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

We’re Mad About: our visit to Needful Things Addiction and why you will want to go too!!!!!

Pumphouse

We had heard there was a new store going in and so we made some time last week to get over there. It is called “Needful Things Addiction” at 115 W. Franklin in Historic Lake Elsinore. There is actually several vintage type shops in town, but this one is a little different, in a good way. The phone there is 951- 409-8300, just in case you need more info. Now open Wed-Sunday and a grand opening is coming in June. We will announce it on our Instagram also.

Needful Things Addiction is on a piece of property right off Main St. It is unique in that it is a building that was constructed in the mid 1910’s as a bathhouse, Creswell Bathhouse, named after one of the owners. That Needful Things Addiction ended up here is the result of a 5 year search for the right property. That search has paid off.  Heart and soul (and a lot of hard work)  have been put into refreshing and repurposing it without losing the original character. And it has character!  Beautiful arched windows, brick exterior with original lettering showing, ceiling restored to show original bead board paneling, newly painted inside. The work on the finer details like wood door frames to contrast with the gleaming white walls, and beautiful shiny dark floors creates a “awe” moment when you walk in. We meet one vendor, Colleen, for “Sawdust nails and a ponytail”,  darling name for a company. She designed the pumphouse “greenhouse” roof using vintage windows and reclaimed wood and painted it. This girl has skills. Another extremely talented vendor “Repurposed Soul” added the faux siding and also constructed the sales counter inside,which is one-of-a-kind .  So gorgeous! We don’t have room for all the pictures but believe us, there will be another blog shortly with more info and lots more pictures of all the vendors, the pumphouse, grounds and entrance, and silo.

Entering the store gives you an idea of what to expect from the vendors ahead. A nice couch to sit and chat, a brick fireplace to die for, old wood from the property used to make an “hello” sign-all of it drop dead gorgeous! As you enter the main part of the store it has been kept in the shape it was, when it was a bathhouse. There is a long hall in a L shape, each vendor has a number outside their individual rooms, most with one vendor assigned to each. They are working on a bio and picture outside each room. Some of the rooms are small, large closet size as they were originally, some larger. Each vendor is in charge of their own creations, arranging and renewing as needed, and has a sign with their business name. ( We’d love to see all their social media icons also, hint hint). The dealers are so unique, care has been taken not to duplicate each other. It’s like a treasure hunt to pop in and see how each room is arranged. We are pleased to see our friend “Sweet Peas Charm” has a beautiful area with her paint “The Plaster Paint Co.”, so don’t miss her in room 5.  We immediately got on Instagram and followed every vendor we could, because all of them have their own style and each room is a “do not miss.” Be sure to check out the pictures we have now and watch for another blog for the rest. After the turn of the L will be two rooms for Needful Things Addiction itself that are larger. We got a peek and they are filled with charming pieces. Can’t wait to see them all arranged.

One of the coolest things is the outside area. There is actually a lot on either side of the building, one will be used for classes,and for plants and a garden. There are so many plans to make this a destination. Maybe a farmers market someday or ???.  We loved hearing about the history of this place. It is fascinating and we love that Needful Things Addiction is so focused on keeping it alive and so caring about staying true to that history.

So if you get a chance make a beeline over there. It’s a charming atmosphere with a welcoming owner and vendors and let us know what you think. We know we’ll be back very soon!!!!

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

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New shop reviews-Lake Elsinore, Murrieta

Wildoberry Farms

Hi, this is Bonnie,
Trying to get ahead of the rain this week, we headed out to Lake Elsinore and then Murrieta. Amy lives out that way but, I hadn’t had a chance to get to all these stores. I know we missed some, like Urban Decor in Elsinore (that I love) but, I promise we’ll be back. Too many good places to stay away.
Our first stop was Vintique at 18261 Collier Avenue, Lake Elsinore. We wanted to meet our prize winner, Colleen. She won the Lovepop card we gave away when we hit 2500 on Instagram. Click on their ad on the right side of the blog. They have the cutest cards. Colleen had invited us to drop in on Tuesdays when she works, so we took a chance, and sure enough, she was there. Vintique is full of booths with lots of vintage. There was refinished furniture, frames, gift items, dishes, pyrex, material, benches, and more. I try not to buy anything since my house is full but I did pick up a darling plate to make a cake-stand. Everyone was pleasant and friendly and helpful. One of the things I liked was that they have a Vintage flea market on the 2nd Sunday of each month in their parking lot. $20 a space if anyone is interested in selling. 8-1:30. Facebook.com/Vintique LLC. Lots in the store to keep you busy browsing and enough vendors to showcase their different stock.

Next stop Cottage Charm in Murrieta. Bigger than it looks since there is a garden area and a second building, and several rooms in the front building. We fell in love with the refinished furniture in the back building. There were a couple of rooms set up and some very nice pieces. I put one, the white armoire on Instagram. The yard between building had quite a bit of iron or wood garden furniture, nicely set out. It is located at 41529 Ivy and the phone is 951-600-9876. Open Mon-Saturday. It is nice to see what different vendors and artists are doing, and this store has a variety of vintage aprons, glassware, antiques and furniture.

Rooster Creek

From there we made our way to Rooster Creek. We wanted to see Wildoberry Farms’ booth since we had met Debbie at Behind the Picket Fence last year. She makes kits for framed pictures, has patterns for needlework, and makes primitive rag dolls. They are perfect for a display. She has been doing this as a business since 2010 and for herself before that. You can thank her for advising us to put addresses when we talk about stores, we were guilty of assuming everyone knows everything we do. Saved me a lot of answering questions, so thanks to her. It’s nice to see a business flourish because of talent. We met the owner of Rooster Creek,Vivian, and it is always nice to put a face with a business. And what a business. This place is absolutely darling! Not a thing dusty or out of place, I could live there. They have it set up with a good mix of furniture, recycled pieces and accessories. The landmark is a huge red sign so you can’t miss them at 42030 C St,. and it states that they carry primitives, antiques and vintage. On their Facebook I saw romantic prairie also. The way they arrange the shop it is easy to see how all those styles can work together. If you use primitive decor you know it’s not easy to find. They even have penny candy jars-not a penny anymore but we all remember the candy!

What a gorgeous day it was. We ate lunch outdoors and really relaxed. Nothing better than getting to see stores you have heard about before. All of these had really nice people working there which is important to me. Not going back if they are disinterested in customers, but everyone we met wanted to talk about their booth or store and we love when they are enjoy doing that. We’re crazy about vintage and up-cycled and re-purposed  and can’t get enough of seeing and hearing about vendors and stores. So much talent!! Join us again, we are constantly on the road.

Thanks for reading, Bonnie…