We did it!
Last week when we published a post about our struggles to find a work space I was in the midst of actually finding a space.
When I wrote that post a few weeks ago, I was frustrated. A call for help on Facebook made me hopeful. We had numerous people and organizations trying to help us find a spot, but we still weren’t having any luck.
Little did I know I would do a random search in Craigslist under a section I have never checked before, the BUSINESS section, and it would lead me to strike gold.
It all developed in four short days.
I’ll keep it simple.
I found a listing in Craigslist Cleveland for a vintage home décor and furniture shop for sale in Lakewood, Ohio.
We both scoped it out that morning before it was actually open. Me, on my way to work and Karen, on her way home from dropping off her son, Elijah at school Karen and I both gave it the thumbs up. Two thumbs up? This rarely happened during our initial search.
I contacted and met with the owner, and viewed two floors in inventory.
I consulted with Karen and our business advisor—my so supportive boyfriend.
A lot of phone calls including the building owner regarding a new lease.
More consulting and some advice from our awesome friends, Dwight and Tim, at All Things for You.
I made an offer on the inventory and all contents in the space.
Of course, we’d be keeping our own business name. 🙂
More phone calls.
I met with all parties, signed paperwork and started the process for purchasing insurance.
The locks were changed and BAM! A key to our new studio! And what timing, it was Karen’s birthday. I surprised her at dinner with a key to our new shop. 🙂
The following day we walked into our new space for the first time and in about 10 hours, with the help of family, we filtered, uncluttered, moved a lot of furniture and donated five full trucks of housewares to a local Goodwill.
To say the least, these five days were a bit of a whirlwind.
We envision clearing out the inventory, a number of cosmetic improvements and then creating three spaces: a workshop in the basement, an open creative studio with a storefront on the first level.
It is going to take a lot of time, blood, sweat and tears to get this space to how we envision The Salvaged Boutique.
So, our first step of many: LIQUIDATING!
We are close to hosting the first of several LIQUIDATION SALES and as soon as we schedule a date we’ll let you all know!
The space isn’t the gem we know it can be… but that’s coming. Stay tuned and thank you for all of your support and kind words after our post last week.
P.S. We’ll be sharing some overdue creative and paint projects next week. We promise!
Happy Salvaging! -Kathy & Karen