Vintage Market Days

Hi, it’s Bonnie,

Vintage Market Days

We were lucky enough to be given tickets for Vintage Market Days in Summerlin Nv. and we had two extra to giveaway. We ( my friend Barbie and I, Amy had to work) went up Thursday. The venue was at a outdoor mall across from the Red Rock Casino, it’s a lovely area. Summerlin has lots of trees and greenery, directly below the mountain ranges, it stands out like a work of art. The area is called The Lawn at Summerlin. Every store you can imagine is right there.

The market went Fri-Sunday so it just ended yesterday afternoon. We went Friday morning

Eclecticity

about an hour after it started. The traffic inside was great. We knew some of the vendors so that made it fun, as always, to check how they were doing. Not too shabby_by_sabby, Sabrina, was soooo busy. She sold quite a few things before we even got there. Luckily they had a trailer full still. She was a hit.  It’s funny that Vegas does not have many vintage stores. We looked!!! They are starting to get some, and we heard that Boulder City has a lot. Next trip!!! Las Vegas has some vintage clothing stores and some antique stores. We went to two, Charleston Antique Mall and Laura’s Treasures., that we liked. With that in mind, vintage was a big draw at the market. There were about 60 vendors so there is clearly a market for old, repurposed, repainted, reused, shabby, distressed. We were so happy to run into Country_Skye who lives nearby,  we had met a few years ago down at Behind the Picket Fence. Got some cool silver salt and peppers shakers from her.

1 Vet Designs

Also there, 1vetdesigns, who make really cool edison lamps with pipe sections and fittings. We met them at the Vintage Marketplace back when it was at Galway Downs so it was great to see them. So creative and different than any other lights. We walked around and introduced ourselves to some of the vendors we didn’t know. It was windy so that made it a little more challenging for pop-ups!! Always something extra to add to all the work these guys do. Check out the pictures and then go to their instagram and facebook posts to learn more about the show and the dealers.

The setting was great, the music was fantastic, the food trucks, several, were very very good. The vendors were happy and so were we. Thank you to Brandi and Erica for inviting us. We loved the way you set this up, clearly you are experts!!! The backdrops alone show how talented you are. This market travels to many states but lucky us, it will return Oct 26-8. We’ll be there, are you making your plans yet? Dealers from So Calif. should  absolutely look into it. We would have loved to go every day but we had to get home for the Red Rooster Vintage Market on Saturday. No rest for the weary-except we never get weary of hunting vintage!!!

Thanks for reading…Amy and Bonnie

 

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…

Palm Springs Market…

“Mad Men” glass

Did you know??

We recently discovered there was a Vintage market in Palm Springs. Our dear friend Barbara, from Barbara Ann Creations, was kind enough to take some photos and share some information with us. Thanks Barbara! Check out her Instagram at BarbaraAnnsCreations.

We are so excited to go to the next market. They take place the first Sunday of each month from 8AM-2PM, October- May. Admission is $5, free parking and there is live music. Discount tickets for the Feb. 18th market, available on their Instagram, at PSVintageMarket. The market is located at the Camelot Theaters, 2300 E. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs, CA. They are accepting new vendors and looking for classic cars and trailers. You can reserve a space through www.palmspringsvintagemarket.com.

Mash Hospital furniture

They have a market Feb 18th, Modernism will be the theme. Tin Man Treasures is rumored to be there! We heard there was Vintage Mad Men glassware everywhere!!

Would you like to be a guest blogger? Send us photos and information on markets you visit, we would love to share!

Thanks for reading, Amy & Bonnie~

Palm Springs Market

New Adventures

Farm Girls market

We have loved producing this blog for the last two years and following all the amazing vendors and stores and seeing each grow. There are so many creative and kindhearted folks out there. This past month we have heard of a few stores closing and several vendors down scaling the events they do and branching into new ventures. It saddens us to see these businesses we love so much, close down. It is part of why we do what we do.

We;re Mad About… calendar

We have come to call ourselves more than just Bloggers or Instagrammers. We now consider ourselves to be Small Business Promoters or Social Media Marketers. In an effort to continue to help businesses grow, we expanded our services this past year with the first Annual We’re Mad About…calendar. We featured 11 unique stores/ vendors in 11 different cities across Southern California. This is part of our effort to continue our commitment to ‘our’ vendors and stores and to take that next step as a growing business. (we have them for sale, by the way) (send us an email to purchase, weremadabout@gmail.com) We would like to Thank Bill Harvey for his amazing graphic work and Valley Printing in Temecula for giving us a beautiful product.

Featured in the calendar: The Romantic Home, Poway Countryside Barn, Bucket of Nails, New again Furnishings, Sweet Peas Charm, Shabbyology, Shop-Eras, Serendipity Vintage Boutique, Vintique Alley,Needful Things Addiction, and The nest

As of today, we have almost 5000 followers on Instagram. 5000!!!!!!! We are blown away at the way our presence has grown. We believe in honesty ethical work and always holding to our integrity. We believe in being responsible and keeping our word. At times, we may slip and forget or mis-speak. We are human. But, we are always committed to doing what we can to help others.

We look forward to continuing to grow and bring taking new adventures along the way. Bonnie and I are brainstorming lots of exciting ideas. We hope you will continue to follow along.

Happy New Year!!

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

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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More of us…

Bonnie & Amy

Hi, we are Amy and Bonnie, mother and daughter that make up We’re Mad About. How are you guys doing?

We have met a lot of you, vendors, store owners, shoppers, pickers, all now friends! We started the Instagram and blog a little over a year ago (and now we have over 4,200 followers on the ig). The reason we started them was because we noticed more fleamarkets and stores opening up. For awhile it was sparse. We love love love going out and meeting everyone and we don’t want these places to disappear again.  So it’s personal to us that customers find out about you dealers and keep you in business.  Bonnie gets out there more than Amy, since Amy still works a full time job and is married, but we both try to search out new businesses.  We have made new friends, learned about junking and picking, gone to classes, and bought more than we should have, and it has been rewarding and we are grateful to you all. And we are attempting to do our part to keep you going!!

Of course, a blog is a much harder nut to crack than Instagram. It grows slower and people don’t follow you as fast. We have had store owners and vendors tell us they tried one and gave up. We, of course, had ours hacked (no, we don’t know why people do that!!) and had to restart. $$$.  What a pain! But we did it and are still hanging in there. Eventually it will get some decent numbers.  Instagram, with some care and attention, grows rapidly, and provides instant gratification so it is easier to deal with. If you are not signed up, please do so.

So meanwhile, this is our plea. Help us help you!!! If you know of new markets, vendors, stores that you want to see more of…let us know about them. Or if you are one yourself, feel free to self-promote! We love that!! We would love to visit more fleamarkets and  stores and events that showcase vintage, repurposed, repainted, reloved junk in Southern California.  Not so much for commercial items please. Drop a comment if you love a store and want us to highlight them on our Instagram or blog.  We know for a fact that some of the vendors we previously talked about have added to their Instagram numbers after we put up a few pictures. And most of the stores and venues have received new visitors and business since we posted about them. We are happy to do so. If you are a vendor and want us to post a picture of a piece you are especially proud of,  we can do that too. If you want us to write a blog about how you got started and what you carry contact us.  If you are a store we haven’t been to lately, remind us and we’ll drop by again. If you are a customer and want us to highlight your favorite shop, tell us about it.  If you are having a pop-up or sidewalk sale, we are happy to promote it for you. Small business is hard, take advantage of us to help. It’s free advertising, people!!!!  We want you to succeed and we don’t want to get stale. We want to keep finding and sharing new venues and vendors, as well keep showing you our favorites too. We have a few ideas to turn this  into a money-making business for us in the future  but for now it isn’t and that’s ok.  It’s a labor of  love now and always. We would love to help you so let us know how.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

 

Where are you???

A few thoughts…

Excavade

We’re Mad About… all our vendor friends but sometimes we can’t find you!! If you are a vendor you are running a business. And a business has to have customers, returning customers would be nice too.  We try to keep our private calendar of events coming up so we can decide what to attend, but some of you are not as good as others at letting people know where you are going to be selling. We think a lot of that has to do with the notion that people will be attending and will “just find” you at an event. How about if you put on your Instagram or Facebook or whatever social media you use a schedule of places you normally sell at?  Or how about a sign at your booth saying where you’ll be next? Many times we have bought from a vendor the second or third time we saw them. By then we feel we “know” you. It also lets customers know this is your actual business, selling at markets, by telling them your schedule in advance.

Rustic and Refined Vintage

Some of you are great at this. @rusticandrefined_vintage has a chalkboard where she puts her dates, @ittybittyvintageshop has her dates on her Instagram bio and written on the door of her trailer. @rusticsoul_ has hers on her bio on Instagram with the space # so she’s easy to find. @lastvestige has hers on the Instagram bio and it’s always up to date . If you are not a vendor and reading this, go on Instagram and look at other dealer feeds.  Since we do the blog and Instagram and Twitter and Facebook, we tend to start thinking everyone spends their life on social media like us…but actually a lot of people do. A lot of people who like the same stuff we do. Make it easy for them to find you!

  • A snapshot of Rustic Soul’s IG

    We are always talking (probably too much) about vendors we love because of what we do. But the talking is about where they will be next, if they’ll have a certain item, how they arrange their booth. Customers do that too. One of the big attractions in going to a market is not just what you will buy but the different ways the vendors set up. Something unique helps you get noticed right away.  A great booth display like @theplaidkat; her VW Bus is a show stopper. @ittybittyvintageshop and @tularosavintage have classic trailers, @excavade has a cute little cart, @HomeSweetHome1930 has a darling bike with flowers, draws in customers. Catch your eye right away, don’t they?  We come and look around to see what ideas sellers have that we can use at home also. When you buy a piece you need to put it in the right place to show it off well, your setting gives us a hint of how to do that once we get back home. Everyone copies someone, let it be you they copy. “Imitation is the”, you know that quote.

Plaid Kat

Another idea is to have a clipboard and set up an email list. We do that with everyone who signs up for the blog. You can do it at your booth and then shoot out a email when you are planning your next market set up. Give them advance notice. Maybe next time will be when they are ready to make a purchase. Again, make it easy for customers (and us) to find you!!!

Itty Bitty Vintage Shop

 

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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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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