Monday approaches quickly and I am super excited for Opening Day!
Baseball? Heck no! Although maybe that parade in downtown Cincinnati is actually in celebration
of all things junk?!!!!
I'm a vintage gal and Monday marks opening day of my first ever booth in a mall.
Yikes! Squeal! Double yikes!
Just about finished setting up.
Excitement has given way to terror.
Butterflies in my stomach galore.
Here's a little peek (which has of course changed since I took this after a thrift trip yielded a
double sided chalkboard on wheels which HAD to be squeezed in).
A flurry of activity (and some of it in the form of snow) around these junque parts of late. Lots of creating in anticipation of the commencement of show season. Add in a booth to get open and it's a veritable hotbed of picking/making/re-purposing! Keeping you in the loop means giving you my schedule for the next couple of months. Here's where you can find me: Lebanon Peddler's Mall 920 A Columbus Ave Lebanon, OH Booth #36. Opening April 1st!!!!
Over the Moon Vintage Market Lawrenceburg, IN Fairgrounds (inside Agner Hall) April 5th, Friday 5pm-10pm April 6th, Saturday 9am-6pm Featuring vintage & urban goods in a designers market setting. Free admission. Free parking. Door prizes.
Vintage Marketplace Springfield Extravaganza Clark County Fairgrounds, Springfield, OH May 17th, Friday May 18th, Saturday May 19th, Sunday Under the big white tents full of vintage delights, re-purposed goodness and an all around feast for the eyes!
Hope some of you can join me at one or more of these great events. I've got lots of great new pieces in the pipeline and will be debuting some unique Junque lines this year.
Been having a fun run lately where I notice something in a magazine or catalog and realize I've got something very similar in my stash. Feels a bit like those magazine series where they have the high and low cost versions of trendy outfits. Or the similarly veined articles in decorating magazines with two different budget versions of the same room (although perhaps you, like me, laugh out loud at what is presented as the "low cost" alternative). So here's my junque version of style trendy/budget friendly: Case #1:
I bought this chippy stool on a Sunday afternoon. Later that evening I was flipping through a catalog and saw this ad. Their little stool is part of the shoot styling so no price was listed but we can well imagine what it would be offered for. My stool will hit the market at a cool $22. Case #2:
I thrifted this glass topped brass table and endured the rolled eyes of my family who informed me, "It's beyond awful". Placed it in the garage and pondered for a few weeks whether I ought to paint it (but brass is coming back big). Perusing Elle Decor I came across this ad. Um, hello. Brass is SO making a stand. Bamboo brass legs all over. Sure the set in the magazine is nicer, heftier and more interesting. But in terms of finishes and what's trending mine will be an extremely reasonably priced option for achieving "the look". Case #3:
Sadly I don't have a "before" shot for this one. This photo is from Elle Decor again. Not an ad, but part of an article about a particular home. That floor lamp? Sold one so very much like it last May at Springfield. As I recall I priced it at $38. I imagine I seriously underpriced it. Yet again... Ah, the joy of junque! So much style potential and SO reasonably priced. Making every day a little bit vintage, Carrie
I realize I've been a bit silent of late. Since I like to talk this is rather amusing and possibly worrisome. I confess I have lost my blogging mojo. After Friday's events in CT I have rather lost my mojo all together. Soul crushing. Those are the only words I have and it did not even happen to me. My thoughts are confused and muddied. I have nothing to offer except sadness. For everyone affected I send my strongest thoughts and a wish for healing (which in truth I think is impossible). I want my world before Friday back. The one where children were sacred and I believed that once my kids got to school they were safe. I want that world back for every victim and I'm struggling with accepting its loss. Blogging has lost its allure as well. For a while I have felt inundated with "Pin me", "vote for my post", boost my follower numbers. Parties seem to be about which post was most liked, who will be featured. I succumbed to the siren song of popularity. I did not love (or succeed) at high school politics the first time. I assure you I do not wish to do it again! Shows have been similar. I've spoken of "the cool kids" before. I am not one of them. They don't even see me when I'm right in front of them. I want to say I don't care but keeping it real? Yes, it hurts. Yes, I want to be seen. Yes, I want to be picked for the team. Well the only way to win the game is to play on your own terms. So I'm trying harder to create my own game where I play by my rules. The ones where I share information. The ones where I tell you about opportunities even when it might mean you get picked and I don't. And I share my stuff knowing full well it will be copied and knocked off. This week at school my daughter had three "friends" play the "I'm not your friend anymore game" at her expense. She is bewildered. She is scared to go to school because she feels certain another one will leave her. We all know this feeling. It absolutely has happened to each of us. I don't want it for her. I didn't want to imagine that at almost 40 (yes almost - because I STILL have three months in my 30's) I would still be facing it. Blogging/shows sort of feel like that. So I need to step back until I can face things on my terms. If you would like you can still find me on My Facebook page. I post there daily. It's fast. It's still fun and I feel less pressure to be them and instead have a good time just being me. Warts and all. Weird Junque. Get me or don't. Less than picture perfect pictures. Me. Just me. The only way I can teach my daughter to love herself as she is, is to model the same. I'm working on it... I'll be back when my head is clearer. When I am stronger in who I am. Thanks for visiting! Making every day a little bit vintage, Carrie