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???!!!!!


Tippy Stockton said...

Thank you Debi for the praise given for displays at the Funky Junk Sisters show. I am truly humbled by the many amazing comments that have been received. Never did I think that my first show would turn out so well. It was great to see you again - can't wait for the next show wherever that may be. Stay in touch! Patricia

Timi said...

Oh I hear ya loud and clear sista! I'll only post a good photo of you I promise. :-) Well the best one I got. You know I'm no photographer.
This was a great show. I wish I could have gotten there on Saturday to see all the fabulousness.
I'm going to try and visit Expo this year.
Great show this last weekend

Debi Ward Kennedy said...

1. Applause, applause for that sermon! Preach ON, sistah! ;0) Woe to the perpetrators, I say.
2. Considering the many opportunities that existed for blackmail fodder last weekend, I am now fearful of what other photos of me may be in your possession, Debi! ;0)
3. I love that photo you took of Bob & I. And I NEVER like photos of me! Can I snag it?

Barn House said...

Geez...we need the behind the scenes play-by-play!! lol It sounds like overall, our friends who did this show had a great time. A little pre-show theatrics makes for good stories. I have been so captured by everyone elses experiences at FC and now this show that I haven't been able to follow up on what I want to share on our own experiences!!! Can't wait for The Flea...plan on LOTS of fun...and of course a tiny little party.

Much Love,

The Boys of BH


Deborah Burton said...

Don't worry, Deb . . . I was jousting with Timi in case she had a BAD photo of me (I was goofy!). One I had of you was a "reality bites" little diddy. I deep-sixed it, of course! Love the photo of you and Bob also--take it away my dear!

xoxo D.

Victoria said...

Debi,half the fun of doing this show was meeting(finally!)all of the wonderful people whose blogs I get to enjoy on a regular basis...yours included. Who knew you would all be such NICE people!? I look forward to seeing you again soon!
(follow the Eiffel Towers!)

Maison Douce said...

Debi, I am so sorry you had to deal with bad, bad people... There is nothing worse!!! It was so nice to see you and am looking forward to seeing you at the next shows!!

The Chic Housewife said...

Debi~ We survived!!! I just wanted to tell you it was a pleasure to meet and get to know you. You are a wonderful person with great stuff! I wish I could of been shopping more then working at the show =) Hope to get to the Barn House show to see all of you again!!!

seabold vintage market said...

Debi - I enjoyed meeting you VERY much - and have thought of you often since the show!! You are one strong and beautiful woman - I mean that!!! I am sooo... looking forward to seeing you again!!! I am sending all sorts of good and wonderful thoughts your way!!! Take care!!
- liz / seabold vintage market

KatCollects said...

It was so nice to meet you at the show! I was drooling over those pink ribbons and was coming back by to buy a couple and my Sister got antsy to leave and I forgot. I decided I need to go solo next time because I can spend hours in places like that. Your booth was beautiful. I hope to see you again.

shabbyscraps said...

Debi, it was so nice to spend time with you at the show! You had great advice and help for me, and I find you just too sweet! I wish my hubbie would have let me come home with your table!! Geez!! I adore my prize ribbons from you though! Your booth was gorgeous, bad lighting and all! You had some of the best stuff at the show!
see you at the flea!
xoxo, Tiffany