New stores, new vendors!!!

Hi, it’s Bonnie,

Pier2Oranges at The Red Rooster Vintage

We have been trying to get out to more stores and are asking everyone to recommend ones they know of. We want to be able to share with our followers as many vendors, stores and events as possible. It’s nice when we hear from you and then we meet them and it is always rewarding. Watch next week for March calendar page, lots and lots going on.

We are sponsoring a giveaway for free tickets to an event in Las Vegas-Summerlin to be

Rusty Gypsy

exact. That will be coming soon. The reason is they–@vintagemarketdaysnevada saw us on Instagram and sent a text asking us to participate.  Love Love Love too!!! Watch for that announcement soon. If you are a store near us and want us to stop by or host a giveaway, just send a pm and we’ll be there shortly!! We got a message today about @cinnamonsticks in Los Alamitos from a friend, and are making our plans to go visit them. Thanks to @ madenewhome. Met more vendors at @the_red_rooster_vintage pop-up in Redlands, and saw some old friends, @repurposedsoul, @alloverthemapp,  @ittybittyvintageshop.

We just posted on Instagram for a vendor, @

Fountain Valley Vintage

Royaltyranch because of a request from @yourvintagetreasure. We are more than happy to spread the word. So happy in fact, we are working on a free newsletter for stores and events. Still in the planning but we’ll let you know more asap. Amy discovered a “new to us” “Instagrammer and vendor,@ augustrust2012, and we love their pieces and posted one. More will be coming, they are unique. Bonnie met @catsrustyroses awhile ago and we have posted some of her creations found at @Vintiquealley Riverside. Stopped in @rustygypsy in Upland, hadn’t been there in awhile, great stuff and nice owners. Also met the owner of @fountainvalleyvintage  in Yucaipa, we had fun talking about her workshops and expansion. So it’s been a busy start to the year-getting even busier this weekend at @junkinthetrunkvintagemarket in Pomona. See everyone there???

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

Junk in the Trunk-Pomona Fairplex

Hi, it’s Bonnie and Amy,

The Vintage Blvd

Vindustrial

Woohoo!!! The big shows are back!! Starting with Junk in the Trunk at the Pomona Fairplex Feb 24-25. We’ll be there on Sat. We love seeing the vendors and the crowds at these events. Everyone brings their best stuff and the booths are just beautifully arranged.

Last year we went and saw so many vendors we knew. Attached are a few pictures. It is great to talk to them and see what they have picked, painted, produced and come up with each time. The Fairplex has a nice atmosphere with music and food vendors. For some of these vendors, this is the only show they are doing so it’s nice to catch up. Among our favorites on the list this time are Miller Rustic Design, Seahouse Design, the Junk Diva, Lilwoods Vintage, Ripe Design, Anything Rustic-really they are all our favorites. It’s $8.00 a day, early bird $20 if you buy before 2/19/18. Parking is unfortunately $12, but that goes to the venue, not the show. It’s worth it to see all the vendors together, imagine how many stores and pop-ups you would have to drive to, to see this many and they are the best of the best!! Check out all this years vendors on their website, www.junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com 

Paper Jar

So get out your calendars, get your lists ready, and get over there. We’re wearing our comfortable shoes , and bringing our smiles. We’re so happy about this show!!!

Thanks for reading, Bonnie and Amy…

Palm Springs Market…

“Mad Men” glass

Did you know??

We recently discovered there was a Vintage market in Palm Springs. Our dear friend Barbara, from Barbara Ann Creations, was kind enough to take some photos and share some information with us. Thanks Barbara! Check out her Instagram at BarbaraAnnsCreations.

We are so excited to go to the next market. They take place the first Sunday of each month from 8AM-2PM, October- May. Admission is $5, free parking and there is live music. Discount tickets for the Feb. 18th market, available on their Instagram, at PSVintageMarket. The market is located at the Camelot Theaters, 2300 E. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs, CA. They are accepting new vendors and looking for classic cars and trailers. You can reserve a space through www.palmspringsvintagemarket.com.

Mash Hospital furniture

They have a market Feb 18th, Modernism will be the theme. Tin Man Treasures is rumored to be there! We heard there was Vintage Mad Men glassware everywhere!!

Would you like to be a guest blogger? Send us photos and information on markets you visit, we would love to share!

Thanks for reading, Amy & Bonnie~

Palm Springs Market

February Markets!!

February is  very busy month. There is something to do every weekend, from Vintage Markets to Workshops, and Sip & Shop. We hope you enjoy this Calendar of Events. And if you know of any, send us a message and we will share!

Cheers!!

~Amy & Bonnie

February Calendar of Events

Sundappled!

Sundappled

Hi, it’s Bonnie,

One of the things we love best about doing our Instagram and blog is that we not only get to meet the owners or vendors but also hear their stories. One of those is Sundappled at 216 W. Foothill Blvd in Claremont. We discovered and posted this store a few months ago and wanted to give a little more info about them. Run by two sisters who are strong, motivated and want to share with their community, it’s a fun place to go with events happening all the time. Here’s how they describe themselves:

We are Women, We are Mothers, We are Wives. We are the “Ladies of the Foothills” and owners of Sundappled Boutique. We are nestled in the beautiful community of Claremont and inviting you to share in the journey of “Women Serving Women”. We are a boutique space filled with handcrafted items, created by local artists, and there is a movement taking place in our whimsical and creative boutique. We are a retail space with a community vibe!!!
Follow us at:
 

So drop by and visit them. It’s by all the  colleges and close to downtown Claremont, where there are many more restaurants and places to visit. There’s an event happening there Feb 24th. ” The big secret your shopping habits reveal about you,” is the name, pre registration required. Only one of the many events they do.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

It’s almost Valentine’s!!!

Hi, it’s Bonnie,

Valentine’s Cards

I love it from the end of January on because it leads to what I call the fun holidays. Valentines Day, Easter, 4th of July where everyone is included-regardless of your age!  It’s just fun!! I posted on Instagram a picture shown here, of cards I saved (hoarded) from when my kids were small. They were from my mom, now 93, and I dated them at the time which was 1978. How did we all get so old???? I’m so glad (now) that I hauled all those boxes of memories through about 18 moves!!!

Embellished Nestings

We are now asking stores and vendors to write-up some of their story for us. We are fascinated by the dreamers who managed to open their stores or start a booth. It’s not easy. If you want to do a blog about your beginnings, email us at weremadabout@gmail.com. Promote yourself a little, it’s okay.

Attached are some pictures of the cute stuff we have seen out there for Valentines and Easter between last year and now. Be sure and Instagram us with some of your favorites. It’s so much fun to share.

Watch for the next blog featuring Sundappled a boutique in Claremont, Ca. Very interesting place. We are attempting to do a blog a week but don’t hold us to that. We will try to be more consistent though, we promise!!!

Thanks for reading, Bonnie and Amy…

It’s a tough world out there!!

Pier2Oranges Instagram

As you all know we are out and about as much as possible and we have found out one thing for sure, it’s a tough world out there!!

We came up with a few tips for shoppers and store owners or vendors we have found that we wanted to share. It’s hard to stay in business and that is evident by the stores leaving us this year. Some of them-Vintage California in Orange, Shabby Attic in Glendora are regrouping and starting new ventures. Some like Lloyd and Lane in Pasadena just can’t keep going. One reason is rents keep going up. Some of our favorites are moving or looking for places. So if you are a shopper, keep in mind, if you want that store to be there next time you decide to visit, you need to patronize them (that means buy from them), BUT, it also means, tell your friends, put them on your Facebook, go to classes there, and talk about them, take pictures and put them on your Instagram. We just ask nicely first and find that almost everyone wants you to share. It’s a huge help.

For store owners and vendors-blow your own horn!! Take business cards or flyers to all events and ask other vendors to exchange stacks with you. We all have to help each other. Go to the businesses around you and ask if you can leave a stack. That pizza place across from you that smells so good would like you to recommend them and might return the favor!! Maybe you can get a promotion going with them, like 10% off if you bring in a receipt from each other!!! Be sure and tell customers to check out other vintage stores around you. When we go to an area we are more likely to return if there are 3-4 shops to wander around and a place to have lunch. There’s room for everyone, and none of you carry exactly the same pieces. Be generous with your advice.

Itty Bitty Vintage Trailer

Be nice!!! We have seen some stuff that is not so nice. Customers who are rude, vendors who snap back too quickly or are too sharp, people who steal-come on!!! We all have bad days but come on!!! We get our feelings hurt really fast and we bet you do too. Niceness, on the other hand, is contagious.

We love getting to know the vendors and store owners but a side of our instagram and blog we didn’t expect was getting to know other customers. We run into people all the time that go where we go. What fun that is. We may not know all your names but we recognize you!! There are so many people that love vintage, handmade, handcrafted and appreciate the time and talent put into it. And, of course, we love it when you know about us at We’re Mad About.

Every month we are putting out a list of all the events we know ahead of time. Help us by sending us your event and we’ll add it. We just had a business contact us today to check for conflicting events before they scheduled theirs-smart, huh? Love it when a vendor-example Ittybittyvintageshop-posts their upcoming events. Or when a vendor has a sign with their Instagram so you can look them up easily. We take a picture of those so we remember later to follow them, if we aren’t already. We want to go to everything we can and we know that’s true for a whole bunch of you. We have an email, weremadabout@gmail.com where you can send your listing too and any others you know about. Let’s all try to get the word out.

Looking forward to Feb/March and all the big shows coming. Hope to see you at some of them, it is going to be a great 2018!!!

Thanks for reading…Amy and Bonnie

 

 

 

 

New Adventures

Farm Girls market

We have loved producing this blog for the last two years and following all the amazing vendors and stores and seeing each grow. There are so many creative and kindhearted folks out there. This past month we have heard of a few stores closing and several vendors down scaling the events they do and branching into new ventures. It saddens us to see these businesses we love so much, close down. It is part of why we do what we do.

We;re Mad About… calendar

We have come to call ourselves more than just Bloggers or Instagrammers. We now consider ourselves to be Small Business Promoters or Social Media Marketers. In an effort to continue to help businesses grow, we expanded our services this past year with the first Annual We’re Mad About…calendar. We featured 11 unique stores/ vendors in 11 different cities across Southern California. This is part of our effort to continue our commitment to ‘our’ vendors and stores and to take that next step as a growing business. (we have them for sale, by the way) (send us an email to purchase, weremadabout@gmail.com) We would like to Thank Bill Harvey for his amazing graphic work and Valley Printing in Temecula for giving us a beautiful product.

Featured in the calendar: The Romantic Home, Poway Countryside Barn, Bucket of Nails, New again Furnishings, Sweet Peas Charm, Shabbyology, Shop-Eras, Serendipity Vintage Boutique, Vintique Alley,Needful Things Addiction, and The nest

As of today, we have almost 5000 followers on Instagram. 5000!!!!!!! We are blown away at the way our presence has grown. We believe in honesty ethical work and always holding to our integrity. We believe in being responsible and keeping our word. At times, we may slip and forget or mis-speak. We are human. But, we are always committed to doing what we can to help others.

We look forward to continuing to grow and bring taking new adventures along the way. Bonnie and I are brainstorming lots of exciting ideas. We hope you will continue to follow along.

Happy New Year!!

Amy and Bonnie

Holiday Happenings

Hi, it’s Bonnie.

Shop- Eras

Hope your weekend was as good as ours. We were out visiting stores Friday and Saturday so, today, Sunday, is really a day of rest!!! Not just for us, for the poor car as well. It’s absolutely our pleasure to try to get to as many places as we can.

Friday we were at Fourth Street Antiques @4thstreetantiques in Temecula. The store was so well done, warm and welcoming. Lynn from Sweet Peas Charm @sweetpeascharm gave a workshop outside about her plaster paint with a make ‘n take. It was the cutest frame to put a picture of your pet for the tree. Inside the store we were amazed at all the vendors who dressed up their booths and brought in new pieces. And then there was the luscious buffet they set up–oh that cheesecake!!! They had a great crowd and it’s easy to see why. Drop by and see their trees and Dickens figures, they are so perfect. And put the open house on your calendar for next year, we are!!!!

Saturday was a packed full day. First off to So. Pasadena again. We stopped in at Lloyd and Lane @lloydandlane address is 1026 Fair Oaks. They have changed to their Christmas decor and are having a sale. They told us about a holiday open house they are having. It will be Nov. 29 from 5-8. What fun! Hope to see some of you there.

We next stopped at a private house having an event called  Lavender Marketplace in Sierra Madre. We were surprised at how many vendors we knew. Erika was there from She Sheds. @shesheds_thebook She has a book with She Sheds from different places out,  (Hint, hint good Christmas gift for a friend), and is working on another book right now. Also there,  Dragonfly Dreams @dragonflydreams and the junk diva @thejunkdiva and many other vendors. This is a gorgeous gorgeous house and they give  workshops with a magnificent lunch, hope we can go sometime. Check it out at @lavendermarketplaceworkshops.

Vintique Alley

To finish we ended up at Shabbyology, one of our favorites. @shabbyology 534 E Edna Pl Covina. Open Fri Sat Sun. Oh, there is so much Christmas there!!!! We wanted to buy it all. Check out  pictures on our Instagram.

Coming up we are headed out to the places on the flyers pictured throughout this blog. Try to get to some or all of these. It is uplifting to get out and talk to vendors and gets you in the holiday spirit. We see old friends and make new ones, get ideas, and support small business. Amy and I see that as our mission and hope you enjoy hearing about and visiting these stores and vendors with us.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

Shop Small Business

Beggarsbanquet_vintage

We have been all over in the last month and met some new store owners “ Hi, The Attic” @theatticonmyrtle in Monrovia and Lloyd & Lane in South Pasadena whose owners name is Bonnie too, for just two ” new to us” stores. All of them are getting their stores ready for Christmas and all the vendors we see are preparing their booths too. It makes us stop and think all that is required to run a junking or vintage or independent business. These people are busy!!! Selling it to you is the last step. All the picking, all the prep work, all the loading and unloading, all the decorating is such a huge job, and then they wait to see if anyone is going to buy it. Last weekend we went to 4 shows. See Instagram for more photos. At each show, and they were all well attended, the vendors were already talking about doing more projects, going out picking again, what they had at home to finish and on and on.

The point is that when you buy from one of them you get something that has been loving picked or repainted or refurbished or handmade or handcrafted. It’s not a manufactured mass market piece. It has meaning and hard work and love behind it. So when you go to a show think about that. When you go to any major store think twice before you buy new and see if you can’t buy from a vendor or an independent store.

We do this blog and our Instagram because we LOVE the shows and stores. A few years ago we could hardly find any independent stores. Now they are all around but lately some have started going out of business again. The experts say most new businesses fail in the first 18 months. Let’s all do our part to keep all the ones we love in business. That means buying from them, attending their events, encouraging individual vendors, and telling others about them on social media. It is almost the only way to advertise now. We have no qualms about promoting stores and dealers we love. It has become more and more a reason to seek out new stores, talk to more vendors, wave around that little pink business card of ours. We want them all to succeed so we can go see them again and again.

So during this holiday season give thanks to your favorite store or vendor. Tell them you appreciate them. You never know when someone’s having a bad day or week and your words pick them back up and keep them going. Help support small business, shop on small business Sat Nov. 25th, but remember them all year. We hate going and finding an out of business sign when we get to our destination. Let’s all do our part to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy