Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A long overdue post and a BIG announcement. . .

I've been thinking a lot lately about passion. Thinking about what happens when there's passion behind what you do each day and what happens when it's no longer there.

The truth is I have spent the past couple of years pursuing new passions. I have been on the road, buying and selling vintage and antique goods - and loving every minute of it. I have been presenting at the Country Living Fairs on creative re-purposing, sharing my home and spaces, and creating with different mediums and in different ways than I ever have before.

But this all means I have been leaving something behind.

I spent more than 12 years in the scrapbooking industry, 6+ building my own brands and retail website. I saw and experienced a lot of passion and excitement in this industry, but I've also seen a lot of changes. Change isn't necessarily a bad thing, but when those changes move in a different direction than you are feeling led, it just doesn't work anymore.

So here is my big announcement about what is ending, but read until the end to see what is to come . .

Beginning January 2015, we will no longer be continuing with the scrapbook themed kits on our website, JBSMercantile. This means that after December, there will no longer be a monthly Papercrafting Kit, Artisan Kit or Antiquarian Kit, nor will there be a Design Team (or Design Team gallery). We will be having a huge JBS product and past kit sale in December, and only a few of these items will remain for sale on the site in January. You will however continue to see us at a few of the scrapbook conventions on the east coast in 2015.

Change is hard - but I have a lot of great things in store for the new year!

We will be continuing with the Crafted Kit (as a membership or as a one-month purchase) into the New Year, whereas many of these kits will have a Papercrafting base. We will also be deleting and adding new products to the general store and our Flea Market will continue to get bigger and better as well. But what I'm most excited about is the introduction of a new monthly addition for which we will begin teasing in December. For now however, I can tell you that if you loved our Antiquarian Kit, this addition will make your heart flutter!

So as we plan for January, here are a few things you need to know -

  • If you have a current subscription to the Papercrafting Kit, this will no longer be valid in January and monthly billing for this kit will cease.
  • If you have a current subscription to the Crafted Kit, this will remain intact as this kit will be continuing to be billed and shipped from January 2015 on.
  • The gallery section of our website will be removed in January. This means that any images from the gallery that you would like to have as reference need to be cut and pasted to your personal PC by then. We will continue to offer great ideas as well as providing a space for you to do so on all of our social media outlets.
To say I am thankful for all of you who have shopped our site and shows for the past several years (many of you having monthly subscriptions since the beginning) is an understatement. None of this would have worked and will not work without you and I am forever and eternally grateful. What I can tell you is that I'm committed to working with passion and to bringing you a product(s) that I would love to buy, and projects that I would love to create. That is my pledge for 2015. I hope you will come along for the ride! Stay tuned  - 
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Monday, November 24, 2014

The Things I Keep Monday. . .

For this Monday, it's more tiny treasures.  Surprise, surprise.  I often tell people that I'm the "Queen of Littles" and nothing could be truer.  Of course I have plans for every tiny thing I buy (maybe if I spent less time buying and putting away, I might actually have more time to create).  Sound familiar?? 

Happy Monday!  I have a big announcement this week so be sure to check back.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Maybe I should rename this post. . .

"The Things I Kept This Week" - I seem to be having some trouble keeping up with "Monday"!

So this week my share, as suggested, is also from the house we picked in Atlanta (story in last week's post).  Something to add to my rather large tobacco collection.  I'm assuming this was a device possibly used to measure tobacco??  I'm unsure- maybe you know?  Nonetheless, it had advertising and it provided storage so it had me at hello.

If you are not already, be sure to LIKE my new Facebook pages.  I have a personal page (Jenni Bowlin) where I am mostly posting my Instagram feed too and we have a page for our new house pop-up show in Mt. Juliet, TN - A Vintage Affair at Haven Farm.  We will be doing some ticket giveaways and otherwise on both Instagram and Facebook soon, so don't miss out on the fun!!
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Friday, November 14, 2014

15th Flea Market . . .

So this Flea Market release aims to please - some Fall/Thanksgiving offerings for those of you still decorating for the big feast and some Christmas/Holiday preview items for those who already have their Christmas tree up (you know who you are).  Here's a brief run down in pictures. . .

Old Cigar Tins. . .

Vintage green dice still in the box. . .

an adorable leaf tray set. . .

an even more adorable Christmas house set. . .

a vintage Santa blow mold. . .

two turkey planters. . .

a super cute vintage typewriter (American Flyer brand) . . .
and lot's more.  All available tomorrow at noon central at

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Feeling Like a Road Trip???

We have now officially launched our first ever event at our little farm in Mt. Juliet - A Vintage Affair at Haven Farm!  We have set up a new Facebook page (A Vintage Affair at Haven Farm) and in the process I now have a personal page as well.  Who would have thought??

If you feel the need for a little Christmas cheer in early December, why not get in the car and come join us!  Details are below, with more to follow this week (some special notes on Saturday that scrapbookers may find intriguing).  For now, browse our flyer and check out our list of vendors below that - more information on each will be shared as we get closer to the event, but LIKE us on Facebook to see all of the updates as they unfold!

Featured Vendors Include:

JBS Mercantile – Vintage and Antique Goods, Handmade, Fresh Greens
The Decorologist, Kristie Barnett – Vintage Goods
Ruffled Linens – Heirloom Linen Pillows, Bedding, Banners and Stockings
B Sullivan Calligraphy – Art Prints, Stationary and Custom Stamps
Findings – Vintage Re-Purposed Jewelry
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