Lately, I've been feeling a tad burnt out. It's been harder and harder to motivate to go to the shop on weekends. I started skipping weekends, or doing perfunctory foofs (good name for a band, huh?), and my sales suffered. Probably not a great idea to do that during the always-slow summer months....
I feared I'd lost my mojo. The junking urge is still going strong, so what was going on? I just couldn't pinpoint my malaise.
Then, out of the blue, 2 weeks ago I got a phone call! A fellow junker is opening a new shop and invited me to join in the fun! As we discussed the possibility and I later tossed, turned, and tormented myself, I realized what the real problem was: I was merely tired of the commute.
For 6+ years, each of the locations I've been in has been an hour away. In our ebook, and in numerous consultations with aspiring junkers, I've long urged people to think beyond their immediate location. Sometimes, you'll need to be in a different town. Sometimes, it'll involve a commute. Sometimes, it's an agonizing 3 HOURS away (you know who you are!). But, after 6+ years, I realized it was bringing VRS and, more importantly, ME down.
I made the agonizing yet thrilling decision to leave my current location after 4.5 years, trading the hour-long commute for a 15-minute one. Other factors are coming to the forefront, but you don't need to be privy to those.
So, beginning September 1st, I'll be one of 3-4 vendors at Bucket List, a new shop in Old Town Alexandria, VA! Bucket List is in a 1758 rowhouse in a hip and lively neighborhood with a lot of foot traffic. As I told my sister, it's next door to a "cupcakery" and a wine bar!
It's exciting to move to a new venue with a new clientele, and I'm psyched for invigoration. Not to mention a 10.4-mile commute.