Nashville Part 2
Our trip to Nashville continued January 27-29 with the National Estate Sale Conference organized by EstateSales.net. The conference was held about a 15-minute drive away from our Airbnb at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel downtown. First off, I must say that the hotel was beautiful and the food was out of this world, way better than we expected! Lavish buffets of amazing offerings of all sorts for both breakfast and lunch every day, as well as healthy snacks in the afternoons. Below is a photo taken by EstateSales.net, you can see us front and center intently taking in all of the choices. I did have a lot of salad on my plate!
Every moment of the conference was jam-packed with valuable information to help with every aspect of the estate sale business. I trust my team and do delegate a lot of tasks but my big takeaway was that it's OK to delegate even more so I don't burn out. This revelation alone will be life-changing once our winter season winds down! EstateSales.net had a pair of famous Nashville songwriters come in to help us write a song about estate sales. The crowd was throwing out ideas but they did not roar with laughter more than when Mother shouted out her idea "STAY OUT OF OUR BATHROOMS!" It's kind of an inside joke amongst those in the estate sale field. The idea didn't make the cut though. Below is a video of the final song. It's quite catchy!
Because of all the great food served at the conference, we got groceries and ate dinners at the Airbnb. We didn't get much of a chance to eat out but did get a bit more shopping in - we dashed back to the antique mall one evening so I could buy a vintage Native American sterling silver and turquoise pendant I was eyeing. Later once I removed the tags I saw that it was repurposed from a bolo tie but I still love it. Also, we made a run to check out the outlet mall, I found a stunning dressy purse at the Coach Outlet totally covered in flowers. It was a special piece sent in from their flagship store, I'm honored to own it! Overall we were really happy to learn a bit about a new city and although the schedule made us a day late for the Tucson Gem Show, it was totally worth it. More about the Gem Show next time!