The ABC Market is 3 years old!!

I cannot believe that it has been three years since the ABC Market became a reality! I am so grateful to each of you for your continued support in allowing me to chase my dream. Three years ago I had no idea that this business would be where it is today. I wanted to share some of the amazing things that have happened over the last few years and what I have learned along the way.

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I have always loved reading and sharing what books I am loving at the moment but this business has really shaped me into an absolute lover of finding new and interesting books. I have learned to pick up books that I never would have picked up three years ago. I have read historical fiction, autobiographies, and I even have a goal of reading 45 books this year. I just finished my 8th book of the year and I happy knowing how much I am learning from all the authors!

Photo by my talented friend Emma McMahan Photography

Photo by my talented friend Emma McMahan Photography

The second topic I want to talk about is community. Owning your own business can be lonely. I was used to going into an office everyday and being around people. If I wanted to stay in my pajamas all day, no one would know!! Over these years, I have met and have been encouraged by so many other women entrepreneurs. In the city of Cincinnati, there are remarkable things happening. There are a multitude of creative forces and at the core they are women owned businesses. I am so happy to be in the company of these driven women because I have learned so much. I have been able to grow my business with the help of other business owners with the in person events that I sell my goods through. With these wonderful connections, I have had my products in local stores, had pop up shops, sold my items in big holiday shows at convention centers and so much more.

I want to say thank you to all the people I have met because whether you know it or not, I am so thankful for you and your willingness to help!

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Another amazing discovery has been that I actually am somewhat artistic. I have never really thought about myself as an artistic person. I have always been drawn to interior design and color but that was where it really ended. I used to always joke that I couldn’t even draw a straight line when I tried to draw something! Throughout the last 3 years, my creative and artistic seed has blossomed and I am really proud of myself. I have been able to create the designs for my book folding, photograph each and every product in my shop, design spaces in flea markets, vintage markets and holiday markets. I have helped design photo shoots, pick out products, helped develop products and so much more. If this job has taught me anything, it is that I can really push myself out of my comfort zone and I will be okay and actually enjoy it!

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The last and biggest thing that the last three years that this business has created for me is a fire within. I am determined. I am determined to create great products, I am determined to develop relationships that are meaningful, I am determined to further educate myself in my business and I am determined to love the work that I do everyday. With the support and help from my husband, I have been able to create a business that I truly love and I am so excited to see what year 3 has in store for The ABC Market.

Thank you so much again for following along on my journey!!

xo,

Allison