Relationships…

Relationships….

For everyone, everywhere.

 
I am on a flight home from San Antonio, after 3 days at the Furniture First buying group symposium. Having been in existence for about 20 years,this group has undergone significant change in the last year. Under new leadership, new members and new vendors added this year. Jody FF boothI have had the pleasure of working with several of their retailers and can honestly say that I have ‘relationships’ with all that I have worked with. Sure, some Jody and Steve Klossof it’s me, but most of it’s about them.
Being with this group and experiencing this tribe of members, staff and vendors who are smart, thoughtful, generous, welcoming, open was inspiring.  I went there with a pretty full calendar for the rest of this year, so I wasn’t hell-bent on scheduling new business, which gave me the joyful  The Couch Potatoesopportunity to simply be present to the people I was in conversation with; no need to rush to the next person. I was able enjoy each and every conversation and person involved.  It’s refreshing to be in a business setting where being connected and helpful are the driving values.
So, from one tired traveler, thanks to everyone who shared themselves with me and here’s to a splendid second half.
Now, go sell something.
oxo,
Jody
JS-095-Edit (1)

… And a Happy New Year !

Happy-New-Year-Images-To-Share-On-Facebook

For Everyone, Everywhere… I hope it’s been a good year for you. I hope that your revenues have increased, your business has improved, and your operating methods were enhanced and are running smoothly. I hope you challenged yourself beyond your … Continue reading

Shades and More…

Shades and more…..

For designers and decorators south of Boston and along the SouthCoast
 
I just spent the last 90 minutes and $217 (my designer cost) for 3 beautiful lamp shades. King Lamps 1 And I did that while sitting and having a cup of coffee as Danny, one of the owners of King’s Lamps and Shades, tried different harp sizes and shade styles as I enjoyed being waited on. 
His selections were outstanding…and as I am one who enters an establishment with a solid idea of what I am looking for, I had to relax and be open to what else was available.  I left there withKing Lamps 3 shades that I liked more than the originals; shades that I would not have selected if l had searched on my own.  Plus, I left 2 Baldwin Brass candlestick lamps there (that I bought yesterday at another New Bedford
fave: Acushnet River Antiques) to get new candle sleeves. They are black with gold liner shades and new finials. I had a BALL and it was such a great experience that I had to tell you about it so that YOU can experience it, too.
Kings’s has been in the same New Bedford location for over 50 years. They repair lamps, King Lamps 2sell lamps, make lamps and drill vases, and have a huge stock of glass, metal, paper, textile, as well as shades – and can also special order. They have antique lighting that is as lovely as I have seen anywhere. Since King’s doesn’t have a website yet (they are still working on it…but, who isn’t?) you would have to make the trip over to browse or bring your lamps for shades, repair, or to create a beautiful lamp from something wonderful that was originally designed for another purpose. And their prices are insanely good…and even better with our 15% discount!Kings lamps sign
Come and visit the SouthCoast! King’s is open Tuesday – Saturday 9-5. 580 Hathaway Road. 508-994-9784. Just off Exit 3 / Hathaway Road on Route 140. 
Now, go sell something !
xo
Jody
_MG_0788