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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Announcing the Big Anthropologie/"The Find" Giveaway Winner....

This was a BIG giveaway,
bigger than I ever imagined.
Meaning that so many of you entered
by way of becoming a follower, leaving supportive comments
or promoting my giveaway on your own blogs.
To each one of you, old and new friends alike,
I want to thank you so very much for the privilege
of getting to know you a bit better, or in some cases, discover you for the very first time!

I am pleased to announce that the winner of my
Kate of Salvage Dior
Big congrats, Kate!
Turns out Kate not only won my giveaway,
but is a big winner in the gene pool as well!

Is she not stunning???
Gorgeous, nice, and now a big giveaway winner! 
This is one blessed and lucky gal! I'm goin' to Vegas with Kate, anybody else???

Big thanks also to
Stan Williams aka
for his kindness, generosity and putting up
with Ambien e-mails from yours truly! Don't ask!!!
Just as soon as I receive Kate's contact info, expect an e-mail from me!
That'll be your cue to send the lovely Dior fan her personalized book plate from you.

I s'pect there will be another giveaway somewhere down the pike,
so please stick around. I'd love to get to know y'all better!
Until then...


Thursday, October 29, 2009

New and Improved 300 Followers Giveaway...and Booth Envy

Breaking News!
What was intended to be a  
has snowballed into a 

New numbers require new prizes, so in addition to the 
$25 Gift Card to Anthropologie and the personalized copy of Stan Williams great book "The Find"
I will now be tucking in an extra special surprise for the lucky winner!
 To be entered, just sign up as a follower
Moving on....

One of the biggest perks of throwing a
Megapalooza Giveaway as I'm doing right now
is that you get the opportunity to discover
so many wonderful new bloggers through their comments.
One such blogger is the insanely talented Polly of


(all photos courtesy of Sassafras Stuff)

Just a few peeks at her Holiday 2009 vignettes.

The gracious and talented Polly agreed to let me 
showcase her and her incredible blog and booth, 
which can be found in The Olde Shoe Factory Antique Mall  
at 301 Forest Rose Ave. Lancaster, OH.
She has dubbed her space The Sassafras Shop. So cute!
Polly calls her style 
" funky. shabby. farm. imperfect. cottage. french. industrial. rusty. cute. junk. repurposed. simple."
Sounds good to me.

So why the title Booth Envy?

Quite simple actually, when I see the sheer artistry at work 
in her sublimely gorgeous space, I see my booth the way I imagine it to be fully realized.
 Yes, I am suffering from 
a baaaaaad case of booth envy here, folks. 





And if you think Polly does Christmas beautifully (she does!), 
then sneak a peek at some of her other handiwork, 
all from her stunning space at The Olde Shoe Factory....




One-stop shoppong for all your booth lettering needs! 
Polly, I am forever losing scrabble tile letters for my vignettes, 
I sooooo need a local supplier like you!




Quite honestly, I could spend the rest of the day 
cribbing Polly's gorgeous photos, but hopefully I've whet your appetite enough 
to send y'all scurrying over to her luminous blog to see for yourself!

In  closing, I'd be remiss if I didn't include this not-to-be-believed pic of Polly's loo.....
This is her BATHROOM, folks!
I'm speechless, and readers of this blog know that practically NEVER happens.

Polly, I hope that this shout-out to you translates 
into a plethora of new followers 
which turns into a boon in booth business, 
which in turn results in all your dreams coming true!

Giveaway winner to be announced on All Hallow's Eve.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Giveaway Central!

Hi Everyone!
Just a reminder that my fabulous
Anthropologie / The Find Giveaway
is still going strong, and you really, really 
don't want to miss this one!
In appreciation of all my wonderful bloggy friends and followers,
I'm offering an oh-so-spendable

$25 Gift Card to Anthropologie!


A Personalized Copy of the awesome book:

The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details
by the Elegant Thrifter himself, Stan Williams.

About "The Find", Barnes and Nobles says....
"Elegantly photographed, filled with practical sidebars about 
refurbishing, styling, and treasure-hunting, 
and replete with the quirky sensibility that has made Housing Works 
one of the most popular destinations for great things, 
The Find is at once a handbook and inspiration for vintage decorating. 
Secondhand does not mean second rate 
when there’s always something special to be found. "

Just sign up as a follower here, or if you're already a follower, you're in!
If you give my giveaway a shout-out on your blog, that's good for three extra chances!
I'll announce the winner October 31.

And I'm hardly the only kid on the block having a fab giveaway this week!
You really owe it to yourself to pop on over to my pal Angélique's great blog
for her 100th follower giveaway!

Angélique is offering one lucky blogger a
$50 Visa Gift Card!
Head on over to Six-n-One to grab the details
on how to win this great prize and to congratulate Ms. M on this blogging milestone.

And don't forget that Theresa of Garden Antqs Vintage
is generously offering a
$50 Gift Certificate to either her online blog shop 
or one of her booths at Winnie and Tululas or Heritage Antiques.

Find out how you can be the lucky winner

A reminder...

I've noticed that a good number of you who have entered my giveaway 
don't have public profiles or any contact info...
when I click on your name, I get this message:

"The Blogger Profile you requested cannot be displayed.
Many Blogger users have not yet elected to publicly share their Profile. 
If you're a Blogger user, we encourage you to enable access to your Profile."

If I draw your name as the lucky winner, I need to be able to contact you,
so while you might be able to find out the good news by checking here regularly,
you also might want to consider enabling public access to your profile.

Just a thought!

Good luck to all and best wishes!

Monday, October 26, 2009

A Most Elegant Giveaway

It's that time again...
As I close in on 200 followers (boggles the mind, mine anyway!),
I'm feeling in a giving mood once again,
and this one's gonna be a doozy.

I just happened to have a spare
 $25 gift card to Anthropologie 
lurking about, so what better use for it 
than to include it in my next giveaway?

But what else?
I wanted to do something special, something....oh, I don't know....


So who better to enlist than the most Elegant Thrifter I happen to know,
Stan "The Man" Williams himself!

The most fabulously frugal fella I know
has generously offered to personally autograph a copy of his incredible book
The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with 
Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details
as a part of my latest giveaway!

Stan is not only elegant, fabulous and frugal, 
turns out he's ingenious, too...he's designed these way cool personalized plates 
that you can place inside your book, and voila! Instant autographed copy!

I just received mine in the mail today, gracias, Mr. Williams!
When I announce you as the winner, I'll send Stan your name, 
and he'll personalize a plate especially for YOU.

If you don't know Stan, shame on you...

(photo courtesy of Garden Antqs Vintage)

From his bio, Stan is a New York based lifestyle journalist
who has written for Maxim, Latina, and American Express Executive Travel,
among other publications.
A native of Independence, Missouri,
and a graduate of the University of Missouri—Columbia Journalism School,
Williams documents his favorite finds on his blog,

And not only that, he's fabulous!

Fabulous enough to merit a permanent place of high honor in my booth!

To sum up....
I'm giving away one $25 gift card to the bestest store in my hood,


a personally autographed copy of the must-have book of the year,

How does such an elegant windfall become yours?

Just become a follower and leave a comment here.
If you're already a follower, don't sweat it, you're already entered.
If you shamelessly plug my giveaway on YOUR blog, that'll give you 3 extra chances!

That's all!
Heck, this giveaway's so good, I think I'll enter it myself!!!

I'll draw the name of the lucky winner on All Hallow's Eve!
Best of Luck!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Vintage Black Friday and a Blogiversary!

My vintage booth hussy Helga pitched a raging fit
to let me allow her to participate in
Vintage Black Friday
over at Gypsy Brocante, so to keep peace in the family, 
I allowed the old embittered floozy to play dress up just this one time. 
If I don't cater to her every whim, she rearranges my booth vignettes while I'm gone, 
so what choice did I have?

There ya go, you brazen manipulator, you.

You'll recall this is Helga in her more genteel state...

Happy Helga?
You likely grossed out all of blogville 
with your over-the-top, ghoulish frippery.
Ahhh well, at least now my booth finery is safe for yet another day!

To see all the other spooky, elegant, classic vintage black, head on over to

And now for something completely different (Python reference for Tom!)....

One of the absolute sweetest, more talented 
and heroically tireless bloggers I know celebrated her
on October 17! My birthday!


Just look at that pretty young bride and her handsome hubby!

We're all invited to her big
so head on over and get the scoop on how to enter her celebratory giveaway!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Friends in Junky Places

You know how you come across those people every so often
who instantly feel like family?
Who have kindred spirit sort of written all over them?
That's how it felt when I spent the better part of an hour today
chatting up a storm with the awesome Angélique of

We have an awful lot in common,
so conversation was hardly lacking.
She's an ER nurse, I'm a Respiratory Therapist,
so we both work in critical care settings.
She started blogging roughly the same time I did.
She loves junk, I love junk!
She's making big plans for her first ever show,
I just opened my first booth.
She's planning to show in Warrenton next Fall,
I'm going to be selling along with my pal Effie in the Spring!
Her husband is her biggest fan and most tireless supporter. Same here!

Love ya, sweetheart!

I'm not sure either of us came up for air, 
but we had a great conversation about our shared passion for junking, 
our big plans for the future, our hopes, dreams, fears. 
Heck, we even made plans for some
Thelma & Louise style junkin' trips!

I've had the pleasure of meeting so many incredible folk 
through this wonderful bloggy world....

Theresa of Garden Antqs Vintage
who was one of my first followers and biggest supporters.

The lovely Mindy of Primitiques 'n Poetry.

The equally lovely Troy (and Rod) of Junk Exchange!

And even though I've only talked to her via e-mails, 
our blog and the phone, I feel a real bond with the 
gracious and sweet beyond belief Ruth of The Beautiful Life.

Silly wabbit doesn't like having her picture taken, 
which is just, well, silly, since she's gorgeous. 
So this is the best I could do photo-wise. 
Go check out her online store, she has genuine drool-worthy wares for sale.

And then there's all my blog-roll buddies. Wanna talk? 
Just mail me, I'm always up for a phone call! 
(yeah, I'm lookin at YOUSue and Adrienne!)

And then there's Effie, and my new buds the Jett's at Fbg. 
Trade Days, and Linda at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, 
and Beth my cool booth neighbor at the Antique Mall, 
and Julie from Re-Run's, and Vickie and Bobby 
and the crew at Sunrise Antiques, and my pals at the Comfort Flea....
all folks I never would've met had I not embarked on 
this amazing junkin' journey just a few short months ago.

And it's only just beginning! That's the incredible part! 
Just imagine the laundry list of new friends I'm gonna have after Warrenton in the Spring?

So to all of the above, I thank you from the bottom of my heart 
for your friendship, your support, your inspiration. To friends not yet met, it's only a matter of time!

Edited to add: Apologies to my new BFF Angélique
for inadvertently cribbing this post title from you!
I knew I admired your style, now we know just how much! ;-)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I'm a White Wednesday Cheater

Confession time:
I have no white photos to share today,
but I don't want to miss White Wednesday.
So I'm cheating. Sort of.

See this banner with the white background?

I won it in the great 100th post giveaway that Cori 
from Starview Sonnet had earlier this month!
She sells these in her etsy shop along with other fab wares, 
here are two more examples of her handiwork up for grabs...



Aren't these great?
Head on over and tell her Anne sent ya!

In other non-white related news, I recently purchased 
this wonderful vintage 1950s pie server from Adrienne at The Flying Bee.

Get a load of the blinding white background I photographed it against!


Of course I had to have this, see the monogrammed "A"?

And so prettily packaged, too...

Hey, Adrienne's a rock star blogger, so why wouldn't she be a rock star etsy seller too, hmm?

Truthfully, if you want to see
the most absolute glorious whites
this side of Heaven rush over and see Shelley at Sweet Pea,
I think she pretty much wins this one hands down.
And for all the other White Wednesday (TRUE Whites!) 
participants, head over to visit Kathleen at

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