About two years ago, I was fortunate enough to rent a space in Southern Suds & Gifts in Wake Forest to sell my vintage smalls and handmade signs. This shop was located in an old house turned retail space near the downtown area. I loved how all their items were handcrafted from local artists sharing their talents. The two owners loved my style and let me move in! Here is my first set up in the shop.
Even though I was so thankful for this opportunity, I had to realize my limitations for traveling to Wake Forest to restock my space. I was still working full time at my job and it became stressful to travel almost an hour one way to the shop. Not to mention, I was still maintaining my booth at the Benson shop as well. After three months, I had to end my stay in order to save my sanity. The owners were very understanding and said I could come back anytime.
Fast forward to May 2018. I saw on social media that Southern Suds & Gifts was moving to the main street in downtown Wake Forest. This wasn’t a far move for them, but a much better location. I was so excited for them and considered returning to the shop since I was doing my business full time now and had the time to travel and maintain the space like I had hoped for. I contacted the owners and they were thrilled I wanted to return. So, I moved back in. The new location opened up on June 1st and it is amazing. It feels more open and they were able to add even more awesome vendors.
My space is made up of one table that holds my small home decor items and handmade signs. My husband and I built this table out of our old kitchen table legs and made a new top out of some wood we had in the shop. Just a side note – we still don’t have a “real” kitchen table yet! We have all the pieces, but other projects keep getting in the way. Our new farmhouse table will be made out of chunky legs and the top will be made from old cedar boards that my Grandfather gave us before he passed away. I will keep you updated on the farmhouse table progress.
Even though my space is only one table, I still didn’t bring enough! I’m still learning how to balance my items so that my space looks full, but not too cluttered. I want my displays to be pretty, but also easy for customers to see what is available without becoming overwhelmed. I went back to the shop about three weeks later and restocked. I was happy to see items were taken to their new homes and I filled it up with new found items and signs.
I think Wake Forest is a wonderful place and I’m so excited to be back at Southern Suds & Gifts. If you are near the Wake Forest area or want to explore another downtown area, please stop by the shop and see what the amazing vendors have to offer and sign up for a fun class that the shop offers!