MEET THE OWNER!
My name is Amber! You could say I have always been a crafter, pretty artistic and the do it yourself "aka" DIY'er type. I am also pretty sure you can label me a Type A personality, but I think I might have touches of Type B and C too... is there a Type C? Well, if there was a type C I would probably be that too! You know I prefer to be the "behind the scenes person". How in the world can all those things mesh well?! Somehow they do.
You know, I think I am a total introvert at times, but I have been known to be rather talkative once you get to know me. I tend to get excited and over the top about my "passions". I get nervous easily and I tend to be very self conscious, self critical and second guess myself. I guess you can say that is pretty normal for most people. However, I assure you I am far from normal.... Really, I mean it! Just ask my family! Everything I do is always well thought out, I am a thinker and one who thinks outside the box. I guess it is safe to say that the wheels in my head are always turning!
Let me tell you a little more about me. I am a Christian! A wife and mom to 3 boys! I live in the small town of Rincon, GA. This is where our 1st location started! Recently we moved our store to our local Tanger Outlet Mall in Pooler GA! Dream come true I tell you! If you come in the store (The Rusty Nail Home Market) you will see me, my mom and "sometimes" my husband and my children there. While I do own the business, it is very much a family operation!
I started my journey just a little over 6 years ago. Just painting furniture I picked up off the street, a yardsale page or a classified site. Then I decided to haul home some free pallets I found leaned up against a dumpster. I tore them apart in the sweltering hot July heat in Southeast Georgia... What was I thinking? Right? Well I was determined to take trash and turn it into something beautiful! My hauls quickly went from a "garage" business to 4 booths. I called my micro-business "The Rusty Nail". I was flourishing in 1 store and consigning in another. This was also while I custom built furniture for clients on the side. Needless to say I have been doing this ever since. I decided right away "if I am going to do this, I am going to do it big" and here we are! I have learned alot over the past 5+ years. Many triumphs and many failures. Lots of blood, sweat and tears!
May of 2016 I had a decision to make, after the store that I had 4 booths in abruptly announced it was closing. I had a decision to make, go out of business or start the journey towards my dream. I decided to make the BIG SCARY DECISION and I opened my own store. I mean it, it was one of the scariest things I have ever done. So In June of 2016 I took possession of a retail store front that had to be totally overhauled! We had demo work, build out work,and I had to find vendors to rent booths too! I put all my savings into opening the store. 6 weeks straight I worked day and night (sometimes all night). My husband poured sweat after working his day job helping me with everything! We did every single bit of the demo and build out ourselves. I advertised and filled my vendor booths with local people like me and we opened up Aug 1st 2016.
I know what your thinking... I have owned my store just under 2 years, what do I know? I know alot. I know what to do, what not to do and what to pay someone else to do. I learned it all from others smarter than myself. I found a mentor who was not a local, and traveled 11 hours to meet her and for her to coach me and tell me the truth. Then I had remembered I had liked this woman's page several months back and for the life of me I could not remember her name, but I knew she was a smart savvy business lady from her videos. I went searching looking up crazy search terms trying to find her and jog my memory. Finally I found her. Jennifer Allwood. Bam! Instantly I determined in my mind I needed a lady like her to tell it like it was. And she did. I have been one of her biggest fans ever since. She has been a true blessing to my business.
There have been many highs and many lows but in the end God has blessed me, my family and my business far beyond what I could have ever expected. I opened the store with only the faith that HE would open doors that I could walk through and be a light to others. I am not a perfect light! Far from it, but I live each day trusting that God is my provider, my protector, my redeemer and my strong tower!
In February of 2018 I knew it was time to take my business to the next level. After much prayer I decided it was time to move our store. After weeks of negotiating we finally signed our lease on our new location. Suite 729 at the Tanger Outlets in Pooler GA! We closed our old store and opened the new location on July 14th 2018. Another big scary thing! We did it all over again, we worked our tails off day and night to get our new location at Tanger open and I am absolutely so proud of our new store. It is a one of a kind store for sure. There is no store like ours in any Tanger Outlet in the USA! We hope that changes one day and our store inspires someone else to step out bold and in faith! If you are in the Savannah/Hilton Head area please stop by our new store.
God has given me a great platform and the honor of influencing 27,000 (and growing daily) people over on my facebook page, and 2700+ on Instagram (yeah, I am working on that one). I have always been a "facebook junkie". I look at social media as a huge platform that God has given me to reach out to women (men too) sharing the beautiful things in the store alongside inspiring them with helpful information to assist them in creating a beautiful home.
I have had the pleasure of teaching other store owners the in's and out's of business ownership. I mentor people who are just starting out with a booth, I also mentor seasoned vendors and invest in them to keep growing. I also show people how to paint furniture and make amazing things. I have a really fun job! I am really just paying it forward by sharing with others the things that God has given me the ability to learn and do. My journey still has a long road ahead and I hope that you will join me as I continue to grow and learn.
I recently put my online creative group and my coaching groups on hold while we transition. That involces Workshops, DIY Tutorials, Home Styling Tips and Small Creative Business Coaching. "The Makery VIP" monthly membership group is currently closed. We will feature snipets of "The Makery" on our store facebook page as well. "The Makery" is a DIY studio we have created in a section of our store where we will MAKE all types of things and share them with our members and followers. We will be sharing helpful content with all of our followers. If you want to know more about "The Makery VIP" just follow this link and you can learn all about it.
My coaching group "The Creative Inner Loop" is currently closed. I do offer one on one coaching if you ever need that service please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I think it is safe to say that all in all, I am a real life person who lives day to day just like everyone else. I am just doing what God has gifted me to do each and every day.
I love Jesus, and my family more than anything in the world! Well... and coffee....... I love coffee too!
XOXO - Amber