Sunday, November 27, 2011
My next stop was jRne Vintage Decor where I could easily get lost, spying what's new and awesome. Chuck was working yesterday and he is always helpful. AND he carries the heavy stuff and helps load. Love that! See Santa Claus? I bought him. Don't hate.
Speaking of jRne (journey), The Primitique has invaded a little corner of the store. Yup. The P now has 2 locations. One in Poetry, where you can shop by appointment, and the new location in Terrell at jRne Vintage Decor. We are spreading the love! Come see!
(tilt head to the left)
I hope that you enjoyed a fantastic Thanksgiving. Enjoyed family and friends. And whether you were the giver or receiver of love (and money), I hope that life is being kind to you.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Opera House Gifts & Decor (click for more pictures) is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10-6 and by appointment.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
To shop with us, folks have to drive a few miles without a traffic light. Traffic jams are reserved for other shopping experiences. Parking? No problem. We have a few acres available for parking.
Since we are only 20 minutes east of Rockwall and 20 minutes north of Terrell, it only takes one trip for folks to realize we aren't that far. As we help 'em load their treasures, they assure us they will be back. And they come back. Who knew?
Who knew that word would spread? Who knew that we would continue to enjoy the company of our regular customers and make new friends? Who knew that The P could succeed without overhead and regular hours? Folks seem to like the one on one shopping experience. They have taken to the One Touch Rule (mentioned here).
We have prayed big.
We have been surrounded by love.
I am thankful. And grateful. And dad gum happy!
Rumor has it, The Primitique is worth the drive. Who knew?
ps. We have a facebook page, where we update pictures almost daily. You can click here to view new and old merchandise. And by all means, make an appointment and come see us!
Monday, August 29, 2011
Chuck would help us set up the showroom before shows, and very often, I could see his head shaking and his eyes rolling as he watched us move things hither and yon. We'd pick up Item A to make room for Item B. Item A would get carried to another part of the space, in attempt to get it out of the way. Then we'd shove Item A aside to get it out of the way for Item C. Item A would get a full tour of the showroom before it was all said and done, and by the time we touched Item A for what was probably the 29th time, Chuck would almost go into convulsions. The man stood well over 6' and I knew the fall would be hard if he ever fell over from frustration.
Chuck's advise? "Never touch anything more than once."
I am here to tell you, it's not an easy lesson, but it is a good one.
This weekend, while moving The Primitique out of Quinlan, I thought of Chuck. I looked at merchandise and wondered, "How many times have I touched that?"
One touch. You people in the business will know what I mean here. You know. You buy something great. You clean it, glue it, fix it, spit shine it, whatever. You slap a price on it and you watch with mad anticipation as shoppers eyeball the fantastic piece that you got just for them. They buy it and walk away with your good taste. You have the satisfaction of feeling smart enough to know that it was perfect for your customers. That's the ideal scenario.
The not so good scenario is the one where you buy it, spit on it, price it, throw it out there for the masses and they see it. They touch it. They consider it. They put it back somewhere nowhere near where they got it from. You know what I'm talking about. Then you touch it, dust it off and move it to another location. It's seen and touched by others, but still no takers. Maybe you touch it again, mark it down and place it somewhere different. By the time you move that item somewhere else, the spirit of Chuck is rolling over in his grave. (he's still alive, but you know what I mean)
David and my "big deal" sister made magic happen this weekend. After packing everything into the Bulldog trailer, we took it to Our Turn (David's and my land). We took an empty old storage building and we transformed it. The Primitique is now in its very own home, on the land of our future home.
The philosophy? Touch it once. I intend to, one time, place goodness next to goodness. All of the goodness will be priced to sell. With no overhead, and no discounts, there will be "real" prices. No games. No big discount day sales (hard to imagine). No wheeling and dealing. The very same price for dealers and non-dealers (seriously). What you see is what you get. I touch it. Customers touch it. Pay for it. Load it. That's the deal. If it's there long, I will touch it again, but it may be to ditch it. So, if you see it and like it, I advise that you touch it all the way out to your car. The idea behind this business is to move it. Quick. Get it? Novel idea? Let's try it out. See what happens.
For goodness sakes, let's make One Touch Chuck proud. Shall we?
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Call me Chuck, but I find myself standing inside the safe door, sniffing and looking and thinking. What's out there for me? I walk through doors, and I grow. I experience the good and the bad and I learn. Here I am again, looking and listening and sniffing around at my future.
A few tidbits of news for you:
1. We will not be setting up at Zapp Hall for the fall show next month in Warrenton/Round Top. It's weird, this one. We are quite used to shopping and packing in a frenzy about now. We may come shop, and we hope to come back to sell in the spring. We'll miss our customers and friends and wish you all happy shopping and happy sales!
2. The Primitique is moving out of Tipsy Tango in Quinlan. Recently, we have been selling from the driveway in Poetry. I don't think I have met anyone in my pj's yet, but the convenience is amazing! Shopping will be available by appointment. Just holler!
3. New opportunities for The Primitique are being discussed. But, like Chuck, we are trying to check the environment, before crossing that threshold. The prospects are exciting! Keep us in your prayers, would ya?
In the meantime, David has taken up planking. Isn't he a hoot?
By the way, once Chuck deems that all is safe, he bounds outside, jumping and running with wild abandon, climbing trees and experiencing a new found freedom. I'm giggling, just thinking about running outside and playing. See you there soon!
Happy Life! ~Mindy
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
Just when I thought a door had closed, God opened one that I wasn't even looking for. Patty is a good thing. And I am so much enjoying sharing my business with her! If you haven't made it by yet, come on out. 116 W. Main St, Quinlan, TX, daily from 10a-5p.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Then Sis had the bright idea to get her eyelashes dyed. I jumped on the bandwagon and decided to one up her. Lashes AND brows. Bring it!
We lucked into a walk-in appointment at a fancy little spa in the area. Weren't we feeling the magic?
The nice lady put tape under our eyes, to prevent the dye from seeping all over everywhere.
When removing my sister's tape, the nice lady took skin. OUCH!
When removing my tape, the nice lady said "OOOPS!" The tape didn't prevent seeping.
She tried to remove the oops with some kind of acid. (Well, that's what it felt like, as I jumped out of the treatment bed. )
Thankfully, it's worn off now. And my sister's skin grew back, too.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Hi! I really have missed you! Here's what you missed in May:
I hosted the 6th Annual Roadkill Chili Cookoff at my place. With 12 chilis entered, it may have been one of the most competitive cookoffs yet! My Mom won 1st place!
May your June be, well, June-a-licioius!!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Family tradition continues with my mom and sister coming to help for a few days. Love.
And my boyfriend, David, continues to be the best, most supportive, loving, kick booty, handsome man, EVER!
Did I mention it was a good show?
A very large thanks to all of you who dropped by, said hi and shopped. We would stop doing what we do if it weren't for YOU!
Click HERE to see a little Who's Who, when you peruse the pictures I took.