I was never really a creature of habit, but as I have gotten older I have become pretty content with being content. I don’t need to change things up, I certainly don’t do things by the seat of my pants like I used to and I have become a firm believer of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Being complacent isn’t a bad thing. When you’re comfortable and in a good place there is nothing wrong with wanting to stay there, but when it comes to business, standing still is not a good thing.
You can’t get to where you want to go by standing still.
Kevin of Coastal Woodworking was listening to the radio a few months ago when he heard … Seaglass Salvage Market … come across the air waves, so of course his ears perked up, thinking it was an advertisement. It was in fact, a brief news report about the sale of the property we were on to The Town of Leland. Wait?!? WHAT?! He shot me a quick FB message after pulling up the article from the internet. “Did I miss something?” Was his question along with the link. I happened to be on the phone with Brad and got the gist of the article before losing my mind, needless to say, Brad was very confused as to why I was randomly screaming about Seaglass all of a sudden. (Funny now, not so much then!) To make a long story short, the hunt for a new Seaglass began that day. Well, honestly, first the decision to continue with Seaglass or not, came first. It was not an easy decision to make because COVID had reared its ugly head while all this was taking shape too. When it rains, it pours. I knew it would be an easy way to walk away, COVID is such an easy excuse to use to end a business without anyone really thinking twice about it and the sale of the property just made it even easier to play the victim. While Brad and I kept flipping back and forth, we continued to look for a space worthy of our odd little business plan. We needed three things: a big space, air conditioning and A LOT of parking. There was nothing to be found in Leland (which is really where we wanted to stay), and we could find two of the three combinations in a few places in Wilmington, but never all three. We ran across a spot in Castle Hayne, but it didn’t feel right. I wanted choices. I wanted options. I didn’t want to pick a place because it was all we could find. I guess I was feeling sorry for myself. I was a little bitter and very annoyed.
If you know Seaglass you know it is a community, an unbreakable tribe full of support. The more we discussed the Castle Hayne location the more good energy and feedback I got from the vendors. The more my mind opened up to step out of my safe little box. I was good where I was, and I was angry that someone else was deciding my fate. My business was changing through no choice of my own. The Town of Leland was making the decision that my business was done OR had to move. It was frustrating to me, so I refused to see the Blessing I was being handed. I didn’t look at the silver lining. I had become complacent, comfortable, even though I knew there was no where to go where we were, there was no way to grow, but I was safe. AND THEN I WASN’T.
Fast forward to June 2020, lease signed, construction being done, making lists of current vendors moving forward, scheduling appointments with potential vendors, updating websites and social media pages, obtaining permits, ordering new signage. Watching it all come together…with a smile…because Seaglass is going to be bigger and better BUT we will not lose what made us special in the first place. We are still all about shopping local. We are still once a month, every month. We are still an amazing community focused on handmade, homemade, resale and retail from a fabulous group of local vendors. We are growing, and our address has changed, we however, have not!
I won’t go as far to thank the Town of Leland, but I certainly won’t bad mouth them either. (Well, not any more, I am only human afterall! lol)
So, Castle Hayne…here we come! Our first market will be August 14-16, and it happens to be our 6 year anniversary. August 2014 was our first Seaglass Market in Leland and here we are August 2020 with our first Seaglass Market in Castle Hayne. The feedback we have gotten from our customers has been nothing short of amazing, we are so grateful for your support over the years and cannot wait to share our new chapter with you!
August 14th through 16th 9:00-3:00