Thanks for all the prayers sent my way the last couple of weeks and please, please, please keep sending. I finally feel comfortable enough to announce on my blog what my new business venture is. My friend and I are opening a booth in a local flea market/antique mall here in town. She and I share a love of antiques, glassware, dishes, silver, and other beautiful old things. We have been talking off and on about doing this for quite some time. Finally, a couple of weeks ago, we took the plunge!
We have our booth space rented, and it is scheduled to open the first weekend in November. The flea market is opening up more spaces for rent and is scheduling the grand opening of that floor with our town’s holiday open house. It is a great idea, and we got a good spot. It has window space, so our display will be visible to passersby, which is good for business.
What I wasn’t counting on was this great feeling of trepidation that has come with taking this step. I have felt extremely nervous and stressed out ever since we made the committment. I do want it, but that doesn’t make me any less tense about it all.
So now you why there have been no tablescapes lately. My dining room is full of boxes of inventory for the booth. Did I mention that I have been planning this for quite some time? So I have had boxes of “stuff” waiting for this day. I have spent the last couple of weeks sorting, organizing, cleaning, and pricing. My husband has rebuilt some old shelves, and we took them to our space over the weekend. We also spent a good portion of our weekend doing the garage sale thing so that I could add to my inventory.
Michelle’s dresser before
I found some good deals and hope I will be able to sell them for a good profit.
Michelle’s dresser before
My husband also has his own furniture refinishing and restoring business called Restored Treasures. He has been refinishing and restoring antique furniture for quite some time, and we both think that this booth will help his business as well.
Michelle’s dresser after
Our plan is for him to redo some pieces for resale, and that is a large part of what our weekend garage sale trip was all about. This is a great part of what has stressed me out. He already has so much to do, and now he is adding even more. But he assures me that he is up for it and will put everything on hold if it becomes too much for him.
My husband saved the shelves from being scrapped for us. We are all about free!
My friend and I were supposed to begin our set up this morning. But, as luck would have it, she has had to stay at her daughter’s. She went there over the weekend to keep the baby while her daughter and son-in-law went out of town. Her sweet little granddaughter began getting sick over the weekend and ended up with bad chest congestion and a full-blown ear infection, so she can’t go to the sitter for a few days. So she is still at her daughter’s, and I did not want to do too much without her.
I took my boxes up, and just sort of looked around the space again so that I could be thinking about where things can go. I did have to unload a couple of the boxes because I needed to load up some more stuff from home.
Unloaded odds and ends in no order whatsoever. This is the display window.
Other than that, I didn’t do much. She and I are both long-time collectors, but are also ready to simplify our lives since our retirements. So at first she and I will be thinning out our own collections and not focusing on anything in particular. I am even reducing my purse wardrobe (gasp!) drastically. But eventually we will concentrate more on particular things. I will focus on vintage glassware, dishes, and collectibles, and her focus is cookie jars, tea sets, and jewelry. Her daughter makes wreaths and garlands, and she will sell those whenever her daughter has time to make them with the new baby, home, and full-time job!
I did hang some purses on our display rack this morning, and I FINALLY began to get a little bit excited. Will I thin out my salt and pepper shakers, you ask? Well, never say never! I am not planning on it at this time, but I am not ruling it out, either! So with that in mind, here is part 2 of Pass the Salt!
These are some of my more formal sets.
These sets are in a tub marked “dining room.” What that means is that they are my dressier, more formal sets, and therefore I am more likely to use them in a tablescape. The above photo has blue and white porcelain, pewter, silver-plate, and crystal.
I love both of these. The set on the left has crystal bottoms with silver tops (vintage), and the set on the right has crystal tops with silver bottoms (wedding gifts).
These are also lovely. The solid blues are actually vintage Avon bottles which were made to be used as salt and pepper shakers once the cologne was gone. Pewter, silver plate, crystal, and silver over blue glass complete this photo.
These match my everyday china, Fancy Free in Temperware by Lenox.
Another grouping of vintage sets, cobalt blue Hobnail, another silver plate, and a vintage set made in Occupied Japan. Why does it have both a salt shaker and an open salt, you ask? Aha! That is not an open salt.It is called the mustard pot. Apparently in some countries it was common to sprinkle dry mustard over food. (The thought of this actually disgusts me, by the way.) I have a couple of sets with mustard pots and have found them on old European sets. We don’t seem to have done that in America, as far as a I can tell, at least not much. Of course, Occupied Japan is America, or is it the entire Allied forces? I don’t really know; guess I have some studying to do!
I close out with a vintage porcelain set, a beautiful lead crystal set (another wedding gift), and my absolute favorite pair of all 250, the bride and groom. My aunt Nannie gave me this pair when I was in high school (maybe at the same time she gave me the squash), and I love it. It is very old, probably close to being antique. They have corks in the bottom, and the detail on them is lovely. I have used them in the past to decorate for bridal showers.
So, that’s my news and another installment of my S&P collection. Thanks for looking, and thanks for your great prayers and support of me during this transition to a new phase in my life.
P.S. OK, I just made the mistake of watching this. Crying so hard I can barely type!