Three Speckled Hens

Three Speckled Hens

Hi everyone,

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

Sweet Peas Charm

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

Out by the shed

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

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

Three Speckled Hens

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

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Thanks for reading, Bonnie and Amy

New stores, new vendors!!!

Hi, it’s Bonnie,

Pier2Oranges at The Red Rooster Vintage

We have been trying to get out to more stores and are asking everyone to recommend ones they know of. We want to be able to share with our followers as many vendors, stores and events as possible. It’s nice when we hear from you and then we meet them and it is always rewarding. Watch next week for March calendar page, lots and lots going on.

We are sponsoring a giveaway for free tickets to an event in Las Vegas-Summerlin to be

Rusty Gypsy

exact. That will be coming soon. The reason is they–@vintagemarketdaysnevada saw us on Instagram and sent a text asking us to participate.  Love Love Love too!!! Watch for that announcement soon. If you are a store near us and want us to stop by or host a giveaway, just send a pm and we’ll be there shortly!! We got a message today about @cinnamonsticks in Los Alamitos from a friend, and are making our plans to go visit them. Thanks to @ madenewhome. Met more vendors at @the_red_rooster_vintage pop-up in Redlands, and saw some old friends, @repurposedsoul, @alloverthemapp,  @ittybittyvintageshop.

We just posted on Instagram for a vendor, @

Fountain Valley Vintage

Royaltyranch because of a request from @yourvintagetreasure. We are more than happy to spread the word. So happy in fact, we are working on a free newsletter for stores and events. Still in the planning but we’ll let you know more asap. Amy discovered a “new to us” “Instagrammer and vendor,@ augustrust2012, and we love their pieces and posted one. More will be coming, they are unique. Bonnie met @catsrustyroses awhile ago and we have posted some of her creations found at @Vintiquealley Riverside. Stopped in @rustygypsy in Upland, hadn’t been there in awhile, great stuff and nice owners. Also met the owner of @fountainvalleyvintage  in Yucaipa, we had fun talking about her workshops and expansion. So it’s been a busy start to the year-getting even busier this weekend at @junkinthetrunkvintagemarket in Pomona. See everyone there???

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

It’s a tough world out there!!

Pier2Oranges Instagram

As you all know we are out and about as much as possible and we have found out one thing for sure, it’s a tough world out there!!

We came up with a few tips for shoppers and store owners or vendors we have found that we wanted to share. It’s hard to stay in business and that is evident by the stores leaving us this year. Some of them-Vintage California in Orange, Shabby Attic in Glendora are regrouping and starting new ventures. Some like Lloyd and Lane in Pasadena just can’t keep going. One reason is rents keep going up. Some of our favorites are moving or looking for places. So if you are a shopper, keep in mind, if you want that store to be there next time you decide to visit, you need to patronize them (that means buy from them), BUT, it also means, tell your friends, put them on your Facebook, go to classes there, and talk about them, take pictures and put them on your Instagram. We just ask nicely first and find that almost everyone wants you to share. It’s a huge help.

For store owners and vendors-blow your own horn!! Take business cards or flyers to all events and ask other vendors to exchange stacks with you. We all have to help each other. Go to the businesses around you and ask if you can leave a stack. That pizza place across from you that smells so good would like you to recommend them and might return the favor!! Maybe you can get a promotion going with them, like 10% off if you bring in a receipt from each other!!! Be sure and tell customers to check out other vintage stores around you. When we go to an area we are more likely to return if there are 3-4 shops to wander around and a place to have lunch. There’s room for everyone, and none of you carry exactly the same pieces. Be generous with your advice.

Itty Bitty Vintage Trailer

Be nice!!! We have seen some stuff that is not so nice. Customers who are rude, vendors who snap back too quickly or are too sharp, people who steal-come on!!! We all have bad days but come on!!! We get our feelings hurt really fast and we bet you do too. Niceness, on the other hand, is contagious.

We love getting to know the vendors and store owners but a side of our instagram and blog we didn’t expect was getting to know other customers. We run into people all the time that go where we go. What fun that is. We may not know all your names but we recognize you!! There are so many people that love vintage, handmade, handcrafted and appreciate the time and talent put into it. And, of course, we love it when you know about us at We’re Mad About.

Every month we are putting out a list of all the events we know ahead of time. Help us by sending us your event and we’ll add it. We just had a business contact us today to check for conflicting events before they scheduled theirs-smart, huh? Love it when a vendor-example Ittybittyvintageshop-posts their upcoming events. Or when a vendor has a sign with their Instagram so you can look them up easily. We take a picture of those so we remember later to follow them, if we aren’t already. We want to go to everything we can and we know that’s true for a whole bunch of you. We have an email, weremadabout@gmail.com where you can send your listing too and any others you know about. Let’s all try to get the word out.

Looking forward to Feb/March and all the big shows coming. Hope to see you at some of them, it is going to be a great 2018!!!

Thanks for reading…Amy and Bonnie

 

 

 

 

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

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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Vintage Market Frenzy!!!

 

Perspectived Design

Hi, its Amy.

February was a busy amazing month! Not only was Junk Bonanza taking place in Del Mar but, Junk in the Trunk was back! And I visited the Long Beach Flea market for the first time.

Junk Bonanza took place on a rainy weekend. (Being in Southern California, every one

Paint n’ Paddles

knows we do not get much rain. This year has been exceptional.) This market took place in Del Mar, an upscale area of San Diego county. The fairgrounds are large and diverse and always bring back great childhood memories of fairs and fireworks during the summer. It was held in one of the halls and there were so many new vendors. It was such a fun day meeting everyone and seeing all the great pieces. Paint n’ Paddles held a workshop, that dozens of people enjoyed. All the vendors we saw told us they had a very successful weekend.

The following day, I forced  my husband and sons to go to the Long Beach flea market. This market is an eclectic array of

Long Beach flea market

vintage and re-purposed and unique finds. One booth had some of the springy animals from our childhood playgrounds. Another had Pokemon (vintage to my son-lol) and some beanie babies. (Alex and I found a few that  are coveted-scooped those up to resale).

This past weekend, hubby and I snuck up to the Pomona fairgrounds for the Junk in the Trunk market. SQQQUUUEEL  What a great market!!! I just love that it and the venue was awesome. Food trucks definitely are a hit! We got to see some of our favorite vendors, meet amazing new ones, and hubby finally bought the brown sugar mold he has been wanting. See our instagram for more pictures. Now we are on the hunt for some glass floats for the baguette bowl.

Through the Porthole

I don’t get out to the markets enough and when I do, I so love it. Visiting these markets and building We’re Mad About with my mom has been a true blessing and having the support of my husband and family has brought us all closer. We hope you all enjoy our blog and this journey we are on. We truly appreciate you all being here.

Thanks for reading… Amy xoxo

And then we went to…

Lilwoods Vintage from Driving Miz Daisy

All over the Map-jennaleecompany from Behind the Picket Fence

Citrus Coast Trading Company at Driving Miz Daisy

Hi, it’s Bonnie.
As we were telling you, Feb has already gotten going fast. We went to Behind the Picket Fence in Costa Mesa on the 4th and saw many many dealers we know. That venue is full. The traffic is good, everyone was buying, and everyone was happy. We have been posting pictures on the instagram and will post more in the next week.

Friday we headed over to Shabbyology 534 E Edna Place Covina, so we could see their Valentine display. Unfortunately the tea had to be canceled so we’ll hit the next one, but there was no way we were going to miss the decorations. I bought a darling little cherub for my sister for Valentines, and my friend got a few little gifts for her household. The holiday was in full bloom there with a small Valentine tree decorated with a little card garland. We were thrilled to see they are now carrying Rae Dunn, that line is so popular.

On the way home we stopped in at Aj’s Shabby Attic in Glendora. They have such a way with arranging, we love to see how it changes from visit to visit. Be sure to check out their vendor in the back room, Vintageremix also. Last but not least we hit  Curbside Treasures in Upland and said hi to Dee. They have a nice store in a industrial park, as many stores are doing now. Their paint is Country Chic, we took a class and liked the different colors. They are in the second row, not street side, so make sure you find unit 1 at 1182 Monte Vista, Upland. Just follow the signs, open Fri Sat Sunday’s.

Sat. we set out nice and early. It was sprinkling a little, thank goodness that’s all. It’s a adventure to get to My French Farm, but worth it. They have a small barn behind their gorgeous house, beautiful view, and the barn is filled with french-inspired pieces. Lots of carved mirrors and frames, lovely dressers and buffets, and lots of accessories to create that special look. We’ll announce their next opening in the spring. They are sweet and welcoming there, and it’s sure to be a hit with anyone who goes.

From there we stopped in at Back in Time. It is at 1740 W. Redlands Blvd, Redlands. It is really a antique store with some vintage items. Of course I like the shabby, the rusty and the distressed so that’s what I took pictures of. It has a lot of booths and a garden area.

Sunday, funday! Driving Miz Daisy-easily my favorite flea market. It takes awhile to get through because we are talking to so many vendors. I love seeing the new pieces they have and finding out where they are going next. So many are going to be at Junk in the Trunk-B St Junky for example, and Junk Bonanza or The Vintage Marketplace. We are going to all three and will post lots of pictures. It really is great to see everyone we have gotten to know and post pictures of their booths. I think I am going to have to start going earlier, every single vendor said they sold quite a bit before we got to them. That’s the point but I want to see it all too. All the vendors are so nice, they all have different pieces and different stories we love to hear.

What a weekend! Lots more places to go see this week too before Junk Bonanza on the 17th and 18th in Del Mar. Can’t wait!!! Be sure and check out the Instagram, lots more pictures there, we are wild to be over 2600 followers in less than one year. Also click on the ads on the side of the blog if you would, they make us a few $$ to keep us getting out there. And make sure everyone you know is signed up for both the blog and Instagram-pretty please and thank you. We want to get feedback to keep us finding new stores and vendors also, so if you know of any we haven’t been to, let us know. Tomorrow we are trying to get to Lake Elsinore to check out the stores there.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

No Flea Markets???????????????????????

St. George Christmas lights

St. George Christmas lights

Hi-it’s Bonnie
After Christmas I made a trip to St George, Utah with my best friend of 53 years. Her grandson is in school there so we went to visit him, now for the third time. Of course, by now we have checked out most of the stores, antique and vintage, around there. Most were closed after the holidays and on Sunday. I posted a few pictures on Instagram, some of the pieces we saw were so good, I got a lot of ideas. It’s a beautiful area and everyone is very friendly. However we decided that neither of us could live there. Any guesses why? It’s not Mormons ( no problem there), it’s not the lack of bars (except in restaurants) I’m not that much of a drinker, it’s not the weather ( but I love So Cal)-it’s that there are no swap meets or flea markets around. What!!!!
It’s like taking a bottle away from a baby. I think I have withdrawal pains. I can’t wait for Sunday to go to Driving Miz Daisy and reassure myself it’s still going on. What the heck? How boring is life without our Sunday outings?? And Saturday and Wed-Friday at the stores? For me, going out, meeting vendors, seeing friends, checking out displays and new merchandise, getting some sunshine (I hope), getting a little exercise, it’s the best.
Next week we will head out to some stores and check out their winter displays. Get ready store owners!! I cannot believe how inventive and talented these vendors are. I could live in several of the stores front windows, they look so cozy and well-arranged!
I don’t know about you guys but Amy and I are filling our calendars for the first part of the year. Feb. looks so exciting with Junk in the Trunk coming to Pomona, and Junk Bonanza at Del Mar-I can’t wait to see some of the vendors we met last time and meet some new ones. These are the cream of the crop-make your plans to go too.

2017 is going to be a great year. Amy and I started in April 2016, now we have over 2,100 followers

on Instagram and have made many many new friends, so it has been very fulfilling for us.
Everyone have a wonderful 2017, hope to see you all soon.

Thanks for reading, Bonnie…

The Vintage Marketplace

Countryside Barn

Countryside Barn

 

The Vintage Marketplace is one of our favorite markets. The market always has the best vendors and sweet finds. They started out at Rainbow Oaks Park in the Rainbow area. For the last year, I’ve been fortunate enough to have it close to home in Temecula. The Temecula location is in ranch country, surrounded by mountains and horse properties. Simply beautiful. Well now they are headed “Back to their roots”! We are very excited for the market to be headed home.

All Over the Map

All Over the Map

You will be able to visit at 4815 5th Street in Rainbow. There will be additional parking and a shuttle service. They are looking for a few new vendors, please visit their website at http://www.thevintagemarketplaceca.com/.

Please enjoy a few photos from past markets!

Thanks for reading…Amy