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!

 

The Dallas Home and Gift Market

Last weekend I had the privilege of working with Brian and Meloney Russell of The Seed Box Antiques at the Dallas Total Home and Gift Market in the Vintage FINDS market hall. I was their sales and social media gal during the opening days of the market. I always learn a lot about the business and get inspiration for Flown The Coop when work along side this talented couple.

I’ll admit that it wasn’t all work and no play. I even ventured out on my own to explore the International Trade Center. I’m not sure how buyers for retail stores make it through their experience without getting overwhelmed. There are so many great showrooms! Peacock Park DesignsPark Hill Collections and Natural Life were a few of my favorite!!! My mission on my adventure was to get a latte at Starbucks. I ended up aimlessly wondering around for a couple hours. “Tiffany needs to get a latte not lost-e,” became the running joke for the rest of the show.

Me and Gina from Peacock Park Designs

Brian and Meloney’s booth is always over the top fabulous, winningThe Best of Vintage FINDS for their display during this market, a much deserved honor. There is excitement in the air the morning of opening day as their loyal customers line up awaiting opening of market and a chance to be first to slap a SOLD sticker on the one of a kind merchandise. I captured the phenomenon in the video below.

CLICK THIS TO VIEW VIDEO:   The Seed Box Antiques

Vintage FINDS is a relatively new concept for the Dallas Market Center, the recent debut was in January of 2012. I am blessed to have made friends with many of the vendors and to make new friends during this market. Here’s a peek at the selection at Vintage FINDS.

Flown The Coop will be joining The Seed Box at the next Vintage FINDS market in June. Excited is not a strong enough word for how I feel. If you shop the Dallas Market, please stop by the Vintage FINDS market hall and see us!

 

Lessons learned in 2012

Flown The Coop will take part in Folk Magazines year long Journaling Agenda, a community journaling/blogging project. Here’s to the first blog of the year!

Dear Tiffany,

It is safe to say, 2012 is over and you can move on.

Looking at your 2012 ~ Goals, Mantras and Dreams Board on Pinterest, the message is clearly the importance of pressing on. You are a dreamer. You always will believe that you can create the life you want.

2012 challenged that belief.

The year started with a move to Houston, Texas. This was not your choice. Leaving your two grown children in Ohio was difficult.  Fulfilling Jeff’s dream of living near his family, you made the move with the love of your life and was hoping for the best. You didn’t do so well.  You missed your family back in Ohio and the best friends in the world! You learned that you are a small town girl, who enjoys knowing your neighbors and walking around a historic downtown with lovely old homes. You missed The Depot, your favorite coffee shop, where the community gathers for their daily dose of Java and everyone knows your name.

With a wounded heart, but not a wounded spirit, you pressed on.  Not many people in your new home understood that you were having a crisis of belief.  You questioned, “Could you really be happy and fly free when you didn’t have the ability to choose your circumstances?”

Despite the Houston traffic, you managed to find your way around the “fourth largest city in the US.” Exploring a new city is always fun! You even managed to find a new coffee house to frequent, Boomtown. You enjoyed decorating your little flat in Rice Village, but parking tickets and loud college students made it clear that it wasn’t the ideal situation.  You longed for community and a feeling of place.  You and Jeff decided to end 2012 by placing a deposit on a rental house in the Heights.  The Heights is a neighborhood inside the loop that in many ways feels like your small town and is the only thing like it in Houston.  The cost of living is drastically higher than we are used to, but the decision felt like a leap towards creating the life that you wanted.  After your move in January, you will be able to make new friends, get involved in community and even walk to Boomtown!  You learned that given time, you can find what your heart longs for if you are willing to pay the price.

You hustled in 2012 and will need to hustle some more in 2013!

Flown The Coop made the move to Texas too. It was a scary move for you. How would you find ways to buy and sell, restore and repurpose wonderful Junque?  You rose to the challenge and Hustled.

You set up at several shows in Texas. You did Canton, Warrenton, Junk Salvation, Discovery Green Flea Market and the prestigious Urban Market Houston. In July you opened a booth at Chippendale Eastlake Antiques on 19th street in the Heights. Your were even invited to help out The Seed Box at the Dallas Market. All of these opportunities inspired you work harder at Flown The Coop. You learned a lot about merchandising from the pros in the business. You were encouraged to discover a niche, which is still a work in progress. The best part in stepping out in the various opportunities was making fabulous new friends! You have the best colleagues and customers who continually support your dream of flying free!

Creating a life on purpose is very important to you. In 2012 you learned that even when life isn’t zesty, you don’t have to be caged. You can fly free! The happiness you long for isn’t in a destination, but is in the way you travel. You’ve proved to yourself that you are strong, willing to persist and that you have the ability to start over!

Life is a journey, come travel with me!

 ~Tiffany

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

 

 

Urban Market Houston

The New Kid On The Block

I had the privilege to participate in my first Urban Market Houston October 27 & 28th.  I have to give kudos and much thanks to Jackie Sharbrough and her crew.  The market ran smoothly and was truly one of the best experiences I’ve had at a market!

In case you missed the October Urban Market Houston, here is a glimpse of what we had in store for the market goers.

 

Weather was on our side

We had great weather for the market, inviting a large group to line up for Saturday afternoon sneak peak.  Love the excitement a crowd creates!

So much talent in one place!

The Urban Market Houston highlights an amazing array of talent that never fail to inspire me!

of course I love The Seed Box!

 

Susan Skinner & Hector Vasquez with Fun Dustrial always bring truck loads of industrial and fun finds!

I always admire J Hill Designs

A new purchase came from Camille and Scott McCain at Desirable Junk…  I fell in love with these beauty shop chairs!  Check out the turquoise ones that landed in my apartment!!!!

 

And I thoroughly enjoyed my delightful neighbor Rebecca Looten of Monsoon Imports!

 

Flown The Coop Friends!

We always like to highlight the fact that we have made some great friends in our Junque community!  This “cutie pitutie” has seriously stole our hearts!!!!  We love that Ivy hangs out at our booth during the market.

Save The Date

Urban Market Houston happens three times a year; October, February and May.  I am already making plans for the February Urban Market.  Hope you save the date and join us for another wonderful market!

~Tiffany

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