what i bought // minkpink and vintage rocking horses

WIB 1-1I am an avid supporter of shopping online. I even do my part to contribute to this new age phenomena. Gone are the days when you have to physically walk into a store to find some really great items. There are quite literally millions of websites that will allow you to shop their inventory without lifting so much as a finger. Ok, so maybe you will have to move just one, but not more than that.

One of my favourite clothing stores in the province, Cade Style Lounge, is located 2.5 hours away from where I live. I follow their Instagram page as a way to be able to shop and support them since they, too, are a small business. Plus they have some really cool stuff. I previously dedicated an entire post to a purse that I bought from Cade. I still wear it, and only it.

WIB 1-6Last week I ended up seeing a shirt that I liked on their Instagram page. I contacted them through direct message, and after it was all said and done, I ended up getting:

1. Vintage Rocking Horse necklace

2. MINKPINK crop top

3. Gentle Fawn leggings

4. Cade bracelet (free)

Obviously, the many advances in technology make our lives so much simpler. They also allow small businesses to increase their traffic by reaching further audiences, which consequently increases their sales. As an owner of a retail store, I know that I would never be able to operate successfully without my presence on these sites, namely Instagram. While many may disagree with my proclamations on the benefits of social media platforms, I personally think that the strengths outweigh the negative aspects. At least in regards to local shops. I can only hope that these advances will persist. Until then, I will not only continue promoting my store, Potomac Trading Post, Ltd., but will also be an avid supporter of other independent shops. I hope that you will too!

Have the best weekend! See you on Monday.

<3

Emory

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potomac trading post, ltd.

1.jpgFamily, friends, readers, wanderers, lovers, haters, and everyone in between. Today I have big, big news for you! I am in the process of opening up a vintage, handmade, and wears store in Saskatoon, SK. The name of my hip new shop is Potomac Trading Post, Ltd.

5.As most of you know, I have been running an online business for over a year now. More recently, I have expanded it from only clothing to include handmade goods and antiques. The amount of inventory that I had accumulated was quickly taking over our living space. I decided that I would need a place to store it. Somewhere small, in the city, and centrally-located. Within a matter of days, I had found a great space that was only a few blocks away from Little Green. A few days after that, I began the process to incorporate my business but under a new name. I wanted a fresh start, and I feel that in the end, it picked me. Largely inspired by this post, Potomac literally translates to “the place where people trade.”

Here is the timeline of my new venture:

July 26: Decided on PTP while on a date with my husband.

6July 29: Found a downtown location to have my store.

July 31: Visited a lawyer to begin the incorporation process.

August 6: Heard back from the lawyer. Now to wait to sign the documents.

August 25: Finally signed the documents.

August 26: Bank appointment to set up a business account.

August 29: Met with a graphic designer team.

August 30-31: First buying trip.

2September 2: Received the keys for the store.

September 3: Bought store supplies.

3September 5: Applied for a business license.

Now – October: Setting up, more appointments, establishing a website, etc.

47I cannot even begin to explain how much of a whirlwind this experience has been. Add onto that we are still building our house and both working full-time, my mind functions on a hour to hour level. Gone are the days of being organized and planning ahead, I literally cannot remember where I parked, what clothes I wore the day before, if I’ve left anything behind, or any other small yet important detail in regards to being a normal and functioning human being. All I can remember is to be home to walk and feed the dogs, what time I have to work, and what appointments I must be at. My head is all business and not personal. However, I am certainly not ungrateful. I realize that this is a rare opportunity that not many people have the courage or desire to undertake. Whatever knocks (both opportune and bad) come my way during this process, I make sure to embrace them. I’m going to try my damnedest to ensure that Potomac Trading Post, Ltd., and everything else in my life currently, is a success.

8(Before)

9(After)

<3

Emory

10P.S. Stay tuned for many more updates on the store over the next few weeks!

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
    email: helloscarlettblog@outlook.com

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