Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sam The Coonhound

I'm not gonna lie, I have a special soft spot in me for hound dogs. I think it has something to do with those long, cutie patootie ears? Umm yeah, it's gotta be the ears.  The rescue group that we adopted our own hound dog from, now has this sweet boy!  I heard wonderful things about him and I would love to help find him his new home.  He reminds me a lot of one of my favorite hound dogs on the web.....Maddie The Coonhound!  She is awesome and I wonder if Sam the Coonhound is also good at balancing on things?

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Not much is known of Sam's past as he was found and no one came to claim him.  But you can read all about what we do know of Sam on his petfinder page...Sam wants to be your buddy!

It's all about those ears!

MaryDeluxe

Thursday, September 12, 2013

My First Show

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Back in August Sgt and I packed up our vintage things and did our first ever antique show!  The antique show was located at our local county fair grounds and the spots were free this year so Sgt and I decided to give it a go!  We packed up the truck and we moved to the fair!  Here's where it gets a bit tricky.  I'm not gonna lie, I was very upset when I got there and discovered our booth space was located in the old tractor building in the far back dark, dirty corner...the county fair was held there the week before...can you say dirty?!.   Ummm hello,  there were only two other dealers in the middle of the barn and no dealers in the front part.  Who was gonna walk the whole way to the back just to see me???  So, after a bit of discussion we were allowed to move to the front section and  given all the space up there to do what ever we wanted with it!   Lets just say I went home and got out my vintage party lights and pink flamingos because we had now proclaimed our little barn as the "party barn"!  We brought the glider plus the patio table and chairs ...and yes, I even sold one of my fab 50's patio umbrellas to a Deluxeville reader!  See, I'm SO not a hoarder! hahaha

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I will just say, I brought the vintage clothing!  I cleaned out my closet...much to Sgt's delight and brought it all down to the fair grounds!  Hats, purses, men's, women's, children's...you could find it all in my booth!  We took up three whole spaces with all our goods...plus some space opposite the booth. I even built a changing room from PVC pipe just for the show!    I really wanted to bring an exciting booth to the show....something in the way of Farm Chicks show booths...after all I am an East Coast Farm Chick, right?! 

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Having fun at the antique show!  Even met a DeluxeVille blog reader!! Cool!! Sold them my awesome 1950s patio umbrella...yes, I parted with one! :)

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Here's a few things I learned by the time it was all said and done!  
~Doing shows are a lot of work!
~Vintage clothing and mid-century doesn't sell to older clientele but the few and far between younger generations loved it!
~Get more sleep and worry less!
~You might not always make a bunch of money but you'll meet some really awesome people!
~Being in an old barn is great, when you are right up front and can put on a show.
~Charming husbands come in handy, it's way important to have a partner!


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Over all, I received a lot of nice compliments on the booth from different people. Every show is different and what didn't sell here for me might have sold really well some where else and vice versa. I had other dealers offer me lots of great ideas about places to try out.  It was a great experience and we are talking about trying again next year...we'll just need to invest in a box truck or something, I vote for vintage camper!!

MaryDeluxe

Sunday, September 1, 2013

What I'm Collecting Now: Feedsack Quilts

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I've never been much of a quilt collector.  I think simply because I could never afford the price when they would come up at the local PA auctions I would attend.  I would often sit by and watch as the Mennonite and Amish women fought it out for antique quilts and vintage linens.  They had good taste and deep pockets.  Though I was never able to purchase a vintage quilt at that time, I've always enjoyed seeing the designs and fabric used in making them.   Feedsack patchwork quilts have always been my favorite.  I love the random cotton fabrics used and the crazy stitched designs. I also happen to love a well worn and broken in quilt.  Why you may ask?  See above and times those two by a bunch more beasties.  I like using my vintage treasures and I prefer them to not be perfect.  It takes some of the guilt out of any accidental destruction that might some how occur with daily living.  Yes, that's right....imperfect means, no quilt guilt for me!

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I happened across an auction the other month and was finally able to snag a few quilts at really good prices. Don't get me wrong, there was still competition for them when they came up, but the prices didn't go that high.  I discovered later from talking with some of my friends in the "dealer scene", that quilts just don't have the demand that they use to have. They're just not hot right now around here!  Well now, I guess this means it's the time for me to start my awesome feed sack quilt collection! Five out of six cats agree that this is a most excellent idea.  The dogs don't care, they'll lay on anything!


The quilt below, I fell in love with because of the most fab fabric on it's backside.  Oh did I happen to mention I also love a quilt with not one but two awesome sides.  Please don't give me a boring backside, Momma likes some fun colorful fabric junk in her trunk!  Like pretty seafoam green and pink!


 
I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for more vintage quilts in my future! Now's a great time to start picking them up for fairly decent prices. 

Happy Collecting.

MaryDeluxe