Thursday, August 11, 2011

You've acquired a vintage cottage/ would you decorate it?

I'm readying my mind for the upcoming Junk Bonanza in Shakopee, Minn., middle September.  Planning and pickin' as I get the chance.  What's hot now in the VINTAGE home?  Decor? Trends?  Colors?  I love it!  I know what sold last year...will the same kind of things sell this time?  I'll go with a variety of merchandise for a variety of decorating styles.  Burlap & Roses offers that kind of thing, too, and it's very favorable to those who visit the shop.

We had the pleasure of spending a few days in Okoboji, Iowa, this past weekend and got to do a bit of "pickin" at the nice antique shops.  Found a couple "just for me" contacts, too.  We even hit a few garage sales on  Highway 141 on the way up.  By the way, this annual garage sale event, which goes for miles has really grown since I attended the first one years ago.

As I was going about the pickin' part, I began with this thought and also posed this question on the Burlap & Roses Facebook page:

You have just acquired a vintage cabin/cott​age on a cool, vintage​ do you decorate it?  (Please go to my FB page, by clicking on the link above, "LIKE" it, and answer the question for yourself.)

So, that's how I'm going about this venture.  So far, six people have chosen:  Cottage Style; 3 for Rustic Vintage Cabin; and one chose, Beechy Keen.  What would you choose?  If you're planning to go to the Bonanza, what will you be looking for?  

So far, in my arsenal, I have an assortment of typography, some kitschy decor, a few vintage signs and more...I'm having a blast.  Check out the Junk Bonanza website, just click on the link above and start following their page and blog.  While you're there, register for the drawing for the Junk Bonanza Giveaway, too.  


Lisa D. said...

Where and how do you pick? I'm sort of new to vintage antiques and am super bummed that I am out of town this weekend and work during the week, so I cannot attend the Junk Bonanza. However, I have my own blog, and would like to find more "stuff" to make more projects.

Inspired Life said...

Lisa...thanks for asking. The first thing that I think is the most important is to know what is going on in the market...what's popular, colors, and price points. Once you've familiarized yourself with that, then you'll know what to buy, how much to you can make a profit, and what you can do to "most anything" to repurpose, refresh, etc.

Once you feel that you know the market, you'll know where and when to buy and you'll find that people will come to you, too, when they know you're in the biz.

I "pick" anywhere~at all times. No one set place. I always have my eyes open to a bargain, a real "catch", etc. You'll hone your skills...and sometimes, you'll learn your best lessons by your "mistakes". Good luck!