Friday, April 18, 2014

Shop Talk with The Green Door and Plus Encore

I wanted to do a regular series on my blog, something unique that hasn't been done before. I came up with an idea to feature small shops, that are located throughout the country. So, every Friday you can stop by and check out a new shop, and at the same time meet the owner. Some weeks, I will also be sharing some wonderful vendors that set up at vintage style shows. I am hoping that this series will introduce you to some shops and shows, that you might not already know about, and better yet, they might be in driving distance for you, wouldn't that be nice? This week it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Donna from the blog Distressed Donna Down Home. Donna has two booths located inside an antique shop. One booth is called THE GREEN DOOR and the other is PLUS ENCORE. I really like how she has a different theme at each booth. After you finish shopping, you can click here to visit Donna's blog. Click here, to find Donna on facebook.

Hi, Shop Talk readers.  I am Donna from Distressed Donna Down Home.  I am so excited to be here today thanks to the invite from Linda.

In 1998, serious family matters forced me into an early teacher retirement.  I began to gather small groups of vintage items  to sell at a weekly market.

The owner encouraged me to find a store renting booths to dealers.

I followed her advice and opened my first booth in the fall of 1998.  I have been selling at one mall or another for all those years. 

I currently have two booths at Riverfront Antique Mall in North Augusta, SC.  I have been there since 2004.

The booths are officially known as B-5 and B-6.  The large booth is The Green Door for the door I have had in every booth since the beginning.  The other booth is called Plus Encore (even more).  Informally they are called Donna's crazy stuff. 

The Green Door has primitives, books, architectural items, rusty stuff, and eccentric oddities.

These are not pretty, neat booths.

My customers want to scramble through the piles.

Items are displayed with an eclectic flair with suggestions of how they might be used.

Items are grouped by color or shape.

I do hide treasures in each booth.

A piece or two marked below value.

I try to find multiples to display.  This month it has been ladders of all sorts, crib springs, and old books.

Our booths are constructed like rooms of chicken wire and pegboard.

I once bought sixty canes to hang around the top of the booth.

The remainder hang from the rusty frame of bed springs.

Rusty tin roofing tiles stacked in a vintage metal shopping cart.

Doors, windows, shutters, gates, pieces of fencing - all find new homes from The Green Door.

Another purchase several years ago netted a whole truckload of buttons.  I package them in freezer containers.  I started with leftover jars, but quickly ran out.

SSSH!  Do not tell my customers these are the last of the buttons.


Another big seller -  my vintage books.

I want to think they will be read and treasured.

Yes, I know they are more likely to be used for decor projects.

Let's move next door to the smaller booth which is my cottage-y, French-y, girl-y booth.

In fact I have customers who are surprised to find out both booths belong to one person!

Can you say split personality?

Pastels abound here.

Torn cotton ribbons tie bundles of white linens and laces.

Items are chosen for the color and style.

Tarnished silver finds  in distressed pink crates.

Baskets of torn ribbons wrapped around stacks of vintage postcards.

Tattered tags are stuffed into tea cups.

Millinery flowers and French seam binding are used generously.

And remember, everything looks beautiful with a pearl corsage pin.

A current display of china, pottery, linens, and other items.

Again stacks of similar colors paired with things not normally seen together.

Informal tablecloths with formal china.

Yes, I keep my bottle brush trees out all year.

A fake French fifties plaque overlooks the basket of rolled ticking material.

I hope you enjoyed the tour.  If you are ever nearby, stop in to browse.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you knew there had to be body parts somewhere.

Thanks again, Linda, for letting me be a part of Shop Talk.  What a great idea!

See y'all!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Is It Really Spring Y'all?

Okay y'all, I thought today was April 15 and tax day, but with freezing temps forecast for tonight, maybe I was just dreaming. Here in the deep south, we start planting our flowers and veggies by now, because freezing temps are way gone, but not this year! I am sooooo glad that I have not already planted mine. In years past, I always plant in late March, but this year, I have been super busy with shop things, so I am late getting them in the ground. I guess, being late, sometimes is a good thing. Sunday, I purchased 30 plants and thank goodness, I decided to wait until later this week, to get them planted. To be safe, these beauties will be coming inside my warm house tonight. Please cold weather, GO AWAY!!!!!


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Hope you all had a fun weekend. Mine was spent having a two day garage sale (it feels so good to rid of all that stuff). Sunday, I headed over to the flea market to get all my bedding plants, thought I was cutting back this year, but I came home with 30 plants! Looks like I will be planting all week, but I LOVE it!!!! A table sold at the shop on Saturday, so Mr.CC had to build me another today. I tell ya, that guy is a keeper! Now, I need to paint it asap, so we can deliver it to the shop on Tuesday. Okay y'all, let's see what ya been up too.
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                               with Kathleen from FADED CHARM!

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                                            together in our home.
                                   I also shared this DIY Potting Bench.
                        Yes ladies...Mr.CC made this cutie! Click here to
                                     read more about it.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Shop Talk with Faded Charm

 I wanted to do a regular series on my blog, something unique that hasn't been done before. I came up with an idea to feature small shops, that are located throughout the country. So, every Friday you can stop by and check out a new shop, and at the same time meet the owner. Today, we will be shopping with Kathleen at Faded Charm. If you don't already know Kathleen, then let me tell ya, you are in for a super duper treat, because this gal has it going on! After you finish wiping all the drool off your chin, because her stunning vignettes will cause you to drool like crazy,then be sure to leave a comment and let her know that you were here at SHOP TALK. I know that you will be itching to see more of FADED CHARM, so click here for her blog and here for her facebook page.

Hi, I'm Kathleen from">Faded Charm and I'm pleased to be sharing over here on Linda's blog today for her new series "Shop Talk".

I've been buying, repurposing and selling old stuff at Shows for over 10 years now.  It has allowed me to persue my passion for junking yet I have been fortunate enough  to be available for my kids all these years.  I also love the fact that I can replace items in my own home when I come across something that is a better fit.

Most of my items come from Flea Markets, estate, garage or barn sales and I buy anything that has white chippy paint or a great patina.  You'll also find metal and industrial, garden related items along with collections for the home.  I love to think of unusual displays each Show I do and also add many items from nature.  The funnest part of doing these Shows is(besides the shopping, of coarse) coming up with different displays.

Last year was my first time selling at the">Farm Chicks Show in Spokane, WA and it was so much fun!  My sales were great, the other vendors were so friendly and all the customers were serious about shopping.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to do it this year since my son is graduating High School at that time, but I hope to try it again in June of 2015.

I've had a booth for the past four years at">Junk Salvation in Hilsboro, OR which is close to home and I always enjoy doing Linda and Dixie's show.

A couple years ago I tried having a space up in an Antique Mall and with everything in this business there are pros and cons, but I met some amazing people while there.  Two of which, Amy and Kris from">Farm and Frills have asked me to be apart of their Show coming up in May which I'm very excited about.

My dream has always been to have my own store someday.  I'm hopeful that after my kids are all grown I can dedicate the time that  it takes to be a store owner, but for now doing a few Shows each year keeps me busy enough.

Thanks, Linda for having me here today.     

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Did Y'all Know?

Hey y'all, I didn't want anybody to miss my kitchen feature over at Marty's blog. Every week, she has a series called "Pulling It All Together" over at her place. The series is about how someone pulled a room together, to make it a special place in their home, and this week that room, is my kitchen. So, hop on over to Marty's to see how I pulled this room together, so that my family would have a casual and comfy place to hang out in. Okay, now y'all all know what I know, and thanks a bunch for coming by and visiting with me here at Coastal Charm.
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