Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fabulous Trip...

I had such a great time this past weekend, attending the "Barn House Flea Market" in Battleground Washington. We stayed at a nice clean and cheap (cost wise) Motel on the out skirts of Vancouver Washington. Got up bright and early Saturday morning to make our trek into the country to find the "Barn House Flea". Had our "google map" so as not to get lost. We arrived there at 8:15 am to get in line for the early bird entry which cost $5.00 (otherwise you have to wait until 11:00 to get in free). I'm so glad we did, as it didn't take long for line-ups to form and of course stuff goes quickly so you have to get in early to have the best selection. Lots of great vendors at this show....one of my new favorites being the "Queen of Tarte"  where I treated myself to this darling hand-made ruffled hand bag- 

this lovey cushion from another vendor .....
and this cart liner which I just love. I purchased the cart in Victoria at a second hand store but needed a liner for it. I found the perfect one at the show. 
Check out Teresa Sheeley's Blog who was also a vendor at the show for some great pictures taken at the Flea. Unfortunately I didn't find a lot of treasures for the store as the items I really wanted were just too large to fit in my SUV, however I did purchase some smaller things like a long vintage flour sack which will make a great cushion cover, hand-made french inspired flour sack tea towels, small burlap bags to make into lavender sachets, bulk bark cloth fabric to make cushion covers and lovely dried lavender bunches. It was so much fun to just poke around and look at all of the stuff creatively on display at this lovey country flea market. I would definately go again.

Hello Bonjour....

Well this is my first attempt at blogging! It's been quite a year and a half for me. I retired from the Federal Government after 34 years and in October 2006, I started a new retail store called "French Vanilla Home and Garden". In July 2007 I launched my store's e-commerce website and now this....blogging! Who would have thought! Has it been challenging?....a bit, stressful?.... some days, rewarding?....most definitely! I love owning my own retail store, filling it with things I love and helping my customers find that perfect item or gift! I am enjoying this new phase of my life and look forward to learning new things, having new adventures and making new friends along the way!

Sheila
(established July/2008)