Looking for “My People”

How many books can I read, podcasts can I listen to or facebook LIKES can I get before I feel comfortable in my own skin as a business owner? Every few months I check the internet for jobs available, thinking, it would be nice to know what time to leave the house, what time I’d be home and have someone else tell me what to do in between those hours. I’m unorganized, not a good quality in general…horrible for a business owner. I have become borderline lazy, I hope this is a passing side effect of this lovely thing called menopause, so, on occasion, I seriously have to talk myself into doing what needs to get done. I have a thousand ideas one moment, and then NOTHING the next. The one thing I am sure of is I want to go to the next level. I want to be a THAT woman business owner.

Seaglass can be stressful at times, its like throwing a big party every month and never knowing if any one is going to show up! Our monthly reminder doesn’t really come with an RSVP, we just have to hope that emails are opened and Social Media does it’s job! I am very grateful to free websites like What’s On Wilmington, and of course local publications like Leland Magazine and NBM that help us, through paid advertising, get the word out. When I touch base with friends who own businesses, like Erica from Brushin’ Up and she says, “Hey, by the way, I need Seaglass Cards.” It makes me smile, THAT to me is what women in business are supposed to be about. There is so much going on, so many people who love what we do, there is plenty of room for all of us. My husband pops into Flea Body’s and The Painted Mermaid when he can to find items for his Industrial Lighting. Seglass is a small business, we preach “shop local,” we DO shop local. I love how many locally owed shops you can find within a 25 mile radius of our home.

I want to be a better woman, a better housekeeper, a better business owner. The problem with that last one…how do you keep everyone happy? Cause that’s really what it’s all about right? Making EVERYONE love you, love your shop. Pretty big dreams there, because you cannot get EVERYONE on board, it’s not possible, so in actuality I am setting myself up to fail. So my goal is to find “my people.” The people who get it, get what we do every month and love it as much as we do, and they are out there, but they are not the voices I hear in my head. I hear the negative Nellies. YOU are very difficult to find, WHY aren’t you open like a normal business, I really thought this place was bigger. We have 63 FIVE star reviews on Facebook, I worry on the 2 Three stars. Human nature I guess. Instead of appreciating those who love us (which I totally do!!) we focus on the ones who don’t.  I follow Jennifer Allwood, a business coach, and I love how she tells you to “find your people” and don’t worry about the rest, because they aren’t your customer anyway. So I have grown a thicker skin and I have found “my people” and I will continue to make them happy, or at least try to each month.

Seaglass is a business inside a building, that warehouse that we open once is month is my focus. I am thrilled with the wonderful local outdoor vendors who join us each month, they are an added bonus to Seaglass. There are weekends where we have 20 outdoor vendors and other weekends when we have 5. Either way they are a blessing to us as a group, BUT when I get the I thought there would be more vendorsit blows me away. There are 29 vendors INSIDE the building! It is a large group that collaborates each month…don’t count the tents…enjoy the experience.

We love our local food trucks, and appreciate that they give us the time they do each month! Shopping local includes EATING LOCAL! We are also honored to GIVE BACK locally as well, with a different 501c3 joining us monthly to share their mission, and as always YOUR generosity makes me so proud of the wonderful community we are building as Seaglass Salvage Market. This month in honor of Military Appreciation Month our 501c3 is Semper Fi Fund and they were kind enough to mail us some fun give aways for those of you inspired to support them. Next month I am very excited to finally get involved with Roots of Recovery, please be sure to clean out your closets and help us collect clothing for women walking the road of recovery and finding a safe place for themselves and their children through this amazing organization…we are so looking forward to them joining us for the JUNE MARKET.

We are gearing up for the May Market, which like ALL of our markets, is at the warehouse in Leland. You can find us there the 3rd weekend of every month ALL YEAR long and there is a schedule (including pop ups) on our website. Mark your calendar for May 18-20, and don’t forget we will have live music on Saturday May 19th from 11:00-2:00! We are so excited to have Kristie Lynn joining us for the first time!

 

See you not this weekend, but next!

Thanks 🙂

Kelli

8 thoughts on “Looking for “My People”

  1. Nancy Bird says:

    This was a wonderful read this morning. Please know that when it is time for Seaglass weekend , I so look forward to visiting as I feel that your vendors have become friends. With just moving to the area 18 months ago and then having surgery that laid me up for a little bit, it has been hard to make new friends. That is what your “group” has done for me…given me new friends that I look forward to seeing once a month! 🧡

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  2. Jo Tilghman says:

    I have only attended your market once
    as I am in“downsize/get rid of”stage of life. But I found it a delightful group of vendors with a unique and interesting
    take on “stuff” and loved seeing the creative process at work with evident
    “heart and soul”. Pay no attention to the “naysayers” and those with their noses in the air… They just don’t
    “get it”. I am confident that the ones who do get it will find you and love the treasures they find. Keep up the great
    work and creative spirit. That is the
    “juice” of great living. You are all appreciated for your creative querkiness and the ability to keep that juice flowing. Shall see you once in a while to see what’s happening in your worlds.

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  3. Laura Spencer says:

    Kelli – I loved reading your post! Your self reflection and open vulnerability are refreshing! Entrepreneurialism takes guts and the willingness to forego the security of paid employment and that lifestyle. Push back the “negative voices” rally around “your people” and enjoy the ride. Thank you for providing an opportunity to experience the beauty and creativity that these local vendors provide. As a fairly new Leland resident I appreciate your venue and all that it offers. Keep up the great work!

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