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

Holiday Plans???

Hi, it’s Bonnie and Amy,

We just posted a holiday event Bonnie will be going to this Saturday Oct 21 at Embellished Nestings 6759 Brockton, Riverside. Beautiful store, open for the event 4-8, see flyer below or on our Instagram.

Embellished Nestings

And so it begins.

We already have a full calendar with all the stores we want to get too, but now we will start adding in all the pop-ups and special shows. Love love love this. So a request–if your favorite store is having an event or you are participating in any and you want to shout it out, let us know. Send us a flyer and we’ll post it. Below are some we know about already. Others are still in the planning, so watch for updates. Help us to let everyone know so people show up. Nothing sadder than a room of 4, and the one phrase we hear too much is “I would have gone if I had known”. We personally think going to holiday happenings is essential to making it a cheerful season. No matter what your holidays at home are like, you can relax, eat a little, and talk to people who love the same things you do. Just think— someone else is doing all the work!!! That’s our Christmas present!!!!

Also if you are a vendor or store owner and would like to write a blog for us please contact us by leaving a comment here or on Instagram. Here’s your chance to promote yourself! We love to hear from your point of view, your successes and failures. We can add 3-4 pictures too. You only need to write about 200-300 words. Come on, let’s hear about how you got started or your biggest successes.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

Thank you, Fall!!!!

Three Speckled Hens truck

At long last it feels like Fall. most days anyway in So. Calif our version of Fall. Cool enough now for us to get to some more stores, meet new vendors and see what’s out there.

We had a busy Sept. even with the heat. Visited Lake Elsinore, Ontario, Rainbow, Thousand Oaks, Yucaipa, Glendora, Riverside, Upland and more. The Fall colors are here!!!  If you check the ig you will see we are trying to post everything we can with flowers, leaves, greenery.

We have some projects in the works, we will be announcing soon. But, this last weekend in Sept, we went to Paso Robles for Three Speckled Hens flea market. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a big one. Over 100 vendors, and spread out over the Paso Robles fair and event center. We were so excited we could hardly take a breath, to see all the vendors we met last year and meet some “new to us” other ones. So fun to get away for a few days and to be going there, it was such a good time!!!

Junque Love

Amy here: Our trip to Paso was so much fun! (with the exception of the ‘death motel off the 101). We made another side trip to Morro Bay so I could gather sand dollars and stop by Junque Love again. This store has brought in so many new and exciting items.

At the ‘Hens’ we were honored to see some of our sweet friends. Junk Style Design, Lilwoods, Countryside Barn and Plaster Paint Company. And to meet a few new ones (some for the second time) Atelier, Rusty Love, Twisselman Trading Co., Farm Girls Market. This is one of the best markets in the lower half of California. The Hens girls do a fabulous job getting it ready and bringing in vendors with fantastic finds.

We will be posting events soon for Oct Nov Dec. If you want us to post yours send an email to weremadabout@gmail.com. No charge, we just want to keep having events and stores to go to, and we assume you want to hear about them. Our ig is getting closer to 5,000 when we will have a giveaway, it’s at 4,715 as of today!!! Hooray!!! Our plans for Oct include @vistavintageandmakersmarket, a Halloween party @Shabbyology and @thecoastvintagemarket so far.

We noticed that the dealers and store owners feel re-energized now too. They are busy busy busy getting holiday stuff out, rearranging, and clearing out summer goods. It’s a fun time to visit your favorites and make some new ones. On our ig we try to post addresses for these stores so it’s easy to find. Believe us when we tell you we are not highlighting every store we go to, only the ones we think you will like. We will be visiting more vintage clothing stores and adding them, because they are so popular now. Almost every store has added flannels, at the very least, and some are carrying only clothing. Great trend. Lots of dealers are making or tweaking their flannels and the results are great. Ie: @checkeredpastclothing and @repurposedsoul and @sarahs_junkdrawer. Then there is @flea_market_flair too, and @bblessed, one of the first vendors we saw with them. Let us know your favorites. We‘re Mad About them all!

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

More of us…

Bonnie & Amy

Hi, we are Amy and Bonnie, mother and daughter that make up We’re Mad About. How are you guys doing?

We have met a lot of you, vendors, store owners, shoppers, pickers, all now friends! We started the Instagram and blog a little over a year ago (and now we have over 4,200 followers on the ig). The reason we started them was because we noticed more fleamarkets and stores opening up. For awhile it was sparse. We love love love going out and meeting everyone and we don’t want these places to disappear again.  So it’s personal to us that customers find out about you dealers and keep you in business.  Bonnie gets out there more than Amy, since Amy still works a full time job and is married, but we both try to search out new businesses.  We have made new friends, learned about junking and picking, gone to classes, and bought more than we should have, and it has been rewarding and we are grateful to you all. And we are attempting to do our part to keep you going!!

Of course, a blog is a much harder nut to crack than Instagram. It grows slower and people don’t follow you as fast. We have had store owners and vendors tell us they tried one and gave up. We, of course, had ours hacked (no, we don’t know why people do that!!) and had to restart. $$$.  What a pain! But we did it and are still hanging in there. Eventually it will get some decent numbers.  Instagram, with some care and attention, grows rapidly, and provides instant gratification so it is easier to deal with. If you are not signed up, please do so.

So meanwhile, this is our plea. Help us help you!!! If you know of new markets, vendors, stores that you want to see more of…let us know about them. Or if you are one yourself, feel free to self-promote! We love that!! We would love to visit more fleamarkets and  stores and events that showcase vintage, repurposed, repainted, reloved junk in Southern California.  Not so much for commercial items please. Drop a comment if you love a store and want us to highlight them on our Instagram or blog.  We know for a fact that some of the vendors we previously talked about have added to their Instagram numbers after we put up a few pictures. And most of the stores and venues have received new visitors and business since we posted about them. We are happy to do so. If you are a vendor and want us to post a picture of a piece you are especially proud of,  we can do that too. If you want us to write a blog about how you got started and what you carry contact us.  If you are a store we haven’t been to lately, remind us and we’ll drop by again. If you are a customer and want us to highlight your favorite shop, tell us about it.  If you are having a pop-up or sidewalk sale, we are happy to promote it for you. Small business is hard, take advantage of us to help. It’s free advertising, people!!!!  We want you to succeed and we don’t want to get stale. We want to keep finding and sharing new venues and vendors, as well keep showing you our favorites too. We have a few ideas to turn this  into a money-making business for us in the future  but for now it isn’t and that’s ok.  It’s a labor of  love now and always. We would love to help you so let us know how.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

 

It isn’t JUNK!!!!

Hi, this is Bonnie, home from my trip to Utah.

It’s nice to go on vacation but nicest to come home. Honestly Utah is clean, clear, beautiful, no graffiti, no visible homeless, perfect place for outdoor sports but my outdoor (and indoor) sport is flea markets. And there isn’t any there, that we could find around St. George anyway. So I started thinking about why I love junking and thrifting and flea markets and stores and pop-up markets.  I think for me it’s the thrill of the hunt. It’s exciting to have an idea and search for the perfect item to complete it. Granted, I am trying not to buy much because my house is full, but still…there’s always one area to fix up, redo, repaint, or switch around. Adding a flea market find makes me happy. Just a rusty old metal piece or two or three. 

What does it for you? Is it the rusty piece no one else wants? Or the shabby wood cabinet? Or the last piece of your grandma’s china that your kid broke and you thought you’d never see it again? Or?????

For us, of course,  it has been so cool to meet vendors that love this stuff and want to talk about it. Where you found that piece and how you got it home, and how you repainted it are all things customers and we want to know. It adds to the value and the fun and the memories. We came across these and put them on our Pinterest account you can look at also under We’re Mad About.  But for just now enjoy these quotes from other addicts, there are more of us than we ever knew.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

**Disclaimer: some of these photos we found on Pinterest. We were unable to track down the original owner/Pinner. All credit goes to them. These are not our photos.

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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The Vintage Marketplace, Rainbow Calif.

The Vintage Marketplace photo booth

We love The Vintage Marketplace. @thevintagemarketplaceca. There is no question, no doubt, we just flat out l0ve it. We have met so many vendors there, some we see only there, others we seem to follow wherever they go. It turned into a great way for us to get to know customers too.

Many times we are waiting to say hi to a seller and get into conversations with customers and a whole lot of those customers are also junkers or crafters or “pick up stuff curbside” type of people.  They end up telling us about other venues, or sales, or good stores. We love the atmosphere that promotes friendliness. And we love following everyone! So many ideas brought to life.   Can’t wait till Sept.!!!!!!

Increasing YOUR sales and visibility

Hi, this is Bonnie.

We started our Instagram a little over a year ago. We now have over 3800 followers. It’s our little business and we try to be careful with who we promote and who we follow. So that got me thinking about a few tips for some of you from what we have seen.

One of the things we like is to be able to find (stalk) dealers who keep current with the trends, keep their booths and stores fresh, keep changing up pieces, are friendly, are happy to see customers and just nice people. We now know quite a few of you because you are business people, and that’s obviously how you stay in business and why. But….when we can’t find you at a venue it’s annoying. I know, I have tried to hunt out dealers ( maybe they are hiding from us now??) A good way to be found is to have a good sign. This post is to show some of the great signs we have seen and loved so if you don’t have one you might get inspired. Don’t worry, we are not trying to sell you anything! But…we do know some great vendors who would make you a custom sign to show off your business, if you don’t have one.  For one, one of our favorites” Far Away Hood.” If you check out their ig you can see they have made signs for a lot of different homes and businesses. They made the one shown for Sweet Peas Charm and, of course, their own. You can find them at many shows, Driving Miz Daisy, for sure, and on their web site Farawayhood.com.

Second,  Made New Home Furnishings at 113 S Harbor, Fullerton. Phone is 405-7428937.  The pictures we put up of her shop recently show her versatility. Custom-made the way you want and professional looking.

Made New Home Furnishings

The pictures on here are all great examples of good signs. Put up a sign please!! Or bring the one you have ( hint hint one of our favorite vendors). We are surprised not all of the venues require this. Promote yourself!!!  It really helps customers to know it’s you and to follow you wherever you sell. That’s the point, right?

Some of my top shops found a way to stand out. The Nest in Yucaipa at 12131 California, take a look at their place. Does that get your attention? Shabbyology in Covina, 534 E Edna, put red chairs with polkadots at each corner by her store so when we see them we know we’re close. Both great ideas.

The Nest

So on Instagram we have a few rules. We follow back only if they actually liked our photos. Too many times you get a follow just to make you follow them back, and they have never even looked at your pics.  We also follow only if 1-it’s a personal ig that shows they have interest in home decor or flea markets or historic houses-something somewhat like the pictures we share or 2-if it’s a business, say like Habitat for Humanity or a salvage or a restaurant near a venue we frequent. We usually don’t follow real estate agents, gyms, hair dressers because we want people to follow us who like what we do, not just to get more followers who want to promote their business anywhere anyhow.

Mrs Darling

If we get a follow from a site “Get 10,000 followers ” etc.. we block them. We don’t want that kind of junk (get it?) on our ig. That’s not a way to grow. There are plenty of people who like the same things we do, it’s only a competition between Amy and I (joke), there is no reason to get followers that way. When we get a new follower we check out their ig. I do this every night. Then I like the pictures if I actually like them, and I follow them back, and often comment. I also make sure when a follower likes one of our pics to check their site and do likewise. That’s common courtesy if you have the time and I do. I hit “send notifications” on the ones I regularly follow so I can see all their new stuff as they post. P.S. it’s fun and it’s nice to encourage people.

Also if you are a vendor or a dealer make sure you have a business account with Instagram. It’s easy to switch over from personal. We like it because it gives you a little more info. It tells how many people looked at your picture even if they didn’t actually take the time to like it, and how many came back for a second look. We really appreciate this feature. When we see over 1,000 looked a picture we know we are on the right track.

If you want to comment on our pictures or our blogs, do so down below. We always welcome input and would like to know if this blog helped any of you.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy.