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Secret Haven Estate Sale

The estate sale was supposed to be November 15-17 but it was rescheduled to December 6-8.   Some times clients need to change things and some times things happen that we weren’t expecting.

In the meantime, we are setting up another estate in Oak Ridge, TN and that has to be done ASAP.  Hardly any time to get it ready, but it should go by quickly then we will resume Secret Haven posts.

This also gives me time to get all the videos uploaded because I’m WAY behind.  Things are moving quickly because not only do we have two estate sales to set up for, but we are also gutting Our Little Coffee House of everything.   We’re reopening in May and we have a different theme we’re working on.

Coffee house, meet homestead.  Homestead, meet coffee house.  We’re putting a coffee house on the homestead so we can have the best of both worlds.

This morning, Wesley, Matthew and I distributed wood chips from a large pile at Our Little Homestead.  Everything was frosted over and we wanted to skip the wood chips and get right to the estate sale set up, but we are keeping on schedule.

Here’s our plan:

Do a quick project at the Clinton homestead (Our Little Homestead), which is the same property as Our Little Coffee House.  Currently, the project is distribute the many piles of wood chips because the gardens have to be ready for February.

Then, after we finish wood chips, we head to Secret Haven and work.

Then we head to the Oak Ridge estate and work the remainder of the day.

Then we head back to Secret Haven and take care of the animals before heading back to Our Little Homestead for the night.

Rinse and repeat.

Why don’t we just stick to one place, you might ask?

Animals, I tell ya!  It’s the animals!  The Secret Haven estate has animals on it and we are the care takers of them, and the property.

I look at this way.  When we’re done, we will have two homesteads, a coffee house and a market garden if all goes well.  Sooner or later, we will get done.  We may have another estate sale coming up in Andersonville, but no contract yet.

We’ll put the Oak Ridge gallery up on our Estate Freedom site on Sunday.   It’s a downsize, so it’s not a large estate.  We squeezed it in on our schedule because the client needed help right away.

I long to see the Secret Haven property with nothing in the yard.  Right now, it’s getting set up for an estate sale and we have things staged all over the place. I really want to sit by the pond in Spring, watching the garden grow.

Our Business Model

A man’s heart plans his way, But יהוה establishes his steps. ~Proverbs 16:9

Continued from our Project Plan series.

Even though we are working with three very different industries, they all have at least two things in common.

  1. Business management
  2. Project management

It does appear that the industries we are in are not connected, but they are. Before I get into our business model, I would like to explain, briefly, how Wesley and I ended up where we are today.

Our business ventures in a nut shell

In 2008, we liquidated the contents of a friend’s home in Georgia during the Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae fallout era. At that time, we didn’t know what we were doing was an actual industry. That is, until we visited my mother in Tennessee about a month later.

We were asked if we wanted to work with an estate liquidator while we were on vacation and since it was a company my sister worked for, we thought it would be fun to help. The estate sale was in Oak Ridge and it was about a negative 4 degrees and we were freezing! Wesley and I spent [Click headline title to read more…]

Our Vision Defined

Our vision is to open a coffee house, on a homestead that has a market garden, supplying affordable nutrition to our customers. There is a stage for musicians, and a koi pond park where people can sit on porch swings and fellowship with each other. Booth tents are set up along the walkway on Homestead Day and people can sample local produce, baked goods and made from scratch meals that are seasonal. Locals can bring their homestead crafts and other products to sell.

Writing down our vision was the first step, but defining it, simply, like above, has been the most difficult part of coming up with a project plan that can be followed.

I have a love / hate relationship with Pinterest.

Let’s say I want to build a chicken coop. I do a search on chicken coops and find a really neat looking one that is on Pinterest, for instance. No problem. Click the image and off I go to Pinterest. That’s where the real issues begin with me.

That coop looks nice! But then Pinterest shows you at least 20 more coops that are equally as nice, and then [Click headline title to read more…]

Step 1 – Write Down The Vision

Every project starts with an idea. It doesn’t matter if it’s a loaf of bread or the tallest building in the world. Someone got an idea of what would be a tasty loaf of bread and they penned out a recipe. Someone got an idea of what would be an incredible building, and they created a plan. It was 2008 that Wesley and I sat down in a coffee house in Macon, Georgia, and we jotted down our idea for a homestead and a coffee house, even though neither one of us was serious.

It was about nine years ago that Wesley Crawford and I sat in Joshua Cup, a small coffee house in Macon, Georgia, and began hashing out plans that I didn’t understand why we were even making the plans.

I didn’t understand the plans because it was not the direction I wanted to go. It certainly was not Wesley’s direction either, and perhaps he was only helping me with the plans to be supportive.

We spent many hours…countless hours…at the coffee house; and a lot of times we would be leaving while the coffee house was closing. Granted, we were not the type [Click headline title to read more…]

Trip to Knoxville Zoning

It’s not a good idea for Wesley or me to drive to Knoxville. We are better suited for small towns and country roads. Nonetheless, we are getting initiated in to life in a big city. The hard way…

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  1. Add all the September and October journal entries.

  2. Member page.

  3. Set up Market Garden section.

  4. Finish adding content to the Action Plan.

  5. Add inspiration photos to the action plan > to schedule

  6. Set up bee binders.