Hey y’all!! I wanted to drop in today to tell y’all more in detail about the pop-up shop, why I chose to do it, and why I am taking a break from the online selling right now!!!
First off, I want to say thank you to everyone that has supported my pop-up shop so far!! The outpouring love and support from the town of Livingston, AL, as well as all of my online followers has been truly amazing. The decision to open the pop-up shop was one that came with tons and tons of thought and prayer!! As most of you know, I started this business out of my bedroom at my parents’ house a little over five years ago. My intentions were to strictly be an online business. I never had intentions to do shows, and I for sure never had intentions to have my own shop.
I originally started having flash sales on certain nights of the week, and it quickly grew to having trunk shows all around town. That’s when the thought of holiday shows started to be come intriguing. My mom and I went to a few and scoped them out, got a game plan together, applied, and the rest is history. With the shows came lots of stuff. I had to buy my own trailer. This was my first big girl purchase!! I had to buy lots of things almost as if I was opening a store, but a store that would be setting up and taking down a lot. Also, with the shows comes a whole lot of merchandise. Once I got married and had a house of my own, I now used my old bedroom at my parents’ as well as every extra corner of our house I could.
As my business continued to grow, our house continued to close in on us. About a year ago I had my inventory in the Shine Shop in Livingston. I absolutely loved my time there, and the customers seemed to like it as well. Once I found out we were expecting Madi Walker, I knew I had to once again expand my business. I originally thought I would just rent a building, and it would be more like a warehouse so to speak. But then I really got to thinking about the pop-up shop concept. I really put a lot of thought in to it before I announced anything about it, but it just felt right. I think so far people like the concept that basically each time we open we have just about all new things. This way with it being a small town, customers don’t see themselves all around town. Also, people are learning that when we are open if you see something you like, you better grab it because it more than likely will not be there the next time you stop in.
I have had tons of people ask me “why are you not open all the time” and “why do you call it a pop-up shop”. Well here is the answer. We travel doing our holiday and spring shows. So we may be in Livingston one weekend and Tennessee the next. That part I think has taken people the most getting used to. The shows are my bread and butter and they allow me to travel, meet my customers in person, and stay home with my little one most of the time. So for the time being that is what works best for my little business and like I said earlier because of the shows we turn over a lot of merchandise very quickly. So it actually allows us to offer even more in our pop-up shop the small amount of time that we are open verses just being open in one location all of the time but having the same merchandise hanging for longer periods of time.
Now to address why I am taking a break from the online at the moment. The short answer is it was just not the best fit for our setup right now. Most people may not know that I live a good 45 minutes from our Meridian location and a good 20 minutes or so from our Livingston location. I don’t go to each town each day. One day we may have a certain sweater at one location, and the next it could be somewhere else or even sold out. With the space between all the locations and with how fast we sell things at our location, I could just not give the customer service that I would like without never being able to cut it off. Customers are too important to be done this way. With being a new mom, it is VERY important to be to be present and in the moment with Madi Walker as much as possible. Being a business owner it never stops completely, but the way I have it set up currently is like what works best for us at the moment.
With that being said, you never know what the future holds. I am never going to say never to anything anymore. The one thing I have learned from the pop-up shop is never say never!! I have said from the beginning that I would absolutely never own an actual storefront. Boy have I eaten those words lol.
So if you made it to the end of this post, you are too sweet!!! I would again like to say thank you to each and every person that has supported this little business so far!! Without y’all it would not be possible. So again thank you so much for helping me live out my dream!!!