Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The End of an Era

It's the end of an era at Fort Plain Antiques. Chris, the handsome bachelor antique dealer, married this network minion of blogging fame.

Mr. and Mrs. Takacs

Under sunny skies,  in August, Mr. & Mrs. Takacs lovingly took their vows in front of family and friends.

The vintage place settings for the wedding were supplied by none other than Fort Plain Antiques!

The magical moment lasted so briefly, after a few months of anxiety-ridden planning and saving. A short honeymoon trip to Maine followed, with treasured quiet moments at the sea.

Lighthouse - East Boothbay Harbor Maine

It felt so good, this joining of our lives! Now the dream fog has lifted, and we are settling down to this new path that we have chosen together. 
Chris has been busy getting back into the swing of things at the store. It has been a long summer of bargain hunting amidst all the wedding prep, and there is a nice stockpile of vintage merch ripe and ready for autumn harvest. It's such a frenzy in the summer, with plentiful village-wide sales and opportunities around every corner. The aisles in the shop are lined with boxes full of items that have too long hidden from the public's view. With all the extra activity this past season, things have piled up and together we are devising plans on how to empty these boxes and fill those shelves. To top it all off, Fall has arrived and cooler days mean we all are getting ready for the winter season ahead. The list of tasks that must be done grows longer as the days grow shorter!
aisles chock full and packed with stuff!
I have always wanted to help Chris with the store, but I already have a full-time job and teach part-time on top of it. We are working to change that, and I will be adding Fort Plain Antiques to my list of steady employers. There's a lot of work there for one man and there's never a day off for Chris. When I think about my new role as his wife, I think of the ways that I can help with the store, like dusting and cleaning, watching the store so we can expand the hours, helping with displays and holiday items, organizing...the list goes on and on. With some additional help, Chris will have more time to find unique stuff! And I hope to fill in some of the gaps, so he can sleep better at night and not worry about the store and this heavy load as much.
Things are bound to change at Fort Plain Antiques. I can't wait to see what happens next.