Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Walters.
Hi Jamie, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
My story started as a hobby but love for interior design and faux finishes. My son was very ill as a young boy and having a booth at Chesterfield Antique Mall was my creative outlet. It was my “me time” and a way to make a little extra money. I love home decor and to create vignettes! Along the way, I have met such amazing people. I stepped away for a couple years to help manage another store locally and work on design. Several years later I have returned to Chesterfield Antique Mall to manage the store for the past year. We have 75 vendors and artists that I get the pleasure of working with daily. I love my CAM family and love what I do!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has been a journey! Definitely a labor of love trying to figure out price points, visual merchandising, social media, and what is trending. My love for European Design is always my inspiration when I paint furniture and buy home decor to sell. It’s hard to let go of merchandise sometimes after you have created something amazing. In the end, you are happy when a customer loves what you have created and sees your vision.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I manage a vendor-based store for a local small business. We specialize in antiques, vintage, DIY, crafts, apparel, wholesale, repurposed, etc. You name it we probably have it somewhere in the store. The store is a marketplace for the local community. If you love and support small local business, we are your store. From the time you walk in the front door, you will always be welcomed. We appreciate each of our customers. Every day is a new and exciting day! When I come to work every day, I never know what my day will look like that day. So, it’s always an adventure.
Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
Yes! Everyone has a story and a way to connect to one another. Throughout Covid, the store has been open daily. Customers were really sometimes just looking for a way to get out and talk. When you walk through the store you sing along to the music and take a stroll down memory lane. You forget about Covid for just a moment! The store is huge so there is plenty of social distancing. Life is precious so you should always try to do things that inspire you.
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