I admit, I felt a twinge today, as I prepared Brooke's lovely basket, full of Metis items, that she won on the Giveaway on Karena's Blog~
this Vintner's Cloth of metis is unusual, and super-soft; it is the best one we have in stock, and it came from Paris. Will we ever find one as nice as this? Hope so~
the little balance was also so interesting....it's mechanism is perfect, and it came from Burgundy; should we keep it for a Christmas gift to someone dear?
No matter if you are in traditional or online retail, you deal with many of the same Do's & Don'ts; A big "Don't" in the industry is Don't fall in love with your merchandise. Sell it, or for us, find the perfect owner. Make your margins and move merchandise. I know that Brooke will be thrilled with her basket and goodies; they are perfect for her, and a wonderful finale to Karena's giveaway.
I hold certain pieces back for myself, or just because I don't see them often; like this nut-gathering basket, holding on to this~
and the harvest basket from Champagne; this was not expensive but that makes it easier to keep; Laura and I will use it for display, everything will be displayed in baskets, of course~
my other weakness is for anything tri-color (ignoring 19C anything and portraits, for the moment). Anything patriotic American or French; this enameled 19C plaque will be for sale soon, and I wonder if I should keep it, I love it~
oh and the fireman's helmets, also love those....they may become a collection, but for the moment, we will sell them :(
and did I mention the drum and accompanying drum sticks, with trimmings in laiton or French brass...We love these...
or the hemp tassels, will there be a place for them at some point, and will I ever find more of these in this large size??
Some pieces are non-negotiable. I will never sell the Liberation-era flag, which is now in residence in Beaune.
I am so happy to send Brooke's basket off to her, as it is appropriate & perfect for her; I know she will enjoy the contents, and I know that Laura & I will continue to source new merchandise. But you haven't even seen all of it yet; stay tuned!