Turtle Signs

This past Friday and Saturday, I hosted my first “Barn Sale” at our home.  It is a dream I have had for a long time.  I am so glad that I did it.  I will never have to say to myself that I “should have just tried it” because I did try it.  I am glad that my girls were able to see me put myself out there.

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So how did it go?

Those who came had a really positive response.  The first day was quite steady, but admittedly Friday night and Saturday were very quiet.

One of the biggest obstacles  to doing this sale was where to do it.  I knew if it was in my home, promoting and advertising it would be limited.  I knew I couldn’t just promote it the world because this is my home and I have two young ladies who live here and are my first priority.  So, I guess I proved my concerns to be real.  So combine that with it being the first time for this event, word did not get out as I had hoped.  Plus, I am not sure most people really understood what it was all about.

I will say this. 

I could not have done this without the incredible help of my family.  My Mom, my sister, my husband.  They worked their tails off for these last two weeks between set up, pricing, zhushing, cleaning my house and covering me with my kids.

Thank you.

And thank you to all of you out in blogland who had such nice things to say about our set up.  Now if I could just “beam” you all here we would be in good shape!

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Here I am making my first sale to a kind friend, Amber.

There were some things that sold out in the first few hours, there were some things that didn’t sell at all.  There was lots of information gained and lessons learned.

Today, I am admittedly a little sad.  I was really hoping for a real sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. 

But that is just for today.  Tomorrow, I will pick myself up and figure out what I will do next. 

Will I do it again?  It is still to fresh to really be able to fully answer that question.

There was a sign that started all of this.  A simple sign at our Church that said “It’s Time”.  (your can read all about that here)

Last night, we closed up shop and heading out to church.  As we pulled in the parking lot the sign read:

“A turtle only makes progress when he puts his neck out.”

I put my neck out and I guess for now I will accept a turtle’s pace.

So here’s to sticking your neck out.

Have a great day.

Take care,

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  1. Laura,
    You should be very proud of yourself for sticking your neck out!!! Too often we don’t and wish we did so hats off to you. Your sale was awesome and what a great addition to our community. I really hope you do it again and I really think your attendance will increase as word gets out how awesome your stuff was and what great prices too 🙂

  2. Omigosh that is soooooo weird! I teach 3rd grade Sunday School and have been teaching in the same room for a long time. This morning, for the first time, I noticed a sign that said the same thing! I couldn’t believe I never noticed it before because turtles have sentimental value to me. My dad and I are both the middle child and he always called me his turtle. I soon started collecting turtles and even have one tatooed on my ankle. On top of that I’ve been in serious discussions about having my own show, but not sure if I should. THen I saw this post! I believe in signs and if this isn’t a sign, I don’t know what is. So please be proud of yourself. Not only did you do what you set out to do, but you’ve also now given me the push I needed to take the plunge. Too funny!
    Thanks soul sister and here’s to us turtles sticking our necks out there!

  3. I think you set up looked amazing! Everything your selling I love! Maybe you should look into opening up a shop in a downtown area? I’ve seen so many shops like this in our area. Just remember, don’t give up in something that you truly believe in!
    p.s. wish you lived closer, I’ve eyed up so much stuff 🙂

  4. Congrats on your first try, Laura, and for actually doing it! I know that it must’ave been kind of intimidating for you, but I’ll bet you met alot of new friends – who will certainly spread the word for you! The way you had things displayed were so lovely! I, too, wished I lived closer to you. I would’ave been first in line! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  5. I think that you did amazing! If you learned something about yourself and what you can do, you have succeeded. Not everyone can say that they tried or they did it and that, my friend, is a big step. 🙂 I know that you will continue to grow in this business, you have so much talent and so many wonderful ideas! Soak it all in and then next week you can decide where to go from here. 🙂

    You look beautiful and are so adorable making that sale!!! 🙂
    Hugs to you!
    XO

  6. So maybe this wasn’t the best location or maybe there are better marketing/advertising strategies that might be more successful for this type of venue — but there are LOTS of other possibilities for you to get your amazing products into people’s homes — fairs, shows, and consignment booths just to name a few. Don’t you dare get down on yourself Betty! If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again and AGAIN! Remember friend, the sun doesn’t “shine” every day and “blooming” needs a lot of time, effort and dedication, but in the end, it will happen. Congrats on your first, successful barn sale!

  7. Congratulations for sticking your neck out! You should be so proud of yourself. Sometimes the first steps are the hardest and now you are on your way. Keep striving for your dream. It is within your reach!

  8. Yeah…you did it! That Country Place started out as definately “sticking my neck out”..wayyy back in 1995 we built a craft shop on our property! I got the idea in Oct and by Dec 1st we had a building built, and artisans found to fill it! Now when I look back at the inventory, it was pretty sparse!! But we did a great little business in our area…in 1998 we moved in an old farmhouse and added it to the shop we built and successfully ran a tearoom with our gift store. Fast forward to 2011 and you will find That Country Place to be the coziest BnB in the Canadian Badlands!! You can stop by at http://www.thatcountryplace.com …I am glad that you followed your dream and who knows where it will go from here! Get a good nites sleep now!!

  9. I just recently started following you & wanted to let you know that you have been inspiring me. On Sunday when I read “Turtle Signs” I couldn’t have been more proud of you. I was reading one of my “daily inspirations” & I thought it was speaking directly to you (or many of us). This is what it said: “The Risk To Bloom” “And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful then the risk to bloom.” Isn’t that beautiful…& so are you!!!

  10. Laura, I have to say congrats on your first try. You should be proud, putting yourself out there and believing in something you love. I’m the first to admit that fear of ‘failure’ usually holds me back from going after what I love to do. So kudos to you!

    I would definitely ‘beam’ myself there if I could…I saw quite a few little treats there I would love to take off your hands, like a letter “H”, those cute tables that look like Ballard ones, and those wooden crates hanging on the wall….the list goes on and on. So don’t give up. I don’t have a huge following, but I’d be more than happy to blog about your next “Barn Sale”. JLMK.
    (((HUGS)))

  11. Laura, I am a fairly new follower……only the past week or two BUT I think you should be SO proud of yourself!!! I, SERIOUSLY, WISH I lived closer because I’ve been scopin’ out some items since you posted pics!!! okay…more than ‘some’…….LOTS!!!
    I agree…..perhaps better advertising…..and maybe location. I think your set up looked AMAZING but I also TOTALLY understand your reasoning for the care you took in advertising because of your location. Totally!!!!
    If you have the resources to open a shop, I’d seriously consider. Really!!! My only thought would be do you really want to be ‘married’ to the commitment of a shop? The other ‘idea’ I had was……what about other ladies in your area….in the area I live they just had their first ‘Vintage Faire’. It was AMAZING! It’s only going to be a yearly event but it was a HUGE success. If I had to guess I’d say there were 40-60, maybe more, vendors with vintage, repurposed, clothing, jewlery, a local vintage-y restaurant with snacks and drinks… etc….. items….. They, the organizers, were VERY picky and selective of WHO could participate. Interested vendors had to apply and submit pictures. They didn’t want a junk fair. And it was HUGE!!!!!
    Just a thought. You have AMAZING items!!!!!! DON’T give up!!! 🙂
    I say GOOD for YOU!!!! You’ve ALWAYS wanted to do it. You DID it!! You won’t ever wonder, ‘what if….should I have….’ etc, etc…..
    Don’t give up!!!!!! 🙂

  12. So proud of you…you DID it!!! Wish I was there and PROMISE to be there for the NEXT ONE, so GET PLANNING!!! Love you!!! 🙂

  13. Congratulations on being the “turtle”..Wished I lived closer because I know I would of loved to attend your event..Congratulations on taking the first step..Have a great week..

  14. Don’t give up! Everything looked amazing. I wish you could have “beamed” me in from MN! We have a very cute, similar shop in town. It took awhile to take off. They are now open approximately one weekend per month and people are lined up on the sidewalk. You will get all the details worked out. Congratulations to you for sticking your neck out – you did it!

  15. It looks like you had wonderful stuff! I hope you stick with it and do it again. I sure wish I lived in your area, as your stuff looks amazing to me!

    Take care,
    Pam

  16. WOW! you go girl! that is so awesome! Sure wish I lived closer to have come and shopped. It looked like you had some amazing stuff. And LOVE the turtle quote-its to true and its actually something I needed to hear today myself-so thank-you for that!

    Have a great day!

  17. I have to comment because your post struck so close to home for me. I participated in a market-type sale for the first time ever last month! It was an incredible amount of work–for me and my family and friends–but it was a great experience! I’m glad I tried it to learn that I was *capable* for the most part. Good for you for “sticking your neck out!”