What inspired you to start your own business?
This is actually the second incarnation of my business. In 1993 my mother and I opened the first version, Handled With Care, together. The store then was a mix of collectibles, vintage clothing, and gaming. Within 6 months of us having the store my mother had a series of strokes and ended up unable to come into the shop. She’d always been the one into astrology, stones, tarot, etc. so I started adding a New Age section and used it as an incentive for her to work toward coming back.
Unfortunately life had other plans and my mother suffered a brain-stem CVA that never allowed her return to be possible and essentially stole away the person she was. She died in 2000 and 6 months later I had my first heart attack. I returned to my shop, and it gradually evolved, the collectibles faded away, as did the vintage clothing, Gaming and New Age became our main focus as we sold both through a storefront and through E-Bay. Then I had my second heart attack, almost a year to the day of my first. With the help of friends I stayed open, but my health began to decline. I was diagnosed with the first of two auto-immune disorders, and fibromyalgia, and other illnesses began to piggyback on them. The fight for disability began, and much to my dismay, they demanded I sell my business. I’d kept it for 11 years.
Now, 10 years later, rules have changed, to get my supplemental medical I must work, and Social Security says I’m allowed once more to have my business. I chose the name Sleipnir because to me, it signifies strength, and the ability to overcome anything, and in a way I have to get back to here, a store even smaller then what I had when my mother and I started all those years ago.
My shop is located in a newly created Mall. The building itself is a former Elementary School, and my rooms are the former Office and adjoining Principal’s Office. I also have my page on Facebook, and will ship items anywhere.
Do you offer wholesale or other programs?
At this time I do not have any self-made items in the shop, however that will change once I get my early 1900’s floor loom set-up and begin weaving on it. I read Tarot at the shop, and would also be willing to read via phone or online.
I offer the chance to sell on consignment in my store. I carry Pagan and Alternative Spirituality products. Artisans are paid through Paypal as the items sell. Artisans interested can contact me to discuss details.