but as all good things must come to an end, so must this chapter of Flutterby. We're closing the doors.
Beginning Jan 4 @ 6:00 am, everything in the shop will be at least 50% off, even the cash register! Who knows, if you bring a truck...we'll probably be making hella-va-deals!
Regular hours Jan 5 through Jan 23.
Stay tuned for the next chapter.....
Our good friend Sarah Fewell was kind enough to feature a wine tasting at our little soiree...and i must say that their wine is superb! The icing on the cake. She also volunteered to take photo's since that detail was missed (must be side effects from the swine flu!). She'll drop by a CD for us to post soon! The next time your in the area, Sarah and Tad's winery is a MUST stop & sip destination! Here is their blog http://culturawine.blogspot.com/ .
Again, as i've said more than once, we love our customers and feel priviledged to be able to call them our friends...without you, all of the big 'to do' wouldn't be worth it!
This is a little teaser for what's in store for 2010.......a 'Relic' of a barn.
What a weekend! I invited the boys from Barnhouse and Auntie Joy (Dave & Sam too) to be my guests at our little farm which is located on Chinook Pass. The pressure was on to finish up the little projects that have been hanging over my head, like hooking up the hot water tank, shower fixtures, gathering-painting-and moving furniture in (sorry, no sink in bathroom) so my company would have a comfortable place to stay. Needless to say, the boys and girls were the best guests a gal could ask for! We talked until the wee hours of the morning, kept the local cafe employees wide awake waaay after hours with our outrageous laughter (they'll probably be talking about us for awhile) and joked about the roosters that are just a bit 'off'. Not to mention Clayson Farms Antique Show! This was possibly the most laid-back, fun show i've ever done! The vendors were outstanding, Mark and Lesleehttp://www.claysonfarm.blogspot.com/ made sure every detail was tended to. And when we went back on Sunday to load out, Mark BBQ'd for us! We soo appreciate all the WORK thats involved in producing a show of this caliber. I fully intended to take pictures but after two shots the battery died, so go to Florences' blog for more amazing photos: http://florencemuma.blogspot.com/ and J&J have a great slideshow on their blog http://www.barnhousebh.blogspot.com/ and Joys blog is hilarious http://antiejoy.blogspot.com/. Also...don't believe what you hear on the news, there is no recession in Yakima!! Thanks to all who bought, we love you guys!
Pants and Panties Mike was going to be married to Karen so his Father sat him down for a little chat. He said, 'Mike, let me tell you something. On my wedding night in our honeymoon suite, I took off my pants, handed them to your Mother, and said, 'Here, try these on.''She did and said, 'These are too big. I can't wear them.'I replied, 'Exactly.. I wear the pants in this family and I always will.' Ever since that night, we have never had any problems. 'Hmmm,' said Mike. He thought that might be a good thing to try.On his honeymoon, Mike took off his pants and said to Karen, 'Here, try these on..'She tried them on and said, 'These are too large. They don't fit me.' Mike said, 'Exactly. I wear the pants in this family and I always will. I don't want you to ever forget that.' Then Karen took off her panties and handed them to Mike. She said, 'Here, you try on mine..'Mike did and said,'I can't get into your panties.'Karen said, 'Exactly. And if you don't changeyour smart-ass attitude, you never will.'
We've been scouring the country-side in search of treasures just for this show!
Come and see us (inside the tent)
5301 Tieton Drive
Yakima, WA 98908
June 19 & 20, 2009
fri •12-4:30 pm & sat •9 am-4 pm "Friday is Senior Day – $3 at the door (Friday only) for seniors 65 and older. For more infomation call (509) 965-7100, or visit us at www.festivalofflowersyakima.org & purchase tickets. Cost: $5. Purchase tickets at any Banner Bank branch or Catholic Family & Child Service location beginning April 30. Kids under 12 are FREE. By purchasing in advance you can use the fast track entrance to the show. • Landscaped Gardens by local landscapers and nurseries • Vendors offering everything from antiques, statuary, plants • Children’s activities • Local fresh cuisine including gourmet baked goods, ethnic selections, salads, sandwiches and coffee bar."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Cinda Baxter, (612) 435-0423 email@example.com The 3/50 Project Goes Viral Small business owners unite behind a simple concept, creating a nationwide wildfire Minneapolis, MN, April 6, 2009 — What began as an off-the-cuff blog comment may well be one of the fastest spreading promotions in small business history. Three weeks ago, retail consultant and blogger, Cinda Baxter, tossed out a suggestion that consumers actively support three locally owned businesses, then asked that they commit $50 per month to them. “Letʼs call it the 3/50 Project,” she quipped, before hitting the send key and filing the idea away. A few days later, the idea bubbled up again, this time in the form of a free flyer business owners could download, print, then hand their customer while thanking them for patronizing their establishments. 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Save your local economy.” • Pick three locally owned businesses youʼd hate to see disappear, then return to them. • Spend $50 per month in locally owned businesses. If half the employed U.S. population did so, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue. • For every $100 spent in locally owned businesses, $68 returns to the local community. When spent in a big box, chain, or franchise, $43 remains. Purchases made online return nothing. Supporters have access to free materials that publicize the message, including a downloadable flyer that can be printed on any color printer, then handed to customers while thanking them for their patronage. Additional items include a window banner, a countertop sign, member badges for websites, graphics for newsletters and blogs, a movie screen panel for theaters, and window clings bearing The 3/50 Project logo, donated by The Chicago Market—one of the movementʼs most proactive fans. The 3/50 Project can be found online at http://www.the350project.net About Cinda Baxter: Cinda Baxter understands retail from the inside out. Recipient of two national Retailer Excellence Awards and frequent press coverage ranging from Minnesota Monthly to Modern Bride, she now “pays it forward” to retailers and vendors through her consulting company Always Upward, as a Contributing Editor for Gifts and Decorative Accessories Magazine, and as founder of The 3/50 Project. Widely recognized as an expert in the gift and stationery industry, Cindaʼs resumé includes seats on distinguished boards: AmericasMart Atlanta, the National Stationery Show, Retailer Networks Incorporated, and the Gift and Home Trade Association (GHTA), where she also served on the Board of Directors. Her most recent appointment to the Gift for Life Board of Directors is of particular note. Sheʼs been a featured speaker at numerous trade shows, including the Hong Kong Gift and Premium Show, the New York International Gift Show, the Los Angeles Gift Show, and the National Stationery Show—and at several regional marts, including Dallas, Chicago, Seattle, and Boston. As founder of acclaimed online communities RetailSpeaks (independent gift and stationery retailers) and Brilliant Ink (professional stationers dedicated to original design), Cinda is considered a pioneer of social networking in the retail industry—a reflection of her passion to help community based business survive and thrive for years to come. Graphics Available by request; contact firstname.lastname@example.org ###
I'm obsessed with lamps! When i happened upon this booth at Expo last month i just about wet my pants! Here is a sampling of some amazing lighting created by NASH. All of the components are found objects, some of the shades were actually antique mercury glass and he also adds reproduction 'Edison type' bulbs to complete the look!
If you want WOW factor...this is IT!
I've not contacted him for his website/blog but he did provide his e-mail which i'll pass along to you: email@example.com. He can provide photos and prices for anyone that's interested. (he says he has good photo's)
annie, fannie & abigail
Welcome annie, fannie & abigail (actually diana and donna) to our blog world http://afa2antiquestudio.blogspot.com/. I met the twins several years ago and just love them to pieces. Their booths at monticello in portland are over the top and i always walk away with treasures from Expo!
Visit their new blog and send them a warm welcome.
I've read several blogs lately that had tutorials that were awesome (http://isabellang.blogspot.com/, and since i have such a difficult time trying to post, i thought i would share the following:
Since alot of our finds require some sort of facelift (we probably all will when we're 100+), we'll repaint, distress and glaze. I thought I might share one of our little secrets (since nobody is beating down the door to pay us for it) and show you the finished product. We purchase the gallon at Home Depot (approx $36) but sometimes you can get it in a quart also (just depends what customer 'service' technician helps you). Start out with a freshly painted piece (picture frames are great too) and distress till the cows come home. We are very fortunate to have to use of a sign shop which has a DA sander! Gotta love those power tools.
Have a basin of clean water, clean rag (t-shirts are best), the Smoke glaze and a good quality paint brush (the cheap ones leave bristles in your work-invest in a good brush...you'll probably spend about $15 but it will pay for itself in the long run).
It's best to start in a small area (2x2) like a drawer or cabinet door, to get the feel of how this product feels.
HUGE Tip: You can always add more if you like...but you can't take it away!
Brush the Glaze over the entire surface, drawer pulls too, and let it set for a couple of minutes. Submerge your rag in the water and wring out most of the water. You will then begin to wipe off the glaze (its more like dusting your furniture rather than scrubbing the toilet). When you're just moving glaze around, rinse your rag and start removing more glaze. You'll eventually wipe as much excess glaze off your piece as you prefer.
Another tip: This product dries much darker.
This particular section required Q-Tips, which i realized AFTER I started.
The end result gives you a piece that has an aged look (ya know...dirt in the cracks) and takes away that 'fresh painted' look. No offense intended for those of you who like that look.
PS: Don't forget to do the inside of the drawers and cabinets...it gives it a much more finished look.
If you have any questions, please feel free to comment and i'll do my best to answer!
Out goes the old year and in with the new. Kind of like the rug by the door that has seen too many dirty boots!
I don't make resolutions because that's just a big fat lie to myself, goals are okay but mine are usually set so high they're unrealistic and if not achieved then I'm disappointed so why set myself up?
So i go shopping for a new rug, go junking, seek out inspiration and am thrilled with life...one day at a time!
May 2009 bring YOU happiness!
Sis and I hit the road and went to Portland. After the first stop in The Dalles we loaded our treasures, got in the truck..looked at each other and giggled that wild giggle that only true junkers know. We knew it was a sign and the rest of our trip would be bountiful! By the time we reached Portland the back seat of the truck was just about full!
The first stop we made was to see our dear friend Randy of Madison Park Antiques in the Sellwood District. He opened his shop about a year ago but this was our first visit. I wondered around 4 or 5 times to take in his handy work. I found inspiration here!
If you're in the area his place is a MUST SEE! you can also find Randy at Palmer Wirfs Expo shows (March, July and August http://www.palmerwirfs.com/)
(Sorry Randy, this was the best picture of you).
Needless to say the truck was overflowing...we even have to go back to pick up a cool rack that just didn't fit...so sad! When the shop is up to par, we've got that post Christmas blah thing going on right now, we'll take photo's!
This weekend we're off to market in Seattle. Not overly excited, but hoping we can seek out a few new lines to bring into the shop and order for Christmas. We might even be able to hit a few shops while we're there. Pacific Galleries Antique Mall has some amazing vendors. We might be able to visit Red Ticking (http://www.redticking.com/) and drool over some fabulous french fabrics and unique finds.