Changes they are a comin’

We get on a road, following a plan, a plan that has deviated and become twisted, then sometimes we have to stop what we’re doing and reevaluate. I tend to get off balance. Like an unbalanced washing machine. I’ve had way too many irons in the fire and too many things going undone and plans not coming to fruition. I’ve had my Etsy shop that I was struggling to keep up with, booths in 3, yes three, antique malls. We have 3 booths in one of those malls alone! And we were still paying rent on the old b&m shop. Using it for storage until we could get the time and energy to reopen. That was the plan. Keep up 5 booths in 3 different cities, wanting to have a large Etsy store, and run an antique shop at least a few days a week. I took pictures of the shop last month in preparation of The Big Clean Up to get ready to open in June. Here’s a partial shot of one of the rooms:


I hear what you’re thinking out there. Gasp! She’s a hoarder! False. 99% of that is for sale. That’s what they all say. Well, in this case it’s true. Most of this was waiting to be put on Etsy before going to the local booth. How did it get to be such a mess? Ricky thought he’d put his woodworking shop in my shop, so I was moved to one, small side room. Quickly. Things were stacked in the beginning but, like hoarders, they started being tossed in, shoved in, strewn around, left that way… But he didn’t move his woodworking shop in there. He rented a building next door. And the mess expanded:


Now, you’ve got to know that weighs on your mind. Or it does mine. I might not even see the mess for a week, but it’s in my unconscious mind. Nagging me. But we had plans and I needed to get down there and get to work. But I haven’t yet.

Then one day last week I started thinking. Yes, it hurt. Why do you ask? :-) I “was burdened” with the thought that it was time to let the shop go. We were never going to get around to cleaning it up and opening again. We were paying rent on something that was giving nothing in return and it’s not been open to the public in two years. As slow as I am it would take me the next 10 years to work all that stuff out. Yes, it was time. Ricky wasn’t home that morning, but when he came in, he made a bee-line to the room I was in and said, “I need to talk to you about something.” At first I was kinda scared the way he said that, all serious like, but when he said, “I think we need to let the shop go”, that burden was lifted! Keep in mind neither of us had mentioned this before. Both of us were proceeding with the plan to reopen. But when we were thinking the same thoughts, independently, all morning long and couldn’t get it off our minds… well, there’s no question that this is what we’re supposed to do.

There’s more to the story, more changes in the works, but I’m not ready to share all that. It’s still in the maybe this or maybe that stage. So to pay tribute to the little brick and mortar shop I had for a couple of years, here are some pictures (some that I could find quickly) of how it used to be:

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

(The same room as the picture above.)


Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk




Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk

Thanksgiving was not forgotten

Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk


Just Vintage Display : Excuse Me While I Buy This Junk


G’bye big booth. It was nice knowin’ ya

So where have I been the past couple of weeks? Oh, here and there, but busy, busy, busy. And the biggest job that kept me busy was downsizing my booth at the Pickle Patch. Remember when I first moved in? I picked out the largest booth, actually a room, in the building. It was great. Very well lit and… well, just great.

Left side of my original booth at the Pickle Patch

That picture is my very first arrangement and shows just the left side of the booth. Not quite half.  Plus, there was a wall behind on each side. (I couldn’t find a picture showing the whole booth.) Soooo much room! I did so love it, but frankly, it was hard to keep full, hard to find the time to rearrange and hard to make much money over the rent. I had said that when the right opportunity arose, I’d like to move to a “normal size” booth. That opportunity came last week. Someone came in and wanted a large booth. I was called – “Are you serious about wanting a smaller booth?” I took a deep, shuddering breath and said I was. The wheels were immediately in motion.

It took me two days to clear out the big booth and move as much as I could in the smaller booth and another half day to haul off the 2 truck loads and 1 car load that wouldn’t fit! The new booth is about 1/4 the size of the old one. This is how it looks at the moment (Apologies for the crummy pictures. They were taken with my phone. Could be worse, I suppose.):

Blue marble top dresser, rust cabinet, mirrors

Display of smalls

Green chest with black glass knobs

Blue chest with stamped, numbered porcelain knobs and white cabinet

Tall gray bookcasse with beadboard back

It’s not how I’d like it to be, but pretty good for being bone tired, mind befuddled and in a hurry. The plan was to pack it with furniture, which I did. Sorta. So, of course now, I worry that I don’t have enough smalls in there. Sure wish I knew the right formula. AND what would sell well in my area. I find my taste is a bit eccentric/odd/funky in general for the folks around here. So I try to tone it down. It also looks like I need to get into more new items. One thing about this business, it’s a constant learning process.


More painted pieces

This is just a quick post to show a few more painted pieces my talented husband has done. I’m not the painter in the family. As a matter of fact, I’ve realized I’m not good at much of anything! And I’m trying not to let that get me down.

Don’cha hate it when you take a picture and notice later something was off kilter? The drawers weren’t in correctly. This chest is at Longleaf Antique Mall in Alexander City, Alabama. We chose a soft yellow and brown for the knobs.

The buffets in the previous posts have already sold. The green one and the turquoise.

Here are a few little things that are at the Pickle Patch in Sylacauga, Alabama. I don’t think I’ve shown this little chest. It’s painted in a dusty blue.

This little, yellow bookcase is not an old piece, but was a little tired looking. It perked right up with new paint.

And another little bookcase painted in blue.

Right now, we’ve just been focused on getting some things done and out there. Hopefully, one day soon, we’ll have time to get a little creative. I think I’ve mentioned before, he just wants to paint something. Doesn’t want to do any antiquing or special effects. That’ll be my job, so we’ll see. So far, my job has been choosing (or OKing) colors and picking out knobs.

It takes me so long to do anything, too. I’ve been working 2 weeks on painting a little box. Good grief! It’s painted now, but I want to put a transfer on it. Tried a new to me method and didn’t like it. Had to paint over it. Maybe today I’ll finish it.


The finished turquoise sideboard

He did it! The turquoise buffet/sideboard in the previous post is finished. We’ve spread out and got another booth at Longleaf Antique Mall in Alexander City, Alabama. We have two there and two at the Pickle Patch in Sylacauga. This buffet is in Longleaf on Erin Ave.

The brown we ended up using? It’s Sherwin Williams “Raisin”. Goes on purple, dries brown.

Decorating the booth for the 4th of July

Amazing that it’s already almost the middle 2012 and time to decorate for the 4th! I’ve neglected the booth almost as much as everything else I enjoy lately, but got down there yesterday and did some rearranging. It’s really low on big pieces, except for that *:%#@?&^ fabulous, Art Deco sofa and chair. Actually, it is pretty awesome in it’s original upholstery. It just needs to find the right owner. In the meantime, it’s taking up a whole wall I could be using for something else that might sell a lot faster.

I’m not going overboard with 4th decorations, just a center table of patriotic-ness.

Looks so much better in person. I was quite proud of myself. But looking at the picture…. enh. LOL

Here are a couple more before I have to run off and watch The Killing and Mad Men.



Booth redo pictures

Where have I been the last 15 days? Beats me. Time just goes by so fast! I’ve gone to the sales the past two weekends, but other than that, I have no idea. Except for the few days I’ve spent working in the booth. I haven’t even added much to Etsy. Now I’m really scratching my head trying to figure out what I’ve been doing with my time if it wasn’t blogging or Etsying. Hmmmm.

Here’s what I can show for a few days time. Last week I bought an Art Deco sofa and chair and a 1970’s dresser. We took them straight from the owner’s house to my booth at the Pickle Patch. And the challenge was on. How to find a place for them. It looked impossible, but I did it! Began a little spring decorating while I was at it, too.

I do love that table, but it takes up room and it’s time to move it out. I wish one of my living areas was large enough to use it as a coffee table. :-(

It’s hard to tell, but this little black table has the cutest clock face knob. And… Oops! What a “fo pa”! I’d better get down there first thing tomorrow and remove the yard sale sticker on that basket. LOL And just in case you’re wondering, my price is only $6.00. So maybe if anybody sees it before I get it off, they’ll think kindly of me and realize I’m not trying to rip anybody off.

The aforementioned 1970’s dresser. $175.00

Aaaannnd, the sofa and chair. That’s the original fabric, too. How cool is that? .

I didn’t take pictures of the whole booth. There are a few other spots I skipped over. Just hit the high points.

If you’re in east central Alabama, please come visit us at the Pickle Patch Market on Hwy. 280 in Sylacauga. The mall isn’t so large that it’ll wear you out walking through, but it’s large enough to have a nice variety. And, I feel compelled to say this, you won’t feel dirty when you leave. It’s one of the nice, clean malls. You can also have an Italian meal at Giovanni’s next door. The mall is open Tuesday – Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5.

Halloween’s tomorrow???

Good grief! Halloween’s tomorrow and what have I done as far as decorating at home? I located the box of Halloween decorations. Pulled it out, but never even opened it. I did find some quick spots for the decorations that have been bought throughout the year. No thought given to placement – just find a clean spot and put something there – and nothing to write home about. But I did decorate the booth. Again, nothing over the top like I’d like to do, but at least there’s something there.

A good bit of that has changed already. Several things sold and I’ve brought in more stuff. But I didn’t want the holiday to get by without doing something on the blog!

It all has to be replaced with Christmas and Thanksgiving immediately. The city wide Christmas open house is next weekend. Too early in my opinion, but they didn’t ask me. Wouldn’t have cared what I said anyway.

My new booth

The doors of the shop are closed. Oh, I’m still keeping it – as long as I can pay the rent – for the central hub. The place to take things before they go out to a booth and to take pictures and pack and ship. And to work on stuff. Dare I say… paint furniture? That’s in the plan. We’ll see. There’s still plenty of stock at the shop, too. I truly don’t have to shop for awhile, but of course, I will.

When I first heard that there were thoughts of a new local antique mall, I couldn’t get over there fast enough to claim my spot. I was the first. Had my pick of all the spaces, so I chose a bright, well lit room. The beginnings of arranging are here and the empty room is in this post.

So here is how it looked the first day open. Click on the pictures to see a larger view.

It amazes me how so many of the big things aren’t there now. Just a week later. If you didn’t read about the opening, peek at the post before this one.

If you’re interested in any of the small things you see, most are in my Etsy shop and on the web site.



It’s finally over!

Christmas open house is over. Done. Finished. If you missed it, here are some pictures. Naturally, I didn’t think to take any with people here. (Facebook page “likers” have already seen these.)

Kudos to Tiffany who was a tremendous help with the decorating!

Cookies and Wassail were served. If you need a good wassail recipe for the holidays, try this one. I’ve used it for years.

Wassail Punch

1 gallon sweet apple cider
1 quart water
2 cups sugar
1 (one) 6 oz. can frozen orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice concentrate
4 sticks cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice

Combine all ingredients. Boil 10 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks before serving.


Christmas Open House at Just Vintage

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