Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Yummy Vintage Goodness and a BIG announcement!

A few weeks ago my hubby was browsing Craig's List and he said to me... "hey honey, you might like this!" I took one look at it and my mouth dropped to the ground,. Especially after I saw the asking price of... wait for it.......$75.00!! I couldn't believe my eyes, but was a little discouraged when I saw that it had been listed for several weeks already.
"It wont still be there, surely someone has snatched her up already."(I whined to my hubby)
But, with shaking hands I quickly sent the guy an email asking if she was still available.
I waited... and waited... and waited.... Three days went by without a single return email or phone call.
"See, I said to hubby pouting... I was right. She is sold already."

But then on the fourth day a miracle happened and a phone call came in... "Am I still interested in the mannequin???? Are you kidding? Absolutely!"

But the race was on because she was in Prescott and I am in Phoenix (about 2.5 hours away)
Two other people were coming to see her that day. I hopped in my car and a half hour after the guy called, I was on my way to Prescott. If all went well, I would arrive an hour before the first of the other two potential buyers!

Well, as you can see... she came home with me. The day was absolutely perfect. The weather was cool for this time of year since we had just had some great rain and as a result everything was green including the desert! The drive was beautiful and I was feeling so happy and blessed!
After I picked her up I drove into Old town Prescott to hit antique row. Many wonderful antique shops line the street so I parked my car at one end and worked my way down to the other!

 This is what I came home with... I love that heart pounding feeling when you find something fabulous!!!

I was truly in my happy place as perused the shops filled with yummy vintage goodness.
There are not many things I enjoy as much as searching for (and finding) a wonderful treasure from the past.

And that brings me to my big announcement....
For quite a while I have wondered if I should try my hand at renting a space in a great shop and selling my found, re-purposed and hand made goodies. I am so happy when I am in that place, so after much encouragement from my friends I finally decided to take the plunge and do it!!!

So "My Desert Cottage" will now be a booth in a fabulous Vintage shop called Rusty Saturday!
It is in a wonderful area on Cave Creek Rd that is home to many awesome vintage shops both North and South of Cactus.

I will be moving in the first weekend of September and will have my "Grand Opening" the same weekend as The Salvage Yard's monthly sale. (Sept 11th- 14th)

I've been collecting, painting, cleaning, collecting and painting and pretty much thinking of nothing else for the last 6 weeks!!
Here is a tiny sneak peak of a few things you will find in my booth.

I'll show you some more goodies next time!!



45 comments:

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Serendipity - that mannequin was waiting for you to discover it Karen. Of course the early bird gets the worm too.
Congratulations on moving into a prestigious boutique with your vintage wares, wishing you much success.
And now let me say how humbled I am that you could find time to do some blog design alterations for me during this busy period - thank you.

Cynthia Chapman said...

Karen I am so so happy for you!! How exciting to open your own shop!!! I dream of that day too!!! Will def come by and visit and promote!!

Helena White said...

How exciting! I wish I lived closer to be able to attend your opening. And your new mannequin is an amazing find. Your new adventure will undoubtedly be a great success Karen. What a wonderful adventure...Enjoy!

Lea said...

So happy for you and bet you will have the most attractive "staging" of anyone else. All the best of this very fun adventure!

Di said...

You hit the jackpot. Lucky girl. Di@Cottage-wishes

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

That's exciting news about the shop space, Karen! What a fun story about the mannequin- love it!

Katie Hibbs- Sacred Heart Studios said...

I'm so excited for you!! You have too much talent not to share it. You have a great eye for finding cool vintage goodies. You are going to have so much fun with this venture.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I'm so jealous of your gorgeous mannequin, she was meant to be yours. Congratulations on opening your new booth. It will be a huge success!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Karen,
You hit the jackpot on this one! I have been dreaming of the day that I found one just like her...maybe my dream will come true too:) Congrats on your new booth.

Blessings,
Linda

Kathy said...

Congratulation on the booth space. You are living my dream come true!!

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Karen
Let me say I have so enjoyed my monthly visits to Sweet Salvage with you and now I am thrilled for you opening your very own store where you will be taking us along there too (I hope)! Congratulations for taking the plunge! I wish you heaps of success!
What a beautiful dress form at such a cheap price. Love all your other goodies too. Those books are a real treasure!
Hugs,
Suzy

KayC. said...

I would like to wish you great luck on your new adventure. I would love to shop there but I live in the beautiful state of Wyoming.
Best wishes, KayC.

sweet violets said...

Love all your new treasures!! Congrats on the new shop space, I know you will be very successful....best wishes...xoxoxo

Jasper's Cottage said...

Ok, your mannequin is amazing and I was getting all excited about you getting it and then BAM you rolled out the big news. I'm so happy about your new venture. It's something I would love to do so, for now, I can live vicariously through your experience. It'll be amazing.
xo jonni xo

Vicki Dutcher said...

Great luck with your booth - I am sure it will be a wonderful success!! Hope to stop by and see your goodies first hand~

Rhonda said...

Love your dress form,she is amazing!
Give your husband a big hug for telling you about it.

Congrats on your exciting news. I hope to make it to your opening. You know I adore that shop!

Faded Charm said...

Love your new lady...what a steal! Good luck with your new booth. I hope it works out well for you:-)

Enjoy the rest of Summer!

xoxo
Kathleen

Judys Fabrications said...

What lovely things to add to your collection.

Karen B. said...

Wow Karen,
you seem to have an amazing day. Your mannequin is stunning and I am so happy for you that you now have a new place to share and sell all your beautiful things.
Enjoy both of them!
Many hugs,
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Lisa Gordon said...

She is just beautiful, and what a find!!!
Happy day to you.

Nancy Reinke said...

What an awesome husband you have to be on the lookout for a great find like that. Love it. Congratulations and best wishes for success in your new venture. I'm sure your space will be fabulous, as everything you do is so. ~ Nancy

time worn interiors said...

Congratulations! I know your booth will be fabulous! Have fun and make money!
Tot

Okio B Designs said...

Congrats on your booth! Best of luck! I definitely would have driven 2.5 hours for her too. =)

Jeanine

Tamara said...

Wow Karen.. what beautiful finds! And I know what you mean about the heart throbbing... I get all nervous and excited too. AND CONGRATULATIONS on your special space! You are so talented. I know it will be a huge success. I'll have to come visit some time. I've often wondered if you had a place like that.

Blessings and a high five!
Tamara

Lisa said...

Congrats! Congrats! on your new business endeavor! I know it will be absolutely dreamy! Too bad I am 2 states over or I would definitely be one of your first customers.LOL!
What a beautiful mannequin! She was meant to come home with you and I see she is happy in her new place .:)

Grace said...

Fabulousness! She was meant for you.So wonderful on how that happened. And might I add what a great husband to see that for you. Grace

Wicked Faerie Queen said...

You are so lucky I still have not found an old one here.

Congratulations on taking the plunge I wish I lived closer I would be there with bells on.

hugs
Sue

Lululiz said...

Fabulous news! You are going to have so much fun in your very own booth. Congratulations.

BarbaraAnn said...

Sounds like a Road Trip to me. Great find. I too have driven over 2 hrs to pick up a great find. We take the convertible sometimes when tell ourselves we can't buy anything. But ultimately find goodies and I drive back with the truck. I will try to get to grand opening my hubby has not been to that area of Arizona. I have seen it change since I started going Cave Creek & Carefree in the 80's

Nath said...

Congratulations for this new project, it is a beautiful idea!
You were very lucky to find this beautiful mannequin...
Today I was also lucky enough to find a magnificent rocking horse thrown on a pavement in full city... I was also happy as you. I am going to have some repairs but once finished, he is going to be magnificent!
Hugs

Missy George said...

The mannequin was meant to be yours..Congratulations on your booth..You seem to have a knack for that sot of thing and Lord knows you have the items to stock it..You'll be a huge success for sure..All the best !! You'll give "Sweet salvage" a run for their money...

Jan Bush-Wood said...

Good Luck with your new adventure.
I had a space for 2 years. I stopped when my brother came to live with us last August. It was a lot of fun, a lot of hard work, hunting,buying, painting,rearranging stuff to keep it fresh. You're younger than I am.
I'm sure you will be a great success

Jeanie said...

Oh Karen, if I ever get out your way, you will certainly have a customer! Congratulations -- I know it will be very successful!

Susan Homeroad said...

Crazy Lucky Find! and I know the feeling, just opened up a room of my own and I'm loving it!

Consider It All Joy said...

Congratulations on your new venture, it is something I have pondered for Many years, never quite getting my act together enough to jump in. I will definitely come by and browse your new space. Also, good buy on the dress form, she is delightful! I am planning on going to Prescott this weekend to do a little retail therapy myself!! :) Blessings!

Missy @ Chateau Chic Boutique said...

Karen I'm so happy for you! I'm surprised you haven't done it sooner. You're a natural! I look forward to seeing posts of your space. Have fun girl! And yes, what a super score on that dress form! That's one of my regular craigslist searches. Ha-ha!

Blessings,
Missy

Sheila Rumney said...

Oh, how I wish I loved closer to you! Congrats and wishing you much success! Love your dress form! Wishing you a wonderful day.

Lady Pamela said...

What a great story, I got excited just reading it!
I know exactly how you feel, I love it when I get a day like that.
*Smiles*

Elderberry Dreams said...

Great news on having your own place to sell! I will have to visit ♥ Good luck to you, although I know you will be a hit!

Sea Witch said...

Lucky you, she is great. I adore Prescott. I used to go to their antique show on the square they held a few times a year when I lived in Flag. I still have the 18th century chestnut rifle box I bought at that show.

Vintage Street Designs said...

What AWESOME news Karen! I wish you great success! I'm sure Rusty Saturday is thrilled to have you in their shop! HUGS ~ Judy

Deborah Montgomery said...

Congratulations on the booth Karen! That sounds fabulous. And so great you got the mannequin. I'm sure you'll have fun styling her!

hornaplenty said...

Looking forward to being your next door neighbor at Rusty Saturday! I am now mostly moved in my space. It's gonna be fun!

Vicki Boster said...

Karen- I'm not sure how I missed this post-- but I love that you are going to have your own little space. It will be beautiful--can't wait to see photos when it's all finished. You of all people need a little place to sell your treasures-- I think we all wish we lived closer:)
Vicki

Bohemian said...

Congrats and Congrats on the Fab Score from Prescott {unbelievable that she waited that long for a Home at that price huh?!!!}... she must have been waiting especially for YOU! And also for taking the Plunge for your Retail Space which looked absolutely Amazing when I was there during The Salvage Yard Event this Month. I didn't realize at first that it was your Space but you intstantly came to mind when I saw the Serene Palette and Styling... and then I looked up and said DUH!!! *LOL* It will be a perfect addition to your Creative Process and give Admirers a chance to feather their Nests with your Lovelies! Dawn... The Bohemian

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