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The Countdown is On!!

November 8th, 2014 | Posted by Leah in Junking Journey | Vintage Market - (2 Comments)

 It is only a few days until THE OLDE FARMHOUSE VINTAGE MARKET!!!

I thought it would be a good idea to suggest some helpful tips for market day!  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.  For all of you early birds…dress warmly! These winter days are chilly!  It doesn’t hurt to pack an umbrella, The Olde Farmhouse and rain seem to go hand in hand!!  Let’s hope for sunshine…but I know the junker’s mind….rain or shine you are coming for the treasures!!

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

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4.  A measuring tape to make sure your item is a perfect fit!

5.  Re-usable shopping bags or a cart.  You need your hands free to shop (or to hold your morning coffee) !!

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6.  CASH!!  Most vendors are cash sales only.  However, some vendors are now able to accept a credit card.

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There will be an ATM on site in Barn #1 in case you need it!!

The Runway Café will once again be on site to help keep you going!!  They will be serving a variety of snacks and lunches &  hot and cold beverages.  Save your appetites so you have room for some of Eileen’s delicious food!!

For all of you non-shoppers, there is a covered picnic table area with some activities to pass the time while your loved one shops till they drop!!

Parking…it’s free and there is lots of it!!!  There will be some wonderful volunteers out there helping you to find a parking spot.  There is also an overflow parking lot at the corner of 105th Ave and Lougheed Hwy.  Just watch for the signs!!

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So… Are you ready??

I am so excited to see you all at the market!!  It is going to be a wonderful day of JUNKING!!

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Lovely Shops

August 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Leah in Decorating | Vintage Market - (9 Comments)

This week I spent some time driving around delivering postcards for The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market!!  I started off on Monday heading into Vancouver.  I met some very nice ladies who were happy to hand out cards to their customers.  These were shops that I had not been into before so of course I had to have a look around!!

First stop was Meuse Boutique  .What a gorgeous store and the young woman in the store was so nice!! The store was a mix of home decor, jewelry, wedding decor rentals, and some beautiful dresses!

https://www.facebook.com/MeuseBoutique

http://meuseboutique.blogspot.ca/

Next stop was Heather Ross.  I was so sad to find her shop closed on Mondays, but that didn’t stop me from window shopping!!  I have this shop at the top of my list to visit when I get back from holidays!!  It looked beautiful!!  On Tuesday I called the store and spoke with her and what a friendly, nice woman! She was happy to hand out cards as well and  I look forward to going back and meeting her in person.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heather-Ross-natural-eclectic/131330576926944?fref=ts

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I was then on my way to The Cross Decor & Design.  Once again I was greeted by friendly staff and they welcomed the cards for their customers.  This is a store filled with a variety of items for your home…make sure you have some to look around!! There are lots of great things in this store!!

http://www.thecrossdesign.com/

Throughout this week I have been popping into my local shops here in Maple Ridge.  I really love the feeling of a “small town”.  The businesses here really look out for each other and support one another.  Everyone was so excited about the market and so happy to hand out cards.  Some of them had already heard about or had been to the past markets, so they were excited to find out about the upcoming fall market.

Monkey Business Kid’s Boutique is a wonderful children’s clothing store.  They have beautiful items and very friendly staff!!  I love this shop!!  I couldn’t resist doing some shopping….are you surprised??  I must admit that delivering the market cards is dangerous for a shopaholic!! Going into all these wonderful stores…I am a kid in a candy store!!  Anyways….I just happened to find a couple items for my daughter and guess what?  They also carry TOMS shoes for kids and LADIES!!!  They just happened to be having a 30%off sale on shoes, so one thing led to another….and I couldn’t leave the shop without these awesome wedge Toms shoes!!  And Yes, I did remember to leave the cards for the market! LOL!

https://www.facebook.com/MonkeyBusinessKidsBoutique

http://www.mbkidsboutique.com/

Down the street is T’s Once Upon a Tea Leaf.  Seeing how I love drinking tea, this is a favourite shop as well!!  Even if you are not a tea drinker, you still must stop in.  They have so many other things as well…jewelry, hair accessories, hats, purses, mugs, travel cups and some home decor.  A couple of the vendors from The Olde Farmhouse have their items in the shop for sale too!!  I came away with a new flavour of tea to try….there are so many to choose from!!

https://www.facebook.com/OnceUponATeaLeaf?fref=ts

If you are in the mood for some fresh flowers around the house, you must visit Sandra at Westgate Flower Garden.  I met Sandra many years ago ( I am afraid to start counting…roughly 15yrs…yikes!!) when my parents introduced me to her when planning my wedding.  The moment you start talking to Sandra, you love her!!  She is so sweet and her love of arranging flowers comes across in everything she creates!!  If you need an arrangement for yourself, family, an occasion or just because…this is the place to visit.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Westgate-Flower-Garden/236756436389696

http://www.westgateflowergarden.com/

OK, my next weak spot in Maple Ridge is Favorite Finds Located inside Valley Fair Mall is a wonderful boutique and the most friendly ladies who are so helpful!!  With a mix of items from clothing to jewelry, scarves, home decor, soaps and lotions and more!!! Antonella has created a beautiful selection of items (and some of them are made locally) that are perfect for unique gifts, or something special for yourself!!  They have the best jeans and really unique, gorgeous sweaters, dresses, tops and scarves….Oh I could keep going on and on!! Go check it out for yourself…grab a Starbucks from across the way and then take some time to browse through the shop.  

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Favorite-Finds-Home-Btq/369557373063744

Welcome Home is a wonderful corner full of vintage items and furniture inside the Home Hardware in Maple Ridge.  Noreen and Roxanne have been vendors at the last two Farmhouse Markets and I love their style!!  They  have gorgeous  items that are always changing, so be sure to check back often!  You never know what you will find!  These ladies are also your go-to for CeCe Caldwell Clay & Chalk Paint.  A wonderful Eco-friendly, Non-toxic paint that can paint over anything!!  No need to sand your furniture first!!!  Noreen and Roxanne will again be at The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market with all their treasures as well as the paint!!  They bring lots of cans of paint, brushes, samples, and can explain and show you how to use the product.  They always have beautiful pieces painted up in fantastic colors, to buy or to get an idea of how your furniture would look in a certain color.

https://www.facebook.com/welcomehomedecor

http://welcomehomedecor.ca/

Well that concludes my tour of Lovely Shops for this week!! Maybe you will find yourself in the area of one of these stores…be sure to stop in!!  I still have more market cards to deliver so I will be sure to fill you in on where I go next!!  If you have a favorite shop in your neigbourhood, I would love to hear about it!!  

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I am so excited to announce all the vendors for the fall market!!  It is a wonderful group of vendors and they  are all very excited to create yet another day of Junking at

THE OLDE FARMHOUSE VINTAGE MARKET!! 

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A few of the vendors that have been chosen are so new to this market world that they don’t yet have a blog or Facebook page.  They are very talented people and for some of them they have attended markets in the past, as shoppers, and are now making the jump into becoming a vendor!!  ( I definitely know how that feels!!) I would like to give a shout out to them as I am not able to include them on the Vendor list along the right hand side of the blog until I can add the link to their page.  So here they are….

Magpies

White Rose Vintage

Rose Knight

Rhodeside Stand

Kits Studio Handmade

Boutique Destiny

Sassy Chic

I am so happy to have such a fantastic group of vendors gathered for this market!!  Take some time to have a sneak peak at the links listed (on the right hand side) and start your shopping lists!!  It is going to be a great day of Junking!!!

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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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The Painting Begins…

April 17th, 2012 | Posted by Leah in Projects | Re Purpose Re Use - (3 Comments)

In the last week we have been able to “squeeze” in some time to start working on our projects! It also gave us a chance to use a new style of paint for us.  We started with a small side table, some cutting boards and a paper towel holder.

There are so many fun colours to choose from, but for these projects we chose Vintage White.

You do not need to strip or sand your project before you paint!! So exciting !! Their clear wax was not sticky and buffed up beautifully. We are so happy with how our items have turned out, you really need to try it !!

This is going to be the start of a beautiful relationship with CeCe Caldwell paints!! We are having so much fun using this paint on our projects. It covers wonderfully, is easy to work with and the best part…no VOC’s, non-toxic and no odor. For more information about this amazing paint and a list of all their colors and products check out www.cececaldwells.com.

Happy Junking

Leah & Barb

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