Wednesday, December 28, 2011
great stuff planned -- a whole NEW load of furniture, smalls from this week's shopping from here to Ohio and back, plus a peek at Valentine's Day, new chalks and more. Plan to spend part of your holiday weekend with us and all your other favorite Expo dealers!
As the HALF-OFF GENERAL ADMISSION blog/Facebook promotion has remained so popular, Zurko's have renewed it for another season! Hurray! Just print this page out (or show it on your phone at the door) to save a little $$ for spending once inside. If you need more info, check out the show sidebar on this page or click on the link it contains to go the the show's website.
A very HAPPY NEW YEAR, one and all. Thanks for being some of the greatest friends and customers on the planet. See you this weekend. xo
P.S. Just restocked at Mishawaka Antiques, Midland and on Etsy -- come see us there, too!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
It turns out that to the Victorians, robins symbolized "light at the darkest time of year" -- even with snow on the ground, the hope of spring is right around the corner! It is one of the things I love best about that time period -- every little detail was packed with meaning.
So from our place to yours this holiday week, we wish you everything a Victorian Robin stands for: new beginnings, cheer, joviality, light-heartedness, joy, hope, clarity, renewal, pleasures, simplicity, happiness, satisfaction, rejuvenation, contentment and a bright future!
Merry Christmas! xo
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Partly, I think it is due to lack of this:
Now, don't get me wrong. I love a white Christmas as much as the next girl. But every day that I don't have to drive in it, I count as a blessing. Cold but sunny weather drew a big crowd of shoppers to last weekend's Grayslake Antique Market, which we always count as a blessing. And everyone was in a great mood -- another reason to celebrate!
Friday, December 9, 2011
Third, remember the weather for Grayslake last year? Well, this weekend's forecast is seasonably chilly, but SUNNY!! So what are you waiting for? Make sure your weekend plans include a trip out to see us. Details can be found on our show sidebar, and I am loading photos of some of the new merch on to Facebook right now. See you at the show. xo
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Jewelry, books, purses, sweaters, hats, scarves. Artwork. One-of-a-kind collectibles. Something for your best friend who loves pink. Or cats. Or owls. Plus seasonal greens and everything you need to deck the halls. And, thanks to Zurko Promotions, just print the coupon below for HALF-OFF general admission. What could be better?
Click the link on our show sidebar for more information and check back this week, both here and on Facebook, for a peek at what we will be bringing. Ho-ho-ho!
Many thanks to everyone for braving the gloomy weather last weekend to come and see us at Kane. Saturday started out a little too quiet, but picked up as the morning went on and cold rain let up. Holiday handmades were big sellers, as were smalls. Not much furniture, but that is kinda typical for the time of year. Sunday was steady. We enjoyed visiting with our new neighbors and hope they will be back when the season re-opens at Kane in March. xo
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thankfully Joe is a whiz at creative carpentry, allowing us to make some wonderful pieces from parts that we find. Case in point, this great pipe-leg table.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
That's all there is to it! No time for this? No worries! We are planning to stock these from now on! Come get one from us anytime.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
We heartily endorse Small Business Saturday, coming up this weekend. Remember as you are planning your holiday shopping to get out and support all your wonderful local businesses!
Over the weekend, we also restocked at Midland -- click our Facebook link to take a peek! Tomorrow, I am headed to fluff our space at Mishawaka Antiques (another great small business -- hint, hint!) New stuff was posted Friday on our etsy store, too. Whew! Happy Thanksgiving -- and happy holiday shopping! xo
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Awwh! So instead of our usual collage table, we thought it would be fun to try a Vintage Wrapping Center at our pre-holiday shows, putting our vintage baubles, trims, paper flowers* and more to good use.
Our Grayslake customers loved it, so we will be restocking for the Expo Show. Come give it a try yourself! It is really great fun to put a special touch on your holiday packages.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Click the FACEBOOK link to see more photos of what's coming to the show. And PERK ALERT -- we just restocked at Mishawaka Antiques and will be adding new items to the etsy store next week. Come see us there, too. xxoo
Monday, November 7, 2011
Now that you've seen it, I can share one of my favorite parts -- the depiction of all the quirky little things the characters like or don't that make them, well, them. Like her father loving to peel long strips of wallpaper. I get that. Although, at the top of my list has to be puttering. Puttering, by my definition, involves working through a long list of chores, but taking as long as you need. Not rushing is the luxury (although I do like to check things off lists...geeky, I know, but you'll understand once you see the movie.)
Puttering is especially joyous when it takes the place of a less exciting task, in today's case, tuckpointing. Both messy and involving standing high up on a ladder...bleck. But the weatherman was helping me out with a little drizzle, so I'm inside, with Starbucks, U2 and scented candles. You know, puttering.
One thing on the list was getting Tuesday's blog post done a day early, which bring me back to writing about rhubarb reign, what I'm supposed to be doing! Thanks to a busy weekend at Kane and Mishawaka Antiques, Joe and I will both be shopping this week, me tomorrow, Joe Wednesday. Good shows are always appreciated, but even more so after an up and down summer (weatherman NOT helping there). Many thanks to all who came out to support both events.
Check back later this week for a Grayslake preview, plus the half-off general admission coupon. We are going to try something new for the holidays at Grayslake-- a vintage wrapping station! Check out our ideas for making your holiday packages extra special. And drop me a note about your favorite little weird things to do! Can't wait to hear! It will make me feel better about sharing mine....xo
Friday, November 4, 2011
And speaking of Christmas, don't miss Mishawaka (IN) Antiques Holiday Open House:
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Our first stop was Scout in Andersonville on the city's northwest side. We surprised owner Larry Vodak -- Larry has been a long-time rhubarb reign customer, but this was our first-ever on-site visit. What a treat. The shop has a relaxed but wonderfully edited feel, full of vintage treasures, artwork and repurposing, all with a clean, contemporary feel. I was so excited to actually get a look at it.
Larry was kind enough to show us all around the store, then drew a map of other must-see spots in the neighborhood.
After lunch, we headed over to the Grand Street design district. I was dying to see Painted Lady, one of two locations owned by another long-term client, Beth Harlow. It is always super helpful to actually see the store environment. Sometimes what we picture for a particular customer is not exactly on target in terms of look or feel. I made some mental notes before we took a look at the other stores on Beth's block, which had also been written up in a recent Chicago Home and Garden article.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
The store got such a great response in the first month that they've added on already, taking the space next door as well. I have been in to restock our space every week and have bought a number of things to resell. So what are you waiting for?! Make a roadtrip this weekend -- the forecast for northern Indiana is looking dandy. The shop is located at 118-122 Lincolnway East; hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 to 6; Sunday, 12-5. Telephone, 574-252-5400. For additional photos, see our and the shop's Facebook pages.
Diane's Tent Sale
And speaking of lovely and talented, our dealer pal and frequent show neighbor Diane Passi is hosting a TENT SALE this Sunday, October 23, from 10 to 4, at her place in Wheaton, Illinois, 841 Delles:
Diane's stuff is always awesome; be sure to check it out. More photos are available on Diane's Facebook page, as well as estatesale.net.
We are off to Columbus this weekend with a load for SoBo Style. Katie's October artist showcases are in full swing; she is featuring a different local artist at the shop each Saturday this month. See her blog and Facebook sites for details! Shop well and have a great weekend!! xo
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Every year, I say that I am going to get started earlier, and this year I actually did! But it was really tricky buckling down and getting things done. Still have lots to do over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for a peek at what we'll be debuting in November!
Now, this is more like it! Normally I try not to post a lot about family stuff on the business' blog, but my son was so proud of his pumpkin that he asked me to share it:
Personally, I was a little worried about the deep-seated pyschological implications of his creation...'til he said it was a design he saw on-line! But, kudos, Jack, on the execution. Puts us right back on the correct seasonal track.
Had a busy weekend at Midland and Burlington. The weather was great both days, but windy and running the gamut from mittens-in-the-morning to shorts-by-afternoon. Good crowds, too. A big THANK YOU to everyone for coming out -- especially our pal, Heather, who brought some of her wonderful jewelry to sell and hung out for the day. Can't believe the tent will be packed away now 'til April! But here's to the start of the indoor season.
Coming This Weekend: Diane's Tent Sale
Hey, our fellow dealer and frequent show neighbor Diane Passi is having a TENT SALE this Sunday, October 23, from 10 to 4, at her place in Wheaton, 841 Delles. Diane's stuff is always to die for, so be sure to check it out. Will have a sneak peek on the blog later in the week, or you can friend her on Facebook right now to take a look.
And don't forget about Zurko's Haunted Halloween Flea Market on October 29. Will post the half-off general admission coupon again next week. Happy shopping!
Today, I'm off to fluff our space at Mishawaka Antiques, run down a few more holiday supplies, then will be back at the office working on our NEW ETSY STORE!! Too exciting. More to come on that. Have a great week. xo
Friday, October 14, 2011
We'll be stopping by Midland to restock on the way. Summer is such a busy time, it's hard for us to get a full shot of new merchandise in there, so tomorrow is key. We've set aside a bunch of great stuff for our Indy friends, so check us out at Midland as well. Take a look at our Facebook page for new pics of what's headed to both locations. And come see us!! xo
P.S. For our Chicago friends who can't travel this weekend, don't forget about Zurko Promotions next two October shows -- the Wheaton season opener is Saturday, and the new the Haunted Halloween Market (which has been getting lots of great press!) is on the 29th. Details can be found on the Zurko blog, and their HALF-OFF GENERAL ADMISSION coupon can be found on our blog post from earlier this week. Happy shopping! xo
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Giving credit where credit is due, it was another customer, Carol of Vintage Charm, who originally mentioned it to me. OK, several times. And of course, as with all things tech, it took me a long time to actually take a look. But I have to say, I love it! Not enough yet to start my own board, but it has replaced some of my magazine perusing. Too many of my print friends have folded in the last few years, and Pinterest more than fills the void. Plus it is just so darn easy to use.
If you aren't familiar. do take a look. It is basically a virtual bulletin board where you can "pin" things you like and/or look at images that other people like. It is a great place to jump start creative thinking!
As predicated, the weather for Grayslake was LOVELY. So there were lots of outside dealers and a good crowd both days. We just squeaked over the line in meeting our sales goal as the show was closing, and we appreciate everyone who helped us to do just that. Smalls and graphics carried the day. Now we are getting ready for Burlington, our last outdoor show of the season, as well as a trip to restock Midland. Burlington is a great little show, and the weather is supposed to be beautiful. Did I hear ROAD TRIP!! Grab some friends and join us. And for our pals in the Cincinnati area, what are you waiting for? Be sure to come and see us. I'll have photos posted later in the week of what's coming to both locations, here and on Facebook, so be sure to take a look.
Zurkos also asked me to mention that they will be honoring the HALF-OFF GENERAL ADMISSION coupons for Wheaton's season opener this Saturday, as well as for their special Halloween show on October 29. Check their blog for details. And if you set up your Pinterest board before I do, let me know so I can take a look! xo
Friday, October 7, 2011
Welcome to my weekly dilemma! Suffice it to say, we have LOTS of great stuff for Grayslake: wonderful painted furniture, lots of original paint, boxes and boxes of smalls, containers, lamps, mirrors, silver, paintings and graphics, chalks and handmades -- everything you need to create an awesome fall look that will ease right on in to the holidays. But right now, it's kind of like "Where's Waldo," it is in the picture somewhere!
Do plan to join us. The weather is going to be fabulous -- perfect for antiquing. And don't forget to print this page and bring it along for half-off general admission. Show details are just a click away on the blog's sidebar. And some slightly more civilized photos will be posted on Facebook this morning. Do plan to join us! xo