A Carolina girl who figured out how to turn my passion into a profitable six-figure business and I believe you can too. Whatever it is that sets your soul on fire, chase it, make a living doing it! I know you can and I’m here to teach you how.
I am so passionate about helping you reach your potential in business and in LIFE!! Our journey to success hasn't been a smooth one, but we've learned SO much!
When I started my antiques business in 2013, I greatly admired someone in the field and reached out to her to see if we could work together. I had just opened my first brick and mortar and was switching to a monthly business model where we would be open one weekend a month, a special shopping event! The person I reached out to also had a monthly shopping event and was located less than an hour away. I pitched the idea to cross promote and help each other grow our businesses. I had a decent social media following at the time and folks that I knew would love to be introduced to her shop.
I was quickly met with resentment. Perhaps it was fear or angst over the fact that there was a new kid in town. I was told ‘absolutely not’, that no one was around to help her get her business started and all I would be doing was riding her coat tails. She went on to say that she would be giving me so much more than I would be giving her. And that she was not interested in working together in any capacity.
It broke my heart. Here was someone that I greatly admired in this business and I was seeing a side of her that I had never imagined. I cried. I called my mom. I thought about giving up. It was right then that I decided that I would figure this thing out. I didn’t need her or anyone else to help me. And when I did figure it out, I would share what I learned with the world. Our candle loses nothing by lighting someone else’s.
From the day I opened my first antiques booth, I had people telling me I would never make money in this business. ‘Oh it’s just a hobby’, they would say. ‘You’ll never get rich doing this’, they would say. But I was determined to do different.
The last antique mall I was in charged me a whopping $500 in rent for a small back corner of the shop. It was a well known shop and I wanted to be a part of it, so I paid it. After several months of handing over that amount of money, I decided that for a little more I could pay for my own shop. And I set out to find one.
When I put in my notice and received my last check from the antique mall, a note was enclosed from the owner. Instead of a nice note of well wishes, it read… you really need to learn what this business is about to be successful. You need to do this. You need to do that. It pointed out everything that the owner thought I had done wrong. And while that hurt, what hurt most was a message that the owner had written and then erased. I could still read the pencil markings left behind. It said, good luck, you are always welcome to come back any time you like. That would have been a nice sentiment. But she chose to retract that offer because she thought I wasn’t good enough. Yet another person who didn’t believe I had what it took. I knew I did.
So I went on to open my first brick and mortar shop and it was wildly successful. We had thousands of shoppers come through our doors. People from 19 states and three other countries travelled to see us! We hosted three outdoor junk markets with more than 30 vendors from across the east coast, food trucks, live music, even pony rides. The owner of the previous antique mall even coming to check it out.
So, why am I telling you this? Because I believe that no matter what anyone else says, I mean anyone… you can 100% create a business based on whatever it is that sets your soul on fire!! Don’t listen to the people that say you can’t. I know YOU CAN! I have proven it. And I am here to teach you how!
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