Monday, July 30, 2012

New Digs for Junque Rethunque!!

It's not like I haven't had things to write about over the last six months. I mean, seriously. It's more like the words in my head just couldn't get out of my head and into my fingers and onto the screen. I'm not going to bore you (or myself) by recapping the months that have passed since I last blogged... let's just pretend I was here:

Okay, so here's what's going on currently:

Last week I took a quick trip out to Prairie Grove, a mecca of sorts for people in NW Arkansas who like antique malls, civil war battlefields, and yummy Mexican food. (Mariela's!! YUM!). I had heard through the grapevine (i.e. Facebook) that a new antique mall called Summit Hill Cottage recently opened. Since my sister and I have been on the waiting list for the larger mall in the same town for over a year, I figured it was worth checking out the new place. Bonus: new place is right across the street from waiting list place. Heehee!!

The flea market we are in currently has been okay, but not great. The key is that current spot calls itself a "flea market" and the new place is an "antique mall". BIG difference. The "aha!" moment occurred the other day when I was looking at the wish list that the owners send every week with items that customers have told them they're looking for. The list goes something like this:
  1. Baby monitor
  2. Deer stand
  3. Blenders
  4. Overalls
  5. Salad spinner
  6. Ceiling fan
I'm not really kidding...
As I looked at the latest list it hit me - the people shopping at this place are not looking for ANYTHING we are selling!!  We have made enough to pay our booth fee the majority of the months we've been there, but for the last few months only barely. I mean, a check for $6.40 at the end of the month really kind of deflates a girl, you know?? Dave Matthews Band tickets don't grow on trees!! And you can't deny this man...


So, it was obvious it was time to go. Hearing about the new place the same week that I had the "aha!" moment was a little like the clouds parting and a neon sign popping out that said "Do it!" So, I did! I chatted with the owner, Suzy, for a while, she showed me around the vendors' booths and pointed out which ones were selling well and which ones had product niches that they were filling.

My daughters went with me and were patient tolerant of my gushing and being excited... even when a "quick visit to check it out" turned into business discussion and signing of a contract. The place is perfect for the booth that Junque Rethunque deserves to be, and we can't wait to get set up!!

Suzy used to be a vendor in the Waiting List place and included a lot of detail in the vendor contract - even down to the statement saying that we are not allowed to decorate with feather boas. I think we'll be able to mind that one fairly easily. I also think it will be easy to stand out. There was lots of shabby chic, and some repurposing going on, and vintage kitchenware, but nothing much on the industrial side, not much wire and metal... not many painted signs or lampshades and certainly no vintage linens turned tote bags and home decor.

Here is the new Junque Rethunque space as it looks right now - pre Junque-ifying:

This is not our stuff - but don't you love the rough plaster and brick walls back there?? Here's a view down the aisle...
It's just so much better than where we are. Like, times a billion. And cheaper too! We'll be paying $17 less per month for the space, and a smaller commission as well. Look at those painted floors! And the wooden valance that Suzy added. I heart it!

So... that's what's up right now. We are excited to get in there and execute some of the great ideas we had when we first set up shop a year ago. We'll be putting our display pieces in this Friday night, and plan to be in the space by the end of August, but if it's earlier we will definitely let you know. We hope you'll come see us, and let us know what you think.