A few times a year, I travel to various places in the world to help bring in fresh merchandise to the store. I love being able to find new one-of-a-kind pieces that tell a story. When a customer takes this piece of art into their home, it’s not only exciting for me, but they always seem to be so happy with their purchase. I like to believe it’s not only because they like the way their house looks now, but because they love bringing in the story of the piece to their home.
Back in February, I had the opportunity to travel back to Turkey to find some great merchandise for the gallerie. I walk through the shops where they’re carried and become filled with the excitement of knowing that more stories are to come. As I look at each piece, one by one, the producers of the pieces tell me about what I’m looking at, and I absorb it like a sponge. How exciting is it that this art of handcrafted items is still alive and well?