Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Let's Talk Vintage #86: Fleamarkets, and Yard Sales, and Finds, Oh My!

Hello my friends!

If you've made it here then you must like vintage in some way!

This is Let's Talk Vintage! and it is the 86th time I've written a post on my blog about things that are vintage, projects that are inspired by vintage, or old things that I sell... and more!

You are also invited to join me by:
* Linking your blog post about vintage
* Linking up something you sell that is vintage.

If not, just enjoy the other posts by some of the most creative bloggers I've ever seen!

(This is just one of two parks that has rows and rows of vendors)

Today I am sharing my exciting adventures of a gigantic sale, held every year, whoops, make that TWICE a year, in a neighboring town. ALL. OVER. TOWN.

It is SO big you can get really overwhelmed by it all. Even veteran pickers like ourselves! (Keep in mind we have a 7 year old in tow!)

There were also many creative ideas to check out
and tuck away in our minds for a future project,
like this double chair bench.
These hat racks look easy to create... they are so
simple, but it is probably the large iron nails
that are hard to come by. (Railroad?)

Industrial still seems to be popular...
we have sold a few license plates in the new shop.
They never seem to go out of style.

We saw soda crates... and more soda crates.
Also still popular!
 But what I really liked was this:
Love the little table they made!
Hard to make it worthwhile though if
you are buying the legs brand new at
stores like Lowes or Home Depot.
Making your own legs or finding old ones
would be the best way to do it.

Now this was taking it another step further.
I like the creativity of the high back.
Here is another shot...
Neat "potting bench" or something cute to
put in a family room, front porch, etc.

 I also found other fun, creative pieces.
This gal started out making signs for her own wedding and then, as she told me, "she couldn't stop making them!"
I think I may ask her if she'd like to rent out
shelf space in my new shop, Vintage & Co.

Here is one of my finds... handmade by a young man
who rented space. He creates all kinds of wonderful
things. As soon as we bought this piece, women were
pointing at it saying "OOOOH Look at that!" as we
were walking out of his tent.

So naturally my the Hubs thought he needed
to make one as well to sell in our shop!
We'll see if he ever does... right now he
is too busy refinishing tables and repairing
furniture to spend time creating.
Well that brings me to the end of
 my exciting Memorial Day...
I'll post pictures of my other finds
later in the week...and tell you 
about "The one that got away!"
Oh Yes!
Now, let's get to today's features!
Anne's Attic shared her tutorial
on how to make crinkly Joey Flowers.
Love how pretty they turn out!
Would love to know how they were
given that name, too!
and Melissa, of Melissa's Antiques,
shared some of her haul in
part 2 of her "the longest
yard sale" trip. Amazing
and Amy of Brocante Treasures
went to Vintage Market Days
in Texas... she brought back
wonderful pictures of beautiful
vintage things she saw there!
Feel free to grab this button if you were featured!
I'll be back with my other finds
of the day!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Let'S Talk Vintage #85: Sometimes Reality Sets In

Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!
Today I'm sharing more 
Vintage and Co. store updates.
People are coming into the shop
and are just in love with it.
Seriously... they keep telling us.
How wonderful to hear their feedback.
But is a funny thing about life.
Sometimes you are up,
and sometimes you are down.
Last week, I took a blow.
My shop mate told me she is leaving. 
So soon, I asked? I'm not sure 
you gave it enough time.
You just never know what someone
else is going through.

So now I am feeling a little bit
deflated but I am seeing that I will
be able to continue on if this is what
I am meant to do. Again, I have
always felt this was something the
Lord has brought me to.

And if He brought you to it, He will
get you through it.
Now for this week's features:
Debra of Shoppe No. 5 showed us how to
make a plant stand out of a step
ladder. Perfect time of year for it!
Lauren of My Wonderfully Made,
created these mini coffee themed gift
and added magnets
made from scrap wood!
Home shared her front porch reveal.
Check out her "Ethan Alley" furniture!
Be sure to grab this LTV button
if you've been featured!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Let's Talk Vintage #84: Cupboard Door Turned Kitchen Menu & Grocery Chalkboard

 Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!

This is a pretty informal linky party.
No hoops to jump through, no
rules really either.
All you have to do is link up with
something vintage! Even if you just
sell stuff.
This week I am sharing my latest project...
but sad to say there are no "before" or "during"
photos! We are getting pieces ready for the
shop so quickly that I forget to take a picture.
I had a large cupboard door that we
found at the local Habitat for Humanity
Re-Store but I didn't know what to do with it.
Actually, we found two of them and
were stumped on what to create.
Make a small table? Coffee table?
What. Can We Do. With. It.??????
After thinking about it for awhile, I came
up with this:

A double panel chalkboard menu/grocery list!

I was really excited once I thought of it.
And frankly, this has probably already been
done and can be found on Pinterest...
but I was proud of myself! LOL!
We even left the hinges on and they
worked out perfectly as a way to
hang the new "board" on the wall!
I like it so much I wish I had room for one in my kitchen!
But alas, no such space to be found.
Someone will have a big wall to hang it on...
and it is in the shop now.
The other project I was working on in the
shop last week was setting up a patriotic
display as soon as you walk in the door.
Love the red, white, and blue!
We just came back from our lake house
in the Adirondacks and I brought back a
vintage flag that I have since
draped over the chair.
and speaking of the lake...
We had to head up there earlier
than our usual Memorial Day
weekend. It. Was. Cold.
Poor hubby had to put the dock
in and the water was p-r-e-t-t-y chilly.
But it was worth it because Bebe
was having fun with her Daddy
catching fish.

And thankfully my shop-mate,
Kathy, was running the store!
Thanks so much for coming along
with my adventures!
Let's get to this week's features:

The LTV favorite of the week
was this awesome vinyl record
two tiered tidbit tray by
Lynda Creates!
So clever and fun for
a themed party or kids snack.

Cecilia of My Thrift Store
Addiction also wowed us
with her herb and garden
themed shop. She is mighty

 Joy at a Vintage Green
showed us her wonderful
treasure... and how she
transformed it BACK
into its original design.

and Oh my word! Look at this
fun yard sale Emergency kit put
together by Sarah of Sadie  
Seasongoods! Perfect idea
for an old lunch box! Because
we always have an emergency
when yard sale-ing!

Be sure to grab this feature button
 if you have been featured for LTV!

Linking with:
Vintage Charm

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Let's Talk Vintage #83: The Big Grand Opening & an Annie Sloan Chalk Painted Secretary Desk

Welcome to Let's Talk Vintage!
If you're new to the party, we want to
give you a big LTV welcome!
Feel free to join in and link up your
blog posts about vintage items you love,
collect, use in projects you are working on,
or are inspired by. You can even
link up items you sell, as long as they
are vintage or are made with vintage items.

This week I am sharing the big Grand Opening
celebration of my new brick and mortar shop,
Think my sign made it clear enough what
was happening? I really had no idea
 the banners were that big when I ordered
them online. But, people were coming in
saying they saw the sign from the road!
That works for me!

We also had a social media contest.
Customers were to take their photo with 
their favorite item and then post it
on Instagram or Facebook...tagging us
of course. Names were drawn
out of a hat, with two winners
each receiving a basket.
I did my basket with
a "Two for Tea" theme while my shop mate,
Kathy, did a "Tisket a Tasket, a Picnic
in a Basket" theme.
Here is our table full of yummy snacks and treats.

I gave customers some Mother's Day gift ideas, too.
I enjoy setting up displays with themes...
this week I'll be setting up a patriotic theme.
And this pretty little gal is new to the shop
and one of my favorite pieces we have
had in the shop so far.
I decided to try Annie Sloan chalk paint.
A beautiful French pink paired with a sweet cream.

The paint is really smooth and silky and
when combined with the wax you get a
super sheen, plus added protection.
I'd be curious to hear if any of you have
tried the AS paint... and what do you
think of it?
Thanks so much for reading along
with my adventures in the shop
process... always something
new and exciting going on!
Now for this week's features:
shared her pink peonies, one
of my favorite flowers!
shared a fun post about Lilies
of the Valley and I learned
something new about them!
and continuing a similar theme,
Amy over at Amykins blog,
A Day of Small Things,
shared some beautiful May Day
baskets filled with gorgeous
Thanks so much for all of
your awesome posts!
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"My Blog Was Featured"
button and use it on your blog
post or on your side bar.
I'll be linking to:
Vintage Charm
Pink Saturday