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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Genie in a Bottle


The talented Michelle of  Vintage Junky is throwing a bash
over on her blog, and it's all about what's on our wish lists.
This post should pretty much write itself, as it's no trouble whatsoever
for me to rattle off about a dozen things in record speed that I'm jonesing for!

Now this might be a surprise to some,
but surely not to those that know me well.
Number one on my wish list is to be a published author....


Okay, a bit grandiose, I'll admit. 
And actually, I had a series of articles published many moons ago 
for a South Texas newspaper, but I'm talking about really being a published author. 
Ya know, on the scale of New York Times Bestseller List, 
Oprah's Book Club Fave...you get the picture.
So all you bloggers out there with literary or publishing connections, 
if you like what you're reading here even a smidge, 
pitch me to your peeps and let's get me a book deal!

Next up....

My own brick and mortar store.
Filled with all the wonderful things we all know and love...as my tag-line goes, 
"antiques, retro, industrial and whimsy for the home and garden." 
Perhaps I'm inching closer to attaining this particular wish. 
I opened my first booth in an antique mall. 
I'm going to Warrenton as a dealer in the Spring. 
I keep threatening to start up an Etsy shop. 
I suppose this will be the next logical progression, God and the economy willing.

And finally, because it's getting late and I'm tired, 
I'm going to hold to the traditional three wishes per customer paradigm.
Last up?

A beautiful 19th century stone house in Fredericksburg, Texas.
I've coveted these beauties for years now, 
and ruefully drive past them every time I head to the 'burg for some shopping. 
They may be drafty and plagued with all sorts of renovation issues, 
but to me, it has dreamhouse written all over it.

And you? What's on your wish list?
Head on over to
and join the party!


Monday, October 19, 2009

Aaarrgghh Matey, I'm a Flea Marketeer!


How fun!
The awesome folks at Flea Market Style
are hosting their first ever blog party....it's the "I'm a Flea Marketeer Party"!
and I'm linking up with Matthew, Ki and all the fine folk over there
to show all my swell loot, booty and swag.
C'mon ya scalliwags, sneak a peek into my treasure chest!

Regular readers of my blog know that I just opened my first
antique mall booth two weeks ago, and I'm proud to say
that the bulk of what I'm selling was scored from.....where else? Flea Markets!
So without further ado, in no particular order,
feast your eyes upon my most prized flea market acquisitions!


So yeah, this is half a door. Big and chunky and altogether awesome. 
Not a bit clean yet, but give a girl time, I'll get to it! Picked this up at 
Trade Days in Fredericksburg this past weekend for $20. 
My husband wasn't with me at the time, my junkin' accomplice Effie was. 
When my husband started to unload my SUV, he asked what I wanted him to do with the mantle. 
I gently corrected him that it wasn't a mantle, it was half a door.
Jigga, whaa?
You shoulda seen the look on his face! "Which half?" he queried.

 


 

I have big plans for this piece, gonna add a window up top, 
it's gonna rock hard by the time
I get through with it.

Also found on the same expedition....


Headed to my booth as we speak.


This beauty will replace the sweet chippy white chair I sold last week.




 

Old cabinet doors soon to be repurposed
as canvases for mixed media art.
I'm big-time in love with the faded rose shade of the one on the left.

And for those just visiting Fiona and Twig for the first time via Flea Market Style,
here are some random shots of my two-week old antique mall booth,
chock full 'o flea markety goodness. My baby!



 





Head on over to Flea Market Style
to see all the other participants!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Mega-Big-Stupendous News!



Y'all remember my Warrenton buddy Effie, right?



I blogged about her HERE after I returned from Warrenton
last month and promptly dubbed her the Queen of Bar W Field.
Well, the Queen and I spent the better part of yesterday
running around and junking 'til we dropped! What a blast!
She has a regular booth at Fredericksburg Trade Days
with her partners and sell under the moniker "E and Company".
Well, here's where the big news comes in.....

After nagging her mercielessly, she generously offered to....

Let me come with her to Warrenton in the Spring, stay with her and her mom, help her out with anything and everything and bring whatever I wanted to sell to place in her space at Warrenton!!!!!
Can you believe this? 
I sure can't.

Now Effie reads my blog. She may very well be scanning this post
right now wondering what the #@!% she's gotten herself into.
Maybe she was just kidding about the offer, but by golly, I'm holding her to it!
Can you imagine? Not only will I get to go back in the Spring,
but I'll likely be there ALL WEEK! And I'll have a clean, comfy place to stay!!!
And I'll be there as a sorta dealer!!!
Somebody pinch me!

Effie, if you're reading this, I promise to be the absolute bestest helper ever.
Oh, and I just listened to the fab version of Happy Birthday you left me on voicemail!
Loved it. You have become quite the good and faithful friend, love ya bunches!
Still at work, still smarting over missing out on so many fab sales,
but quite giddy with anticipation of the glory days ahead!


Life just ain't fair!!!


Three HUGE rummage sales today,
scores of GOOD garage sales listed, a couple of promising estate sales,
a GREAT weekend-long annual antique show
20 miles down the road, it's Trade Days in Fredericksburg, and ME?
I'm stuck working 12 hours all day today and Sunday.
And it's my BIRTHDAY WEEKEND no less.

/whiny rant

There. That felt better.

More to follow later this afternoon, I'm just about to head out to save lives,
but here's a token picture to hold y'all over until I get back from making rounds....


Caa-uuute little French plate (really from France!) 
picked up from an awesome garage sale last weekend.
Now on sale at Fiona and Twig!

There's a great giveaway going on over at 
If you haven't entered yet, there's still time! 
In honor of reaching 200 followers, the gals over there are giving away this gorgeous, 
one-of-a-kind, homemade scarf, and just in time for the chilly weather!


Get all the details right here.

Have a prosperous junkin' day, one and all!


Friday, October 16, 2009

My Coming Out Party


The Chamber of Commerce Mixer at my antique mall
seemed to be a smashing success on many levels....
good turnout, lots of schmoozing and beneficial connections made.
I was interviewed for a local radio station and had my pic snapped
for publicity purposes. That's pretty cool.

I met many of the other dealers in the mall,
and friendships were struck up.

I discovered a secret, heretofore unearthed treasure trove
of lethally awesome ephemera that I managed to score
for the ridiculously rock-bottom price of $20.
We're talking a yearbook from 1922, a teen's scrapbook from 1923,
a phone book from the 40s, and a whole host of instant ancestors.

I eavesdropped on overheard many ladies comment
on how lovely they thought my booth looked. Yay!

But did it translate into sales? I'm not entirely sure.
The big crowds were mostly downstairs, as expected.
That left 35 dealer booths upstairs, Fiona and Twig included,
with less than ideal foot traffic.After a cursory walkthrough about two hours in,
I only noticed a few smalls missing.
One of my mall neighbors who has an absolutely killer booth
with quality vintage furniture and whimsical mixed media pieces...
I thought for sure hers would be cleaned out in record time.
No dice. 
People were buying things, but they were all smalls,
and there was a randomness to it. I couldn't get a read on what was hot and not.

We are only 20 short miles away from Fredericksburg,
the home of cutting-edge awesomeness
on the level of the very best of Warrenton or Round Top.....
and yet still so very far away.

My memory card filled up quickly, so I only managed to snap pics
of my booth for the most part. I have lots of the killer ephemera,
which I'll post tomorrow. But for now, here's how my booth
was all decked out for her first  soirĂ©e!


Before all the action started.
That is not my crazy quilt in the upper left!

Look y'all, it's my sign! It's almost like I'm legit now!









 This was looking a little sparse here.
I filled it up with quite a bit more later.




I loooove my crib vignette. I'll be sad to see it go.




 








 


 

So yeah, right now my booth is way more girlish and pink
than I evah planned on. Hang in there folks, if I ever unload some of this stuff,
I'll be switching over to a much more neutral, Jeanne d'Arc toned palette.

So that's my night in a nutshell. I've only been at this two weeks,
so I'm plenty of willing to give it time.
Heck, my husband said I should give it three years to turn a profit! My kind of man!

Have a great Friday, and hit those garage sales for me~
I'm working on my b-day weekend, boo!


I just linked with The Shabby Nest
for their Frugal Friday party.
Since most of my booth treasures are of the very frugal variety, 
I'm eager to see what other thrifty ideas can be found there!
Go pay them a visit!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Big Whoop on the Horizon


Our local Chamber of Commerce
is throwing an after hours shopping/mixer/benefit tomorrow night
at my antique mall, and it's rumored that close to 400 WOMEN will descend upon the mall for what could turn into the Lollopalooza of antique shopping. Let's hope!

As expected, there's been a flurry of dealer activity this week,
what with all of us foofing our boof (© VRS Sue) in anticipation of fab vintage junk
flying out the doors left and right.
The dealers are invited to attend, but the idea isn't to man your booth.
It's more a show of support for the worthy cause at hand,
and I think it'll also be excellent PR.
Captain Obvious, at your service.



 

I'm running this baby over to my booth tomorrow morning. 
Such a beauty. I used a wee bit of paint stripper 
just to get the thicker areas of black paint off. Don't worry, it still has a killer patina.

I picked up TWO of these sweet little tables
for $2 each at Stop #1 of Epic Garage Sale Saturday last week...


Seriously awesome, right?
And if that weren't enough, I nabbed the table below 
at the same sale for only a buck. A BUCK!!



FYI, that's paint, not bird poop.

Off to the booth with both of them.

Today I made a few last minute runs to my usual handful
of thrift stores and stocked up on top-notch tchotchkes
that'll complement my booth theme. Which is......

My booth is having an identity crisis, methinks.
Somewhere along the way, it's turned into your one stop shopping
for all things white, pink and cottage-y.
NOT my original vision, but I'm going to have ease this sleepy little hamlet
into appreciating the Ugly Baby Thing (© Fiona and Twig)
the way you forward-thinking peeps do.


Soooooo......wish me luck!
Send me loads of good junkin' juju for a blockbuster night!

XOXO,
Anne


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The good news and the....edited news


You see this gorgeous silver serving piece
full of the most divine smelling homemade gardenia soap?


I was lucky enough to win Jana's fabulous 
It's an entire loaf(!) of the most incredible smelling, 
all-natural gardenia soap ever.
Silly girl, she said on the enclosed note 
that if I didn't like the scent I could sell it in my booth.
Yeah, as if!!!


My splendid loaf o' soap was sitting prettily 
in this elegant vintage silver serving piece!
I think I actually squeeed when I saw it!
Jana, you are simply the best, I love it all!
Visit Jana's highly addictive online store to see all her goods, 
she has some truly amazing finds.

Breaking News! Edited to add that I just found out 
more loot and swag is headed my direction...
the talented Cori of Starview Sonnet just announced 
that I was the winner of her 100th post giveaway!
Direct from Cori's terrific etsy shop...


Is that not fab? And it's BIG, too! Measures 42" by 11".
Thanks so much Cori, I can't wait to get it!

More good news, I've racked up about a half dozen sales this week, 
and someone even wanted to buy Helga, my Booth Hussy.


I sort of want to hold on to her until at least Halloween, 
but a sale's a sale, right?

Frequent readers of my blog will recognize
that I've edited out the second part of this post, the "bad news" section, as well as any comments.
I apologize if yours were the ones deleted, please read on for my mea culpa.
It's common knowledge that I have a blog in the town where I live,
heck, it's even printed on the business cards in my booth!
I've had conscience pangs all day long that the rest of this post,
while snarky and entertaining, wasn't very nice.
And I want to play nice as the new kid in the sandbox.

'Nuff said.
XOXO


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