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Pop Up Shop Pros and Cons







Before I forget what it was like to have a pop-up-shop, I thought I would reflect on some of the pros and cons of taking on this envevour.   I'll start with the cons...

Cons:
Poor location:
Location was too out of the way.
Next time I would open a shop on a street with foot traffic and a big store front window.

It's not forever:
We had to tear it all down once we were done.
It's hard to establish my local business for just 6 weeks, but it was actually a great opportunity to promote my online shop and blog.

It is tiring owning a local business:
I was really tired after the 6 weeks of being open, 6 nights a week.  I have been enjoying being at home, reading books, and eating dinner with my husband since being closed.


Pros:
I learned a whole lot! 
What to do next time.
How to run workshops.
Success and failures for press write ups.
What customers want when shopping for clothes, i.e. mirrors, places to sit, friends to talk to about their picks.   Men want places to sit, things to read, and they love playing Nintendo. 

-It's not forever:
I am now free to invest a lot more time in our home, my husband and my blog. 

-New customers:
I got a write up in the local paper and quite a few locals heard about me.
They were delighted to see that a cool vintage shop was in town! 

-Having a space to work outside of home:
I liked going to the shop and working and then coming home and resting.  It was much easier to separate work from rest. Now after being home for a few weeks, I have to resist the urge to be working all the time. 

-Felt like part of a community:
It was really nice being at he Ehemahlige Feuerwache, there were a whole lot of other creative business owners that were around.  It was nice to say hi and encourage each other in our endeavors. 

-Cost Effective:
I only paid two month rent and gave it my all.  The time pressure really encouraged me to do a lot of promotion and to hold workshops and to try to get people in the space before it was over. 

-Supporting other local designers:
I was so happy to sell some of the work of other local designers.  I sold quite a bit for a few of them and it was nice to collaborate and to share the opportunity.

And one of the great things about it is having a pop up shop is that even now that it is over  it, brought new readers and customers to my online shop.  I also made quite a few contacts.

The best thing of all was seeing people come into the shop, or hear about me opening a shop locally and their eyes lit up when walking in.

They were seeing me do something that I love and they were inspired to follow their passions and try new things.

Thanks for reading lovelies.

I would love to hear from you about your thoughts on my Pop-Up-Shop.
Did it inspire you in any way?

Cheers,

Anna


Vintage Shop Owner Style

I have been reflecting a whole lot about my shop these past few days, since I am only open a few more days.  It's pretty incredible that it's almost over.

 I am really glad that I took the chance and did a pop up shop.  It was only for 6 weeks and it was only three hours most days but it was a great chance to have a taste at owning a local shop and having a bit more of a local presence.





I definitely didn't make millions, haha but I will come just above even.  There are a few things I would change and look for in another pop up shop.  But I'll talk about that in another post.

I first want to thank everyone who came to visit at the shop and thank you especially to those of you who bought something.

I have a sale of 50% off all vintage in my local and online shop until this Friday the 31st.  Come by!  I am also open on Thursday though it is a holiday. (for 50% off in my online shop use code POPUP2013)

Have a great day!

Anna


Pracht Exemplar

Pracht Exemplar is owned by a carpenter named Stefen Cherdron.  I met him and his wife at a creative market here in Heidelberg over a year ago and knew I wanted a few of his TV shelves in my future shop.  So when I signed the lease on my Pop Up I contacted him.  He brought over two TVs and a comfy vintage chair. They have added so much character to the space!  





Pop Up Shop: Jo & Sonja

Jo and Sonja are some friends I know from Frankfurt.  They sell vintage household goods and electronics online.  I asked if they had some lamps and vases to bring and sell in my shop they brought some beautiful pieces. Check them out.  












Locals, come on over to the shop, check them out.  My shops open M-S from 17:00-20:00.

If you live far away, you can visit their shop at JoAndSonjaClassics.etsy.com

Have a great day!

Anna
Pop Up Shop: Glorione Designs

When the prospects of opening a pop up shop in Heidelberg were looking good I decided to invite some other creatives and makers to join me and sell their treasures in my shop along with me!  Some of my favorite locals jumped on board and have their lovely wares available in my shop.  

One of those lovelies is Julia die Nähkönigin and her brand Glorione.  She is selling jewelry and clutches made out of leather scraps in my shop. 








Locals, come on over to the shop, check them out and try them on.  My shops open M-S from 17:00-20:00.

If you live far away, you can visit her shop at Glorion.dawanda.com

Have a great day!

Anna