estate sale treasures

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I went to my first estate sale not so long ago and am hooked! I went from mildly curious to downright anxious about the whole process as I was hanging out with some estate sale regulars the night before. See, the house was so small folks running the show had a list you could sign to insure your place the actual day. Let me tell you, those were some interesting characters! One woman was so determined not to lose her place in line that she took a picture of the list so she could prove she was number 5 in case someone stole it in the middle of the night…which she says has happened. Another woman, in her 70’s, asked me what I was interested in (we’d all been emailed pictures of some of the items in the house) and I innocently told her that I loved vintage Christmas ornaments. Well, the list lady informed me later that I should never say what I’m looking for, as they’ll snag it first. Needless to say, I couldn’t sleep the night before and had butterflies in my stomach the day of. But then, bright and very early, they opened the front door to this cute little 50’s home and it was awesome! I scooped up vintage luggage, kitchenware, Shiny Bright ornaments and a gorgeous 1950’s Motorola wooden radio! I was giddy the rest of the day! I knew I’d do Louise, the home’s former owner, right by placing her bits and pieces into good homes.

So, this week I’m finally getting around to posting my finds in Etsy…but you’ll just have to wait until Christmas to see the real gems!

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snow daze

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8 snow days. In the south that’s pretty remarkable…and a bit scary when you’ve got a 2 year old and 5 year old all to yourself. Did I mention it was for 8 days?!  Restlessness, boredom and moments of fun all mixed up together looks something like this:

(Sledding on a Rubbermaid lid)

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(Hot cocoa break)

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(Little kid Heaven!)

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(Custom director chair covers)

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(Lots of walks)

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(Starting a new series of embroidered tea towels.)

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(Kids’ placemats coming back to Posy!)

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Can’t wait for you to get here spring!!

vintage baby

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My favorite outfits the kids have worn are vintage. There’s something so unique and whimsical and fun about dressing them in a bit of the past.  Here’s Olive at Easter (those thighs!) and Munny from his blessing:

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So with this in mind, and reminiscing on those special outfits my own kids have worn, I’m thrilled to have loaded the shop with a treasure trove of baby/kids’ vintage! They make such a fun gift for a new mom! Here’s a taste:

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love party

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A few years ago, Carter and I were talking about where else we’d like to live. Not a lot was happening in Raleigh and neither of us felt particularly grounded here. 8 years later and I can’t imagine being anywhere else! There aren’t enough date nights to cover all the delicious and fun new spots open, particularly in downtown, and Posy has introduced this whole creative world that I’m stoked to be a part of! So…in honor of the love I feel for my local community, both geographically speaking and artistically, Posy’s throwing a Valentine’s “Love Party!”

We are celebrating small businesses and those amazing folks that help others in our community, namely one of my favorite local organizations, The Green Chair Project.

Here are the details:

Where: Deco Raleigh (19 West Hargett Street)

When: Friday, February 13, 5-7pm (The party’s the perfect spot to start your downtown fun for the evening!)

Who: You!

What: There will be yummy local treats, like Oscar Williams‘ insane cotton candy and Two Pounds Mustard, Wine Authorities’ wine (perfect excuse to buy a box o’ wine!) and a basket full of local goods that will be raffled with all proceeds going to Green Chair! A portion of Deco’s sales during the event will also go to Green Chair.

We hope to see you there!

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mom makers

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A while back, I was reading Seth Godin’s “Purple Cow” looking for clues on how to make Posy successful. In the book, he talks about having an extraordinary product which in itself is your marketing tool…i.e. it’s so great, people will want to talk about it and spread the word. So, I was thinking and thinking about what amazing thing Posy did and came up with a couple of revelations. First, Posy fills the need for those wanting handmade and vintage but that don’t have the time to make or look themselves. I can wake up at 7am and scour an estate sale, or take a few hours to cross stitch a towel…we’re selling time, in a way.  Secondly, it’s not so much the spectacular stockings or napkins or whatever we’re making, it’s who is making them that’s awesome! Posy is a team of mom makers.

This year I’d like to introduce the fabulous moms behind Posy as well as highlight other mom makers that inspire me!

There are currently 3 fantastic moms sewing for Posy and one fab sister of mine orchestrating a lot of the social media and marketing.  Suzanne, my sister, has been a huge help! While I’m a Facebook novice, she’s a whiz. Same goes for setting up this lovely website as well as tackling any tech challenges thrown my way. She also helps me spread the word on fun Posy events or happenings, like our upcoming Valentine’s party (more on that soon!) and markets in which we’re participating. Most importantly, San is my own personal cheerleader. She gets excited when I’m excited and downright protective when I reach a setback. She believes in me and Posy and helps us both shine! Without further ado…I present my big sis!

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“I’m a part-time stay-at-home mom and a part-time working mom. So I’m in the office three days a week and home with my younger daughter the other two. It sounds so nice, only having to work three days a week, but it’s not easy! I’m constantly pulled between two worlds – and usually feeling guilty about one while I’m engrossed in the other. With all that said, I LOVE what I do. I am so grateful to get to be a writer and stretch my brain in lots of different ways and see my work published. And I am even more grateful to have time at home with my children during the week, which is a precious commodity for working moms. Before my daughters came along (Lily is six and Sophie is three), I worked high-powered agency and corporate PR jobs that required me to be on call around the clock, often with a drink in my hand. Fun in my 20s, but definitely not compatible with motherhood. I made the switch just in time. Raw almonds are an absolute must when I’m writing (chewing helps me think). I also like a comfy chair and a window. And no screaming children nearby. That definitely helps.”

Here’s a sample of her freelance work:
http://www.meredith.edu/magazine/article/redefining-strong

And here’s a recent article from Suzanne’s day job:
http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/news-center/perspectives/floating-classroom/

(Photo taken by the immensely talented mom maker, Ann Tyer.)