We get a lot of questions about where we find our pieces and honestly that can be a difficult answer. Not because we have some secret place we don't want to tell you, but because it's just really hard to remember. An item may have been in the shop a day or a few weeks, and it's nearly impossible to remember which is which. So instead of giving the exact location of an items origin, I thought I would give you the process of how we finally put something out for sale.
1. Hunt it down
It’s time to get up early and head out in the Transit. Traveling is definitely one of the best parts of this job, and we try to hit flea markets, auctions, estate sales - anywhere there might be something of value. The hunt is probably the most time consuming and the main reason we aren't open more often. Right now we stay in central Florida but would like to start venturing up north.
2. Unloading & Restoration
Furniture restoration involves tackling any aspect of work that's required to get a piece into shape. Often, it's more than just a facelift -- it sometimes takes imagination and vision to realize the item's full potential.
3. Instagram/Facebook Pic
Get out the camera and place the item on the wall of the back room. This area has a little more light and makes for a great location to take photographs. Posting on social media has been an invaluable tool for getting things noticed. Like many of the items in the store, we try to keep it a little quirky and fun.
4. Design and Display
We have found the piece, cleaned it up, and taken a picture - now it’s time to get Bill and the boys to start moving furniture. Trying to figure out how a piece fits with the rest of those in the shop can be a daunting task, but this is probably Kelly’s favorite part of the process and the most frustrating for Bill - as the writer of this blog I will admit that a few choice words are said, the question “why” asked frequently, and Sisyphus and his rock often sympathized with.
Getting it all together is an odd skill set. We feel that our transitional mix of mid century, boho, and classical pieces are what sets June Taylor apart. It’s not easy, but we have fun doing it and hope this explanation of our process gives an appreciation for each piece you go home with.