No doubt about it. Times are tough. Gloom and doom run rampant on the news, the newspapers and from people on the street. I prefer not to dwell on such negativity. I believe negativity breeds negativity. Instead I prefer to keep myself busy and occupied during the day; even if there are no customers. There's always something to do around this big old rambling antique mall.
One day I spent the entire day fixing all the little things that needed to be fixed. I changed all the air filters and hammered down some nails that were peeking out of my old hardwood floorboards. I put up some weather stripping and swept all the floors. I scrubbed the toilets and restocked all the sodas and rock candy. I watered the oleanders planted out back and the roses and wisteria vine planted on the side of the shop.
Then I updated the stores MYSPACE page and took photos of items around the store to list on Craig's List.
At this point I was feeling a bit tired and lost. Not one customer had ventured into my shop in all that time I'd kept myself busy.
I refuse to dwell on the negative. I refuse to be sad or upset when vendors come in and give notice on their spots. I refuse to be unhappy when I count the cash drawer for the day and the total is under $100. I refuse.
I have done everything possible to get customers into the shop and I will relinquish the control over this. I will be happy about my decision to be a business owner and I will keep happy positive thoughts about our uncertain future.
I guess now I'm gonna go hit some garage sales!