Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Kits For September - On Sale Tonight!!!

It's the last day of the month which means new kits hit Mercantile tonight at midnight, central time!  This month's kits are FULL of new product from JBS as well as some of our favorite fellow manufactures.

The Papercrafting Kit is bright and cherry and includes in part, new Crate Paper, Jillibean Soup, Prima and Maya Road (with some of my new JBS favorites as well). . . (and P.S. - our Papercrafting Kits have been selling out by the 2nd day the past few months so don't delay)!






This month's Project Kit is a fun Halloween themed canvas board complete with a row of vintage Poison Label houses featuring our new JBS Number Brads and House Chipboard Shapes.  I plan to set mine on an easel right next to my candy bowl this year.  Complete it this month and have the entire month of October to display it!  Look for more Halloween fun coming on the 15th. . .



This month's Artisan Add-On Kit . . .


And this month's Antiquarian Add-On Kit (the "Red Wagon" labels are adorable)!!! . . .


See you tonight!
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

An awesome junking weekend. . .


If you are into the whole estate sale/pickin thing, then you know that there are good weekends and bad weekends.  I am not a big "yard saler" but I do look every week at several different sources to see what people list.  If it's not too far and they say they may have some antiques then I try to hit it.  Of course the definition of vintage or antique varies greatly from one person to another (ha!) so sometimes it is a big waste of time doing this.  And time seems to be the thing I have the least to give.

But this past week/weekend was a great one!  We first got into a sale early on Wednesday of a local estate.  I will share more about what we picked up there in later posts.  A really lovely lady and her stepfather.  I'm sure it was very hard for them going through the things that reminded them of their mother/wife who had passed 6 years ago.

Thursday we hit a couple of estate sales and found some great things and then tried to hit the flea market while vendors were setting up but we were still a bit early.

Friday we went back to the flea market and bought so much stuff we couldn't load it all into the truck.  We don't normally buy furniture, but with 4 shows coming up, we need displays.  More on that later as well. . .

Saturday we finally made it out to see Thurman.  Thurman was actually on an episode of American Pickers (the one with William Shatner).  He is an amazing artist and has a phenomenal collection.  He built his house and several out buildings all from reclaimed materials and they are amazing.  He was so kind and took us through every inch of his home.  I didn't know where to look first.  I saw things I had never seen and will never see again (and heard him quote prices he gave at auction that will never be seen again either)!  The photo above shows a few of the things I pulled from the upstairs of the house.  The ledger is amazing - 1800's writing filling every page.

We then headed out to the first out building.  As soon as he opened the door I saw an 8 foot+ store counter sitting on top of another table.  I immediately wrapped my arms around one of the legs and told Jared I wasn't leaving there without it (to which he said was a great negotiating tactic)!

And I didn't leave without it . . . also taking home with me a robin's egg blue medical cabinet, butter yellow shelf and the dark oak bookcase you see below.  We didn't make it into the largest barn and hope to go back before our Atlanta show.

I promise to share more photos when things aren't so tight.  We are seriously out of space right now and things are stacked tall.  We are also hoping to do a YouTube tour the night before both of the CL Fairs so I will keep you posted on that.

And if you are waiting to hear about the new kits over at Mercantile (including my fun new Halloween Project), that is coming tomorrow!
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Master gardeners. . .


Yep, we are that good.  Pumpkins in August.  Didn't you know that's how it's supposed to work?  We were thinking about having a "Pre-Halloween" party just so we could show them off before they begin to rot (which is already happening as I post this).  I guess we should have planted them a little later than everything else. . .but aren't they pretty?

We have been buying heavily the past two weeks for our upcoming shows.  I hope to get some more photos taken tomorrow.  We are seriously running out of room.  I'm not sure how we are going to store everything but we still need more inventory so we had better figure it out!  I bought a large box of 1850's - 1890's papers and letters today out of an estate and I can't wait to sit and go through it.  Hope to have that chance this weekend!
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

So proud. . .

As parents, from day one, we try to lead our children in the right direction.  We make decisions, set up boundaries, put forth rewards/punishments all in the hope of eventually creating a well rounded adult.  Truth is, while we have alot to do with the decisions they make as they become young adults, we can't make the decisions for them.  They have to start making their own choices.

So this morning when I was in Noah's room taking the sheets of his bed to throw in the wash, I noticed a yellow sticky note stuck to his alarm clock.  He had written it to remind himself that he needed to cut photos out of the newspaper today for a project deadline at school.  It sounds simple, but I was so proud!  Jared and I are both list makers and post-it note junkies.  It's how we manage to keep our insane lives somewhat organized.  The fact that this had registered with Noah on some level was very cool.

It's not that using a Post-It note = Productive Member of Society, but I think it's a good start!
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Some cool finds for the 15th release!!

Update - we had more than our share of technical difficulties this morning!  Only part of the release is up.  Give us till about 10:20 to get it all live.  My apologies!

Here's a preview for all of you (did you know you get to see them first?  We don't send out the newsletter until after they go up for sale to give my loyal readers first dibs.  If you haven't signed up as a follower be sure to do that today)!!  Everything is up for sale tomorrow beginning at 10:00 a.m. central time under Mid-Month Releases. . .

These are heavy paper bags that were used to hold tobacco (this is old new stock.  They were never used). .


 I love anything with numbers!  These are really cool pins that went on postal delivery worker's hats in the 1940's.  I happened to come across a big lot of them and got a great deal so I am passing that on to you.  They list for between $20 - $40 on eBay.

 Antique paper fountain pens. . .


A new vintage porcelain glove mold!  These have a slimmer profile than the last ones I sold.  They are in pristine condition with a shiny finish and great graphic text.  They also have a bit of a sturdier bottom. . .
Really cool extra large vintage veggie labels. . . 


Another antique album page, these have a beautiful gilt design and are in excellent condition for being more than 100 years old . . .


I have just a handful of these large vintage picture dictionaries. . .

These are original packages of soft pink plastic doilies!  These do not have open areas inside so they won't work for masking (unless you just use the outer shape) but they could be cut, or painted, etc.  So sweet. . .


And finally, we did a set of 3 of the XL vintage bank receipt pages that were in last month's sold out kit.  My supplier had another stack of them.  Get them while you can!!


I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Some of last week's finds. . .

An antique general store stamp set (these are individual stampers). . .

Vintage toasters (I believe they were used over the flame on a gas stove.  I use them as photo holders)!


Lots and lots of old photos and papers. . .

A mountain of folding rulers . . .


Still digging out.  It is so much like Christmas - unwrapping every package, wondering what's inside.  I will continue to share more photos into next week.

And the 15th is Monday so look for some new finds as part of our mid-month release including another glove mold that I came across - this one has a thinner shape, awesome text and numbers along the bottom, and a pristine finish.  You won't want to miss these!!


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Monday, August 08, 2011

Sweet Summertime. . .


Summer has been a blur to say the least.  The kids got out of school in early June and we hit the ground running the next day.  We had 3 retail shows, a week in MD to visit family, CHA, and then a week at the beach.  7 weeks of craziness - but that seems to be the only thing we know these days!

I hope to get back to my regular blogging this week.  I shopped the World's Longest Yard Sale (127) all last week, Monday - Sunday, driving an hour and 1/2 to 2 hours to and from each day.  I covered almost all of TN.  Found lots of treasures and will take some pictures tomorrow as I am still just trying to carry it all in the house, let alone unpack.  We have 4 shows this fall plus our one day sale here in Mt. Juliet so I need lots of inventory.  I found some great items for the kits and the 15th releases as well.  I hope to get my sidebar updated tomorrow with all of the dates and places.

Happy Monday!
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