First up was the Raleigh Flea, and it was a total bust! Freezing temps kept vendors away and we were in and out in 30 minutes without a single purchase. Not a good start to the trip.
Thankfully I'd contacted a local seller on Craigslist before leaving Ohio about a cool advertised industrial piece, and this turned out to be something that turned our day around.
A sweet woman urged us to make a drive to Chapel Hill saying they had a few buildings of other things we might like as well. Worth the drive! They had all sorts of cute little buildings and sheds tucked into their property and in a beautiful setting of a pine forest. It was so peaceful and enjoyable to shop. A great couple doing what they love in their retirement. We loved meeting Jerry and Joan! And just wait until you see a fun piece on wheels we bought from them!
The day just kept getting better! During the drive I noticed a post on Instagram from a shop I follow. They were having their monthly opening this weekend! We were only an hour away, so off we went. Just in time! It was the final day at Chartreuse Barn Sales and a few purchases later were back on he road.
The next unexpected and awesome stop was at Ruffin Roost! Another shop I follow, and a talented shop owner! Even though she's recovering from knee surgery, Tiffany knew we were passing right by her place and was sweet enough to invite us to stop. Yippeee!
The shop isn't open again until March, and I know how hard it is to let someone see your shop when it's not ready to show off, which makes me appreciate her offer even more! Her hubby showed us around and I snagged some wonderful pieces, all while over her beautiful old building. If you're ever in the Charlotte area it's worth the country drive. Her store is set in a historic building on her farm and full of great character. Tiffany was even kind enough to suggest some other stops.
Our last planned stop of the day was again outside and we were losing sunlight fast. By this point I couldn't feel my face! Clines Antiques is always an adventure. It's a crazy mix of Antiques, oddities and junk yard. You truly never know what you will find.
Day Two and the weather has turned in our favor. I think it took me until morning just to get warm again!
If you've followed us for awhile, you've seen past posts about stopping at The Depot (outside Charlotte). It's a not to be missed antique mall where I spend the better part of an afternoon. At least an hour is dedicated to shopping through their fabric area, and Chris is super happy that during that time he can hit the "Man Cave". Leather sofas and a big screen tv... just in time for all the Super Bowl pre-game shows. And speaking of the fabric area, I'm so excited with some beautiful pieces that are making their way onto a vintage sofa for next month.
This week the trailer and car get unloaded, the shop will start filling back up and the fun of planning begins!
Be sure to watch Facebook or Instagram for photos and peeks at what we brought back! Our March re-opening is always a favorite of mine, and most of that is due to the different pieces we found on the road. Hope to see you this spring!
The first Rust & Found buying trip of the year is now in the books and it was also a new one for me! I grabbed my sister as a shopping and travel buddy and we headed to Atlanta for my first adventure into Americas Mart. I've always loved adding in some "new" items to the shop to mix in with all the vintage and found decor. It's a great way to also show our customers how you can have different decor styles all in one home and also lets us add in items we love but can't always find when we are out junking.
In addition to overwhelming amounts of furniture, lighting and decor (3 buildings- 20 floors each!) we saw loads of the things we always love... vintage glass and salvage, also natural details like geodes, antlers, shells and more.
I have to admit, the amount of pain my feet were in from covering each of those 20 floors dulled much of my excitement by day two. Man, is that a lot of time on your feet, but we pressed on... in search of the showrooms that offered wine, candy and food! Those were extra special and gave nice sugar boosts. A bowl filled with Hershey kisses is often all you need!
Hot Trends We Love!
Industrial is sticking around folks! What's new is learning how to mix it in with your current decor style. Little touches here and there using fun decor pieces can ease you into it. Want to go bigger? We saw loads of lighting (my fave), and furniture pieces like seating or storage that will give some industrial impact.
Boho chic! You can't go wrong with a little bohemian to soften up a space. Go as small as a shaggy rug or macrame wall hanging. Go further with loads of pillows, soft tufted velvet and rich textures added to the mix.
Stripped down and bare wood. This one I've been doing for a few years and it makes me happy to know I can go a little further with it. I love the warmth you get when you strip off an old finish but leave some of that color or stain in the grooves and details. It keeps the previously loved look. We aren't talking about "refinishing" here. This isn't your mom's stripping and re-staining with a nice gloss coat. This is an imperfect look that shows the warm character and imperfections of the wood.
Metallic, and especially gold tones. Personally, I prefer this touch only in moderation because it's easy to go overboard. But simple touches like a special focal light or chandelier, a collection of gold or copper items on your coffee table or mixed in on your bookcase. Maybe a few pieces mixed in with your vintage mantel display.
The amount of inspiration that came home in my head is mind boggling. I'm actually wishing I'd taken notes here and there when something in a showroom sparked an immediate idea. Now that I'm home those ideas are all jumbled and faded. Middle-age stinks! A special thank you has to go out to my sister Tracey, who kept me focused and made it even more fun.
The best part now will be waiting for the boxes to start hitting the doorstep! The shop's spring re-opening event is going to be a fun one. Watch the blog and facebook for those dates to be posted soon!
Ok, ok...not with Chip & Joanna themselves, but a day with their vision! Did we love it or were we disappointed?
Let's back up to last January. We get the dates for our daughters graduation from Air Force, held in San Antonio, and I begin to think maybe we could do a little junking in the area so I grabbed a map. I've no idea of what is where in Texas, and then I saw it. Waco is only 2.5 hours away! What?? Well that was a no brainer. Our trip was immediately extended to allow for a road trip.
Jump back to this week. We hit Waco Monday morning and what do I see before me but NO LINE! The place was packed but we lucked out and didn't catch the hour wait to get in that we had read so much about. Whew! Lucked out, but we later find out why.
Once in the door the hardest part was figuring out where to start! I didn't want to miss a thing!
I'd been well informed and knew that we weren't going to grab any "Joanna Finds" here. No "one of a kind" pieces from her junking trips. Those items were pretty much limited to the displays pieces. Amazing industrial tables and unique buffets. And not for sale. The days of shopping at Magnolia for "unique finds" were over when they moved from the small original store. This store was for the masses. 25,000 shoppers a week to be exact!
What I was excited about was to see the process, feel the vibe and to hang out with my bestie! Sadly she wasn't here. Apparently she has other work to do like design houses, open a bakery, film a TV show. So I hung out with Chris instead. My other bestie!
Let me tell you about the part that amazed and impressed me. The vignettes and displays never empty, always look perfectly staged, and all while hundreds of people are inside with us snatching things up! How?? It took me a few minutes to notice, but each area has IT'S OWN PERSON! That's right! A person that perfectly positioned those wooden spoons after I played around with them. And when I selected a ceramic colander from this display... one appeared in it's place within seconds!! These displays were never empty or picked over, never out of place, and that was just mind blowing considering the amount of people inside that were purchasing or picking things up. But there's more....
....after stepping down into this beautiful larger room, we noticed an enormous space on the left side that was open for viewing, but "employees Only". This was the supply room for all those displays out front! There were busy young people walking in and out with lists and carts, pulling items that needed refilled in the shopping area so that it looked perfect!
How smart! We were in awe of the process. Even Target doesn't have full perfect displays at all times, and I doubt my Target has 25,000 people a week shuffling through.
Where we were both the most impressed was when we exited the lower level into the "community park" area. This place was booming with kids playing ball, moms pushing babies in swings, community vegetable gardens being tended, and plenty other activities that seemed to be local people and not necessarily shoppers. I'm sure this was Chip and Joanna's plan all along. A place to BE.
Food trucks, plenty of picnic tables and ice cold bottled Coke. We devoured several amazing crepes and enjoyed some people watching.
There were only a couple of disappointments that day.
1. I had a list of all the antique and vintage shops where Joanna finds some cool things and that had been recommended to me by several people. But why one earth are they closed on Mondays?! Most local stores were, and this is the reason I feel we didn't have a long line to wait to get in. It's not the best day to visit Magnolia Market if you have options. We didn't. Our flight home was Tuesday so I knew going in we wouldn't get to do a ton of shopping. We did find some fun picking back in San Antonio though.
2. Sorry Clint, but Clint Harp Studio was the other disappointment. After seeing all the "made for the masses" items at Magnolia I was excited to visit Clint's studio and grab a small made by hand item. Maybe a little cutting board or a turned candlestick. Something to take home that was made by someone we love to watch.
We saw Clint and a few other guys working out back, but as we entered the shop I was so let down. It was more mass produced home decor. What? Why? Why is Clint selling little notebooks, pillows and ceramic bowls? Nothing he made. I wouldn't have minded if the shop had been half the size but only carried some small handmade items. At least it would have had something to do with wood working. We left here empty handed and after only a few minutes. I just didn't get it. But we still love you Clint.
Was the 5 hour round trip drive to Waco worth it? Absolutely! Honestly, I bought nothing but a ball cap and a T-shirt. There wasn't anything in Magnolia that I can't purchase from my wholesalers. But it was the "experience" we went for. Inspiration, motivation, a little obsession and to stalk... I mean visit my our best friends, Chip & Joanna. Too bad they had other plans and couldn't hang out with us! :)
What a perfect weekend to head out on a new picking adventure! The main destination/event, Lucketts Spring Market, isn't until tomorrow but somehow our trailer is already half full! Our stop today was in Frederick Maryland at Chartruese & Co. Several barns and outside vendors were stocked full! We made it there an hour before they closed but still managed to do a huge amount of damage. We hope to head back Saturday to see what need treasures show up.
Doing the blog from my phone tonight and can't seem to get links working. apologies for any crazy photo sizes 😄
See you all tomorrow!
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 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!