There was no shortage of opinions around our decision to move from monthly markets to seasonal markets. People were excited. Worried. Upset. Angry. Critical. Sad. Happy. Bored.
Criticisms will abound when we announce a significant change to how we run our holiday market this year. (Just prepare yourself).
When some of our first year vendors opened storefronts and weren’t able to attend the flea any longer, it was sad for us all. But we were also thrilled for them.
When team members depart, there’s certainly a hole there where their energy and care and talents once lived. But we wish them well and think fondly of them.
Something to remember is that letting things go allows new things to form.
Over the last 6 months, we’ve let a few significant parts of ourselves go, but we did it so that we could do new things. Here’s a look at the top ones.
WHAT WE LOST: OUR ORIGINAL OFFICE + MURAL BY LISA QUINE
In January, we moved out of our first home. It was an office I had put so much time and energy into first believing was possible and then designing for my new team. It felt like the home I brought my baby home to (if I had a baby, that is).
Oh, the thoughts swirled around for me. Should we go? What would the team think? Would we we regret it? I’d put so much money and time into this space.
But. It was no longer serving us as we needed it to.
It was super cold in the Winter. It was super hot in the Summer.
It had beautiful lighting and a large photo shoot space.
But it’s also in a warehouse with crumbling brick and windows that need replacing and just lots and lots of architectural / mechanical / electrical / plumbing decisions from people who weren’t us.
So, we cleaned our space. And we moved out.
What’d we get instead? Our dreamy Creative Clubhouse.
WHAT WE LOST: MONTHLY MARKETS
Oh, this was a hard one. So hard, in fact, that I’d been contemplating it for over a year. But I knew it was time. Time for some sort of evolution. Some moments of work that didn’t require breakneck speed. After all, having monthly markets really meant that we had only 12 working days between each event. Just enough to feel like you’re never prepared. You never get to any design work. Or at least not to the level that your heart (and city) is hoping.
But once we decided, so many amazing things happened. As is usually the case when you finally commit to a direction.
What’d we gain? Our sanity. And also…..
We gained the ability to go East. To form a special partnership with our friends at The Van Aken District. We were able to add 4 markets back to our schedule, so truly instead of 7 shopping days we’ve engineered 10 shopping days with us in the regular season WHILE allowing ourselves to breathe and design and love our jobs and grow our team.
WHAT WE LOST: VENDOR HAND-HOLDING
In other words, we transitioned out of being a crutch so the we could be a crush. Monthly markets were crucial to growing a community of strong business owners. But we’d taken it too far, in our quest to protect people we love from any loss of money or negative consequences of business-building, we weren’t able to take care of ourselves- or even build the emotional resilience required to make it within capitalism.
Don’t get us wrong, we help more than most markets, still. But we learned a key new phrase that we employ a lot, “I love you, but NO.”
What did we gain?
Our lives back. Our creativity. Lightness. Creativity. Time for team-building. Love for ourselves AND others.
What are you willing to let go? What amazing thing will take it’s place?