My most interesting bit in the mail in this past week was this book:
I just completed a 28 day challenge based on the book The Fast Metabolism Diet - which required changing your allowed list of food every 2-3 days. Having found it confusing and difficult to get into the flow, I was looking for a new challenge that would continue the healthier food choices but would be simpler to follow. The concepts are very similar. The biggest differences - the FMD allowed certain carbs (oats, brown rice) two days a week but limited healthy fats (oils, avocado, nuts, seeds) to three days a week. The Whole 30 eliminates ALL grains including the "pseudo" grains like quinoa and all legumes, but allows healthy fats every day. Both eliminate wheat, dairy, soy, sugar, alcohol, and corn. So I'll be starting the Whole 30 tomorrow (took a couple of days off because I haven't yet done my meal planning and grocery shopping for the week). I'll have to come back after trying a recipe or two and let you know what I think!
On to the "me" bit of this missive - a story I've been meaning to tell for a long while now... as you all know, after getting bitten by the flea marketing bug, Jay and I opened "Shop" at the Black Rose Antiques Mall in Allentown in September of 2015. I managed to post a few interesting finds and then fell off the blogging wagon and left our progress untold. So...
We were really just hitting our stride at Black Rose and making rent most months when, with less than two weeks notice, the management told us the Black Rose store in Allentown was closing and we needed to have everything moved out by the end of May. They promised us that a new store would be opening in Phillipsburg N.J. with a target date of late July. But we didn't want to have to put all that stuff in storage, nor bring it home... which led to a frantic search to find a new home. Which we did.
We opened at Quaker Antique Mall, less than 15 minutes from home, on June 1, 2016:
This is what the booth looked like in October after we were well settled in (in fact, starting to bring in Christmas items). The space is long but narrow enough that you can't create two aisles. The only way to use the space is to pile things against all the walls and leave the center open for people to come in.
So we added a second smaller booth at Quaker - shown below.
We had both booths from June 1, 2016 until last weekend. In mid-December we finally got word that Black Rose was opening up in their new location in Phillipsburg N.J. - with an opening date of January 1, 2017.
So the week between Christmas and New Years we pulled some STUFF out of Quaker Antique Mall and pulled a LOT of STUFF out of our living room and moved into our new space at Black Rose in Phillipsburg:
On the down side, this location is a 50 minute drive from home, so it is not possible to check status more than once a week.
It took us no time at all to get to the point where it is already over stuffed and we are hoping for some big sales to move items out and thin the inventory a bit.
Last weekend we moved the last items out of guy land and ended our lease on the smaller space at Quaker Antique Mall, retaining the larger space there, in addition to our new space at Black Rose.