Monday, August 22, 2016

ANOTHER NEW SHOP


We've been so busy, I forgot to tell you all something yesterday.  First I have the address of another Etsy seller who has left Etsy and opened her own shop.  I hope you'll all give her a visit.  Her new shop is KJoannRussell and she has the most beautiful art in her shop ... all done by her.

AND I would like to invite anyone who has sold ON Etsy and has now begun their own shop, to get in touch with me at twobroadsandashop@gmail and I'll be glad to announce your shop in our blog as well. I will also make a list of the new shops that have sprung up from Etsy here in the blog (when I get a few extra minutes!)

Everyone have a great day!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

We're Feeling at Home

We are all three settled in our new home, Two Broads and a Shop --- I know the name is misleading but we ended up three instead of two.

Autumn is moving in here in Nebraska. This week our nights are to get down into the 50s and 60s ... I so love fall.  This was always my grandma's favorite time of the year and I miss her more (if that's possible) in autumn, than the rest of the year.  When I was young, come this time of year, I would help her in the garden and orchard, and then as she canned and froze vegetables and fruit, Grandad would have to watch me "so she doesn't end up getting burned" my grandma would tell him, as she stood over steaming kettles.  After I married and we moved away from our little home town, each Fall I would drive out to see her at least once a week, and take her for a drive out in the country where she so enjoyed the beautiful colors, and watching the farmers harvest.  Those were such wonderful times.

THIS Fall, I'll probably be either cleaning or working in the new shop but the last couple of weeks, I've stayed with the shop so I could sit and work and watch the Olympics.  Such fun "games".

I want to thank my former Etsy shoppers for following us to our new shop ... and for your input.  This has been one bad year in Etsy, and for those of you who aren't aware, be alert when you are shopping there. They have been double charging our shoppers.  Check your credit card statement and Pay Pal account carefully. It has been happening less and less BUT IS still happening.  And if you can't find the store you are looking for, hopefully you have a business card with their email on it, as many, many of the vendors have left for new 'homes'.  That way you can email them and find out where they now are.

It doesn't seem possibly that soon Labor Day will be here. AND for everyone who crafts for Christmas, you'd better be busy OR you'd BETTER get started!  Labor Day has always been the unofficial end of summer --- so next thing you know, we will be planning Thanksgiving and Christmas!  Linda and I were at Hobby Lobby yesterday and of course, THERE, it already IS Christmas .. all the decorations and trees are out on display.

Here are a couple of ideas for gifts for upcoming holidays ....

This would be a wonderful print to mat and frame for your BFF



And if you have a nurse in your life, what better gift?  :+)


Happy new week to all!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

AFTER FOUR YEARS, AN INTRODUCTION


So many of you have been following our blog for years ... and we are very grateful for that.  Many of you have become friends, friendships we treasure. For the most part you've seen us share treasuries, put up slide shows, and you've watched me give Sandy a hard time :+)  (That will never stop!)  BUT the other day I was writing our "About Us" for our new shop ... and it hit me that I've never really told all of you, whom we have known for quite sometime, about us!  SOOO here's what our shoppers see when the come into our shop https://twobroadsandashop (can't forget to put THAT in)   :+)

ABOUT US ...
I was thinking today about how  sometimes I used to hesitate at buying from a little store on the internet.  Most of us head for bigger places where the sellers are held to some sort of standard (or we THINK they are -- little do we know).  With little, independent shops, we DON'T know the people who run them. Are they honest?  Are they selling exactly what I see in their shop?  Where are they from?  Could they just pack up and leave?  
Well first of all, anyone in any place, big or small, could be dishonest --- out to make a quick dollar or thousand and then disappear.  AND we three have personally found out that the bigger the site, the better your chances are of getting scammed. People can disappear off a BIG site in the blink of an eye -- and if they live on the other side of the world there's no way you are protected. Sure, that can happen with a small site, but small site owners have worked their tails off to build a shop on their own, grow an inventory on their own, and then establish themselves, on their own.  We really want you to know us --- and know you can trust us and that we aren't going to disappear. So a little closer look at us ...
Ann (that's me) is from Lincoln, Nebraska (and yes Lincoln, not Omaha, IS the state capital).  I have been married for 50 (yes five zero) years to my hubby, Ron. We both grew up in a little town about 35 miles outside of Lincoln called ... get ready to laugh ... Beaver Crossing, Nebraska.  We have three grown and married children, and five grandchildren.  In addition to this shop, I also am a medical transcriptionist. I work from my home with that job too, and am down to now transcribing three days a week, leaving me plenty of time to work on our shop. For 20 years, I also owned a resume' writing and job placement company (a one woman business) and loved doing that.  I sold on Etsy for four years and hubby and I sold for many years on ebay, right from its start-up.  When it got really huge and really expensive to sell there,  we decided "no more".  He stuck to it. Obviously, I didn't. 
Sandy ... oh the stories I can tell you about Sandy -- but she swears me to secrecy :+)  Sandy lives in Decatur, Georgia, near Atlanta.  She has one daughter, who recently presented her with a son-in-law and now she's planning on grandchildren.  (Her daughter and son-in-law don't know just how MUCH she's cheering for them to have a baby).  Sandy and I met while selling on Etsy.  She befriended me and helped me learn the ropes at Etsy and we became close friends. She has sold on line for at least 15 years (selling on ebay before Etsy), plus she also sells to community groups in Georgia, Florida, and other places "out east" and "down south".  She managed her husband's multi-facility veterinary practice for umpteen years and she also worked for the school board in Decatur for many years before her retirement.     
And then there's Linda.  She is from Waverly, Nebraska which is about six miles from Lincoln, but she and her husband live in the country, so she's probably four miles from my house.  Linda and I met through Linda's husband when he sold my husband and me a car (selling runs in Linda's family).  As it turned out, he and I are cousins (distant) so we visited throughout the purchase ... and he kept saying "I can't BELIEVE how much alike you and my wife are" (over and over again).  About the fifth time he said it he added "you have GOT to meet my wife" and, after repeating that a dozen times, he gave me her telephone number.  A couple of weeks later I called her and as they say, the rest is history.  Linda as you might guess, is married, and they have three children and six grandchildren. Linda is newer to on line selling, but with Sandy and me as her guide dogs, she has learned very quickly.
I do hope you can see us as just down home, every day people who are here, not only to help you find just the right item, but who also will get to know you over the years to come.  I know lots of our shoppers from Etsy who became friends after we met over their first long distance purchase ... and that's one of the things all three of us love most about selling on line in a not so big store!  We know people from everywhere!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WE HAVE BEEN BUSY!



We've been busy in our new shop ...  and it's such a change.  It's like going from renting an apartment (Etsy) to owning your own home.  No one says "you can't do that" or "you must do that", and there is no pop up directing shoppers to other shops or drop downs saying  "you might also be interested in" as there was in our former home.   We've been busy adding new products, and below are three from me.  Sandy and Linda will show off some of their's later --- I think they're both still in bed :+) My favorite of these it the one on the right --- an elephant tie just in time for the November elections, if you happen to know someone who is going to the polls that day and wants to tell the world who he's voting for!


 Vintage Paper Doll

AND I don't think I've ever put our new shop address in our blog so here it is!!! :::

https://twobroadsandashop.com



 

SOOO come visit us!  AND you can always email us at twobroadsandashop@gmail.com



Sunday, August 14, 2016

SANDY IS HERE TO STRAIGHTEN THIS OUT -- OUR NEW SHOP TWO BROADS AND A SHOP

From Ann:  OK I've tried twice today ... thank you God for my absolutely wonderful friend, Sandy ... to everyone ... I have been very sick today and tried to announce our new shop --- then all I had to do was write Sandy saying "help" and she did --- here is the

FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE OPENING
OF TWO BROADS AND A SHOP BY SANDY

Hi, this is Sandy, the Old Broad in the middle . . . the one in the yellow gown with the fur throw around her neck . . . the sexy one.  LOL, LOL yeah, and if you really believe that is me, I have some riverside land in the Sahara to sell to you.

I never thought I could get excited about a Monday.  It always meant that the weekend was over and I needed to turn the 5:00 a.m. alarm back on.

Well, THIS MONDAY is different!  Ann, Linda, and I are opening our independent website store!!!  We have stepped out on our faith and we all know . . . God bless the child who got its own . . . Two Broads and A Shop.  Ok, we can count.  One Broad + One Broad + One Broad = A Shop.  Don’t worry . . . you’ll figure it out.

We will see each of you tomorrow and we will be there when we get there!   By the way, our first 3 customers will get a little something extra tucked into their shopping bag.  Also, all customers for the first week will go into a drawing for something really sweet.

We intend to have a lot of month-to-month fun throughout the years.  We are opening with approximately 1000 items in 4 main categories, Vintage / Antique, Handmade, Supplies and Art.

Since we are senior citizens, we can’t tell you a time when the fun will end.  LOL, LOL.  The shop will be “first come, first served” and our products may be just like each of us, “the only one that we have” and our store will be open 24 hours just like us, “living one blessed day at a time”.  
Thank You, ~ Sandy, and I’ll leave the light on.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT


I worked till 3:00 A.M. so at noon am just getting up.  AND the first email I read from an Etsy seller who had taken our advice to "get out of Etsy" reinforced to us that our decision to leave Etsy was 100% accurate.  A class action lawsuit has been filed against Etsy.



Sunday, August 7, 2016


EIGHT DAYS, BUT WHO'S COUNTING?

A week from tomorrow we open the doors to our new shop ... I think if Sandy and I had our way we'd open it tonight!!! BUT right now we have over a thousand MORE items to put in, and while they certainly won't all be IN the shop when we open, there are already PLENTY there now ... and we hope to add to it in the next eight days!

Today Sandy and I were talking and I said "well I suppose I'd best get back to work .... yeah work, if you can call it that".  She responded "Yes you're right, we should call it something like "Intense Playing" or "The Game That Never Ends" or "What Happens Next" :+)  AND you know it is SO neat to be "working" at something we love. I am still working three days a week at my medical transcription job, but at least I do that from home.  I can just imagine someone saying to me, "OK, you are hired, and we want you to be here at 8:00 A.M. every day."  "YOU WANT ME TO WHAT???" And we close the office at 5:00.  "YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME".  "Oh and you don't have to REALLY dress up.  You can wear flats instead of heels with your dress."  "PEOPLE STILL WEAR DRESSES?" I have worked from my home for 30 years ... and have done so grudgingly the last four or so years ... SO now that we can rely on our on algorithm and set up our own marketing, I fully hope to be a ONE JOB person soon!

SO a week from tomorrow I hope you'll all break down the doors at the new shop -- we will be announcing it again in here -- and it's okay if you DO literally break down the doors --- we built our shop on solid ground and they will fix it :+)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

WE'RE IN THE COUNTDOWN!!


We've reached the countdown!!!  I hope you'll all wish us well as we leave Etsy for our own shop ... and remember that we've changed the name of the blog to twobroadsandashop.blogspot.com!  AND of course we hope you will come visit us once we are in the new shop.

AND as you know from my last post, Sandy did decide to join us ... Linda and I were soooo happy. There was only one TINY problem.  You see, our Sandy is a thinker (Linda and I have never been accused of that :+)  SO she thought things over ... and while Sandy was thinking, Linda and I were planning and I was busy setting up the shop. AND I was also ordering business cards ... 1500 of them to be exact.  In fact, I already had them in my office when Sandy stopped thinking and decided it WAS time to move.

Now what to do with 1500 rather expensive cards?  Linda came up with the first idea.  "Just put a note at the top of our shop explaining we can't count".  THEN, leave it to Sandy. SHE had the answer. She said "I'll be the shop".  NOW that makes perfect sense to me --- so we are still Two Broads and A Shop (until we have our first 1500 sales and then ... well THEN we'll STILL be Two Broads and A Shop because we do NOT want to change names again) :+)

SO what you may see in your wanderings around the internet:  Lilly's Ambrosia (Linda's shop) will be closed. Those Broads From Etsy (the shop the belonged to the three of us) will remain on vacation and so will annswhimsey until we KNOW we won't need any of the inventory that still sits in the shops.  When we have everything moved we want to move, we will probably go off vacation and close the Etsy shops. Sandy's Hugs and Holidays will probably be on a very long vacation as well. One shop will be left, and that will be  the shop Sandy started, and one that I also sell in, Craft Stuff Depot.  There you can buy supplies for crafting and scrapbooking but don't be surprised if that one eventually closes as well.

To all of our shoppers who follow us here, you will know when the new store is officially open ... we'll be sending out emails with the address to you.  AND for others who follow us -- you can be certain we will make a huge announcement here -- and it is happening THIS MONTH!!!

Hugs to all! Ann