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

May Calendar of Events

May 2018 Calendar

Continuing adventures of We’re Mad About!!

Hi everyone!!

Serendipity Open House

What a great month April has been. We have been overwhelmed at all the events taking place. It seems like summer already! Our schedule has taken us to Las Vegas-Summerlin, to Thousand Oaks, to Redlands and tomorrow we are going to Temecula. @serendipity.vintage.boutique is having their official Open House. The city is coming to cut the ribbon and they will have refreshments and you can see their beautiful brand new store. It’s at 41923 Second St in the old downtown part of Temecula. We went to the old location for years and we are liking the new one. See you there???

Your Vintage Treasure

BarnhouseChicksMarket know how to put on an event. We were there April 21st in Thousand Oaks. Lots of vendors from all areas and they really filled their booths. We knew quite a few so that makes it even more fun. Parking was actually free and easy too. They have a great feel, farm-like (in a park), and friendly. We love this market and try never to miss it. Our girl, @love_picking_junk, Martha was there with a fantastic booth, @repurposed_soul who never ever stops, @yourvintagetreasure with beautiful pillows she makes and so many more.

Vintage Market Days

Summerlin, Nevada is a place we love. Our sister/aunt used to live there so we got to know it. Lucky for us she moves back this week so we are never paying for a hotel there again, because we are going back for sure!!!! One- to go to Boulder City where most of the vintage shops are. Let us know of names, please. Two-to go back to Vintage Market Days there again in Oct, the 26-8. These gals put on shows all over and you can tell they know what they are doing!! Beautiful location, by a mall with every single store you can name, music that was to die for-this guy was sooooo good. The food booths were varied and several of them. The vendors were from several states, so we got to meet more new to us dealers. They were careful to not book the same style of vendor too, which is hard not to do. We loved being there. We will be going back and posting about it beforehand. Be sure you check the Instagram for all the pics we already posted there. These were dealers who know their business well. Some from our area like @nottooshabbybysabby, who had a full booth and was selling so fast she could hardly keep up. She said it was one of the best markets for dealers. So much fun to see people and chat with them.

Triple D Treasures

Red Rooster Vintage Marketplace at 100 W. Stuart, Redlands is growing so fast. We love that the city allows them to close down the street for the day. It makes it so much nicer. They had a nice crowd that kept getting bigger as the day went on., and food that smelled delicous! Talking to the dealers here is great because we love to know what they are making or where they are selling next.  It is every 2nd Sat. so put it on your calendar.

Speaking of calendars, our May one is almost ready. If you are having classes or pop-ups or special events, let us know. We will place them on it. Take advantage of this free promo people!!! Spreading the word is what keeps you in business!!! We’ll tell you where we’re going too.

Thanks for reading…Amy and Bonnie

April Calendar of Events!

April is a busy month. We hope you can make out to a market and help support small business!

Thank you,

Bonnie & Amy

Junk in the Trunk-Pomona Fairplex

Hi, it’s Bonnie and Amy,

The Vintage Blvd

Vindustrial

Woohoo!!! The big shows are back!! Starting with Junk in the Trunk at the Pomona Fairplex Feb 24-25. We’ll be there on Sat. We love seeing the vendors and the crowds at these events. Everyone brings their best stuff and the booths are just beautifully arranged.

Last year we went and saw so many vendors we knew. Attached are a few pictures. It is great to talk to them and see what they have picked, painted, produced and come up with each time. The Fairplex has a nice atmosphere with music and food vendors. For some of these vendors, this is the only show they are doing so it’s nice to catch up. Among our favorites on the list this time are Miller Rustic Design, Seahouse Design, the Junk Diva, Lilwoods Vintage, Ripe Design, Anything Rustic-really they are all our favorites. It’s $8.00 a day, early bird $20 if you buy before 2/19/18. Parking is unfortunately $12, but that goes to the venue, not the show. It’s worth it to see all the vendors together, imagine how many stores and pop-ups you would have to drive to, to see this many and they are the best of the best!! Check out all this years vendors on their website, www.junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com 

Paper Jar

So get out your calendars, get your lists ready, and get over there. We’re wearing our comfortable shoes , and bringing our smiles. We’re so happy about this show!!!

Thanks for reading, Bonnie and Amy…

It’s almost Valentine’s!!!

Hi, it’s Bonnie,

Valentine’s Cards

I love it from the end of January on because it leads to what I call the fun holidays. Valentines Day, Easter, 4th of July where everyone is included-regardless of your age!  It’s just fun!! I posted on Instagram a picture shown here, of cards I saved (hoarded) from when my kids were small. They were from my mom, now 93, and I dated them at the time which was 1978. How did we all get so old???? I’m so glad (now) that I hauled all those boxes of memories through about 18 moves!!!

Embellished Nestings

We are now asking stores and vendors to write-up some of their story for us. We are fascinated by the dreamers who managed to open their stores or start a booth. It’s not easy. If you want to do a blog about your beginnings, email us at weremadabout@gmail.com. Promote yourself a little, it’s okay.

Attached are some pictures of the cute stuff we have seen out there for Valentines and Easter between last year and now. Be sure and Instagram us with some of your favorites. It’s so much fun to share.

Watch for the next blog featuring Sundappled a boutique in Claremont, Ca. Very interesting place. We are attempting to do a blog a week but don’t hold us to that. We will try to be more consistent though, we promise!!!

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

 

 

 

 

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

Shop Small Business

Beggarsbanquet_vintage

We have been all over in the last month and met some new store owners “ Hi, The Attic” @theatticonmyrtle in Monrovia and Lloyd & Lane in South Pasadena whose owners name is Bonnie too, for just two ” new to us” stores. All of them are getting their stores ready for Christmas and all the vendors we see are preparing their booths too. It makes us stop and think all that is required to run a junking or vintage or independent business. These people are busy!!! Selling it to you is the last step. All the picking, all the prep work, all the loading and unloading, all the decorating is such a huge job, and then they wait to see if anyone is going to buy it. Last weekend we went to 4 shows. See Instagram for more photos. At each show, and they were all well attended, the vendors were already talking about doing more projects, going out picking again, what they had at home to finish and on and on.

The point is that when you buy from one of them you get something that has been loving picked or repainted or refurbished or handmade or handcrafted. It’s not a manufactured mass market piece. It has meaning and hard work and love behind it. So when you go to a show think about that. When you go to any major store think twice before you buy new and see if you can’t buy from a vendor or an independent store.

We do this blog and our Instagram because we LOVE the shows and stores. A few years ago we could hardly find any independent stores. Now they are all around but lately some have started going out of business again. The experts say most new businesses fail in the first 18 months. Let’s all do our part to keep all the ones we love in business. That means buying from them, attending their events, encouraging individual vendors, and telling others about them on social media. It is almost the only way to advertise now. We have no qualms about promoting stores and dealers we love. It has become more and more a reason to seek out new stores, talk to more vendors, wave around that little pink business card of ours. We want them all to succeed so we can go see them again and again.

So during this holiday season give thanks to your favorite store or vendor. Tell them you appreciate them. You never know when someone’s having a bad day or week and your words pick them back up and keep them going. Help support small business, shop on small business Sat Nov. 25th, but remember them all year. We hate going and finding an out of business sign when we get to our destination. Let’s all do our part to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

July Summary

Hi everyone!

We were going through our calendar for July yesterday. We have gotten in the habit of  jotting down where we went on certain days for several reasons. We want to tell about classes or demo days we come across and we want to make sure we aren’t visiting anyone too often!!! Tell us if you have something special planned and we’ll post for you.  Some of these stores we could go everyday and find something new! However it makes sense to us to space it out a little. Then the inventory turns over, store owners get new pieces finished, and we all have something new to share.

So for July here’s our summary:

July 5- Needful Things Addiction-Lake Elsinore

Serendipity Antiques & Garden-Temecula

July 9- The Coast Vintage Market-Mission Viejo ( formerly Driving Miz Daisy)

July 13-Vintage Begonia-Temecula

Needful Things Addiction-Lake Elsinore

July 15 Junk in the Trunk-San Diego (Amy)

Shabbyology-Covina (Bonnie)

July 18-Vinitique-Lake Elsinore

July22-Shop-Eras-Pasadena

July 23-Old Town Flea Market-Tustin

Country Roads-Orange

July 24-Treasures n Junk-Ontario

July 28-The Nest-Yucaipa

Les Chateaux-Yucaipa

The Red Rooster Vintage-Redlands

Back in Time-Redlands

July 29-My French Farm-Mentone

Vintique Alley-Riverside

Embellished Nestings-Riverside

Mrs. Darlings-Riverside

Made-Riverside

Now, if you know of anywhere we need to see, use the comments below or send us a message on our Instagram @weremadabout. For August  we know we are hitting The Coast Vintage Market, on Aug 13th in Mission Viejo  ( formerly Driving Miz Daisy), and the new Flying Miz Daisy in Costa Mesa on the 25th ( it is open on the 26th too) and then the next day, the 26th, Behind the Picket Fence, also in Costa Mesa.  And we won’t miss Vintique Alley’s Sip N Shop on Aug. 17th in Riverside between 5-9. Wine, anyone??  The rest of the month will be filling up soon, sounds pretty full of too much fun already, doesn’t it? Oh and Seahive in Oceanside, a new store chock full of vendors, is opening in August too. Boarding House Broads will kill us if we miss that!! Sept is already booking up too, most importantly, we are going back to @ threespeckledhens in Paso Robles!!!! Yeah!! We had a great great time there earlier this year and this time we know even more vendors. See you there, @thejunkdiva @lilwoodsvintage @millerrusticdesign @sweetpeascharm- anyone else, let us know if you’re going and we’ll post on the ig for you. We got a lot of new followers and friends after our visit last time.

It’s a fun time of year coming up soon. We are soooo excited for fall and all the shows and vendors and stores.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy