Annie from Annie’s Barn
As most of you know, I started this little auction site over on Facebook as a way to part with some treasures…. a garage full of them in fact. What it has turned into though is much more!
When I started back in late July, I had 30 friends . . . like real friends… who probably felt sorry for me because I had so much junk in my garage. Soon that number crept up. But what is bigger than the numbers are the friendships built through this little venture.
Now I “buy” for the Barn. I buy for you. My friends. And now and then I do pick up a FIND I can’t part with…
That’s the GOOD.
The Bad: Auctions can be fun and frustrating. How many times have you gone to an auction and left thinking “I should have gone higher on that” or “I should NOT have gone that high on that.” It happens to all of us. Just this morning I hesitated on an ebay auction and didn’t get a FIND I wanted.
I come home all the time with FINDS only to discover it was something broken or, just this Saturday, it’s a clock that doesn’t work. (Not the red teapot one, the broken one is a really classic one that I’m not putting in the auction until I fix.)
The nature of estate sale “finds” is that you line up an hour or two in advance and then race into a house with a bunch of other pickers. I have made some bad decisions.
And, sometimes you sit and wait for Annie’s Barn auctions then you don’t get what you wanted. I know that is frustrating because I was on the other side of the laptop before I started my site. BUT, the other “wait and see” type ebay auctions are also frustrating.
I am looking into a different “set price” auction software, but for now the price is right with Facebook. It’s frustrating, I know, but it also allows us to stay connected and “share” in the easiest possible way.
And I’ll need to get an email list going soon so that I can contact you with special offers. I’ve got one coming up for graduation signs so watch for that announcement.
…. Meeting Friends
This may surprise you, but I did not know Paula before Annie’s Barn got started. In fact, it was a couple weeks in when she noticed that her friend, Anne Shields who I know through Bunko, bought a sign via my site and clicked over to see what this Annie’s Barn thing was all about.
The first few times Paula bought something she sent her husband to pick it up. The next time, she sent her daughter to pick it up. And the time after that. It was funny because she was buying for like 5 weeks before I met her. Truly I thought she had some sort of anti-social disorder! Finally we did meet in person, but it would be four months before I discovered she lives like six blocks from me!
Paula and I are very different, yet we have one common attribute. We love to laugh! We see the humor in life. Some might say we are both smarta$$ but I prefer to say we are quick witted older women who have been around the block and truly appreciate the finer things in life…. like family. One thing that says alot about Paula is that she has never asked me for a special favor. I never know what she is going to buy. She never even hints at what she’s interested in.
At Christmas I discovered that Paula loves to cook. And when I found “The Yellow Recipe Box” it seemed like a natural fit to ask her to cook for all of US at Annie’s Barn.
Thanks Paula for saying yes and for listening to me rant and rave. Thanks for bringing your funny self to my auctions and to my doorstep. You Rock (for a KU superfan).
I’ve gotten to know many of you and I feel like a very fortunate Picker. Thank you for being a customer and a friend. For your advice. For your funny posts both on the site and via Private Messages. I do LOVE my job. I love it when you are excited about your sign or your red chair or your games or your french beaded bag. I love it that NONE of you care that my kitchen is always a wreck. I love it when your name pops up first or when you’re second and I can get another one for you. I hate it when you are disappointed that you weren’t first and it makes me try harder to get nice FINDS.
Do what you love, Love what you do. Thank you to my customers. And see you Thursday night!