Grasshopper Goods may have a brick-and-mortar location, but it is most well-known for Vinny, our truck, where we’ve served our customers for years as a mobile boutique at major events throughout the Midwest. When I show up on the scene in my pale green ‘77 Chevy Step Van, people stop and stare. They are instantly curious about what could be inside of this van, why it has pulled up to the curb, or, perhaps, they’re wondering what the deal is with all that green.
I miss that feeling so much.
It was a deeply difficult decision, but, due to the intimacy and closeness of the truck, it breaks my heart to say that I've decided that, in order to be safe for all, we will not have shopping in the truck for at least the remainder of 2020. Vinny may have a magical trick up his sleeve for the holidays though ...stay tuned for that!
Yes, I’ve always felt a sort of magic in Vinny. Before I even open the doors to the public, and the first customers pop in for a peek, I know that I’m in for a special day. Sure, the work can be hot and strenuous (have you ever spent 10+ hours in a ‘77 van?), but I always come away with a smile and a story at the end of the day.
It’s because there’s just something about the truck. People step through the door, introduce themselves, and start to find their way around, picking up pieces that speak to them. They take their time, looking at every little thing they can find in our mobile boutique. Here, the minutes pass slowly, and it can feel like a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the world outside.
Maybe that’s why they open up.
Over the years, countless people have confided in me while shopping in the truck. They’ve felt compelled to share their life stories with me, the pain they were feeling, the loss of a loved one, the pride in their accomplishments (or a family member’s), a deep thought, or a dream that they had been holding close to their chest for too long.
Maybe it’s because we’re together in a small space, and they feel secure knowing what they say aloud will not leave the truck.
Maybe it’s because they see me living my dream, building the business of Grasshopper Goods day by day, and they feel inspired to share the moonshot goals that they’ve been harboring.
Maybe they just need to get it out of their system and I’m in the right place at the right time.
Or maybe it’s the magic.
This truck has given me so much over the past five years, and I believe the love and attention that I’ve put into following my dreams generates the same feeling for others. Every story, every memory that is shared in its walls becomes a part of that magic. The truck is a special place, a key part of the Grasshopper Goods journey. I hope to bring that experience back to you all soon.