Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Decisions Ahead

This post is a little hard for me to write.

Why, you might ask....well I just don't know where to start.

Here is what I am feeling.


How do my hobbies end up being full time jobs???

I work full time in addition to this hobby and this part is not an option.

Six months out of the year I am the bread winner due to my husbands occupation.

I make really good money and have incredible benefits in which my family needs!!!!

I go home from a 8 hour day, sand, paint, price, distress, wax, etc...You see the picture.

Don't get me wrong...I LOVE junkin and would never give that up!!!

But its time to decide how much is too much.

I have really been missing the once a month show scene.

Packin up my treasures, heading to shows, displaying what I love and visiting with fellow junkers and customers who love what I create...That's the part I dig!!!

But, I cannot seem to work in shows with an antique booth and a full time job!!!

Sometimes I feel really stressed when a piece of furniture sells and I don't have anything to replace it....Prices are too high and I cannot find anything I like.

Then the junkin part becomes stress...Whats a girl to do.

So fellow bloggers I am looking for words of wisdom....

I said a prayer and now am just waiting for "the answer"

Anyone else ever feel this way????

Hugs to you all

P.S. Tag sale Saturday is canceled due to rain!!!



Maison Douce said...

Okay, Julie, if you find the answer, please let me know, as I am going through the same thing!!! I don't have a full time job, but I have many other things that overwhelm me... I don't know that I can continue doing this day after day, year after year, something has to change!!! I am still looking for the answer...

A Cottage Industry said...

Oh. My. Gawd.
Girl, you read my mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Feeling the pressure just like you (and I don't have kids at home!) There has GOT to be an answer.

Uncovered Ruby said...

Hey Julie,
I was just outside today trying to paint a piece of furniture and it started raining on me. Grrr. I went through my storage space and have loaded my truck up with stuff to donate, and have a seperate pile I'm just throwing away. I've been feeling overwhelmed for quite some time too. I told my husband today that I just don't want to do 'this' anymore. I love the same aspects of shows that you do, and I LOVE my fellow junkers, but I'm exhausted. And I have to ask myself if it's really worth it. I know that I will maintain those friendships I've gained but we all go through seasons. I'm feeling more and more that the season of junking is coming to a close for me. Since I love it so, I know that I'll be back, but for now, my family is where I want and desire to concentrate my energy. was timely that you put this post on. I think this flea season this summer will be my last for awhile, because as my youngest son put it so brilliantly, "Good, it's time to get rid of this junk!"
Love you and praying that you'll receive wisdom :-)..Lisa

melanie said...

You know, this is how I felt last year at this time. I had a brick and mortar store, an antique booth, and do about 6 estate sales a year.
I finally decided that one of them had to go.
I love my booth too much, plus I don't have to be there. That was a no brainer. I really enjoy holding estate sales. Not necessarily every month, but the amount of them I do is just fine. was the store that had to go.
Reading your blog, I see the answer. You see the answer.
Letting go is hard. is a great feeling when you do.
re read what you wrote. I think you will see the answer.
I love, love your booth. you have a fabulous eye and wonderful things. personally hoping you keep that one :)
good luck.
make the decision...and don't look back !

joycejanes said...

My dear red headed sista,
I could go on and on, but instead I'm going to keep this short and sweet...I don't want to lose you at Monticello...please don't leave us (insert teary eye here). We love you Julie.

Hugs, Joyce

Beeutiful by Design said...

I don't have any answers, but I know I'm searching for some too. I started at a booth space, then doubled the space, now operate a small store in addition to working 45 hours a week at a CPA firm and mothering a family of four. It becomes bliss and can quickly turn to nightmare. Keep us posted on your journey.

My Shabby Passion said...

My friend Julie-
As I write this, I too am surounded by all my junk. In the garage, the back yard, the dining room, my living room, and yet I keep bringing it home! I just can't stop....I drive myself crazy, but at the same time I just love what I am doing. Since I have just invested in a new cargo trailer, my life will be MUCH easier! No packing up at the last minute, and unpacking after each show, it all ready to go. That, for me is a HUGE stress reliever! I would love to quit my full time job, but I have to let my 401K nest egg keep growing, and so the craziness continues! Be true to yourself, and if something becomes a drag, take a break for awhile. Remember, your followers, and the people that love you, will always be there for you wherever you go!
Big Hugs!