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Posy Joins the Tiny Greenhouse

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So very happy to announce that Posy’s vintage wares can now be found at the lovely Tiny Greenhouse (@thetinygreenhouse), owned by Suzanne and Edgar, in Greensboro, NC!!  I’ve delivered them a whole host of creative vessels to compliment their huge plant selection: a vintage chicken feeder, mini wooden cabinet, tool caddies and a big, beautiful red metal tool box.

I first met this amazing duo at the Patchwork Market in Durham when Munny was a baby and my booth backed up to theirs. They’ve got young twin boys & were completely understanding of the chaos and challenge kids can bring at a market and to life in general.

Their sweet shop is a lush oasis (Our State Magazine calls it an “urban jungle!”) on a city block, filled to the brim with plants, local art, their own paper goods (ps. they’re wonderful artists to boot!) and eclectic vintage. It’s a heartfelt mash up of all their talents and passions under one roof. Speaking of that roof, the building was abandoned, windows broken, crummy carpet, etc and they took down walls, added windows and made a happy nook for all to enjoy!

There are so many fun gift ideas, like the little nook of quirky erasers, local jewelry, design books, vintage brass or beautifully modern ceramics to go along with their lush greenery.  Please stop by if you’re in the area, or even passing though, you will be all the better for it. I certainly am!

Benefits of Going Green With a Vintage Twist

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Did you know that house plants can lower your stress levels? They can also help you be healthier and heal faster. Other green benefits, as mentioned in this HGTV article, include: make our air fresher by removing pollutants, bump up our creativity and concentration, add oxygen and there’s evidence that plant owners are more caring and empathetic. Domain magazine mentions, “Plants help to increase our levels of positivity and make us feel more secure and relaxed. They can also help with loneliness and depression. Caring for a living thing gives us a purpose and is rewarding…”

Yes, please, to all of the above! I like to amp up the happy factor that plants bring into our home with either a classic terracotta pot for texture and simplicity, or, more often, a colorful vintage planter.  Succulents really pop against a cheery yellow McCoy planter! Over the last year, when I’m on the vintage hunt, I’m often drawn to planters…particularly, quirky animals or retro heads. Double the fun and dose of positivity in my opinion!

Posy has a whole stash of creative, colorful or classic planters now in the shop!

In case you need a little guidance when planting succulents, which seems to be the trend that just won’t quit, I found this article by Southern Living Magazine to be helpful. My local nursery walked me through the basics and my succulents have been rocking it! I started with a layer of charcoal and then filled the container with soil meant specifically for succulents (took away the need to mix in sand) and then I only water when the soil’s dry.

Now for the fun part! Pick out your plant and a fun planter and you’re on the way to healthier and happier days!

Here are some planter options in Posy’s shop…ranging from quirky ducks to classic McCoys:

New Year, New Finds

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One of my goals for Posy this year, is to have a very full inventory on Etsy, as well as a good stash ready for market.  So, even though it’s only January, I’m mapping out my buying trips, mostly for this summer and beyond. Late winter/spring is a great time for nearby estate sales and auctions.  I enjoy occasionally thrifting, but as I’m still limited on time with a preschooler, I find it’s more effective to go where I can buy a lot at one time. Another Posy goal, is to hone my “elevator pitch” regarding my vintage aesthetic and focus my buying and shop to fit.

There are things I’m always drawn to…books, planters, brass, linens, kitchen and those one-of-a-kind conversation starters…and I want to use this website and my shop, in general, to give you ideas on how to incorporate these pieces in your own decor and home. Vintage does the soul good, in my opinion, and gives your space a layered, lived-in feel which makes everyone comfortable…those living in it or your friends and family visiting. I never know what I’ll find, but as long as it fits under my “vintage comfort” umbrella, I’m going to do my best to get it into my shop to share with you!

A few lovelies currently in Posy’s Etsy shop to help you get cozy, entertain your guests and bring a little green into your space!

 

Vintage Art

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One of my favorite things to collect, both for Posy and for myself, is vintage art. My wonderful customers agree, as I’ve sold every piece I’ve ever acquired for Posy! A goal this year has been to amass a collection of my favorite finds, rather than just a painting here or there, or one thermos or globe, instead of a whole heapful. It makes for a better display and, of course, gives a Posy customer more options.  I’ve gotten really lucky with some fantastic buying trips, particiularly to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Springfield Ohio, and have got a beautiful selection of art in stock!

Hillsville, VA Memorial Weekend Flea

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It can take a lot of time and energy to buy vintage in bits and pieces, so I’m always excited when there’s an opportunity to shop a bunch of vintage at one time! Enter Hillsville, VA‘s huge Memorial Weekend flea. My dad and I made a weekend of it, staying with family in nearby King, NC and making the trek to Hillsville to shop Saturday and Sunday mornings. It was well worth the visit! At first, I didn’t see a whole lot of vintage and what I could find was priced for owning, not reselling, so I was a little dismayed. But then, we found a few great vendors and hunkered down to shop their collection. Planters, brass, metal furniture, colorful vases, quality toolboxes, a fantastic green metal cooler and the sweetest Formica children’s table and chair set (they folded!). Lots of friendly faces along the way and a relaxed vibe, perfect for picking!

Luckily, there’s parking directly across the street from the main flea market area (around $5 for the day). So we loaded up the wagon and would take trips. Was SO smitten when I saw this fun green metal cooler, what a perfect spot for chilling your party drinks!

I may have a slight addiction to vintage metal furniture! And any kind of creative storage, whether it’s a wicker laundry basket, wooden tool caddy or metal tool box. The biggie at the top of the wagon is a gorgeous turquoise carpenter’s tool box with all these great nooks and crannies for storing art supplies, party necessities or whatever little things need tucking away.

A little local flavor as we walked down the main drag to another lot full of vintage finds. They have tents and food trucks set up along the way. The doughnut booth looked particularly tempting!

While we’re admitting addictions, I should add vintage thermoses to the list! I hit the jackpot with one vendor who had a really fun collection. Recently, a bride in California bought a set of thermoses from Posy to use as part of her floral centerpieces. Always love hearing a new use for something old!

This is the gorgeous spot we got to stay over the weekend! The owner melded two old tobacco barns into one home and my cousin and her family are currently staying here while they build their dream home.

One vendor found a creative use for old suitcases in her mobile shop!

Overall, we had a wonderful time in Hillsville, VA! I’d definitely recommend sunblock, water and a wagon. Happy hunting!

Vintage Demystified

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I’ve been thinking a lot about vintage and what obstacles there might be for someone “new to the game” that could keep them from including vintage in their home.  I’m hoping through these journal posts and the pics posted on Posy’s Instagram account, I can show you the accessibility of vintage decor.  Common questions I get from Posy customers include “does it smell” and “is it soft?”  Posy’s mission is to sell vintage goods that are truly useful and/or add some personalized history to your home…minus the mildew, stale scents & sticky goo. My goal is for you to take your Posy treasure home from a market or have it delivered to your door, ready to go!

The whole point of buying vintage from a dealer, in my opinion, is that they’ve done the tough work…the finding, inspecting, cleaning, repairing, etc. and all you have to do is decide where to put it in your space!  I like a good patina, and I want my vintage to look like vintage, but I also don’t want to have to get a tetanus shot.  And I don’t want you to walk away from an amazing find because it’s so dirty you don’t even want to touch it.  What’s the point of that?!

Tools of my trade include the wonderful Goo Gone, steel wool, leather wipes, Method’s almond wood polish, a toothbrush, tons and tons of rags, a mouse sander, vinegar, baking soda, microfiber cloths and the Clorox bleach pen. I love seeing a good transformation and could gaze at before-and-after’s all day! Luckily, the pieces I’ve been finding lately, have only required a little elbow grease.  If there’s a vintage piece you already own and don’t know how to care for it or clean it up, let me know and hopefully I can help or point you in the right direction!  I recently discovered, thanks to Instagram, that you can use ketchup to remove tarnish from brass. Amazing!

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