Sunday, February 7, 2010

Almost ready for Customers!!

Almost ready.......... as you can see, I have my water wings and earplugs, not to mention the ever popular goggles ready for pool traffic. I sell lots of floating devices and dive sticks. The most important thing I have on hand are swim diapers. A must if you want to put your infant or toddler in my pool!
All my shelves have been cleaned and re-merchandised to my liking. I have fishing supplies and RV necessities just waiting to be put to good use.

This is some of the stained glass that is the hobby of love of my life. Well, used to be his hobby. I am thinking that plumbing and sewer adventures are his new and unfavorite hobby.


Short on space, I try to think outside the box to display items for sale. The stained glass is hanging behind the curtain, suspended by fishing line. My gourds are hanging in front of the curtain. These are gourds from two seasons ago. Last years gourds won't be ready until next season.

We are very fortunate to have talented seasonal campers to barter with. Tom and Martha do screen-printing and I gave her nothing to work with........... just said I wanted a frog incorporated into our logo. Can I just say that Martha and I are on the same wave-length? I love Martha ....... Tom is an okay guy, too!



I am not crazy about folding chairs ......... but we use what we have. I made cushions for them and my partner, Deb, found the table and surprised me with it this weekend! So, if you want to come in and have a cup of coffee and a game of checkers, we got ya covered!
I have painted and moved every item in this building since buying it. I have taken out walls, too. More than my husband is happy with. I can visualize what it will look like ..... he can't; or says he can't. That means he will not move the walls for me. Okay by me, because I have really honed my skills in the past 6 years. I can take sheet rock down so well that it can be re-used. I found the original architect's rendering of this park and what they were planning to do as a Safari Camp. It is a little beat up, it was shoved between some walls in the office that used to be closed off from the registration desk. It was very narrow and confining, dusty and claustrophobic and it stunk! The previous occupant was a heavy smoker and nicotine covered the walls (didn't save that sheet rock!). I made better use of the space and part of it is my sewing sanctuary.

Pretend that the plastic bottomed plants are not there. This counter is going to house the popcorn machine that will be self-serve. The microwave will also be there for your convenience should you want to nuke a corn dog or frozen sandwich. A little fridge with condiments will be under the counter. Paper product will be readily available as you fix your snack. (The air conditioner and plants will magically disappear ........)



Here sits the unmovable cigarette case. Holding books and other things that will be gone and it will be filled with all manner of unhealthy junk food that is in demand by the campers and swimmers. My big seller last year was Pop-Tarts! If you will recall they came out with flavors that had never been heard of, such as Vanilla Milkshake and Oreo Cookie. I did not find them to be to my liking, but, hey, they are fortified with 7 vitamins and minerals ......... SEVEN! Who am I to argue with nutrition? Pringles and Doritoes also went a little bonkers with new flavors. I remember when your choice of potato chip was regular or Ruffles. Then came BBQ and it has now evolved into sheer madness ..... but I digress.

There is a lot more to do and I will add photos for your viewing pleasure as I go. Erase those plants from your mind, they are just trying to make it through the winter............









14 comments:

luksky said...

Very crafty and creative!!! Your pics are so alluring...one of these days I will make it to Kan-Do. :-)

SkippyMom said...

We camp a lot as you know and although I have a strong aversion to pop tarts if I am unable to cook a camp breakfast I will pick up a box for the kidlets [a lil' treat] to have with milk/juice inside the tent [rain/cold/etc]

But I refuse to buy the ones with frosting. They are just disgusting. And pop tarts are NEVER bought at home.

Now, for potato chips? LOL - my kids love the salt/vinegar and the Chesapeake Old Bay Seasoning chips from UTZ [I think they are local] - so I will get them for their lunches.

Masala Chica said...

That looks awesome Kathy! I wish you were closer to where I live - I would love to take my kids to Kan-Do :-)

Kiran

ellen abbott said...

You are well on your way. It looks great. I'm sure you will have a busy season. In fact I am counting on it for my entertainment.

Whitney Lee said...

Talk about an incredible use of space! You are obviously well versed in how to use what you've got.

You and love of your life are quite the crafty couple, no? What a great way to share all your creative collections.

Thank you for the pictures. I now have a yen for popcorn:)

Karen said...

Lookin' Good, Kathy! That cigarette case looks like a hernia in the making...

Lorenza said...

I can see all the work you have been doing!
Junk food used to be my mom's favorite thing! Now... she tries to eat more healthy food but sometimes she can't resist a bag of Doritos!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Mamma has spoken said...

Wow you have been busy! Had to chuckle at the second picture and was glad that you said what and why was in it. It was fun to see all the pool items ready for sale, especially since they are calling for snow in my area....

Sandi McBride said...

Preparations are definitely in hand here! You amaze me Kath...you really do! I'm tired just going down the list of things you've been doing, lol...
xo
Sandi

Sunny said...

Hi Kathy, I love your store, it brings back memories of when I used to camp with my parents years ago.
I love the stained glass stars.
I hope the upcoming season will be good for you.
Sunny :)

Brian Miller said...

fun fun fun...if there was not so much snow on the ground...i would be loving camping. smiles.

Missy said...

Thanks for the lovely tour! Is there water yet?

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Sorry, forgot to report that I am now able to shower regularly and wash the dishes. The laundry remains a bit of a problem as he is still fixing the washer....... it works right now, but I am thinking from the looks of things that it is a tempory fix, since he is talking about rerouting the plumbing to my machine........ I am happy to have running water in any event!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

It looks great! You are quite talented with your painting, sewing, and sprucing up.