Archives for July 2017

Mission Statement

Hi everyone!

Amy and I have been talking lately about our mission statement. Why we do the Instagram and blog is a question we sometimes get. Well, our mission statement addresses that and basically states why we’re here and why we keep doing this.

“To do our part to keep vintage and repurposed markets, stores and vendors in business by spreading the word to anyone and everyone we can about who they are and where to find them, via our instagram and blog.”

We love all the shows, flea markets, stores because it’s a world of new beginnings. Pieces are rescued, cleaned, repurposed, painted, cut apart and made new or just reused and that’s good for all of us and our planet. It makes our hearts full to see how happy being a junker makes some of you. Creating is an art. We see couples working together, friends sharing a business, and individuals working their butts off to make beautiful pieces. It’s a good wholesome happy place to be in. We have been able to put together some vendors and stores and love seeing success stories.  It breaks our hearts to see someone give up their dream and we have seen several businesses quit lately or vendors leave. Usually there is a lot of reasons why, but it is so sad when someone cannot keep doing what enrichs them.  We love going out and meeting you, talking and making new friends, and learning about what you sell. We don’t want anyone to quit or get discouraged. We don’t want to stop visiting you and sharing what you do.  We hear fascinating stories and funny ones too. The history of some of these pieces is so interesting.

So we’ll keep doing what we do if you keep doing what you do. Let’s work together to help each other. Our plans for the rest of the year include The Vintage Marketplace (twice), Remnants of the Past, Behind the Picket Fence, Three Speckled Hens, Barnhouse Chicks, Vista Vintage & Makers Market and the new Flying Miz Daisy plus our usual The Coast Vintage Market and all our stores and monthly flea markets we regularly visit. It’s going to be very busy through the end of the year!!!  If you think of anywhere else we should go-please let us know!!  And please keep up the good work, we’ll be out to see it!!!

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

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Junk in the Trunk- Liberty Station style

Hi All!!

Junk in the Trunk

Have you been to the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market yet? If not, what are you waiting for? This awesome market is happening next in Scottsdale, AZ in September.

We’ve been to the market twice this year in San Diego and Los Angeles, CA. Lindsey and Coley provide a wonderful venue full of some of the best Vintage Vendors in the SouthWest. The Liberty Station venue has so much to offer besides the market. You can spend a whole day down there at JITT, the Liberty Station Public Market and the various museums.

Mom and I have been to this market a few times, this past weekend, my husband was able to go with me. We were able to visit with Miller Rustic, Boarding House Broads, Countryside Barn and new friends Golden Pineapple, Oak Post & Ivory, Emmy & Avery, SchmaltzLand Creations & Ripe Designs. (Tim & Kim, Winners of Flea Market Flip)

It was great to see so many new (to us) vendors busy selling out to customers. We heard from several that they had sold out of their big pieces early the first day. Miller Rustic sold most of their big pieces and needed to rearrange to keep the shop looking full and interesting. Wish I had the space for some of their designs. Mike and Ivis have great design style and a construction background to boot. My husband Kevin and Mike hit it off, talking shop and furniture building. And of course we got to see the Broads! The girls even let me take a picture with Brad!! (Swoon)


My best advice if you are going to have a booth, put your sign out! There were so many vendors that I had to ask who they were. The map was a little confusing and only a few had business signs out. Plus, grab a big space if you have furniture. It was tough to see what everyone was selling. The booths were a little cramped and with all the customers there, I couldn’t get in to take pictures of all the ones I wanted to.

Thanks for reading…Amy

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Top 5 items to sell!!!!!!

Good evening from Amy and Bonnie,

As you know if you follow us, we go to a lot of flea markets, stores, parking lot sales and events. In doing so we see what vendors are currently selling and what is still sitting there after a few events. So…we decided to take a look at what is moving and give you a list of our findings. Of course we are open to other opinions, just use the comment section on our blog here, we would love to hear them.

Number one top seller: Frames!! You would think we all have enough but they are probably the item we see most.  If a vendor has display pieces using it a different way it sells even better. Magnet boards, bulletin boards, chalkpaint boards, boards with clips and string, all of these can probably be found at any booth. How many varied ways are there to use a frame? Let us know if you have ideas.

Number two: Wine barrel strap metal hearts. Hey, we each bought one. Everyone we know bought one. We both used to live in wine country, Napa, so they are dear to our hearts and memories. ( If we had only know how wine stuff would take off we would have collected it when we lived there for free from our friends who worked at wineries!!!)  Almost anything wine related sells, wine boxes, wine barrels, wine labels, wine corks, right?  So many crafts to do with all that stuff.

Number three: small tables-like coffee tables, side tables, bedside tables, patio accent tables, plant stands. These can be found anywhere and usually pretty inexpensive. The price goes up if the vendor has custom painted it like @Atomic Loft at @needfulthingsaddiction in Lake Elsinore. They are usually the most sought after item for vendors to turn over quickly.  Easy to carry if you buy one and easy to decorate with.  For vendors selling other products like @sweetpeascharm they are the perfect setting for showing her plaster paint colors.  Easy to use to set up smaller displays for a vendor too. Most versatile piece out there.

Number four: Anything galvanized or rusted. At @threespeckledhens, a market we love and will be attending again Sept 30th and Oct 1st in Paso Robles, we saw so many dealers selling rusted farm pieces, and it seems to vary in variety from area to area. There is more farm land up there in Northern Calif.  and so you see more rust than you knew existed.  Down here in So. Calif. it’s hard for dealers to find so they have to go picking up north or Arizona or Texas or the mid states.  Galvanized or rust adds such a difference when you use it in your decor. It’s that added touch. So baskets, gears, feeders, planters,  are big attention- getters,  and sell quickly.

Number five: Signs, signs, signs.  Signs are still going strong. There are so many different ways to make them that we think they will be a best seller forever. At @farawayhood they made us a sign with @sweetpeacharm (another blog coming about that) and we noticed they are continually changing their rusted numbers,letters and symbols to make as many different signs as possible. At @newagain_furnishings in Glendora the window and old cabinet door signs are made using quotes and sweet sayings.  At @needfulthingsaddiction in Lake Elsinore you can find @picklenbean with yet another different style, filling the whole hallway there with beautifully framed signs,  some of her pieces are at @vintiquealley in Riverside too. And more at Needful Things Addiction, Lake Elsinore, @thebannergirls have yet a different style.  At @shabbyology in Covina look for classes on making signs with Iron Orchid Designs.  Most of these vendors make professional custom signs, so if you like their style pm them on Instagram. There is no end to what you can put on a sign, it personalizes your home, and is a clue to your decorating style. Great for gifts too.

More on our sightings  and observations in future blogs, be sure and follow us along.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

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More of us…

Bonnie & Amy

Hi, we are Amy and Bonnie, mother and daughter that make up We’re Mad About. How are you guys doing?

We have met a lot of you, vendors, store owners, shoppers, pickers, all now friends! We started the Instagram and blog a little over a year ago (and now we have over 4,200 followers on the ig). The reason we started them was because we noticed more fleamarkets and stores opening up. For awhile it was sparse. We love love love going out and meeting everyone and we don’t want these places to disappear again.  So it’s personal to us that customers find out about you dealers and keep you in business.  Bonnie gets out there more than Amy, since Amy still works a full time job and is married, but we both try to search out new businesses.  We have made new friends, learned about junking and picking, gone to classes, and bought more than we should have, and it has been rewarding and we are grateful to you all. And we are attempting to do our part to keep you going!!

Of course, a blog is a much harder nut to crack than Instagram. It grows slower and people don’t follow you as fast. We have had store owners and vendors tell us they tried one and gave up. We, of course, had ours hacked (no, we don’t know why people do that!!) and had to restart. $$$.  What a pain! But we did it and are still hanging in there. Eventually it will get some decent numbers.  Instagram, with some care and attention, grows rapidly, and provides instant gratification so it is easier to deal with. If you are not signed up, please do so.

So meanwhile, this is our plea. Help us help you!!! If you know of new markets, vendors, stores that you want to see more of…let us know about them. Or if you are one yourself, feel free to self-promote! We love that!! We would love to visit more fleamarkets and  stores and events that showcase vintage, repurposed, repainted, reloved junk in Southern California.  Not so much for commercial items please. Drop a comment if you love a store and want us to highlight them on our Instagram or blog.  We know for a fact that some of the vendors we previously talked about have added to their Instagram numbers after we put up a few pictures. And most of the stores and venues have received new visitors and business since we posted about them. We are happy to do so. If you are a vendor and want us to post a picture of a piece you are especially proud of,  we can do that too. If you want us to write a blog about how you got started and what you carry contact us.  If you are a store we haven’t been to lately, remind us and we’ll drop by again. If you are a customer and want us to highlight your favorite shop, tell us about it.  If you are having a pop-up or sidewalk sale, we are happy to promote it for you. Small business is hard, take advantage of us to help. It’s free advertising, people!!!!  We want you to succeed and we don’t want to get stale. We want to keep finding and sharing new venues and vendors, as well keep showing you our favorites too. We have a few ideas to turn this  into a money-making business for us in the future  but for now it isn’t and that’s ok.  It’s a labor of  love now and always. We would love to help you so let us know how.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy