I was so upset recently when I found out Small Circle would be closing its doors. Their shop was ruined when the pipes above froze and burst shortly after the holidays.
When Sarah Memoli initially contacted me through Etsy and inquired as to whether or not I would be interested in placing my handmade items in their store for the grand opening two years ago I was really excited. It was wonderful getting to know her and her husband John and sharing their passion for local, small-business products. I hope they open another location!
A bunch of my things got ruined in all the water from the pipes, but we still had some leftovers to pick up. We came home with a load of unsold things. Shortly after that we picked up some more of our things from Whimsies; they didn’t sell as well as we had hoped and the driving distance wasn’t economical. I was so disappointed with the whole endeavor but decided to look into a lead that Andrea at Whimsies had given me.
She told me about a new place called Tula Tinkers in Richmond. After a few e-mails back and forth with Alyssia, the owner, Phil and I drove there today to “hawk our wares,” as I like to say. It was so nice to meet her and browse all the interesting treasures. It’s small, but the space is really maximized and has an eclectic array of items. Tula Tinkers features over forty local artists (yay!), they have a variety of unique, locally handmade crafts, jewelry, gifts and more.
Alyssia loved our items and took the majority of them – keep your fingers crossed that people will love them and her shop will do well! Shortly after arriving home I got an e-mail from her that a couple things already sold! If you’re in the area, check them out; there’s always a holiday, birthday, anniversary, some sort of special occasion or “just because” around the corner!