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

 

Bucket of Nails

Ribbon cutting for the new store.

Ribbon cutting for the new store.

This past Summer, we met Tani and Tom at The Vintage Marketplace at Galway Downs. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to chat with them as much as we would have liked, because they were so busy, fortunately for them. After stumbling upon their shop in Fallbrook and spending some time exploring, we understand why. Tani was so warm and welcoming. I wanted to spend hours in her shop chatting with her and learning more about what drives her style. She is a remarkable woman and once you see all they have to offer, you will want to get to know her too.

Recently, Bucket of Nails moved to a brand new location in Fallbrook and we thought that was the best time to interview them for a feature. Normally we do a re-write of the Q& A, but Tani answered our questions so perfectly, we decided not to change a thing. Please enjoy our Q&A session with Bucket of Nails…

Q.What kind of business do you have? Is it sole owner or partners?

A. We have a home decor store specializing in custom built farm tables. It is a family owned business.  My husband builds the tables, I design and do the finishing work and our children work in the store and deliver for us.

Q. Why did you start your business?

A. The business took on its own life. We started painting furniture on the side at Long Beach Flea Market and Irvine Flea Market.  We eventually moved into rental spaces in vintage malls. We loved what we were doing so much when the opportunity for a store front opened it seemed like the next step.

Q. How did you come up with the name?

A. My husband came up with the name- a spin off of Bucket of Bolts, we always laugh because we have no nails in our tables….

Q. Do you sell anywhere else besides the store?

A. We are only selling through the store at this time.  Our tables do get delivered all over Southern California, and a few out of state.

Q. What are your hopes and long term goals?

A. We just completed one of my dreams, to have our build shop connected with our store. We just added a design room, kids playroom, apothecary bar and we just opened last week- So I feel I am in the middle of a dream!!

Next step would be for our sons’ to open a store in Austin TX or Orange County.

Q. What is your favorite piece and why?

A. Our tables are my babies, so they are my favorite.  Love goes into each one, can’t explain it.

Q. How can you be contacted by customers? What are your days and hours?

A. We are located at 720 E Mission Rd, Fallbrook, CA 92028   760-468-7927  You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, BucketofNails.com or Farmhousetable.org

Q. Did the business come from a passion or did you see a need?

A. Our business came from a passion and a need, We have 5 children and a farm table from the late 1800’s. We eat, play games, visit around our table.  Everyone should be able to afford a quality farmhouse table.  That was what we set out to do.

Q. Did you already work in this medium or was there a large learning curve?

A. Not a large learning curve, I believe when it is a passion the learning curve is better phrased as growing pains (we had a few of those).

Q. What has been your biggest challenge?

A. Finding personal time.  We love what we do and when you are growing a business it can be full time plus.  You need time to step away and rest. That is our biggest challenge.

Tani- we couldn’t have said it better. We wish you all the best and look forward to celebrating many years of success with you.

Thank you for reading….Bonnie & Amy

 

Vintage & Restore by K

Recently, we signed up to a blog collaboration with Krista from Vintage & Restore. She sells a fabulous line of furniture paint. I wanted to share about her paint with our loyal readers.

Charcol by Vintage & Restore by K

Charcol by Vintage & Restore by K

I received a gorgeous dark grey paint, Charcoal and clear and brown waxes. I was quite excited to use the paint and set about trying to find the perfect small piece to re-do. I admit, it took me longer than I wanted to complete the piece and write this blog. Family first.

Perfect piece (thanks Hubby)

Perfect piece (thanks Hubby)

At last I hit upon the perfect piece and quickly approached my husband with fluttering eyelashes to ask permission to paint a small table of his. It was the perfect size and desperately needed to be re-done from the 1990’s brown to a more updated chic look.

This paint was incredibly easy to work with and has great coverage. The 4oz jar provided more than enough paint to complete the task with a bit left over. It went on smoothly and required no prepping other than a cleaning of the furniture piece.

I allowed for several hours drying time, though it dried quickly in 90*

Distressing

Distressing

November Southern California weather. Not complaining, but ready for some cooling. After the paint had thoroughly dried, I roughed up a few places to allow the wood to show through. I was looking for a nice vintage feel. I then took the brown wax and applied a light coat, being careful to work it in. Yes, I put brown wax over grey paint…and I LOVE it. I was able to achieve the nice dark rich dark grey look I had been hoping for. It came out beautifully. I am so happy with the piece and the spousal unit was quite pleased too.

Finished piece

Finished piece

Krista has developed a pleasing line of furniture paint. Her company is based out of Colorado and her passion began in the same way it did for so many of us. She was looking for a way to update her furniture and create some side income. Her paints are a great bargain and come in fabulous colors. Ocean Mist will be part of my next order, a gorgeous blue green that reminds me of the Dominican Republic ocean.

Finished piece

Finished piece

You can find her website http://www.vintageandrestorebyk.com/. Please visit and enjoy!

 

Thanks for reading….Amy

Emporia on Route 66

Hi everyone!

Emporia Sales Counter

Emporia Counter

We are adding to our blog by interviewing some of the shop owners of the places we go regularly and love. We have listened to all of you and realize that you want to know more about how they got started, the basics of their business. We all dream of opening cute little stores but it takes a lot of grit and determination, not to mention dollars. So hopefully this will be interesting to you and informative, we’ve learned so much.

Our first interview was with Emporia. They are located at 719 E. Route 66 Glendora, Calif. Phone 909-263-5404. Instagram and Facebook are under emporiaonroute66. We first saw an advertisement for them and dropped in about 3 months ago. We’ve been back twice since. What a fascinating place. It is owned and run by Greg and Theresa who also own Shamrock Salvage Design and by Kim and Michelle who own American Vintage Fare. They teamed together to make Emporia. The great thing about the four of them is that they all have skills to offer and combined make up a talented foursome. It’s great to have others to bounce your ideas off. They also had a head start by owning businesses but it is still a learning curve to have a storefront.

Emporia

Emporia

One of the things we liked about this shop is that it is constantly changing. The pieces they have are either handmade, repainted, homegrown, vintage and all unique. They believe, as we do, in preserving the past and protecting our future. In their words “our store is a place that helps the environment by preventing further butchering of our forests and prevents items from ending up in landfills.” We are often amazed at the items we see re-purposed that a few years ago would have been tossed. That’s one of the best things about the current reuse/re-purpose/repaint/remake/relove movement. We hope it goes on forever. Once these precious pieces are gone there’s no history or stories left for our children. American- made is a theme they take to heart. Craftsmanship is a key word also, many of the pieces in the store display wonderful talent and skills.

Emporia vignette

Emporia vignette

The store is a easy relaxing place to browse. It is set up in vignettes, which helps a customer to picture the item in their home. Whenever we go in we have to look around 2-3 times so we don’t miss anything new. Often we get home and look at the pictures and see pieces we didn’t really notice in the store, because there is so much to see and like. What we like is if a piece of furniture doesn’t sell right away (which most of them do), it is re-positioned and styled, so nothing is ever the same or stagnant.

Flag table (photo by Emporia)

Flag table (photo by Emporia)

One of our questions is always “which one is your favorite piece?” Theresa named one that we noticed right away (shown). It’s their American Flag table. She said it was over 100 years old, made of reclaimed wood. All 4 of the owners are super proud to be Americans and their picks show it. We feel the same, being a military mother and grandmother.

One of Emporia’s missions is to help other craftsmen and artists. They want to open additional locations and are always looking for vendors who feel the same as they do about our country and their crafts. As Theresa stated “small business helping small business”.  So if you are looking to place your work give them a call. Friendly and warm are how we would describe them. Often one of our pet peeves is that shop keepers do not acknowledge their potential customers. No fear of that here. A quick hello is often all it takes to make you feel at ease in a store. That interaction is essential to a business and Emporia does it well.

They are open Thurs-Sun. Hours are Th, Fri, Sat 11 am-6 pm, Sun 11 am-3 pm. When we were in the store we were remarking on how many places we go now that also keep that kind of schedule. It gives the owners time to work on projects, go pickin’, and rearrange the store. We like it because we can fit our schedule to meet more owners and see more shops in the same day.

We often get asked about making money from what we do. Nope, we don’t. Bonnie is retired but Amy still works 32 hours a week so she can’t get out as often and does our behind the scenes work. We do have ads on our blog, and we would love it if you click on them when you visit, this will help us to make some revenue to assist with travel expenses.  We both hope to meet a lot more vendors and shop owners in the near future and interview them. Our instagram hit 1500!!!!! this week and we can’t say thank you enough. The knowledge that you like what we bring to the table is wonderful. Remember we have Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter under weremadabout, please like and follow us!

Thanks for reading… Bonnie and Amy.

 

November calendar

Here we go. Get ready for a month filled with events and places to visit.

****Whoops-correction to calendar-San Diego Vintage Flea Market is Sun Nov 6th. We made a mistake but be sure to go on Sunday, we were there in Sept and it is a great and busy market.

 

November Calendar

November Calendar