Tuesday, November 11, 2014

2014 Lucketts Holiday Open House and Market Review

I am tired....to the bone!  Dean and I just finished a weekend as an outdoor vendor at the Lucketts Holiday Open House and Market.  It was cold and very windy on Friday and Saturday, making for excitement when we thought the tents were going to blow away and tales of broken tables, china cabinets and other things crashing circulated throughout the market.  We lucked out, but not without a few scary moments.  This wasn't our first run-in with annoying weather during an open air market, and this just may be our last.  You can never predict the rain or wind months ahead of time, and it never ceases to cause some problems.  

Nonetheless - we had a great time and had good sales.  Sunday ended up being gorgeous and warm and the crowds were steady all day.  There is just a special feeling of being a part of Lucketts that is unsurpassed and makes the hard work and patience worth it.  This year, we decided to travel back and forth from home each day, a 2 1/2 hour drive each way adding to the dedication we had.

We snapped a few pictures of our display early on.  We normally have more along the sides, but the wind was whipping too hard to chance it.  I think it still looked quite nice.  :)

The birdhouse was one of my favorites and it sold the first day.  Very unique!

I love these trees made by Dean and they also sold the first day.....as well as both of the sleds.  I didn't get a picture of that sweet tricycle in the background, but it also left on Friday. 

This was the first big sale we made!  Also constructed by Dean from an old Victorian settee that we bought in pieces.  Now, it has a chic, hip modern feel!  It was staged much nicer in the beginning, but some of the fluff had already sold. 

More handmade goodies!  

The bed sold and the desk will be heading to the shop this week.

By the last day, we were looking bare.

We always make time to goof off a little!

It is just so much fun spending the weekend with wonderful people and friends new and old. :)

Next stop....The Vintage Home Market in Richmond, Virginia Nov 22 & 23!  Thankfully, that is an indoor show and just a short drive from home! :)

'til next time!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Meet Me at the Garden Gate

Changes are never ending with me.  However, I have to affirm that life would be pretty boring without them.  Both personally and professionally, I'm working towards a happy balance.  Baby steps.  With that, I have made changes with Stone Creek (again) and am now located in only one location.  However, we are not giving up doing shows! 

I had these visions that the more spaces I had, the more money I could pull in.  For me, that wasn't the case.  It always seemed that one of them did better than the rest - then the extra money I made off of that one booth seemed to be needed to cover the rents for the other booths.  Steadily churning.  It finally dawned on me that I needed to focus all energies on one space and one rent - one permanent place.  THAT was not a hard decision to make!

We've been in Through the Garden Gate Antiques for a little over six months and I am further honored to be able to work there part-time.  Why even try to be somewhere else?  I absolutely love it there....my definite happy place.  Pam and Ronnie are wonderful people and they run their business like no one else. Beautiful souls.

So now, please meet me at the Garden Gate!  We've been busy stocking and will be changing over to Christmas very soon. 

Their Christmas Open House is November 8th!!  Just a few weeks away!  We'll be doing the Luckett's Holiday Design House and Flea at the Old Lucketts Store, so we won't be there -- but our booth will be brimming with a ton of holiday goodness!

'til next time!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

What a Little Paint Can Do....

It's truly amazing what paint can do.  We had this great 1980ish Thomasville bookcase in our space at Unique Antiques in it's raw form.  I was asked at the onset of taking this booth to not bring in painted furniture (other than old original painted), so I decided this would be a good candidate while serving as a much needed display piece. However, there it sat for months unsold. When we moved out a couple of weeks ago, there was no way that I would take it to our space at Through The Garden Gate Antiques unpainted.

So, the only decision I had was what color(s) to paint it.  No question, white is what sells at TTGG, but I really like to create things a little more interesting and give my pieces a bit of personality.  Wanting to keep this piece clean while showing off the great lines and cottage details, I went with an antique white with a khaki backboard and trim. 

What a transformation!!

Now it has a sweet cottage look and perfect for displaying so many things.  I think even the most die-hard painted furniture critics would have to agree with this one...

You can see a bit of another of my favorite new pieces in the "after" picture above....this repurposed frame with words to live by!

With that, 'til next time!