It has been a whirlwind of craziness.
I've been trying to keep up with all of you and read up on what you've been doing. I just haven't had the time to write. Daughter and I made the Atlanta trip. The photo above does no justice to how many floors and more floors and buildings our little feet traveled pulling that blessed little wheelie cart all over the place. Deals were made and things were purchased. I switched shoes 2 hours after I got in there, if that tells you anything! This place was not for the weak - do not try to wear the little cute shoes!
I must tell you that photography was not "really" allowed inside, but I did ask before I snapped away. There were a lot of things we wanted photos of just so we wouldn't forget these businesses. The Bling, WOW~~ - We stayed way too long on the jewelry floor. There was one point where we thought we had lost our wallets! I had the look of a wild bangee woman on my face. We torn that wheelie apart, our bags ..everything came out and down only to find them tucked right where they were supposed to be. Meg did make a purchase of a necklace called the "Queen". Oh yes, lots of glitz and bling; sort-of a shabby chic piece, but boy does it get attention. She looked adorable in it. I know - I know, there are no pictures of us. I don't know how that happened. I could shoot myself for not getting some of her to chronicle her journey and this adventure she is getting ready to embark on. Darn!
Had to check out the outdoor stuff for hubby. I wanted it all. Of all places, someone recognized us as the "hammock people" from North Carolina (small world, isn't it).
We were so exhausted each evening that we really just collapsed. Of course, we had to look at catalogs, calculate, price, discuss, and get the plan for the next day. We were so lucky with really mild temperatures outside. This little gal above had the neatest little hankie shoppe. Just adorably displayed and girlie-girl.
Fairy Gardens - Gonna be a good thing, I think. Got alot of attention
We hooked up with some other North Carolina businesses we met while traveling MARTA. They showed some short-cuts getting from point A to B which were so helpful.
It would be so hard to be a buyer for a huge specialty gift store. I don't know how those folks do it. You have to really know your customer and what your market is. We even had to ponder long and hard on several occasions, and had to walk away sadly on many products.
Owls were a hit in everything!
Loved bike baskets!
LED little lights a huge favorite.
Now that we're back, things are full speed ahead. Family business has taken a different twist and husband has been very busy getting that going. I think tonight was our first meal together in over a week and it was a late dinner. It's been mostly just touching base during the day by cell phone and to bed exhausted at night. Daughter #1 now knows what she needs to do to get the boutique ready. She and I can hardly sleep from the excitment of this adventure. The ideas and thoughts that come to you in the middle of the night - why then, I don't know. Do you ever get up and jot down those thoughts?
Anyway, great trip. All is well with the rest of the surroundings. Wet weather here. The horses are tearing up the pasture. Don't EVER buy a gray horse. I'll post a picture of Ace soon - absolutely pitiful looking fella ... so muddy and dirty. The Jack Russels goal is to get the squirrel. I am their biggest fan. I yell from the sidelines - "Get the nasty ...bleep"!!
Gotta scoot - Later, Debi