No Flea Markets???????????????????????

St. George Christmas lights

St. George Christmas lights

Hi-it’s Bonnie
After Christmas I made a trip to St George, Utah with my best friend of 53 years. Her grandson is in school there so we went to visit him, now for the third time. Of course, by now we have checked out most of the stores, antique and vintage, around there. Most were closed after the holidays and on Sunday. I posted a few pictures on Instagram, some of the pieces we saw were so good, I got a lot of ideas. It’s a beautiful area and everyone is very friendly. However we decided that neither of us could live there. Any guesses why? It’s not Mormons ( no problem there), it’s not the lack of bars (except in restaurants) I’m not that much of a drinker, it’s not the weather ( but I love So Cal)-it’s that there are no swap meets or flea markets around. What!!!!
It’s like taking a bottle away from a baby. I think I have withdrawal pains. I can’t wait for Sunday to go to Driving Miz Daisy and reassure myself it’s still going on. What the heck? How boring is life without our Sunday outings?? And Saturday and Wed-Friday at the stores? For me, going out, meeting vendors, seeing friends, checking out displays and new merchandise, getting some sunshine (I hope), getting a little exercise, it’s the best.
Next week we will head out to some stores and check out their winter displays. Get ready store owners!! I cannot believe how inventive and talented these vendors are. I could live in several of the stores front windows, they look so cozy and well-arranged!
I don’t know about you guys but Amy and I are filling our calendars for the first part of the year. Feb. looks so exciting with Junk in the Trunk coming to Pomona, and Junk Bonanza at Del Mar-I can’t wait to see some of the vendors we met last time and meet some new ones. These are the cream of the crop-make your plans to go too.

2017 is going to be a great year. Amy and I started in April 2016, now we have over 2,100 followers

on Instagram and have made many many new friends, so it has been very fulfilling for us.
Everyone have a wonderful 2017, hope to see you all soon.

Thanks for reading, Bonnie…

Department 56 and me

Hi, it’s Bonnie…

Village on Vintage Ladder

Village on Vintage Ladder

Department 56 and I have a love/hate relationship. One of my sisters bought my other sister, Robin, and I each a 3 piece starter set in 1987. Of course we fell in love with it so since then we have bought a piece for each other almost every birthday and Christmas. They started making these villages in 1976 and Dicken’s Village in 1984. We both collect Dicken’s but Robin also collects the Halloween series. ( See, I can control myself a little.)

So like any collection, it is a little out of control. Not to say that we have all of them-because we don’t-they come out with several new ones each year. But we both have about 60-100 houses, businesses, and vendors-selling mistletoe and hot drinks and such. Sometimes we buy each other the same one without knowing.
We have ordered online, I got some at the Rose Bowl, some at Canterbury

Vintage House

Vintage House

Gardens in Escondido, some at Stats in Pasadena and Whittier, some in Napa when I lived there, and some at a store we loved called Windsor Cottage in Rancho Cucamonga which is now out of business. Windsor Cottage put on a tour each year at Christmas where you could go to 4-6 different collectors houses and see their villages displayed. It was so much fun. Almost like trick or treating! First you would meet at the store, get refreshments, look at the new pieces, then they would hand out a map showing the houses on the tour. It was wonderful because one-the collectors who did all the work, could see it was appreciated and two-because we got to see the private setups. You would not believe the beautiful incredible ways they arranged these villages. Trains ran through them, snow fell into the scenes, skaters moved around ice rinks. Every house had refreshments, some were decorated from top to bottom, and it was a great night always. We did the tour for several years, and sometimes there was a Halloween one too. I have searched for other tours and never found any-if you know of one please comment. I now have a group of 10 people searching for one. Or maybe next year, we could start our own.

Dept. 56 Village

Dept. 56 Village

So after last Christmas when I barely decorated (had a bad knee), I decided this year I would put out the villages-no, some of the villages. We went to Junk in the Trunk in San Diego and I bought a ladder. Anyone on Pinterest has seen these ladders with Christmas villages, can’t say I was original. Then I conned my son into buying and cutting wood to stretch across the steps for my birthday present. I am beginning to like projects rather than presents. We got it in the house and it was up to me, no one else left to blame!
I have a shed full of holiday decorations so first I had to hire a friend to help me get to the villages. That was 3 hours of packing away stuff I had thrown in the doorway all year and 2 1/2 hours of me cussing and dragging trash away. My organizing fairy took the year off. After we unearthed the villages I started bringing them in the house. It takes awhile to unpack because they are in styrofoam boxes and break easily. But I did it! Then I arranged them by shelf-businesses on one, houses on the next, and I planned to put a church on the top. Best laid plans-it was a little too wobbly, making me have nightmares of it falling on my 92 year old mothers head during Christmas dinner. I ended up buying a gorgeous lightweight angel at Driving Miz Daisy ( $6.00!!) and placed it on top. I put batting on the boards and a border of fake snow and we were ready to go. 6 hours later and the top picture is the result.

Dickens Village

Dickens Village

I love the way it looks and I love the villages. The houses all have names ,like Blueberry Cottage and Hollyberry Cottage, I have 2 post offices, since I worked for them and two English mailboxes, even 2 different churches and several pubs-do you think there’s a reason for them??? Hmmm. It may not be decorator heaven but it works, and I did it!!!

I had a little get together to show them off and they were a hit. Now to get through 16 people at Christmas Eve without any breakage and then I get to repack, re-cuss and back they go-to my nice clean storage. Since I have so many I thought I would mark the boxes with the year and next year use the ones I couldn’t fit this time. That way I can see them all without killing myself to overdo it. Those days are gone.

I hope you enjoyed my story and looking at the villages. I plan to leave them to my granddaughters and hope this tradition goes on… They are beautiiful and charming and I have gotten so much happiness from them, I hope they will too.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

The Vintage Marketplace

Countryside Barn

Countryside Barn

 

The Vintage Marketplace is one of our favorite markets. The market always has the best vendors and sweet finds. They started out at Rainbow Oaks Park in the Rainbow area. For the last year, I’ve been fortunate enough to have it close to home in Temecula. The Temecula location is in ranch country, surrounded by mountains and horse properties. Simply beautiful. Well now they are headed “Back to their roots”! We are very excited for the market to be headed home.

All Over the Map

All Over the Map

You will be able to visit at 4815 5th Street in Rainbow. There will be additional parking and a shuttle service. They are looking for a few new vendors, please visit their website at http://www.thevintagemarketplaceca.com/.

Please enjoy a few photos from past markets!

Thanks for reading…Amy

 

Getting ready for the holidays

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Made. Riverside

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Serendipity Antiques, Temecula

Hi everyone, this is Bonnie. I thought I would talk about some of the places we went in Oct. and our plans for Nov-Dec. I had a busy month. I have been to Riverside, Crestline, Temecula, Vista, Glendora, Covina, Fallbrook, Tustin and a few more. You can see some of the other great pictures on our Instagram-weremadabout. Check out our Facebook too. November looks to be even busier. I am in the process of making up the November calendar and need help! If you know of any boutiques, community centers, cities, flea markets that are having holiday sales please let us know. We would love to publicize them. Every little bit helps, there are so many venues, some get overlooked and we don’t want to discourage any vendor. Some of the venues we have gone to not knowing if they were big or small have been the best, and we go back again and again. We have met so many nice vendors. I am constantly trying to find new (to us) places to show you.

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Vintique Alley- Riverside

We have started filling in the month and it looks like so much fun. Vintique Alley and Embellished Nestings in Riverside are having their holiday gala Nov 5th from 4-9, Countryside Barn in Poway is having theirs Nov 4-6th, we are waiting on a date for Button and Burlap in Fallbrook-there’s all kinds of parties going on!! Most of these have wine or punch, cookies, cupcakes- a little substance to keep you going. And the new merchandise they bring in is the best. Most of them actually close a few days before the event to redo and set up. Some request no children, as it tends to get very crowded. B Street Junky will be having a sip and shop I’m planning to be at also. We are waiting on dates for several others. Behind the Picket Fence is on my list for Nov 5th too. It’s going to be a wild day, from Costa Mesa in the morning out to Riverside at night. But Picket Fence is one of my favorite places-think apple pie- and always great vendors.

All of these events are a good way to get in the holiday spirit. It feels like it has been pushed upon us starting in October and it’s easy to be a humbug. But after you push and prod yourself and a few friends to one of these galas you’ll feel more like celebrating. I think it’s a present to yourself. I know sometimes it’s hard for me to get up for a flea market and get going, but once I do I revive and am ready for more. I am looking forward to seeing the holiday decor, some of these stores go all out and I love to look at their decorating.

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The CC Trading Co- Driving Miz daisy

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

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Up-cycled Cottage Vintage Pop-Up Sale

Upcycled Cottage Vintage Pop up saleWe have been following Reina for awhile now and really love her style. She is a sweet soul and gentle spirit. I met her Behind the Picket Fence a few weeks ago and I have felt blessed since.

Reina is having her Up-cycled Cottage Vintage Pop-up Sale this weekend. It starts tomorrow and runs through Saturday. August 19th-20th, starting at 8 am. Make sure you get there early, looks like it ends at 2 pm each day, and I just know she will have so many wonderful goodies. Upcycled Cottage

You can find Reina and her Cottage in Valencia, 25224 Fourl Road, Valencia 91321

She will have raffles, refreshments, vintage, salvaged, home and garden decor.

Follow her on Facebook and Instagram -Upcycled Cottage.

And if you see her, tell Amy and Bonnie say Hi!

Junk in the Trunk…

Junk in the Trunk MarketThis past weekend mom and hubby and I headed down to Liberty Station in San Diego for the Junk in the Trunk event. WOW!

It was an amazing market. We have been anxiously waiting for this market to come to California, and it was worth the wait! So many fabulous finds and great vendors. We were lucky enough to meet several new vendors from Arizona and see some of our old favorites.

Stacy Chriest at Vintage Addiction is one of my new favorites. Her booth was so colorful and fun. Her frames are painted in bright and trendy colors that draw you in. We bought a frame for our Ombré stair wall. Cannot wait until we can put it up with the perfect picture. You can find Stacy on Instagram.

Then we ran into Tracy and Valentina at Boarding House Broads! We first met them at The Vintage Marketplace at Galway Downs. Simply adore them and their fun spunky attitude. It was great to be able to get some more photos of their booth and give them some love.

Seeing old friends and meeting new ones is always the highlight of our adventures. Scoring the perfect ladders for the Christmas Village isn’t bad either. (That’s hubby smiling in the background) Watch for future blogs highlighting more vendors. Thanks for reading…..Amyimage

Initially….

The Christmas tradition in my family is to give a gift to all adults that cost under $10. This keeps the spending down and forces us to get creative. One year I decided to make a SPECTACULAR  gift for everyone. I had seen something similar and loved the idea. Initial boards.

Fortunately for me, I have a husband you enjoys projects as much as I do. This was a great one for us to spend time together creating. I went down to the local Lowe’s and purchased 1″ thick planks of wood, approx. 3′ long. I had these cut to the size I had determined I wanted them, about 15″, with a small piece left over.

I recruited my husband to help with this project. We began by prepping the boards, we used a light-grain sandpaper and sanded all sides, including the edges. The goal was to have a nice smooth feel, taking off any protective finish the manufacturers might have used. We then proceeded to stain the boards, using Minwax Classic Gray stain.  There was a little experimentation with the staining. We tried brushing it on, but it came out thick and left drip marks. The technique that worked best, was to use an old rag. Dip and swipe. The wood absorbed the color perfectly. We wanted a weathered gray look, as though it had been beaten by the ocean wind.

Next we took a piece of burlap and cut it to size. Sadly, this is not as simply as it seems. There is a trick to it. From there we stretched the burlap and fastened it to a portable station. You need it taut in order to achieve a straight letter. After much tweaking to the placement of the stencil, we used Design Master flat black spray paint to transfer the letter onto the burlap.

Now that everything is perfectly primed, placed, and painted- you wait. For it all to dry. In the winter months, this takes some time. We then positioned the burlap on the board and used Loctite spray adhesive to apply. For finishing touches, we created decorative borders around the burlap. This is where my hubby gets to use his table saw. Sadly, the one he had for years, would not work. Poor guy (not really) had to buy a new one. I don’t mind him buying his “toys”, because I give him excuses to use them. See how that works? He gets new toys, I get someone to do the dirty work. (Wink wink)

The initial boards were a huge hit! Score one for Amy.

I would love to hear your thoughts about these boards!

Thanks for reading… Amy

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