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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

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.!!!!!!

Remnants of the Past and other stuff!!

Paula Marie’s Vintage Finds

All last week on our Instagram we have been posting pictures of our trip to Three Speckled Hens. What a great show. We wish we didn’t have to wait for Oct to go again. That’s probably the best thing you can say about a show. It was a wonderful time. Be sure and look at our pictures.

Last weekend we went to Remnants of the Past, which was in Southern Calif. for the first time and our first time going. It was held at the Orange County Fairgrounds by Centennial Barn. It’s a good location. It will be here in Oct again and we will post a couple of days ahead to remind everyone. Lots of vendors there that we knew, several we had just seen at Three Speckled Hens. Always nice to see people you know and chat a little. We want to welcome Remnants of the Past to  So. Calif. and we are glad to have a chance to see them grow here. One of the vendors was telling us a story about the song “Happy” by Pharrell and a group dance, sure wish we had video!!!!

There were several vendors we had never met, and hope to see again. Be sure and check our Instagram-weremadabout-to see more pictures. We have lots more shows on our calendar for the future, the next big one being Julian Junkture and The Barn Vintage Marketplace..  It is May 27-28 9-4pm. It’s free which is good since it’s going to be a tank of gas for us from where we live, and two hour drive.  Anyway, we haven’t been to Julian in years so it’s exciting. A beautiful area.

Shabby Chateau

In the next two-three weeks we hope to get out to Riverside for Vintique Alley and Vintage Flair and Mrs. Darlings and Made. Those are our favorites there. Then to Yucaipa for The Nest and also to Long Beach for several of the stores there, Casa de Luxe, Romantic Home, Vintage Emporium for sure. And Covina for Shabbyology and and and…June 2 and 3rd is put aside for Vintage Marketplace in Rainbow, Ca.  Not missing that one!! Mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss any of the fun.

Today we went to Fullerton to see Made New Home Furnishings at 115 S Harbor, Fullerton. We were thrilled at what DeeDee has done with this space. That store is in such a great area, with all the restaurants. There’s a crepes place going in across from her soon and lots going on with the Mercantile Market which is the first Sat of each month in her parking lot. Next one is June 3rd. Quite a collection of makers as they try to keep it varied and new. 10-4 pm, free. The store is open Tues-Sat so go on by and say hi. Also right down the street is The Brick Basement 113 N Harbor,and The Found Shop, 122 N Harbor,  if you want to make a day of it. That’s our favorite activity-figuring out how to put together a day of visiting all these stores. One a day doesn’t cut it anymore, we want to hit 2 or 3. Addiction is one word often used about us!!

Again, please let us know of events close to us. We do want to visit as many as possible and share them with you. All the vendors we know are so hard working, they deserve to get as much attention as possible. Several of them spent two days at Remnants and then we saw them Sunday at Driving Miz Daisy. There were a few we also saw at Three Speckled Hens too!  We are in awe! It is hard work to haul furniture around and hope you are going to sell it.  So help us out by leaving a comment here or on Instagram to tell us about shows and stores, we’ll try our best to get there and tell others.

Made New

Thanks for reading, Bonnie and Amy…

Road Trip!!!!!

Three Speckled Hens

We did it! We finally got on the road and went up north to Paso Robles for Three Speckled Hens. Everyone told us it was one of the best—and guess what? They were right. We loved every minute. Got to see so many vendors we know, Liz from Countryside Barn, Micayo from Lilwoods, Michelle from The Junk Diva, Lisa from BBlessed Flannels, Diana from Broke Jewels, Michael from Miller Rustic-Ivis was out shopping… Who else? Junk Style Design, Through the Porthole, Atomic. Rust, Show your age and many more, plus we met some wonderful dealers. Some pictures are up on Instagram because we wanted to get them out there, then if anyone was thinking of going it might persuade them to go on Sunday. We will be back for the next one for sure, with a truck! The fairgrounds there are very pretty, flowers, waterfall, the people were great-not a sour word was heard. And they were busy, the early birders bought so much, every dealer was moving stuff by the time we got there at 10. Lesson learned—-Go Early!!

Junque Love

We also went to Morro Bay and met Doug at Junque Love. It’s at 699 Embarcadero and we want to go back–like today, but maybe in a month. Fantastic store, loved Doug’s stories, want to meet his wife because she has a eye for design! Morro Bay was having a classic car parade-love seeing all those restored vehicles. Another kind of recycling.

Stopped in Solvang because we came home down the coast. We must of said “it’s beautiful” about the ocean about 400 times till we started saying SHUT UP, ENOUGH!!! You’d think we lived a long way from the beach, instead of about an hour, the way we behaved. There’s something about getting away from home, even for a couple of days, that makes you appreciate every site you see. We all got along, this mother-daughter duo did good, and our friend Barbara put up with our friendly banter with good grace.  Can’t wait to go again! We are planning a trip to Arizona next. What has been your best trip? Got suggestions for us? Let us know.

Thanks for reading…Amy and Bonnie

 

April Activities

Hi, it’s Bonnie

 

 

Happy May! Does anyone else remember May poles? What a simple time that was. Our school would dance around the pole winding fabric lengths and make a bow at the bottom. God I’m old!!! But it was fun!!!

Speaking of  fun, in April we started off a great month,  with BarnHouse Chicks market in Thousand Oaks. Wow, the vendors were great! Even vendors we know were talking about the other ones, saying they had wonderful merchandise and arranged their booths expertly. Met some we didn’t know and are now following to see where we can find them next. Make sure you follow the ones you like, that’s why I add the @ instagram tag.

As you can tell we are trying to find more of these special events and shops so if you know of any we haven’t mentioned please put in a comment here or on our Instagram, we’re mad about, where we now have over 3500 followers!!!! Pretty good for not having a store or selling anything!  The saddest thing happened last week, we went to a store we love and found out they are closing. The rent is going way way up and they decided to try other avenues. I hate to see that happen and the only way we can keep all these places in business is to give them our business. We are trying to get to more events from Ventura to San Diego. We want to see more of you! We are planning a trip to Paso Robles on May 6th for Three Speckled Hens, already got our hotel and tickets!! We also want to go to Arizona soon and on the bucket list is Round Top Texas, of course!!!

Stores we stopped at in April include the ones in  Crestline’s TopTown,@ The_Rusty_Bucket_, My Favorite Things, @Encompass, and Sara’s Antiques and Atelier, it is gorgeous in the mountains and a lovely days trip! We only went up that far but next trip plan on hitting Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear too. It really clears your head to go up there. I used to live in the mountains and I really miss it. Nothing like fresh cool air. Did I say it’s beautiful up there?

We hit Savoir Faire in Fullerton, which is always the first Sunday of each month. It is growing rapidly and is one of the markets that has vendors who only sell there.  We always get to see @Rusticandrefined_Vintage and Love_picking_junk there as well as @Piers2oranges, three of our favorites. It’s a place to see unusual pieces from some vendors who have been doing this a long time. And of course, we always make sure we get to@ Drivingmizdaisy,  2nd Sunday of each month. We are using the @ for Instagram on purpose so you can look them up easily. If you go to no other fleamarkets or stores we would recommend Driving Miz Daisy for the one you can get too. It has a great selection of booths, it is very well divided between furniture, handmade, food booths or trucks, jewelry and clothing. Some markets have an abundance of jewelry or all the same booths, Not here! Food trucks all over. It also has a booth with fresh fruit, we got yummy strawberries last time, and they really try to arrange the booths so you have a variety of things to browse. Plus they always have music, sometimes 2-3 small bands, which is fun to stop and refresh and listen to. It’s at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, lots of trees and green around. Did we mention real restrooms? Add all this together and it will be your favorite monthly adventure. You never know what you will find! We go every month.

We try to get to stores in-between flea markets because we are so firm in our belief that we need to keep all of them in business. We don’t buy much, our houses are full, and it’s impossible with all the great pieces we see, but we believe that we are doing our part by writing about them, and putting them on Instagram and Facebook. Let us know events you are selling at or going to.

One of the pictures is of @ Newagain_furnishings in Glendora. It’s fairly new so get over there and support them, at 1200 E Route 66, Glendora, Calif. Open Thurs-Sat. I am in love with just about everything in the store. I think Joann has a great eye for home decor.

 

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

 

 

We’re Back…………………

Matilda’s Mouse

WE ARE BACK!!!

This is Amy…

After a seemingly forever un-intended and unwanted hiatus, we are back up and running. We would like to thank everyone for their support while we worked through this. Our site was hacked and infected with some malicious spam. Our blog links were re-routed to some unsavory content. Our host Siteground protected us and our readers by taking the site down immediately.  We would highly recommend Siteground for hosting. Sucuri cleaned our and will be keeping us safe from now on. Once we decided to engage Sucuri, they had us back up in a few hours.

Matilda’s Mouse

While we were down, we were quite busy. Mom (Bonnie) has been visiting lots of markets and keeping everyone updated on Instagram  and Facebook. I am so thankful for her.

We are quite excited to say we will be going to Three Speckled Hens in a couple of weeks! Our room is booked and tickets printed. This is our first (really) out of town event!! We are looking forward to seeing everyone we know and meeting new vendors. Watch for us, we will be sporting some new We’re Mad About… swag.

This is Bonnie…

Boarding House Broads

I have indeed been to quite a few stores and flea markets. Today I made it out to Matilda’s Mouse in Valley Center with a friend. It was quite a trek for us but we found it! A darling barn filled with antiques and vintage pieces, it was worth the trip. Every month now they have a 2 day event out there, with vendors outside. The very first one we saw was Boarding House Broads. Tracy and Valentina are so fun, so informative. They have been very busy lately because Tracy is heading up the Vista Vintage and Makers Market which is April 30th. This is the second one and now they have 80 some vendors. It is going to be so much fun, can’t wait. See you there????

Matilda’s Mouse is a great place to explore. We went around twice to catch everything. The other outside vendors were tables full of antiques, lots of silver and china. Fascinating to browse. We would recommend going out there, the next one is May 19-20, 10-5.

Thanks for reading…Amy & Bonnie

 

And so it begins-another week of fun!!

Vintage bread box from @Kubbysglass @drivingmizdaisy

My French Farm

Atomic. Rust- from Junk Bonanza

Hi it’s Bonnie,
Just a note to remind everyone that Sat and Sun are Junk in the Trunk at Pomona Fairplex. We are going to try to talk to all the vendors we know and meet a couple more. I am so happy for once a venue is closer to me than to Amy!!! She gets to drive over a hour this time! Luckily I love to drive.
Today we are heading to King Richards Antiques in Whittier. Haven’t been in a year or so, need to catch up on the vendors there. And it’s not raining, yet!
A few more pictures of the month so far. It is so much fun to meet these vendors and store owners. Some are new to us but most are established dealers who put their hearts and souls in these businesses. I am always amazed at the stories they tell of going picking. It is not easy to find, clean or refurbish, store and drag these finds to shows.  You are paying for all of that when you buy a piece that otherwise would have been taken to the dump, burned, or destroyed. It’s worth noting that when you think a price is too high. It was a lot of work to get it to you.

Please click on our ads on the right side if you get a chance.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

Junk Diva from Junk Bonanza

New shop reviews-Lake Elsinore, Murrieta

Wildoberry Farms

Hi, this is Bonnie,
Trying to get ahead of the rain this week, we headed out to Lake Elsinore and then Murrieta. Amy lives out that way but, I hadn’t had a chance to get to all these stores. I know we missed some, like Urban Decor in Elsinore (that I love) but, I promise we’ll be back. Too many good places to stay away.
Our first stop was Vintique at 18261 Collier Avenue, Lake Elsinore. We wanted to meet our prize winner, Colleen. She won the Lovepop card we gave away when we hit 2500 on Instagram. Click on their ad on the right side of the blog. They have the cutest cards. Colleen had invited us to drop in on Tuesdays when she works, so we took a chance, and sure enough, she was there. Vintique is full of booths with lots of vintage. There was refinished furniture, frames, gift items, dishes, pyrex, material, benches, and more. I try not to buy anything since my house is full but I did pick up a darling plate to make a cake-stand. Everyone was pleasant and friendly and helpful. One of the things I liked was that they have a Vintage flea market on the 2nd Sunday of each month in their parking lot. $20 a space if anyone is interested in selling. 8-1:30. Facebook.com/Vintique LLC. Lots in the store to keep you busy browsing and enough vendors to showcase their different stock.

Next stop Cottage Charm in Murrieta. Bigger than it looks since there is a garden area and a second building, and several rooms in the front building. We fell in love with the refinished furniture in the back building. There were a couple of rooms set up and some very nice pieces. I put one, the white armoire on Instagram. The yard between building had quite a bit of iron or wood garden furniture, nicely set out. It is located at 41529 Ivy and the phone is 951-600-9876. Open Mon-Saturday. It is nice to see what different vendors and artists are doing, and this store has a variety of vintage aprons, glassware, antiques and furniture.

Rooster Creek

From there we made our way to Rooster Creek. We wanted to see Wildoberry Farms’ booth since we had met Debbie at Behind the Picket Fence last year. She makes kits for framed pictures, has patterns for needlework, and makes primitive rag dolls. They are perfect for a display. She has been doing this as a business since 2010 and for herself before that. You can thank her for advising us to put addresses when we talk about stores, we were guilty of assuming everyone knows everything we do. Saved me a lot of answering questions, so thanks to her. It’s nice to see a business flourish because of talent. We met the owner of Rooster Creek,Vivian, and it is always nice to put a face with a business. And what a business. This place is absolutely darling! Not a thing dusty or out of place, I could live there. They have it set up with a good mix of furniture, recycled pieces and accessories. The landmark is a huge red sign so you can’t miss them at 42030 C St,. and it states that they carry primitives, antiques and vintage. On their Facebook I saw romantic prairie also. The way they arrange the shop it is easy to see how all those styles can work together. If you use primitive decor you know it’s not easy to find. They even have penny candy jars-not a penny anymore but we all remember the candy!

What a gorgeous day it was. We ate lunch outdoors and really relaxed. Nothing better than getting to see stores you have heard about before. All of these had really nice people working there which is important to me. Not going back if they are disinterested in customers, but everyone we met wanted to talk about their booth or store and we love when they are enjoy doing that. We’re crazy about vintage and up-cycled and re-purposed  and can’t get enough of seeing and hearing about vendors and stores. So much talent!! Join us again, we are constantly on the road.

Thanks for reading, Bonnie…

February Fun


Pier to Oranges Home Decor refinished this beautiful table and chairs we came across at Behind the Picket Fence. Just love the material and the distressed look of it.
Pier to Oranges Home Decor.   Instagram name is pier2oranges, check her out!

Upcycled Cottage

Hi, it’s Bonnie. I just looked at our calendar for Feb. and boy are we busy. I hope some of you can make it to these events, it’s going to be so much fun!

We spent last Saturday at Behind the Picket Fence. Love that venue, and not just for the apple pie, although…. We saw so many vendors we knew and that’s always a good time. They choose and mix their sellers so well, every booth is a new experience. Next one is May 6th, it’s at 1720 Adams Ave Costa Mesa. Free admission, it goes from 9-3 pm. Among the booths we found Upcycled Cottage, Itty Bitty Vintage Shop, Sweet Peas Charm, Lavendar Apothecary-had to get a candle- and so many more.

Feb 11th-We are heading out early to My French Farm. I love this barn full of french and french inspired pieces. It’s at 34004 Newport Avenue Mentone Calif. 9-3 pm. Be sure to get directions, it’s not a place you are going to stumble over, but worth the travel. Simply gorgeous, well arranged to show off, and a beautiful setting. Only open for the day on the 11th. But we can’t stay long because I booked us for a tea at Shabbyology in Covina at 1:00. We have never been and I thought their Galentine’s Tea would be a lot of fun. They are at 534 E. Edna Place, open Fri, Sat and Sun 10-5pm. I can’t wait to see their Valentines display. Jackie, the owner, is the best decorator around! Their phone is 626-890-6091 to check if they are full, but don’t worry, another tea will be coming soon!

That’s not all! On Feb 17th-18th we are headed to Del Mar for Junk Bonanza. Sooooo excited! Started by Ki Nassauer, Flea Market Style magazine. I remember her being one of the first to start upcycling and repurposing junk years ago. I stole so many of her ideas!  It’s going to be another long day, I want to see everything!!!

And then we are off to Junk in the Trunk Feb 25th and 26th at the Pomona Fairplex. Finally a big fleamarket near me! Lots of vendors there that we know and can say hi too. I know it’s going to be a huge success for all of them. We loved going last year to San Diego and were thrilled to find it close by. They have so many great vendors from Arizona, have to get our trip there planned! It’s fun to see how different areas start trends and how quickly they spread.

Of course, in between, we have Driving Miz Daisy on the 2nd Sunday of each month, Tustin Antique fleamarket, going to try to get to Long Beach flea market and to 4th Fridays at the Pike down there, as well as all the stores we love too. Busy as a bee, no time to get in trouble. Which reminds me- if you know of any stores we haven’t found please let us know. I love exploring and telling others about these places.

Hoping you can make it to some of these. I can hardly wait to get going, so much to see and do.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie