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

 

 

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…

Sunday Funday!!!!

Boarding House Broads

Boarding House Broads

Bonnie-So this last Sunday I went down to Amy’s and we had a mother-daughter day. We had such a great time. Started out at Vista Vintage & Makers Market. Downtown, easy to find. They had good luck with the weather, it was so nice. They are planning more so watch our calendar on the blog or check our Instagram for bulletins if you missed this one. We got a great parking spot too. We made our way around the booths and got a hug at the first one! Boarding House Broads are so much fun. We first met them at the Vintage Marketplace and keep running into them-they go to as many places as we do or they are stalking us-wait-maybe it’s us stalking them…
At the very next booth we ran into Denise from Cerrohome. We loved all her sewing and crafting creations but now she is doing collages with china and game pieces and this and that- well-you can look at the picture attached. Each one has a story.. So different and so cool. You have to take a minute to see everything and understand the story.

Charming Maps

Charming Maps

Amy- One of the most unique trends I see taking place is maps. Laurie at Charming Maps designs jewelry using maps. She will do a custom piece of a honeymoon destination, or your favorite vacation spot. Her husband is in the map industry and it was a natural fit. You can get a necklace or ‘charming’ bracelet, or even a divot tool for the golfer who loves to travel. After wandering around for a few minutes and seeing a few other booths- Hey Sugar Hello Cookie (we see her everywhere- such a busy lady), I spotted the most adorable banners. Actually you couldn’t miss this display.

Burlap Boutique

Burlap Boutique

Colorful, festive, fun. Burlap Boutique owned by Jennifer has banners for all occasions. And not your average banner that you have made up for soccer. I’m talking cute burlap banners with sayings and polka dots and ribbons. I snagged a “Joy” for my house. So adorable!

Birdhouses 4 the dogs

Birdhouses 4 the dogs

Next up was Birdhouses4thedogs. Jolinda not only works full-time, she hand makes all the birdhouses and 100% of the proceeds goes to Retrievers and Friends. These birdhouses come in all sizes, and can be customized. Jolinda uses license plates, trinkets, drawer knobs. So cute!

Tularosa Vintage

Tularosa Vintage

Kept wandering and then we were super excited to come across Kelly from Tularosa Vintage. She is so sweet and full of energy. She had some great furniture pieces and some beautiful old tablecloths and  fun necklaces, so eclectic and fancy.

Contrived to Charm

Contrived to Charm

Our last stop before heading out for lunch was at Contrived to Charm. This store has rare and eccentric in the best way finds. From an Alice in Wonderland marionette to handmade candles and an original candy striper dress to a fancy window display. Great shop for finding one of a kind gifts. Thanks to them for the free incense they were giving out to everyone.

Bonnie- We wanted to check out the restaurant everyone was talking about so we walked over to The Flying Pig and Pub. They were pretty busy and we weren’t too hungry yet so we decided to have a drink and head on out. What a great restaurant though, they have a very different menu. The owner was very attentive and her staff is invested in providing an experience for all to enjoy and remember. Maybe that is why they are so busy. After the drink we had to eat something sweet so we headed to Little Cakes Cupcake Kitchen, a few blocks away. Wonderful cupcakes and the decorations are to die for. I can’t tell a lie, I got one and Amy got two. (Amy: Lavender- YUM!!)

We drove around awhile and decided to go to Fallbrook. I wouldn’t mind living there. It is drop dead gorgeous. I love

Bucket of Nails

Bucket of Nails

trees, especially this time of year. We came across Bucket of Nails at 720 E. Mission Trail, and stopped in. After we got inside we realized we had met Tani and her husband Tom at The Vintage Marketplace at Galway Downs in Temecula. They are getting ready to move down the street, and we will follow them wherever. They custom make farm tables. Wish I had room, they are works of art. There are a couple of stores next to each other here.

Button & Burlap

Button & Burlap

We loved going in and meeting Reagan at Button & Burlap. She has made that space into a wonderland. I kept turning around saying “oh I like that” until Amy had to unwind me. We are going back for her Sip and Shop. I love the way she arranges her pieces.  There’s also a outdoor space just starting called Nest. They have a cute sign you can see as you drive up. They make wreaths, have succulents-looks really fun to browse around. We last went into Second Chances Barn. They have just about everything-painted furniture, knick-knacks, clothing, lamps, you name it. Fun to sort through all of it.
After that it was back to Amy’s. I was worn out. Nothing like seeing people you like, meeting new people and spending the day drooling. Just my cup of tea visiting several different places in a single day. What a great adventure.

Amy-Of course we always have fun seeing our friends and discovering their new finds. Reagan shared with us about her next planned adventure and I want to tag along. Mom and I would love to plan a picking road trip, if only we had somewhere to store all the amazing finds!

If you know of a market coming up or would like us to feature an event, please let us know. We would be happy to share. And feel free to share our blog with others who love vintage as much as we all do!

Thanks for reading… Amy & Bonnie

Hobbies galore…

How many hobbies do you have? Are we limited to one? Must we choose which creative appetite to feed? Personally, I have several now, and a few I abandoned. Once upon a time I was creating jewelry. Finding beads wherever I could, tearing apart other pieces to make new ones. Before that, I would hollow out eggs and paint them and add ribbons and jewels. I’m sure many of the never made it to Christmas morning, due to shipping. Candles. Soaps. Sewing. Designing. Interior decorating. As far back as I can remember, I have had the need to feed the creative juices.

About 10 years ago, I picked up knitting. A friend of mine was kind enough to sit with me for hours and hours and teach me. Knit. Purl. Double knit. Pass over stitch knit. My first big project was a sweater. It was my first actual project. Purple. I still love that I went after such a complex project. I made bunny blankets for my nephews. Baby booties for friends and co-workers. Drawstring bags for my nieces. Plus, lots of animals and scarves. I still love knitting, although I don’t get enough of a chance to it recently.

My current loves are upcycling, recycling, creating new pieces from old furniture and pallets. But, I also love my Sizzix machine and creating with it. A dear friend of mine from high school has me creating some custom invitations for a surprise party. The die we chose is intricate and delicate. It takes a fine touch to cut each out and poke out the little bits. When it comes time to applying them to the card stock, it will be a slow process using a fine tipped paintbrush. I was honored that she chose me to create these pieces for her special occasion.

In the last year, I also took up sketching and water coloring,which I found out my Great Grandmother and Great Aunts also did. In fact, I was gifted with a few of their pieces, which are so special to me. I pulled my sketch book out the other night and sat in my backyard working on a new piece. My husband was quite surprised when he saw it. He kept asking if I had drawn it. (I can still surprise him). My step-son (who is a true artist at a young age) and I spent about 2 hours sketching and water coloring. It was a nice time spent together.

So, I choose to have many creative hobbies. And work. And finishing my degree. And building this blog with mom. And building an empire Like a Girl Boss! Life is meant to be enjoyed and filled with what we love. It doesn’t matter if we find our creative streak later in life. Go find you creative side. Explore many types, enjoy the journey.

Thanks for reading…..Amy

Weekend Whirl

Tallulah's at The Vintage Marketplace

Tallulah’s at The Vintage Marketplace

If you see our Instagram and read our blog you know where we went last weekend, the Vintage Marketplace in Temecula on Saturday. Sunday I also went to the Montrose Arts & Crafts festival which had over 300 vendors and from there stopped at Pasadena City College flea market since it was on the way home. What a weekend. Throw in a family birthday party Sat pm and it was full. Pasadena was so hot we didn’t stay too long but I love going there. It’s free except $2.parking and it is getting bigger all the time. I usually go to Savoir Faire in Fullerton the first weekend and will be back there again in July but I have to sneak in PCC every once in awhile. Pasadena has alot of vendors with vinyl record albums-raise your hand if you still love the Beatles!! It is a nice setting too. Vendors with antiques, lots of home decor items, old jewelry, handmade stuff-it feels like the old swap meets. They get the traffic too-lots and lots of people there, even with the heat. Part of it is in the parking garage which is nice to cool off in.

At Montrose, Flea Market Flair

At Montrose, Flea Market Flair

Montrose was a nice change. It is once a year,this was the 33rd, and their artists  had new and handmade items. Their website is www.shopmontrose.com if you want to check for the next one. There is a booth I loved from Flea Market Flair. This lady, Michelle, has a professional setup and her handmade bags are beautiful. Very unique and I want one. Why why why don’t I buy when I see something great? I will catch up with her again because she wants to be a vendor at Driving Miz Daisy-no secret it is my favorite venue. Michelle’s website is www.FleaMarketFlair.com. Don’t you love it when someone commits to their business and has a stunning booth and display? It says two things to me,one-that their crafts for sale are excellent and two-that they care to take the time and spend the dollars to promote themselves. Because that’s what it is, self promotion and it takes guts to get out and do it. Bravo to Michelle, she does it well.

We ran into Yolanda at B Street Junky at The Vintage Marketplace too. I had met her at Trading Post 1908. She has a warehouse in Ontario, CA., where she is going to be having a sale. Her email is bstreetjunky@gmail.com and phone 909 786-5603, she is on Instagram and Facebook too. Interesting choices of vintage items.

B Street Junky at The Vintage Mareketplace

B Street Junky at The Vintage Marketplace

We are slowly getting started on Twitter. I need my 12 year old granddaughter to give me a tutorial, and Amy isn’t much more knowledgeable but we’ll get there. I call it building new brain cells, I think my old ones are worn out! Anyway check us out there too.

This weekend I hope to get to Inspired Market Saturday here in Rancho Cucamonga where I live. It is so great because every place I normally go is over 30 miles away. Then on Sunday, of course, Driving Miz Daisy. I hope to see some of the faces we met at The Vintage Marketplace. I hope everyone is so busy we can only wave-good selling to all of you!!

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

 

Somethingborrowed somethingvintage

imageFound another great shop!!  New to me only because I don’t get to that part of Yorba Linda often. This one I wish I had discovered before because, I love love love all their inventory. Unique furniture is only the start. The armoire is to die for. Beautifully done and with a matching bed-see picture on our Instagram. They give classes with Annie Sloan chalk paint-one is a chair transformation and one a sign workshop. I will be taking one for sure.

imageI came upon the shop when we were down at The Inspired Market which was in the same parking lot. Their address is 18206 Imperial Hwy, Yorba Linda. Phone is 714-366-7117. This is the first time I have been to the market.  I will be at the next ones, both here and Rancho Cucamonga, because I loved the vendors. Talk about nice and friendly. You know how when you go to flea markets and swap meets and specialty boutiques often, you get to know the ones who are glad you stopped by. They say hello when you approach, they give you details about their inventory, they aren’t upset if you don’t buy from them everytime-those are the vendors I remember and will buy from the next time. Sometimes you have to think about what you need or want and let it sink in and then you make your purchase. Case in point-Bougie Bottles. Love her cute sign, love candles, love her display but I saw her booth 4-5 times before I bought a candle. (Hits self on forehead!) I have been burning it for 2 days straight, I love it so much. Hint-mine is very vanilla!  Anyway great vendors, very informative about how they create.

Back to somethingborrowed somethingvintage. I talked it up so much I convinced Amy to take a class with me. She lives in the Temecula area, now which is a little bit of a haul. They also have a material shop in there with the most amazing fabrics. It’s as if they read my mind on what I like. They have classes too. Here is a picture of an apron and the wall of materials.  image

It is so satisfying to see shops like these. For awhile with the bad economy they were disappearing and it was so sad for all the owners and vendors. We go all around So. Calif. seeking these entrepreneurs. If you know of other shops we haven’t covered on our blog or our Instagram please use the comment section to let us know. We love small business, would like to have one someday and want to do our bit to let you guys know about these talented hard workers.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

Take me home Country Roads

I want a bench! Actually I want this bench or at least to make one like it. Saw it today at Country Roads in Orange. It is perfect for me, small, white, salvage, cozy, cute, chic-you get the idea. If any of my family wants to buy me a present (hint,hint Amy) this would be it. It even has a place to put a small comforter in case my sister wants to make me one (hint, hint Sherry). The little table and ice cream chairs are a cute set too. Lots of good stuff at this store and tons more stores to look at in the pretty city of Orange. We usually drive around staring at the historic houses for awhile each trip too. It is a great place for daydreaming.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

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Booth at Country Roads Orange Ca

Treasures n Junk

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Treasures n Junk

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I had forgotten about this store for awhile and I’m glad I dropped in there today so I could tell you guys about it. It’s at 215 S. San Antonio in Ontario Ca. Phone is 909 983-3300. It is a consignment store filled with many booths and a great outdoor area. That’s where I saw those huge blue letters. So cool.

Then I wandered around inside and found this bed redone with Paint and Paddles-according to the sign. Love it, someone did a great job. The booths are all individual, there is quite a collection of painted furniture, lots of original metal signs and odds and ends. Some of the booths were similar to the one shown space 30, done so cute in all pink stuff. Some had more vintage items than others, some had old machinery and gas station pumps. There is so much stuff men would like, that helps to  make it a trip for the whole family. Old books, game boards,toys,car club signs and license plates abound.

Be sure to go outside to the patio-like area with fake store fronts like a sheriff and a pony express office. Lots of old patio furniture waiting to be saved, maybe repainted and new cushions. I saw a collection of fire hydrants, an old bird bath, several metal chairs, bikes, pumps, stained glass-you name it they have it. Fun place to spend a couple of hours, dreaming about all the old stuff, and a great place to finish off your collection of ???

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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