Friday, September 28, 2012

Join us Sunday for Allegan!

Joe and I can hardly believe it is time already for the LAST ALLEGAN of the season! Join us in beautiful west Michigan on Sunday, September 30, for some picture-perfect flea market weather. Nothing like a great market on a beautiful fall day. We have a wonderful load to share -- lots of new furniture, seasonal smalls, containers, graphics and more. Plus tons of handmades. Will post a sneak peek on Facebook. Need more details? Just click the link on our show sidebar to visit the promoter's site. Can't wait! See you there. xo -- Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign inc

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Strange Obsessions: Office Supplies

For some strange reason, I love office supplies. And office supply stores. Almost as much as hardware and hardware stores. I like to think this is charming and quirky, but it makes me feel better that my BFF Tina shares this dark obsession. So, of course, I was beside myself with excitement when she informed me that Martha Stewart had teamed up with Staples and Avery to do a whole line of office supplies -- two entire rows of cute folders, notebooks, tags and labels. You must go right now and see for yourself! I had a really hard time making up my mind, but settled on what you see here. Can't wait for an excuse to go back...good luck that we are almost out of White-out....xo

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Thanks so much, SoBo!

 Joe and I want to say a big THANK YOU to Katie, her staff and customers for making our second annual Harvest Fair at SoBo Style in Columbus, Ohio, such a big success! Everyone really goes out of their way to make us feel welcome. And the weather did its best to cooperate, although we got a little taste of everything. Fall in the Midwest!
 Friday got off to kind of a quiet start, but picked up steadily as we got in to the afternoon. Saturday was busy all day; even had some ladies waiting as we reset in the morning before the show started. Sales were good across the board, although somewhat different from last year. Sold more furniture, for instance. Graphics did really well, as did vintage smalls. Will be making notes in anticiapation of next year's event!
Will post some photos later this week on Facebook so you can see what we had inside the shop as well. xo

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Join Us This Weekend for SoBo Style's Harvest Fair

If you love vintage, seems like Ohio is the place to be this weekend! Springfield will play host to the Extravaganza. Columbus, the Country Living Fair. And nearest and dearest to our hearts, SoBo Style is holding its second Harvest Fair. That's where we will be setting up -- both inside and outside Katie's shop! We'll have a wonderful selection of original-paint furniture, lots of containers, a whole summer's worth of handmades, seasonal smalls, graphics, drieds and so much more. Not to mention all of Katie's wonderful stuff. So make a weekend of it! SoBo is just 30 minutes from Springfield and only 4 miles from the CL Fair! We can't wait!! Show hours: Friday, September 14, and Saturday, September 15, 10 am to 6 pm. SoBo Style is located at 3282 N. High St.; 614-447-8880. See you there! For a peek at what we are bringing, check out our Facebook page later this week. xo

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Grayslake Preview; Kane Report; Harvest Fair Update

GRAYSLAKE PREVIEW: Joe and I were super excited by last month's record crowd at Grayslake. So with the promise of cooler weather and the popular show-within-a-show, Vintage Advertising, we hope each and everyone of you will be back! We've got some great furniture, awesome smalls, plus a boatload of seasonal projects, graphics and new jewelry displays. Make plans now to join us. Don't forget to print copies of the HALF-OFF coupon on this page, good for general admission, or show it on your phone at the door. If you need more info on the show, click the link on our show sidebar to visit the promoter's site.

KANE REPORT: Holiday weekends can be kind of funny. Between end-of-summer travel, parties and the weather -- you just don't know what to expect. But we were pleasantly surprised by Kane this past Labor Day weekend. There was a good crowd both days, lots of great deals for shoppers and reasonably cooperative weather. Customers did ask about the outside dealer count, which seemed off. Our guess is that travel and weather-worries had an effect on the number of outdoor vendors. However, several times over the summer, there have been record dealer counts (at least since the fairground renovations), so we are assuming this was just a blip, and everyone will be back in October -- especially if the forecast is good. Inside the buildings, however, there were tons of dealers, many with great prices, so I don't think anyone went away empty-handed. Handmades, smalls and graphics we our big sellers for the weekend.

HARVEST FAIR UPDATE: The clock is ticking down! Joe and I have both been trying to complete as many projects as possible over the last few weeks, so we can concentrate on presentation before we have to pack. One of the best things about doing a smaller, themed show is that getting ready is like Christmas -- we start pulling out all of the wonderful finds we have been setting back, and together, they have such an impact!  
Plus we get to do some kinds of things that our regular schedule doesn't allow -- sewing, jewelry and much more. Check back next week for more details -- and plan to come and see us: