Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Very Quick Round Top Trip...

There is just no way to take a "Quick Trip" to Round Top. My friend Teresa and I decided to go up Friday and come home Saturday afternoon. Since it was a last minute idea, we lucked into accommodations but did not think we would need a trailer! WRONG! Gosh, I passed on so many wonderful things. As you can see by the last picture, my SUV was FULL! We only made it through a little over a half of Warrenton and simply ran out of room in the car. I told Teresa that we better go back and start picking up the stuff we had dealers holding for us as we needed to get an idea of how much more we could buy. Good thing we did, cause I am not sure we could have fit another item in that car. We slammed the doors shut and reluctantly headed for home. When we got home we had to stand guard as we opened each door for the stuff that had shifted to fall out. We had a great time and here are some pictures of just a few of the treasures we found. The plant stand with the towels is staying right were it is...on my back porch. I LOVE IT! I will post more pictures from the trip later.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Booth Updates...

Just some quick booth update pictures before I head out to Round Top! We sold a bed in one booth and that started a chain reaction in all 3. You decide to move a piece from one to fill in another...then you have a second hole. You move a piece to fill in there and...well, you get the idea. I am so excited to be on my way to Round Top. Just staying one night, but I can do a lot of damage in that short time.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I Did It Again...

Well, I swear every time that I am not going to buy things that don't truly go with the decor or our booths (basically painted wood, pink stuff and anything rusty). Then I run across this amazing wood bed and dresser for a really good price and it ends up in my car. I love the Victorian girl inlay on the head of the bed and on the foot board. Folks at the mall said that beds sell better made up, so we slapped on a Chenille spread! Now lets see if anyone else likes it as much as I did? And until I see something else that is pretty and cheap, I will not buy anything else that does not go with our booth decor!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Dresses of Ruby Grace's

Two years ago when we decided to try our hand at a booth in an Antique Mall, we invested some thought in what we would specialize in (I actually think we are still deciding that 2 years later). Mom and I used to shop at a mall in Arlington Texas. Our favorite dealer dealt in wonderful Victorian stuff. She had the greatest tulle prom dress that stood in front of her booth. It was priced very high and it was obvious that she was not interested in selling it...it was simply an eye catcher. It caught our eye every time we visited and it was fun to watch it catch other's. Mom and I decided that we would purchase a wonderful old vintage dress and have it standing at the front of our booth to be our eye catcher. To our surprise, there is a market for vintage 50's prom dresses (particularly around prom time) and have had to purchase several to make sure we always had one in our booth. Now with 3 booths, we have a variety of colors and fabrics. It is so fun to watch the girls and ladies approach our booths and "Oh" and "Ah" over these wonderful old dresses. Many comment on the dresses that they had as teenagers and how much these remind them of those. Many reminisce of the petite waistlines it takes to get into these dresses. I hear repeat customers showing new friends the dress that they love and saying, "There is my dress". Young girls have to touch and dream. A group of girlfriends recently took the dresses and put them in the middle of the floor and snapped pictures of each standing behind them. And around prom time, some get selected to re-visit a teenager going to the prom. I have attached pictures of a few of the dresses we have had over the last few years. I love them all!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Not so Fast Fall....

Well, the last official day of summer has passed and the Mall is filling up with fall colors...so what do we do???? Take everything we have that is yellow and green and redo a booth to look like Spring! We are such rebels. Oh well...I think it looks cute. Don't you just love the yellow dress...got several young girls stopping by today to admire. I always enjoy working on our booths and seeing how different they come out. We took out ALL the black and white industrial and started all over. Never comes out just like you planned (as my eyes are bigger than the booth), but a pleasant surprise when it is done. Now the proof will be in the sales. PS...Ignore the McDonald's cup in the first picture...not for sale (I forgot it was there when I took the pictures...ugh).

Monday, September 6, 2010

Getting Ready for the Hico Show....

I have been shopping for the upcoming Fall Hico Homestead Show on October 15th and 16th. The Spring show was GREAT and was my first attempt at doing a show. I am so looking forward to seeing all of the vendors and customers again. I am going with an industrial red, white, black and aluminum theme this time. I am taking the black and white stuff currently at the Mall and bringing in lots-o reds. As you can see, my garage is overflowing with Red! More details to come...but mark your calendars and make your plans. Going to be a wonderful show!