I’m back into selling furninture. Ugh!

100_2775Last week, I was on the road, doing my marketing job–traveling from site to site with a Grandfather clock in my Nissan Altima. Because most people do such a thing, right?

Grandfather clocks aren’t small, so I had the backseat down and the clock was laid flat (or as flat as possible) from my trunk on through to the backseat. I had a few other pieces of furniture stuffed into the trunk and backseat, as well.

As I drove carefully (or as carefully as I drive) I was thinking…

“Here I go again with the furniture!!”

It all started when found myself getting divorced several years ago. The kids, dogs and I moved to a smaller house. I began finding and refinishing vintage furniture to create our ‘home.’

Turned out I had an eye for old furniture and people treated my house like a showroom–bought my furniture finds as quickly as I could get them refinished and/or painted.

I sold smaller items on eBay for extra money, but then slowly added furniture to my eBay listings. I listed these large items ‘pick up only’ but then quickly learned how to ship dressers across country because my buyers asked me to.

We’re a family who broke bread at 8 dining room tables in 2012. When I find them, I refinish them. We eat at them until they sell. (I’ve learned to keep a spare table now!!) My children think nothing of coming in from school, dropping their books on a dining table that is completely different from the one that was there in the morning. They’ll sit down to dinner and comment, “nice table. what’s the story?”

Then I got into marketing…

I’ve said I’m getting OUT of furniture since I got INTO furniture on accident.

Especially after I started my marketing manager job last summer–because it keeps me busy. But it also teaches me more techniques that could be applied to the online and local selling that I’ve done for years.

What really pushed me back into selling furniture???

#1) I’m moving (again) …

The little White Ranch House that I’ve rented these past four years is for sale. Another family will surely buy it soon–and enjoy it as much as the kids, dogs and I have. When I move, I organize. I purge the clutter and travel light, hanging onto those items that truly mean something to me.

Doesn’t everybody sell their furniture instead of moving it?

#2) I work in downtown Willoughby, Ohio with all its fun shops, festivities, eateries, creative businesses, coffee shops…

Downtown Willoughby has become a bit of a creative mecca. It’s a social place. I have to walk inside the unique shops on my way in and out of the office. Which is how I ended up having items in Eastside Relics  new Willoughby location.  Eastside Relics used to be in Fairport Harbor, but they’ve recently taken a larger space at 4077 Erie Street.

My very good friend and owner of Blue Willow Creative leased vendor space inside Eastside Relics–and offered to let me put items in her space. Eastside Relics is a large store, not a co-op–but they do have offer spaces for lease inside their store. The store be having a Grand Opening celebration in April.

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[box] Old walnut piano bench that used to occupy a spot by my front door. I painted the top black. Then a couple of days later, painted the base white on a whim. It sits on the showroom floor in Blue Willow Creative/Eastside Relics.[/box]

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[box] The dressers in the photo are both painted by Maggi of Blue Willow Creative. Maggi paints only with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, which is a gorgeous, premium paint line that needs to be buffed and hand waxed. You must see the results in person to appreciate their unique look. Both dressers are available for sale at the Blue Willow space inside Eastside Relics–with more pretty furniture and home decor items coming soon…[/box]

#3) I’ve secured a site in downtown Willoughby where I’ll soon be doing workshops…

I’ll be teaching others how to sell online, the basics of selling with eBay and Craigslist,  how to set up WordPress sites, using Pinterest to sell product, etc.

Since I started accidentally peddling vintage and antique furniture and home decor items, people have been curious–even fascinated. I get several emails per week asking what I think something is worth? How can I sell this? How would you suggest I market that? I get calls when people have items they don’t need. I’ve been asked over and over to do classes, but questioned my expertise.

I’ve never considered myself a teacher. Then again, I never meant to sell furniture, become an eBay PowerSeller, blogger, marketing specialist, web content writer or many of the other things I’ve ended up excelling at over the years. One thing led to another…

And so I’ll be giving the teaching a shot in hopes of helping others use their untapped skills to earn money. Often people don’t realize they have unique knowledge that can translate to profit. When I tally up the amount I’ve made, I must know something!!

I’m confident that I can guide others in shipping large parcels via Greyhound PackageXpress, getting traffic to their online sites, in using analytics and tools to measure sales–and much more. More details coming soon–but class will be in session by March 20th.

If I can do this, anybody can. Other people at least have trucks…

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So anyways, I delivered my Grandfather Clock to its new home on the showroom floor at Eastside Relics.

I unloaded my car in between meetings. And yes, I was wearing my marketing manager high heels, dress-up clothes and shiny lipstick, as I dragged the clock out of the car. My heels made clicking sounds as I moved through the store, with the clock up over one shoulder. I’m sure I was a sight.

Seems to be a normal day at the office for me. I’ve always said my life is never dull.

Just last week I was compared to Lucille Ball.

“You’re like Lucille Ball, everybody watched her to see what was going to happen next…”

As ever, I’ll keep you posted with this blog.

[box] Those interested in my upcoming class schedule can contact me at info@amylauria.com [/box]

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