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Thursday, July 31, 2014

finally friday

thank god it's the weekend.



this weekend has been so incredibly busy i have left the house before the sun has come up and returned home after it has set.

i'm looking forward to a weekend of getting to putz around the house and get some chores done and maybe hit up a few flea markets. i am looking for a mirror for the penthouse bathroom, a few things for the penthouse kitchen and a few things to re sell. i also want to do some canning, some pickling and work in my garden.

we'll see how much that gets done. it's nice to have a weekend where we are not quite sure what is going to happen yet!

i'm just super glad it's here!

now i just have to decide which farmers market to go to.... holland (pictured) grand rapids or both? I picked up these amazing glads from the holland glad growers. aren't the colors stunning!?!?





abby's outfit







hang on

Hey guys!

Sorry I missed my post this morning but I left my house at 630am so i could pick up a fabulous midcentury hutch before work today!

i'll be back to regularly scheduled programing tomorrow but in the meantime.... come to our vintage sale tonight!

details here on the Facebook page! 


Here are some preview pics!


























Wednesday, July 30, 2014

how to shop a flea market, abby style

flea markets are fun, exciting and addicting but can be a bit over whelming. it's important to have a plan, strategy and supplies. 

let's talk a bit about strategy, supplies and etiquette at flea markets shall we? 

first lets touch on what to bring. 

this can make or break your shopping experience. the most important thing is COMFY SHOES. don't try to  be the most stylish gal in the field. wear comfy shoes or it could seriously cut your trip short. especially if you are in the market for larger pieces. you should NEVER carry big furniture pieces in flip flops (although i think we're all guilty of it at least once) 



dress in layers! a lot of times flea markets start early in the morning and if you are like me, you can shop until late afternoon. i usually like to wear a lightweight long sleeve shirt with a short sleeve underneath and capri length jeans. unless it's july, then i usually wear a sundress because it allows me to keep cool and move around with ease (with my boots or tennis shoes of course). i also bring a hat from time to time depending on the sun. 

speaking of sun, wear sunscreen! you don't realize how quickly you can burn and nobody likes a "flea burn" you walk around with your head tilted down looking at items so your neck and back of your ears burn. no fun. wear sunscreen. 

a lot of how you dress is based on weather so be sure you check before you leave. 

a few other things to bring are tote bags. a lot of vendors do not have bags just packing material. i usually bring my cart or a few reusable totes so i can take only a few trips to the car instead of every time i buy something. 

bring cash! a lot of vendors do not accept checks anymore and there are usually no ATM's in the facility. i usually bring about $300 if i'm looking for larger items and $100 if i'm shopping for smalls. i bring my checkbook as back up in case i do run out of cash. 


now that we have covered what to bring. lets talk strategy. 

there are two different ways to shop. leisure or on a mission. 

leisure shopping is great. low pressure. wander around. strategy people are people looking for specific things. <-- div="" how="" i="" nbsp="" shop.="" usually="">

bring a list! it's easy to forget what you are looking for once you arrive because there is so so so much stuff! i also bring a short list of things i'm looking for. (storage pieces, shelving, display pieces etc). 

along with a list of items you are looking for bring measurements! i usually keep a list in my phone of pieces i'm looking for along with the measurements they need to be. that way you are not hauling home a big dresser that isn't going to fit. etc. 



stick to the rows. you'll miss a bunch of things if you don't stick to a particular path! a lot of markets will offer a map when you pay to get in. use it! (PS if you go to the markets website you can usually find an entrance coupon). 

keep a list of where things you buy are located. if i buy a larger piece of furniture and leave to pick it up later. WRITE IT DOWN. write the booth number down along with what it's next too. I have accidentally left things behind before because i didn't write it down! 

Lets talk about etiquette. 

this is a big important one. with the rise of popular shows such as "picker sisters" and "american pickers" they have given tips for making deals. 

as someone who sells in west michigan, they are most likely high when they give these tips. i'm not even kidding. 



here is the biggest mistake about negotiating price: assuming that you have to negotiate on the price. 

yes it's fun to haggle and barter but only if the price is worth haggling over. 

here are some tips for price negotiations. 

be polite. please please please do not walk up and offer a dealer half the price of what it's listed for. 

a lot of television shows and magazines will tell you to do that. i'm telling you, they are not dealers, they are writers and have no idea what goes in to providing items to sell. 

imagine if you worked an entire day and your boss said. hey i know that you came in, did what i asked you to do but i actually want to offer you half of what you think you deserve. 

you would be insulted right? 

when you see an item for sale usually the dealer drove to a sale, picker etc (gas $$) took home the item, cleaned it up (time) fixed it, painted it (more time and $$) and gave up more time to sell and paid for a space (more $$). most items dealers are not making a killing on so offering half price is down right insulting and will most likely get you nowhere. not even a counter offer. 

do your research on the items you are after. if you think an item is over priced or priced too high, rather than offering a price. ask the dealer can you do any better? or is this your best price? 

this could usually be done on items that are priced OVER $10. if you want a deal on smaller items ($10) try bundling. 
Exampling: i found a few small valentines in a box that i thought were so cute. they were priced at $2 each which i thought was a little steep. the gentleman had a big box of them and they didn't really seem to fit with the rest of the stuff he was selling. i asked him if he could give me a deal on the entire box. sure enough for $15 i walked away with about 50 valentines and he got money. i let him come up with the price though. 

it's ok to haggle but be realistic. if an item is priced fairly and you know it, just pay it! don't try to get the dealer to lower on a fair price because they most likely know it's a fair price. 

please do not think these picking "reality" shows are reality. they're not. 

When you get home

my favorite favorite thing to do after a flea market is going home and emptying my car into the yard and looking at all my treasures. it's just putting them away that i hate. i never liked putting away my toys..... 

i hope that this has helped you understand flea's a little more. maybe i'll see you out in the field! 










Tuesday, July 29, 2014

on the fringe


i am on the mend from last night. no not sick, not hung over just totally totally tired. my sister and i random road tripped it to detroit last night for the justin timberlake concert. omg. it was one of the absolute best performances i've ever seen. like...ever. his moves, the music, the band, the interaction with the crowd...was amazing. if you get a chance to go to his concert GO. 

these photos were snapped earlier this week while in ludington. this summer has been really strange weather wise. usually in july you can expect 100 degree days..we have yet to break 90 (which i'm totally ok with!) being in northernish michigan you never know what to really expect so i bring layers. 

i picked this fringe free people tank up at macys on sale! it is a great layering piece for these cool summer nights. i paired it with a denim button up because a card would just seem to formal and heavy. 

i also got these ag denims on sale at anthropologie. i'm usually a strictly ag denim girl but at the ak rikks sale i branched out and picked up a hudson and j. brand pair (as well as these tory burch sandals). the denim i am wearing is a mid rise boot cut with stretch. i love how ag's always fit around my legs and waist. they stretch but never get too baggy. i highly recommend them. if you've never tried ag denim, give the stevie (only at anthropologie) a try or for a looser fit, the tomboy or piper. 

now back to work and trying to stay awake....









abby's outfit
pale pale skin: my dad's side 


Monday, July 28, 2014

weekend recap

and just as fast as this weekend came, it went just as fast.

as you know i skipped allegan this weekend. it was hard for me to do because i do not like to give up opportunity. but sometimes you have to take care of your mental health first you know?

plus my camper needs some maintenance before she takes the journey to allegan. which i just took as a final sign.

of course now i'm kicking myself because i'm seeing everyones amazing finds!

however it was a much needed relaxing and work weekend. if we didn't go this weekend we wouldn't be able to get there for the next two weeks.

we headed out right after work friday and got to town around 8pm. we headed to the antler for dinner and headed back and just crashed. saturday morning we went into hart and joe picked up supplies at the hardware store i went to an amazing estate sale in downtown hart. it wasn't amazing from the standpoint of i found a lot, the house was amazing. it had all the original wall paper and it was a different pattern in every single room. it was incredible! i just wanted to steal it right from the walls.

we headed back to the penthouse to get to work. we had to reframe a part of the bathroom ceiling so that we could hang the bathroom light to the ceiling. well we pretty much had to build a ceiling for a ceiling light.

while joe did that i moved a vintage locker unit i found last summer into the house so that we could start putting away supplies, cleaning products, bug sprays etc and not having them lay everywhere. warning: cleaning an old locker set is a pain in the ass. there are so many tiny spaces, holes, and nooks to scrub. it took me almost two hours to get it completely clean but i think it will look super cute once the walls are painted white.


saturday night we packed things up and headed to home depot in ludington to asses some project costs (new shower, new door and door frame). we then headed to barley and rye again which is quickly becoming my favorite restaurant in the area. maybe even better than the antler or over the moon deck that has the lobster nachos. 

you guys, the burritos were so so good. it's a very limited menu (taco, burrito, rice bowl or nachos) and then you select the meat, toppings (which are all fresh) lets talk about having a smoked brisket burrito. seriously. 









as you can see we destroyed that burrito. omg so amazing. 

we headed back and met up with some friends at the antler then headed back to the penthouse. sunday morning we woke up read. thought church on the green started at 10:30, false it was 9:30 so we sat outside at the coffee shop and people watched. chatted with a few friends watched a friends boat come in and then headed back to work. we hung some more paneling walls in the house and i cleaned and gutted the kitchen and got that ready for redoing. 



after a good afternoon of working we took a little bike ride to the beach then to the antler for wing zing sunday nights with a group of people then sadly, made the trek home to the real world. 

and here we are! 

happy monday everyone!