Dara & DawnMarie navigating owning a shop

Navigating the Rollercoaster: The WTF's and Rewards of Running a Consignment Shop

Introduction to The R.A.K Shop

Hey there! Can we just take a moment to chat heart-to-heart? Today, we're baring our souls and sharing the unfiltered story of what it's really like to run our little consignment shop on Whyte Ave. 

The Start of Our Journey at The R.A.K Boutique

When we think back to the beginning, it's like a messy blur. Two dreamers diving headfirst into the wild world of entrepreneurship. It was exhilarating, sure, but it was also like navigating a maze blindfolded. From the get-go, we've been learning as we go, stumbling over obstacles, and picking ourselves up with scraped knees and bruised egos. Oh the egos, they needed to be checked at the door.

You see, when we made the bold decision to open our shop in less than 24 hours, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Zero experience, zero clue. It's been a rollercoaster of trial and error, of throwing ideas at the wall and seeing what sticks. And let us tell you, not everything sticks. In fact, what sticks today might not stick tomorrow, and that's been one hell of a lesson in resilience.

But beyond the business challenges, there have been personal sacrifices too. Tough conversations, sleepless nights, and moments of doubt that threatened to swallow us whole. We've missed out on family & friend time, on cheering at football games, watching our kids shine at dance competitions, and even helping our kids move apartments and into a new city. Friend dates, camping trips, and always arriving late to birthday celebrations...so many things.

And then there's the pressure to stay relevant on social media, to churn out content like a content-making machine, and to always be "on." Spoiler alert: we're not always "on." Sometimes, we're tired, and that's okay. We're slowly learning to give ourselves permission to rest, to recharge, and to come back stronger.

But amidst the chaos and the challenges, there have been moments of accelerated growth. Like the time we realized that not everyone is going to give us their blessing, and you know what? That's okay. It was a tough pill to swallow, but it taught us the importance of staying true to ourselves, even when the world tells us otherwise. And let us tell you, some folks in the world were definitely telling us otherwise haha

And then there are the blessings. Creating something beautiful and watching people fall in love with it. Customers that become friends. Personal growth that stretches us beyond our comfort zones. And let's not forget about the incredible community makers who trust us to showcase their creations. These are the moments that make it all worthwhile. The moments that remind us why we started this crazy journey in the first place.

And you know what? We think we're making our kids proud. Watching their moms choose to fight and show up every day, even when it's tough—that's a blessing we hold dear to our hearts.

So here's to embracing the messiness of it all, the highs and the lows, the challenges and the rewards. Here's to being vulnerable, to being honest, and to showing up, even when it's hard. And here's to you, dear friends, for being a part of our journey. We couldn't do it without you.

With all our love,

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