Friday, June 26, 2009

Show Favorites

Hello again, I am remiss . . . and being chided for not reporting sooner on the Old Glory show!
So much to do . . . .and how I admire those bloggers who can race home and download their photos and write about their adventures the same night!
I'm going to grow up to be like those girls, one day.
What a weekend! I'm finally getting around to writing again, after recovering from the excitement, restocking the shop and going back to work. I'm just not as young and resilient as I used to be!
The show was delightful, as it is every year . . . . and as always, I came home inspired. It was hot and sunny on Friday, and cloudy and cooler on Saturday. We were a little tentative about the rain clouds that seemed to be moving ever closer, and we continuously condensed our displays as things sold, moving more and more under the tent. The weather held, and we even got the show torn down and packed before the sprinkle ensued. All in all, you couldn't have asked for a nicer 2 days, during our notoriously tumultuous June weather
There were shop keepers and designers and tons of customers, and pretty much like most shows, the serious ones made an impact during the first 4 hours on Friday. Saturday had steady traffic and sales, until about 2pm. I had a delightful show, with smalls being most popular. I made several wonderful early buys, and resold the items during the show . . . .
always a coup in my book!
I had the pleasure of meeting Jo Packham, editor of the magazine,
"Where Women Create",
and her super photographer, Dana, took pics of our booth.
Jo may return soon, and do some photos of our shop!!!!!!
The camaraderie of the dealers was magnificent - many returning from previous years. I was treated each morning to coffee & donuts, and a breakfast burrito on Saturday,
by sweet Amy, of The Pink Attic Cat, (downtown Littleton).
I bought a folk art angel from Claire Roberts, of Coming Home,
and a number of items from Cordie Webb.
I think the friendship among dealers is as much the reason we stay in the business
as the income.
(Although we all know that the addiction is the true reason we stick to it!)
Thanks to Holly Kuhn, and her husband, the ever calm and smiling Brian,
we all had a smooth and easy show.
Those two are the best!

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Well dear ones, tomorrow is the big day - the opening of the
Old Glory Antiques Show,
at Clement Park.
This lovely park is at Bowles and Pierce, in the Columbine neighborhood.
The show is all set up, and looking more amazing than ever!
There are dealers from a variety of states, along with the best of the Front Range.
I'm showing you just a little sneak peak, to whet your appetite, and to entice you to be there, bright and early. There are so many things I want!
Dealers are showing the best of the best in primitives and rustic Americana, along with
delightful folkart.
Bring a friend and enjoy this wonderful kickoff of summer.
You'll have a blast!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Last Minute Details

If I allowed you to peek into my normally tidy house right now, you'd believe
a crazy lady lived here!
I am sitting in a maze of packing boxes, stacks of ironstone, tissue and bubble wrap, scraps of this and that, price tags, glue, string, plants, potting soil, baskets . . . . and that's only the living room . . .
But it's all going away as I pack several trucks for the show.
Add to that list my tool box, furniture wax, rags . . . you see, I
bought this wonderful old dresser yesterday - and it will look even nicer after a little TLC - and you understand that I could not go to sleep without seeing how much I could restore it with a little elbow grease! Like I needed another project to add to the short list. With any luck, you'll see it at the shop tomorrow!
It has hardware now, and the mirror affixed - come see the transformation!
I'm busy today, beginning to pack for Old Glory my fav antiques show! I'm potting plants in vintage containers, framing antique flashcards, making pretty price tags, and wishing I had a little more time. (Isn't that the perpetual desire . . . ???) I must drive into town and get the shop open in a couple of hours, so I'm cutting this short and heading back to my tasks. There is much still to be done, but only I will know what I didn't complete. I have two incredible accomplices who are helping behind the scenes - veterans in the business. Lisa Morris and Barb McGregor are tying up loose ends, and helping to keep me sane. Hello to Alice, who, with broken foot is unable to attend. Good luck to Barb, of 'Simply Iowa', who is on her way to the Walnut show to sell her incredible antiques. That girl finds some wonderful things! Too bad these two shows are always the same weekend. Prayers for good weather and a huge crowd, and Happy Hunting!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

French Soap

Many years ago, I was introduced to an incredible soap from France.
Incredible because it has it all. This soap was purported to be the reason French women have such beautiful skin.
I tried it immediately.
I loved it!
One day I was sharing my "find" with an old friend, and she claimed this was the soap her mother swore by, for removing stubborn laundry stains from delicate fabrics.
I tried that immediately.
I loved it!
I began searching for the wholesale source for these soaps, with no luck. I purchased as many at retail as I could afford, and put them in my shop.
(They sold for an unheard of price, I'm ashamed to admit.)
Women liked them so much that they came back for more . . . .
and more . . . .
Finally, I found the French source connection, and began buying wholesale.
For the past 12 years or so, I have carried these delightful French soaps at a
reasonable price.
They are chunky and natural, and loaded with lanolin
and embossed with
(how much better does it get than that???)
Recently these soaps became unavailable, and now they're back!
I should say, they're being shipped.
From France.
I recommend them. They make wonderful gifts, too!


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