This February marks 4 years since I started Lost & Found.
The anniversary is easy to remember, because I moved into my booth space at Antique Company Mall just a few months before my third son was born (kinda nuts, I know!) So every year that he gets older, so does my business.
My little jacuzzi tub-sized booth space at the antique mall is where Lost & Found all started (you can read more about the story of my business star-up here, if you like). The furniture, the blog, and the paint all came a little later. At first it was just about junk.
It’s a little crazy to think I have been doing this for four years now . . . Time really does pass quicker the older you get. These days the weeks and months tend to fly by, does anybody else feel that way?
I don’t spend quite as much time up at my booth space as I used to, mainly because the blog and custom paint work require more of my time these days. But even with that said, my booth is still the main part of my business. A lot of work goes into shopping for things, cleaning and tagging items, hauling them up to my space, and then putting them together in a compelling display.
So yes, it’s work, but fun work. It’s creative work and work that helps me meet lots of new people and hear lots of new stories.
I have a friend who was recently shopping with me at one of my favorite flea markets, and she commented that my business is basically shopping 🙂 It’s true, being an antique dealer gives me a great reason to always be shopping!
I get to enjoy owning these wonderful pieces for a short period of time. Even if they aren’t being used in my own home, there is still the fun of styling them in my booth space. It’s kind of like a grown-up doll house 🙂
What will my business look like in 4 more years? I have no idea . . . I’m not even sure exactly what it will look like in one year! But no matter where Lost & Found heads, I will always love hunting down great “junk.”
If you’re interested in starting your own antique booth business, you can check out this post here, where I share my tips for the aspiring antique dealer.
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