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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Getting ready for the holidays

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Made. Riverside

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Serendipity Antiques, Temecula

Hi everyone, this is Bonnie. I thought I would talk about some of the places we went in Oct. and our plans for Nov-Dec. I had a busy month. I have been to Riverside, Crestline, Temecula, Vista, Glendora, Covina, Fallbrook, Tustin and a few more. You can see some of the other great pictures on our Instagram-weremadabout. Check out our Facebook too. November looks to be even busier. I am in the process of making up the November calendar and need help! If you know of any boutiques, community centers, cities, flea markets that are having holiday sales please let us know. We would love to publicize them. Every little bit helps, there are so many venues, some get overlooked and we don’t want to discourage any vendor. Some of the venues we have gone to not knowing if they were big or small have been the best, and we go back again and again. We have met so many nice vendors. I am constantly trying to find new (to us) places to show you.

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Vintique Alley- Riverside

We have started filling in the month and it looks like so much fun. Vintique Alley and Embellished Nestings in Riverside are having their holiday gala Nov 5th from 4-9, Countryside Barn in Poway is having theirs Nov 4-6th, we are waiting on a date for Button and Burlap in Fallbrook-there’s all kinds of parties going on!! Most of these have wine or punch, cookies, cupcakes- a little substance to keep you going. And the new merchandise they bring in is the best. Most of them actually close a few days before the event to redo and set up. Some request no children, as it tends to get very crowded. B Street Junky will be having a sip and shop I’m planning to be at also. We are waiting on dates for several others. Behind the Picket Fence is on my list for Nov 5th too. It’s going to be a wild day, from Costa Mesa in the morning out to Riverside at night. But Picket Fence is one of my favorite places-think apple pie- and always great vendors.

All of these events are a good way to get in the holiday spirit. It feels like it has been pushed upon us starting in October and it’s easy to be a humbug. But after you push and prod yourself and a few friends to one of these galas you’ll feel more like celebrating. I think it’s a present to yourself. I know sometimes it’s hard for me to get up for a flea market and get going, but once I do I revive and am ready for more. I am looking forward to seeing the holiday decor, some of these stores go all out and I love to look at their decorating.

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The CC Trading Co- Driving Miz daisy

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

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T’wine Bottles

I have been wanting to make these ‘T’wine Bottles’ for quite awhile. I think we have all seen them pop up on Pinterest now and then. The motivating factor for me is when a couple of my best friends made a set into oil torches and used them for an outdoor party. They were amazing!  (Thanks for the photos STP!)

I had a few wine bottles that I had been saving (who are we kidding, I have lots of wine bottles. Empty and waiting to be emptied). So I selected a few that I thought had great color and character. I had a ball of twine I had purchased for my nautical table leg project- as yet to be completed, it is not working out like I had envisioned.

T'wine Bottle crafting

T’wine Bottle crafting

This project took me about an hour to complete. I had soaked the labels off the bottles ahead of time, so they were prepped are ready to go. Using the twine and Scotch liquid adhesive, a small paint brush and prepped surface, I got to work. I dipped my brush in a dollop of glue, this helped to keep the amount of glue wasted down. Dipping the brush into the glue, I swiped a ¼ inch wide length along the bottom of the bottle. Taking the twine, I chose a starting point and placed one end, holding it until it was sticky, then proceeded to brush glue in sections and wind the twine around the bottle until I had my desired look.

Twine Bottles

Twine Bottles

I think they came out much better than I had imagined. I can use them through all different seasons, just by changing out the coordinating decor. Currently, these great bottles reside on my dining room table. And because it is Fall, I am able to add some pumpkins and gorgeous Fall colors! I absolutely love how they turned out and I am so excited to bring the season into my home. Fall is my favorite season and living in Southern California, it’s a short season for us. (that’s ok- we can go to the beach in shorts in December). I hope you love this project as much as I did!

 

Next project: PUMPKINS!!!!!

Thanks for reading….Amy

A Day in the Life…

Being silly with my SoldierA couple of weeks ago my son came to surprise me with a visit. I’m an Army mama and anytime spent with my soldier is precious. So when the trip comes and goes faster than I can blink my eyes, this mama goes through a depression. My hubby knows just how to cheer me up, shopping and food!

One of our favorite  pastimes is enjoying time at the coast, looking for new shops and spots to explore. So, we headed south to San Diego county. A quick stop at the Temecula farmers market for fresh fruit and hummus and off we went! Our original destination was Seaport Village for the $5 Food Truck Festival. Alas, an accident on the freeway and a sold out event led us on a detour and ultimately to Oceanside and A Day in the Life shop. A Day in the Life shop

A Day in the Life is located in South “O”, at 1709 South Coast Hwy #B, Oceanside, CA. Mikey and Alina own the store and have exceptional taste. They have a passion for “picking” or “junking” as some call it and you can tell they are quite picky with the pieces they showcase.

When you first pull up you immediately notice their funky yet inviting storefront. To me it resembles an old country front porch. You want to stay awhile and enjoy the day and watch the world go by. It has planter boxes and a tin roof, plus seating for a gathering of friends. There’s even a cool Harley motorcycle out front.

Mikey, OwnerOnce inside the store you notice they have truly maximized their space and displays. There is an awesome (I might be jealous) reclaimed wood counter. They have a cool steer skull mounted above the counter. You might think by just these few descriptions that there isn’t much in the way of vintage here, but hang in there! There’s more!

The back wall has a beautiful distressed grey hutch (SWOON). This is where they have the Annie Sloan Chalk paint collection. And where I picked up the first of my new collection. The beautiful Provence color was used on my vases, below. I also picked up their sample collection, with the Provence and Paris Grey, plus the whitewash wax and clear wax. Mikey spent a lot of time with us, talking to us about his store and how he and his wife Alina came to own it. Red Table

Mikey showed us several pieces of furniture, explained how they were made or the colors used to create the look. There were bookshelves filled with comfy pillows, art and knickknacks. A desk in the most amazing green. Delicious smelling vegan candles, funky jewelry and a divine red table. The American flag hanging spoke to my heart.

A Day in the Life offers in home design service. They will work with you on a room or design element, whether it’s a kitchen make over or a large piece of furniture. I have a feeling you won’t be disappointed.

This couple and their store was recently featured in the Sept/Oct issue of The Osider magazine. Find them in Oceanside or on Instagram. Tell them We’re Mad About sent you.

Thanks for reading……Amy

Friends along the way

3758 Elizabeth Street, Riverside, CA

3758 Elizabeth Street, Riverside, CA

Welcome back!!

We are thinking of adding “problem solvers” to our business card. This blog has gone through so many changes during our short venture into blogging. We have finally got it finished and this is the first new post. We would love it if you would share it. We lost a lot of our subscribers during the turmoil and would die to get them back. The aim of the blog is to be able to talk about vendors in more depth and show more venues and creations. We love our Instagram followers and hope you will all come take a look.

Sirenes

Sirenes

One of the byproducts of starting this blog and Instagram soon became the people we are meeting on the way and the friends we are making. When you have a common interest, in our case, finding old junk, saving old junk, redoing old junk, re-purposing old junk, drooling over old junk; it’s easy to bond with others who share your love of that same thing. The dealers we have met have all been gracious, welcoming, helpful, and even anxious to point us towards others. (There really is no competition since most of these people are friends and if we don’t encourage each other what’s the point?) For instance, Bobbi at Vintique Alley, Riverside fills our hands full of other dealers’ business cards and flyers whenever we go. To appreciate the work of someone else is really a blessing. And every dealer we went to sang her praises.

Silver from Antique_Love

Silver from Antique_Love

We love it when we get a good picture, stick it on Instagram, and someone asks questions about it. We dislike it after we leave the venue and have no idea where to find the dealer. Business cards really help. That’s another reason we love it when dealers with booths have their business name right out front, and ask you to follow on Instagram. Don’t have to ask us twice! We are following every dealer we have come across, and liking your posts. We try to get onto all your social media-often we find about new venues-sometimes it’s hard because your business name and Facebook are not the same. Something to think about when starting a business.

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I spent some time with Yolanda from B Street Junky’s warehouse, Angela from Junk_in_Grammies_Trunk and Lynette from Sirenes, at the warehouse sale at B Street Junky. Watch for events there upcoming in Ontario. (hint hint, Nov. wine and crackers) Those gals have so much info on what dealers are around, new shops opening, flea markets- it’s good to share. Behind the Picket Fence, Driving Miz Daisy and Long Beach Antique Market are all places most of these dealers go to, check their Instagram or Facebook or web sites.

At Vintage California, a store in Orange, we ran into a booth by Junkyard Junky, Kathi, who we often see at Driving Miz Daisy. Many of these dealers were at The Vintage Marketplace at Galway Downs in Temecula Sept. 9 and 10th. Next one is Dec. 2-3. What a great venue. It’s a lot of fun to see the new items and the way dealers arrange their booths. This is where we first met Vindustrial _Supply_co, consisting of Bow and Sharon. They might get the award for nicest couple around, and their picks are so unique. Amy is still crying over their green cabinet she missed out on.

Very Vanilla-Bougie Bottles

Very Vanilla-Bougie Bottles

Inspired Market, Yorba Linda and Rancho Cucamonga, led us to some dealers we hadn’t seen before. Chelsey of ChelsB Creations, Soraya of Reinvented and my favorite, Lana from Bougie Bottles. (I have a candle burning right now, Lana). Also Renee from RXR where we bought our hearts and arrows. We stop and chat with Peggy at Antique_Love somewhere almost every week, try to wave at Far Away Hood-they are usually way too busy to interrupt- and love seeing Boarding House Broads, funniest gals around. There are about a million more, but we need room to put up pictures so we will stop there, but rest assured we remember all of you and hope to see you soon. So here’s to: #junk #antiques #vintage #flea markets #new friends #vendorswelove #ilovesundays #repurposed #reloved #reused #saveourplanet #junkinisfun #shopsmall #repaintedfurniture #garden #farm #salvage #cottage #shabby… Whatever you find, whatever you sell we love it all. Nice meeting all of you, see you somewhere on a Sunday soon.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

Up-cycled Cottage Vintage Pop-Up Sale

Upcycled Cottage Vintage Pop up saleWe have been following Reina for awhile now and really love her style. She is a sweet soul and gentle spirit. I met her Behind the Picket Fence a few weeks ago and I have felt blessed since.

Reina is having her Up-cycled Cottage Vintage Pop-up Sale this weekend. It starts tomorrow and runs through Saturday. August 19th-20th, starting at 8 am. Make sure you get there early, looks like it ends at 2 pm each day, and I just know she will have so many wonderful goodies. Upcycled Cottage

You can find Reina and her Cottage in Valencia, 25224 Fourl Road, Valencia 91321

She will have raffles, refreshments, vintage, salvaged, home and garden decor.

Follow her on Facebook and Instagram -Upcycled Cottage.

And if you see her, tell Amy and Bonnie say Hi!

Behind the Picket Fence

Behind the Picket fenceThis past weekend, I finally made it to Behind the Picket Fence. (yes, the apple pie is really good). So happy I finally made it to this market and sad I didn’t go sooner. This market takes place on a regular basis and is located in the parking lot of Piecemakers- an awesome little fabric and craft store in Costa Mesa.

Now, I adore small markets and the pie and fabric store was a bonus. Mom won a raffle prize (she cheated) and I was jealous. But, she did share the gift certificate to Lavender Apothecary with me and we both walked away with sweet smelling candles.

I was most excited to meet Reina, owner of Upcycled Cottage. She is a sweet gentle creative soul. I have been looking forward to meeting her. We shared her upcoming event on our Facebook and she was sweet enough to make it a point to thank us. Upcycled Cottage

Reina’s booth was the second one in at BTPF and it was set up so lovely. Great windows, kitchen signs, and frames. Baskets of throw pillows, step stools, side tables and more.  Her windows are filled with scriptures and beautiful sayings in script. If I had a dozen more walls in my house, I would have bought a few. As it is, I scored a couple of fancy frames.

Upcycled CottageUpcycled cottage has a Vintage Pop Up sale coming up in Valencia August 19th and 20th, starting at 8am. Fourl Road, Valencia, Santa Clarita. Most definitely head over there is you are in the area or up for a day road trip. You will not be disappointed. Vintage. Antiques. Farm. Shabby. Rusty. You name it, she will probably have it. Check out her Facebook page for more details.

 

RXRCraftsWe then headed to Fullerton for Merchants Mercantile where I met Renee who owes RXR Crafts. Mom bought me this awesome heart for office wall and I bought the Love you more. My son’s grandmother used to say this to him all the time. (Miss you Sheri) I think these are perfect additions to my office. They look great among the boxes I haven’t unpacked yet. Hubby put these up for me right away, YAY!

 

Thanks for reading…Amy

Arizona Longings

Rustic Rummage

Rustic Rummage

Rustic Rummage

Rustic Rummage

At Inspired Market last week I was lucky enough to meet Chris and Sara from Rustic Rummage. I say lucky because we love meeting talented vendors (and Amy wasn’t there) so I was the one. They are from Arizona, as so many of the vendors we met at Junk in the Trunk were. Wow, I almost wish I lived there, except for the heat that I am having enough trouble with here. Arizona has been exploding with great dealers lately, I am so jealous.
Chris makes these treasures for their company and works a full-time job, and they have 3 kids. Wow. Two people together makes everything easier, as Amy and I have found out. Chris and Sara seem to be a great team. The business card for Rustic Rummage says reclaimed, restored, renewed. We love that. They use reclaimed wood for their projects. Chris said pallet wood is too hard to work with and we agree. Our little pallet projects are taking more time than they should-more about them later.

I saw wood boxes, wood signs, wood drink stations, and the wood letters shown in pictures. I love the Vino one—I think it fits me! All their pieces are beautifully finished, no rough edges to be seen, and their prices were reasonable, even coming from Az.

Rustic Rummage

Rustic Rummage

Rustic Rummage

Rustic Rummage

They often do shows in Calif. so check their web site, RusticRummage.com for the next antique market nearby.You can send them a message there too. I love their workmanship and how about that sign/old door? Clever, huh? That sets you up for the kind of imagination and talent they have.
Hope to run into them again soon, I didn’t get nearly enough pictures to show you guys everything, but it’s a start. Nice meeting them both.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

Riverside Wanderings

The Weathered FeatherI spent some time in Riverside this past week as those who follow our Instagram know. I used to work out there, at the Auto Club, many years ago so I knew the town a little. Some things have not changed, the Mission Inn, where my grandparents were married, is of course, still beautiful, awe-inspiring, but what I found were some stores that have opened within the last few years. And oh, they are good ones.
First would have to be Vintique Alley. We have followed Bobbi’s Instagram for awhile. I literally ache for a farm table she has. The entire store is done so well, I would rate it one of the best I’ve seen, as far as how it is decorated. Made. The vendors they have are all inspired, and their creations are placed all over the shop, which makes such an interesting mix. Not a wasted space to be found. And the back, outside, is a place to wander. Not so much when I went, over 108 degrees, but now the weather is cooling (ha,ha) to just under 100 it is better. Tons of stuff waiting to be discovered. I want to live in this store.
There’s a couple more though to explore. Went over to The Weathered Feather. Love the name, and the store is better. They hold such interesting classes, and carry home décor items, jewelry, and supplies to make some of your own inventions. We got a nice welcome from the owner, Lisa, even though she was getting set up for a class. She showed us the shop and explained each section. Thanks again.  Vintique Alley
From there we headed to Made. Talk about unique. We loved the wide range of reused upcycled found items. Each one is unique, well-done and not the same old thing. They have some repurposed items made into fountains I love. Water is so soothing, especially with the current weather. When you enter the shop and hear it you get a zen like feeling. But that’s the least of the amazing stuff there, there are wine racks and benches and lights and tables, each made with such care and love. Saving the planet piece by piece.
Riverside has a market night every Friday 6-9. It is on Sunnyside Dr. in Magnolia Center, packed with food and craft vendors and a farmers’ market, it sure sounds good to me. We are going to try to make it out there.
Made.More later on some of the other stores in Riverside and nearby we visited, but overall what a great day. Nothing better than discovering new places to go and these three were among the best ever. Thanks to all of them for being so gracious and letting us take pictures.
Thanks for reading…Bonnie.  Made.

Eventful August

Vindustrial- Driving Miz DaisyAmy and I were talking on the phone last night, as we do almost every night. It has always been great to have a good relationship with her and now to be producing the blog and Instagram together is even better. In fact we have met several other mother-daughter teams-one is Far Away Hood. They have a business making signs with metal letters and reclaimed wood that is going full steam ahead, giving them time together and a shared interest.

Vintique Alley- RiversideIt’s inspiring. Anyway, Amy and I were talking about August and all the flea markets and shows coming up so I thought I would give you guys an insight into our coming month. We try to plan it out so one of us at least hits the venues and stores we love so we can feed you pictures of the great booths out there. We are amazed at how talented these vendors are. We are constantly amazed at the quality. Hope to see you at some of these.

Double-check dates & places.

August 2016 Event Calendar

Thanks for reading…Bonnie