Top 5 items to sell!!!!!!

Good evening from Amy and Bonnie,

As you know if you follow us, we go to a lot of flea markets, stores, parking lot sales and events. In doing so we see what vendors are currently selling and what is still sitting there after a few events. So…we decided to take a look at what is moving and give you a list of our findings. Of course we are open to other opinions, just use the comment section on our blog here, we would love to hear them.

Number one top seller: Frames!! You would think we all have enough but they are probably the item we see most.  If a vendor has display pieces using it a different way it sells even better. Magnet boards, bulletin boards, chalkpaint boards, boards with clips and string, all of these can probably be found at any booth. How many varied ways are there to use a frame? Let us know if you have ideas.

Number two: Wine barrel strap metal hearts. Hey, we each bought one. Everyone we know bought one. We both used to live in wine country, Napa, so they are dear to our hearts and memories. ( If we had only know how wine stuff would take off we would have collected it when we lived there for free from our friends who worked at wineries!!!)  Almost anything wine related sells, wine boxes, wine barrels, wine labels, wine corks, right?  So many crafts to do with all that stuff.

Number three: small tables-like coffee tables, side tables, bedside tables, patio accent tables, plant stands. These can be found anywhere and usually pretty inexpensive. The price goes up if the vendor has custom painted it like @Atomic Loft at @needfulthingsaddiction in Lake Elsinore. They are usually the most sought after item for vendors to turn over quickly.  Easy to carry if you buy one and easy to decorate with.  For vendors selling other products like @sweetpeascharm they are the perfect setting for showing her plaster paint colors.  Easy to use to set up smaller displays for a vendor too. Most versatile piece out there.

Number four: Anything galvanized or rusted. At @threespeckledhens, a market we love and will be attending again Sept 30th and Oct 1st in Paso Robles, we saw so many dealers selling rusted farm pieces, and it seems to vary in variety from area to area. There is more farm land up there in Northern Calif.  and so you see more rust than you knew existed.  Down here in So. Calif. it’s hard for dealers to find so they have to go picking up north or Arizona or Texas or the mid states.  Galvanized or rust adds such a difference when you use it in your decor. It’s that added touch. So baskets, gears, feeders, planters,  are big attention- getters,  and sell quickly.

Number five: Signs, signs, signs.  Signs are still going strong. There are so many different ways to make them that we think they will be a best seller forever. At @farawayhood they made us a sign with @sweetpeacharm (another blog coming about that) and we noticed they are continually changing their rusted numbers,letters and symbols to make as many different signs as possible. At @newagain_furnishings in Glendora the window and old cabinet door signs are made using quotes and sweet sayings.  At @needfulthingsaddiction in Lake Elsinore you can find @picklenbean with yet another different style, filling the whole hallway there with beautifully framed signs,  some of her pieces are at @vintiquealley in Riverside too. And more at Needful Things Addiction, Lake Elsinore, @thebannergirls have yet a different style.  At @shabbyology in Covina look for classes on making signs with Iron Orchid Designs.  Most of these vendors make professional custom signs, so if you like their style pm them on Instagram. There is no end to what you can put on a sign, it personalizes your home, and is a clue to your decorating style. Great for gifts too.

More on our sightings  and observations in future blogs, be sure and follow us along.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

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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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Plaster Painted Pumpkins!

Fall pumpkins

Fall pumpkins

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I adore the changing of the colors, crisp golden leaves, a little cool nip in the air. It’s refreshing and welcome after a hot summer. I love decorating and baking and Fall festivals. So it was second nature for me to paint my pumpkins, just one more tradition for the season.

I painted my pumpkins a couple of years ago and loved how they turned out. The idea probably came from Pinterest. (Isn’t this where all amazing ideas eventually end up?) I grabbed different colors of spray paint and ribbons and adornments and glitter and went to town.

 

This go around, I had just bought the beautiful Merlot plaster paint from Sweet Peas Charm (go read the blog Sweet

Merlot Plaster Paint

Merlot Plaster Paint

Peas Charm & Pumpkins, if you haven’t yet). I love this color so much, that I had to incorporate into my Fall decor. This is the same Merlot I used on my wooden pumpkin. I used 2 coats on the pumpkin and sprayed it with Jewel’s Magic Spray by the Plaster Paint Company. This helps to set the paint and creates a nice finish.

After the pumpkin dried, I chose a stencil that I felt was Fall-ish in design to put a finishing touch on. I used a cream colored art paint, as I didn’t have any plaster paint in a soft cream. I used 2 different designs and then dabbed a few ‘sparkles’ around to give it a finishing touch. One more coat of Jewel’s Magic spray.

Stenciled Pumpkin

Stenciled Pumpkin

And now I have a colorful festive pumpkin for my kitchen island!

Please comment and let me know what you think.

Thanks for reading…

Amy

Sweet Peas Charm & Pumpkins

This past weekend mom and I went to Old Town Temecula to attend a workshop held by Sweet Peas Charm. Lynn is the sweetest lady and so creative. I first met her at the Temecula fair earlier this year. Her display booth held plaster paint by The Plaster Paint Company. There were several colorful furniture pieces. Lynn specializes in bringing life back to furniture. Her gallery at www.SweetPeasCharm.com is filled the pieces she has created. From a clock table (ingenious) to side tables and chairs. She is inspirational!

Sweet Peas Charm

Sweet Peas Charm

There are 2 locations to find her creations and Plaster Paint. Fourth St. Antiques in Old Town Temecula (a great place to spend a day) and The Merchant’s Mercantile in Anaheim. She can also be found at some of the Southern California Vintage markets. Check her site for dates and details.

Mom and I signed up to take a plaster paint workshop and create a few unique pumpkin decorations. It was a small workshop, just perfect for getting to know everybody. Her sweet daughter in law Valerie was there, along with my mom and two of the nicest girls we’ve met.

Lynn had the table set up with wooden pumpkins, a selection of Plaster Paint colors and adorable stencils and embellishments. There are about 48 colors to choose from, including some Metallics. Although we love Chalk Paint, this is more affordable and easy to work with (see colors in gallery below).  I chose the Merlot color (hello!! Remember the T’wine bottles) and mom choose Sweet Cream. The paint has great coverage and it didn’t take long for it to dry. I have to say the Merlot was

Merlot & Sweet Cream Pumpkin

Merlot & Sweet Cream Pumpkin

STUNNING!

After about 10 minutes of drying and chatting, we moved onto the stencils. I choose a pattern, while mom choose a sweet flower design. We laid the stencil over the first layer of paint and lightly dapped the stencil color over it. It doesn’t take a lot of paint to get the look you want. Valarie choose the Toasted Marshmellow and painted arrows and Family on hers (adorable), the other girls did a Black and “Spooky” and a Chevron pattern. All the pumpkins came out so unique

Sweet Cream & Coraline Pumpkin

Sweet Cream & Coraline Pumpkin

and cute!

Of course, I had to buy some paint, Merlot, Native Stone and the Jewel’s Magic Seal (a great sealer). Stay tuned for my project using The Plaster Paint….

 

Thanks for reading…

Amy