Closing Down the Business…Kind Of…

Last week I shared that I got a job at our church.  Looking back, I know God was preparing me for this job all along.  From my experience with our past church, to the different ministries I’ve volunteered for, to my best friends… I know God had it all planned out long ago.  

So, why did I dream of starting my own business only to start it up and then close it down this weekend?

I’m not 100% sure I know the answer to that question, but what I do know is that I no longer dream to have my own business, and maybe, just maybe, that is the reason God allowed me to start up my business.  So that I could move on to what He had planned for my life.  Something greater…

So, this past weekend, I said goodbye to The Corner Cartel in Boerne where I was selling my furniture.

Was I sad?  

Maybe a little, but it wasn’t because I was no longer selling my furniture there, it was because I was going to miss the people I worked with.   In fact, when it came to the business part, I was a bit relieved.  

You see, as time went on, I started to look at the real cost involved in what I was doing, and tried to see if I was even making a profit.

For example… I might drive around town on Saturday, buy a dresser for $50, put in about 10-20 hours painting it with paint that costs $40 a PINT, pay $325 a month in rent, and drive 70 miles round trip 4 times a month to work at the store.. for free, and then charge $300 for that dresser only to be asked if I would take any less.  I’d say yes, because I would just need it gone, so I’d sell it for $275, and then give 10% to the store.  So, considering all of that, I’m not sure that I ever got ahead, or at least not far enough ahead to make anything substantial because I would have to take that profit and turn around and buy more furniture, paint, and pay the rent.

So basically, I was about ready to paint a sign like this one…

Plus, if you want to make money, then you need to have a lot of inventory in your space.  Well, that meant non-stop painting for me, and it was just getting to be too much.  

Now, will I still paint furniture, run the blog, and decorate?  ABSOLUTELY!  It’s what I love, but I’ve also fallen in love with you.   I love talking to you and reading your comments.  I love when I write something and you tell me it made your day, or it was just what you needed to hear that day.  I feel like you’re part of my family.

So, I hope that you’ll stick around.  I may only post once a week, but I hope you’ll be here to see what I’m up to.  

Much love,





My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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Texas gal, wife, mother to 2 boys, author behind the blog The Rustic Pig, business owner, antique lover, and Christ follower!

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  1. Well, I gotta say…I’m glad this wasn’t “I quit blogging” ’cause then I’d be really sad!! I am so glad you’ll be sticking around the blog world! And it sounds like quitting the business side of it is exactly what you need right now! I can tell you are at peace with your decision and that is what matters the most! Best wishes in your new endeavors! Lots of love, my dear friend!
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  2. Glad you are still going to post, I enjoy your creativity! It is a gift. It’ll be fun to see how God has you utilize your gifts and talents in your new position. Best wishes!
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  3. Makes perfect sense to me!! Dianntha
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  4. You know, Claire, sometimes we have to GET what we hoped for only to discover that is not what we really need. I do believe that God let you live “YOUR” dream for a while just so you (we) can see that it is not our real calling- Congratulations and good luck- xo Diana
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  5. I’m so happy for you that you are willing to follow God’s plan….although sometimes we are not able to see it very clear…until we are able to hand it ALL over to him. Nothing is ever written in stone and is just the path he has you on today…enjoy it! I’m glad you will still be posting and keeping in touch with us all…..I love hearing from you! xoxo
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  6. I’m so glad you’ve found your calling and are happy and content where life is leading you! I am sorry, though, I never made it over to the shop to meet you and say hi! I’d still love to do lunch sometime and I look forward to keeping up with you on your blog! Good luck with your new adventure!~~Angela
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  7. Oh Claire, this is beautiful. I’m overwhelmed time and time again every time I’m able to see clearly see the path the Lord has set for me. It’s always wonderful when we can look back on obstacles, hard times or hard choices and have total peace with what we have done because we can see what God has done to get us to that point. I wish you happiness! Keep us posted on how it’s going. I look forward to your posts. Have a great day.
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  8. I love seeing God’s design all over a situation and knowing you were obedient in each situation. I just read in Jesus Calling today how we seek God in the crisis but then it’s the everyday where we lose sight of Him. So glad that you can see His love throughout!
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  9. Debra Andrada says:

    It’s not as easy as some might think, being creative, running a business, etc. I’ve never done it, but admire those who do…and I think it is crazy that people do ask for less on something that you’ve worked very hard restoring and even making better then the original. God bless you and I do believe that he sends us to where we truly need to go, if we believe and have faith – everyday!
    You will do great and still be able to give us our needed design-fix now and again! Blessings!

  10. Claire, it sounds like you are not only following your heart, but following where God is leading you! I’m so glad you will continue to blog b/c you were one of my first blog friends and I’ve so enjoyed getting to “know” you through your posts! Plus you are so creative and I love being inspired by you! Blessings in all God has in store for your future, friend!
    Hugs, Cindy
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  11. You have just affirmed why I answer “never” when someone asks me “when are you going to start your own business”? Not many understand the time and work that go into restoring and/or painting a piece. Best of luck in your new job – I’ll look forward to future posts. 🙂

  12. That’s the beauty of blogging………it’s your blog and you can talk about whatever you want, haha…..
    glad to hear you are at peace with all of life’s changes. I’m sure your customers will be sad to see your beautiful treasures no longer featured in the shop, but sometimes we let our hobbies become a “job” and then they are NO FUN. Keeping things fun and relaxing is what I want out of my redoing of stuff. I have a fulltime job at a hospital, so I didn’t need another one. I only “redo” when I WANT TO. 🙂
    Enjoy this new chapter!
    and we’ll all still be around to see/hear what you’ve got going on. 🙂

  13. Claire,

    I greatly respect your decision and, even more, your explanation of just how hard it is, and how much effort it takes, to go into business and sustain it. Your words serve as a reminder to all of us who might fantasize about taking the same path. Best wishes to you in your new work!

  14. Hope you don’t mind, but I think I will unsubscribe now, and can’t figure out how to do it. Can you unsubscribe me?

  15. Best of luck to you and your new journey.. Ill still be stopping by, business or not.
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  16. I know you are going to be so much happier, Claire! I can’t imagine the stress of always having to crank of furniture for a shop. Now you can do it at your leisure, still make money doing what you love. And OF COURSE I’ll be here to hear all about it! Hugs friend!

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