I gave notice last Friday that we'd be moving from Cornerstone at the end of December. Deb took it well.
Today I made up a sign announcing "50% off on everything - furniture 20% off". I put the sign up and a lady was there at that moment. She bought about $20.00 worth of stuff at much more than 50%. I just don't want to bring a bunch of stuff home and was glad she bought what she did.
No, it's not sad yet. Just work to be gotten through. I hope we sell enough the rest of this month and December to pay the rent.
For sale is an undivided back pre-1907 early 20th century postcard "Paris, Eglise St-Paul".
Black and white beautifully detailed architecture on this postcard! Enjoy the costumes of 100 years ago on the many people walking below on the street.
Address: 99 Rue St-Antoine Paris, Ils-de-France 75004
Description: This Jesuit church has something of interest for all of the traditional visitors of Paris: the history buff, the architecture aficionado, and the art lover. From the time that Louis XIII laid the first stone in 1627, until 1762 when the Jesuits were expelled from France, this church was a prominent symbol of the Jesuit influence. In the period of the Revolution, most of the church's treasures were taken; however some remain, most notably Delacroix's "Christ in the Garden of Olives." If artwork is not what you are in search of, the church's 195-ft dome (forerunner to those of the Invalides and the Sorbonne) should provide a sense of awe, and the Roman-style nave will certainly provide a unique connection with times of old.
Rating: Very Good. Some light corner bending and aging.
We've had a brick-and-mortar presence in some form or another since August 2006 in Valdese, N. C.
First, we paid a huge amount of rent for this town and leased a store on our own for four months. We never came close to making the rent. It was our first business venture together, and we tested the waters. The waters were cold and chilly, and we got out ASAP.
Next we rented 1/2 booth at Myra's General Store for $35.00 a month. We always made that rent and then some. We leased a full booth in addition for $60.00 more and always made the $95.00 until sometime in spring 2008. We closed the full booth and kept the half for a while. Then, one month we only made $16.00 total and bye, bye Myra's.
In addition to the 1/2 booth at Myra's, we had a full booth at Valdese Antiques for $55.00 month. It was spotty - for four full months in 2007 we didn't make the rent, so we closed it down.
She lost the business and it became Cornerstone Antiques. In February 2008 we took a booth there for $85.00. When we closed down Myra's, we had 1 1/2 at Cornerstone for a month or two. We went back to only 1 booth in August. We've always made the rent and then some, until this month. So far, we've made $4.99 the last time I checked. And what's so bad about that is, we only paid $45.00 rent because I worked off $40.00 running the store now and then.
Now, I know all this is very small potatoes, but they're my potatoes so I keep a count of them. And when I face the thought that from now through May or so this little town has very few tourists, I am standing to lose $85 per month.
Now, I have about $1,500 in inventory in that one small booth, incredible as it sounds. And if I can't sell enough to pay $85.00 rent and then make something for myself over and above that, that means my inventory is not salable.
So, I've got to continue scouring garages sales, auctions, yard sales, flea markets, eBay, Etsy, etc. - continually on the look out for good, cheap, decent looking collectibles and antiques. Things I can buy low and sell high.
And, you know what? I don't like it anymore. The thrill is just plain gone after two years of scrabbling and bargaining and always feeling like to the old wolf is at the brick-and-mortar door.
So, me and the man have decided to pack it in at the end of December. If I can, I'll do some kind of 50% off sale in December to get the business in to sell what I can.
The rest will come home to be slowing given away, donated, Craiglist, Iwanna, eBay, Etsy - however else we can sell without being obligated to pay someone else rent again.
I guess the reaction will set in after it's all done and moved to our attic.
For sale is a postally used Postal Card postcard that is an original sketch of a cabin at the Sylvan Rest Cottages, Pine Station, Pa. This is truly a one-of-a-kind object.
The artist made sketches labelled "Exterior" and "Interior" of the cabin where the family was staying. The Exterior has a label "Sans Souci" above the doorway. The interior sketch shoes a lot of little shoes below the beds and lots of socks hanging on the wall.
The writing on the bottom says (roughly): "I am camping here with Succleys (?). It's loads of fun, fishing, boating, berries & Boys. C.M.R."
Postmarked Jul 30, 1906, Harrisburg & Erie RPO. This was a pre-paid card with a 1-cent stamp built in.
Rating: Good, some corner wear and light staining. There is light creasing on the card, but the card is intact.
For sale is a postally unused linen postcard Post Card Storiettes "More Ammunition! by Oren Arnold ... Dramatic TRUE Stories from the Great West No. 11".
"Sudden terror gripped Mrs. Lewis Stevens of Arizona when she glanced out the window on the morning of 1874 ..." Read the rest of this exciting adventure on the front of this card and the exciting conclusion on the back!
Rating: Very Good.
Click on the title (above) to see the postcard in our shop.
For sale is a white border postcard "One of the eighteen secluded cottages scattered through the twenty-one acre grounds of the Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel, 'garden estate by the sea', Montecita, California".".
Created during the 1915-1930 timeframe, this postcard has lovely coloration.
Rating: Very Good.
Click on Title (above) to see the postcard in my shop.