Monday, March 19, 2012

A Door is Closing....


When I got out of bed this morning, my mind was focused on the upcoming birthday party. I have my list, I have much to do before the big day.

By noon , my focus changed.
I received a call from my friend Toni, who also has a booth at the antique mall.
You could tell something was terribly wrong by the tone in her voice.

I don’t remember her exact words, but I do remembering hearing “ did you get your mail yet?” ....and I remember hearing her say  “the mall is closing, he  lost the lease”. I know we had some sort of a conversation, but the shock of learning that the Harpeth Antique Mall was closing, was a bit much to absorb.
Harpeth Antique Mall  has been here for over 20 years.
It’s one of the staples in Franklin that everyone knows about and most people have shopped there at one time or another.

Mom and I usually stop in the mall on Mondays to restock and organize from the weekend. Our car was already packed with the fresh inventory for the booths...so we headed on over.

Toni, Mom and I were not the only ones that were stunned and trying to take it all in.
All the dealers that were there today, had that deer in the headlights gaze.
Some were packing their inventory to take to other booths in other malls, some were preparing to have a sale, some were trying to figure out where to go from here.
(we are in that category!)
We have about a month to figure out where we will go or what we will do.
We were doing so well, it is so sad to let it go.


I know deep in my heart that when one door closes another one opens....but getting from here to there feels tiring to me. I was so looking forward to my life starting to settle down from the last couple of years of what has been an  upheaval.

 When I first started talking to Toni, I thought for sure she was going to tell me that someone had passed....she just had that tone to her voice.
In a way, there has been a death.
A death to a store that I will really miss visiting and being a part of.
I will miss all the amazing dealers that became friends and I will miss the comradery  between us.

I wish Carl the best in his retirement. He had a great run.

So, I didn’t get much done today for the party. I will start over again tomorrow.


Funny, this morning I came across my photo album of the different stages of our booths. I spent a few moments reminiscing. I had no idea I would be digging back into that album to post this recent event!

The booth back in 2010:




Thanks so much for stopping by. I always always always appreciate you taking the time to visit me.
The next post, will be happier! There is a party to prepare for!!
xoxoxoxox
Julie






28 comments:

Lisa Harman said...

oh how sad.. I wish you and your Mom all the best and hope you can come up with a fast solution.. xxx

Martha at Authentica said...

Oh Julie! I have a huge hug for you! So sorry to hear such bad news! I do believe something else will present itself! Franklin needs it!!! Maybe another location even better will open up, you just have to have some faith. Maybe hold a few garage sales in the mean time! Praying for peace of mind!
love,
Martha

Shabby Jen said...

that's so sad Julie, I am so sorry for you, the other dealers and wish nothing but happiness and peace for everyone. I hope you figure out what door to open next. And, I look forward to seeing how it goes. I'm sure it will be hard at first. Change is a little hard. But I'm certain things will be good. Hugs girl!!!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Oh that stinks it is like losing an old friend! Hopefully something better comes along!

Nyssa, Ink. said...

Wow Julie, that's huge. Good for you for seeing it as an opportunity. You are a ray of sunshine and you'll find a welcome to new spot I am sure.

BARBARA said...

I'AM SORRY JULIE!! I only wish the best for you and i know what ever you chose to do you will shine xoxoxo my friend :)

Jo Farmer said...

So sorry to hear that Julie. Too many of these wonderful places are disappearing. I hope that when the new door opens a mountain of opportunities will be waiting for both you and your mum.
Good luck
Jo x

JLYNNJEWELS said...

So sorry Jules :( - my heart goes out to everyone and as you said it's sad to see something like close up after so many years. Even after having moved almost 11 years ago - I still remember it with fondness. And you have a wonderful attitude...because when one door closes another one always opens - we just need to keep our heart, mind and eyes open for it. Everything happens for a reason...<3 hang in there - enjoy those memories and know that there are some new awesome ones heading your way - have faith - LOVE YOU <3

Anonymous said...

Along with the sunshine, you gotta have a little rain sometimes...

My heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your well establish place of business. I know what shutting a door is like. I recently closed my doors of 39 years. I was self-employed and no where to go.

I can tell that all of this is a tremendous strain on you and your Mom. I wish I could help you move. I will help you with all my might from here. At night, I will pray.

I knew a lady once, we will call her Mary, to save her from the harsh and public eye, that would close her business every year. On purpose! She said it helped her in two ways. First she closed on her on terms. And second, she enjoyed being the 'new kid on the block' when she re-opened.

Life and life matters are all about the attitude. Yours is one if find inspirational. I know you and MaMa will be fine.

Mary would always take a small vacation between closing and re-opening. Hint, hint.

Me, Mary from the branchonthebeadtree

Shabby French Country Cottage Basement said...

Julie, I'm sad for you and I love your attitude. Keep us posted of what door (or doors) open to you.
Ann
Shabby French Country Cottage Basement

HeartVintageDesign said...

I am so sorry to hear that your mall is closing. The same thing happened to me and after some transitions, it was all for the best for me. I started making my pillows and totes and an now in a much better location [for my target customer] than I was before. Remember that when God closes a door he opens a window. You guys will come back from this. [Hugs]

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Thanks, Lisa!
I'm trusting that it will all work out.
I have been attending the "recalculate school" the last few years... I guess this is another "test". LOL:)
Thank you for your kind thoughts. Appreciated!

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Thanks Martha.
I believe something else is in the works, just hard to say goodbye when it is unexpected...I will miss everyone and miss being there.
Funny how quickly I can get attached to something I am enjoying.
I guess it is onward ho....looking forward to seeing what God has in mind.
I like your thoughts regarding another location opening up!
Thanks, my friend.
xoxoxoxox

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Thanks my friend!
I appreciate your kind words and encouragement.
It's so hard to accept something that is so unexpected...I've had a day to let it sink it and I have decided to embrace the change and look forward to the new plan!
I appreciate you, Ms. Jen...I know you have had to struggle through a lot of changes too....you wear it well. I'm gonna follow your example.
xoxoxoxo

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Thanks Patty!
I know something better is in the works...I get attached to people and places and things that I love....when there is a sudden shift, It always throws me...but then I remember that it will all work out...been there a few other times and I know it will be Okay...will certainly miss this place and the friends I have made.
Appreciate your encouragement !
xoxoxox

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Awwwwww, thanks Nyssa!
I appreciate your sweet thoughts and encouragement.
I trust that God has a better plan and the doors will open soon.
Sure will miss it...but I'm going to embrace the "onward ho" moment.

You bring me joy and thank you for being here... means so much!
xoxoxoxo

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Awwwww, Thank you my friend.
I am trusting that something better is heading my way. I sure will miss everyone....they have been such a great group of people to get to know...hard to say goodbye to something that has been so good to me !

I hope I will shine in my next adventure ....
Love you!
xoxoxoox

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Awwwwww, as always Jo, I thank you for being here and sharing your beautiful heart. I adore you!

Thank you for your well wishes and love. I am trusting that better things are heading our way. I will miss this place, it will hold a special place in my heart.
Too bad this happened...sales have been up and the mall has been hopping.

Onward ho....
xoxoxoxo

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Thanks, Janice.
I believe you are right...something will open up and a new adventure will unfold.

I will miss this place. It has been a wonderful experience.

It's been a lot of changes and challenges in the last couple of years...you'd think I would get use to it! LOL.
Thanks for being there.
xoxoxoxo

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

I love your posts, Mary! They are heartfelt and inspirational! Thank you!!!

I'm trusting that better things are ahead. We are ready for life to get straightened out and for it to be a little more steady. The last few years the waves have been rough, the wind has been high and the boat has taken a beating ...and yet, the boat is still in once piece! LOL
Time for some quiet waters and rest.....amen!

Thank you my friend!

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Awwww, thanks Ann! I sure will. Trusting that good things are coming our way.
xoxoxoxox

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Awwwww, thanks so much for the encouragement. Good to hear.

I trust that God has a bigger and better plan.
It's the first day of spring and I'm going to trust that it's a sign that there is a new beginning in the works. I'm going to embrace that and trust that all is well.
xoxoxo

Cindy said...

I love you, Julie...

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

I love you too my dearest friend....
xoxoxooxox

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The Mom said...

So glad that you told me about your blog. I have added you to my Google home page so I will be able to keep up, especially since we will not be seeing each other much after I leave on April 15. I have gleaned so much from seeing how you have "staged" your booth. It has been so helpful to me. Of course, I am much more of a "clutterbug" than you are! I also love the pictures of your mom. What a beautiful woman. And I suspect that she is as lovely on the inside as she is on the outside. My best to you both and let's stay in touch as best we can. Blessings to you in this next turn of your journey. May there be joy and happy surprises along the way!

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Thank you!

Julie Shelander - Entirely Apropos said...

Kathy, I sure am going to miss you. You are such a ray of sunshine...always encouraging. I will miss you, very very much.

I have signed up to follow your lovely blog. Such gorgeous photos! I love your writing and thoughts. Inspiring.
I am looking forward to staying in touch via blogs....at least we have that! :)
Thank you my friend....wishing you a fabulous journey. xoxoxo