@thevintagemarketplaceca

Hi everyone,

Repurposed Soul

Amy and I actually went together to an event last week. The Vintage Marketplace in Vista, 2040 Santa Fe, was going Friday and Saturday, so Amy and I and Barbie met up and went. The grounds at the Antique Gas and Steam engine museum are so interesting and it sets up the perfect background for this market.

We started with a building first, there are outside areas too, and we were in there over an hour. When you get to know the vendors there is always lots to talk about. We liked the way the booths were in the same places as last time. That way it’s easy to find a vendor you liked before. Then we headed outside passing @mar_lees_inspiration, the first booth you see, which looked so well arranged and decorated.

Go to any length

The next one is set for Oct 12-13 which should be perfect weather, and we love that they are skipping summer. It’s way too hot for customers and for vendors all day. We  also love that this venue has free parking and it is only $5.00.  I, Bonnie, personally hate paying for parking, I’d rather pay it to a vendor. It is beautiful in Vista around the venue too so the drive was better than some we do with only concrete to look at. I can’t wait to see here in Oct. with the pumpkins and fall colors starting to come out.

Rita Reade, the organizer, outdid herself. We loved loved loved the band. Everyone was happier because of it, dancing, singing. Lots more pictures are on the Instagram, we tried to put up as many as possible. We love the variety of dealers and the food was great!! There was an old truck and a settee area set up for pictures too.

Dragonfly Dreams

Lilwoods Vintage

If you haven’t been mark your calendar for Oct.  These events are just getting better and better and this one is the best, it’s one on the favorite list. Every market has their own style and no two are the same anymore, we see them all developing and changing as time goes on. That’s why we try to get to every show we can. Vendors are constantly out picking and getting new vintage pieces for each one.

Plan your summer for some fun like this. Going to a market you lose all sense of time and worries, you just have a good time. At least we always do…

Thanks for reading, Bonnie and Amy

 

Three Speckled Hens

Three Speckled Hens

Hi everyone,

This is Bonnie and I want to tell you all about Three Speckled Hens in Paso Robles, Calif. Amy was not able to go so my friend Barbie and I went up last week. The show was Sat and Sunday. We went opening day at 10. Big mistake, we should have gone for the early birds. Big sales are happening between 8-10 or early openings at all these markets. We missed seeing a lot of good junk!!!! Note to self…go early next time!!!!

Sweet Peas Charm

The ladies who put this one on are experts. We heard no complaints, no whining, every vendor was happy and making sales. The attendees were thrilled. If you have never gone, and you should, it is on the Paso Robles fairgrounds. They are set in a western theme which totally suits this market. There is tons of shady seating, tons of restrooms, tons of food vendors, and the dealers know what they are doing! Best junk ever but, also the best displays.

Out by the shed

One of my favorite sayings is that we don’t buy much because we’re old (me, not Amy) and our houses are stuffed full of junk. We usually buy one or two small things to remind us of the market or for gifts. This time I wanted to buy everything. The dealers know how busy this place gets and stocked up accordingly.

As busy as they get, I have to commend the vendors on how nice they are. I know I wouldn’t be as pleasant after standing in the heat for several hours for 2 days but, they all answered questions and gave directions to restrooms with smiley faces. I guess if you are going to be a vendor you know what you are in for but, let’s give them a round of applause. I know I couldn’t do it, could you??

Three Speckled Hens

It’s a busy busy month, this weekend we will be going to The Vintage Marketplace Ca in Vista. I love this market and we have followed it from Rainbow to Galway Downs to Rainbow and now to Vista. It also is a trek for us, about 1 1/2 hours each way but, it is worth the drive. It’s open Fri and Sat. Are you going???

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Thanks for reading, Bonnie and Amy

May Calendar of Events

May 2018 Calendar

April Calendar of Events!

April is a busy month. We hope you can make out to a market and help support small business!

Thank you,

Bonnie & Amy

March Calendar of Events!!

March 2018

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…

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

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

 

 

 

 

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