Our journey started in September 2013 when I had the desire to start my own custom home decor business. When I opened The Shabby Store, I supported all International Sales for a major medical device company during the day, and then shifted gears to focus all my energy on my Etsy shop at night. My first goal was to grow the business just enough for me to leave the corporate world within a year.
After 10 months, I reached the point where I could not handle everything on my plate. I decided, with the support of my husband Steve, to leave my corporate career to focus on The Shabby Store full-time.
The next step was to move into a bigger work space. With my dad's help (thanks Dad!) we overhauled our basement to meet our growing needs, even installing a custom paint booth, office, and shipping station. These changes were not only necessary, but also allowed me to save time and focus more on your needs.
It was just a matter of time until we would need more space and extra help managing all the demands of a growing e-commerce business; after all, the shop is open 24 hours a day! We soon realized that a basement is not the most ideal space for a business. In November 2016, we bought a new house and spent two months renovating every square inch. The property fits all of our needs and we now have the shop in the attached in-law suite. Lisa, our part time assistant, was hired in March 2017 to help with order volume. Steve helps part time with all administrative tasks (it only makes sense since he is an Excel wizard).
We soon expanded into more marketplaces and orders from multiple sites every day keep us on our toes. We process hundreds of orders every week from customers all over the world.
Our busiest year so far was 2020 with the spike in online ordering. We saved up enough money to purchase a second home in the Pocono Mountains and turned it into an Airbnb. Our second business, Pocono Homesteads, was created to manage the rental and all future Pocono ventures. Our Airbnb has been a huge hit in the area and still remains one of the highest rated and consistentley booked Airbnb's in the Poconos. Guests are appreciating all the attention to detail that we added and also all the fun bonuses that come with the house (35+ arcade games, foosball table, 3 kayaks, sports equipment, and lots of other goodies). And we are also Airbnb Superhosts!
Now each day we get up, start the coffee, put on the best music, and tackle managing The Shabby Store and Pocono Homesteads. We love what we do and we feel honored to help our customers fall in love with the place that they call home.
Thank you so much for your continued support!