A few photos from today of some great textures and junk.
When you get an invitation to "come and pick through multiple barns of a hoarder", you GO! Our Saturday plans got squeezed to make it work and it was so worth it! Great finds and great people! I actually hope to reconnect with our new friends later for a joint picking trip. Isn't it fun when you meet kindred spirits?
A few photos from today of some great textures and junk.
Who doesn't love opening the mailbox to find a cute little package inside? And knowing it's packed with a surprise of handmade items is even better!
Today I received a Homegrown Parcel from Infinite Abyss, and couldn't wait to open it and see what was inside, and to get it out and on display.
An adorable set of log candle holders with pine cone accessories, and a set of vintage matches.
Miniature string art on a
piece of reclaimed barn wood.
I had the perfect spot for each item! The stack of old luggage was bare, so I grabbed a few things to put with the candles and now it looks so much better. And as for the little arrow art? Tucked that right into a cabinet with my vintage clocks and blue glass pieces. Love it!
Can this be real? Is our Grand Opening & Holiday Open House
in only 3 WEEKS? The to do list is still so full, but we are chipping away at it.
The big move was last weekend and boy is the place a wreck!
But now comes the good part, the part where we are no longer working in construction dust, paint covered clothes or eating dinner on the store floor. (We actually take time now to eat at home first! haha) It's the part where I get to imagine where things are going to go, and start to unpack and make it happen. Today I got the final light wired up for over our new cash/wrap counter.
Now I just need to BUILD the cash/wrap counter!
As for the Grand Opening weekend, please note our Friday hours are EVENING,
and not our normal hours. Make it a date night or girls night out!
We are extending our Saturday and Sunday hours to allow more time for you to find the perfect piece for your home before you host your friends and family. You'll also find great gift giving items... handmade jewelry, artwork,
candles, purses, scarves and so much more!
A little help to find our parking.
We have an alley that runs behind our store and to the parking lot.
Our main store entrance is in the rear of the store as well. We will have a small overflow lot next door ( watch for signs), and there is other parking
around town within walking distance. You can also enter the alley
from Bitzer St. next to the YMCA or from Bachtel St.
Now it's off to Nashville for some picking to help fill the gaps and gather
some great treasures for the November and December holiday shows.
See you all soon!
We can all instill personality, add warmth and create a space that speaks to us. With so many design styles out there, one of them - or several combined, probably speak to you. Lucky for us the trends for next year are mostly this years styles just kicked up a notch.
Farmhouse? Modern? Industrial? Cottage? Glam? I love them all! I love them mixed. My favorite right now is starting with a little cozy farmhouse style then adding some industrial into the mix. It's a great juxtaposition of hard and soft. The same goes for a modern style, softened with some vintage chic. Hard and soft. Those are actually textures, and texture is one of the top trends heading into 2016.
Textures are so easy to add in your home. For fall, maybe add some cozy knitted or faux fur pillows. You could bring in some warm wood accent pieces. A reclaimed wood table or salvaged architectural wall accent. Another great texture is chippy painted furniture. And wallpaper is back! Another way to add texture to a room is with one wall in a pretty printed paper.
Metallic. It's been here for a few years but the look is changing away from stainless and towards warm copper and gold. Lucky for me I love the coppery look of rusted metal, and always have lots of it in the store! If it's not your thing but you want to try it, just use it in a few accent pieces. Go small with a pretty gold or copper bowl on the coffee table or maybe some metallic frames.
I had a tough time finding "on trend" metallic around my house, and what I do have is stainless or nickel.... or just rust. But my little copper bowl and bronze drawer pulls hit the mark.
The hot look lists go on.... cowhide, richer colors, statement lighting, more indigo blue. The reality is we all have favorite pieces that we will use no matter what the trends say, but it's easy to keep even our old pieces looking fresh with the right touches added here or there. It's all good.
You have been on the road junking for 3 days. Trailer space is getting limited. Money is getting lower. How do you decide which sales to stop at and what to buy?
For me, I stick to the same rule of thumb all week and I think it would work for you too. Don't waste time stopping where it's likely you'll not find a thing! As we drive we slow down at the smaller sales where it's a family sale or a small group sale, and if I spot toys, little tykes or tables of clothes we hit the gas and keep right on rolling. The odds of that stop having enough items to make it worth your time are small. There are over 600 miles of shopping on this trip, so make it count! When I spot a sale at an old barn, or a large field venue full of dozens of dealers we hit the brakes. They likely
have rusty junk, odd items or something I didn't know I even needed. I do get
pickier as space gets tighter, but where there is a will there is
a way to make it fit!
If you are searching for baby items etc, then just do the reverse! Whatever you are hunting for, the Worlds Longest Yard Sale will have it.
Another lesson learned...
When you are shopping in 95+ degree heat you open all your trailer vents and windows so as to not die of a heat stroke while loading. Great plan! Until you drive into a huge storm and it takes another 20 minutes to remember those open roof vents and windows! ... someone has to get out there, and it's not going to be me! Haha
Starting our road trip four days before the Worlds Longest Yard Sale technically starts means less traffic and first pick... YAY!
But it also means about 50% of the venues aren't set up just yet. Each day will get busier, but today was not much about buying. We drove the sale through part of Ohio and most of Kentucky and hit a few of our favorite venues that we knew would already be setting up, but mostly we sweat! Clear skies and 94 degrees!
We weren't even 2 miles out of Ohio when we spotted a vintage car show. It was great timing to grab lunch and make hubby happy. I spotted the perfect truck in the perfect color, if only I had LOTS of money!
We did manage to find some great stops today, and map out more for out trip back home later this week.
This is the type of thing you watch for while cruising route 127. Lots of farmers rent out their fields for the larger venues. You see a group of tents ahead and slam on the brakes! Each day this week the traffic will get heavier with shoppers, so long
before you see the field you see the line of cars pulled off the road,
and THATS when you hit the brakes!
Leaving earlier tomorrow to beat some of the heat and fill the trailer
a bit more. Wish us luck!
SCORE! I'm so excited about this mornings first buy of the day! I have had my eyes peeled for a huge old windmill and this partial fits the bill. Going to be so gorgeous on someones wall, don't you think?
We started early today to try and beat the heat, but since we were still shopping at 6pm the heat had long since wiped us out! With a heat index of 98 degrees we couldn't get to our hotel and get a cold shower fast enough tonight. It's late and we are exhausted, so today will be more of a photo gallery share....
Sights and Treasures From Today
Beverly Hillbillies perhaps?
Loved this camper! This vendor hand stenciled the entire thing!
We can't forget the cars and trucks from today. A few of the best....
A man can dream....
Anyone have $7600 they want to loan me?
We will see you all again tomorrow for Day 3!
*I'm partially convinced she can actually see the future.
at 616 S. Main St.
North Canton OH
Who Am I?
I've tried it all..hair stylist/faux painter/stay at home mom/jewelry artist/late in life college student. Through all of those former "careers" I have had one constant passion.. a love of junk, flea markets and creating! It took me 30 years to find the courage do this full time and I have finally settled on what I'm going to be when I grow up!