the gift shop.

About a month ago Sarah tagged along with me on a trip to a local gift store. It was her first time in that particular shop and she walked around with wide-eyed wonder, admiring all the displays of fancy things. When we got back into the car, purchases in tow, Sarah announced, “Mom, I can make that in my room.”

Of course, I thought she was talking about one of the little trinkets she might have seen in the store. But, no. Not Sarah Cobb. She meant the store. The entire store. She was quite sure she could reproduce the entire thing in her bedroom. Out of cardboard, of course. She worked over the next three weeks toward the Grand Opening of “The Sarah Barah Gift Shop.” Which happened to correspond nicely with the grand opening of the Erin Cobb Photography Cottage. You know what they say about the apple and tree.

After canvasing two entire neighborhoods with invitations Sarah officially opened her shop from 11-6 (give or take) a couple of Saturdays ago. We were lucky to have Lucas and Axel in town for a visit so not only did Sarah have built in shoppers, she also had employees.

The kiddos were elated when the shoppers started to arrive.

“Baby Jenny” (who is not such a baby anymore) comes from some serious shopping stock. She was a big spender.

She also developed a major crush on fellow shopper, Miss LeeLee, who purchased a new cash register for Lyn’s Gracious Goodness.

Of course, Sarah and Ephraim demanded equal time with their sweet buddy…

And then the shopping continued. Miss Lacy stocked up on art for baby Arden’s nursery,

while Miss Arlana got herself some new bling.

In the end, after paying her employee and counting her bills our little entrepreneur had about twelve bones in her pocket. Which to a six year old = RICH.

Who knows what she’ll think up next.

But heaven help me if it includes mass quantities of cardboard.

JoAnn M.October 18, 2012 - 4:47 pm

This has got to be one of my favorites. I love the ingenuity and spunk Sarah has along with being so cute!

DelanieOctober 18, 2012 - 4:57 pm

I have such a wonderful feel-good mood after reading this. Not only from hearing about your incredible Sarah, but the kind and generous community you are a part of and value so much. Thank you.

HeatherOctober 23, 2012 - 9:23 am

Reposting this comment on your latest blog post hoping you will see it!!

Any chance you will be holding a sale for your Clean Color workflow anytime soon? I am interested in purchasing it for my best friend who’s birthday is in early December. Absolutely love you and Karen Russell. I wish you had been working with her when I took her class … would have loved the chance to learn from you. Thank you!!!

erin cobbOctober 25, 2012 - 7:12 am

Hi Heather! Actually I just created a discount code for Jennifer McGuire’s readers that’s good through the end of November. Just INK for $20 off either version. Will email you right now too. =)

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