Monday, April 25, 2011

The Fleeting Flea


Coming this Friday and Saturday in Overland Park, Kansas is the !st annual Fleeting Flea - Antiques and More Vintage Market.  My friends Dale and Steven from Redeux and Angie from Junie C's are putting on this wonderful show at the Round Hill Bath and Tennis Club around 91st & Nall Avenue.  I hope you enjoyed the sneak peeks!

Jennifer Bertrand, the season 3 winner of HGTV's Design Star, will be conducting workshops Friday morning.  This will be a wonderful show.  I'll update with pics this week as we prepare. 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Plight of the Antique Dealer

With the purchase of this fountain, I had a reality check.  It is way too heavy to haul around.  My smart husband suggests I sell it on craigslist.  I think he's right. 

I didn't pay a lot for it;  my zeal got the best of me! 

I've been absent from blogland, scarcely checking my bloglist, let alone posting.  This is the start of the busy season for me.  Because I live in the Midwest, we have warm weather from only spring through fall.  As a result, garage sales are only spring through fall. 

While some antique dealers around here buy year round from auctions and estate sales, only a few of us will admit the truth:  we buy our inventory from garage sales.

That being said, I've been busy with junking.  And now that I'm in 3 locations for selling my wares, I feel scattered.  Plus, next week is the Fleeting Flea in Overland Park, Kansas.  It's a 2-day show and I will blog about this on Monday.  If you live here, and even if you don't, this will be an awesome event.  My friend Antonia Roper from The Beehive, a soul sister, will be sharing a space with me. 

 In this business, there's got to be a way to "pay" myself on a semi-regular basis.  I haven't figured out how to actually make a living with this.  There's a balance and I have yet to find it.  I would appreciate comments.  I do take my business seriously, as does Uncle Sam.  I become slightly irritated when people say, "well, Diane, it's a nice hobby for long as you break even..."

I don't expect Target or Walmart or the dentist to break even.  Why should I when I spend a lot of time each month buying, fixing, painting, tagging, researching, and hauling?!  Thus the plight of the antique dealer...

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Good Company - the new digs

Two of my dear girlfriends and I have embarked on a new space in Good Company, a vintage boutique open the 1st and 3rd weekends of the month.  It also boasts a reservation-only dinner party on the 3rd Friday of every month.  And...the owner, Kelley Jones, also hosts private events there - 3 this week alone!

Enjoy the pictures!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

My Newest Quest...

Enid Collins is my latest obsession!  Her bags are wonderful and unique.  I purchased one today, but the straps are missing.  It is retro, called Brite Owl.  All the beads are present and when I fasten new handles, I will show the pics.  Now I'm on a quest for other vintage Enid bags!