1. Joe is the oldest of 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls
2. He went to Catholic school all the way through
3. Joe's middle name is "Herbert," after his dad
4. Joe's great-great-great grandpa was racquets (a pre-cursor to modern tennis) champion of Great Britain; Joe's grandpa was the tennis pro at the Detroit Country Club and had many of the Fords as students
5. Joe collects pocket knives; he especially likes this little kind with a trick closure that only will open when held a certain way
6. Joe's favorite band is Mott the Hoople; coincidentally, they are playing in London this weekend; he says he's available if anyone would like to take him
7. Joe graduated Cum Laude from Western Michigan with a degree in English, emphasis on creative writing; he received the Waldo Sangren award his senior year and produced a book of poetry entitled "Reliquary"
8. Joe is a voracious reader
9. He loves to dance and has more than 1500 LPs
10. He's a certified appraiser and a fabulous auctioneer
Whew! Joe, you are the best business partner ever. (: Happy Birthday, buddy. And many more. xo
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
If you're familiar with our work, you probably guessed that this is NOT our space, and you're correct there -- this is the gallery's showcase, right by the front entrance. It's always gorgeous -- well worth the price of admission.
Monday, September 28, 2009
The show was great -- steadily busy all day, everyone in a good mood. Industrial pieces, containers and anything seasonal were the strongest sellers.
We didn't sell it, but it's soooo pretty, I won't mind if it hangs around for another show or two. Joe's original recipe Thai Curry Chili placed second in the annual cook-off, missing the trophy by only one vote. Every last bite was gone! Somehow, I ended up with the pot to wash...hmm. Something seems wrong here... (: Today, we're off to Midland, then we'll be getting ready for Kane. Come and see our beautiful dresser there, plus all the other great fall finds we'll have ready. xo
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Fortunately, a candidate presented itself that very afternoon, in the form of this English "Venus" form, looking a little like an android here, after we removed its plushy blue velour exterior.
To give the form a more "period" feel, we decoupaged its exterior, using turn-of-the-century ledger pages. First we shredded the pages, then affixed them to the form using Formula 77 spray adhesive.
To complete the transformation, we covered the form with several coats of Mod Podge, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next. We also spray-painted the top-knot black before gluing it back into place.
Once the form was finished, we decided that we actually liked it better without the wire hoop, so we sold that separately. The finished mannequin was instead mounted on a vintage lamp base. She went happily to a new home at the recent Lake Forest show. Yeah! For more great re-dos, check out the other projects posted on Transformation Thursday. Just click the button on our sidebar! xo
Monday, September 21, 2009
Depending on your shopping style, you make a mad dash in its direction or amble slowly toward it, feigning disinterest. But one way or another, you have to take a look at the price tag. And then you see it. The dreaded "SOLD" sticker. Some other intrepid shopper beat you to IT. Suddenly, it's like someone let all the air out of your balloon. Well, it happened to me not just once, but two booths in a row at Springfield! Ugh. Thought I'd be sick. One thing was a great dress form, wire cage and all, and actually in my price range. The second was the group of school tables above. While they may not look like much, they would clean up great. And to add insult to injury, they were all $5 to $10!! Boo, hiss, pout.
Somehow, I managed to survive -- barely! The gorgeous weather helped. As did the company of our BFF Heather with her fabulous jewelry in tow. Her sales were really brisk, and she picked up a new wholesale account.
We also enjoyed seeing tons of our favorite customers and friends from near and far: Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania. And being neighbors with our Chicago pals Janis and Judy; how ironic that with 2000-plus dealers, we'd end up right next to each other!
Furniture sold well, as did projects and Halloween. I wished that we had had more industrial, but that's been a constant this year. We're always on the look-out.
Saturday afternoon, we headed out to Burlington, but unfortunately, the Sunday morning brought with it persistent rain showers. By 2 pm, we were packing for the journey home. Tuesday, we'll sort our new finds and start working toward Allegan. And Wednesday, we'll be back out shopping for IT. xo
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
This same weekend, the Country Living Fair will be in Columbus, just 30 minutes from Springfield. And while in the area, be sure to visit our friends at Sobo Style and Bloomsbury Loft; their links are on our blog roll. As our friend Heather said, "It's Antique-Lady Woodstock!" Don't miss it! xo
Monday, September 14, 2009
A beautiful fall arrangement by Diane Passi, Wheaton, Illinois;
Way-cool metal dresser, industrial sign and designer chairs from Amsterdam, Saugatuck, Michigan;
I could go on and on; every one's booth was a feast for the eyes, and the weather was gorgeous. All that being said, the show didn't seem quite as busy as last year. I determine this by a very scientific formula: if I have time to look at my watch or visit the ladies' room in the first 2 hours of any show, we just aren't that busy. I did both. Sigh. However, we headed home sunburned and satisfied when it was all said and done. Next we set our sights on the Springfield (Ohio) Extravaganza, which starts Friday. If you are headed to the Country Living Fair in Columbus, remember that we are only 30 minutes away! 2000 dealers, inside and out. We'll all be there, waiting to "show off" for you. Come and see us. xo
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
We live on main street and do our best every year to get into the holiday spirit by hosting a Porch Party during Monday's parade.
miles of craft and food booths.) We're exhausted by the end of the day and totally ready to get back to work!!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
This was the inspiration for a change in our product mix at last weekend's Allegan Antique Market -- we were all about fall -- and had a terrific show.