Friday, April 20, 2012

One month

The store has been open for a month now and I couldn't be happier. 

This business was not meant to make my family rich.  This business is a way for me to make a little money and stay with my kids too, but as the weeks go by I realize I love it for so many more reasons. 

1)Lanesboro- I really like having the shop in a neighborhood setting.  Our home is in the country so the couple hours each day my kids spend at the shop they get to enjoy playing with other kids on the street...they might actually get to ride bikes this summer!

2)Baby fever- Obviously Lola is still a little peanut, but I plan on being in business for awhile so I loooove seeing the babies that come in.  I get to play with them and then give them back!  This will be perfect when Lola no longer wants to be my little clingon :)

3)Friends- I have had the chance to chat and catch up with soooo many people at the shop!  I've talked to people I haven't seen in years.  I love it!  It's so nice to spend time with old friends and I've made a lot of new friends too.

4)Helping- If you've been in the shop you know my prices are low. I know how hard it can be to keep up with how quickly kids grow.  I think of the thousands of dollars we've spent over the years keeping the kids dressed and I wish so much I would have shopped in consignment shops before.  I love that people can come in and get a good deal and their kiddos are still looking good.  Susky can be a tight community when things get tough, so I hope that as time rolls on and benefits and the like come up that people know they can stop in the store for donations for the silent/chinese auctions we all love so much!

I could name a lot more reasons, but Lola's making angry faces at me so I better get moving.  I just want to thank all of my consignors and all of my customers for making life good :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New racks and Dumpster Diving

When I found the building that Little Birds is now located in it looked sooooo big and I wonder how I would ever fill it up.  Even when I opened the doors I felt it looked a little bare.  Not now.  Four new racks went up yesterday and by closing time today they were pretty much full.  I have two bassinets, two pack and plays, a chest, and a few other bigger items taking up floor space and all of the sudden I feel like the place is getting crammed!  I am so thankful for all of my consignors for bringing their items in to sell...I continue to fill the racks and customers seem to be happy with the selection.

I also have a new shoe rack in the shop... ok, it's not really new...and it didn't start out as a shoe rack.  This is how my shoe rack came to be...

I was driving my client home from having his haircut and as I passed a local gas station I spotted an awesome rack just sitting in the dumpster!  I parked the van to take a closer look.  It was fantastic and I knew it was meant to be in the shop.  I couldn't see a ladder to climb in and get it so I took a few steps back and then took a running start to jump into the dumpster.  I ran as fast and as hard as I could and WHAM I wound up smack dab on the side of the dumpster... guess I'm not too light on my feet. I tried again and had the same outcome. By the 5th time I tried there was a crowd gathering and cheering me on.  "ERIKA! ERIKA! ERIKA!" Ok...I'm totally kidding about all of that... the rack was beside the dumpster and there was an employee outside so I asked if I could have it and he told me yes. :)  Either way- a can of spray paint turned gas station trash into LB treasure!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Rock a bye Moby

I've tried a million different baby carriers over the years between all my kiddos, but I'm pretty frugal so I've always leaned toward the ones I found in the 20-30 dollar range.  When I was pregnant with Lola, my now 12 week old little girl, I did some research on baby carriers and settled on a Moby wrap.  It was right around $60 but worth every single penny. 

I ordered my Moby when Lola was just a few weeks old and I was a little concerned when it arrived- it's just one looooong piece of fabric! I googled some basic directions and gave it a whirl... neither Lola nor I was very thrilled.  I pulled it down, rolled it up, and shrugged it off.  No biggie, I've wasted more money on more ridiculous things!

Lola started having acid reflux issues right around when I opened the shop so her bouncy chair wasn't cutting it- she NEEDS to be upright.  I decided to give the Moby wrap another shot but this time around I decided how I wanted Lola to lay against me and found my own way to use the wrap.  Success! 

Lola spends a significant amount of time snuggled up against me in the Moby wrap.  And maybe this has lead to longer nights for me since she spends a lot of time snoozing in the wrap and hates sleeping anywhere else, but man do we love having it during the day.  She's happy and pain-free and I'm hands free but still holding my sweet gal! 

Lots of people come in and ooh and ahh over how content she is and I'm asked atleast twice a day what it is and where they can get one.  Today I even had a girl talk about how great it seemed and she told me she wished she had one.  Before she knew what it was called she told me she had bought a Moby wrap at a yardsale but it was stupid because it was just one long piece of fabric and she had no idea what to do with it.  We had a good laugh when I told her that she was drooling over the baby carrier she already owned.  She's going to bring hers in one day so I can give her a hand with it :)

So, if you stop in and see a snoozing baby tucked in a long hunk of fabric don't and then you notice the bags under my eyes don't worry...I asked for it :)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Peer Pressure...

In an attempt to find a job where I can be with my kids, make a little extra cash, and be creative Little Birds Boutique was hatched.  On March 17th I opened the door to an old building with a new business- a children's consignment and gift shop. I sell new and gently used clothes, toys, gear, headbands, and lots of handmade items from talented local crafters.

So why start a blog?  Because my mom said so. Well, not my biological mom, but the extra one that I got when I said "I do" to my husband 7 years ago. My mother-in-law has a successful business and swears by her blog.  I tried arguing that noone wants to read about kids clothes but I realize that I'm a lot more than just kids clothes.  I'm not talking about the artwork I sell or the headbands and diaper cakes in the display cases (although you're sure to hear about the goodies in the shop), I'm talking about being a parent.  What do I have in common with just about everyone that comes by the shop?  Kids.

I love facebook (come be my friend!) and once in awhile I'll write a "note" there about parenting and I always get a lot of feedback so I've decided to book a place to write more and hopefully find fresh ideas for the shop along the way.