Saturday, April 8, 2017

An Exciting New Adventure ...

Hello, lovely readers! It's that time of year where I take a moment to fill you in on all the latest happenings here in the Attic and let me tell you, it has been a busy four months since the last post.

Around the end of January, an adorable little store in the nearby town of Water Valley came up for rent - kind of a lifelong dream and one I never would have imagined possible - offering the perfect opportunity to bring Insomniac's Attic into a brick and mortar setting. Believe it or not, I've actually missed working retail.

In February, a trip to the NYC gift show to investigate new stock seemed to be in order. While there, I was fortunate enough to take in a few local highlights with my very gracious hostess ...

Spent a day with Magaly Guerrero,
most of it in the Strand Book Store.

Eighteen miles of books. Mmmmm, books.

I believe Magaly had time for a lengthy nap
while waiting for me to finish looking ...

We also went here:

Yes. This IS Evan Michelson of Obscura Antiques.

By the end of the trip, extended for an extra day due to snowstorms in Canada causing airline cancellations, and which was put to excellent use by going shopping just one more time, my suitcase was crammed so full of treasures half of it had to be repacked into the youngest's luggage to comply with airline weight restrictions.

NYC Loot Haul 2017

Roughly half of which will end up at the new store. Maybe a third. An eighth.
Okay, fine ... just the spoons.

In March, work was begun on the rebranding of Insomniac's Attic - that Bleeding Cowboys font was so last year. And let's be honest - for those who don't know me very well, I might come across as a bit dark and the old look did nothing to dispel that image. I would  like to take this opportunity to reassure everyone that I'm probably the least frightening person I know - in my world, an exciting day is one spent baking cookies, knitting socks or hand-feeding the chickadees. I'm just like everyone's favourite eccentric aunt, really. One who enjoys decorating her home with a tad too much taxidermy perhaps, but still. 

So I've attempted to give the Attic more of a storybook feel, which is how I envision the new shoppe. A magical and wondrous place exactly like this ... with maybe a few less rocks on the floor so a person could actually walk around though. I have no doubt I'll be able to find the props to recreate this look quite easily in our basement, that portion of the garage where I'm supposed  to be parking my car and our forest, also known as our yard. We have, after all, been out here for three years now and despite one's best intentions to never again accumulate the amount of stuff we had prior to moving here, somehow things have managed to mysteriously pile up again over time. Sorry, kids.

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As I move forward on this exciting new venture, I plan to tackle it in exactly the same manner I've employed for every other important moment in my life ... striding confidently in the direction of my dreams firmly gripping my Plan of Action; at which point I fully expect to trip over something or other, losing my grasp on The Plan as I clumsily stagger toward the precipice, eventually hurtling head first into the abyss. It's worked quite well for me so far.

And one day (roughly the middle of May), I hope you'll take a drive out to Water Valley and stop in at the little Storybook Cottage with the purple doors. When you happen to notice the old-ish woman in the corner knitting a sweater with skulls on it, please don't be afraid ... come on in, say hello, have a look around. Just remember - I am EXACTLY like your favourite aunt; provided your aunt has tattoos and a penchant for black t-shirts with skulls. In which case, you should probably bring her along for a visit, too. Tell her I have cookies.

IA

41 comments:

  1. Ooooooo, what THRILLING developments! PLUS you got to meet Magaly! I'm so jealous! And really, can one ever have TOO much taxidermy? I foresee a road trip in my future to a new and fabulous store . . . .

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    1. Yes I did and is she ever a sweetheart! I think I need to make another trip down - so many cool places she said she could take me to see!

      The youngest counted the taxidermy the last time she stayed overnight ... “Do you know you have nineteen pieces mum and that's just on the main floor?” ;)

      I hope you do come for a visit! Make sure you give me advance warning so I can bring cookies!! πŸ–€

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  2. Oh, I hope you produce branded black t-shirts with skulls for your store :)

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    1. What an excellent idea, Natalie! And if they don't sell, at least I know someone who'd gladly wear them! lol

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  3. Okay, so first I'm Green with Envy that you visited Obscura and met Evan! But I am absolutely delighted to hear of your new venture and the brick and mortar shop! Congratulations, you will have to give us peeks inside, you know if I was closer I'd definitely be a Regular. *winks* My Garages are still quite hoarded too, I keep working on it but I swear the stuff is breeding in there?!? Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. When I was last in New York five years ago, I took a cab to Obscura only to find out they were in the middle of moving the store location and were closed! Another couple and I stood outside for about fifteen minutes moaning about how disappointed we were before we moved on. ;)

      I will totally give you a peek inside, Dawn! I wish I could come down and do some picking in Arizona to stock my store. Who knows, it might still happen one day! It's unbelievable how quickly that stuff breeds, isn't it? Of course, like you I've never been able to pass up a good deal. It's both our gift and our curse. πŸ–€

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  4. WoooHOOO!!!! Fabulous news and congratulations. I'm positive your store will become the best loved local attraction *afterall...you have cookies AND skulls* XXX

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    1. Thank you, Gina! πŸ–€ I can't believe nobody else has thought of a store with a cookie and skull theme before now! Bwahahaha!

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  5. OOH, everything sounds amazing and so eventful. Good luck with your new shop it sounds like a very exciting adventure. If I ever decide to visit Canada and drag my other half I'll be sure to visit.

    I love the new format of your blog and the title with the raven artwork it looks great. I love hearing when blogger get together and meet up. Everything sounds busy but exciting wishing you the best of luck with everything.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! I hope you do decide to visit some day although air fares are pretty outrageous. I have to save up my airmiles to go on trips! I was very lucky to meet Magaly while I was there. I've met three bloggers so far - I wish I could meet everyone in person some day. πŸ–€

      I'm kind of liking the strange green colour with the purple - who'd have guessed! And the raven is my favourite part. No surprise there. lol

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  6. Sunday morning enjoying your successes and dreamy goals! You inspire me more than you know. It's a wonder you got out of NYC , Wow! time travel in those amazing shops, how could you find your way back? Your perfect enchanted shop will draw kindreds and the path forward will be amazing! BELIEVE dear ❤️ heart! Purple doors are in my dreams! xoxoxo

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    1. Sunday morning and I was stuffing my face with cinnamon buns and coffee. And maybe a little Sortilege because it was Sunday morning. ;)

      There were some fantastic shops, and what I like best about NYC is that there's still a lot of little independent ones and not all big box stores. It was hard to leave that bookstore! I went back twice more after that day with Magaly. lol

      Thank you, Debi - as always, your support means the world to me. You really must come visit. πŸ–€

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    2. I have researched possible ways & cost. Sadly we are not in the travellers tax bracket! I think of your courage and perseverance everyday, wishing you happiness & success. For now, that's all I can promise. xoxoxoDebi

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    3. Sigh. I'll just keep hoping you win the lottery, Debi! πŸ–€ I understand completely - if it weren't for air miles, I wouldn't be able to go anywhere either. And luckily, the hotel was very cheap because of the gift show.

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  7. How exciting! :D Have fun in your fantastic new venture!

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    1. One day exciting, next day terrifying ... I alternate between the two. lol

      Thank you so much, Bane! πŸ–€

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    1. Thank you - that's so sweet of you! πŸ–€

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  9. And here I was thinking that I sneaked in the nap without your knowledge. I guess I should've chosen and bigger book to hide behind.

    I'm so exciting about your new store adventures. I just know it will fantastic (and with friendly skulls and cookies).

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    1. Haha, can't fool me, Magaly! I'm pretty sure if the shoe were on the other foot, I'd have been napping too. πŸ–€

      I'm excited too ... and also a little worried that nobody will show up for cookies. lol

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  10. Wow! A store of your own? What an amazing but promising turn of events! Congratulations! Please do provide photos of your establishment when you get operations under way. Oh, and if you eventually sell those black t-shirts with skulls, vampires, crows or black cats, please let us know. I'm always looking for such things.

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    1. Oh, and best of luck to you on this new venture!

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    2. I know, right? It's like fate!! I've always wanted to have a store but I never dreamed it would actually happen, Nightwind. I'll definitely be posting pictures here on the blog and on Facebook too. The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of black t-shirts! I'll have to check how much something like that might cost to design when I go to HorrorCon this year.

      Thank you so much! πŸ–€

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  11. So exciting!!! Must take a trip up there and visit your fairy tale shop!

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    1. That would be amazing if you could, Tilda! πŸ–€

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  12. That is the most exciting news! If perchance you ever sell any Song of India perfumes (which in my opinion are freaking delicious smelling but ridiculously hard to locate as a consumer)I would be a very frequent shopper! Not to say I won't want to shop there... just that you'd make me a very big regular, haha!

    Ok now that I've rambled on about nothing... lol...
    Seriously, congratulations-- I can't wait to see it when I come up again! You will have to let me know when you're open for business so I can make it a point to plan my next visit home around you too! I think at this point it's only natural to do that, since I love making it a point to see you every time I go up <3

    If I were in NY, I'm afraid I'd be stuck in the garment/fabric district and you may as well consider me a lost soul... I am almost afraid of going! That looks like an amazing trip. Glad to see you're visiting all kinds of great bloggers/ people!

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    1. You know, I think I've seen those Song of India perfumes up here - I think Pasu Farms (only about 30 minutes away from me) sells them. I'll take a trip out there and check it out for you! If they don't, then I'll definitely keep them in mind for the future. :)

      I'm planning on opening mid-May so you could come any time after that. And maybe you could do HorrorCon this year too! πŸ–€

      I went to about ten stores in the fabric district (left the youngest at the hotel that day so I could take my time - lol). Amazingly, there was nothing there I was interested in, especially with our Cdn dollar being so low. There was a TON of stores with nothing but spandex and sequins - ewwwwwww! It was a great trip - so much to see and I really didn't have to take the subway (except when I was with Magaly) because it kind of freaks me out. But Manhattan is small enough that I could walk everywhere with no problem! I'd love to go every year but it takes me a while to save up my air miles. :)

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    2. The ones in the little glass decorative bottle are just decadent *winkwink*

      Sadly I don't think my visit will be till Fall or Winter again-- poo poo, I am so backwards to be visiting during that time haha! But my SiL and BiL are coming to visit us here in June. Otherwise, the intent was to come in Summer... makes more sense. Perhaps next year!

      Really?! That's incredibly disheartening to hear-- your word is basically gospel to me in that regard. Our taste in fabric, I would say, is pretty much identical. Well... that does put a little damper on my desire to go, heh. Still might be nice to say I did, though, right right?



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    3. If you come in the fall, you could go to Witches Night Out with me! September 23rd. Just puttin' it out there. lol

      You should still go - remember that my decision to not purchase any fabric was mostly due to the exchange rate. You have no such issues!

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  13. Hi Insomniac! Oh wow.. Magaly definitely put a huge smile on your blog :))) I am so jealous you guys met! But also very happy you did :))) What a delightful trip!
    All the very best for your new adventure!!!

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    1. Hi, Hindustanka! Magaly has a million-watt smile, for sure! It was a fun day - I'd love to be able to do it again. Thanks so much!! πŸ–€

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  14. Storybook theme store. That's the best idea ever! I might have to plan a vacation to Canada and check it out.

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    1. I hope so, Rhonda! Otherwise you'd better plan your vacation to Canada real soon in case I don't make it a year. lol πŸ–€

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  15. Hi. I came over from Debra's page. What a great shoppe you have. Looks like an excellent time in the city as well. Very cool. Cheers and boogie boogie.

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    1. Why, thank you - I'm glad you think it's very cool! And thanks for coming to visit, Happy Whisk! πŸ–€

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    2. Sure thing. About the mushroom tea, I didn't know either until recently. I think those polypores were a little on the old side, but I'm not sure? I'm still learning.

      Happy weekend and boogie boogie.

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  16. Wishing you great success with your shop! How exciting to open a such an eclectic shop that people will love to browse and buy from. I am stopping by via Debra of She Who Seeks. Your shop looks awesome! I imagine NYC is one of the best places to source goods.

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    1. Thank you so much, Miss Val! It's very exciting and I sure hope people will like what I'm offering. lol

      NYC has wonderful stuff, and I only wish our Canadian dollar was worth a bit more. Actually, it's probably just as well it isn't - I'd have bought way too much and would have had to pay a small fortune to get it on the airline! ;)

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  17. I am coming! I will kidnap Peggy and come. I am stupid excited to see your new shop. (and so jealous that you were in NYC!) Send my love to the fam!

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    1. Yes! Come!! Bring Peggy!!! The longer you wait though the fuller it will be. I have to order new stock little bits at a time. ;)

      NYC was fantastic but it was no Douglas Fairbanks/Mary Pickford cottage on the beach! :D

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  18. Haha it's so fun I think when people see you as a dark person because of style or whatever.
    People often assume that I sit at home with my candles and tarotcards all day, casting weird spells,
    when my days are more like filled with tv-shows and eating candy ;)


    And oh, I really wish I get to visit your store someday! I bet it's very very lovely! The gifts we got from you for our wedding are so treasured.

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