Saturday, October 1, 2011

Kitschy Etsy

Just about close to EXPLODING over here with excitement over my new endeavor. You'll remember that "a long, long time ago" (I sing that the way Don McLean did...not Steven Spielberg), I blurted out my interest in starting an Etsy shop. Needless to say, 9+ months later, I've finally figured it out. Hey, it takes babies that long to bake in the oven; why not an idea like this?

Not to toot my own horn too much (seriously, I wasn't a horn player - double reed, baby), but I've got a pretty good eye for antiques and an ever-blossoming (ie developing) eye for design and decor. Admittedly, not as good as the B in our B duo of friends, B+B, but I'm working on it. It's something I truly enjoy doing, too. Sifting through antiques and thrift store finds to find something truly a) lovable and b) well-priced. I rarely if ever purchase something that I lurve if it's too costly. So, I've decided to start a shop devoted to some of these finds. Some will stay untouched and precious; others, I'll do a bit of design magic on (whether it be painting, reupholstering, styling differently, turning into something else, etc). And I'll call the shop...ready for it?....

Meg, Acting Out!

Hmm. I thought summer was over. All those crickets chirping.

What can I say, when a genius FB friend came up with the name for this blog, I fell for it. It holds so many different meanings. Plus, no one has to try to pronounce my last name or figure out what it means. It's pretty self-explanatory. ;-) I'm already envisioning additional branding when I start to find neat old toys and outfits - ie Kids, Acting Out. Pets, Acting Out would seem an inevitable go-to from there, but I honestly can't think of many antique/vintage finds for pets. It's a fun challenge, though.

I'm starting off with only a few items and going from there. The most exciting part of the whole thing is that, while it's a bit of a process to hunt down treasures, stage them, shoot them (with a pretty boring camera - the dream is for a fancy schmancy one), upload and edit the pictures, write up the listing, wait wait wait for someone to care enough to purchase them, then go through the rigmarole of packaging and shipping...I love it. It's not something that I get a crick in my neck simply THINKING about.

I could not sell a single one and still be having a heck of a lot of fun. Hopefully, though, we WILL get some sales.

Oh, yes, and the first item that I'm selling is...

Innit cute?!?! Kitschy, vintage, classic...but tongue-and-cheek and modern all at the same time. (Remember how much I paid originally for it? Let's keep that a secret, shall we?) I've valued it at a price that I deem fair to the originality and specialness of the piece. :-D

I've got lots of keep-me-up-at-night thoughts and schemes and dreams about the whole thing, but for now, it's nose to the grindstone. Gotta get more up on the site! Oh, and did you notice the ad in the sidebar? I paid myself to put it there. :-) I drove a hard bargain.

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