I’ve always had this problem. When I go shopping, it’s guaranteed I’ll bring home a chair. I used to sneak them in, like an adorable orphaned puppy that I can’t possibly take care of. After years of this behavior, I’m ready to admit to an addiction. I prefer to call it a love affair with chairs.
Walking around my home, the problem is obvious. To my credit, I don’t discriminate. There is no rhyme or reason to my love affair. At any given time, there is a wide variety of seats to take in my home. Take a peak at our current options…
These classic wood desk chairs are waiting the perfect kitchen table. Don’t they look like wallflowers waiting to be asked to dance?
My desk chair is one of my favorites! This is where I spend a LOT of time.
Here is a recent rescue. This will be a fantastic chair when I get around to recovering it.
Here is one of my favorite projects. I think the school bus seat covered with faux cow hide turned out great! It found a home at the Crazy Oaks Lodge & Retreat. I love that!
Here is a wonderful vintage arm chair that I had professionally upholstered. I can visit this lovely chair at my friend Katrina’s home. Stayed tuned… I’m picking one up similar to it soon.
This Toledo drafting chair is a recent pick. Isn’t she sweet? Look closely, you’ll see my beloved butterfly chair, another recent pick.
The best part of my “job’ is that I can preserve my love affair (aka addiction or problem), enjoy the treasures for a time and then send them off. As proof, take a look at a collection of chairs that have been placed in good homes.
May was a fun month that seemed to fly by! The buying trip to Ohio was a huge success! My workshop is officially “hoarded” up and the Flown The Coop booth at Chippendale Eastlake Antiques is fully stocked.
Shopping is one of my favorite parts of the business, and is even better when friends and family tag along! You never know who you’ll meet up with in the field. This time I found Mrs. Beasley!
Jeff joined me on this trip. Shopping hours on end is not his favorite part of the business. We joked that he became my personal porter.
Jeff proved to have a good eye for treasures! He found this egg scale, which was immediately sold to a farm in West Liberty, Ohio after being posted to Facebook. The Springfield Extravaganza kicks off the show season in the midwest. I was so excited to shop it for the first time since I moved to Houston. It was fun to see my friends at Dorcey’s set up under their big circus tent. (click on the image to view the Vine Video)
Shopping trips are serious work, but a trip to Ohio would not be complete without spending time with my family and friends! On the way to Ohio we stopped in Memphis to see our dear friend Erin, and heard award winning Blues at the Hard Rock Cafe. We arrived in Ohio in time to celebrated Mother’s day with my family. Jeff and I enjoyed hanging out in the evenings with some of our favorite people. Here’s Kelly, Michele and I after a dinner in Urbana. These ladies always make me smile!
On the way back to Houston, we stopped at Brian and Meloney’s home in Missouri. They own The Seed Box Designs and have a fabulous home in the Ozark mountains. We enjoyed hanging out on their deck, showing them our picks from Ohio, seeing what they’ve been working on and feeding the cows with Miss Ivy. It was exactly what we needed before our last leg of the trip.
Returning to Houston
First thing on the agenda after returning to Houston was a booth redo at Chippendales. My daughter Emily was in town and helped me whip the booth in shape. Many of the new pieces have already flown off to new homes.
The Dallas Market
It’s now June, which means summer in Texas is really heating up! It’s also quickly approaching the time for Flown The Coop’s debut at the Vintage Home Market, going on during the Dallas Gift Market June 20-24th in the Market Hall North across from the World Trade Center. I have a week to finish last minute projects and pack it all up.
June and beyond
I hope to spend more time blogging about my adventures in the future! Time seems to fly the coop. I get busy working on projects and hunting new treasures. There are so many aspects of the business I’d like to share; from buying, repurposing, merchandising, selling, etc. What would you like to read more about?
There are no shows scheduled for July and August, but I’ll hook up the trailer to Miss Dixie for anther buying adventure this summer. Stayed tuned for stories from June and beyond… and follow our flight pattern on Facebook for a daily dose of Flown The Coop!
And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky.
This is not just a shop local campaign, but an idea worth sharing.
Let’s use the next couple months to think about our holiday gift list in a new way!
Who on your list has a small business, product or an amazing talent? Why not support them by sharing their product or talent with your extended network of friends on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or an other forums?
Our network of friends are seriously the best recourse in the world! If you are on the hunt for gift idea, ASK your friends on Facebook for ideas. I bet they know someone (or someone they know will know someone) with that perfect item!
So Let’s Share
We all have incredibly talented friends with Facebook pages, Pinterest Boards, Etsy shops or websites worth checking out for holiday gift ideas. I got to thinking that it would be fun to share resources here at Flown The Coop. So… let’s get the party started!
Post a comment with a link to your friend’s Facebook page, Pinterest Board, Etsy shop or Website. Let us know why you think they are a great gift resource.
I am very excited to announce Flown The Coop has joined the antique co-op at Chippendale Eastlake Antiques on 19th street in the Heights. You will be able to shop Flown The Coop at our new roost beginning in June!!!
For months Jeff & I have toyed with the idea of finding a shop location. We love the Flea, but also like the idea of a permanent location to roost in between shows. The idea seemed like a distant dream… but ya’all know we dream TEXAS SIZED DREAMS. 🙂
Saturday afternoon Jeff & I set out to explore our options. We love the eclectic, funky, fun-loving Heights area of Houston and ultimately want to live there. I thought we should start by driving around looking at houses. Jeff wanted to shop… who am I to argue with that? Strolling through the shops on 19th is always fun!
I had already talked to a few shop owners on 19th and was leaning more towards a booth space with a co-op instead of a full fledge shop. A co-op space would provide a coop to roost in, with the freedom to continue flying off to junking adventures… remaining true to our dedication to those who can’t be caged. Earlier in the week I checked with one antique mall in the area who only could offer me a display case as a way to get my “foot in the door.” I wasn’t excited about that idea. Admittedly, I was thinking there was little chance of finding a space anytime soon. We walked in Chippendales Eastlake Antiques to inquire about getting on a dealer’s waiting list. To our surprise, we learned that there is a space available for the first time in three years. Serendipity! (Jeff loves that word) After talking to Heather, I was sure this could be a good fit for Flown The Coop!
Chippendale has been located on the corner of 19th and Rutland in the Houston Heights for twenty three years. Previous to Chippendales, the location was home to a gas station, Lewis and Coker grocery store and a green stamp store. Currently there are twenty one dealers who make up the antique co-op. Jeff and I are excited to be apart of such an established group of dealers and love the idea of locating on 19th street. There is so much scope for imagination!
New space/ new friends
The ideas just keep coming… shifting my paradigm from filling a 20X20 space in the field to filling our new indoor space will be a fresh challenge.
I am excited about getting involved in a new community of “junk” lovers and developing new friendships! One of my first friends at Chippendale… meet Carlos Antonio, the shop dog. He is a rescued long haired Chihuahua. Isn’t he handsome with his summer cut? Seemed to pose when I got the camera out.
BTW: Chippendale Eastlake is a pet friendly shop!!!!! Most of the antique shops on19th have at least one “shop dog” and are open to dog walkers and pets 🙂 Pretty cool.
Our Coop away from Coop….
We haven’t flown away from the Flea all together… the Flea will remain our “coop away from coop.” This month we will be set up in our regular spot at Canton Trade Days (May 30th – June 3rd). However, this will most likely be our last month in the “field” at Canton… we are exploring pavilion options. Please come visit our beloved corner in the field! (Row 52/ Row 98 by the creek between the Civic Center and the Pavillions)
Our flight pattern will also include Warrenton at Cole’s Antique Show twice a year and other possible shows.
Sign says “Walk.”
Jeff and I are enjoying our Flown The Coop journey… we are flying free, taking tiny steps forward and loving where it is taking us. We are thankful that we took the time to explore our options and stepped into Chippendale. Feels like a huge leap, but there is no doubt we will love our new coop!
There are more dreams to dream (Texas size)… all of which build on what we are currently doing. With each step we take I am beginning to believe the sky is the limit… really!
And the birds fluttered around them writing “yes” in the sky!