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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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Thrifting Thursdays – Spring Inspiration

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One of my goals for Posy in 2017 is to have weekly additions to our inventory, so I’ve begun a new tradition of Thrifting Thursdays. It’s been really fun so far! For one, it’s taken some of the pressure off of my bigger buying trips to find those wish list items because rather than banking all my finds on a few weekends of the year, I’m out there ever week on the hunt for possibilities!  It also helps me stay more seasonally focused. Most of my finds so far have been full of spring inspiration, with cheery colors, creative planters and funky florals.  Another good excuse for constantly working on our inventory is that I can more readily apply for markets, rather than having to wait while I build up vintage stock. And last, but not least, is that I can really fill the shop with pieces that I love and am excited about and continue to offer Posy customers fresh finds! So, cheers to Thrifting Thursdays and the vintage hunt!

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Vintage Linens

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Vintage linens are one of my favorite items to collect and something, in my opinion, that’s a sure fire way to bring instant vintage charm to your home. The quality and detail of the needlework always strikes me and the quirky patterns and images are just plain fun.  I love embroidered pillow cases best and have worn many a pair down, because I believe in actually using them and not keeping them hidden away for special occasions.  I’ve found that a more gentle wash keeps them lasting longer.  Clorox’s bleach pen has been a saving grace, particularly with stains on tablecloths, as you can be precise with your treatment and it doesn’t affect the surrounding areas and colors.  I like to show the beautiful wood on my kitchen table, so runners are a sweet way to add a little texture without covering up the whole thing.  And you can think outside the box with vintage linens…I turned a large embroidered piece into a wall hanging with the help of a couple of wooden dowels and bakers twine.  Vintage linens also make a wonderfully thoughtful and personal gift for a new bride, Mother’s Day present, hostess or friend.  Personally, I’ve been collecting for many, many years and have gotten quite the stash built up. In an effort to focus on the pieces I really use and clear out some space in our small home, I’m finally cracking open the vault and sharing my collection with Posy customers! New pieces are being added to the shop weekly.

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New year, “new” vintage finds

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I love the start of a new year! Fresh possibilities abound. Of course, now that I’m a shop keeper a new year takes on a bit of a different focus. As I was wrapping up the busy holiday season of 2016, I was already thinking ahead to what I want 2017 to look like for Posy. My main goal is to have much more “new”vintage finds to offer, which means more buying trips, more weekly thrifting and spending my mornings posting, posting, posting new goods into the Etsy shop. I’m hoping to continue offering vintage and some embroidered handmade items through Deco’s home store and, of course, will be participating in local markets (another goal is to broaden my markets to be more regional…time to spread those vintage wings!).  I also would like to better keep folks in the loop of my finds and where Posy will be selling. “Communication is key,” as they say!  To those of you who have already been along for the ride, thank you and to those of you who are just coming on board, I’m honored to have you be a part of Posy’s world. Cheers to all that’s ahead!

New to the shop:

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