Saturday, September 28, 2013

Boo !

Hi Everyone,

Back from Midland MI just in time to repack the trailer and head to Allegan MI for the last show of the outdoor season. Why bother unpacking the suitcases?

I am so sad. We love the Allegan Market for so many reasons, great customers, best friends and overall just a wonderful time. And it's over for another year. Boo hoo hoo hoo . . . 

Speaking of boo, amazing transition here. My fellow vendor and friend Jennifer Mahoney came up with this fall's entrance to our last Midland show. She explained the concept and really delivered. 

I give you, industrial farm pumpkins

Leave it to those pesky industrial guys to put their wares all over the pumpkins, but everyone enjoyed them regardless.

So we say goodbye to the outdoors and hello to indoor shows starting with the find market event in Plainfield IL on October 17-20, 2013.

Remember I am giving away a free pair of passes to that market, all you have to do is like the Facebook page to enter and post it here in a comment.

See everyone in Allegan, sniff, sniff.

the Muze

Friday, September 20, 2013

Look out Midland and a great give away

Hi Everyone,

Been super busy getting ready for 3 markets in a row, some of our favs and a brand new one.

We leave in just a couple of hours for our huge Shabby Experience in Midland Michigan at the Michigan Antique and Collectible Festival held on the Midland County Fair Grounds. It is a HUGE, spectacular show that includes our now famous The Shabby Experience and Industrial Way pavilion with several new vendors and a lot of your best favorites that everyone has come to love. So if you are within shouting distance, come see us this weekend in Midland.

The following Sunday on the 29th, is our last Allegan Antique Show for the year, sniff, sniff. This is hands down one of our loves, from the incredible staff to the perfect location, we just love our customers at Allegan. Can not believe it is over for the year.

Then we are getting things ready for the new market in Illinois called the find market event. This is going to be unbelievable. All of the vendors that are there are blending their fabulous wares in vignettes so that you are shopping settings, not endless tables of wares. Can not wait to see this open! It is a market that has never been done on this scale in the Chicagoland area, over 7,000 square feet! Take a look . . .

And guess what? 

I also have a free pair of passes to this show to give away to one lucky reader! Isn't that great? 

So here's what you have to do.

Simply go to their Facebook page, like the find market event and then come back here and leave a comment and tell me you liked them. Easy peasy! Then Mamie the Wonder Cat and  I will pull a name next week after we get back from our first Michigan trip and one of you is going to get to take a friend and shop the new find market event.

I need to get some rest, on the road in five hours!


the Muze

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Soapbox Time

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick follow up note to the market experience in Indy last weekend. Fair warning I am on my soapbox!

The music festival we showed at, and I used that word cautiously, was actually held in a neighborhood called Broad Ripple. Unbelievably cool neighborhood with great restaurants and shops. The best part is that they are all INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES. 

Now the reason I make such a huge deal is independent business is what we are, we breathe, we promote. All of our fellow vendors are independent businesses so we are all in favor of it.

Recently a Whole Foods try to sneak into Broad Ripple and the residents took up a huge battle to keep a huge chain out. They already have two independent food stores and are thrilled with them, so no big stores are welcome.

Here is the slogan we saw everywhere, especially on T-shirts.

Sweet Angelique let me take her picture and I promised her I would write an article supporting Broad Ripple and all their wonderful INDEPENDENT merchants. Keep strong and keep going, we like you just the way you are. Yes, let's KEEP Broad Ripple LOCAL.

I will now step down off my soapbox,


Friday, September 6, 2013

Ups and Downs

Hey Everyone,

Sorry I have been missing for a while but things here are a bit hectic, still. Wedding work is taking up so much of our production time and we have had long road trips.

Just got back from Indianapolis and I am going to try to be nice but it was a disastrous show from the get go.

First it was hot. Oh so hot, heat index into the triple digits.

So hot, the tree fell apart.

In the middle of the show. Really? and we have to fix it at 1 PM in the middle of the show? Who's in charge here anyway?

So they shut down our tent, our aisle and basically our business. It got reallllll slow.

Even the dogs agreed, Lola couldn't bear the boredom so she went to sleep!
Lola just gave up across the aisle from us. If there had been more grass, I would have joined her!

So our new goodies that we previewed, went unnoticed. Like our new doily bunting
It is gorgeous in real life.

We also had a visiting vendor in our booth. Eleanor and Grayce is run by our dear friend and fellow vendor Sharri Anderson from Midland MI. She sent down a huge assortment of her gorgeous spoon necklaces. They are hand stamped with cool phrases and the handles have just single words, like breathe, inspire and one of my favs, fearless.

Also loved the fact they looked so cool just hanging off a couple of nails on the top of an old onion crate.

You can also see Sharri at our Michigan Antique and Collectible Festival in our spectacular Shabby Experience and Industrial Way pavilion, directly inside Gate 4 on September 21 and 22. She will also be a fellow vendor at the find market event in Plainfield Illinois on October 17.

So we are all busy making and preparing our wares for all of you to visit. 

Catch up soon,