Saturday, August 11, 2012

~ Shop Update ~

Hi everyone, I can't believe it's been so long since I've done a post. Have you missed seeing my smiling face and posts? I've missed you all terribly. The shop redo has taken a tad longer than I thought it would. No surprise there, you know how it is an hour job usually takes 2 to 3, something always comes up.

The move in of the product from the pods was interesting and we'll leave it at that. I'm not sure why men think they have to be in an all fire hurry to get things done. I think I said over a dozen times you all need to slow down, I was told they were under a deadline. Deadline my foot, this is after they showed up 4 hours late. Pleeeaaasssseee! Once they left I got started immediately unpacking almost 400 boxes of product. The sound of shattered glass, the clinking of metal hammered my ears through out the first evening and didn't quit until all of the boxes were unpacked. The damage continued from there, tops of tables scratched, bottoms of  display pieces split, the new flooring in the bathroom doesn't meet the wall, and there's a huge spot as you come in the door. Dave the carpet man couldn't get the spot out, there are new guys coming down on Monday to address these issues as well as a few others. It would have been nice if everything ran smoothly, it hasn't. Oh and by the way the pods are still here. Can you believe that? Yes, sitting right out in front, can't tell you how many calls I get asking if I've closed, if I'm moving or can you tell me what's going on. I finally used my "firm" voice on Friday we'll see if they get them out of here today as promised. I hate being treated stupid because I'm a woman.

My biggest mistake was letting the adjuster talk me into using their companies to do the work, instead of my local contractors. He assured me it would be easier for me, less hassle. I can't say WRONG loud enough or strong enough. If you ever have an insurance claim don't ever and I mean ever listen to them. Use or own local contractors, keep the money in your area. Your local contractors care about taking care of you right, they have to see you on a daily basis, they want their names carried out into the community in a good light. I have to say I don't care if I ever lay eyes on these guys again after the issues are dealt with, I kick myself every night for not listening to my instincts.

On a happier note, good things do come out of bad, I've gotten tons of organizing done, loads of things thrown out. The "war" room/work/storage room is ALL organized, I still have some painting of a few things to do, but what a pleasure it is to walk in that room now. I can actually find things, everything is neat and organized and I'm not embarrassed for someone else to see my work area. I still have quite a few things I want to do to the shop, all in good time. You know after all Rome wasn't built in a day.
I'll be posting pictures soon to share, I'm so proud of the transformation so far, it's not the Ritz but it is my little jewel box and I love coming down each day to go to work.
hugs ~lynne~
~ Update ~
  As I was finishing up this post they pulled in to pick up the pods. Yay!
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Glenda/MidSouth said...

I am sorry you have had to deal with incompetent help. Hope you are taking care of yourself during all this.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh how exciting to finally be getting things done. So sorry for all the problems with things broken and just not right. Hopefully it will all get fixed. Hugs, Marty

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

OMG Lynne! I sure feel for you hearing broken glass, etc. I am glad they finally got the Pods out of there and hope you are able to get back to business asap!

Take care,

Salmagundi said...

You've worked so hard -- hope everything goes smoothly from now on! Sally

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

GOOD GRIEF!!! You have been through a BIG HASSLE!!!!! I am so sorry. You are working too hard, girl. 400 boxes???? I am sorry for all the issues, I will remember your advice to only use local contractors if we have to. Wish I was closer, I always LOVE your merchandise. Hope Mr. P. is doing OK. XO, Piny

On Crooked Creek said...

Hi, Lynne! Although I haven't walked in your former employeer did. When I read the part about organizing your work area...I remember helping with that in her business! Of course, the same day we tore apart a huge merchandizing display and then had customers in we hadn't seen for weeks...sales were good...but by the time I was to leave it pretty much looked like a BOMB had gone off in the back part of the store. I clocked out...but REFUSED to leave. I told her...I'm NOT leaving you with this disaster! An hour and a half later, things were picked up and put away. She held me close as I walked out the door and said," I can never, ever repay you for all your hard work." I smiled and replied,' just did." Hope things get resolved where claims are concerned! I'll be back soon...I like what I'm seeing!!! Much success!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lynne! Yes, I've missed you but I knew you were being very busy! Sorry about your workers. I know you've worked so hard to get everything back in order. Can't wait to see your shop!
Get some rest tomorrow.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Rooms by Ann said...

Hi Lynne, so glad you're back. I am so sorry about all the problems, I know all too well about contractors.. I can't wait to see more.

bee bon said...

I kept checking in knowing one of these days you would have something to show and tell!

You can put it all behind you now and keep us happy with your photographs and stories.

love bee xxx

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