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

Mission Statement

Hi everyone!

Amy and I have been talking lately about our mission statement. Why we do the Instagram and blog is a question we sometimes get. Well, our mission statement addresses that and basically states why we’re here and why we keep doing this.

“To do our part to keep vintage and repurposed markets, stores and vendors in business by spreading the word to anyone and everyone we can about who they are and where to find them, via our instagram and blog.”

We love all the shows, flea markets, stores because it’s a world of new beginnings. Pieces are rescued, cleaned, repurposed, painted, cut apart and made new or just reused and that’s good for all of us and our planet. It makes our hearts full to see how happy being a junker makes some of you. Creating is an art. We see couples working together, friends sharing a business, and individuals working their butts off to make beautiful pieces. It’s a good wholesome happy place to be in. We have been able to put together some vendors and stores and love seeing success stories.  It breaks our hearts to see someone give up their dream and we have seen several businesses quit lately or vendors leave. Usually there is a lot of reasons why, but it is so sad when someone cannot keep doing what enrichs them.  We love going out and meeting you, talking and making new friends, and learning about what you sell. We don’t want anyone to quit or get discouraged. We don’t want to stop visiting you and sharing what you do.  We hear fascinating stories and funny ones too. The history of some of these pieces is so interesting.

So we’ll keep doing what we do if you keep doing what you do. Let’s work together to help each other. Our plans for the rest of the year include The Vintage Marketplace (twice), Remnants of the Past, Behind the Picket Fence, Three Speckled Hens, Barnhouse Chicks, Vista Vintage & Makers Market and the new Flying Miz Daisy plus our usual The Coast Vintage Market and all our stores and monthly flea markets we regularly visit. It’s going to be very busy through the end of the year!!!  If you think of anywhere else we should go-please let us know!!  And please keep up the good work, we’ll be out to see it!!!

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

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Top 5 items to sell!!!!!!

Good evening from Amy and Bonnie,

As you know if you follow us, we go to a lot of flea markets, stores, parking lot sales and events. In doing so we see what vendors are currently selling and what is still sitting there after a few events. So…we decided to take a look at what is moving and give you a list of our findings. Of course we are open to other opinions, just use the comment section on our blog here, we would love to hear them.

Number one top seller: Frames!! You would think we all have enough but they are probably the item we see most.  If a vendor has display pieces using it a different way it sells even better. Magnet boards, bulletin boards, chalkpaint boards, boards with clips and string, all of these can probably be found at any booth. How many varied ways are there to use a frame? Let us know if you have ideas.

Number two: Wine barrel strap metal hearts. Hey, we each bought one. Everyone we know bought one. We both used to live in wine country, Napa, so they are dear to our hearts and memories. ( If we had only know how wine stuff would take off we would have collected it when we lived there for free from our friends who worked at wineries!!!)  Almost anything wine related sells, wine boxes, wine barrels, wine labels, wine corks, right?  So many crafts to do with all that stuff.

Number three: small tables-like coffee tables, side tables, bedside tables, patio accent tables, plant stands. These can be found anywhere and usually pretty inexpensive. The price goes up if the vendor has custom painted it like @Atomic Loft at @needfulthingsaddiction in Lake Elsinore. They are usually the most sought after item for vendors to turn over quickly.  Easy to carry if you buy one and easy to decorate with.  For vendors selling other products like @sweetpeascharm they are the perfect setting for showing her plaster paint colors.  Easy to use to set up smaller displays for a vendor too. Most versatile piece out there.

Number four: Anything galvanized or rusted. At @threespeckledhens, a market we love and will be attending again Sept 30th and Oct 1st in Paso Robles, we saw so many dealers selling rusted farm pieces, and it seems to vary in variety from area to area. There is more farm land up there in Northern Calif.  and so you see more rust than you knew existed.  Down here in So. Calif. it’s hard for dealers to find so they have to go picking up north or Arizona or Texas or the mid states.  Galvanized or rust adds such a difference when you use it in your decor. It’s that added touch. So baskets, gears, feeders, planters,  are big attention- getters,  and sell quickly.

Number five: Signs, signs, signs.  Signs are still going strong. There are so many different ways to make them that we think they will be a best seller forever. At @farawayhood they made us a sign with @sweetpeacharm (another blog coming about that) and we noticed they are continually changing their rusted numbers,letters and symbols to make as many different signs as possible. At @newagain_furnishings in Glendora the window and old cabinet door signs are made using quotes and sweet sayings.  At @needfulthingsaddiction in Lake Elsinore you can find @picklenbean with yet another different style, filling the whole hallway there with beautifully framed signs,  some of her pieces are at @vintiquealley in Riverside too. And more at Needful Things Addiction, Lake Elsinore, @thebannergirls have yet a different style.  At @shabbyology in Covina look for classes on making signs with Iron Orchid Designs.  Most of these vendors make professional custom signs, so if you like their style pm them on Instagram. There is no end to what you can put on a sign, it personalizes your home, and is a clue to your decorating style. Great for gifts too.

More on our sightings  and observations in future blogs, be sure and follow us along.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

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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.!!!!!!

Signs Signs and more Signs

Seahouse Design

Hi, it’s Bonnie,

We had such a good response to our tips blog, thanks guys. We thought maybe a few more ideas and signs would be nice.  One of the first signs we noticed was from Lilwoods and we have never seen another like it. Clever isn’t it? We remembered her booth long before we actually met  her, and her sweet personality and great picks, which keep us going back to see her and her booth.

Lilwoods Vintage

One key thing to think about is keeping all your social media the same as the name of your company. Names are so important. I remember the name of your booth first, then I think of yours-because I’m on Instagram so much. Having a good catchy name helps you to gain followers, customers and friends! We brainstormed for months before we hit on Weremadabout, and it took us another two weeks to agree on it! Remember mother/ daughter duo!!!  We have had trouble following vendors when the names don’t match up. I love when a vendor puts up a great sign. Tell us your name, tell us to follow you, tell us where you are selling next, put up a sign that customers remember and show them you are active on social media. Lots and lots of times we have found a vendor or a venue because of a Instagram photo. When we ask “do you have a business card?” or “are you on Instagram?” it is because we want to find you again and follow what you do. When a vendor doesn’t have either, I always ask “are you on Facebook?”  Please be active somewhere if you want to be a more successful dealer. It is a great tool for sales and encouragement too, which we all need. Girl power, man power, people power, whomever, praise and acceptance are so valuable.

I am always surprised, happily, at how most of the vendors we meet are so generous with their information and referrals. Lots of times we have been told, “I sold all mine but so and so has some”.  Absolutely love that! There is room for all of you, look at how many vendors do similar items already. It’s all how you arrange and decorate your booth and how you present yourself. If you never stand up and talk to customers you won’t get sales. Sales are hard, no one wants to be rebuffed, but it’s necessary. Pushing yourself to be friendly, generous with your ideas, and open makes you one of my favorite dealers. I’m not coming back if you aren’t nice, who would? Luckily that doesn’t happen often. Most of the dealers we know are professional, happy and they love their pieces as much as we do.So think about your overall impression on customers, we notice it all. It makes a difference.

Thanks for reading, Bonnie and Amy…

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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…

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

 

 

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.

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Thanks for reading…Bonnie

Junk Diva from Junk Bonanza