A Family Business

If I could no longer work in the book industry I think I would probably look into opening a business with my sister or maybe taking over my dad’s old business which fell to the way side.

For years my older sister and I have talked, dreamed, and planned to open a business of out own. We wanted a little shop that would sell clothes similar to what you can find at the Pyramid Collection. We love the bohemian, romantic, gothic, gypsy inspired clothes. There is no place around here to get anything like that, years ago you could get some clothes similar to that at Hot Topic but not anymore. Now that store is mostly t-shirts and pop culture items. We wanted to sell little trinkets, books, candles, and have a small floral section where you could get a fresh arrangement. My sister used to work in a floral shop and loved it. I had taken a few classes on floral arrangements as well. We thought this little store could do well in our town. We would offer a variety of goods so we would have a little bit of something for everyone.




If for some reason I couldn’t do that I would love to take over my dad’s watch repair business. While he no longer operates it, he does still have everything needed to do so. Including all the videos, books, and other material to teach someone how to repair watches and clocks. I used to love helping him wind the pocket watches, polishing them, and watching as he worked on the tiny little gears inside of them. At one time I had looked into going to a trade school to learn watch and jewelry repair. It looked really interesting. However, it wasn’t something I felt I could do being a single mom. Having to move that far away (the nearest school that had a program like this was a five hour drive)with no one to help me out with the kids while I went to school. I still love the ticking of a watch. I have three clocks in my living room alone. Perhaps this is something that I can go ahead and do now as a hobby. I could easily get my hands on the old books and instructional videos to teach myself how to repair clocks and watches.


No matter what I would do to earn an income I know I would always have books and writing in my life. The written word is a part of me.

Have you ever daydreamed about owning a business of your own? What kind?


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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10 Responses to A Family Business

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I used to do craft shows and did well for a little while. But keeping up on inventory and figuring out pricing were among many things I didn’t like. And people have different tastes. So I don’t think I’d enjoy owning a brick-and-mortar business. I’ve considered online commerce, but again, I don’t really have a head for business, so I’d rather not be the boss! Your shop idea sounds nice, especially if there’s nothing like it nearby.

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    • Your shop idea sounds nice.Pier 1 used to be so interesting, with things from all over the world with varying prices, but fell into just South Asian and Chinese items, plus all of the items are now only house and home and generally high-priced for the quality. I didn’t buy many of their clothes, which were like your ideas, or their jewelry, but I did,(and for presents).I miss their European items. especially at Christmas.
      Funny you should mention watches, because I was just gathering my thoughts for my Friday post, which will include watches, (which I sold).
      Depending on WHERE you are, watch repair can be a good business. A fellow from Germany could not make it in this town,but is doing fine elsewhere. He gets references from jewelers and music stores, because watchmakers can work on music boxes. I am not sure that you can make money with it on your own, with just walk-ins. Watches worth fixing are in low demand. You would have to have an ‘in’ with those who would know people with watches with fixing and refer them to you.

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      • I remember a lot of the people that came to my dad were people he knew from work. The president of Hon came to our house a few times. Once was to get a clock repaired and the other was to look at pocket watches that my dad would buy from antique shops and then he would fix them up.
        I have noticed that not many people around here wear the older watches. They’re all digital if they have one at all.

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    • That’s how my sister feels too. She has told me more than once I can handle the business end while she just creates and picks out pretty things.


  2. That dress is gorgeous. I want it. Drool!

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    I love old watches. Years ago, my mom handed over to me the gold Hamilton pocket watch that her daddy had in the 40s (and presumably before that). Part of the primary label on the little box lists the price of $100.00, so evidently that price was constant for quite a while. It also lists the serial number and a few other numbers related to the movement or some-such. You’d likely recognize the numbers. Holding and admiring that watch — of at least 85 years age or more — stands in sharp contrast to the battery-operated wristwatches of today, which are discarded when they go awry.
    Or, as I notice more and more, people don’t even wear a watch… preferring to constantly flip out their phones and check the time.


    • Such a lovely memory! Do you still have that watch?
      I have noticed that not a lot of people wear watches anymore. My sons love their pocket watches. My older son has at least four different ones. He switches them out depending on what he wants to wear that day. I wish that would come back into style and the baggy pants would go out!


      • Jeff Salter says:

        yes, I still have the old Hamilton. Back in the 1960s my mom asked a local watchmaker how much it would cost to get it working again. He said, “more than it’s worth.”
        so now it’s just an heirloom.


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    You have two nice options open to you.


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