Sunday, February 3, 2013

Graceland Gems and California Musings...

So, we did it!  We drove cross country this past week, arriving in California last night.  I antiqued a little along the way, specifically in Nashville, Memphis, and Albuquerque. 

 By far, I felt that Memphis had the most to offer and I will definitely be going back there on vacation.  There were several great shops and fabulous food- BBQ in particular!  Toad Hall Antiques was a lot of fun (fabulous display!) as well as the Antique Warehouse Mall.  Don't be daunted by the outward looks of the later store.  Also, try to ignore both the smell outside and the XXX Movie Theater directly down the street.  It really is a gem.  I found an early 20th century perfume bottle, a vintage pair of ballet slippers, old Antiques Magazines for the car ride, an old jewelry box (I collect the ones that are leather and velvet and were used for specific pieces of jewelry), and a sterling cross from 1897.  So, you see there are some treasures there!

Over view of the Alameda Antiques Faire
Our first day as residents of California, we decided to go to Alameda for the Antiques Faire.  We actually went last month as well just to check it out for my business... The difference between the two days was amazing!  Last month was rainy & cold.  Today was absolutely beautiful!  I was blown away with the quality of dealers and the overall atmosphere at the show... I'm so excited to be a part of this group starting next month:)
Nice Vignette of Romantic Goods
Lots to offer in Jewelry as well


So, tomorrow Gwyneth (My 2 year old) & I plan to visit a couple of local antique stores- I'll keep you updated on what I find!  I just love my job:)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Building a New Nest

Dear Friends, I'm sending this note to my cherished friends and clients with a bittersweet sigh and sense of longing.  My husband started a new job today in Silicon Valley, CA and we will be moving there in only a few short days.  Oh my!  I've already sent out emails to many customers but just in case you didn't get a note, know that I'm thinking of you as I pack my myriad of smalls and head out into the blue unknown.  
I will continue to sell at shows and antique markets and possibly open a booth like I had in both Raleigh, NC and at Hagerstown, MD. In some aspects, however, I am shying away from the booth idea just because I'm not sure I could find the right fit for my merchandise.  My first show will be March 3rd at the huge Alameda Flea Market.  Wish me luck!
If you'd like to come by Flotsam and Jetsam one last time, I'd love to see you.  My last day is this Friday, the 25th.  Merchandise will be packed up Wed- Friday.  Give me a call @ 919-889-5553 to make sure I'm there so I can bid you farewell!

Don't worry though!  I'll still be posting on the blog and acquiring the unusual tidbit and whimsical creation for your own collection...