An Incredible Journey... 2019

Posted by Jenni Szafranski on

It's pretty crazy to look back at all that happened this year...

I had a crazy idea for a subscription box filled with Vintage items and decided to run with it.. This was such an out-of-the-box concept for a subscription box and at the time I had no idea what I was getting myself into! There has definitely been some bumps along the way - The logistics of physically shopping and picking for all these vintage items and boxing it all up in all kinds of crazy shaped boxes was just the first hurdle. With over 50 subscribers at this point, it takes me two days per week, 100's of miles driving and every surface in my kitchen covered in rusty crusty treasures to pull it off. It's been a labor of love (trust me) and I'm still learning and figuring out ways to improve my process.

With summer came vacations, travel and fun. I also experienced a horrific event as a mother. While driving behind my son coming home from marching band practice the first day of school, I watched as an impaired driver ran a stop sign and crashed into my 16yr old son at 50mph. It's the kind of thing no mother should ever have to see, let alone experience. The weeks that followed were some of the toughest I've ever endured. Once he healed enough, he had to begin physical therapy. It was so, so hard to see him in so much pain. He worked hard at therapy and the therapists were amazing. I'm happy to say he has made a good recovery and I'm grateful he is back to his ordinary teenage antics, hiking and camping.. What I will probably never recover from is my frustration with the insurance process - Don't even get me started!

Just two short weeks after the accident, we received the keys to our first retail store (because clearly I didn't already have enough to do!)! It had been a long time coming and was something I was super excited (and nervous) about. It too had it's bumps. And some are still lingering. But nothing easy is worth while. It's been a wonderful creative outlet for me. Creating displays is my favorite thing to do. We've been open three months now and I'm super excited for the plans I have in the new year. One of the biggest hurdles I've found has been to keep the space well stocked - I know, happy problem! The volume of antiques, vintage, upholstery and more vintage I have to source, buy, haul, sort and haul again would blow. your. mind. I truly love every moment, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit it's a bit much sometimes.. (More on that in a blog post coming soon...)

And finally, one of the biggest highlights of the year; my feature in Flea Market Home & Away magazine. It's still hard to believe! You can read more about it HERE.

Other random moments of 2019 include my interview with Liz Marie (SO fun and saved in my IG highlights HERE), being stuck in the Austin airport for eight hours with four of our kids and the power was out, the purchase of a new (to me) van - 15 passenger - Perfect for hauling said kids AND antiques :) Breaking down with said van on Halloween night, and the NKOTB concert with my sister-in-law.

What a year 2019. Thank you for the ups and downs, wins and losses. It's fun to look back at it all, reflect, learn and turn to look ahead... Jenni

2 comments


  • I am in my second year of a brick and mortar, Antique Garden Cottage, and still worry everyday about not having enough inventory, will my customers like what I buy, etc. it is a 24/7 365 labor of love. I can’t imagine doing subscriptions like you do on top of it all…kudos to you!!! I love seeing all your displays…inspiring to me! Congrats on your magazine feature. How excited you must have been! And , your son’s accident , that is a mother’s nightmare!! So glad he is doing well and back to being a teenager. Best of luck to you on your new venture!!

    Reen Letizio on

  • I am one of your 50 subscribers, and LOVE everything I have received. It’s as if you are reading my mind! I would love a little note included telling something about the item, the provenance, or a little something about the item. Please keep doing the subscriptions! I am so glad you son is doing well.
    Happy New Year!

    Debbie Williams on

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