Archives for November 2016

Bucket of Nails

Ribbon cutting for the new store.

Ribbon cutting for the new store.

This past Summer, we met Tani and Tom at The Vintage Marketplace at Galway Downs. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to chat with them as much as we would have liked, because they were so busy, fortunately for them. After stumbling upon their shop in Fallbrook and spending some time exploring, we understand why. Tani was so warm and welcoming. I wanted to spend hours in her shop chatting with her and learning more about what drives her style. She is a remarkable woman and once you see all they have to offer, you will want to get to know her too.

Recently, Bucket of Nails moved to a brand new location in Fallbrook and we thought that was the best time to interview them for a feature. Normally we do a re-write of the Q& A, but Tani answered our questions so perfectly, we decided not to change a thing. Please enjoy our Q&A session with Bucket of Nails…

Q.What kind of business do you have? Is it sole owner or partners?

A. We have a home decor store specializing in custom built farm tables. It is a family owned business.  My husband builds the tables, I design and do the finishing work and our children work in the store and deliver for us.

Q. Why did you start your business?

A. The business took on its own life. We started painting furniture on the side at Long Beach Flea Market and Irvine Flea Market.  We eventually moved into rental spaces in vintage malls. We loved what we were doing so much when the opportunity for a store front opened it seemed like the next step.

Q. How did you come up with the name?

A. My husband came up with the name- a spin off of Bucket of Bolts, we always laugh because we have no nails in our tables….

Q. Do you sell anywhere else besides the store?

A. We are only selling through the store at this time.  Our tables do get delivered all over Southern California, and a few out of state.

Q. What are your hopes and long term goals?

A. We just completed one of my dreams, to have our build shop connected with our store. We just added a design room, kids playroom, apothecary bar and we just opened last week- So I feel I am in the middle of a dream!!

Next step would be for our sons’ to open a store in Austin TX or Orange County.

Q. What is your favorite piece and why?

A. Our tables are my babies, so they are my favorite.  Love goes into each one, can’t explain it.

Q. How can you be contacted by customers? What are your days and hours?

A. We are located at 720 E Mission Rd, Fallbrook, CA 92028   760-468-7927  You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, BucketofNails.com or Farmhousetable.org

Q. Did the business come from a passion or did you see a need?

A. Our business came from a passion and a need, We have 5 children and a farm table from the late 1800’s. We eat, play games, visit around our table.  Everyone should be able to afford a quality farmhouse table.  That was what we set out to do.

Q. Did you already work in this medium or was there a large learning curve?

A. Not a large learning curve, I believe when it is a passion the learning curve is better phrased as growing pains (we had a few of those).

Q. What has been your biggest challenge?

A. Finding personal time.  We love what we do and when you are growing a business it can be full time plus.  You need time to step away and rest. That is our biggest challenge.

Tani- we couldn’t have said it better. We wish you all the best and look forward to celebrating many years of success with you.

Thank you for reading….Bonnie & Amy

 

Vintage & Restore by K

Recently, we signed up to a blog collaboration with Krista from Vintage & Restore. She sells a fabulous line of furniture paint. I wanted to share about her paint with our loyal readers.

Charcol by Vintage & Restore by K

Charcol by Vintage & Restore by K

I received a gorgeous dark grey paint, Charcoal and clear and brown waxes. I was quite excited to use the paint and set about trying to find the perfect small piece to re-do. I admit, it took me longer than I wanted to complete the piece and write this blog. Family first.

Perfect piece (thanks Hubby)

Perfect piece (thanks Hubby)

At last I hit upon the perfect piece and quickly approached my husband with fluttering eyelashes to ask permission to paint a small table of his. It was the perfect size and desperately needed to be re-done from the 1990’s brown to a more updated chic look.

This paint was incredibly easy to work with and has great coverage. The 4oz jar provided more than enough paint to complete the task with a bit left over. It went on smoothly and required no prepping other than a cleaning of the furniture piece.

I allowed for several hours drying time, though it dried quickly in 90*

Distressing

Distressing

November Southern California weather. Not complaining, but ready for some cooling. After the paint had thoroughly dried, I roughed up a few places to allow the wood to show through. I was looking for a nice vintage feel. I then took the brown wax and applied a light coat, being careful to work it in. Yes, I put brown wax over grey paint…and I LOVE it. I was able to achieve the nice dark rich dark grey look I had been hoping for. It came out beautifully. I am so happy with the piece and the spousal unit was quite pleased too.

Finished piece

Finished piece

Krista has developed a pleasing line of furniture paint. Her company is based out of Colorado and her passion began in the same way it did for so many of us. She was looking for a way to update her furniture and create some side income. Her paints are a great bargain and come in fabulous colors. Ocean Mist will be part of my next order, a gorgeous blue green that reminds me of the Dominican Republic ocean.

Finished piece

Finished piece

You can find her website http://www.vintageandrestorebyk.com/. Please visit and enjoy!

 

Thanks for reading….Amy

The CC Trading Co.

CC Trading Co.

CC Trading Co.

We first met Tom and Allison at Driving Miz Daisy-our favorite flea market. We were drawn into their booth by the fantastic woodwork. The main product of their company, CC Trading Co, is tables, and they are beautiful.They also make crosses and hearts out of reclaimed wood. Follow them on Instagram @thecctradingco and Tom walks you through some of the steps to create them in the short videos. Allison is their Artistic Director and she handles product design and completion. It takes a village so they have Katie Hernandez, responsible for daily operations, social media and marketing, and Joe Hernandez for all website content and photography. Great team!

CC Trading Co

CC Trading Co

Their team has a passion for creating accessories and furnishings. Looking around, they saw several needs in the industry not being met. They market their creations at Driving Miz Daisy-at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo 2nd Sunday of each month, and at Behind the Picket Fence-held several times a year at Piecemakers Country Store in Costa Mesa. Both of these events are widely promoted and attended. They also are in several showrooms and 3 online stores. Their website, thecctradingco.com, is a good way to reach them, or call at 949-212-7767.

As far as experience Tom has always been a builder at home. He stated he is mostly self-taught and is a big fan of Youtube.The beauty of the work shows the time and skill put into it. The challenge for this business is leveraging their time, money and resources. It takes knowledge and cunning to expand at just the right time. We think they hit it!!! The business is expanding rapidly, annual sales growth is 15-25%, well done!

CC Trading Co

CC Trading Co

When we visit their booth we can always find Tom talking to onlookers, explaining the process of finding the wood and hardware. The love he has for his work stands out. It’s a rare thing to find a craft that is such a good fit. As he stated to us “we take the time to listen to our clients. We take great care in producing a wonderful quality product as if it were going in our home.” Nice concept.

When we look at the tables at CC Trading Co we immediately had the same thought that they did-“these tables are a focal point for an entire room design and everybody needs one.” From kitchen island to living room to den these tables would fit in almost any decor. And they are definitely a statement.

CC Trading Co

CC Trading Co

It’s a treat for us to meet and get to know the process of dealers like Tom and Allison. The care put into their work is something to be admired. Go small business!! We need to encourage crafters and artisans and realize every piece reworked or re-crafted or re-loved is one not going in our landfills. One of the reasons we love going to flea markets, swap meets and antique stores is just that-to see all the things that have been saved. The more we see, the more we fall in love with our earth. Let’s try to protect our past.

So please check out The CC Trading Co, follow them, watch their videos. Support small business.

Thanks for reading, Bonnie and Amy…

 

Emporia on Route 66

Hi everyone!

Emporia Sales Counter

Emporia Counter

We are adding to our blog by interviewing some of the shop owners of the places we go regularly and love. We have listened to all of you and realize that you want to know more about how they got started, the basics of their business. We all dream of opening cute little stores but it takes a lot of grit and determination, not to mention dollars. So hopefully this will be interesting to you and informative, we’ve learned so much.

Our first interview was with Emporia. They are located at 719 E. Route 66 Glendora, Calif. Phone 909-263-5404. Instagram and Facebook are under emporiaonroute66. We first saw an advertisement for them and dropped in about 3 months ago. We’ve been back twice since. What a fascinating place. It is owned and run by Greg and Theresa who also own Shamrock Salvage Design and by Kim and Michelle who own American Vintage Fare. They teamed together to make Emporia. The great thing about the four of them is that they all have skills to offer and combined make up a talented foursome. It’s great to have others to bounce your ideas off. They also had a head start by owning businesses but it is still a learning curve to have a storefront.

Emporia

Emporia

One of the things we liked about this shop is that it is constantly changing. The pieces they have are either handmade, repainted, homegrown, vintage and all unique. They believe, as we do, in preserving the past and protecting our future. In their words “our store is a place that helps the environment by preventing further butchering of our forests and prevents items from ending up in landfills.” We are often amazed at the items we see re-purposed that a few years ago would have been tossed. That’s one of the best things about the current reuse/re-purpose/repaint/remake/relove movement. We hope it goes on forever. Once these precious pieces are gone there’s no history or stories left for our children. American- made is a theme they take to heart. Craftsmanship is a key word also, many of the pieces in the store display wonderful talent and skills.

Emporia vignette

Emporia vignette

The store is a easy relaxing place to browse. It is set up in vignettes, which helps a customer to picture the item in their home. Whenever we go in we have to look around 2-3 times so we don’t miss anything new. Often we get home and look at the pictures and see pieces we didn’t really notice in the store, because there is so much to see and like. What we like is if a piece of furniture doesn’t sell right away (which most of them do), it is re-positioned and styled, so nothing is ever the same or stagnant.

Flag table (photo by Emporia)

Flag table (photo by Emporia)

One of our questions is always “which one is your favorite piece?” Theresa named one that we noticed right away (shown). It’s their American Flag table. She said it was over 100 years old, made of reclaimed wood. All 4 of the owners are super proud to be Americans and their picks show it. We feel the same, being a military mother and grandmother.

One of Emporia’s missions is to help other craftsmen and artists. They want to open additional locations and are always looking for vendors who feel the same as they do about our country and their crafts. As Theresa stated “small business helping small business”.  So if you are looking to place your work give them a call. Friendly and warm are how we would describe them. Often one of our pet peeves is that shop keepers do not acknowledge their potential customers. No fear of that here. A quick hello is often all it takes to make you feel at ease in a store. That interaction is essential to a business and Emporia does it well.

They are open Thurs-Sun. Hours are Th, Fri, Sat 11 am-6 pm, Sun 11 am-3 pm. When we were in the store we were remarking on how many places we go now that also keep that kind of schedule. It gives the owners time to work on projects, go pickin’, and rearrange the store. We like it because we can fit our schedule to meet more owners and see more shops in the same day.

We often get asked about making money from what we do. Nope, we don’t. Bonnie is retired but Amy still works 32 hours a week so she can’t get out as often and does our behind the scenes work. We do have ads on our blog, and we would love it if you click on them when you visit, this will help us to make some revenue to assist with travel expenses.  We both hope to meet a lot more vendors and shop owners in the near future and interview them. Our instagram hit 1500!!!!! this week and we can’t say thank you enough. The knowledge that you like what we bring to the table is wonderful. Remember we have Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter under weremadabout, please like and follow us!

Thanks for reading… Bonnie and Amy.