There are some exciting changes happening here! My Rust & Found journey is taking a new path, and I hope you’ll follow along with me. Let’s just get the big news out of the way first: I'm going to be closing the brick & mortar part of my business at the end of November. It’s a bittersweet change, but will bring some new fun challenges and adventure. For five years our monthly openings allowed me time to create, find, and curate great things to share with you in a new way, but it’s time to change things up
First: I'll soon be offering in home design consultations! I’ve been asked about this so many times, and the truth is it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Prior to the success of the store I’d never felt it was possible, but owning Rust & Found gave me something I hadn’t foreseen in the beginning: a newfound self confidence, and your trust in my design sense! The “how & when” of consulting is still in the planning stages, but this spring I’ll have more details to share with you, and I’m so excited to make this part of the business a reality!
The second exciting change: you no longer have to wait to purchase the “made” or “found” items that are for sale, nor will you have to be the first in line to ensure you get something you saw posted. You’ll be able to purchase things as I finish them! Facebook and Instagram will be the same as they are now, with furniture or lighting designs shared during the process and/or when completed. Found and vintage items will be offered online in my marketplace. The "planning stage" is underway and I'll share it as soon as I've got a great collection of items ready to go.
If It Ain't Broke Why Fix It
So about the closing of the brick & mortar. I’m sure at this point you are asking “why? I thought you loved your store!?” I do! Believe me, a dream I’ve always had not only came true but grew and became more than I could have thought possible! I can’t begin to explain how honored I feel seeing happy faces come to shop over and over again. These past five years have been full of huge personal growth for me as well. Saying it’s been a self-confidence boost is an understatement. It's truly been fantastic!
The reality of our success and growth is that it's harder for me to keep the shop filled. It's so wonderful that we empty out when we open. ... What a great problem to have, right? That’s the goal! However, selling more means making more and the physical demands of the job have taken their toll, this past year in particular. Long term back issues and the increasing fibromyalgia pain leave me fatigued much of the time. I don't think my body is aware I'm only 53! We’ve also been unable to take as many picking trips this year with long hours in the car being more uncomfortable for me. Selling and sharing items as I make them will allow me to work at a manageable and more comfortable pace. I have a feeling that working with less discomfort may also leave me feeling more creative. I need to get my mojo back this winter!
All added up this is such an exciting and positive change! Chris and I have made great new friends with other business owners and customers alike, and I'll miss having those monthly opportunities to see all of you, to chat and share. I'll count on you all staying in touch with me through social media!
Please stay tuned for more information both here and through Instagram and Facebook. When the details are worked out, I'll be sharing it all.
This part of my journey has been so rewarding thanks to you, and I’m excited
to take the next big step with your support <3
I'm home for the weekend and co-opting the blog to help describe the windows mom and I worked on. While many of you love the final product, it takes a special sort of person to look at rusty bits of metal or unfinished wood and see what kind of treasure they'll turn into.
For this month's windows, my goal was to give a sneak preview of what mom might see in a pile of junk behind someone's barn. The smell of manure fades away (but the actual thing stays on her boots), weeds growing up through the pile disappear, and her eyes see into the future* of that perforated tin and sun-bleached barn siding.
Ok, so -- that might not all come through in a single window display, but it was a fun project!
*I'm partially convinced she can actually see the future.
I noticed that everyone sort of had their own approach to their shopping and junking. Some are looking for a specific item. They have done their research on what they are looking for and have a mission. Others like to wander and take it all in before zeroing in on the items they can use. And then there are those that feel it's a challenge to find the best deal or the things that are unique before anyone else can get to it. An my personal favorites were the gals who did some dumpster diving on the trip! Hard core junkers! :) As long as you leave with a smile you were successful!
Bright blue skies, smiling faces and a bus full of Junk! The day was perfect for our first group road trip.
It was so fun seeing what treasure hunters hauled back. Little bags of trinkets, pieces of furniture, rustic salvage, windows, lighting, jewelry, clothing... you name it! We had to convince our driver at each stop that YES, we CAN get even more under the bus! haha. As one of the gals on the trip put it to him: "we are junkers and we know how to make it all fit!".
Enjoy some of our Road Trip photo album...
Thank you so much to all the shops that had great finds for our bus group and plenty of help on hand to handle the large groups: Marshalls Antique Salvage, Farmhouse Frocks, Rust & Found, Funky Junk Boutique and City Salvage and Design. A special thanks to my sister Tracey that helped me all day and made a great bus buddy, and to my hubby that gave up his Saturday to be at the shop so I could be on the bus, and my friends that helped at the shop and kept things running!
Thank you to all our Rust & Found Junking Road Tour participants
for being so fun and patient!
In the case of junkers and pickers, the fun often ends when you get home with all this dirty, rusty, grimy junk and have to do the real work! Sure, sometimes it's stifling hot or super wet and rainy and you make the best of it. But there is still some fun in there or we wouldn't all do it, am I right?
So much fun is in the hunt!
After three days of driving, hunting, bartering and hauling to the trailer (I swear we walked 20 miles a day!), we pull in Sunday evening and the work begins. First... stop at the shop where we can unload some things that are ready to go.
It can be overwhelming to see things piling up there each month, and knowing in the
end I have to make the chaos into a place where people can actually
walk through it!
Now home to begin the scrubbing. If you are a junker, you know that stuff is dirty!
We tend to start off with the things that really just need a good scrubbing of the grime and spider webs to unearth the awesomeness we knew was hidden there. Today that meant scrubbing down this gorgeous old 9.5 ft church pew, cleaning some algae and rust from an iron patio set that is soon to have a fantastic old barn door top, washing down some barn wood ... you get the picture.
The dirty work can still be rewarding, when you unearth a gem under all the dirt, or when a piece of junk shows potential to become a part of a new furniture or lighting design. The BEST reward of the work, from driving to creating, is when someone else loves it and wants it in their own home!
Are you new to Rust & Found and wondering "why are they only open monthly?" Here's some info to help you understand how our store events work....
When we opened our doors March 2013 the goal was to offer an entirely new shopping experience every time we open. To have our customers excited to return monthly and curious about what they will find inside, the same way we feel every time we visit our favorite flea markets or take a new picking trip. Offering you a curated treasure hunt. An Event!
All month long new items are being found, cleaned, restyled, wired, welded, painted, repaired, built, repurposed or upholstered and the list goes on. My favorite things are to build unique industrial furniture and decor using old metal and reclaimed wood, and to create new and unique lighting our of the unexpected.
I'm lucky to have a hubby that enjoys road trips and junking with me, so as often as we can we take to the road and travel through other states looking for the perfect find. We have gone as far south as Alabama on picking trips. My road trip bucket list is growing, and my desire to bring awesome items back to Ohio gets bigger every time a customer gets excited about a find brought into the shop.
We love offering hand made products and supporting local artists as well as new pieces that are perfect to mix in with the old. You will find locally handcrafted jewelry, candles, handbags, artwork and decor.
It's important to know that while we are open we continue to restock and after we close Friday night we reset the shop and bring in a trailer full of new things. Saturday is another new day and full of items that were not available Friday! Feel free to come both days to not miss a thing! Sunday's are typically our mark down day. When something has hung around for a few months we want it to find a new home in order to keep the store full of new collections.
So many customers have become great friends and it's fun to catch up each month! The monthly openings often feel like a get together.
You can get peeks of what's to come and reminders of show dates if you follow along on Facebook, and Instgram.
Join us for our next event and feel free to send any questions!
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!