Saturday, May 1, 2010

Don't Judge Me

I am super stoked. I finally got the go ahead to open a DaisyToad's Vintage store in my garage. As a work at home mom, I definitely wanted to do this on my own turf. Why? Well first reason of course is no rent, second my kids can still play in their own yard, third I can still choose my hours-well maybe not choosing my own hours-but kind of.

Confused? Of course I will have hours of operation, but I will also be able to be open by appointment and the occasional drive by-or travelers who just spent too much time thrifting and all the vintage and antique stores in town are closed...but they need just one last rush. Am I the only one who's been there?

If you've ever seen my house, you know it will need some sprucing up. This is were the don't judge me comes into play. I am prepared to show you the before pictures so you can appreciate the after pictures even more!

Our house is set backwards on its lot, so this is our backdoor, but first thing you see when you pull up. I want to paint our house yellow, but my husband says it fades too fast, so I'm thinking about blue.....
Also in this picture, my vintage glider awaiting a new coat of paint, my dead asparagus, and a bunch of other stuff that has collected on the deck over the winter-oh yeah and my crooked pine tree!

Oh wait, no this is the first thing you see when you pull up, my husbands retired race car (I'm guessing since I get my store I won't have much say if he wants to race again) I'm not sure what the tractor attachment is for, my new lamps for the garage and mulch for the landscaping-doesn't look like much of an inviting store does it?
This is the shed I get to convert to our tool shed, it needs walls. I'm not sure how to do that, but I'll figure it out somehow! (or hire someone to do it for me then take the credit!)
This is the front of our garage, where my store will be, I don't think I will get the house and garage painted in time for the opening, but I promise it will look better...any suggestions?? The basketball hoops must stay no matter what-as you see I have a future NBA star...And this is the inside of the garage. No that is not how I store my inventory! This is all garage sale stuff, that will be gone in 2 weeks! As you can see we had painted the walls white when we moved in, it will be staying pretty rustic and being updated as money shows up (anyone care to donate?) : )
The door to the garage is on the side, in between the house and the garage, I will be putting cement here and have a nice sitting area.

I have so much to do and so little time to do it, it will be a busy busy summer! I hope to be open November 1st with a Grand Opening the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Any ideas, suggestions or comments?? Don't forget to leave them here!


Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Wishing you the best of luck in your new endeavor!!

art*deco*dame said...

Good luck!

Angela said...

Wow. You are going to be busy! Where will your kitty live?
Other ideas:
what is the comparison cost between siding and painting? i think yellow would be nice and wouldn't fade anymore than other paint. actually i think it would retain it's color better because it's light on light.

big DaisyToad logo on the garage doors

have an area for parking

what will you do for shelving inside the garage? built ins or vintage cupboards?

that's all i've got for now.

antiquesgaloregal said...

Sounds like a great plan! I know exactly what you mean by one last stop, I always want one last stop!!!

SSVintage said...

Oh my gosh, That is SO exciting!! Best of Luck to you!!

I would absolutely LOVE to have a real shop set up to display all my vintage goodies I have for sale! :)

Inspiring post! :)

Jill said...

My suggestion would be to get creative with lighting. Make sure you add as many outlets as possible so you can add accent lights on items, turn on vintage lamps on tables, etc. I saw pictures of red neck chic's old booth and realized what made it pop was the lighting. I hope this is massively successful for you!!