Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Switching Gears to an Occasional Shop

For a loooooooooong time, I have wanted to switch our shop to an occasional shop. Until yesterday, we were open 5 days a week. Since our shop depends on vintage items and handmade/upcycled craft projects, and since I run the shop alone, being open 5 days a week was a real drawback.

I need to be out picking to keep fresh antique & vintage treasures coming in. Bless his heart, George would go out picking once in a while, but I hated to have him take time out of his busy schedule to do that on a regular basis.

And I need to keep crafting. I have so many ideas floating around in my head, and I have lots of supplies on hand. But no time when I'm so tied down to the shop.

I have always wished for a barn just outside of town to do once a month events. But the cold hard reality is that I am never going to find that setting, and even if I did, I wouldn't have the money to buy it.

I was afraid doing the once a month thing in my location in town wouldn't go over well. George would say, "why not?" And I would tick off my list of reasons.

Then one day I couldn't think of a reason.

Let's do this!

I'm very excited. I'm thrilled to know I now will have much more time for picking and crafting. We are putting our plan into action immediately.

This Friday & Saturday, we will have a storewide 20% off sale to clear out some inventory. This will make room for all the new things coming in. (Sale excludes eggs, jelly and bath & body products). If you have been thinking about buying something we currently have, I would advise you to do it then. By the time we are open again in July, it may not be there even if it hasn't sold. We walked around the shop one day, coming up with lots of upcyling ideas for many of the current items. So, what you see right now may have taken on a whole different look in July.

Speaking of new looks, that is the idea of the occasional shop. Our goal is to have a whole new look each month, with lots of new treasures. This may turn out to be more work than being open 5 days, but luckily, George and I both like to create and go junkin', so this should be fun. Exhausting maybe, but fun.

Note that we will be open each weekend in December until Christmas. Gotta take advantage of the Christmas shopping season. Santa needs somewhere to shop!

We spent last evening re-doing the display windows. I took pics, but it was getting dark, and they didn't turn out well at all. So, I'll take more pics in the daylight, and post those later.

If you are one of our egg buyers, we want to accomodate you. Knock on the door on Tuesdays from 11-2, and I will have eggs to sell. I'll be in the shop, working in the background. You can also buy them from Howard Family Farms on Saturday mornings at the Wheeling Farmer's Market. It's held in the parking lot of St. Mikes on National Road in Wheeling.

The occasional shop concept has become quite trendy. We hope and pray we can do it justice. Wish us luck!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

We are the Mom and Pop of our Mom and Pop Shop

Since it's National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day, it's a good day to reintroduce ourselves.
We are George & Barb, and we opened our shop in 2002.

What a ride! 

Some days are incredibly rewarding.
Some are incredibly frustrating.

Most fall solidly in the middle, and that's just fine.

We have met so many great people.
Picked some really cool stuff.
Smiled when the cool stuff went home with great people.

If you haven't had a chance to stop in yet, we hope you will soon.
Find us at 318 Jefferson Avenue in Moundsville, WV.
Hours are Tue - Fri 10-5, and Sat 10-2.
Follow us on Facebook for lots of updates, and any notices on hours changes for bad weather or vacation. Or the occasional days we close to go pickin'.

The struggle is real. Be open, or go pickin'. Sometimes pickin' wins. 


Also look for us on Instagram, for a glimpse into both our shop life and our farm life.

Full disclosure: this photo is from LAST spring. We haven't had decent enough weather yet this spring to set that much stuff outside. But hopefully soon!

Spring can't hide forever!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Buy it Before Someone Else Does

I lost count of how many times this happened lately, especially last week.
Someone will come in, and start looking around with a puzzled expression.

Then they realize what they came back to get has already sold.
To someone else who loved it, but didn't hesitate.

Ah. Shoot.

By the way, are you on Instagram?
So am I!
Find me here.

I'm still new there, and learning my way around, but what fun!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Fun with Frames

Frames aren't just for photos anymore!
Are you familiar with Sheldon on Big Bang Theory?
And his Fun with Flags series?
Here's my version of Fun with Frames...

I started playing around with our vintage frames the other day, hanging them on the wall, then looking for something to hang in them. There are no end to the possibilities.

I like how the star on the oval frame. Fun look!
And the black frame really makes the cotton ball wreath pop.

I painted the flower sign on a slab cut on our saw mill. It juuust fit inside the wood frame.

The basket on the wall is a freezer basket. I should have placed something in it, but.... I was getting tired and just didn't! ha!
What is that behind the smaller cotton wreath you ask? I'll tell you. It's a treadle off a sewing machine cabinet. Cool architectural piece!

A sheep painted on an old pair of sheep shears. Seems appropriate!

And another sheep painted on an old heart shaped baking pan. I like to paint sheep.
Can you tell?

I ran out of wall space before I ran out of frames! 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Thinking Spring

After a long winter with very little sunshine, I'm thinking spring.

It's been fun to marry pretty flowers and old junk like this coffee pot without a lid.

And these old boots that almost went in the garbage.

And this sheep almost went in the garbage too. It has a bit of a hole on the underside of it, but tucking it in a tool box full of flowers took care of that problem.

Hydrangeas. Enough said. 

Here's a perfect trio. Greenery, cotton balls, and rusty stars.

I bought this rack at a flea market, and had no idea what it was. The lady said it was for Longaberger baskets. Aha. Those I don't have. But, how about some fun cotton balls? A unique farmhouse style piece! 

The boots are new, and made for walkin'.
Walkin' down the aisle!
Our daughter-in-law wore them for her wedding, but they didn't fit quite right, so she has them for sale.

The box was made by my dad; it was our toy box when we were little.
Our grandson used it recently, but none of us really have room for it.
So, under the category of You Can't Keep Everything, we sighed and decided to sell it.
It's time for someone else to enjoy it, hopefully as much as we did.

It can be so hard to let go of the past!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Vintage Bottles

We were getting very low on old bottes in the shop.
Then we hit the jackpot.

We had a "in the right place, at the right time" moment.

Those brown ones are cool. I have no idea what they are. Beer bottles maybe?

Ah, these I know. Coca Cola.

So much character in each bottle.

And that tray (strainer?) above them ain't bad either!

Old green bottles may be my favorite.

Which ones are your favorite?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Grandma's Kitchen

There's something about vintage kitchenware...

Sometimes we get something in, and I have no idea what it is. Such was the case with the scissors like item in the front. Thanks to several followers on my Facebook page, I learned it is a meatball maker. Why didn't I think of that?

Love, love, love blue canning jars. Clear ones too, but blue? Be still my heart.

So pretty in pink, despite the crack. That just adds character.

I can almost smell the pies and cakes baking.

And the cookies.

The old metal utensils had so much more charm that our modern day plastic ones.

Ahh. Grandma's kitchen, a walk down memory lane.

Switching Gears to an Occasional Shop

For a loooooooooong time, I have wanted to switch our shop to an occasional shop. Until yesterday, we were open 5 ...