What’s the story?

My anticipation is growing as I prepare for Texas Antiques Week in Warrenton, Texas.  I am thrilled to be in a new location at Bar W under a big tent with my friends at The Seed Box Designs.  This is the first time I’ve had enough junque to fill a 20ft UHaul, my trailer and truck.  I will be ready to get this party started on Saturday, September 21, when Jeff and I roll our caravan into Bar W and unload.

I’m always excited to be surrounded by kindred spirits who share my passion for fabulous finds (aka junque).  Wether you are a customer or another dealer, most of us out in the field have junking in our blood and could tell stories about our adventures.

I come from a long line of junkers.  I have fond memories of Friday morning garage sales with my grandparents.  Grandpa loved garage sales as much as my Grandma.  I loved staying the night with them during the summer when we could hit the garage sales.  We would get up early, with a route all mapped out.  We were normally the first in line and had to wait for the homeowner to open the garage at our first stop.  I learned the art of negotiation from my Grandma.  I inherited my love for thrift stores from my Mom, which I’d never admit as a teenager.  We had our favorite thrifts and discount shops, like Schottensteins and the Volunteers of America.  One of the best shopping experiences I had with my parents was at an Eddie Bauer Outlet sale.  We stood in line at 4 am and left with garbage bags full of clothes.  To this day, I refuse to pay retail prices for anything.  My children grew up thrift and garage sale shopping.  I am proud to say that my daughter is a natural who takes after her Great Grandma, Grandma and her Mother.

When I began to build a home for our family, I remember falling in love with the story.  I had friends in Mississippi who taught me the art of decorating with character.  They would walk me through their homes telling me stories behind each treasured piece.  Their homes were full of fun memories and insight into their lives.  To this day, my home is a collection of adventures and remembrances from my journey.

I am often asked, “So, what is the story?”  I know that it’s nice to know where a piece came from, who made it or what era it came from.  I can usually tell you where or how I acquired the piece, but not it’s origin.  Honestly, I never think to ask the person I buy it from.  At the time I am usually caught up in the moment and excited about the particular piece.  Here’s a glimpse into my world of junking, a video Jeff and I made a couple years ago called “Making magic happen” or better known as “it’s not all fun and games.”  Warning:  it’s not all glamorous.

Click Here (in case you don’t see the video embedded)

I believe the true value of a treasured piece comes from the story you give it.  Where did you find it?  What were you looking for at the time?   Who were you with when you bought it?  What special occasion is it associated with?  What adventure did you have while buying it?  Did the piece “buy you” when you weren’t even looking for it?

I enjoy the idea of helping people tell their stories through the pieces they buy from Flown The Coop.  I love watching the adventure unfold in Warrenton as shoppers hit the fields with their lists.  Years from now, I wonder what stories they will tell their friends when asked about the piece they purchased from me.  Don’t be surprised if I ask you, “What’s the story?”

Is your home a collection of stories to tell?  Or are you just getting started on your decorating adventure?  Tell us about your current favorite piece, and “What’s the story.”

Here’s a sneak peak of the items you’ll find at Flown The Coop during Texas Antiques Week.

Hope to see you there!  Stop by and we’ll swap stories.  🙂

Don’t forget to share your stories in the comment section and follow our flight pattern on Facebook!  Life is a journey, come travel with me.

~Tiffany

And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky!


 

Just keeps getting better!

Flown The Coop’s third trip to Urban Market Houston was a huge success!

It was rewarding to see my recent pickings come together in the display at Urban Market Houston.  It just keeps getting better as I gain more confidence merchandising with each show.    The ultimate gratification is watching my treasured junque leave with excited new owners.  I love my job!

 

Breaking for FUN!  

Brian Russell from the Seed Box Designs borrowed his neighbor’s bike and took Miss Ivy for
a ride.  I don’t know who giggled more, Brian or Miss Ivy.  Hanging out with my crazy friends is another reason I love my job!  Click on the image to see a Vine Video….

Little Miss Ivy is serious about furniture modeling, click on the image for another Vine Video.

Urban Market Crowd

Urban Market Houston is one of my favorite shows, held three times a year at the Bayou City Event Center on Knight Rd.  Excited customers line up early for the Saturday evening preview, a great way to kick off the weekend!  A crowd lined up early on Sunday morning as well.  The weather was perfect for shopping!  Let’s hope we have a repeat of the beautiful weather October 26 – 27th for the next Urban Market Houston.

Thanks to all my Houston friends who stopped by to say “hi!”  I was honored to meet a few more friends that had been following the Flown The Coop flight pattern.  I love chatting with like minded people who love junque as much as I do!  Yet another reason I love my job!

Remember to send me pictures of treasures you buy from Flown The Coop.  It’s fun to see the pieces in their new homes.

What’s next?

Next stop:  Jeff and I leave for another trip to Ohio at the end of the week.  Stayed tuned.  Jeff has warned me that he plans on using his new Vine app to document our shopping.  This should be fun!

Next show:  Dallas Market June 19 – 23rd

As always, follow our flight pattern on our Facebook Page!  You can always let me know if you are looking for a particular piece.  I’d be happy to assist you on your search!

Here’s to happy junqueing…  It just keeps getting better!  

~Tiffany

And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky!

Anticipating Spring Markets

Ground Hog day is just around the corner.  We all hope he ushers in Spring sooner rather than later.  This week Folk’s Journal agenda challenge:  In the near future, what are you looking forward to the most?

Upcoming Spring Markets!

I’m looking forward to spring markets, with Urban Market Houston kicking off the season February 9th & 10th.

Planning displays for the upcoming spring markets is much like the itch I used to get for spring gardening. Throughout the winter, I used to spend hours pouring over magazines looking for ideas for gardening projects in anticipation of spring.  February always made me anxious to get outside, get my hands dirty and do the projects that I’ve been designing.

The upcoming spring markets allow Flown The Coop to create anew. In January I begin dreaming about booth displays and spend hours on Pinterest looking for fresh ideas for the upcoming markets. I’ve learned a lot since Kristie Herlong and I set up at our first market in 2011 and am getting better at pulling ideas together with each new display. Thankfully, Jeff is always up for whatever crazy idea I want to try.

Flown The Coop loads of fun the past few years

I love the community!  The hours spent hunting unique Junque, transporting and refinishing the Junque, and then planning ways to display the Junque is rewarded by seeing all my friends in the field once we arrive to a market.  It is fun to be the first to see the treasures they’ve uncovered in the past months. Their creativity and talent sets trends and is inspiring. I look forward to catching up with them, as well as catching up with the many loyal Flown The Coop friends!

If you are itching to create new spaces in your home or garden, I invite you to come out to one of the upcoming markets!  You will either be inspired by the creative displays or find the items you’ve searching for to finish the project you’ve spent this winter designing.

Urban Market Houston February 9-10

A two day outdoor Antique Market held three times a year in Houston. A fabulous collection of dealers, designers, and shop owners with spectacular antiques, furniture, and home decor.

Cole’s Antique Show (Round Top & Warrenton Antique Weeks)  March 25 – April 6

This rambling flea market that originally started in Round Top now encompasses about 26 miles between Round Top and Warrenton.   Cole’s is located at the edge Warrenton where several halls and dozens of fields are filled twice a year.

Will the ground hog see his shadow?  Regardless, I am looking forward to spring and the upcoming markets.  What are you most looking forward to?

 Linked in 🙂  

~Tiffany

And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky!

 

Adventures in Junque

 

A row of hats hanging on my bedroom wall are a daily reminder of our Flown The Coop adventures and tug at me as if to say “what are you waiting for?”

THE WAIT IS OVER … One of the biggest deals in junque begins next week!

Flown The Coop is busy preparing for another adventure at Antique Week in Warrenton, Texas (some call the show Round Top, some call it Warrenton).  The Round Top/Warrenton adventure takes place every Spring and Fall, mainly along Highway 237, between Brenham and LaGrange, Texas.

This is Flown the Coop’s second season at our location at Cole’s.  If you are headed to Warrenton from Round Top, we are the first field on the left as you enter Warrenton, at the corner of Hwy 237 and Willow Spring Road (FM 954).  Among all of the vendors there, Flown The Coop will be in the corner nearest the intersection of 237 & FM 954.

OH THE ANTICIPATION…

Of course Flown The Coop is strictly about business… buying and selling junque.  Ha!  I think ya’all know us better than that.  Jeff and I love to have fun… in fact we boast about bringing the fun.  🙂

So what’s all the fuss about?  Here’s a snapshot of last Spring….

The most meaningful adventures involved others in the business and die-hard fans!  Kelly (pictured left) flew in from Ohio.  She is the best groupie ever!  Reconnecting with Kristie (my soul sistah) meant the world to me!  And I made some amazing new friends!  I am always inspired by the community out in the “field” and am blessed to be able to re-connect with some of these wonderfully creative people at events as awe-inspiring as this one.

 

Buying frenzies!  Early in the morning last Spring I noticed a line formed at one of my neighbor’s booths.  I soon learned these people were “patiently” waiting for The Seed Box to unload their truck.  What started out as a cordial family reunion, ended in a competitive bid for junque, replete with the unsheathing of elbows.  Apparently there are even some unspoken (but well-known) rules of engagement… like not jumping on the truck.  You’ll be scolded for that one.  🙂

 

Marburger Farms.  I have to be completely honest… I did not plan on going.  I am a die hard “in the fields” kind of gal.  Others mentioned their feelings that it was out of their league or that they weren’t keen on the idea of an entrance fee.  This show under huge white tents seemed a world apart from the one I was enjoying so immensely, and therefore not worth the time away from my booth or parting with my hard earned money to pay admission.  That said, some of my friends talked me into at least experiencing Marburger “just once”.

I WAS COMPLETELY SURPRISED BY MARBURGER FARMS!!!

First of all, I had so much fun with these gals (pictured left)… who hailed all the way from New York and Iowa. Traci Kirfman  Gyles, far left, (Shabby Gals Nest) and I had so much fun “oohing” and “awing” over all the cool junque!

 

 

Secondly,  it is a great way to stay on top of new trends.  I was so inspired by the over the top displays and left committed to improving my own.  Be sure to check out my favorite booths… J. Hills Designs & The Willow Nest.  Marburger was totally worth the cost of admission… and is on my list again this Fall. I’ve even talked some friends into joining this time!

 

There are so many wonderful fields between Round Top and Warrenton!  It would take days to list all of my favorites!!!!  Okay, okay, here’s one:

Junk O-Rama Prom.  Antique week wouldn’t be complete without getting all dolled up for a wacky night out.  Of course I had to wear my “cowgirl” hat for this one!  🙂

 

 

 

Well I have other crazy stories from last Spring… but what happens in Warrenton… stays in Warrenton.  You’ll just have to experience this mecca of junque yourself!

Come join our adventure….

Jeff and I have been busy buying in Ohio and Missouri, along with finding great picking places just outside of Houston.  With our project list almost complete, we are excited pack up the trailer and head out for another adventure!  We will arrive on Monday, Sept. 24th.  Be sure to stop by our little spot in the field.  We’d love to catch up with all of you, friends and fans alike (those might be synonyms)!
Along with the fun junque… you’ll be able to pick up a Flown The Coop tee while supplies last.
If you’re lost… don’t hesitate to call me (Tiff) at 937-215-4732.  At the least, we can both wonder aloud where you are!
We’ll bring the fun… and the hats will be joining us too!
Until then,
~Tiffany

 

 

Urban Market Houston

My weekend with the pros….

Making friends in the field

I had the privilege of meeting Brian and Meloney Russell of The Seed Box Antiques last March at Coles’s Antique Show in Warrneton.  I really can’t say enough good things about this couple.  In my opinion, they take merchandising to another level.  I was impressed with the buying frenzy that took place when they unpacked their trailer for the show at 7am on a Monday morning. If you went to Warrenton in March, you definitely saw their load of body parts.  On top of all that, I discovered that they are genuinely nice people with generous hearts.  Oh… and they brought their adorable grand daughter Ivy to the show.  Ivy stole everyone’s heart and had everyone at Cole’s wrapped around her finger (including me).

Fast friends, I was excited to have veterans to talk shop with.  They invited me to have dinner with them and introduced me to more of the “pros” in the industry.  One night at dinner Brian asked me if I’d be interested in helping them a couple days at the Dallas Market.  I’m not sure how to convey my excitement.  My reply without hesitation was…

Are you kidding?  I’d work for FREE!  🙂

The Seed Box at Urban Market

I was really excited when I learned that Brian and Meloney were setting up at the Urban Market in Houston.  I hadn’t been to this market yet, but had heard that it was the premier show in Houston.  I volunteered to help for that one too!

While they take their work serious, we had some serious laughs hanging out all weekend.  I even got to go “junking” with them on Saturday.  EEKS!

Their displays are so inspiring…

I love Meloney’s display of her cuff bracelets “SKINS”…. each a one-of-a-kind design using the skins of baseballs.

Willow Nest

Brian and Meloney introduced me to their dear friends, Ludmil and Linda Marcov of the Willow Nest.  They had a gorgeous display at Marburger Farms!   The Willow Nest is a lovely mix of French country and unique treasures that Ludmil designs and meticulously hand crafts himself.

I was delighted to help the lovely Linda on Sunday.

Linda’s displays take you to the French countryside!  I was inspired by her as well.  It really was a privilege to help out… I learned so much!

I wish I had taken some good pictures of Ludmil’s bird houses.  Check out their website!  They are amazing!!!!

J Hill Designs

Several months ago a sweet couple stopped to talk with me while I was set up at Canton Trade Days.  I had a really nice chat with Billy and Judy Hill without realizing that I had met another “pro” couple.  Their J Hill Designs display at Marburger Farms in March was fabulous!  I was excited to see them at Urban Market.  They are another couple that is genuinely nice and exceedingly talented!

Just beautiful…

New Friends

While at Urban Market I met some new friends and had dinner with these creative folks on Saturday night.

Susie Skinner and Hector Vasquez of Fundustrial, along with their friend Mindy were so much fun!!!  I was in my element talking BIG IDEAS with Hector the Collector and enjoyed getting to know Mindy and Susie better.  If you are a regular at Warrenton…. You know these three talented pros!!!!  I went home with a few new pieces from their shop…. EXCITED!

Check out some of their displays….

I went home with a vintage mail sorter just like the one on the left!

New friends, Don and Kathy Gross of austinWOODHENGE are artisans that create handmade and hand painted items.  I love their paper boy bags!!!!  I am the proud owner of one of their creations!!!!

My prized new bag!

Totally inspired!

Urban Market is definitely the premier market in Houston and a must see.  Mark your calendars for the upcoming market October 27 & 28.  You really don’t want to miss a chance to see so much talent in one location!

 Come early… there was a line both Saturday & Sunday

Flown The Coop plans

Spending the weekend with the pros will have a lasting influence on Flown The Coop!  This week I’ll be hard at work on my final display in “the field” at Canton Trade Days.  Frankly, I was tempted to pare down my display in preparation for my space in Chippendale Eastlake Antiques.  No chance of that… I am inspired to rock it!

Hope to see you in a couple weeks at my home in the field!  May 30 – June 3  (Click on the map for an enlarged image)

 

 Happy Junking ~ Tiffany