Archives for June 2017

It isn’t JUNK!!!!

Hi, this is Bonnie, home from my trip to Utah.

It’s nice to go on vacation but nicest to come home. Honestly Utah is clean, clear, beautiful, no graffiti, no visible homeless, perfect place for outdoor sports but my outdoor (and indoor) sport is flea markets. And there isn’t any there, that we could find around St. George anyway. So I started thinking about why I love junking and thrifting and flea markets and stores and pop-up markets.  I think for me it’s the thrill of the hunt. It’s exciting to have an idea and search for the perfect item to complete it. Granted, I am trying not to buy much because my house is full, but still…there’s always one area to fix up, redo, repaint, or switch around. Adding a flea market find makes me happy. Just a rusty old metal piece or two or three. 

What does it for you? Is it the rusty piece no one else wants? Or the shabby wood cabinet? Or the last piece of your grandma’s china that your kid broke and you thought you’d never see it again? Or?????

For us, of course,  it has been so cool to meet vendors that love this stuff and want to talk about it. Where you found that piece and how you got it home, and how you repainted it are all things customers and we want to know. It adds to the value and the fun and the memories. We came across these and put them on our Pinterest account you can look at also under We’re Mad About.  But for just now enjoy these quotes from other addicts, there are more of us than we ever knew.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

**Disclaimer: some of these photos we found on Pinterest. We were unable to track down the original owner/Pinner. All credit goes to them. These are not our photos.

Where are you???

A few thoughts…

Excavade

We’re Mad About… all our vendor friends but sometimes we can’t find you!! If you are a vendor you are running a business. And a business has to have customers, returning customers would be nice too.  We try to keep our private calendar of events coming up so we can decide what to attend, but some of you are not as good as others at letting people know where you are going to be selling. We think a lot of that has to do with the notion that people will be attending and will “just find” you at an event. How about if you put on your Instagram or Facebook or whatever social media you use a schedule of places you normally sell at?  Or how about a sign at your booth saying where you’ll be next? Many times we have bought from a vendor the second or third time we saw them. By then we feel we “know” you. It also lets customers know this is your actual business, selling at markets, by telling them your schedule in advance.

Rustic and Refined Vintage

Some of you are great at this. @rusticandrefined_vintage has a chalkboard where she puts her dates, @ittybittyvintageshop has her dates on her Instagram bio and written on the door of her trailer. @rusticsoul_ has hers on her bio on Instagram with the space # so she’s easy to find. @lastvestige has hers on the Instagram bio and it’s always up to date . If you are not a vendor and reading this, go on Instagram and look at other dealer feeds.  Since we do the blog and Instagram and Twitter and Facebook, we tend to start thinking everyone spends their life on social media like us…but actually a lot of people do. A lot of people who like the same stuff we do. Make it easy for them to find you!

  • A snapshot of Rustic Soul’s IG

    We are always talking (probably too much) about vendors we love because of what we do. But the talking is about where they will be next, if they’ll have a certain item, how they arrange their booth. Customers do that too. One of the big attractions in going to a market is not just what you will buy but the different ways the vendors set up. Something unique helps you get noticed right away.  A great booth display like @theplaidkat; her VW Bus is a show stopper. @ittybittyvintageshop and @tularosavintage have classic trailers, @excavade has a cute little cart, @HomeSweetHome1930 has a darling bike with flowers, draws in customers. Catch your eye right away, don’t they?  We come and look around to see what ideas sellers have that we can use at home also. When you buy a piece you need to put it in the right place to show it off well, your setting gives us a hint of how to do that once we get back home. Everyone copies someone, let it be you they copy. “Imitation is the”, you know that quote.

Plaid Kat

Another idea is to have a clipboard and set up an email list. We do that with everyone who signs up for the blog. You can do it at your booth and then shoot out a email when you are planning your next market set up. Give them advance notice. Maybe next time will be when they are ready to make a purchase. Again, make it easy for customers (and us) to find you!!!

Itty Bitty Vintage Shop

 

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

 

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Outstanding Stores, do you know one??

Raffle by Atomic Loft at Needful Things Addiction

We love all the stores we go to, but must admit there are certain ones that stick with us. It’s not just their merchandise, it’s also the way they arrange and decorate, the way the store is run, and most important, the way they interact with customers. That seems to be a main reason customers return. First impressions and all that, right? If we go in a store and no-one says” hi, call out if you need help, welcome or hey”, we sometimes feel like” whoops, they’re not open yet” or “did we go in the wrong door  I?” It’s nice to notice and be noticed. Even in the Dollar Tree they yell out “welcome” 4000 times a day, it still feels like they are glad you came. And that’s what you want, right?

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Soooo,  still and always one of our favorites,  is  Shabbyology,  534 E. Edna,  Covina. Every person who works there says hi to us, even before they knew us. The owner, Jackie, is one of the most enthusiastic and hard working person we know, simply because she loves loves loves what she does. How can you beat that? The time spent in the store, rearranging and putting up new displays and finding new products, continuously pays off with a store that is welcoming and fun. It also has such an assortment of pieces that you know you’ll find something to take home. A store that stays the same gets boring and Shabbyology never does, just now opening a new section.  And classes keep popping up that bring in customers because they are so different, check her facebook for a schedule. Open Fri Sat Sundays.

Salvaged Treasures at Vintique Alley

Also on the list, Vintique Alley, Riverside. Once you go you will be like us, wanting to move in. Really!! Many different vendors but a continuity of style keeps this shop very popular. The Sip n Shop we just went too was a lot of fun, with the patio filled with vendors for the night, and did we say “free wine?”  Old White Shabby and just that perfect touch of color to set up the displays,  they all look like rooms in a house, ready for us to spend the night!  And they also are very good about welcoming you, and if you need help with a idea or a display they make it clear they can and will go all the way to make sure a piece is right for you. We have seen them sketch out possible layouts for customers.  Great owner and hand picked vendors.  Open Tues-Sun at 3758 Elizabeth St, they are waiting for you-hurry up!!

The Nest

Next, in no particular order, is The Nest in Yucaipa. It’s worth the trip where ever you live. One room, so not too large, but every inch is filled, but not overcrowded. These ladies have the touch. Repainted furniture and innovative displays steal our hearts. Nice and friendly is the atmosphere. When we got there at opening time, people were outside looking in the window waiting. And we have posted their gorgeous bicycle with flowers  out front that tells you you have arrived, check back on our Instagram a picture of it. Shutters and old windows make up some of their shelves and they are so original, it’s on the don’t miss list. 12131 California, lots of antique stores on the same street also. Open Fri and Sat.

The Romantic Home

Another we love and don’t get to enough is The Romantic Home in Long Beach. This smaller store is packed with stuff we want!! How come we can’t bring it all home?? Romantic is the correct word for it too, some clothes, some furniture, some just decorative pieces, some dish towels, some jewelry–all arranged so well. Allow some time because you have to really look to see everything. Never cluttered or messy, we love browsing here. We will be back there soon! 1204 E Wardlow.

The last on this list, and it is hard to narrow it because we love all the stores, that’s why we keep going back, is a new one. We did a few posts on it already because we are drawn in by the history of the building and the happy attitude of the owner and vendors. This one would be Needful Things Addiction in Lake Elsinore. 115 W. Franklin, open Wed-Sun. Get over there for their Grand Opening on Sat the 24 th. Raffle tickets available and you won’t believe the prize by Atomic Loft, a vendor there. This #marketshoppe is going to be constantly evolving and since it’s amazing already, we can’t wait.

By no means are these all our favorites. If we keep showing up at the door, you know we love your store. A bad impression leaves us not going back and we don’t want to give bad reviews. There are too many stores that are working hard to create a good image, and those are the ones we talk about, and ignore the others. One of the things we noticed about most of these stores is the vendors are required to work a few hours a week. We think that’s a great idea, not only because their booths or spaces are always fresh and neat, but also because they keep the stores that way too. No use having a great booth if the store is a mess, and none of these are.  Owners and vendors that care and encourage others are among the best. There is more than enough room for all and small business flourishes with that attitude. That seems to be a constant with these 5 businesses that contributes to their success. The other thing that will help is telling others about them so they also get out there. Let’s not lose any more of these independent {mostly} woman-owned shops. We’re doing our part by posting about them-are you doing yours by visiting and buying???  We want to visit more stores, run by anyone, anywhere,  and keep them in business. Be sure and check times and days open before you go, they do change from time to time.  Let us know if we haven’t made it out to your favorite store.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

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The Vintage Marketplace, Rainbow Calif.

The Vintage Marketplace photo booth

We love The Vintage Marketplace. @thevintagemarketplaceca. There is no question, no doubt, we just flat out l0ve it. We have met so many vendors there, some we see only there, others we seem to follow wherever they go. It turned into a great way for us to get to know customers too.

Many times we are waiting to say hi to a seller and get into conversations with customers and a whole lot of those customers are also junkers or crafters or “pick up stuff curbside” type of people.  They end up telling us about other venues, or sales, or good stores. We love the atmosphere that promotes friendliness. And we love following everyone! So many ideas brought to life.   Can’t wait till Sept.!!!!!!