Thursday, March 12, 2009

Nerves of steel...tenacity...

...and what does it take to own an antique shop...a dream...a vision..a longing for things of beauty...the urge to nest...all things that keep us going through the hard times and the good...and when they are good...they are really good...and when they are bad...well, we just won't go there.
Got an email from Barb yesterday...as we anxiously await spring to grace our weary winter hearts, Barb wondered why it was so cold in Sisters the other day...well, you guessed it, the furnace went out! Not only that, but it was drowning in a foot of water from all the heavy rains we've had lately...what next you ask...

Ok, we are anxiously awaiting the warm spring breezes, but along with that we have tornadoes and front line winds. Last year winds knocked down trees, two hitting the house and causing major roof damage and hours of labor picking up limbs and wind-driven stuff.



Yet, we struggle along, not alone in our calamities...whole downtown's wiped off the planet, as the floods did last year in Cedar Rapids. How do you start over???



Failing economies, stock markets' downward spirals, job loss...



Yet we persist because we love what we do...it's in our blood...it's what we live for...then someone will ask...what's your best price, wanting you to come down on your already bottomed out dollar. You squelch the urge to pummel them and politely say, the best I can do is 10%, thus lowering your already squeezed bottom dollar...


Then you look beyond...to the dreams you have and somehow things work out, in spite of the weather, in spite of the economy, you just move forward and dream the dream and look forward to the next open house and try to make it the best it can be for the people you know will come and share your dream...if only we lived in a more perfect world...


But then we wouldn't have all these things to look back on and say...I SURVIVED...


7 comments:

summersundays-jw said...

We always try to deal with today & have faith that tomorrow will be better. I just long for a couple of weeks with no surprises. Oh, well, guess that's life! Jan

JB Knacker said...

We've been weirdly lucky so far that nothing at our old 120 yr old shop has broken down?! Yes, there are large spaces under the front doors and paint peeling off the old house and so much work to be done to keep it endearing...but tell Barb customers are buying and from the looks of the new inventory at Sister's, she should have people flocking! We just did a spring event and it was the best ever?!! I was in shock, it was that good, so throw together a few goodies and invite the gals that love Sister's and do the spring thing. I think you'll be surprised! I will be putting in a soap order very soon as we are down to just a small stack of oatmeal bars (kind of sounds good enough to eat). Hang in there, Brenda

willow said...

Love those tea leaf pattern ironstone dishes.

cconz said...

Sharon you are a true survivor. So is Barb. To bad about the flooding. Looks l8ike she's got a lot of new goodies. This month was kind of bad, taxes (house) and pay taxes (fedral), vet bills and bought backpacks 300.00 for 1 But, it should last the rest of my travel days. So i'll have to wait till next month to get down there.

M.Kate said...

Seems like spring is slow this year...hope the weather improves later..

Greyscale Territory said...

Incredible what you girls go through! I am in total awe. What is more amazing, going by your photos, throughout all the extremes of challenge, there is always a magical sanctuary of stunning old beauties for anyone to enjoy!

Simply brilliant!

Anita said...

Shit makes flowers all the prettier, said the Iowa farm girl....