Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Awesome Emma's Internship; Kane Preview

Since last Thursday, we've had the privilege of hosting our very first summer intern here at rhubarb reign! And to give credit where credit is due, it was actually her most excellent idea. Earlier this year, the daughter of one of our favorite Chicago customers asked if she could come and spend a week with us to get an idea of how the business works from the inside out. And we were thrilled. For you see, Emma is not only a customer's daughter, but has been an awesome vintage shopper in her own right since we first met her at the tender age of 8.

We tried to sketch out a plan for her week's internship that would cover the essentials -- that first you have to find it, then you have to prep it, then you have to price it, load it, set it up, sell it, pack it up, then repeat! And she has been a real trouper -- getting up early, staying up late, working super hard, and being totally charming the entire time. My intention was to have her be the guest blogger for today's post, but we ran out of time -- which in itself if a good "lesson" -- there just never seems to be enough time to get in everything you'd like to in this line of work.

I was especially thankful for this opportunity,  to get to know Emma better, to have the novelty of a daughter for one week, to get a peek into teen-age-girl-dom, and to have a chance to share a little of what I've learned over the last 20 years in this business. I think mentoring is extremely important; I have so appreciated the time people have spent investing in me both personally and professionally. It is one of the best ways to learn.

We will miss Emma tomorrow when her mom comes to pick her up. They are off on a college visit. But we wish her well, thank her for her time, and will look forward to hearing about all her future adventures!

We are hard at work getting this weekend's load ready! Remember it is going to be a little early this month, as Sunday is July 1, but do plan to join us. Dress cool and bring your water bottle!! Check Facebook Friday for a peek at what we are bringing. Looking forward to seeing you there. xo

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Gifts for Art Friends, Bookend and Allegan Preview

 GIFTS for an ART FRIEND: Don't you just love that title? I was tickled when I opened the latest copy of Somerset Life and found this article, which proclaims that for many girls like us, there is just nothing better than a gift of VINTAGE GOODNESS. I couldn't agree more! One of my favorite gifts for years was a small, brown velvet purse with a beautiful gold clasp that my mother-in-law got at an estate sale for 50 cents. It's the bomb. Like the author, I'm always stashing away boxes and containers that are just waiting to conceal the perfect little vintage treasure for a friend. What about you? Are you smitten with vintage goodies? Do you hoard boxes, bags, ribbon and trinkets to make your packages extra special? Send a photo so we can share and spread the love around!

BOOKEND: NOMAD by Sibella Court
I have to confess that I am not much of a traveler, at least not in this phase of life. Except for the armchair variety. And that's why I love everything by Sibella Court. I just got this one, purchased with my Amazon points, thank you very much. And it is splendid. Full of the romance of exotic locations, from Japan and India, to Syria and Italy. If you are not yet familiar with Court's work, don't delay. She has her own shop in Australia, but also works for Anthropologie. You'll soon be smitten, I guarantee it.

ALLEGAN, HERE WE COME! Last week, we restocked at Midland and delivered a load of furniture to our pal Katie at SoBo Style in Columbus, Ohio. Have been shopping ever since, getting ready for Allegan. Hope you can join us -- we have a terrific load in the works -- will get new photos up on Facebook later this week so you can have a peek at what's coming. Plus -- ta-da -- we want you to meet our summer intern, Ms. Emma Waldie! Do plan to join us. Show details are located in the calendar section of the blog. Just click the link to visit the promoter's site for additional information. Can't wait. xo

P.S. Thanks for everyone for the nice comments last week! Sorry to always be poky in responding. But I will! Stick with me. xo

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

There's Just Something About a Ruin

 Last week, my husband and I took our son, Jack, on a college visit. Truth be told, I think he was really more excited about stopping here on the way home. This wreck of a building was once a fabulous department store in a small town not too far from where we live. At some point, there must have been a fire. The upper floors are open to the sky. And home to pigeons. I am a little surprised that the place hasn't been condemned. But it is so crumblingly romantic!

The middle floors are decorated like something out of the latest Anthro catalog; just add model and you're all set:

But this is what Jack really wanted to see -- an entire floor of vintage vinyl. After an hour's sorting, we lugged home a big stack of  78s -- all jazz, his favorite. And the owner was so kind! A twinkle in his eye as he priced them out for us. Jack can't wait to get back to look some more. And I'm happy to go, too, just to soak up the atmosphere! Have a favorite destination you'd like to share? Leave a note and tell us about it! xo

Monday, June 4, 2012


Remember when Grayslake was a one-day, knock-down, drag-out shop-a-thon? Well, for one time and one time only, we are taking you back there! This month's show will be just ONE DAY -- SUNDAY, June 10 -- from 8 to 4. So leave your New Coke at home, grab your track shoes and come join us!

As always, print out this page for HALF-OFF regular admission. See you SUNDAY! xo

Friday, June 1, 2012

Kane County is This Weekend -- Come See Us!

Come join us this weekend for the KANE COUNTY FLEA MARKET! We have a wonderful load for this show -- great new furniture, TONS of smalls, handmades and artwork. Garden, industrial, modern cottage -- you name it. Details are just a click away on the show sidebar if you need more information. As always, you can find us in the Main Building. See you there! Can't wait.Posting some new photos of this week's finds on Facebook later today -- click the blog's fb button to see what's in store. xo

Editor's Note: Newsflash -- Next week's Grayslake is just ONE DAY -- Sunday. See next week's blog for details.