Monday, November 12, 2012

your 'shop' questions...answered!

Happy Monday, everyone! I have a full day of furniture painting today, but I wanted to take a minute to answer a few questions that I have been getting regarding my new shop adventure! Thank you SO MUCH for all the sweet emails, comments and messages through Facebook you have sent since I posted my grand opening announcement! You have no idea how much it means to hear you support me and my crazy ideas!

So...on with the show. Your most common questions...answered.  

What will your hours be at the shop?

The shop will be open at least 2 weekends a month. It will not be an every-day-open kind of shop. The reason for this is two-fold. One, I want to be able to offer a new shopping experience each and every time I open the doors. New merchandise, new keep it interesting and fun! The second reason is just pure logistics. My thrill is in the hunt. There is nothing I love more than being on the road and finding all the goodies I have to offer you...and I need time to get all the furniture painted! 

However, I live just a few minutes from my shop, so anytime you want to stop in you are welcome to call and I will be happy to run over and unlock the doors! 

My hours may change in the future, and I may be open more...but right now it will be 2 weekends a month...Thursdays from 10-6, Friday & Saturday 10-4. Watch my blog and Facebook for dates. I will post them 2 months in advance. 

What is the address of the shop?

2202 Rural Street in Rockford, IL

Will you still be a vendor at the Kane County Flea Market in St. Charles, IL?

YES!! This will be my 7th summer at the flea...and I wouldn't miss it! You will still find me in the same location I have always been in. I will be back each month starting in May, and October is my last show of the season.

Will you be selling your painted furniture at the shop?

Of course! When I go to the flea in St. Charles, my painted furniture is all I bring. I have been talking a lot about the vintage goods I will be selling at the shop, but I will have painted furniture too. Dressers, nightstands, hutches, cabinets, desks....if it is made of wood and stands still long enough, I will paint it!

Will you still have your Etsy shop open now that you have a brick-and-mortar shop??

YES!! I {LOVE} Etsy! And I love my Etsy customers! I still want to be able to reach everyone, no matter where they are geographically located. Look for my Etsy shop to open again for the season right after December 1st! It will pop up on my sidebar when it is up and running again!

Can I sneak in to shop prior to the store opening on Nov. 29th?

I am getting this question a lot! And you have no idea how grateful I am to hear you are excited to see what is happening at Urban Farmgirl! (I hear from the neighbors I have have seen several 'peepers' in the shop windows since the grand opening was announced on my blog last week. Haha!) As much as I would LOVE to open earlier, I need some time to whip this little shop into shape. I need to make it pretty for that first day I open those doors! As much as I would love to sneak you in with a 'backstage pass', but I really need to focus on moving in right now. Hopefully you understand. There is so much work to be done!!

You mentioned you are carrying handmade good from fellow bloggers in the shop. Who are they?

I have several of my fellow bloggers that will have their handmade goods sprinkled around the shop. One of my main goals with this shop was to help support these lovely ladies and their work. I want to support other small businesses, too! I will be doing a post of each and every one of them, as I am SO HAPPY to have them come along for my little adventure! You know them all well, and I am happy to be able to make their goods accessible to my local peeps!

What sort of things will you have in the shop?

Well, that is one thing about me...I love everything! You will find a little bit of everything including ironstone, old silver, wood crates, wire baskets, chippy furniture, painted furniture, old clocks, vintage milk bottles, chandeliers...just about any kind of vintage decor you can imagine. There will also be artisan jewelry, handmade soaps and lots of painted wood signs. Oh, and more vintage cameras than you have ever seen in one place. {I unpacked those yesterday...and couldn't believe how many I have!}

I hope I have touched on the most common questions you have been sending me...if I missed something please don't hesitate to ask! Hope to see you at the shop on the 29th! 


  1. Can you give us the street address & town of your shop? :)

  2. perfect4uboutique, see question # 2.

  3. That is just AWESOME!! I am just starting to collect vintage cameras so that immediately grabbed my attention! So happy for you Mary. I can't wait for your Etsy store to open!

    Happy Happy!

  4. Congratulations!!! I'm so excied for you! The esthetics of your store is unbelievable!!!

  5. I am so jealous! We live in NW IN, so it's just a bit far for us!

  6. Can't wait to visit on the 30th!!!

  7. I'm crossing my fingers for a whirlwind trip to Rockford sometime this Winter. I will HAVE to stop by!

  8. thanks for all the info. your enthusiasm is awesome and will make your store a success just like all your adventures. can't wait to stop by.

  9. Good luck Mary! I know your shop will be beautiful.

  10. Hi Mary,
    Oh how I wish I could hop over! But Dubai is now way too far so I will have
    to read along and drool... Good luck with your new shop!
    All the best, Maureen x

  11. Can you give us details of where the location is by? I'm not familiar with the street locations. Is it North, South, West, East and by any well known place? I live about 50 miles away and want to stop in when you get opened! I can't wait.


  12. I am so, so excited for you! I know your store will be a success. I will enjoy watching your hard earned success!

  13. I cannot wait to come and shop your store Mary...this is so awesome!

    Let me know how I can help you...

  14. I love your blog and would love for you to check out my etsy shop - I make handpainted wood signs and would love a brick and mortar shop to sponsor me and sell them! Please take a look at my shop and let me know if you would like to sell some of my goodies!

  15. Still pining for a visit to your shop!!
    Happy Thanksgiving! Stop by for a beach inspired pillow giveaway!

  16. How cool! I wish I lived closer so I could come visit the shop, but I think Rochester is a bit too far. I came across your blog on bloglovin' and I was so excited to find someone who shares my interests in urban homesteading. I'm planning to open a shop in our city, hopefully sometime in the next year to sell handmade gifts and vintage items. I'll be anxious to see this journey plays out for you. Good luck! :)

  17. Best wishes to you! Cant wait to see!

  18. hoping for such success for you!!! can't wait to see your opening images. :)

  19. How exciting is that?! I only wished that I lived close to Illinois. But alas, I live all the way in Nevada ;-/ Your painted (and numbered) dresser is to die for!

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