80 Main Street, Sutter Creek, California ~ ~ ~ Attempted Hours: Open Daily 11am-5pm, Closed Tuesdays

Friday, June 24, 2011

10th Anniversary Celebration

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to celebrate my 10th Anniversary at The Antique Gardener. I started my shop because I had always dreamed of having my own business and thought it would be something I could do to make a little money, raise my kids and work with the things I love - antiques and plants. Although it has not been an easy journey I am happy to say that my little business has turned out to be exactly what I dreamed of. I have my two beautiful children with me at work and I am able to do the things I love to do each and every day.
I want to thank all of my family but especially my husband Dusty, our crazy kids Jack & Emma and my parents. They have helped me move and remodel at three different locations (and each time I moved I was pregnant!) They have spent countless hours babysitting, unloading and moving furniture, mowing lawns and a million other little things that help me every day.

A very special thank you to Vicki and Norma - my dear friends that help me out at the shop when I just can't be there every day. I truly couldn't do it without your help - and honestly it wouldn't be any fun without you there!

Finally, I would like to thank my wonderful, loyal customers. Many of you were there when the shop opened in 2001 in a 200 square foot shed. Then you joined me when I made the move onto Main Street in Amador City and finally our move to this huge rambling old home in Sutter Creek. You have watched both of my children grow up - often in a playpen behind the counter, sometimes crying, sometimes sleeping, always cute. You have tolerated my "Attempted Hours" or the occasional closed sign because of a sick baby or a quick "Back in a Minute" dash to school at 2:00 every day. Thank you for your patience and generosity. Thank you for your support. Most of all, thank you for all of your positive comments. It is the positive energy I get from my customers that makes me look forward to going to work every day. I thrive on your compliments and ideas. It is because of my customers that I'm looking forward to another 10 years!!! (shhh...don't tell Dusty!)


  1. Congratulations! You are living my dream. I love that you followed your dream and made it a reality. And you are committed and strong doing while raising little ones. I love following your blog. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  2. O how I wish I could shop at your store. I always love to see all of your photos. Congrats on the 10 years!


  3. Congratulations! That is quite an accomplishment!

  4. so many congratulations, aimee. this is a tribute in so many wonderful ways to you...for following your dream and daring to "hold on to it" - 10 years of inspirational ripples have gone out into so many worldly places - you will never know how many. thank you!

  5. What a milestone. Congratulations to you, Dusty and your darling Angels. What a winning combination of a successful business that you love doing and a strong family. You are blessed.

  6. Really happy for you!! Such courage to forge forward into a life you imagine for yourself and family! I tried, but was not true to my vision and ended up with something I did not want. I admire you!! I will try again, inspired by people like you! Thanks and Congratulations!

    @Chasing Claire de Lune

  7. congrats on ten years ! love your blog and photos....if i ever get to sutter creek, will be sure to visit your shop... keep going strong !