Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Beginnings

There is an old proverb that says, "Every end is a new beginning," and that is especially true in my life right now.

If you've been wondering where I've been for the past three weeks, I've been making preparations for closing my shop. And now I can finally share that news with all of you, which is a huge relief because it's no fun keeping a secret.

Why am I closing the shop? About a year ago, Hubby and I sat down and talked about how we'll soon be empty-nesters; Baby Boy is getting married in May, and Baby Girl is graduating from college that same month. It suddenly hit us that these changes come with an opportunity to do something really wild, really different, to have an adventure.

So we decided to move to the Northwestern part of the U.S.; either Washington State or Idaho. It's a long and complicated story about how we picked those areas, and I won't bore you with the details. Hubby has requested a transfer within his company and we're currently waiting for a position to open up for him. In the meantime, we're concentrating on winding the shop down and streamlining our possessions (and when you have as much STUFF as we do, it's a huge task all in itself).

Hubby and I visited Idaho and Washington last September, just to be sure that we picked areas where we could be happy. And who couldn't be happy seeing a view like this Boise area vista every day:

Wilderness Ranch 5

Or this view from the backyard of a home that we looked at in the Spokane area:


Right now we live a very suburban life in a subdivision outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. This move will be a huge change in lifestyle and culture for both of us, and we're awfully excited about it.

And now, to quickly answer a few questions that might come up.

Will you keep the website open? Absolutely.

Will you continue this blog? Without a doubt.

When will the shop be closing? Sometime between March 31st and April 30th.

Are you having a sale? Yes, but for now the only sales will be in-store only. The New Year's and Sweetheart sales were a warmup for this month's clearance sale. In addition to 50% off many items, anything else that's not on sale is 30% off. Once again, this is an in-store sale only and does not apply to online inventory.

Why aren't you having an online sale? Since I'll be keeping the website open, there's no need to liquidate that inventory at this time.

Will you be opening a new shop after you move? That's a tough one. I promised myself that I'd wait at least six months after we move to make that decision. And I'm sticking to it.

If you have any other questions for me, feel free to fire away. And if you have advice for idiots who have decided to pick up and move cross-country, I'm all ears!


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  1. Wow - congrats to you both. I'm glad you'll be keeping your blog up - I'd hate to not be able to see what's going on with you. Keep us posted!

  2. What an adventure Pam! Spokane... hmmm... I'll have to check to see how far that is from here! I'm just a hop, skip and a jump from the Sumas border crossing...
    All the best to you! Kimberly

  3. Wow, Pam, good for you and your hubby. You are starting a whole new chapter in your life ~ very exciting. I'm glad you are going to keep blogging. I wish you both the best.

  4. The pictures are beautiful. I know you are looking forward to the move. I would move across country in a heartbeat! Although I don't get to your shop as often as I would like I am going to miss it and you. Hopefully I will get back before you close up.

  5. Pam - I admire your adventurous spirit!! Both places looks beautiful and wonderful to move to! Can't wait to see which one you pick! My hubby & I have been talking about making some changes in where we live in the next few years. Until then - I can live vicariously thru you! :-) Congratulations!

  6. WOW! How exciting for you guys! That will certainly be an adventure....since I live near you now, I am sure that life in your new home will be incredibly different. So I will most definitely need to come see you again before you go! I am going on a weekend beach trip, leaving March 19th. I will make it a point to come see you that day:) We will be leaving in the afternoon, around 2 or 3ish, so I should be there before you close for the day I hope! Well..congratulations on your decision:) I know you are very excited, and you well should be!

  7. Admiration, I feel a lot of admiration for you and your hubby for doing this. It was the series "Twilight" that did it wasn't it? You have vampires on your brain and you have to seek them out don't you?

    The scenery is beautiful. That is one area I have not been, I'd love to see it. How exciting, I'm happy for you. Bittersweet on your end too I suppose. I'll come visit after you move. I'll find me a vampire, heeheehee...

  8. Oh how exciting! Hey I have a friend in Idaho, that is trying to sell his house? He wants to move here to AZ. He lives in Boise, I believe? Unless you picked Washington? Good luck, and yes I was worried, about you.

  9. Pam I am sooo excited for you and your husband!!! I think it is a great idea. Beside you only live once may as well do something your heart desires. I think your two choices are very good. Of course I am kind of partial to Washington-I love living in the forest! Either place you will find wonderful people! Good luck with all of that I know it is no easy task. I am so happy you will be keeping your blog!!! ~Hugs&Smiles~Tam!

  10. I'd love to come by before you close. I will try to come on a Sat., but right now my daughter has softball, basketball & soccer on Sats., but hopefully basketball will end soon. I'm afraid if I come during the week, I wouldn't have much time because I have to be back to pick up my daughter at 2 pm from school. Will try to come if at all possible. Love that kind of thing. Good luck with your life change!

  11. Oh Pam,
    How kewl is this gonna be for you and DH. I wish you both the very very best. I will have to get Angie and we will have to make a road trip. Hopefully we can get down before you leave.

  12. What a wonderful adventure for the two of you! I could not imagine having that view from my backyard! Breathtaking!
    I will get by your shop this weekend - so many things I need!

  13. Oh, my goodness just to have that kind of veiw is well worth the move...I admire both of you for wanting to do this:) I'm happy that you will be keeping your blog will check in always to see what's going on with you and your move.

  14. Michelle R. SummersMarch 31, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    OMG-I can ot believe you are moving after I just found you! Please keep in touch!
    I wish you all the luck in the world!


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