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Let’s Go Junking at The Olde Farmhouse is only a few days away!  I thought this would be a good time to fill you in on some market details and to give you some junking tips.

This is our second market at The Tradex in Abbotsford and this time another show ( Rigs & Rides http://www.rigsandrides.ca/) will be happening at the same time  (A perfect show for the man in your life).  The entrance to The Olde Farmhouse will be at the North end of Tradex.  Rigs and Rides will be using the doors on the West side.  Just watch for the signs or ask one of the traffic directors if you need help.  We will be in Hall B, the back half of the building.  You will be able to access the other show from the concession area if you would like to take in both events.  They will have an admission set up so you won’t have to go around the outside of the building.  Just make sure to get your hand stamped when you cross over to the other show…that way you can come back to The Olde Farmhouse!

Here is a little sneak peak at the market map and vendor list (click on the map to enlarge).  You can grab your copy at the door when you come in!

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Ok!  Here we go…..

This may be your very first market or perhaps you are a market hopper…either way you need to be prepared for a fun day of JUNKING!!!

1.  Load up your family and friends!!  There is something for everyone at the market…and it’s always fun to shop with someone!!

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2. Bring a large enough vehicle so you don’t have to leave a treasure or friend behind!!

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3.  Re-usable shopping bags!  You can always make a few trips to the car as well :)  We will also have large furniture pick up available at the back doors (the east side of the building).  Just speak to the Olde Farmhouse helper who is stamping hands on the way out and they can help you find it :)

4.  If you are bringing a little one along this is a great time to strap them to you!  You will want to leave those strollers behind, as the market gets VERY busy and it makes it hard to move a stroller through the aisles and booths.  Take a look at the crowds at the November market!

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5.  CASH!!  Most vendors are cash sales only.  However, some vendors are now able to accept a credit card.  There will be ATM’s on site just in case!  Another little tip…if you have the correct change ($5 or $8) ready at the admission, it helps make the line go quicker 😉

6.  Day 2 of junking is as great as the first!  Don’t hesitate to come back on the second day…vendors restock and sometimes a second (third, fourth, fifth, lol) walk around is what you need to find that hidden treasure!  You can buy your two day Junking pass for $8!

7.  HAVE FUN AND ENJOY THE HUNT!!  You never know what’s going to catch your eye…but if you see something you love…don’t hesitate!  I have had some wonderful treasures scooped up right before my eyes!  lol

8.  Bring a measuring tape and make some notes of sizes/spaces at home that you are trying to find items for.  Sometimes I get so excited looking at everything that I forget what I was originally looking for!  Yep, junking can be overwhelming and exciting!  I usually have a “wish list” on my phone, wall or cabinet space measurements, etc.  You can never be too prepared!

9.  The first 50 people in line on Saturday get a grab bag with some goodies!  A little motivation to grab your coffee and get there early!!

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I hope you have an amazing time this weekend at The Olde Farmhouse!  Thanks for shopping local and for joining us in the joy of Junking!! We look forward to seeing you!!

Leah xo

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Market Day!!

October 6th, 2013 | Posted by Leah in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market took place last Saturday and I hope you were one of the many people who braved the rain and came out for it!!!  What a spectacular day, full of fantastic vendors with booths packed full of treasures!!  The excitement started early, with the shoppers who weren’t afraid of the rain!!  Armed with umbrellas they were lined up nice and early to be one of the first to get in the doors!!

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It didn’t take long for the barns to fill up with smiling, happy shoppers!!

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Were you one of the 150 shoppers to grab a re-usable shopping bag?  A big thanks to Suzanne from UsedVancouver.com for providing us with them and for all her social media coverage!!  https://www.facebook.com/UsedVancouver?fref=ts  The next time you are looking for a used item, be sure to check out http://www.usedvancouver.com/!!!

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If you are thinking of heading out on a pumpkin hunt, be sure to go and visit The Laity Pumpkin Patch!! ( http://www.laitypumpkinpatch.com/)  Heather, from Laity Farms was so kind to lend us some beautiful and festive pumpkins and gourds for our décor.

I would also love to give a big thank you to Rentata, at Grow & Gather !!  ( https://www.facebook.com/growgather)  Renata, once again lent us beautiful flowers for décor, as well as supplied us with bales of hay.  If you are thinking of gardening, or filling your home with plants or flowers, make sure you pop over and have a visit with Rentata and her friendly staff!  They will be sure to help you out!

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Both barns and the covered picnic area were filled with wonderful vendors!!  I can not begin to explain what a hard working bunch of people these are!!  Set up began on Friday, and they didn’t stop!!  The time and effort they put into their booths to create their own little shops were amazing…and I know that all their hard work paid off!  The end result…a very busy day filled with so many wonderful shoppers!!

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The crowd parted to make way for this little sweetie!  She was so excited to push her baby doll around in her newly acquired vintage carriage!!

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I would love for you to visit my Facebook page to see all the wonderful pictures from the day…there are just too many to post on the blog!!  Pop on over and check out The Olde Farmhouse Fall Vintage Market photo album…maybe you will see one of the treasures that you took home!!

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I want to thank all the wonderful shoppers that came out to support all of The Olde Farmhouse vendors.  You were a fantastic bunch and we all enjoyed meeting you and we sure hope that you found what you were Junking for!!!

I would love to see your new treasure in your home!!  I welcome you to send me a picture so I can share it with all of The Olde Farmhouse friends!!

Until next time…HAPPY JUNKING!!!

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Red Door Farms

May 15th, 2013 | Posted by Leah in Uncategorized - (4 Comments)

I had the pleasure of visiting Red Door Farms in Langley, BC this past weekend.  My daughter Allison and I attended Cheryl’s “Fancy a Cuppa?” open house where she had all your essentials for a vintage Tea Party (and so much more!!)  The rain held off and we had a wonderful time strolling through her yard, admiring all her displays and picking up some cute items along the way!!  It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning with Allison.

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First stop…beautiful linens!!  The only trouble was we didn’t know which one to pick!!  We wanted them all!!  In the end, I chose a cream Irish linen cloth that will look absolutely gorgeous on my dining table!!

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 Being in the gardens, surrounded by all these pretty plants makes me want to start gardening!!

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 I love this door!!

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 Allison and her doll were having so much fun looking at all the displays Cheryl had set up.  A few of the treasures had to come home with us!!

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I LOVE this!!! And it smells so beautiful!!!

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 And nestled in the trees is the most beautiful little cottage!!

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 The windows are just stunning!!  I just wanted to curl up with a cup of tea and a book inside this little cozy cottage!

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Allison’s doll, Bree, had to take a moment and put her feet up for a little rest!

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Something to remember…Red Door Farms is also a Christmas Tree Farm!!  I can just picture coming here at Christmas with the family to choose a tree!!

Thank you Cheryl for a wonderful morning!!  Allison and I really enjoyed being at Red Door Farms!!

 

 

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Market Postcards!!

April 8th, 2013 | Posted by Leah in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I am so excited to have the final draft of the postcard for the fall market!!  My consultant, Deanna McIsaac, did  a wonderful job creating yet another beautiful postcard for The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market.  If you are in need of someone to help you with graphic design or marketing services, you can get in touch with her at  deesignbydeanna@shaw.ca.

 

 

Remember….applications are available under the Vendor catergory.  Please don’t hesitate to apply, even if you have never been a vendor at a market before!  I would love to hear from you!!   Maybe you know someone who you think would love to participate in a vintage market…please feel free to share this with them!

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My Mom

March 11th, 2013 | Posted by Leah in Uncategorized - (6 Comments)

My mom is a wonderful lady and I am so lucky to be her daughter.  She has taught me so much in my life, but over the past couple of years I’ve begun to teach her some things too!!  I convinced her (and my sister) to come along with me to the FARM CHICKS a few years ago….and she caught  the junking bug!!!

My mom Marilyn, my niece Megan, my sister Tanya and myself at The Farm Chicks!! One of the many trips out to the car with our finds!!

I must say, like so many of us, her style of decorating has changed over the  years.  She and my Dad have recently moved to the Sunshine Coast and built their dream home right by the ocean.  This in itself provides so much fun for decorating!!  West Coast Style mixed with the Ocean view….ahhhh it has been so much fun watching and helping her fill her home with new and old treasures over the past 3 years!! 

Her latest project involved painting!!  I am so proud of her for tackling this big job on her own!!  One of her guest rooms has the bedroom furniture that my parents bought so many years ago.  Very nice furniture, and made so well….BUT…not the style or color for her new home.  She came to visit me one day and she and I went and spent some time looking over some CeCe Caldwell paint colors.  She bought some supplies and carried on home and the next thing I new she started sending me pics of all this furniture she was painting!!  I must admit, I was shocked that she took the plunge and painted it!!  But what a great surprise!!  It looks wonderful!  And she is so happy with how it turned out that she is far from done!! 

Here are a few pictures of some of the projects she has been working on…

 

 

 

She’s still thinking that she would like to change the knobs…she just hasn’t found the right ones yet.  And I did have to give her a little trouble for not taking before pictures!!  But to give you an idea, they were a VERY dark wood before.  She still has to paint the bed, so I will make sure that she sends a before picture as well as the finished project!!  I can’t wait to go and see it in person!!

 

Great job Mom!!  What a wonderful makeover for such a small cost!!  She loves it so much that she has picked out a different color and is getting ready to tackle her dining room table, chairs and china cabinet….it is going to look fantastic!!  I will make sure to post lots of before and after pictures on that project. 

Here is one of my favorite pics of my mom and I and my kids.  Just a little stroll after dinner one night at their house.  Wonderful Memories!!

I would love to see some of your before and after projects!!  It’s amazing what a coat of paint will do to change the look of a piece of furniture.  Maybe you have your eye on a piece in your house right now….don’t be afraid!!  Take the plunge and do it!!  If you need any advice on color or technique, don’t hesitate to drop me a line!! 

Cheers!!  And Happy Painting!!

 

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