Monday, August 31, 2009

We are in!

Our move in day finally arrived! Everyone was shaking their heads when they saw just how much stuff we were planning to stuff into our booth. I had it all in my garage for over a month, so I can tell you how much space I was going to need.

Each one of us has our own area of talent and between us all, we got everything arranged in a pleasing way. I am so thankful for my DH who helped us. He loaded it all in his great big Ford truck, helped lug it all in to the shop, and put our displays together.

Joan has done visual merchandising professionally. Need I say more? She has a real eye for placement. Joan was solely responsible for all the display in the consignment shop that I used to belong to. My hat is off to her.

Betty shows a fine attention to detail. She is a master with her paintbrush. Her painted pieces are stunning. She also has a couple of online shops where she markets her pieces. She is beginning to receive special orders from local ladies who have seen her work. They want her to work her magic on furniture they have in their home. I can tell you - this girl is going places!

I just know we will be happy in our new "home".

Friday, August 28, 2009

19th Century Thrift Store Find

I braved 100 degree temperatures to wait outside until the Amistad Thrift store opened this afternoon. It was only 5 minutes, but when you're talking 100 degrees, standing outside for that long is tough!
They put all of the new stuff right by the door where their counter is. Well, I snapped this baby up as I walked by to see what might be in the showcase. When I had a chance, I turned it over and looked at the bottom for any telltale markings. I didn't know what any of them meant, but I looked anyway. LOL.
Imagine my delight when I got home and looked up the symbol on the bottom of this piece. Their website says that his piece was manufactured in England between 1883 and 1889. It doesn't have any chips, either! I have no idea what it is worth, but I bet it's more than what I paid for it.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Facebook and ArtFire

ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade
I really enjoy Facebook for its networking possibilities and the wonderful way to keep up with family and friends. This week, I found a new reason to love it. ArtFire has an application where you can make a tab just for your ArtFire shop. Don't have an ArtFire shop you say? What are you waiting for? It's only $12 a month - period. If you should get 12 friends sign up, you will get the account free for LIFE - you and one of your friends.

ArtFire has been around less than a year and it has already made a big splash. It has made 10 times more for its artisans than Etsy did its first year. Works for me!

Should you decide to get your own ArtFire account, please use this link so I can get credit towards my 12.

.ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade

Sunday, August 23, 2009

I am going to Round Top!!

My DH and I have just been invited to go with some friends to the 42nd Annual Fall Antique Show at Round Top, Texas. There will be over 350 dealers there. My pulse is getting awfully fast just looking at the map. I just know that I am going to have trouble sleeping. One thing I do know for sure, I better start saving my money now. My DH won’t come out and admit it, but I think he is pretty excited, too.

We are going to stay at a Bed & Breakfast 1 1/2 miles from all the action. Traffic is going to be a challenge as it is. I'm glad that I'm not driving. Can you believe that they even have Wi-Fi there? This is going to be so great! Can you tell that I am excited? I am looking for a covered trailer. That would make things much, much better.

If anyone has any sage advice to pass along, I’m all ears, please tell me, tell me.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

8 more days

We have 8 more days until we get to set up our shop. I found some delightful additions this weekend. I know I will not have room for all of my treasures when we first set up. I will need PLENTY of things to add as (hopefully) things are purchased.

Since I will start working again full time next month, I am getting as much done now as I can. It will be nice to have our garage back. We still have enough room to park the car and the Harley, but that's about it.

I just love the drop leaf farm table. I bet lots of stories have been told while sitting around it. Can you believe that I got that whole stack of plates for just a buck?

Saturday, August 1, 2009

So early on a Saturday

When the alarm went off this morning, I thought to myself, "Do you really want to get up and go to garage sales this morning"? Myself said, "You never know what you might be missing out on if you don't get your bones out of bed".

I am so pleased with the "treasures" I lugged home. I had been wanting one of those cool 3-tiered baskets. I can't believe it was still there. I had hit about 5 places before this one. It will be perfect for the new shop we are opening. (It turns out that I have more time to prepare for the new shop - the owner wants to put up new ceiling tiles, repaint, spruce up the floors, and who-knows-what-else. Instead of tomorrow, we won't get to move in until the end of the month.)

I bought the Coca Cola cooler to go in the shop, but my husband snatched it. I guess that's okay.