Who would have thought? I started my vintage supply shop on etsy 7+ years ago as a way to sell off some of my excess flea marketing loot. I was going strong as a mixed media artist at that time and making regular trips to the flea markets, junk stores and auctions for supplies to use in my work. Being an antique and vintage lover at heart, I had a hard time passing by so many lovelies and filled the car up every time. I soon realized that I was running out of room to store everything, not to mention my concern for all the $$ I was spending on stuff that was basically just sitting around. So, I decided to open my 2nd etsy store and sell some of the treasures that I knew I wasn't going to use. I started listing items and found out "yes!" people really do need and want this stuff. So, I've just kept it up and the years have rolled by. I love doing this 90% of the time. How many people can say that about their job? There's some days when my eyes are tired and my back is aching because I've been sitting in front of the computer all day listing items. There's an occasional customer that seems to have it in for me (for whatever reason), but for the most part, this is like play, not work.
So, to celebrate my 10,000th sale on etsy, I am having a giveaway. I will pick 3 winners who will receive the lots shown on Monday, February 8th.
You can enter in any or all of these ways:
1. Leave a message here.
2. Like and leave a message on my facebook page. HERE
3. Share on your facebook page.
2016 is here and it couldn't be more welcomed. I don't ever want to go through a year like 2015 again. I can't blame anyone but myself, though....I am completely responsible for my situation. Here's what happened....in November 2014 after one of my many trips to the mountains of NC, I decided that I really, really loved the area and it was time to downsize and move. Life is too short not to take chances and make changes. I hate nothing more than being stuck in a rut. After the initial excitement, it was time to face reality. My husband was all on board and my mom (who lived next door) was ready to go, too. To put it in a tidy little package, this is what I was faced with as the months rolled by: clearing and cleaning out clutter in 2 households (plus a work space I was renting), listing and selling 2 houses, searching and finally finding a new area and home, (for ourselves as well as my mom), saying goodbye to good friends and neighbors, physically making the move and finally getting settled. Whew, there were many ups and downs and sleepless nights along the way, but we made it. I have to say, it was all worth it! I wouldn't wish a year like that on anyone, but I love my new home and and I can't believe how blessed I am to live in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
We went from a 3,000 square foot historic home on a busy street in the city limits to a much smaller, rustic home in a very wooded community. You climb steep roads when you live on the side of a mountain and that took some getting used to. I see deer everyday and feel in my heart that this is where I belong at this stage of my life. Of course, one of the drawbacks is inclement weather. We are completely snowbound at the moment, but most of the east coast is in the same boat. I can't wait to see how the seasons unfold. It's isolated, but that's something I don't mind. I have a studio right here at home to work out of and I am pretty well settled now.
The view over my worktable can be distracting, but I keep myself focused...most of the time. I have been listing new items in my etsy shop for the past few weeks. Many things are from my personal collections. I was delusional when I thought I was really going to have room for everything I packed and brought with me. I am being forced to let go of things I have cherished for years. Oh well....they're only THINGS, right? So, check out my etsy store, as I will continue to list items.
And one more thing...I have a big landmark coming up. I am getting close to having 10,000 sales in my etsy shop. (10,000! Who would have ever thought that was possible??) I am so thankful and humbled and it still blows my mind. I am going to have one big time giveaway when I reach that goal. I am not sure how it will be structured yet (I am thinking multiple winners) but I will keep you posted when it happens.
Be well, Happy 2016 and thanks for hanging in there with me!
I really have to laugh when I look at my last post. The show in downtown Asheville got rained out. I don't mean clouds and scattered showers; I mean torrential continuous rain ALL DAY LONG. It officially qualified as my worse show ever. The only people we saw were the ones huddled under umbrellas while they dashed from their cars to nearby restaurants. Hey, I made my show fee back plus a little bit, so I guess it could have been worse. I never thought I would be one of those vendors who say, "I've made my show fee" and be happy about it. That day I was.
Anyway, on a brighter note....I have an INDOOR show coming up in a few weeks. The Holiday Fair at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC. I did this one last year and really enjoyed it.
I haven't been doing too many shows this fall because we have been busy packing to relocate. If I even hear a whisper about a move in the future, I'll scream. I have so much stuff to sort through and pack. We are trying to cut back so the moving company can bring one truck instead of two. It's a big price difference and you have to look long and hard at your possessions and decide what you can live with and without.
This is my garage which is just downright ridiculous.
I plan on getting the show behind me and then moving shortly afterwards. It's going to be an interesting December. I know I've been rambling a little here, but my brain has been in overload mode for about 6 weeks now.
Hope you are having a good Fall season. Wish me luck on the move and come see me at my show if you are in the area!
Hard to believe it's already October, but I guess Fall is officially here.
This photo is one I took last year...I'm not sure there will be any leaves left on the trees to change color this time around. We've gotten so much rain these past 2 weeks that the trees will be bare soon.
Luckily, it was clear and gorgeous during my last show, Farm Fresh at The Farm at Rabon Creek.
As you can see, the swags I wrote about in my last post added just the right touch to my booth.
I found this little green dresser the week before at a flea market. Worked perfectly as an accent-display piece.
The booth was busy all day long. My tireless helper (I've got a great husband!) stayed at one end helping people and I watched the other side. Couldn't have done it without him.
I don't always get to sell vintage at my shows, but this was one where it all fit together so well. It was fun decorating my booth with something besides just jewelry.
I got lots of compliments on my swags!
If you weren't able to visit this show, my next one will be Art in the Park in Asheville, NC. October 10th.
This is a fun show right in the downtown area. If you are nearby, make a day of it in Asheville. There's lots to do there and they have tons of great restaurants and breweries. Sounds like the perfect way to refuel and relax after a day of shopping.
Wishing you a great weekend!
I wanted to add something new to my display for the upcoming Fall shows, so I decided to make a few rag banners. These can be draped across the front of a table, along a side panel or just wherever you can find 2 hooks. Once I got into it, I realized it can be very addicting and I could imagine myself squirreled away in the house making these things for weeks at a time!
I started out by picking up sheets from Goodwill. King flat sheets are going to give you the most fabric. I got about 5 neutral patterns that worked together.
I measured off the fabric and started cutting strips.
...and cutting, and cutting and cutting. I turned Netflix on and just kept cutting away while half watching a movie. I won't lie to you, it seemed like I would never get done.
The fabric was looking a little too whitey-white for my taste, so I decided to tea stain it.
So much better! I hung them on the laundry bar until they dried.
Then I tied them around a 4 ft. string of twine, alternating the different styled fabric.
It helped to weigh down the ends so the twine stayed tight.
Here's the finished project. I made (6) 4 foot banners. That should be enough to add a little vintage charm to my booth.
And last, but not least- before starting a project like this, remember to lock up any little rascals you have around the house that impede your progress.
I've done really well this summer getting myself out the door and moving. It's hard to make excuses when I have 2 whimpering dogs sitting at the backdoor expecting their daily walk...they are so spoiled.
I've been taking them down to a local park with a trail system that meanders through the woods. Paved trails! I love the fact that I can walk or run without worrying about tripping over roots & rocks.
I have a crazy irrational fear of snakes, so the clean pathway is perfect for spotting anything that might be up ahead. (I've only seen 1 snake since coming here and I gave him plenty of space!)
We've had a very dry summer....bad for the grass, but good for the bug situation. You would think the mosquitoes and gnats would be terrible, but they are almost non-existent.
The trails run next to a lake and it's fun to watch the boaters and kayakers when I'm walking. This little guy was getting a fishing lesson this morning.
My Daisy is such a good walker. The other one...not so good. He's always in a hurry. He gets so worked up on the drive there, that it takes him a round or 2 before he finally starts settling down. Not much fun with an 80 lb. dog, but I try to have patience with him.
This place is a hidden gem. I know boaters are out on the lake because I see their trucks and trailers, but there's only a handful of us that walk the trails. I'm starting to see the same faces and we always exchange good mornings now. We're the regulars.
I love this part of the trail where I can peek through the trees and see the lake.
Up in the park area there's shelters and play areas for kids. I can't imagine a nicer place to have a picnic! Gorgeous views! I try to get out early because it gets so very hot and humid here. My poor dogs are about done for the morning by the time we get home.
This past week (besides walking), I've been trying to make up some new jewelry pieces. Farm Fresh is right around the corner and I may be doing a show in August. Still waiting on a final confirmation on that one.
I completed these necklaces using hardware keyholes with vintage embellishments and charms. I love working with the keyholes, but I have to find ones that are the right shape and size.
So, that's what I've been up to lately. Hope you are having a good summer!
Summer is in full swing and the days are zipping by. It has been so hot here! We have gotten very little rain and every day seems to be in the high 90's. I'm about ready to say "enough!" I can't believe I am rushing Fall, but the heat is really oppressive this year.
Sometimes something happens that makes your day a little brighter. A few months ago, I had a bottle cap order in my etsy shop and noticed the purchaser was Country Living magazine. They wanted their order express shipped for a magazine shoot they were doing. I happily complied and got their package out lickidy- split. I didn't forget about it, but put the whole thing in the back of my mind.
I received my Country Living magazine in the mail last week and it actually sat for about a day before I even opened it to browse through. Was I ever surprised to see my bottle caps on not one, but two pages! Yee-Ha! They didn't mention my shop (which would have been crazy free publicity), but I still think it's cool and I'm really happy about it.
"Hey CL- I'll send the next thing to you free if you put my shop name in print!"
It's worth a try if anyone's listening.
Anyway, besides selling inventory for magazine shoots, (it feels so good to say that) I've been listing bunches of new items.
This clock is so retro cool. It's not working, but the ticking would make me crazy anyway! These look great in a collection....the more you have the better!
This cone shaped inkwell is so old-school. When I look at it, I think of a one room country school at the turn of the century. The girls are wearing long dresses and bonnets and boys have on knickers and caps. (I think I'm having Little House on the Prairie flashbacks.)
Jump forward in time and these movie cameras were all the rage.
How about watering those flowerbeds in style? Galvanized sprinkling cans make wonderful pitchers to put a bunch of wildflowers in, too. I have a few outside my door and a mama bird always builds a nest in one and lays eggs.
If it's too hot to venture out to the flea markets this summer, we have quite a few mixed lots in our etsy shop. Avoid the crowds and shop from the comfort of your home!
Last, but not least is this misfit doll. She has a deformed mouth, no hair, spooky eyes....so much is wrong, but if you think like me, so much is right as well. She's been around the block and back, but imagine the stories she could tell! If you feel you want to give this girl a new home, find her here.
Be sure to check out my etsy shop. I'm taking a break from doing shows this summer and I'm concentrating on listings. I'm trying to add new items everyday. If you want to stay current, you can favorite my shop by clicking on the little heart next to "add to favorites" on the left hand side in my etsy shop.
I've been trying to juggle everything going on these days. I have a show right around the corner, so I've been working on new stock for that, plus I've got a zillion things taking up space as they wait to be listed on etsy. So, I've been trying to do a little of both everyday. Here's a few of the newer items in my shop:
These hardware pulls are just so gorgeous! The patina, the design...they just have all the right things going for them.
Most of these handwritten letters are dated 1916. I'm selling them in bundles of 10 for $9.99. It's not hard to do the math on that one! At this price you don't have to worry about making copies for your collage work. Use the originals!
I wish I knew the history behind this sign, but I can only guess. The front is glass and the surround is rustic metal. It illuminates beautifully with a light behind it.
This army duffel bag would be perfect to use in a repurposed purse project. It's the first time I've seen one with a pocket!
Those were the days when people used refillable lighters. I'm not a smoker, but I'm pretty sure they are all plastic disposables now.
And last, but not least, one of my favorite items. A View-Master Stereoscope. I can remember the hours I used to spend looking through one of these! Mine was red, I think. It was always a special treat to get a new picture wheel. That's what's so much fun about dealing in vintage...all the memories, mine and yours, too!
I'll be here mid June.
When Mother's Day rolls around, one thought comes to mind (besides the obvious that I have a wonderful mom and 2 great sons)...it's strawberry season!
This short time lasts only about a month, so I need to get out to the fields and start pickin'.
My son and daughter in law love them just as much as I do.
This was from the other day (my second trip to the fields.) By late that afternoon, I never wanted to look at another strawberry again. Washing and hulling the berries over the sink causes havoc on my back after about the first half hour.
They freeze beautifully, though, and it's worth every ache and pain...and red stained fingertip.
With a little scoop of almond butter they are heaven.
Who doesn't love strawberry shortcake?
If I'm feeling really decadent, I make strawberries dipped in chocolate.
Eating the berries straight out of the field, warmed by the sun is one of those small pleasures in life that I love. There's nothing like the drive home after a successful picking day. I float home on a fragrant strawberry cloud.
I think I did a good job of picking and freezing this year and I should have plenty for awhile, especially since my husband doesn't have much of a taste for them. By mid summer, I know I am going to be asking myself why I didn't get more since my stash is almost gone. I'm thinking chest freezer next year!