Best Weekend ever!!!!!

Hi, it’s Bonnie.

I waited till tonight, to post for last week because I wanted to talk about our weekend. Amy went to Seahive Marketplace in Oceanside for the first time and she said I need to get over there. It’s a new warehouse type store filled with vendors, notably, Boarding House Broads for one. We love everything they do, and Tracy from the Broads is working there. It is at 1555 S Coast Highway, Oceanside. www.SeahiveMarketplace.com. If the weather would let up I would be there. Maybe next week, 104 is too hot for me, but I will get there.

So for what I did this weekend!! It’s a lot. Friday we went to Costa Mesa for the first @flyingmizdaisy show. Just to let you in on a secret—it was great! The vendors brought their best and we met so many we didn’t know. I love how nice the vendors were. Supporting each other, telling us not to miss seeing other booths, explaining what they do, it is so interesting and they all work so hard. It’s not easy loading, unloading, decorating, redecorating, pricing-everyone we saw were on their feet, talking to customers. We talked to Char, who is the heart and soul of Flying Miz Daisy, she was thrilled with the turnout. The music was wonderful, by the way. It’s a cool place too, in a building called The Hanger. Some great vendors are @vindustrial_supply_co, @junkstyledesign, @love_picking_junk and @rusticandrefinded, @seahousedesign. We met @mala_creations too and love her pieces of furniture. Next one is Dec 1,2 so mark your calendars, don’t miss out.

Sweet Peas Charm at Behind the Picket fence

Sat am we were off to Behind the Picket Fence, again in Costa Mesa. I love this smaller show, it is filled with vendors who really care and love what they do. We knew lots of them and it was fun to say hi and shoot the breeze. Of course every time we go I have to say “get the apple pie ready”. It is the best ever and on a hot day with ice cream and a cold ice tea it made me happy. Among all the vendors, we also ran into Lynn, from @sweet Peas Charm, and I wanted to show the brushes she uses for the plaster paint she reps for Calif. Any stores need a paint line, this is the one. I am using it right now to paint the bottom of my old oak table. It looks good-if I say so.

Woodlyn Road, Behind the Picket Fence

From there we went straight to @topsecretfleamarket. I posted on Ig about this and she just happened to get the building for another one. We saw lots of different pieces from the first time and we’ll let you know when and where the next one will be. If you like France, this is the one to go to. It moves around but in the Orange County area.

On Sunday we saw a post about a warehouse in LA and we made it over there. It is called Vintage Junction at 4436 Worth St, Los Angeles. The owner has an estate sale company and the warehouse is for all she finds. Its HUGE!! So much fun to rummage around. I really need a truck. We could not believe all the good junk. Prices were fair too. It would be a good place to pick and I’m sure lots of vendors know about it. She is only open once in awhile, we’ll post the next one. Also she is planning to have a event where vendors can sell soon. We can’t wait. The more we get out, the more events we find out about and get to go and tell you guys about them. We are posting all the pics we can, #supportvendors!!!

 

Get ready, we start the holiday season soon. Sooner than later if the stores have their choice. But my calendar is booking up. This Sat we are heading out to Barn House Chicks in Thousand Oaks. Every place we go we ask if they have more shows planned so we can make sure we don’t miss them, I suggest you do the same. All the new creations come out for the seasons. We’ll be posting all the events we know about in advance. Hope to see you out there, it’s going to be so much fun.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

Come on Fall!!!!!

Looks like Fall to me

Hi it’s Bonnie,

One commo:n phrase we have heard lately is how slow it is. Not many buyers or lookers, summer is usually low volume. There’s a couple of reasons for it. First, it’s hot as h… I haven’t been out as often because I dread going from cool store to hot car, only to do it again and again. I’m sure a lot of people can’t take the heat and so they stay home. Starting to feel like it might cool down a little finally! Second, back to school shopping. That takes a tremendous amount of time and energy, to say nothing of the money!! Third, there is quite a bit of similar stock out there, and a lot of it is brown. I am anxious to see the new Fall colors myself.

Personally, Fall cannot get here too soon for me. I want cooler weather and long walks. I want to see pumpkins and fall decor. Of course all I have to do is go to Hobby Lobby, they started over a month ago. But Hobby Lobby just isn’t my cup of tea. I like frayed, worn, rusty not mass produced. I want the love put in a item to show, not the dollar signs. I want to see the old gears and chicken feeders made into repurposed pieces. I don’t want a pretend keepsake. I want something that shows someone loved it, and spent their time and talent on it. Fall seems to bring out the best of vendors and stores. I have already been keeping an eye on Instagram and have seen some Fall decor sneaking in. I usually don’t want to rush the seasons, but….

Who’s with me?????

Pumpkin courtesy of Sweet Peas Charm and the Plaster Paint Co. Find her at Needful Things Addiction, Lake Elsinore and Fourth Street Antiques, Temecula.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

3 Social Media tips!!!

Hi it’s Bonnie,

Social Media is a tough one. Some people are just made for it. Me, I have to have my 14 year old granddaughter explain it to me!!! But, we have come up with a list of things you might want to consider:

1-Looking at the Instagram accounts we are interested to see what works and doesn’t. When you start an Instagram account you never believe you will get that many followers. I remember our first 100, we thought we were at the top. Now we have over 4300!!!! It’s been a year and a couple of months. That’s pretty good considering we don’t sell anything. So how did we do it? We tried to post pictures of pieces and people that we were and are still excited about. We follow back Instagram accounts in our wheelhouse. No follow for follow because they usually drop you shortly anyway. So usually, not real estate agents or gyms or social media growth sites. We keep checking the accounts we follow and like the posts so they know we are still interested. We repost posts that appeal to a wide range of people. We comment, not just for the sake of commenting, but because we know what a comment can do. Some of our early followers who commented-thank you, it helped keep us going. We respond to all that comment. We really try to space out our posts daily, usually 3 a day and one, for sure, around 7-8 at night. We think posting 10 in a row is irritating to see. We try not to post the same thing twice (although we have been guilty of that). We post every single day. We hunt out Instagrammers to follow. We make sure to follow stores and vendors. One of our first questions is “are you on instagram?” We love doing this and meeting you.

2-Facebook-Many many store owners use facebook. The problem we have with that is out-of-date postings. It is really easy to let time go by and posts get stale quickly. Make sure your store hours and days are correct. We have gotten caught in that trap, it’s pretty maddening when you get to a store and they are closed when facebook says different. Keep pictures current of your stock so customers have an idea of what kind of pieces they will find when they get to you.  Make sure users know how to contact you. State your policies clearly-do you do layaway or holds? Post your sales and classes on there also.

3-Web sites-Please please continue to contribute. I can name several sites off the top of my head that are stores out of business or now closed different days than stated. Make it easy to reach you. If you have a stagnant site customers wonder if you are still there or if you just don’t need business. Double and triple check for mis-spellings and grammer errors. Nothing looks worse or is more embarrassing but we have all done it. We cringe everytime we see an error!! Go back and fix anything wrong, don’t let it just sit. Mention your Instagram or Twitter on the website often. Each of us likes certain social media more, for us obviously Instagram, but let your customers know where else they can find you. Again post sales and classes you offer. Think of ways to spark interest. Remember, lots of people only see you on your social media. Make it sharp, informative, and up to date.

There you go, I’m sure we should have mentioned so much more, but that’s what comments at the bottom of this post are for! Help us, if you think of anything we forgot.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

 

July Summary

Hi everyone!

We were going through our calendar for July yesterday. We have gotten in the habit of  jotting down where we went on certain days for several reasons. We want to tell about classes or demo days we come across and we want to make sure we aren’t visiting anyone too often!!! Tell us if you have something special planned and we’ll post for you.  Some of these stores we could go everyday and find something new! However it makes sense to us to space it out a little. Then the inventory turns over, store owners get new pieces finished, and we all have something new to share.

So for July here’s our summary:

July 5- Needful Things Addiction-Lake Elsinore

Serendipity Antiques & Garden-Temecula

July 9- The Coast Vintage Market-Mission Viejo ( formerly Driving Miz Daisy)

July 13-Vintage Begonia-Temecula

Needful Things Addiction-Lake Elsinore

July 15 Junk in the Trunk-San Diego (Amy)

Shabbyology-Covina (Bonnie)

July 18-Vinitique-Lake Elsinore

July22-Shop-Eras-Pasadena

July 23-Old Town Flea Market-Tustin

Country Roads-Orange

July 24-Treasures n Junk-Ontario

July 28-The Nest-Yucaipa

Les Chateaux-Yucaipa

The Red Rooster Vintage-Redlands

Back in Time-Redlands

July 29-My French Farm-Mentone

Vintique Alley-Riverside

Embellished Nestings-Riverside

Mrs. Darlings-Riverside

Made-Riverside

Now, if you know of anywhere we need to see, use the comments below or send us a message on our Instagram @weremadabout. For August  we know we are hitting The Coast Vintage Market, on Aug 13th in Mission Viejo  ( formerly Driving Miz Daisy), and the new Flying Miz Daisy in Costa Mesa on the 25th ( it is open on the 26th too) and then the next day, the 26th, Behind the Picket Fence, also in Costa Mesa.  And we won’t miss Vintique Alley’s Sip N Shop on Aug. 17th in Riverside between 5-9. Wine, anyone??  The rest of the month will be filling up soon, sounds pretty full of too much fun already, doesn’t it? Oh and Seahive in Oceanside, a new store chock full of vendors, is opening in August too. Boarding House Broads will kill us if we miss that!! Sept is already booking up too, most importantly, we are going back to @ threespeckledhens in Paso Robles!!!! Yeah!! We had a great great time there earlier this year and this time we know even more vendors. See you there, @thejunkdiva @lilwoodsvintage @millerrusticdesign @sweetpeascharm- anyone else, let us know if you’re going and we’ll post on the ig for you. We got a lot of new followers and friends after our visit last time.

It’s a fun time of year coming up soon. We are soooo excited for fall and all the shows and vendors and stores.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

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

 

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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