Thank you Betsy for giving me a new, clean look! I will be adding all of my show destinations for the year along the sidebar this weekend, so take a peek soon - I may be coming to your neck of the woods!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The much anticipated kit designed by Kara Garber from McMaster and Storm will hit our on-line shelves tomorrow the 15th at 10:00 a.m.! This kit is LOADED - not only with items perfect for your scrapbook pages and mixed media projects, but also for cards and gift wrapping. You will get a vintage Murray's paper bag stuffed with Ephemera and a vintage butter box that includes a glass bottle, pharmacy tin and two clip on price tags. See website tomorrow under Limited Edition Kits for full listing. . .
And as always, the Flea Market will be loaded with new "old" offerings such as these two new collections. . .
Cameras. . .
Extra large, frame-able, Ginn and Co. Flash Cards. . .
Notary Seals. . .
Scales. . .
Ephemera and so much more . . .
And don't forget - for the month of May only, Hodge Podge Books (3 styles total) are on sale for only 3 bucks!
Posted by Jenni Bowlin at 9:02 AM
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Years ago I read an article in Country Living on a quaint little store in Ohio called McMaster and Storm. I told myself that I MUST get there someday, but alas, I did not make it before they closed their doors. However, I had heard a rumor that they were setting up at the Country Living Fair in Ohio so I made plans to go and fell in love with Kara Garber's aesthetic (and the fair itself - and as they say, the rest is history)!
It is safe to say I have stalked Kara ever since and convinced her to design and supply the materials for a McMaster and Storm exclusive kit that I could offer my customers. This kit is coming to Mercantile on the 15th and will be full of Kara's treasures, collected from auctions, general stores and the like.
Here's a little peek (and while the scale isn't included, we do offer these often - keep an eye out)! . . .
I wanted to share Kara's bio, in her own words! You can find her Etsy shop here. (Be sure to pick up the heavy duty Italian tiny stapler, with beautiful brass staples)!
Kara is the co-founder of McMaster & Storm, a once upon a time a brick & mortar shop. Then along came babies, so we closed our shop! We continue doing shows and the Etsy shop plus, occasional events at our historic brick farmhouse.
I love old things! The patina and history get me every time. I would much rather peek into decaying building and poke my nose in odd places to dig for old things that take me back in time. Paper ephemera is one of the things I always keep an eye out for.
Forget the mall, let's go to the flea market!
Posted by Jenni Bowlin at 7:00 AM
Monday, May 06, 2013
I just wanted to share something "oh so clever" from the amazing Connie Mercer (www.craftygoodies.com). . .
As you may or may not know, we almost always have a variety of vintage metal drawers in stock in the Mercantile Flea Market of all various shapes and sizes (the ones shown here are all in stock). Connie took 3 different versions and stacked them to make this "sweet" organizer. I love to see things given new life and I love to see how people interpret things differently. I would have never thought of this. Thanks Connie!
Posted by Jenni Bowlin at 2:33 PM
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The sun is shining in TN (finally) and so are our newest kits at Mercantile, set to debut tonight at midnight central time! Here's a peek of what we have in store. . .
A summer-infused Papercrafting Kit full of bright colors and travel themes to pull us all out of the Winter blues. . .
I love how Lisa isolated the little girl silhouette on vellum here using this month's bonus cut file. . .
This month's Artisan Add-On is extra special because it has a hand cut stamp designed and crafted by none other than our own Louise Nelson (lucky us)!. . .
The Antiquarian Add-On is full of wonderful Ephemera in bright colors that blend perfectly with the main kit. . .
I love how Dina used the German Foil bugs here in her art journal (looking for an old ledger to call your own? Look no further than our Flea Market with new options going live on the 1st). . .
Our Historian Add-On this month coordinates beautifully with all of the other kits but can also be used alone to create quick and easy pocket pages. . .
And our Mini Album Kit this month, designed by the amazing Amanda Jones, is a large travel journal - set it up before you leave on your summer expeditions!. . .
Our Flea Market this month will be stocked and ready with more painted doorplates, cameras, ledgers, Ephemera and so much more. . .
And finally, our Dime Store Deal for May are the JBS Hodge Podge Books. 3 styles to choose from - each just 3 bucks (that's more than 60% off of the original price). Use them as a quick gift book or use the pages separately on various projects. At this price, grab more than one and do both!
May is here!
Posted by Jenni Bowlin at 4:38 PM