This is going to be one of the hardest blog posts I have written in awhile. I have been thinking about closing my b&m shop for awhile.. there are many reasons. I assure you the shop is doing well & alot of people don't understand why I would close it when sales are up.. yes January was awful slow but sales have been good.
It is a much more personal reason.. I started dainty daisies as a hobby over 10 years ago.. a way for me to stay busy while being a newly wed & stay at home Mom that had just moved over 2 hrs away from my home town, friends & family. I fell in love with making things.. it has always been a part of my life but didn't really realize how much until I started to make things myself.
I am sooo thankful for my lil' handmade business & to all of my sweet customers.. I really have developed some amazing relationships thru my shop the last 3 years & on the road selling at shows. You guys are so great!
So here are a few of the major reasons why I have decided to close.. the ups & downs of owning a shop.. paperwork... the time & energy that I put into it & don't get back. The interruptions from people coming in to get ideas.. dainty daisies is not the "idea store" and that really offends me.
I also feel like I am at a road block with the shop.. I can only go so far in downtown Oshkosh & I feel like I am at that point. I have sooo many ideas & sooo many things I want to do & running the shop is holding me back.
So with that said I am sooo excited for the change for the unknown!It means the world to me that most of my friends & family support me especially my husband. I miss my kids! I am looking forward to working from home again & being available to them. In that note dainty daisies is NOT going away.. I am filling up my etsy shop.. I am starting a vintage etsy shop (which I am soooo excited about).. I sell at 3 b&m shops, 2 in Madison, 1 in Baraboo, I will be at the Appleton farmers market this summer & I already am thinking about the Handmade for the Holidays show this Fall.
My friend Laurie of Laurie Marie Photography has rented the space and I am excited to see what she does with it. I know she is planning on participating in gallery walks & we have talked about scheduling trunk shows for me to come in to her studio and sell at as well as other artists (so stay tuned).. how fun would that be!
I feel like it is time for change & to remove the stress & negativity that I have had towards some things in the downtown. I will have the shop open til' mid March so stay tuned for the exact closing date.. as things sell down I will cut hours back. Laurie will be taking over the space April 1st.
Again thank you all for your support & I hope you will continue to follow me & support me thru my newest journey! I am sad but sooo happy at the same time!
If you have any questions feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org
p.s. I will be collecting emails if you would like to receive reg. updates let me know! I am also working hard to make my online shops amazing!! I will also keep up my website & this lil' blog with all my current happenings.
p.s. I didn't realize this til the other day but Valentine's day has always been a symbol of change for me & my business. I feel like this is the right things to do.. change is always good!
Happy valentine's day! xo!