i have never been to a trunk show…let alone help pull one off. MiUS’s first trunk show was december 1st in medina ohio. if you have never been to the town square in medina you are really missing out. you instantly want to move there (especially around the holidays). it is beautiful and quaint and has a lot of small stores to shop. you really get the feel of supporting that mom and pop shop. and the people are so nice. for instance, i purchased a watch at the trunk show (details this week) and needed it sized. i walked across the square to a family owned jewelry shop, they sized my watch and sent me on my way with a “merry christmas”…not a penny was asked for.
it was a lot of work for owner, millie, to put together all the merchandise and get it ready for “show” considering it is an online boutique. tagging and adding numbers and organizing. her and a friend drove it over to the shop and we set up saturday morning. you know when you always think you have enough time but you never do? that was us. and man alive…i was missing my second cup of coffee for the morning. i had to resort to wine around 1230 in order to survive! we pulled stuff out of bags, lined up sweaters and shirts and dresses, folded jeans and t-shirts, set up rings and watches and handbags. and even dressed a few mannequins.
we had a designer and an author and some models and food. in hindsight…i don’t know that we needed all of that. i personally think the pieces millie has decided to sell, speak for themselves. of course there were big sellers and popular items. some items stayed and some went. we got to visit with friends and meet a few new people. the object of the trunk show wasn’t to sell everything, but to make people aware of what MiUS has to offer. (and i did get a signed book from kelly! i always like a book signed by the author)
we were crazy at check out and missed a few details, but it was fun and a learning experience and definitely a good girls afternoon.
i really loved seeing all the “made in the usa” tags on tables and hangers. it is such a great concept. maybe we didn’t push that enough…millie might of been a little shy to let people know her mission. i think she should shout it out from roof tops. i think its something that brings us all together. no matter your political views, race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion…we all live in this great country and how does it hurt to support it?
are you afraid to shop on-line? fearful that the size won’t be right (we have free returns) or that the quality won’t be as good as it looks online (it’s better, trust me)…if that’s you, you should come to our next trunk show…or have a small show at your home. it is fun. it supports a small business…and did i mention the products rock?
okay…lastly…check out the pic of our spa water!?!? sooo pretty for the holidays. not sure if becky knew (when she was thrown the job of getting some water in the container) that the raspberries would sink and the cranberries would float (if she didn’t know it..she should totally lie and say she did!) but how awesome for the season? i will say it still tasted like water. maybe have a little platter of lemon to add to it? or some smashed cranberries? and yes, ginger, we would have had lemons for the water had i remembered a knife (and a spoon to stir the punch that got stuck in the container…another story for another day)
we are proud of you millie! keep on keeping on and let’s make this happen!