Open at Last…

December 10, 2010…the day I became the boss of me!  It was an exhausting, sometimes frustrating journey but my little gift shop in the village of La Mesa finally opened to a welcoming crowd!

I couldn’t have done it without the help of my best friend Julie, who was with me pretty much every step of the way as I hunted, scoured and picked my way through hundreds of boxes of antiques and collectibles over the past 2 years. 

I also need to thank my husband who patiently tolerated our dining room and patio becoming more and more crowded with all my “finds”. 

And I couldn’t have made it to opening night without the help of my sister Terry who helped catalogue all the books and cookbooks I’ve brought into the store and my best friend Sheri, who shared a dream with me many years ago to get out of the mortgage rat race and open a little shop in the village.

It’s been fun meeting new people and sharing in their delight of their newfound treasure.  I feel strangely sad when I have to say goodbye to things I’ve found  that are so “cool” but I have to stay focused on the reason I bought them in the first place.

Still, I’ll miss things like the neat portable stereo turntable:

Or some of the beautiful international Christmas dolls that we had:

I hope Bill loves the vintage Philco Radio I found.  This estate I’d found it in had so many cool, vintage radios!   I still have another cathedral Philco if you’re interested…

For those of you who can’t come in, be sure and subscribe to this blog and we’ll keep it updated with pictures, class schedules and specials!

THANKS for visiting my blog!

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9 Responses to Open at Last…

  1. Bob Ballantyne says:

    Great for you Lisa….. good luck and have fun

  2. Very nice Lisa. I doubt I’ll ever get down there but i wish I had a reason to travel again.

  3. Romina Carrillo Gutierrez says:

    Congratulations Lisa! Wishing you much success with this!!!

  4. Great job Lisa & your team! Congratulations! Need the address pls! Thx!

  5. Jules says:

    “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication.” – Gail Devers –

    Congratulations on your beautiful store, Lisa’s Cottage! May you rejoice in your retail revelry and receive resounding rewards in 2011 and every year beyond.

    Start the spreading the news….

  6. Tia Loli says:

    I will be in town tomorrow,I hope to drive by your place. I have some things for you, maybe you can use them, maybe not, so you decide., Ok ?

  7. Pam says:

    Good luck with you shop! It looks beautiful, inviting and fun. Thanks for following me on Twitter.
    Pam in Wisconsin
    Vintage Girl Stuff
    On Etsy & Ruby Lane

  8. Teresa Lopez says:

    Lisa, I enjoyed scrolling thru all your lovely things. I’m so impressed with your selection. I’m looking forward to come in….Congratulations T.

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