Eclectica is closing. Yes, there will be a sale.
It’s time to be honest. I’m going to say this quickly and get it out there and then do some explaining.
Eclectica will be closing for regular business after February 29th.
There are many reasons why I’m closing (that I will try to go into in more depth below) but the chief reasons include my health and happiness and that of my family.
It’s easiest to explain in an FAQ format, so here goes:
When is the sale you mentioned?
Beginning today, February 20th, everything in the shop is 40% off. Everything. Next week (Feb 27-29) it will all go to 50% off until it’s mostly gone. I’ll also sell fixtures and displays etc. if something catches your eye. Make me an offer. 💸
What about if I have a gift card balance?
You may use your gift card at the Eclectica shop through the end of the month. After that, you may use it with Sennit + Sauvage online or at a show in the future. If neither option appeals or is feasible, email me and we’ll discuss: allyson@eclecticaSTL.com
Are you quitting art entirely?
Sennit + Sauvage will continue on in a limited capacity after I take a bit of time off. I will likely still have the space at 3189 S Grand for a while as a studio and will hopefully have some hours by appointment in the future. I will also keep you updated if we decide to popup or do a show later this Spring.
For now, I don’t want to make promises that I may not be able to keep. I need some time off and away from the whole situation for my health, clarity, and to hopefully feel inspired again. I will let you know when and if I’m back. (Friends, please don’t call/text/email to ask if I’m okay. It’s not you, it’s me. I just want some space. I will reach out when/if the mood strikes. Thanks for the respect.)
Are you okay, Allyson?
Yes, and no. I’m dealing with health issues related to taking immunosuppressants for my liver transplant for the last 15+ years. You may have heard me say that I need new guts? Well, I’ve had some of them in for maintenance and warranty work and now have other complications. Long story; shortened, I don’t feel good at all much of the time. Will that change any time soon? I don’t know, which is partly why I’m closing the shop.
I’m also dealing with some pretty severe depression. I’m really disillusioned and don’t feel inspired in the slightest. And honestly, I’m tired. My core customers never really jumped on the Eclectica bandwagon. Many loyal customers (for years and years) have never set foot in the store at all. Whether that’s because of location or something I’ve done, I guess I’ll never know.
Lastly, I’m sick of defending myself and my artistic “turf” and dealing with backstabbing and gossip from others in the STL retail and artisan community. A battle-hardened sales rep told me I needed to have a thicker skin to make it in retail. I guess I don’t want a thicker skin. I value honesty and integrity and I don’t think I should have to compromise my values or sell out to beat my competition when I really don’t care about winning. 🤷🏻♀️ I’m tired of getting my feelings hurt just because I have feelings.
Isn’t this the second time this has happened?
Yes, for those following along, this is the second time I’ve fallen on my face less than a year into a retail business. Oops, I did it again. But, guess what: Failure is normal and it’s okay. (More than 20% of small businesses fail in their first year and the fail stats increase as the years do.) I guess I’m just an overachieving underachiever. 🤓
**Questions about logistics and timeline are welcome. Questions or comments about why and how and your/my feelings about it all are not. allyson@eclecticaSTL.com
Now come buy all this cool stuff before it’s gone! 40% off everything starts NOW!