Friday, May 29, 2009

Tis the "flea" season!

Before I start, I wanted to say I'm sorry for being away...a few people have checked in on me - thanks for your concern. With two shows within a week of each other, and the death of a dear friend's son, and my husband's grandmother (our loss is definitely Heaven's gain) has gone a bit crazy. So...trying to catch up on everything... I'm behind in checking my favorite blogs (that's next on my list...) - I know you've all been into a lot of junking (tis the season), and have wanted to get this post out to you all as well. So, I've finally got some time to give it a go!

Well...we survived...Extravaganza! Lots of stuff to sell, junk to see, and friends to visit with - and we did it all!

We arrived on Thursday (the 15th) to set up - lots of excitement - with long lines of vendors anxiously waiting to "git-r-done"...(just had to say it!). I think there were over 2000 vendors - with at least two bazillion (is that a word??) pieces of "old stuff" for sale - junk overload??? Oh yeah!

Our truck and trailer...patiently waiting in line...along with... everybody else... "I know I put it in here somewhere..."

What a great place to wait for the "line to break"...a great Victorian sofa, and a pair of antlers...for sale I bet!
(even the wheels are cool is that??)

When we set up on Thursday, there was a threat of rain, so everything was put under cover, and we said our good-byes and crashed at the hotel...

Early to rise on Friday morning, we "re-set" everything and were open for business. It was a picture perfect weather day - 70s and sunshine. And, it was a busy day with lots of customers and old friends stopping in... We sold over half our space out on Friday (large furniture and all - yippee!!) - it was a great day! Normally at the end of our day, we'd go out for dinner and shop a bit - but we were so tired - it was drive-thru food and tv until we fell asleep.

Saturday was slower - but there was still some business to be done. About 4:30, a cold front blew through...literally - Terri and I became human tent weights and hung on tight until it was done (not something I'd want to do again...). Just a few breaks (a couple glass things, and some tables toppled over - so nothing major) - but since we'd sold almost everything, we packed up and decided to come back on Sunday to shop till we dropped. That night, we rewarded ourselves with dinner at Red Lobster and a trip to the Goodwill (strange combination I know...but you ALL understand...) AND...I did find a nomination for the "ugliest couch award" - so, whenever the contest is announced...I'm there!).

On Sunday morning the show opens at 10:00 am, but due to a fashion malfunction we made a quick detour/trip to Kohl's to avert the possibility of embarrassment (Terri had mistakenly bought a pair of jeans that were "petites"...and she's 5'6"...enough said...but if we were caught in a downpour - her pants wouldn't have gotten wet... After finding new jeans (of appropriate length) AND a new top - we were ready to go).

We had lots of ground to cover - but many vendors had left because of the storm on Saturday. We picked up a few pieces of furniture - a couple goodies for ourselves, and headed home.

So, all in all - it was a successful trip - the Springfield Extravaganza never disappoints (you just have to watch the weather report...). We'll be going back in September for the fall show - with a new look (stay tuned...), new ideas, and a whole lotta great "junk"! AND I'm hoping to meet some of my blogging and JMS friends there too!

P.S. The great "Brady Bunch" hanging lamp sold!

Great "junk" in our space...

One of my "junk" creations...

Terri...striking a pose with "Marilyn"!

I've got a brand new pair of roller skates (well, maybe not so new)...

Me, myself and "I"!

Some of Terri's stuff...

A hand mirror embellished with vintage jewelry...lots of bling! (We just love to "embellish"!)

Some beautiful jewelry - buttons and vintage pieces...

A sweet little collage

And some of my "junk"...

My "flea bags" - made with vintage fabrics.

Button bouquets - no watering necessary!

Some of our furniture and ETC...

"IF" (the last of our metal letters...)

A couple of great metal stands...

Some good friends we've "collected" over the years...

Anne - modeling one of our vintage embellished jean jackets...a perfect fit! (I told you we liked to embellish things!)

Ellen and Diane...with "lamps to go"...say "cheese"!!

Ginny...from our neck of the woods...Mansfield!

Katie from SoBoStyle in Columbus, Ohio...having too much flea fun!

And one of our newest friends, Micki - with a very shabby, raggedy chic parasol! (not sure if I spelled her name right...)

And some happy customers...

This jacket was made for Susan aka "Vivian"

My very chic hanging lamp/chandelier...going to a good home - an old farm house...I know it's going to be so happy there.

These little cutie pies went home with two of our vanities...Cheyenne (blonde) and Liberty (brunette) - they were SO happy!

These beautiful creations were done by our new friend, Jeanne Norman of Columbus, Ohio. An artist who doesn't waste a thing...she creates beautiful whimsical pieces of art out of anything - embellishing and painting and glittering in such a unique style...I was in awe.

It's all so amazing...

Glitter, and buttons and paint - oh my!!


Just a little personality, don't ya think??

And for the country western fan...

Other fun stuff from our weekend at Springfield...

Three peas in a pod...posing for the camera!

Looking for a bag of Cheetos to go with the car...

Let's give the Extravaganza "a hand" or a chair???

Giddy-up...just another mode of transportation - this fairgrounds is HUGE!!

Lots of architectural salvage...

And...there's more!!!

Should have checked the price of gas here...

Getting a leg up on the shoppers...what great metal letters - there were a pile of them!!

Rust, rust, and more rust (don't ya love it??)

Signs, signs, everywhere signs...(I think that's a song...from the 70s...?)

And when the day is done, you only have to travel down the road "a piece" and there's more fun to be found...

And, last but not least (as promised) my nomination for the "ugliest couch" contest! Found at the Goodwill...and, no we didn't buy it!


  1. WOW, looks like you had a fantastic time, for us who couldn't be there you sure brought it to us in this blog, thanks.
    I also want the pink camper, I would put it in my back yard by the pool for a changing room.
    All that salvage, I think I'd brought back more than I took :-)


  2. I love this post and love seeing all the pictures. I'm really intrigued about the Extravaganza and am considering going in September. But what's the deal with the June date? Do you not attend that one?

  3. Melissa - we could share the camper...6 months for you, 6 months for me!! lol

    Midge - Please come in September!!! There are a few other girls wanting to come too - we can all have dinner and maybe visit our favorite junk spot...!! We've not ever done the June/July show (too soon after the May show for us) - it's smaller - but still worth visiting and finding some goodies. May and September are the biggest ones.

  4. Hey sweetie!

    GREAT POST!!! LOVE all your ya'll also come down to Warrenton/Round Top? Sorry, it has taken me so long to get back to you and thank you for stoppin' by the yaya with your loving & sweet comments...but, here I be! :)

    Have a beautiful & creative week!


  5. Boy do I love your blog!! I am a juker girl with a day job too!! I wish junkin' was my full time job, what happy days it would be!! Blessings, Janna


Thanks! It was so sweet of you to pop in for a visit! Have a blessed day!