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Vintage Americana…It’s Who I Am

Vintage Americana...Because I Am

Vintage Americana… It’s who I amLet me just start off by saying that I grew up in the 1960’s.  My Parents were probably 20 years old, that’s really young,  when they built their first house.  Needless to say I grew up in a home with modern furnishings.  I will admit I grew to have a love/hate/hate relationship with avocado green and goldenrod yellow.  Which are two colors I still avoid to this day.

However, I am drawn to so many things vintage.  I love vintage jewelry and vintage coats.  I admire the simple straight lines of vintage furniture.  I love 60’s music; the Mamas and Papas, the Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Byrd’s.  I admire the playful patterns on Pyrex bowls and the exuberant colors of Fiestaware.  My own preference for vintage bowls leans to TexasWare.  TexasWare is made of melamine, a type of hard plastic.  They are light and durable.  They were made in a variety of colors and are highly collectable.  Thanks in part to Rachel Ray’s infamous garbage bowl.

I love the combination of chrome and vinyl dinette sets.  They remind me of the days when our family would stop in for dinner at the Airline Diner on old Hwy 61 just outside of New Orleans.  They also remind me of the many times my Dad would take the family to the Frostop, this is the actual place,  for Root beer Floats and Ice Cream Cones.  I remember they had car hops and the best root beer floats I have ever tasted.  They were served in frosted mugs…and the root beer was creamy and foamy and yummy!

Now I hope I haven’t given you the impression that my house is loaded down with vintage americana like this house or that I drive a Hippie Van.  On the contrary, I like including a single piece of vintage americana where you least expect to see it.  Which was my intent when I asked Mr. Clause for a 1961 light blue AM/FM Alarm Clock Radio for Christmas.  I had my eye on a 1940’s Hippo radio. Very funky and definitely a conversation starter.  But the little voice in my head reminded me that I would also need an alarm clock…the hippo is only a radio…which led me to be more practical.  If you can call buying a 1960’s vintage AM/FM Alarm Clock Radio practical.  Mr. Clause came through with the highly sought after vintage clock radio.

Vintage Americana...Admiral AM/FM Clock Radio

Now I realize that this little beauty isn’t everyone’s taste…but she reminds me of some very sweet memories I have of weekends spent sleeping over at my cousin’s house.  We would spend the days riding our bikes around the neighborhood picking thistles…why, I do not know…swinging as high as we could go on the backyard swingset…watching the late late movie and then crawling into bed and talking and laughing while listening to the radio until we fell asleep.

I am enamored with vintage americana because It’s who I am

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Holiday Home Tour Offers up a Vintage Americana Retro Christmas

This weekend is the Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour.  Each year the Heights Association hosts a holiday home tour featuring 6 area homes.  The homes vary in architectural style.  Each home is privately owned.  The homeowners open up their homes for 2 days and hundreds of people are allowed to meander through taking in each of the homes architectural style as well as the homeowners personal taste in home decor.

The first home we visited was a vintage time capsule and veritable treasure trove of vintage americana. This 2 bedroom cottage was built in 1920.  The homeowner is not only passionate about vintage americana but she is a collector in every sense of the word.  Her home is filled with coin-operated vending machines, mid-century home furnishings and Depression-era Fiesta dinnerware.

If you, like me love all things vintage then you would agree that this is the house to see on this years tour of homes.  From the large collection of vintage Christmas Americana including a large plastic nativity and a lighted angel choir to the working vintage coke machine in the kitchen to the Slender…eeze vibrating health lounger, this home has it going on.

Here is a little taste of the Holiday Home Tour  Vintage Americana Retro Christmas

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Life’s a stage…

Life’s a stage when you are in retail!  On moving day, I woke up early.  As you might imagine I was just a little bit excited to get started.  Me and my son began loading the trailer around 9am.  Because we had pre-planned the booth load in, loading the trailer was a piece of cake.  We loaded everything in about 30 minutes.  Before taking off we ate breakfast and I packed myself a light lunch.  We were on the road by 10:15.  The Antique Center is located in the neighboring town, about 30 minutes away.

Once we arrived we off loaded the large items and rolled them to my space which if I haven’t mentioned is a great location.  The big items were placed in their pre-determined spots and the boxes, bins and tubs were stacked around the booth.  My son hung the wall decor and adjusted an item here and there.  This took about an hour.  He was then off to work and to return the trailer.

I believe that one of the keys to being a successful retailer is merchandising your space so that shoppers can get a good overview of what you have to offer.  Then you need the hook, the one eye catching item that will draw them in a little closer.  I decided to stage my space to show off the items as well as give people ideas on how they can use the item in their own home.  It may take a little more time and a bit of creativity but I think it will help my space stand out.  And in an Antique Mall type setting where there are rows and rows of booths all selling vintage something or another you have to find a way to stand out in the crowd.  Staging is my answer

I began unpacking the bins and boxes and placing items around the booth. Working from left to right on each little stage set until it was just right.  Then, I would move on to the next vignette of items.  All the way around the space until it was 95% complete.  This took me until almost 3pm.  At which time I began attaching the tags to the items.  I am happy I had taken the time to write out most of the tags the night before.  Each tag consists of an item#, description, booth # and selling price.  Tagging all of the 100+ items in the booth took me until 5pm.  I was not finished but I needed safety pins for tagging the pillows.  I will finish up on my next visit.

The space still needs texture…woven baskets, wire crates, soft linens, cozy quilts, warm lighting and that one unique item that takes people by surprise.  I feel a treasure hunt coming on.

Here are a few pics of my attempt at staging my space…Life’s a stage!

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Evolution of a Junkers dream…

This is the evolution of a Junkers dream!  Does that line sound vaguely familiar to anyone else?  A great Segway to my next Music Moves Me post.  But I digress…

Before jumping in with both feet I read the best e-book, “Selling in an Antique Mall, A Beginners Guide, by Inis Lovely and Sue LaLumia”.  I found the content incredibly helpful.  There wasn’t a single question left unanswered at least not for a novice such as myself.  There were tips on 1)How to Choose an Antique Mall, 2)Setting up your Business, 3) Buying Inventory to Sell, 4) Get Ready to Move In and Sell and 5) Managing and Maintaining.

Looking over all of the vintage treasures I had collected and stored in our garage for the past year was overwhelming to say the least.  Where do I start? How much should I take with me?  What’s the first step?  No worries…the “Beginners Guide” was very clear on what should happen first, second, third and so on.  After choosing the right Antique Center for me and securing my space it was time to get organized.

On the recommendation of Inis and Sue,  we measured out and marked my booth size in the driveway.  Piece by piece we filled the “booth” with the overwhelming pile of stuff stored in the garage.  Little by little it began to evolve into a Junkers dream come true.

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Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Things are just getting started and I am already in desperate need of a coffee break…For the next 15 days I will be up to my ears in banquet planning, ordering, organizing, decorating and overseeing of certain responsibilities having to do with 8 nights of banquets.

I am also moving forward with a dream I have had for several years…I have rented a space in a local antique center.  I move in tomorrow… I had decided that it would be best to wait until the first of the year and then a premium space came available.  With timing being what it is and location being everything.  Having total support and encouragement from my hubs, I have decided to take a huge leap of faith.  I move in tomorrow!!!

Wish me luck and a coffee break!

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