Sunday, March 20, 2016

Farmhouse Furniture at the Market

It seems farmhouse furniture is all the rage right now...I mean, have you looked at Pinterest lately?

Image via Simply Farmhouse

Easy.  Casual.  Rustic.  Simple.  Kid friendly.  Indestructible. Brings farmhouse charm inside and sets the tone...looks great with other farmhouse-like touches, such as galvanized accessories, or really plays a fun game when paired with complete opposites, like contemporary glass and sparkles.

Via HoneyBear Lane

And, every farmhouse table needs a bench-at least on one side, if not both.  If you're as old as I am, it takes you right back to your grandmother's kitchen where you shared meals with siblings and cousins on Easter Sunday and other holidays. Yes, my grandmother had one of those benches that are so hot these days. Hmmm.  Now I'm wondering what happened to that old bench...

The bench above is very similar to the one that I sat on as a child at my grandmother's table.  I remember us kids all racing to the table to get to sit on the bench...what is it about benches that kids love?...

Farmhouse furniture is popping up in entry halls...

Via Etsy end tables...or slide two together and you've got a coffee table.

Via A Blissful Haven

If you love the farmhouse style furniture, be sure to check out Baldwin County Farmhouse Furniture at the market on April 1 & 2 where James will be set up with samples to show design/stain/paint options that are available for your special order. The samples will be for sale too, at some real good prices.  

Check out this table (below) that was a custom's 6 ft long, with a weathered oak stain and clear polyurethane for protection.  

And another one of his tables...notice the base on this one is different.  He makes several styles and will work with you to get one that's exactly what you're looking for.  

James, or JB to his friends and family, donates a portion of his proceeds to Wounded Warrior Project, a cause that is near and dear to him and his family. James is a veteran, so when you see him, thank him for his service, shake his hand, or give him a hug (this one is reserved for old ladies like me that are old enough to be his grandmother!)  as it's patriots like James that have made our country great.  

He also gives a portion of his furniture sales proceeds to the American Cancer Society, another cause that has impacted his family directly.  

I'm looking forward to seeing what all he brings to the market...I recently saw a "sneak peak" of a desk...and I should tell you that I saw it on Facebook, where you can follow along, too. Just click on this link:

Hope to see you Down in the Delta at The Vintage & Antiques Market on April 1 & 2.  Don't forget to get your tickets early to save a couple of dollars...they're $6 online and $8 at the market.  For tickets, follow this link:

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Tour Our Mobile-Tensaw Delta

Through a partnership with Wild Native Tours and Delta Safaris, I've arranged for tours of our beautiful and unique Mobile-Tensaw Delta during our Vintage & Antiques Market. Captain Mike will be bringing the fifty-passenger Osprey up to Live Oak Landing on Saturday, April 2, where he has scheduled three 1 1/2 hour cruises to show you around our backyard delta, aka America's Amazon.  This tour will be fun and educational for folks of all ages...he gets rave reviews after every tour!  

If you're a local family looking for "staycation" ideas during Spring Break 2016, this would be a nice option.  It's so much fun that the kiddos don't realize they're also getting a great education!  And you never know what "residents" you will meet....keeps you on the edge of your seat!

If you're coming in to the Vintage & Antiques Market from out of town, you'll want to be sure to fit this into your schedule.  Believe me, it will be a highlight of your trip to this part of the great state of Alabama.

To learn more, click on "Tickets" at the top of the website,, and a link will take you to the Wild Native Tours page.  Or, just follow the link here.  

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Early Bird Gets the Worm

Okay, so I've been told by some that I have a problem... When I hear about an estate sale, a new antiques store opening, or a good yard sale--if it starts at 8:00, I'm in line at 5:30. Yes, I actually stand in all sorts of brutal weather waiting for that first glimpse of the treasures that are just inside...I can hardly wait for the doors to open.  I will be the first to admit that I have this illness (okay, addiction) but I don't consider it a problem...

I know I'm not the only one.  I have several friends who have the same illness and we've been known to stand in line for hours together at many sales...and to pass the time, we talk about which ones were good, who missed those good ones, which ones were not worth the wait and gas to get to them, and which ones are coming up.  We are an entire subculture that exists all around you.  We are your family members and co-workers.  We lurk online watching for new sales to be advertised.  We scour the classifieds in the paper and Craigslist.  We drive great distances to attend the ones that have good pictures.  We sometimes sleep in our cars so that we can be first in line!  Yes, we're addicts.

By the way, did you know that you could get into the Down in the Delta Vintage & Antiques Market for a couple of hours of early shopping?  You see, the General Admission Tickets get you in at 10:00; but the Early Bird Ticket holders get to come in at 8:00 on Friday morning.  But, you'll have to get those Early Bird Tickets (plural, because I know you'll want to bring a friend!) in advance.  The deadline is March 15, so you need to hurry.  

Early Bird Tickets are available with or without breakfast from the Sugar Kettle Cafe:  With breakfast the price is $28; without, the price is $18.

To get your tickets, follow this link:  Early Bird Tickets