Friday, June 26, 2009


Today the metal shades I purchased from Luluz have been repurposed into AWESOME kitchen pendant lights . . . stunning 30-inch drop accomplished by using antique copper pipes. All new sockets, ceiling canopy, and electrical--and they're ready to light a kitchen island or sink. Now, on to the chalkboard!!!

Wish you could see these lit up--AMAZING, unique light affects!!!! Although they're just laying the floor, you can see the general perspective of their beautiful form. Unfortunately, the old copper pipes shows better in person, but you get the idea! Thank you, Jim, for an absolutely perfectionist job--I love how they turned out!!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

PROJECTS . . . .

Okay, repurposing geniuses  . . . I bought TWO of these unusual, round W/C tanks from Virginia at Sand Point some months back (what was I thinking?!).  Originally, I had envisioned some kind of wrought iron stands and turn them into "garden vases" or fountains?  Still chewing on it.  IDEAS, anyone???  (Come on Beth and Lisa--gotta hear what you see for these porcelain beauties!)

Now HERE'S a project we can handle.  Purchased these way cool, metal shades from Luluz at Funky Junk Sisters . . . stay tuned for pendant kitchen lights!

Duckie has a "splitting" headache!   (No, Daniel, this is not duck torture; and no animals were harmed in this repair sequence.)  Sometimes allergic rhinitis makes me feel like this duckie looks, though--no air through the beak and a vice on my head!!!!

Here's one of my FAVORITE signs in the kitchen . . . but, really, this post is about the chalkboard we are building into the wall below it.  Several years ago Jim busted a big hole in this wall, expecting to "expand" the kitchen--yeah, right!  So, I got tired of the lace tablecloth hung over the whopping hole--found a great piece of antique slate blackboard and an old frame.  We're progressing.  No hole and prep work is done for the heavy slate piece, once it's cut to size.  Then on goes the antique framing . . . stay tuned!!!

Please ignore the mess behind this--construction zone too (future pantry)!!!

Antique frame sitting on radiator, awaiting custom fitting . . . .
(Ridge St. sign perched for temporary visual interest)

Our dining room runneth over with new inventory selections amassing for the PORTLAND EXPO and BARN HOUSE FLEA MARKET upcoming shows (see sidebar).  We digressed to projects, cuz something FUN was needed to break up all the unpacking (from the first-ever Funky Junk Sisters Show), new inventory selection and cleanup, and the repacking process . . . ah, the glamour--the glamour!).   We're definitely taking the trailer this time--boy howdy!!!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Funky Junk Sisters Show - June 13 & 14, 2009

Despite this being a first effort for the Funky Junk Sisters, they did a sterling job of attracting some seriously talented dealers who put on a fabulous display for all those who entered the transformed space at the Competitive Edge Warehouse in Puyallup, Washington.  ("Pumping iron" took on a completely new meaning, I'm here to tell ya!)   It was a sight to behold, my friends . . . and, even if the road was a bit bumpy, it was a GREAT debut!!!!!!!!!

Lighting was a bit of a challenge, so I apologize in advance for photos that did not turn out.  So many people deserved credit for their efforts, but I NEVER (. . . Timi, are you reading this?!) show bad photos of people or merchandise.  Actually, I keep the bad people photos for future "opportunities" (. . . Timi, are you reading this?!) 

I'm going to get this off my chest and be done with it.  Thieves who who steal our merchandise, thieves who steal our ideas, and thieves who "try" to steal our good spirit and kindness are not welcome in this world created by such hard working and well-meaning companions.  I left the dog-eat-dog corporate world fourteen years ago to follow my passion, and the thoughtless actions of a few rotten eggs will not spoil my efforts to believe in what I do.  But your types are on notice--you are not welcome, and you WILL be exposed.  Maybe not today, but certainly down the road.  For there is an order and a meaning to everything beyond what we can see, and a higher power removes the burden of retribution for those of us victimized by the bad people.

Thankfully, there are far more GOOD, LOVING people than bad ones . . . and to be surrounded by them at these events is part and parcel of my reason for continuing to take the road less traveled and do what I enjoy!   

Moving forward, as always, a HEARTY THANKS to all the customers willing to give this new show a chance . . . and, for those of you who missed it, our sincerest condolences.  Mae West said it best:   "There's nothing wrong with feel'in good" . . . and these grass roots shows are ALL about FEEL'IN GOOD!!!

Every show may not be our best; things may go wrong (we could have a cocktail party over that subject!).   But we rise above it all and continue moving forward. Because we are blessed to be able to do what we love each and every day . . . and that means more than money can buy!!!  

Look at these gorgeous displays . . . for those who don't "get it", perhaps this is an odd waste of time.  But--for those of us who thrive and love in the living color of vintage/antique/creative world--this is a little piece of heaven . . . please continue to join us on this adventure!!!  

SEE YOU AT PORTLAND EXPO THIS COMING JULY 10 (early buying), 11 and 12.  I've been moved to BUILDING E (the cool, well-lit building!) in spaces E24 & 25.

Then, it's on to the mecca in the country . . . BARN HOUSE FLEA MARKET on Saturday, July 18 . . . can't wait, can you???!!!!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Well, here's only a sprinkling of images before my camera gave out.  These were the fantastic folks closest to me; but this, by no means, covers all the wonderful booths I wanted to capture.

EFFIE'S HEART (top three photos) and TWIGGY 59 (bottom two photos) with the beautiful Jacquie . . . who declared my booth "cute as snot"!!  That left me speechless . . . .

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Still reeling from the *JOY* of the Farm Chicks Show . . . trying to recover from the immense heat, sweating, lifting, packing, hauling and "aging" body under pressure, it was the greatest experience I've had in recent memory!!!

A special THANKS goes out to my dear sister, Peggy, who--despite having no interest or experience in the wild world of vintage--gave me great support and help in my hour of need. Despite her physical issues (very real), she was a trooper to the very end!  To have you with me, Peggy, was a source of great satisfaction to me.  Hope you survived in one piece!!

As Murphy's Law would have it, my camera died and didn't recover after taking the first round of photos.  I wanted to capture so many more people and booths, but must now leave that to the rest of you talented bloggers out there!!

I rarely escaped my booth, since the activity was so consistent . . . guess that's a good problem to have!  In the 12 years I've been doing shows, I've never met a finer crowd of customers and dealers alike.  "Paradise" comes to mind as I collect my thoughts and reflect on all the many fine moments this past weekend . . . from the exquisite hospitality of my friends from high school days in Walla Walla, Dave & Leisa Moss (spoiled us rotten!!), their very talented son, Brandon, who performed on his viola for us, to the AWESOME party sponsored by Barn House Boys, Queen of Tarte, and Chaps (could go on and on and on and on!!!), to the fine customers interested in fully participating in this special event . . . I remain in an exhilarated state of bliss!  

If I had an "11" paddle, I'd be holding it up!!   I'm still dancing IN the stars--what an experience, and I know this feeling was shared by many others.

Despite being restricted by just ONE VAN LOAD for this particular trip, I hope there was enough eye-candy for the customers . . . and, judging from my results, it was triumphant!!  My cutie-pie neighbors Jacquie & Jennifer of Twiggy 59 termed my booth "cute as snot" . . . sniff-sniff!!!  What a compliment, given how limited structure was in my mix!  

Hope that Dawn of Great Findz recovered from the two crashes of glass I heard a few spaces down from me.  That's either an incredible way to drive customers out of your space or go for the "sympathy" purchase, Dawn!!  You did a fabulous booth!

Additional neighbors Bella Shabby, Barn House Boys, & Effie's Heart rounded out a small circle of friends during this VERY BUSY show . . . don't know what I would have done without their good spirits!!  Thanks again, Jermonne, for your quick response on averting tragedy with my falling electric parasol!!!  Man, you are QUICK!!!

One more big, sloppy THANK YOU to all the amazing customers, friends, dealers, and top-of-the-heap show promoters, Teri & Serana . . . WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Farm Chicks -- Everyone was a WINNER!

Not much time to do a full post on the amazing Farm Chicks Show this past weekend in Spokane . . . more to follow.  (Must now quickly repack for the FUNKY JUNK SISTERS SHOW in Puyallup this weekend!!)  So, this is my little "honorarium" for every person who attended Farm Chicks--the experience was a joy to behold & participate in.  THANKS TERI & SERENA!! 

The Farm Chicks provided a FABULOUS show in every respect of the word.  I could have awarded a ribbon to every participant . . . they were ALL WINNERS in my book!!!!!

However, these stunning vintage fair ribbons (which I was going to sell individually at the show) were ALL snapped up by Teri & Serena     .  .  .   my first sale--yay!! 

Guess we'll have to wait until next year to see what the Farm Chicks decide to do with all these incredible horse show ribbons.  No doubt, the repurposing will be a creative stunner!  

Words are truly inadequate in depicting the incredible spectacle of the show in Spokane.

   I didn't see an unhappy face in the entire fairgrounds (well, until packing at the end which is never fun!).  Smiles and hugs abounded with customers and vendors alike.  It was a piece of heaven  that I will remain in my heart!!