One Company, Three Great Shops

Poverty Barn is the parent company of two other businesses: Roo's Remnants and 4 Left Turns. Between the three, we've got you covered when it comes to home decor, baby and kid items and anything related to racing. Visit the links on the left to find out more about what we have to offer.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Closed doors, open windows

It's been a tough winter here in our little neck of the woods.  Yes, we've gotten more snow than in the last few years, but that is really a good thing.  With the drought and low rivers, we can use all the moisture we can get!

The reason it's been so difficult is because traffic in our little shop has been slow.  When I say slow, I mean really, r-e-a-l-l-y s--l--o--w.  We knew that once Christmas was over, things would taper off considerably, but I really don't think we were prepared for this.

When you run a small business, every penny counts. Our shop was opened on a shoestring budget, and we have kept expenses as low as possible.  Unfortunately, it's just not enough.  Just six months after opening, we will close our doors on March 31.

Losing our little shop makes us sad, but it also opens up a world of opportunities.  Without the worries of staffing, inventory, making the rent and paying the insurance and internet bills, we'll be able to focus more on the parts we really love:  Coming up with new products, and having the time to make them!

So even though our store is going dark, that does not mean that the lights will go out  for Poverty Barn.  In fact, we have a lot of exciting things ahead of us.  For one thing, our Etsy shop has really taken off!  We're learning fresh ways to promote our products and new customers find us every day. There are several handmade marketplace-type shops in our area, and we'll be working with as many of them as possible.  We've also started doing more wholesale work, which has turned out to be quite a blessing. Along with that, there are other options available to us that we know are going to help us continue to grow and market our product lines.

Yes, we have come to the end of a chapter, and it really was a good one.  We learned a lot about ourselves and about doing business, and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to make a dream come true.  How many people spend their lives thinking, "Some day I'd like to open my own business"? We had the chance and it was really fun.

We have made a lot of great friends along the way, met some amazing artists and have an expanded our foray into the world of handmade.  As the door closes on this chapter, we can't wait to see what windows God opens for us in the next one!

Thank you to everyone who supported us, especially our family and friends.  You spread the word well and we are extremely thankful for each of you!  We also met a lot of new people and we appreciate so much how you made us feel welcomed, at home and loved in Historic Cottleville.

Keep checking back for more news and lots of exciting product additions, as well as our show schedule and the ever-expanding list of retail locations where Poverty Barn goodies can be found.

Blessings,

Val & Jess

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