly adventure!”

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      Farmgirl October 29, 2011 (11:10 am)

      Thanks, Gwen! I’ll miss you guys, too, but I’m sure I’ll see you around. I can’t stay away from the goodies next door! 🙂

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    Nashville October 29, 2011 (12:44 pm)

    Awww….this is sad! But our babies have to come first! I’m sure you have something amazing in store because you always do! 😉

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    Vicki October 29, 2011 (7:28 pm)

    I have not made it out to visit your store as much as I would have liked, for the same reasons your store is closing. All the unforeseen things that come up. But, I sure do understand
    and am sure this was a hard decision.
    understand your dilemma.