Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Be Careful Whatcha Pray For!!

Praise God...Praise God...Praise God!! Been soooo busy with the thrift shop. God has blessed us soooo much. Saturday, our first day open, and we did terrific!! Since we had NO Budget, we were waiting until we sold a little bit before we ran an advertisement in the local paper. We did put out signs on the main roads with balloons and arrows. We had people waiting on us at 10:00 when we opened, and almost all bought something. We were so excited, and then a lady said "are ya'll part of unit 60?" We were, like, "What's unit 60?" She said, "ya'll didn't run the ad in the paper?" Come to find out, a guy who had a warehouse behind the shop was having a warehouse sale and advertised in the paper! So we had free traffic!! We befriended the guy with the warehouse sale, and he donated a bunch of stuff. We've had bunches of other donations from people who had yard sales and just wanted us to pick the stuff up and take it off their hands. And.....that's not all. Our landlord, who actually owns all the warehouses, said if we wanted to, when he had people to move out of their warehouses, we could clean them out...you know just sweep and take off the trash, and if there was anything left, we could have it. We cleaned one out today and got a great couch, chair, coffee table, mattress, bar stool...all kinds of really neat stuff!! Michelle and I took the stool, which was already painted a neat prim cranberry, took the padding off, and covered it with a burgundy gingham material. We sat it out front, and somebody is coming back to buy it!! Is that GOD or what???!! And....to top everything....my dear sweet friend Cora is donating some items too!! Love ya girl!!

We've actually done well enough to rent a little warehouse next to the shop to keep the furniture, the other large items and the surplus inventory in...and the landlord let us have it cheap cheap.

Just want to take a minute to thank each of you who have been giving us ideas and suggestions on our little venture, and all the encouragement. If any of you are ever in Camden....please look us up!!

Oh yeah, I'm printing up some coupons for $$ off purchases, so if you're coming thru our little small country town, I'll be sure to give you some!!

It's really keeping us busy, and I don't know how often I'll be able to post, but I'm certainly gonna try. I can't afford to lose touch with all you great people out there. My Ebay Store and Etsy Shop are still open, and believe it or not, doing better than they ever have....go figure.

And.....Dear Lord.....just to say "thank you" just doesn't seem enough!! I don't know where YOU want us to go with this, but I know you'll be with us every step of the way. I love you, Lord, and just want to be obedient. Thank you for granting us the desires of our hearts :)












Love all ya'll,
Vic

13 comments:

lindanuts said...

Oh, Vic, I am so very,very happy for you! Bless His holy name! He does want us all to succeed and He is pleased when we do. You are making Him happy!!!!
Continued success, my friend.
Big hugs from Iowa to you all......

Nancy M. said...

I'm so glad y'all are being so blessed. It just makes me so happy that the shop is doing better than you could have imagined.

I told one of my friends about it, and she told me I had better not come down there without her. She loves thrifting. So you might see us down there in a few weeks.

Song of the South said...

Bless The Lord! I am so happy that God blessed so mightily the work of your hands. May you continue to find favor with him.

Renna said...

I'd say the people of Camden are also greatly blessed that someone with such vision, energy, and creativity has opened a thrift shop. If a thrift shop like your's were to open in our town, I'd probably be checking it out every single day! We have two in town, neither of which begin to compare with what I see of your's in the pictures in regards to neatness and creativy.

Oh, and later on you might want to consider asking the landlord for a lease. Month-to-month leases are great when starting out with something uncertain, but on the flip side, you have no security of retaining your space. I remember years ago as a newly widowed young mom with young kids, I was thrilled when a landlord offered to rent me a house with no lease. Three months later, she decided she wanted to move into the house and gave me notice to be out in 30 days. Not trying to throw a wet blanket, just urging you to consider both sides of that coin.

God bless, you and Michelle, Vic!

Dani said...

I am so happy for you all...wishing you much prosperity...God is so good and provides...which we were closer!

Belinda said...

Oooh! That is so exciting! I am new to the Lord, but learning heaps. Your blog has been such an inspiration! The Lord must be VERY pleased with you!

Belinda (who is hosting a bible study on her blog - my first one! - come join me at http://careerasamum.blogspot.com/2008/10/bible-study-welcome.html)

Cora from Nelia's Primitive Place said...

I've been thinking and praying for you all week, and I'm just so happy that this is turning out to be such a blessed thing!!!! My box for you is about done, and will get it off to you early next week!!! Wish I could bring it up there!!! Cora

JulesJ said...

God Bless you girls!! I am sorry I missed the beginning of this story!
And am so glad that God is blessing you and guiding your steps.
The shop looks awesome and I pray someday when driving to FL to see my family we'll have the time to stop in and see it!

God Bless you and yours,
Julie

Eaglemyst said...

I'm so happy things are working out for you. Your blog is inspirational and fun. I enjoyed stopping by.

Pocket Full of Prettys said...

How wonderful for you and your shop! Isn't God great! Got your funniest moment story, too cute. Good luck in the drawing for the giveaway. hugs***Renea

Valerie said...

Thank the Lord for blessings. Where would we be without HIM? I love your blog and will be back to visit again soon.

Nancy M. said...

Hey Vic, I know you are busy, but I have tagged you if you wanna play come by my blog.

*Linda Pinda* said...

Sweet Vic!!!
I am so happy for you and Michelle.

How AWESOME is our God?!?!?!?!

I so wish we lived closer. I would LOVE to visit you all at the shop!!!

Hugs... *Linda*