Flea on Seventh

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Sunday, July 31, 2016. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 30 vintage vendors.

So excited (ok…maybe those words are an understatement!)…..to be part of Coast Guard Festival. This idea began last October when I sat down with the festival. Lots of questions, things to be worked through, vendors to be found, details to be worked through…..and finally the stamp of approval. Did I mention excited 🙂

I’m thankful for the people who have come alongside me on this idea. The people who saw my dream and got excited with me. It’s amazing to think one year ago I opened my dream store – and now hosting a Vintage Market!

The market will have space for 30 vendors. As of today 16 of my favorite vendor people have said yes! It’s going to be a fun day working with my friends – and their treasures are amazing.

So now comes the real work. All the details that go in to a hosting an event. Follow along on this adventure with me.

Vintage Green is One Year Old!

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365 days have passed since I signed a one-year lease, since I was unbelievably nervous about the undertaking, since I checked off “owning my own vintage store” on my bucket list! And what a year it has been 🙂

In no particular order…..here’s my year recap:

I hired a CPA! It was either pay me or hire Mark. Smarter to hire Mark 🙂
It takes a LOT of work to bring new treasures in every day.
Being open seven days a week is not healthy to life balance.
Learning my hubby already has a full-time job; and can’t spend all his time fixing treasures!
February is S.L.O.W. – I need to figure out how to remedy that.
I spent 12 months worrying about paying all my bills. But I managed it ($14 to spare in February)
There are LOTS of people who share my favorite color 🙂
McCoy is by far the favorite at my store.
Prices at Vintage Green are fair – and I believe that is appreciated
The Christmas Open House was AMAZING. Thank you to everyone who came!
Every day I spend at least an hour on social media trying to promote the store.
Last summer I sold at 13 shows – this year seven. Balance in my life is more important.
My store neighbors have been amazing. They have been so helpful and encouraging.
This is the first time I have worked in the community I live – I love it.
Thrilled to find how many people love to support local business.
Estate sales rock! You find cool things and see the inside of houses 🙂
So many customers have encouraged me with the store – so thankful.
I love having pop-up shops and classes at the store. A crowd is always fun!
Owning your own business requires second guessing and tweaking every day.
People love antique stores that don’t smell like old treasures 🙂
My painting skills may have not gotten tidier…..they are still messy! Yikes!
I have a whole new appreciation for retail.

Honestly, the list could be WAY longer…………..but here’s my best recap:

I opened a vintage store, I opened my dream…………and I now share it with so many new friends, and my family. I’ve opened my door, but really my heart, to so many new friends. I am BLESSED. Who knew opening a store would bring me so many new friends 🙂 I encourage each of you to follow your dreams and enlarge your friend circle. I love being part of your life and stories – Thank you for letting me in <3 Feeling the love of the past year, my friends <3. Thank you!!

Cabinet Overhaul

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Three weeks ago I posted a cabinet that I was going to spend the weekend redoing. Shortly after the post Beth contacted me. She came over and checked the cabinet out. And just like that my weekend project became a custom piece! A few days later I went to Beth’s and checked out her colors, style and we looked at paint samples and paper ideas together.

I’m so thrilled with how this cabinet turned out. What I am most thankful for is that Beth loves it. Loved doing this custom piece (thank you Beth!) and please let me know if I can paint/paper a custom piece for you! 🙂

I’m Not A Maker

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I’m not a maker. Many of my Vintage Peeps are. They use pallets, boards, all kinds of materials that they repurpose or rebuild in to something amazing. This would be the time for me to confess: I’m not allowed to use my hubby’s tools. The only tool I have is a screw-driver set. Apparently I’ve used tools incorrectly and wrecked them! (sorry honey!).

My passion, and skill set, is to find a piece of furniture that needs “shoring up” and then painting, etc. Fixing something up so it can bring joy to someone again. Usually I purchase the old, sad, brown items and give them a fresh face.

Last month I was at an estate sale, and in the basement was this old storage box. It had the “leans!” When I told the estate guy I was buying it he was surprised. When I brought it home my hubby asked how on earth it was going to be saved. Honestly, this piece was too far gone. But there was something about this piece that I just couldn’t leave it.

And so for the first time in my junkin’ career I bought something to take apart and reuse. The patina on the inside was just too gorgeous to let go. The front door of this cabinet came with great hardware and trim. The shelves were not attached to the cabinet, and they also had a great patina. Every part had potential to be something better.

The inside shelves are now the word boards. The front door is an awesome chalkboard. And the sides and top pieces are coming apart to become word boards as well. The cabinet could not be saved, but the pieces and parts will live on 🙂

In case you are wondering……I did take the cabinet all apart using only my screw-driver set!

Birthday Junkin Adventure!

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Let’s start with a little background…..My hubby HATES to antique. He says I wore him out years ago. Apparently I said too many times……Let’s stop here, just one more stop….ok, really just one more stop! Today he goes to only ONE market with me during the summer. So, for my birthday this year I asked for no gift, no card, no flower…nothing. BUT I wanted my gift to go junkin on Sunday, stay overnight at my favorite hotel (Weber Inn, Ann Arbor, MI), and then junk home the day after. AND…here is the biggie: I asked for my birthday gift to be no complaining! …… No.. Are we done yet? No…why would you want that….I wanted guilt-free junkin!

His first comment………..”I could get you a gift certificate!, Name your place.”……second comment, “Isn’t that what girlfriends are for!”……………….nope I wanted a few days away together. You should know Dan works a TON of hours and I wanted time for just us also. So, after a few days of bartering he agreed!

At Dan’s work on Friday several people asked about his Monday vacation day. When he told them what he was doing and what I asked for a gift………..no complaining……..they chucked and wisely offered him their best wishes 🙂

We left Sunday morning. McCoy, the lucky pup, stayed with my store neighbor (Overtime Sports – side note McCoy has won over Jenny, Jay, Alex and Rachel!  He loves sleepovers at their house! )……..So, after dropping off McCoy we grabbed breakfast at Village Baker in Spring Lake and headed east.

We made three stops on Sunday. I managed to make a great dent in the bed of the truck and the back seat. Dan turned out to be an amazing sport! He offered to drop me off at the door and park. (I was surprised it didn’t take him 30 minutes to find a parking spot!) Here is the great part – he hauled stuff!! To the counter, to the truck, and I never loaded a thing!! It was AWESOME!!

A couple that shops at Vintage Green, usually on Saturdays learned about my Bloody Mary weekend fix. They gave me a gift certificate for a Bloody Mary on my birthday! How sweet is that! (picture on my facebook page – and thanks again Garry and Marion!).

We stayed over Sunday night at Weber Inn (Ann Arbor, MI). They have an AMAZING restaurant attached to the hotel. The food, and service, are wonderful. It is a great stay-over place! We also enjoyed breakfast at the hotel on Monday morning.

Our Monday agenda included six stops. Dan readjusted items, told me when an item needed more work than we wanted, redirected me to a dresser that really was in great shape. (You should know Dan is super handy and fixes everything before it gets to the store!) We snagged lunch at Zingerman’s (a local favorite!)…..and junked our way home. Dan also helped unload the whole truck when we got home.

And here’s the best part!! Not one complaint, not one comment that made me feel guilty! We had a wonderful escape – just the two of us. Dinner was filled with laughter and conversation. I feel reconnected with the man I married nearly 34 years ago. What more could I ask for! Seriously, the truck was filled with treasures…..but my heart is filled with pure, free love.

And Dan……..you get a HUGE star 🙂

Antique Trail 1/1/2016

IMG_4899 (1)Montague Antique Mall
4586 Dowling St
Montague, MI 49437
231.893.1260
12:00 – 5:00

The Golden Monkey Antique
8725 Water St
Montague, MI 49437
231.893.2888
10:00 – 6:00

Treasure Hunt
2506 Henry St
Muskegon, MI 49441
231.760.6298
10:00 – 5:00

Anything & Everything
3031 Heights Ravenna Rd
Muskegon, MI 49444
231.747.9917
10:00 – 6:00

Seven Sister Antiques
3144 Heights Ravenna Rd
Muskegon, MI 49444
231.773.6026
10:00 – 6:00

Airport Antique Mall
4206 Grand Haven Rd
Norton Shores, MI 49441
231.798.3318
10:00 – 5:00

Muskegon Antique Mall
5905 Grand Haven Rd
Norton Shores, MI 49441
231.798.6441
10:00 – 6:00

Spring Lake Antique Mall
801 W Savidge St
Spring Lake, MI 49456
616.846.1774
10:00 – 6:00

Depot Antiques
14599 Cleveland
Spring Lake, MI 49456
616.847.7100
10:00 – 5:00

Vintage Green
7 N 7th St
Grand Haven, MI 49417
616.402.5901
10:00 – 6:00

The Yankee Pedlar
220 Washington Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417
616.558.0430
10:00 – 6:00

West Michigan Antique Mall
13279 168th Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417
616.842.0370
10:00 – 6:00

Lakeshore Antiques
10300 US Highway 31
Grand Haven, MI 49417
616.847.2429
10:00 – 5:00

Wooden Shoe antique Mall .
US-31 & E 16th St, Holland.
10:00-5:00

West Coast Chic
13670 Port Sheldon St
Holland, MI 49423
616.994.6320
10:00 – 6:00

Not So Shabby Antiques
2975 W Shore Dr
Holland, MI 49424
616.796.6980
10:00 – 5:00

R. Lucas Scott Co
12330 James St, Ste B130
Holland, MI 49424
616.392.2995
10:00 – 6:00

Harvest Antiques
12330 James St
Holland, MI 49424
616.395.0823
10:00 – 6:00

Seedlings Art Bar
128 S River Ave
Holland, MI 49423
616.392.4221
10:00 – 5:00

Cottage Roses
170 S River Ave
Holland, MI 49423
616.393.6863
10:00 – 5:30

Antiques, Etc…
383 Central Ave
Holland, MI 49423
616.396.4045

Wooden Shoe Antique Mall
447 US Highway 31
Holland, MI 49423
616.396.0353
10:00 – 5:00

Saugatuck Antique Pavilion
2948 Blue Star Highway
Douglas, MI 49406
269.857.6041
10:00 – 6:00

Christmas at My House

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Merry Christmas!

When our boys were little I used to secretly take a day off of work. I would bring them to school, return home, and spend the next six hours decorating the house. At that time I had 12 large buckets filled (ok maybe crammed) with Christmas. I also had two very large bins for greens. It took me four days to get everything out. Most of our regular decor was moved into those buckets. We were overwhelmed with Christmas!

The boys loved it. Fast forward to them now being 29 and 25, one is married, and they have their own homes. So a few years ago I scaled WAY back. It now takes me four hours to get everything out. And hardly any of my regular decor gets put away.

I’ve embraced less is more. More greens, only the kissing angels made the stay, green ornaments and vintage lightbulbs fill bowls, plates and anywhere I can tuck them. My Jane Ray dishes and McCoy pottery are filled with greens and sparkle. A few vintage tablecloths and Christmas books complete the decorations.

While I love the simplicity of Christmas now….my boys….well, them say I’m lame 🙂 But I remember the memories I gave them…..leaving the house in the morning and coming home to the magic of Christmas!

Christmas Blessings my friends <3, Joyce

(PS – If you would like to see all the pics…..Pinterest:  Joyce A Workman…..”Love It” board)

Shop Small Business

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I want to start with THANK YOU.

Words simply cannot explain how thankful I am for the support Vintage Green has been given. So many people have embraced Small Business and shopped my dream store. Sisters, Neighbors, Moms, Daughters, Friends, Coworker – I think everyone has been told to shop Vintage Green.

Did I mention THANK YOU!!

My goal is to have treasures that are affordable, transformable and desired. Each one of you have answered that goal. I am beyond blessed by each of you.

So…I ask you, well, I thank you…….for shopping small, for shopping local…for shopping my dream.

Blessings my friends! Joyce

Get by with a little help from my VG Friends

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This was the summer to redo my porch. The cushions were old, stained and begging for a change. I also wanted all my cushions to match….from the porch to the deck to the patio. Enter Vintage Green customer…now friend, Jess – Twin Fabrics. She has some amazing sewing skills! Jess is also willing to work with budgets and out of the box ideas 🙂 All the cushion fabric is actually painters’ tarp that I bought from Enter another helper….Sevens Paints, which is across the street from Vintage Green.

Enter Green Door – Jocelyn is someone I have been following on IG and FB. We met this past August and it was like spending an afternoon with an old friend! The cabinet with the wood top is from her store. I LOVE this piece.

Enter Playfully Vintage – the really cool green scale is from them. I’ve loved getting to know Kerry and Martin. Fun people to work alongside of. That scale became the springboard for the rest of the decor.

And last Enter I do Signs. I’ve actually know Amber for several years. Our initial connection was a love of vintage. Amber has a great eye. So last week I video taped my sunporch and asked her what color to repaint the chairs that are at the table. You can see she made a great color choice for the chairs.

The weather here today was wonderful enough that I actually ate my lunch on the sun porch. It was so great to just sit there. I love how the porch turned out…..but more importantly I love the people I’ve met through Vintage Green. Seeing items I picked up from each of them is like having friends all the time on the sun porch. I’m blessed by them.

Blessings my friends, Joyce