A photo flipper?? Say what?? Yeah… you know, like when you would sit on the couch with your mom and flip through the photo album and relive a special occasion. You know, before Facebook and Instagram… when people actually printed pictures?? Yup. We are gonna recreate that here today!! Because with over 600 pictures, how else can I tell you about our AMAZING Grand Opening?? Don’t worry… I got it down to under 20 pics! I may or may not have cheated and created some collages!! Ha ha!! So grab a hot chocolate and snuggle up… I’ll let you flip while I tell you about them!!
So, we opened the doors at 9am, but these two gals were in line at 8:15! Terri and her sweet sister, Cindy… a couple of faithful followers who drove all the way from Asheville, NC for the BIG DAY!! (About a three hour drive!) I couldn’t wait to hug these ladies necks!!
After spending a few minutes with those gals, I headed inside to brief the team! Ha ha!! Rusted Roots huddle! I had Dixie and Danielle on photography. Mom and my brother, Andrew, on the register. Dad, my step-dad Jan, and my uncle Wesley on furniture duty and Bill on videography. We were ready!! Or so I thought!!
I took a peak outside to see if the rain had stopped… and I couldn’t believe my eyes!! A line to get in!! IN. THE. RAIN. Even Bill… out in the rain with the big camera ready to shoot the ribbon cutting!! That’s when I got nervous. I don’t know why. But I was so nervous!! All these people. Would the shop be all that they hoped it would be?!
I mustered up the courage to come out and give a little bit of a shpill… mainly thanking everyone who helped make Rusted Roots a reality! And to let people know about all of the fun stuff we would be doing throughout the day! Door prizes… a mystery item… hot chocolate… apple cider… cupcakes… donut holes!! And we prayed. Because without His blessing, the shop would never be a success. Then, we cut the ribbon!!
And the paparazzi came out!! Or at least that’s what it looked and felt like! Ha ha!!
The first purchases were a little pre-planned. My very first dollar from my Mom and my ‘second’ very first dollar from my Dad!! Two of my biggest supporters. I wouldn’t have it any other way!! They both grace the walls of the shop!!
Once that first and second sale were out of the way, I let the pros take their post. Mom and Andrew were the perfect team! Mom did all the writing of reciepts and bagging of the goodies and Andrew handled the cash!
And the shoppers kept coming… and coming…
I couldn’t believe the support from friends and family who came from all over! It really made me so happy!! Many friends came through that I didn’t snag a pic with and I am bummed about that!! Like Fjola from Winston-Salem, my buddy Steph and Brandon, and my sweet friends Susan and Sammy who brought me some beautiful flowers to go with the ones Mom gave me! But here are some of the peeps I was able to attack all paparazzi style!! Including Mark and Lola from Eminil Designs who brought me a rockin’ Grand Opening gift… remember the ‘ol skate??
Our first piece of furniture went out the door!! That was exciting!! I think we sold four others on day one!!
And The Salvage Sign was a HUGE hit!! I can’t say that I am surprised! They are AMAZING!!
And speaking of AMAZING! This is my junk buddy, Liz, from Junktion Alley!
Let me tell you about this girl!! She drove 1389.6 miles to be at the Grand Opening of Rusted Roots!! Do you hear me?? 1389.6 miles!! All the way from Texas!! And she brought with her my newest junk buddy, Morgan!! I think it’s ok that I call her Mo Mo!! They officially, unofficially adopted me. So it’s cool!! And boy, did these gals add so much fun to our day! Liz gave away so much upcycled jewelry and even found some treasures of her own! If you’ve never seen her jewelry, you are missing out!! Check it out on her Facebook page or better yet, stop by the shop!! It’s crazy junktastic!!
And Meghan from The Go Girl Shoppe stopped by too!! She’s so fun!! We’re hoping she’s gonna bring her cute little vintage camper to our vintage market in the Spring!! You gotta check her out! Aaaaaaafter… you check out the goober in the background of this picture!! Goober!!
But that little goober and I created a place that people seem to LOVE!! And for that, we can’t be more grateful!!
I have to say… of all 600 pictures taken at the Grand Opening, I think this one is my favorite. I think it captures the true essence of the day. Laughs. Smiles. Customers. ‘Rust’. But you see that glow just over my head?? Look closely… there’s more than one glow there. I truly believe that is MawMaw and Mo looking down on Rusted Roots, saying “Well, I’ll say. Look what that girl did.” Because that’s what they would say!! And because of them, it has been instilled in me that Beauty Stems from Rusted Roots.
Just a couple pics left… once everything calmed down. I looked around and we were kinda wiped out!! Both in inventory and in energy!! But as we all chatted about the day, I couldn’t help but smile. It couldn’t have been more perfect! It exceeded all that I could have ever imagined. Ever.
And I have this amazing group of people to thank… plus Dixie!! (who took the picture!) I hope you enjoyed flipping through these photos with me! Is your leg asleep?? Mine is! I think it’s time we get off the couch and go find some junk!! Or make something!! Or after all of that… take a nap!! Ha ha!! Something tells me this is only the beginning for Rusted Roots!! I’m glad you are here to celebrate it with me!!