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

Holiday Plans???

Hi, it’s Bonnie and Amy,

We just posted a holiday event Bonnie will be going to this Saturday Oct 21 at Embellished Nestings 6759 Brockton, Riverside. Beautiful store, open for the event 4-8, see flyer below or on our Instagram.

Embellished Nestings

And so it begins.

We already have a full calendar with all the stores we want to get too, but now we will start adding in all the pop-ups and special shows. Love love love this. So a request–if your favorite store is having an event or you are participating in any and you want to shout it out, let us know. Send us a flyer and we’ll post it. Below are some we know about already. Others are still in the planning, so watch for updates. Help us to let everyone know so people show up. Nothing sadder than a room of 4, and the one phrase we hear too much is “I would have gone if I had known”. We personally think going to holiday happenings is essential to making it a cheerful season. No matter what your holidays at home are like, you can relax, eat a little, and talk to people who love the same things you do. Just think— someone else is doing all the work!!! That’s our Christmas present!!!!

Also if you are a vendor or store owner and would like to write a blog for us please contact us by leaving a comment here or on Instagram. Here’s your chance to promote yourself! We love to hear from your point of view, your successes and failures. We can add 3-4 pictures too. You only need to write about 200-300 words. Come on, let’s hear about how you got started or your biggest successes.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

Thank you, Fall!!!!

Three Speckled Hens truck

At long last it feels like Fall. most days anyway in So. Calif our version of Fall. Cool enough now for us to get to some more stores, meet new vendors and see what’s out there.

We had a busy Sept. even with the heat. Visited Lake Elsinore, Ontario, Rainbow, Thousand Oaks, Yucaipa, Glendora, Riverside, Upland and more. The Fall colors are here!!!  If you check the ig you will see we are trying to post everything we can with flowers, leaves, greenery.

We have some projects in the works, we will be announcing soon. But, this last weekend in Sept, we went to Paso Robles for Three Speckled Hens flea market. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a big one. Over 100 vendors, and spread out over the Paso Robles fair and event center. We were so excited we could hardly take a breath, to see all the vendors we met last year and meet some “new to us” other ones. So fun to get away for a few days and to be going there, it was such a good time!!!

Junque Love

Amy here: Our trip to Paso was so much fun! (with the exception of the ‘death motel off the 101). We made another side trip to Morro Bay so I could gather sand dollars and stop by Junque Love again. This store has brought in so many new and exciting items.

At the ‘Hens’ we were honored to see some of our sweet friends. Junk Style Design, Lilwoods, Countryside Barn and Plaster Paint Company. And to meet a few new ones (some for the second time) Atelier, Rusty Love, Twisselman Trading Co., Farm Girls Market. This is one of the best markets in the lower half of California. The Hens girls do a fabulous job getting it ready and bringing in vendors with fantastic finds.

We will be posting events soon for Oct Nov Dec. If you want us to post yours send an email to weremadabout@gmail.com. No charge, we just want to keep having events and stores to go to, and we assume you want to hear about them. Our ig is getting closer to 5,000 when we will have a giveaway, it’s at 4,715 as of today!!! Hooray!!! Our plans for Oct include @vistavintageandmakersmarket, a Halloween party @Shabbyology and @thecoastvintagemarket so far.

We noticed that the dealers and store owners feel re-energized now too. They are busy busy busy getting holiday stuff out, rearranging, and clearing out summer goods. It’s a fun time to visit your favorites and make some new ones. On our ig we try to post addresses for these stores so it’s easy to find. Believe us when we tell you we are not highlighting every store we go to, only the ones we think you will like. We will be visiting more vintage clothing stores and adding them, because they are so popular now. Almost every store has added flannels, at the very least, and some are carrying only clothing. Great trend. Lots of dealers are making or tweaking their flannels and the results are great. Ie: @checkeredpastclothing and @repurposedsoul and @sarahs_junkdrawer. Then there is @flea_market_flair too, and @bblessed, one of the first vendors we saw with them. Let us know your favorites. We‘re Mad About them all!

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

Best Weekend ever!!!!!

Hi, it’s Bonnie.

I waited till tonight, to post for last week because I wanted to talk about our weekend. Amy went to Seahive Marketplace in Oceanside for the first time and she said I need to get over there. It’s a new warehouse type store filled with vendors, notably, Boarding House Broads for one. We love everything they do, and Tracy from the Broads is working there. It is at 1555 S Coast Highway, Oceanside. www.SeahiveMarketplace.com. If the weather would let up I would be there. Maybe next week, 104 is too hot for me, but I will get there.

So for what I did this weekend!! It’s a lot. Friday we went to Costa Mesa for the first @flyingmizdaisy show. Just to let you in on a secret—it was great! The vendors brought their best and we met so many we didn’t know. I love how nice the vendors were. Supporting each other, telling us not to miss seeing other booths, explaining what they do, it is so interesting and they all work so hard. It’s not easy loading, unloading, decorating, redecorating, pricing-everyone we saw were on their feet, talking to customers. We talked to Char, who is the heart and soul of Flying Miz Daisy, she was thrilled with the turnout. The music was wonderful, by the way. It’s a cool place too, in a building called The Hanger. Some great vendors are @vindustrial_supply_co, @junkstyledesign, @love_picking_junk and @rusticandrefinded, @seahousedesign. We met @mala_creations too and love her pieces of furniture. Next one is Dec 1,2 so mark your calendars, don’t miss out.

Sweet Peas Charm at Behind the Picket fence

Sat am we were off to Behind the Picket Fence, again in Costa Mesa. I love this smaller show, it is filled with vendors who really care and love what they do. We knew lots of them and it was fun to say hi and shoot the breeze. Of course every time we go I have to say “get the apple pie ready”. It is the best ever and on a hot day with ice cream and a cold ice tea it made me happy. Among all the vendors, we also ran into Lynn, from @sweet Peas Charm, and I wanted to show the brushes she uses for the plaster paint she reps for Calif. Any stores need a paint line, this is the one. I am using it right now to paint the bottom of my old oak table. It looks good-if I say so.

Woodlyn Road, Behind the Picket Fence

From there we went straight to @topsecretfleamarket. I posted on Ig about this and she just happened to get the building for another one. We saw lots of different pieces from the first time and we’ll let you know when and where the next one will be. If you like France, this is the one to go to. It moves around but in the Orange County area.

On Sunday we saw a post about a warehouse in LA and we made it over there. It is called Vintage Junction at 4436 Worth St, Los Angeles. The owner has an estate sale company and the warehouse is for all she finds. Its HUGE!! So much fun to rummage around. I really need a truck. We could not believe all the good junk. Prices were fair too. It would be a good place to pick and I’m sure lots of vendors know about it. She is only open once in awhile, we’ll post the next one. Also she is planning to have a event where vendors can sell soon. We can’t wait. The more we get out, the more events we find out about and get to go and tell you guys about them. We are posting all the pics we can, #supportvendors!!!

 

Get ready, we start the holiday season soon. Sooner than later if the stores have their choice. But my calendar is booking up. This Sat we are heading out to Barn House Chicks in Thousand Oaks. Every place we go we ask if they have more shows planned so we can make sure we don’t miss them, I suggest you do the same. All the new creations come out for the seasons. We’ll be posting all the events we know about in advance. Hope to see you out there, it’s going to be so much fun.

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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Junk in the Trunk- Liberty Station style

Hi All!!

Junk in the Trunk

Have you been to the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market yet? If not, what are you waiting for? This awesome market is happening next in Scottsdale, AZ in September.

We’ve been to the market twice this year in San Diego and Los Angeles, CA. Lindsey and Coley provide a wonderful venue full of some of the best Vintage Vendors in the SouthWest. The Liberty Station venue has so much to offer besides the market. You can spend a whole day down there at JITT, the Liberty Station Public Market and the various museums.

Mom and I have been to this market a few times, this past weekend, my husband was able to go with me. We were able to visit with Miller Rustic, Boarding House Broads, Countryside Barn and new friends Golden Pineapple, Oak Post & Ivory, Emmy & Avery, SchmaltzLand Creations & Ripe Designs. (Tim & Kim, Winners of Flea Market Flip)

It was great to see so many new (to us) vendors busy selling out to customers. We heard from several that they had sold out of their big pieces early the first day. Miller Rustic sold most of their big pieces and needed to rearrange to keep the shop looking full and interesting. Wish I had the space for some of their designs. Mike and Ivis have great design style and a construction background to boot. My husband Kevin and Mike hit it off, talking shop and furniture building. And of course we got to see the Broads! The girls even let me take a picture with Brad!! (Swoon)


My best advice if you are going to have a booth, put your sign out! There were so many vendors that I had to ask who they were. The map was a little confusing and only a few had business signs out. Plus, grab a big space if you have furniture. It was tough to see what everyone was selling. The booths were a little cramped and with all the customers there, I couldn’t get in to take pictures of all the ones I wanted to.

Thanks for reading…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

 

It isn’t JUNK!!!!

Hi, this is Bonnie, home from my trip to Utah.

It’s nice to go on vacation but nicest to come home. Honestly Utah is clean, clear, beautiful, no graffiti, no visible homeless, perfect place for outdoor sports but my outdoor (and indoor) sport is flea markets. And there isn’t any there, that we could find around St. George anyway. So I started thinking about why I love junking and thrifting and flea markets and stores and pop-up markets.  I think for me it’s the thrill of the hunt. It’s exciting to have an idea and search for the perfect item to complete it. Granted, I am trying not to buy much because my house is full, but still…there’s always one area to fix up, redo, repaint, or switch around. Adding a flea market find makes me happy. Just a rusty old metal piece or two or three. 

What does it for you? Is it the rusty piece no one else wants? Or the shabby wood cabinet? Or the last piece of your grandma’s china that your kid broke and you thought you’d never see it again? Or?????

For us, of course,  it has been so cool to meet vendors that love this stuff and want to talk about it. Where you found that piece and how you got it home, and how you repainted it are all things customers and we want to know. It adds to the value and the fun and the memories. We came across these and put them on our Pinterest account you can look at also under We’re Mad About.  But for just now enjoy these quotes from other addicts, there are more of us than we ever knew.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

**Disclaimer: some of these photos we found on Pinterest. We were unable to track down the original owner/Pinner. All credit goes to them. These are not our photos.

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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