Friday, September 30, 2011

Get Your FALL on this Weekend at Kane County

Come get your FALL on this weekend at the Kane County Flea Market! We'll have everything you need to create a vintage autumn paradise -- yummy original paint, industrial containers, gently faded vintage mirrors -- plus new cottage-style furniture, seasonal handmades, Indiana pumpkins and more!
The weatherman has promised perfect fall shopping weather to boot -- sunny, crisp, cool.

So be sure your weekend plans include coming to see us. Details are just a click away on our show sidebar. And visit us on Facebook for a peek at more of what's coming. See you there! xo

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Moving Day and Allegan Report

Hey! We've got some BIG NEWS! rhubarb reign has added a new address -- in addition to our current sales venues listed on the blog's sidebar, we can now also be found at Mishawaka Antiques, located downtown on Lincolnway East in a lovely vintage building. The store is drop-dead gorgeous; we were so pleased when owners Glenda Goins and Scott Wilson contacted us about being part of it! Stop by and take a look. If you aren't familiar with this neck of the woods, Mishawaka is just east of South Bend (we're talkin' Indiana here), which is just south of the Michigan boarder. About 2 hours from Chicago or Indy, if that's helpful.

Below is a peek at our move-in day:

Here's Joe, getting the infrastructure in place -- vintage doors for backdrop and wooden strips for hanging. Scott and Glenda had the space all prepped for us, and Glenda graciously let us stage in her space while we moved in. Next came the furniture layer:

And finally, all the smalls. Scott was kind enough to come by and get us set up in the computer -- we had three sales already by the end of the day! We also got to meet several other dealers who'd come in to fluff their booths. Everyone's merchandise is swoon-worthy; the offerings run from industrial and primitive, to modern and refined. Plus some yummy handmades and a tasteful selection of new items, all beautifully displayed. Be sure Mishawaka Antiques is on your shopping adventure list. Visit soon!

A quick thank you to everyone who came out to see us for the last Allegan of the season. Despite the rain, it was an strong finish to an awesome year! See you in the spring. Or better yet, come see us this weekend at Kane County! We'll have everything you need for fall. Check for new photos Friday, both here and on Facebook. xo

Friday, September 23, 2011

Don't Read This Post!

If you can't stand a mess. If chaos makes you cringe. If you really prefer things nice and tidy, don't read this post. Avert your eyes. Turn off the computer right now. In fact, RUN AWAY!

That is always my first instinct the first day back at the studio after a show. What a mess! And multiple that by 10 this week, after something a month in the making, like last week's trunk show. Even though we try to be neat, things are always in a jumble. Then begins the weekly ritual we lovingly call "Find the End of the String." Somewhere in this mess, a new load is waiting to be uncovered. At least that's what we tell ourselves!

First we remove anything that will be super time-consuming and look for what needs to be repaired. Then we sort smalls from furniture. Next the furniture is grouped, original paint/natural finish verses needs-to-be-painted. Then comes the Making-of-the-List:

And slowly, ever so slowly, the load begins to emerge. Then we add the finds from this week's shopping, which totally derails the effort for another half-day! Now it is lunchtime Thursday, and we need to get serious. Everyone has their assignments, and groups of finished merchandise start to appear. It always feels something like magic as the load for that weekend's show comes together.

Want to see how the pieces in the first and second photo shaped up? Then join us this weekend for the LAST ALLEGAN of the season. I can't believe it is already over. We have had a super year and have a great load in the works for the grand finale -- lots of original paint, industrial containers, projects and loads of new smalls. Click on the show sidebar for details and be sure to join us. Take a peek at Facebook, too, for a closer look at how things are shaping up! And thanks for not really running away! xo

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wow, Oh, Wow!

Many thanks to everyone who came out and made our trunk show at SoBo Style, Columbus, Ohio, such a big hit. We had so much fun. And thanks, too, to our host, Katie, her staff, family, friends and customers for making us feel right at home!

We were thrilled to see many of our favorite customers from both near and far. Thanks so much, guys; it really means the world to us every time we see you! Above and below are pics from our display inside the store:

We also had merchandise set up outside on the sidewalk under a canopy. The weather couldn't have been better. It was great talking to everyone; sounds like the Extraganza and the Country Living Fair were hoppin' as well! I'll put a few more photos up on Facebook, so you can get a better look at what we had to offer.

We are already hard at work on Allegan -- we shopped all the way home! Be sure your weekend plans include visiting us for Allegan's last show of the season. Can you believe it?! Summer is over, and we are on to FALL! xo

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


We couldn't be more excited:

Hope you can join us! Checkout our Facebook page, SoBo's blog and SoBo's Facebook page for details. In addition to the trunk show, there is so much other stuff going on in the area that weekend -- the Country Living Fair is in town, and the Springfield Extravaganza is just 30 minutes away. It will be an antiquing paradise. Grab some friends and we will see you there.

And we want to say THANK YOU to all our wonderful customers who came out to celebrate our 10th birthday at Grayslake this past weekend. Plus all the well wishes we received via e-mail, Facebook and the blog. It really made our day. You guys are the best. xo and thanks again.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

COME CELEBRATE! It's rhubarb reign's 10th Birthday and we want to say THANKS!!

Yep, that's right! rhubarb reign will be 10 YEARS OLD this weekend. Come celebrate with us at Grayslake. We are truly thankful for YOU -- our wonderful customers -- and want to show you some love this weekend. We will have a great load, plus many special $10 deals and steals. Don't miss it! Details are just a click away on the show sidebar. And as always, print this page for Half-Off Regular Admission. See you at Grays. xo

Friday, September 2, 2011

Come see us this weekend at Kane

No new photos today -- the computer is at the doctor! But check our Facebook page for a peek at what's coming to Kane, and make plans now to join us for the show this Saturday and Sunday. Details are just a click away on the show sidebar. We are saying good-bye to summer and HELLO FALL, with lots of great new furniture, smalls, industrial pieces and more, all in wonderful, seasonal colors. See you there! xo