It’s been a whirlwind month as we took an opportunity in late January to actually (already!) expand our booth activity to include a large, local antique mall – The Brass Armadillo. I’m so thrilled to have space in this venue – I remember distinctly when it opened at its present location in the early 1990’s, because I bought my first-ever major purchase from an antique dealer here not long after they opened. (My purchase was a covered casserole dish in my beloved Royal China Currier & Ives pattern that my grandmother Verdie had recently given me.) I’ve been a regular customer ever since!
So, short version, after a short stint on the waiting list, I got “The Call” and claimed my (approx.) 8×8 foot booth, and we officially opened on January 24.
To tell you a little more of the story… we had been at our original mall, Memory Lane in Historic Valley Junction, for only a few weeks when we took a trip out to the Brass Armadillo in northeast Des Moines just to shop and get some merchandising ideas. While there, we inquired about the procedure for obtaining booth space and decided to go on the wait list. The Assistant Manager told us at that time that an available booth did not necessarily go to the first person on the list – it went to the first person called who arrived at the mall to view the space. Being pretty far down on the list, I thought perhaps under this method I might stand a chance of getting a space. That was mid-November.
On December 14, I was mid-way through eating dinner at home when my phone rang at 5:15. It was Toni at “BA,” and she told me they had space coming available and reminded me that it was going to be “first come/first served” as far as who got the space. Understanding she had additional calls to make, I told her I was coming over immediately. I quite literally dropped my fork, leaving my remaining dinner to the mercy of the cat, and arrived (withOUT speeding, I should add) at BA within 20 minutes. Toni showed me the available booth and gave me the January 24th move-in date, and we signed the paperwork that night.
Just like that, I went from a booth in one mall, to two booths in two malls. It sure felt like things were taking off.
As it turned out, we were able to move in a week early so we’ve had now about 4 weeks in the new space. We are off to a strong start with sales, which is great! But of course we are always fine-tuning our selection of merchandise so it is an ongoing experiment.
If you are in the area and want to stop by, we are in booth #40 on “Utah Avenue” at the Brass Armadillo, 701 NE 50th Ave., in Des Moines!