Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Twas just two days before a show…and…

All through my basement…

There was so much to be finished and packed, that I don’t know where the days went…

And, of course, that’s kind of the story of this junkin/sellin life!


I know there are a lot of you out there in the same boat…which we have joyfully climbed into I might add!!   After getting through all the busyness and excitement of a holiday show (and hopefully lots of “sellin”) – I’ll be happy to enjoy the rest of Christmas, and the reason for the season.  A girls’ day out with 15 of my closest friends in a week (now, doesn’t that sound heavenly???), and then preparing for our daughter and son-in-law (and grandpuppy) to come home for Christmas – can’t wait – we might have to keep them (wink wink…just being a “mom”)!!  Love it all!!

I know it’s kind of spur of the moment, but wanted to send out an invite to:

The 36th Annual

Ontario Community Craft Show

Saturday, December 1, 2012

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Richland County Fairgrounds (Mansfield, Ohio)

Over 70 talented crafters and artists – and we’re in spaces #48 and #49 in the Arts & Crafts building.  This is a fabulous show, and we’re excited to be a part of it again this year (our third year)!  Most of the shows we do are out of town, so it’s fun to do a local show and see familiar faces…and we don’t have to drive very far – that’s definitely a plus!

Here are a few pics of what I’m bringing…but Terri and Susan both have a bunch of wonderful things for sale too…Terri’s cuff bracelets and vintage upcycled treasures, and Susan’s fabulous reclaimed wood frames (and more) – with lots of vintage embellishments and hardware!  It’s going to be holiday beautifulness!!!

OK…here we go…

I put together wreaths (old baby buggy wheels upcycled), with kind of a cottagey-primitive look.  I love them, and have sold two of them already!





Vintage baby shoes – whining to become useful once again – ok…a little Christmas tree and sparkle were definitely in order!

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Pine cones…they’re everywhere – in trees…on the ground… Add an old wooden spindle and make them frosty and sparkly – ta da…Christmas trees. 

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Stacks of raggedy books, painted and embellished. 

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Don’t ya just love the three little angels???  Sorry, sold already! 

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More stuff…rag trees, and some jingle bells – very old…but there’s still some jingle left in those old bells!!

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Tin cans – definitely upcycled into a prettier life!

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And, what would Christmas be without a game of Scrabble - or pieces of a Scrabble game???

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This is what our cash drawer will be doing on Saturday!!


A couple of “stars” of the show…

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An old tray (painted to cover some very “ugly” floral graphics…), and now it’ll be a great “reminder” for some lucky customer – and a place to share some fun memories!


Gotta have a few signs too!



Junk jewelry for the girls (and some OSU fans too)…

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Sparkles and rust – great combo!

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And…for all my junkin’ friends…


The one on the left is going to be mine for a “while”…just love it!




Isn’t this sweet – a dog license from 1953, paired with a sweet little pocket knife and a cute little dog taken from an old tie clip…they make great “best friends”, don’t ya think??


There will be a LOT more – so hope to see some of my local friends on Saturday!  Have a great weekend!

And, so I am wishing and a hoping you…


And a blessed New Year!



P.S.  What, no P.S.????  There’s always a P.S….just sayin’ – I usually don’t know when to stop!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fall Extravaganza and other important junk…



Well, it’s been a few weeks (alright – a month…where does the time go??) since Springfield Extravaganza, and WHEW…what a whirlwind of big junk fun it was!!  Besides being blessed with the sunshine and comfy temps, and being surrounded by fabulous vintage and antique treasures from all over the country (and did I mention all the great “junk”???  Oh my gosh!!)…this show is made up of the best vendors, artists, and last but not least…fabulous customers anywhere!! 


Susan, Terri and I (and Susan’s sweet mom, Ruth, and Terri’s fabulous mom, Joann) had the best time seeing our loyal customers and making new friends…and oh, having our most profitable show ever (feeling very overwhelmed and thankful about that) – it was nothing short of amazingness for four full days!!

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Me and Momma Ruth                                        Ruth & Friends from California  

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The girls from Alley Cat Chic!  DSC08631 

And our fabulous friends…Cindy & Lydia – we just love those girls!   (and, yes, that is a giant ice cream cone behind them)


And my newest junkin’ buddy…Abby Rose - she went on a shopping spree…and couldn’t help herself – had to buy her mom (Erika Friend) a gift (what a sweet girl)!     DSC08650

Taking a break from all the bizzyness…Sue and friends!DSC08646

I got to spend time with my Minnesota girls…woo hoo – always a hoot…right Sue?? And, there was even dancing – after all it was Sue Whitney’s 29th birthday…AND how many times does that happen???  Well, apparently at least twice for my blonde friend!

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And, my very special junking buddy, Candy Allen – she was welcomed back to Ohio in true fleamarket style!!! And, I think she’d agree!!

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Striking a pose - or are they resting???  You know it’s not as easy turning 29 as it was the “first” time!!                DSC08671

And, after the show…still smilin’….


Here are pics from our space:  (It was almost ALL gone by Saturday afternoon – actually pretty darned picked over by Friday at closing time!







Punkin time…painted and waxed!  Sweet, right??



Susan’s sweetly salvaged picture frames were a big hit!  She uses copies of her family photos…on the left is her lovely momma!


This sweet customer came all the way from Ft. Wayne, Indiana just to get first dibs on the luggage set!  She was one happy girl when she left!!!



And a few other sights of Extravaganza…..



Yes…the “S” is just a bit taller than my friend, Susan!  Not saying she’s short…the “S” is just a little taller! 


Terri and I “schlepping” an antique wicker settee – it will be fabulously redecorated for the spring Extravaganza!


My cute vintage dress…just had to share!


The show is over…and darned if we didn’t almost sell to the dirt (or asphalt)!


Well, hoping I didn’t put you to sleep with all those pics…you know me! 

AND…Just a couple more random thoughts/pics to share…

A little autumn re-do in my dining room…  We found the crusty old shutter in a dumpster in Baltimore.  I cleaned it (lightly – didn’t want to lose all the great chippiness) and sealed it – and “voila” a table runner (or who knows what it will be…).  Everything else was junk found at my house – I know…I know…I have a LOT of junk – is that a bad thing??


VINTAGE MARKETPLACE at Tailgate-Music Valley Antique Show – October 25-27 – at the Hendersonville Expo Center, Hendersonville, TN.  Stop by their facebook event page for details: VINTAGE MARKETPLACE  It’s the second time the Vintage Marketplace will be at the Expo Center – and it promises to be even bigger and better.  Sue Whitney (of JUNKMARKET Style) and crew will be there with some very cool Minnesota junk - and lots of fun for sure!  Stop by and tell her I sent you!!  Terri and I went in February and had a great time.  I got to meet my newest junker friend, Ruth Barnes of Southern Junkers – she was a hoot and a half!  Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it to this show – vacation calls…  So, I’m wishing them an awesome show – loads of new customers and tons of fun (that, however, goes without saying, right, Sue??)

The beginning of November takes me to one of my favorite places to visit – Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Metrolina’s Extravaganza – November 1-4th – here’s the link if you’d like to check it out!  Metrolina  Also, a favorite stop is The Depot at Gibson Mill – it’s just aisle after aisle of vintage/antique amazingness – actually 85,000 square feet and almost 500 vendors!!  Looking forward to seeing Janna at the Mill, and meeting up with my friend, Brenda too!!

AND, last but not least, Terri, Susan and I are getting ready for our last show of the season…the Ontario Craft Fair – Saturday, December 1st – at the Richland County Fairgrounds in Mansfield, Ohio.

OK, I’m gonna make like a tree, and LEAF for now (see a little fall humor)…!


Hugs and wishing you a happy autumn!!