DOL and It is Time

No, I did not misspell doll.  I meant to say DOL. 

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My daughter has a winter hat with those initials on it and it has stuck with me.  It stands for “Dream Out Loud”.

So, that is what I am doing today, finally.

I am no longer just saying I am going to do it “someday”, I am doing it, on a specific day.


Bear with me if you will, but I need to take you back to 2003.  I started then pulling articles from magazines about “seasonal barn sales”.  You know the kind I am talking about, they are everywhere now.  I have been wanting to do one forever, but I have never had the courage to put myself out there.  Anytime I got close to moving forward, I felt pretty much naked and I backed off.

A while back, our church got a new sign out front.  I know, it seems like I am all over the place, again, stay with me.  Anyway, there is a spot on that sign to put a weekly message which our pastor always has some fun with.  One week, about 8 months ago, he had the simplest message.  He said it was the message that got the most response to.  It simply said…

“It is time”

Everyone got a different message from it.  I got the push that I needed.  It is actually about the time I started blogging for real.  It is actually one of the main goals of my blog.  To keep me focused on this goal, to keep me productively moving in that direction, to have my own barn sale. 

Any my blog has succeeded it keeping me focused.  Yes, there are other goals, many of them probably quite similar to all of yours.  But this is the one I don’t want to look back on and realize I never did it, I never took the risk.


If you have wondered why I actually have never fully photographed my home, while although I now have a beautiful blog design, it is somewhat unfinished.  It is because I have been hunting for vintage treasures.  I have been scouring wholesale catalogs, ordering bags, hang tags, business cards, the list goes on and on.  This is what I have needed to do to keep my focus on the sale.  I hope you will bear with me over the next few weeks as I may be a little crazy and busy…

and feeling completely naked.

So here is the invite


The biggest obstacle for this, other than myself, has been where to do it.  Anytime we thought we found a place to rent, the obstacle was we didn’t have any inventory.  So, I decided the first step was to take away that obstacle.  So, that is why I go to so many auctions.  I really am not a hoarder.  I kept hoping that the Barn Gods” would intervene and we would find the perfect place.  So, I went forward and began ordering and buying.  And we have really worked over the last few weeks to find the perfect place.  Turns out, everything has worked out that we will do it right here in our own “barn”. 

What is wrong with that?  Not a lot, we have friends who do similar sales at the Holidays in their home and it is very successful and inspiring.  The biggest challenge is my girls.  I am a marketer at heart and I would promote the heck out of this thing if it wasn’t in my home.  So, I am going to rely on “word of mouth” within my community.  Actually, we have found a potential space for the next time if this is successful, but for this sale in will be in our home.

The way things worked out it just seems to me that this is what is meant to be this time, so I am going with it.

If you are local to the Orange County, NY area, and you are interested in coming, please email me and I will give you the information.

I will be sharing more details about this journey as I move forward.  I never said anything before now because I didn’t want to say it and then not do it.  So guess what?  There is no turning back now!  I feel naked, naked, naked and nauseous, I am not gonna lie!

So, how about you, what have you been dreaming about..

Is it time to start Dreaming Out Loud?

P.S. Yes, I do know now that the DOL is from the Selena Gomez line from Kmart, I know a little lame, but you have to take inspiration where you find it!

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14 thoughts on “DOL and It is Time”


  1. What a fabulous idea, Laura! I wish I lived in NY so I could stop by. Post pics of the sale after.


  2. You go girl. Good for you. I wish you all the luck in the world. I use to think I would like to have my own store. So my friends said I should take my stuff to the local gift stores and see if I could just sell there. (we live in the boonies). So I did and that has gone really really well. I have been doing it for awhile and I love it. I do hope to have my own store someday. When we finally move to a place that we plan on retiring in. Saying a little prayer that it is your dream come true screaming out loud.
    post pics of your great day.

  3. Yeah for you and best of luck.I had a similar moment earlier this year and put out how I was going to hold my Junque Bazaar in October.Found the place, ALWAYS have the inventory and then got lost/bogged down in liability insurance requirements and advertising costs.Suddenly it got too big and way too expensive a risk for me to take at this point.Very discouraging and our HOA will not allow us to hold these kinds of events in our homes.So…back to the beginning and a hope that maybe next year everything will line up.May you have great success and a lot of fun!

  4. How I wish I were closer! I am sure I’d find so many new treasures for my new Farmhouse! G’luck with it all, and I can’t wait to hear how it turns out!

  5. Wishing like crazy I was in your area for your big event! But since I’m not, I just wanted to send along
    my best wishes and a big pat on the back for stepping out there on the limb. You will be fine!

  6. Best of Luck – I’m sure it will be a huge success. I love your blog and ideas, your sale will be equally as good, I would love to attend, but live too far away.

  7. I am so excited for you Laura!! I know you will do amazing and the “barn” will be beautiful with all your treasures!! It is hard to put ourselves out there but after each time I find that we gain more confidence and strive for that next step. 🙂 I am excited to go on this journey with you and wish I could come.

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  9. hi there!! just wanted to say that i love, love your home. you have an amazing taste and wonderful talent..hope everything is going well with you “barn”…all the best, Silvia :)..oh btw i found you thru Rhodas blog…