“I need a storefront.”

“I really need a storefront.”

“Oh, how I wish I had a storefront.”

I informed.  I declared.  I sighed.  I dreamed.  I prayed.

And one day I received a text from a friend.  Would I be at all interested in putting things in her storefront?  Well hmmmmm, let’s see, how fast can I type ‘YES’???  And the best part?  She didn’t even know I was pining away for a storefront :D  A God-thing?!!  We are going to give it a try and see where this journey takes us!

And so a new venture has begun.  I’ve been a bit slow at getting things all over there but Emma has helped me a couple times and we are slowly getting things arranged and fluffed.  The store is called Smiths Merchants – Vintage and Antiques.  We have a facebook page and we would love it if you would go over and give us a like!

I’ve been given free reign to arrange the part of the store that has the antiques and vintage and also the windows.  So. Much. Fun! smiths merchants and old arcana (14 of 41)

I”ve styled the windows with my stuff and stuff my friend, Angie, had there.  She loves authentic antiques – the real deal!  So anything of hers is truly old and antique and valuable.  I have vintage, handmade, and painted furniture.  I think it all mixes together very well and it’s been fun working with displays.  I still have things to take and lots to do and lots of ideas – it will all come together eventually!smiths merchants and old arcana (13 of 41)

The storefront is gorgeous – the building is old – original wood floors, tall ceilings, lots of great character.smiths merchants and old arcana (15 of 41)

The store also carries fabric so I’ve added some to the front window displays.
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 The fabric cutting counter is original I think.  It’s so awesome – I want one like it in my sewing space someday – when I have a bigger space.

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So much potential – so much fun!  I plan to get over again this week and work some more.  Hopefully my daughter can go too cause she is great help.  She’s very good at arranging things and creating displays.

We hope to put together an event/open house sometime soon – perhaps for fall or Christmas.  I’ll be sharing of course!

If you live close I’d love for you to come check it out sometime!  And I’ll keep you updated on the changes and new displays.

The store also has a restaurant in one section – it’s so beautifully done.  I planned to share the pics of it in this post but it got too late.  So I’ll share them in another post and I will do everything in my power to make it happen this week!


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  1. Congratulations! That is so exciting. I love the store front. It’s beautiful. Wish I could shop there.

  2. God truly does want to grant us the desires of our hearts. Congratulations!
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  3. Oh my gosh, Jill! Such a FANTASTIC space!! You are one lucky girl – wishing you much success! I know you will sell a TON! You are just so talented and have a great eye! :o)


  4. Jill, I couldn’t be more excited for you!! It looks fabulous and your displays will no doubt draw them in!! :) Have fun, my friend!
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  5. Really pretty space, Jill! Wish I lived closer, but NC is a bit far for shopping!

  6. Definitely a store I would love to spend time in. Congrats, best of luck, and all of God’s blessings. Am out here in TX, but so enjoy your blog.

  7. Congratulations Jill! how exciting for your….it looks like a great space, plenty of stuff, bright and plenty of room to walk around without knocking something down. Good luck! Elaine

  8. Congratulations Jill! I’m so happy for you. Wished I lived nearby I’d love to stroll through the store. Love the outside of the building & the inside which is very fitting for antiques. The restaurant will also draw customers. Good luck & much success.

  9. What a fantastic opportunity for you! The shop looks worthy of a road trip.

    My husband suggested the other day that I could open a shop in our garage. I am helping a relative downsize and most of the items need to be sold. Maybe I should get you to stop by for a consultation when you are in town? ;)

  10. I am so excited for you Jill. What an unbelievably perfect space. Your prayers were answered. Have fun with every nook!!! I hope to visit soon from Indiana!! B

  11. Im actually in tears….I am so happy for you!! Your dream is coming true….this gives me such hope. I can not wait to see all the different displays and ideas you come up with. The space looks beautiful!! In CT it would cost a fortune. Maybe someday I will get to visit and see you and your creations in person. Congratulations! You deserve good things!!! Xoxo

  12. Susan Smith says:

    Congratulations! You have a God-given talent, so glad you can share it on your new adventure!

  13. Oh, how fun! And what a beautiful store-inside and out. Congrats!


    • Thank you so much Alison – I’m still a bit in shock over the way things have unfolded. Now to get it all in shape and start doing all I can to make it profitable!

  14. Best of luck to you my blog buddy. What a heartwarming story. :-)
    Love, Carla
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  15. JaneEllen says:

    See prayers do get answered to those who deserve and work at it. I couldn’t be happier for you, have tears in my eyes so absolutely tickled pink for you. CONGRATS to a person who deserves every good thing that happens to her. Oh how I’d love to be there. What a breath taking opportunity and wonderful store to start out in. Love it love it. I saw so many things I loved. Even a possum belly hoosier. I had a possum belly table I used as a coffee table in our house in KY. Oh how I’d love to have that possum belly hoosier in my kitchen.
    Could you find out how much that blue metal pitcher is with the utensils in it? I’d love to buy that. I have thing for pitchers. Would be great in my upper cupboard I took doors off of. If you can please find out. I’d pay for it as soon as we get paid on 27th. of Aug. Let me know ok? Pretty please?
    Is that your puff with the London fabric on it? Love that fabric. Very different, so stylish, colors are so eye catching.
    OH my heavens I’m so excited for you Jill, love that this is happening for you.
    Take care ok? Happy week

  16. How wonderful for you! That is an amazing space and I would love to be close enough to visit. Enjoy the journey.

  17. How exciting! Congrats! Your stuff looks beautiful in that storefront!

  18. Wow! It’s gorgeous! Best wishes on your new adventure! Couldn’t ask for a more beautiful spot! Loved how you styled it too! Here fun and may God bless your journey! Love to read how all the pieces fit into place, so cool! And wish I could visit, but if I ever get even remotely close…

  19. Tammie Greenwell says:

    I’ve been away so I’m just catching up on your blog. Funny how happy I am for someone I don’t know really. I really am happy for you!!!!!!!!!


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