At the beginning of 2014, Mike and I agreed that we would indulge his woodworking and building hobby by starting a little side business. The business, The Colorful Eclectic, was officially born in January. In our initial conversations about the business the plan was for Mike to slowly build an item here and there over the summer so we could have a small number of items to sell at an event in September. That plan seemed reasonable and do-able.
That lasted for all of about three weeks, then my daughter Sarah suggested that we participate in the West Fargo bi-annual rummage sale on April 12th. The sale typically features a variety of items from crafts to garage sale items. The space was only $30 (with early registration) so I rationalized that it was a low level commitment that would allow us to stick our toes in the water to test the market.
Well, more than our toes got wet. There is quite a bit of energy involved in ramping up initial efforts when the never-ending winter lingers and one’s garage is not heated. What essentially happened is this – Mike spent the past four weekends making projects for this sale. I spent a good chunk of time giving my input on types of projects and colors and trying to survive the stinky finish materials when the finishing had to be done in the house.
We now have eight furniture pieces to take to the sale. The majority of them are up-scaled items made from pallet wood. Mike just gets better and better at this with every piece.
After going there this evening to set-up, I am not so sure that this event is the place to sell our furniture pieces. But what the heck, we are in it now – so onward and upward! This is just the beginning of a long journey.
Day one thousand three hundred and seventy-four of the new forty – obla di obla da