Friday, April 3, 2009

outside the box.....DO YOUR OWN THING


one of my favorite ads is this girl and the words ;
you can DO YOUR OWN THING at greenoak...
its kind of perfect for our adventurous customers....
to me this is a great time to be outside the box..... the old retail is kind of boring and over in a lot of ways....
we cant be like the department stores....because they have half off sales all the time...
we cant be like tjmaxx and hobby lobby...because they are way cheaper and full of our old companies merchandise...and its totally on sale or will be...
we sure dont want to look like hallmark....because its so everywhere and boring.......
we cant depend on our old favorite companies, they are gone or now selling to the big boxes or online..
and .
people are so ready for not made in china.....
SO, the best thing might just be to be more you...
MY PLANS ARE TO GO WITH THE THINGS THAT MAKE US DIFFERENT....
that would be...
..antiques at the new lower prices
wierd cheap stuff
fun barn relics, for porch and patio
new and old together, show the antique furniture in modern ways
fabulous new companies....if i can find them
and rehabbed and recycled things....this is big and growing for us...
and the biggest neatest instore displays i can manage...
and reasonable prices....not the right time for gallery pricing for me...
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2 comments:

THE POTTING SHED said...

I came across your blog on Rhubarb Reign. As an ex retailer and an antiques dealer for 40 years I can relate. I'll visit again soon. I totally agree about having great prices and really unique and interesting things. I invite you to visit my blog. Oh, and I grew up in Beverly Shores, Indiana and went to Ball State. xo Joan

ann at greenoak said...

hi joan.... love the dress form....
you know antique dealers can never retire!!!!
ann