Small Business Spotlight: Holiday & Event Lightning Cincinnati Gives Back!

Behind the scenes of Vintage Indie I also run a local homeschool community on Facebook with my husband. I post a lot of events, coordinate field trips, and various other things.

At times over the years, I'm privately messaged about some needs in the community. This time our local homeschool community really turned out and was offering to step up and fill a need in our local community so quickly. I'm so humbled when people truly give from the heart, and needs are met in such a quick turn around.

Holiday & Event Lighting Cincinnati, a local family owned business has stepped up to sponsor a large part of the need.

Christmas Lights Cincinnati Gives Back

It would be fantastic if you could visit their website, like their facebook page, and like and comment their videos. Small businesses need our support more now than ever!

If you're looking for some Christmas Lights to visit they have a fantastic list of lights that they have installed this year on their website. Please also keep them in mind for your lighting needs in the upcoming new year! 

Thanks so much Holiday & Event Lighting Cincinnati

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Modern & Classic Jewlery Meet: Handcrafted by LexLuxe / Alexis Russell Jewelry


“Earthy and understated, yet refined and elegant” is how Alexis describes her collection. “I want women to feel both beautiful and comfortable wearing my pieces.

I consider myself a minimalist when it comes to jewelry. You won't find me decked out in head to toe accessories, but beautiful pieces to accent natural lines. I simply adore the handmade collection from LexLuxe. 






SHOP: LexLuxe


Small Business Spotlight: Interview with Blogger Kimberly of Gravity Mom



Can you tell me a little bit about how you got started blogging?

I started blogging 4 years ago when my son turned 1 and I realized how quickly the first year went by and that I wanted to document it somehow. It became not only a resource for myself but quickly grew to be a resource for other Moms as well. Ever since I have been writing and capturing all the fun (and not so fun) parents of Motherhood over the years! I just launched Gravity Mom in January of 2014 and it has been like birthing a baby! I have been so excited to focus on a more common sense approach in every day parenting topics! 


What is Gravity Mom?

Gravity Mom is a very “down to earth” authentic blog where I write about real life Motherhood. It's not so much about how you can be the perfect parent, but more about coming together to realize that we can try and appreciate the joy in the chaos. It's about striving to be our best, not comparing ourselves to others and feeling confident that we are all Super Moms. 

What kinds of topics do you cover?

I love to do fun easy crafts that don't take a Master's Degree in graphic arts to complete. I love to share recipes that are kid approved and kid friendly in the kitchen. I write about the hard stressful moments in Motherhood like infertility, breast feeding, and what to do when you accidentally put a disposable diaper in your washing machine! I love to find really fun educational activities you can do at home with your kids and pinterest projects that are and are NOT worth your time. 

Who is your perfect reader?

My perfect reader is your every day, down to earth Mom who just wants to have fun with her kids and likes to do fun easy at home projects, crafts and delicious food.

Who or what inspires you?

My family. They remind me what it means to stay humble and authentic in everything I do. They keep my feet on the ground and support me in every new crazy adventure I take on! 

Do you have any exciting plans for Gravity Mom for the new year?

I have so many exciting plans for Gravity Mom this year! I am working with lots of local businesses to do more fun events for Moms locally (with and without kids!) along with some big giveaways, ebooks and family fun!

How can we follow Gravity Mom? 

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Google + - +GravityMom

Small Business Spotlight: Interview with Julie Newton, Customer Relations Mgr. Antiques Village Dayton, Ohio


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When did you open? Aug. 1, 2013


What kind of store is Antiques Village? Antiques Village is a community of Shop Owners with  300 Unique Antique and Collectible Shops. We have over 80,000 square feet of the very best in unique shopping experience in the Greater Dayton Area for Antique Enthusiast and Casual Shoppers.  We provide quality antique and vintage products to our Customers that will enhance their decorating needs for home or business.  We surprise our Customers with unique assortments that are antiques, vintage, historic, old fashion or nostalgic for personal use or gift giving.  We provide our Customers with additional choices such as new and used books, custom framing, framed art and more.  We value our Shop Owners and consider them partners in creating the very best shopping experience for our Customers.  We have the best Customer service with a dedicated staff that is passionate and enthused about our business.

What is your shop address?  Our address is 651 Lyons Rd., Dayton, OH 45459. We are located across from the Centerville-Washington Twp. Sam’s Club, next to Arrow Wine.


What are your hours? 10:00AM to 8:00PM Daily, we’re closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.


Do you hold any special events at your store?  We typically hold 2 promotions and/or events a month. Some past events include in-store discounts of 10-15%, Shop Owner Sales of 10-50% off, Vintage Fashion Shows, Holiday carolers/food drive, Raffle give-aways, and many other exciting promotions.


Do you have openings for vendors? If so, how does one apply?  Currently our shop spaces are sold out with a waiting list of approximately 250 people. We have an application to join the waiting list on our website or one can be picked up at Antiques Village. We encourage those that are interested in a shop at Antiques Village to visit our location and join our waiting list.


Anything else you would like to add? Antiques Village has been open for seven months and has quickly become the talk of the town. We have the largest store and the best Shop Owners in the Area. Our marketing says it all….Antiques Village is the largest and best Antique Mall in the Greater Dayton Area.


Small Business Spotlight: Interview with Blogger KatieJo of Sunshine Baking


 Please help me in giving Katie Jo of Sunshine Baking a warm welcome. She's new to the blogging world, but not new to delicious food. I think you will enjoy her sweet spirit and her easy going take on food.  


Can you tell me a little bit about how you got started with your blog Sunshine Baking?

I actually don't recall an exact moment that I knew I wanted to start a food blog. But it was more a series of events for me. I like to write and I love to learn new things and experiment; so a few people recommended it as a good outlet for creativity. My close friend Lynne recommended that I speak with you, Miss Gabreial: As the editor of Vintage Indie, you would have a lot of feed back about the web world.

People I got to know through work and life in general would consult with me from time to time on menu planning and baking ideas for things and I love it, it’s a great passion of mine. Food brings people together, from everywhere; why not share what I know with everyone!

My close friends and instructors from high school and college always called me Sunshine as a nickname and it just stuck, so when I began baking more professionally than just as a hobby, and I knew I would need a name, I began asking around and getting ideas as to what I should call my blog. I chose a few possibilities one of them having a sunshine theme, and everyone chose that one. So really I had very little work in the idea of the name "SunshineBaking."

I was very lucky over the years in that I worked at Starbucks for quite some time and had ample taste testers between my co-workers and patrons. Now they are my friends, my network, my support. They really have stuck by me and helped me, one such person, my friend Ty Lilly, who owns and operates Zen Media Studios. He helped me build my site based on what I wanted, helped me create a design and still helps me maintain everything on a tech-y level so I can spend more time creating yummy things. It has been a blessing so far.


What kinds of topics can we expect to find there?

My goal in starting SunshineBaking, is to show people that food is fun. Life is fun, sometimes we get so caught up in making really elaborate dishes and desserts and this technique and that technique, it can get overwhelming! I can promise that I will not be focusing on elaborate food with my followers.

I will by all means help anyone through any culinary question they have, even if I have to reach beyond my skill level and test a few things out and do some research. But the topics I want to cover are every day living, eating: Regular diets, Vegan foods, Gluten free and other specialty diets, and crafty things . . . with little bit of my anecdotal life thrown in. I want to provide people with things to try that they may not have thought of before, without overwhelming them. You shouldn’t have to have a culinary degree to follow through with any of the recipes I develop or share.


What kinds of recipes will we be able to find on Sunshine Baking?

I like to think balanced with my diet, with a lot of plants and whole foods thrown in I’m a vegetarian, so that will be reflected in the recipes I post. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you just need some nachos, or a good gluten free dessert because that was the day you had, but I want to share an array of recipes. Gluten free, Vegan, and Vegetarian recipes. I like to bake a lot, so I will gravitate mostly to that, but if anyone wants anything in particular, I plan on sharing most of what I do. Be it a savory or a sweet dish.


What do you consider the best night in?

I am definitely a homebody. The best night in for me would consist of a little crafty time with my girlfriends, be it crochet or jewelry making. We always joke about those e-cards that say things like “All my co workers are out drinking and I’m over here like I’m totally going to go hang out with my besties, drink tea and do granny crafts.” But we don’t care; we take joy in the things we create.

Then I would want to go home and make a delicious dinner with my boyfriend and sit down with some music. Probably followed by a movie, either a romantic comedy or a Disney movie. But there really are so many types of “Best Nights In.” I also love nights in with my Mom and Sister, where we just catch up with a cocktail of my Moms invention and do nothing at all. I will probably be sharing a few of those drink recipes with you guys here soon. I love any time I can spend with my loved ones, they make life worth living, and they have all played such a big part in shaping my life.



I see that you publish gluten free recipes. What inspires you to cover gluten free recipes?

I hadn’t had much exposure to gluten free cooking until I was a nanny for a little boy named Canton Bellaire; he had a few food allergies that I had not been acquainted with until I met the Bellaire family. I learned a lot about gluten free diets through them, his Mother Lynne a close friend of mine gave me a lot of educational food knowledge and things to look at so I was a little more ahead of the game.

Then this past year, I ended up having to take a long run of antibiotics, which ended up screwing up my stomach and leaving me with gluten sensitivity. I did some research and found out it was fairly common after antibiotics, and instead of fighting my body for my old ways, I figured I would cater to it. There are tons of people out there who could use less gluten in their life and educating ourselves can only help us be more aware of our bodies and our digestive health.



What are your favorite things to make in the kitchen?

I’m a moody eater, sometimes I need some chocolate, and sometimes I just want a salad. But my favorite things to make are flavored popcorn (just because I love to eat it so much.) Cheesy Rice Risotto, and I love decorating cakes.


Anything else you would like to add?

I really want my blog to be interactive, I want people to get to know me, and I want to answer your questions. I will be available to you, in ways some bloggers or food writers won’t. I have a slew of instructors available at anytime who can help me answer food questions if I don’t know the answer. My boyfriend and fellow chef loves food writing and specifically food history and anthropology so I will probably include little experts that he finds on food too.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

The best way to discover more about me is to interact with me, shoot me an email from my site.

Email: [email protected] Website: Blog: You can find my blog at Facebook: Twitter: @katiebaking Pinterest: Katie Kelley (SunshineBaking)


Thank you so much Katie for this wonderful interview! I can't wait to see what other yummy recipes you have in store for us. 


10 Year Anniversary Week: Love Birds

This week, I'm so excited to be celebrating my 10th wedding anniversary. It feels like only yesterday we were two love birds, ready to take the plunge and make a life long commitment to marriage.

Truthfully, to me it only feels like yesterday and to him, well he said the same. For some reason 10 just feels like such an accomplishment. That goes without saying it has been hard work and a lot of growing on our parts. We're also grateful we both have parents who have stayed together for over 25 and even 30 years. So this week  I'm celebrating, along with the love of my life and our three children, the best 10 years of my life and to many more in the future.  



Love Birds Cake Topper from sweetshelbys 


Love Birds Jewlery from DelicacyJ


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Love Birds from Susabellas

Indie Weddings Month 2012: Rustic Wedding Accessories

 Shop handmade and small businesses for your rustic wedding accessories. 


Top Left: Rustic Woodland Bridal Bouquet from FloraBond 

Top Right: Rustic Love Birds Cake Topper from GoRustic 

Bottom Left: Rustic Wooden Guest Book Set from DazzlingExpressions 

Bottom Right: Lilly Grass Plant Wedding Favors from NatureFavors 


 All images copyright © of their shop owners. 

Sponsor Black Friday & Cyber Monday Holiday Gift Guide

The deadline to sponsor the Black Friday & Cyber Monday Holiday Gift Guide has been extended to the 24th, but don't delay! There won't be another extention! 

Black Friday Specials

Is your business looking to amp up the holiday sales a bit this Black Friday & Cyber Monday? Well, we have just the thing for you! Sponsor Vintage Indie on Black Friday/Cyber Monday and be included in a four day weekend specially designed for you. Black Friday features will only include those of sponsors and remain in Vintage Indie's archives forever. Your features will also remain on the top page for the full four day weekend. They'll also be easily found through links in the Vintage Indie categories.

This is your time to shine, share your sales, specials and holiday offers. Each listing includes one specific feature just for you. A 300x300 pixel logo image, and up to 4 product photos. (each is limited to editing by the editor for size purposes).

To purchase your space in this special Black Friday/Cyber Monday Holiday Gift Guide 


Subject: 2010 Holiday Gift Guide

Price is $15.00 per feature.

Deadline for photos, logo & inclusion is November 23rd.

We look forward to a fabulous Holiday season with you!

Gabreial Wyatt


Submission Request: In Your Hometown

Show off Your Community


October is such a wonderful time. Small businesses are preparing for the holiday shopping season and getting ready to do what they do best, serve you! How about giving them a boost by showing off your "hometown" favorites. Snap photos, interview owners, or just send us a link to your favorite Vintage Hot Spot, Indie Business, Speciality Shop or Family Businesses.

All submissions will be considered, but may not be inculded. Please email submissions Subject Line: My Hometown.


Oh, it's Monday!

Hey there,

Sorry I missed you this morning for Making the Most of Monday. We've been deep into school books today with a full schedule of nothing but school work until my Zumba class this evening. Speaking of Zumba, anyone ever try it? It is so much fun and a great workout. I hope your week has gotten of to a great start. I'd like to take a moment to welcome our Featured Sponsor for October.

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MagnetStreet has been a great supporter throughout the year and we couldn't have done it without their support. Please take a moment to visit their website. It isn't to early to start thinking about family photo Christmas cards, wouldn't a magnet be fun!


If you'd like to advertise your small business or blog, now is a great time. We start ads all throughout the month and are happy to extend your ad into the next month. Our rates will not be going up for the holiday shopping season. We know how tough it has been the past couple of years for small businesses.

Thanks so much, see you back here soon!


VI Headliner Sponsor Feature: Navare Jewlery

It is my pleasure to welcome another sponsor to Vintage Indie. Please help me in sending Navare Jewelry a warm Vintage Indie welcome.


Vintage trinkets, recycled finds and re-purposed objects are what make Navare Jewelry truly unique. Navare Jewlery's owner has a heart for giving and pledges to give twelve percent of sales to those who are less fortunate. Visit Navare Jewelry and support a small business today! 

I couldn't run Vintage Indie without sponsors like Navare Jewelry and I truly appreciate their support. If you would like to sponsor Vintage Indie, we would love to have you! Summer Sale has been extended until September and stay tuned for more details about our Holiday Market!  

VI Headliner Sponsor Feature: Photo Jewlery Making, Great Mother's Day Gift Ideas & SAVE 20%

Vintage Indie would like to welcome Photo Jewelry Making back as our sponsor. They invite you to join them in creating with their fabulous craft supplies. Product variety is a must when creating something special for your mom, daughter, sister and friends for this Mother's Day. Photo Jewelry Making has a variety to ensure personalty shines through your handmade gift.

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Create an EZ-Change photo pendant with your picture or a piece of altered art.

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Maybe your interested in creating a bracelet like the one above including all grandchildren photos. 


Last, but certainly not least from numerous ideas from Photo Jewelry Making is this bubble ring! Customize with the photo or artwork of your choice.

As a special treat for Vintage Indie readers, Photo Jewelry Making is offering you 20% off for the month of April!

Use Code  friends20 for your discount.

Thanks again Photo Jewelry Making, for your sponsorship!


VI Headliner Sponsor Feature: Purple Toes Jewlery

Please help me welcome our newest sponsor Purple Toes Jewelry back to Vintage Indie. We are excited have a beautiful jewelry company with us!

Purple Toes Jewelry or dryan327 on Etsy would like to welcome you to check out their handmade accessories. From necklaces to earrings, you'll find something eclectic or chic to cover everyone on your list. Visit Purple Toes for their current line of steampunk jewelry. 

Thank you dryan327 for your support this month. We appreciate you!

*This feature is a sponsor paid feature with the Vintage Indie  Advertising. All items chosen for the feature were hand picked by me. If you are interested in advertising, please visit our informational page here.

8 Days Left to book your business in the Vintage Indie Holiday Market 2009


If you are a shop an Etsy shop owner, website owner, Bonanzle, Ruby Lane Shops, Artfire or the like, you can take advantage of the market.

Heavily advertised and created to promote you and your independent small business, no competing with the bog box stores here.

Head over to Vintage Indie for the PDF file with all of the details.

See you soon at the market!

Vintage Indie

Shop. Save. Be Happy!

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Save at BlackStar 

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Details - Labor Day Weekend Deal for 9/3-9/7: Say goodbye to summer with 20% off of everything in my 'Autumn's Calling' section in my shop.
Write 'Weekend Deals' in the message to seller box. Either pay immediately and get a refund through PayPal or wait for a revised invoice. Hello Autumn!

Save at Lost in the Forest 

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Details - 15% off everything this weekend - Friday 04 September - Monday 07 September 12pm GMT. Discount will be applied by paypal refund or alternatively request a new invoice before paying. Quote LABOUR in notes to seller.

Business Series: An Inside Look at an Antique Co-op

Vintage Indie would like to welcome Karla the delightful proprietress of Polka Dot Rose. Karla also participates in a local antique co-op and has given us an inside look on what it means to be apart of the co-op.

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Hi Karla, thank you for joining us here at Vintage Indie. Can you explain to us what an antique co-op is exactly?

An antique co-op is an antique store with many different dealers represented. Normally there is an owner that will have his or her own merchandise. Often an antique dealer will start with her own shop; it can be difficult to keep a large shop stocked with fresh and inviting inventory. Having other dealers bring in their own unique merchandise can really give a boost to an existing shop.

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How did you get started in the co-op?

Since we could no longer meet the demands of full time shopkeeping, becoming part of a co-op was perfect for us. We started in a well established shop in a neighboring town. It was a small shop with a few select dealers and an established clientele. We were able to set up our portion of the shop (often referred to as a 'space' or 'booth') to reflect our personality and to highlight our particular type of vintage goods.

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What is involved with a co-op?

Although there are many different ways to set up and maintain an antique co-op, the basic idea is that it is a cooperative effort between a few or many different dealers. The shop is divided into separate areas or spaces, often of varying size. Rent is established by the owner and will vary according to size and perhaps location within the shop. An agreement is set up in advance and will usually involve working in the shop a number of days per month. This time is considered part of the 'rent' and is therefore obviously, not a paid position. We are members of a co-op, rather than employees of the shop. A few of us in our current co-op formerly owned and operated our own antique or vintage shops. A few have only worked in a co-op situation, but have been involved for years. There are a few who are just starting out. After seeing their private collections grow beyond what they can store or display themselves, a co-op provided an outlet for that collecting hobby.

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Do you have a set location?

We do have a set location. We have been in many different shops throughout our county. The location where we are currently located is fairly new for us, therefore we have joined a business with other dealers. Many of them have been with the shop since its inception.  Since we are relatively new in this particular co-op, we have a fairly small space and are located to the back of the shop. We hope eventually to be able to acquire a space closer to the front, we seem to be always wishing we had more room!

It can be daunting to get as much merchandise as we would like into a limited amount of space. It does teach one to be creative with display! There are many advantages to being in antique co-op. Many of the long established dealers have their own following and established customers who frequent the shop; this benefits all the dealers.  It is also a wonderful way to become educated in areas of collecting that may not be your particular niche. It is also informative to see what people are looking for and what they buy.  We are fortunate in our co-op to have a group of dealers who are respectful of one another and genuinely interested in each others success. A successful co-op enterprise is one where all dealers prosper and thrive plus we have a lot of fun!

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Thank you so much Karla for sharing your co-op experiences with us. Please take a moment to visit Karla's online web-shop at Polka Dot Rose.

VI Headliner: Photo Jewelry Making

Vintage Indie would like to welcome Photo Jewelry Making back this month as one of our fabulous sponsors.


Photo Jewelery Making offers many opportunities for you including starting a new hobby, starting your own business and making gifts for family and friends. Pictured above is the Home Business Kit Necklaces and Bracelets.  Everything you need to make Photo Necklaces or Photo Bracelets. Keep in mind the sky is the limit and you don't have to use just photos. Vintage Ephemera also makes for great images! Head over to Photo Jewelry Making to support a small independent business and one of our wonderful sponsors.

Thanks again Photo Jewelry Making!

Sponsor Feature: Bella Beads Studio

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Vintage Indie would like to welcome Bella Beads Studio as one of our fabulous sponsors for March. We are thrilled to have this independent company with us this month. Top Left is their Friendship Initial Rings. I love this idea, and of course the gorgeous "typewriter key" styled initial. Top Right, a clever piece from Bella Beads Studio, their handcrafted Fine Silver Vase, with vintage pink posies, change up the flowers for each season! Bottom, is their latest cuff for spring, Aqua, Olivine & Enamel Sterling.

The Daily Swank - Miss Ruby Sue

There are some days when we could use some bright and nourishing color in our lives. The winter months here in Kentucky seem to be long with their gray skies. If you are feeling the same way, hopefully you'll find a glimpse of joy in these beautiful creations by Miss Ruby Sue for today's Daily Swank.

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Eco Friendly, recycled and deconstructed materials are combined to create this beautiful Giddy Up Girl - What's in Dotties Closet necklace.

Business Series - Selling Your Vintage & Antiques Online Part Two with Bonanzle

We hope you've enjoyed our Business Series so far. If you need to catch up feel free to visit our archives. If you've been thinking of starting your own business selling your vintage or antique goods on-line we hope to show you a few options during the next few sections of our series.

It is important to note we are not associated with any of the sites that we'll be featuring in series but hope to offer informative details about each site so that you can decide which is best for your business.

We are all about real experience and for Part Two of our Bonanzle feature we'd like to introduce you to Julie of Orallo,Inc . Julie is fairly new to Bonanzle,  she has first hand experience on what it's like to be new and start from scratch selling on Bonanzle.

Why did you choose to set up a booth on Bonanzle?

As a former eBay store owner, I share the same frustrations as many other former sellers who have been actively searching for a VIABLE alternative. For months, I did my "due diligence" of sites that made sense for my product categories (i.e. antiques, vintage and collectibles) and settled on Bonanzle.

Bonanzle makes two basic contentions: it offers a friendly site that's easy to use. While I value both of these things, I made my primary decision to sell on a variety of other factors including no listing fees, no listing renewals (listing is posted until you sell), a reasonable fee structure once you sell, and they had a reasonable amount of traffic in my product categories.

I'll note that Bonanzle has delivered on its promises - the site is incredibly easy to use and the group of buyers and sellers on Bonanzle is very friendly and quite helpful. Additionally, I've been with the site since the end of November and I've only made one sale; however, I have not lost enthusiasm for the site or its long-term value for my business. It is experiencing phenomenal growth and it has a very proactive community promoting the site online so I believe it's worth the wait.

Thanks Julie for your helpful insight! Be sure to check out Julie's booth jules43035 on

As far as getting started on Bonanzle, you can visit their sell page here. A couple of noteworthy things to mention. One, you can start selling in one click. Two, you can import your eBay items. As with any site the you join, it's important to visit their Terms of Service page and Frequently Asked Questions. You should be sure you understand what their fees are, what costs you'll incur and things you can't sell there.

Thinking of joining? Let us know if you open a booth there becuase of our series.

The Daily Swank - Dreaming of Spring {Haiku} with Flora Bond

Dreaming of spring morn

A breath of new life appears,

Waiting to be inhaled

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Visit Flora Bond for these gorgeous handmade cuffs. Top You Look Ravishing cuff. Middle Blue Bird Fabric Art Cuff, Bracelet. Bottom Precious Nest Charm Necklace.

Don't let this slide - CPSIA

What's going on you ask? If you haven't already heard the buzz around the net then you are in for some SHOCK. What do you think of the following quotes?

{ What is the CPSIA?}

"It is so wide-spread that it also includes books and used clothes. Yes, that rare first edition copy of Alice in Wonderland that no child would ever be allowed to touch? And the entire inventory of children's products in every thrift store, consignment store, Goodwill?"  - Blessed Nest

"According to the actual scope and wording of this bill (H.R.4040), as of Feb. 10, 2009, all products made and/or marketed to children under the age of 12 will have to comply with mandatory lead and phosphate testing for each component of each product they sell or face felony charges and hefty fines."  via interview on Rocks In My Dryer (a great interview here with detailed information).

"With this act going into effect February 10 2009 so many people we love will be affected: Moms who sew beautiful handmade waldorf dolls out of home, artists who have spent decades hand-carving trucks and cars out of natural woods, that guy at the craft show who sold you the cute handmade puzzle--even larger US companies who employ local workers and have not once had any sort of safety issue will no longer be able to sell their goods." via Cool Moms Picks

"Congress Bands Kids from Libraries" - Via The Boston Phoenix article.

"We feel this is an important national story with many angles. Just a few include the horrendous impacts on:
-thrift stores
-work at home moms/crafters
-hand made & natural toys, clothes & other similar children's products
-small & medium sized businesses
-sarbanes-oxley implications for larger companies
-special needs populations, and other community groups, including scouting programs
-the environmental impact of mass destruction of perfectly good inventory
-free enterprise & entrepreneurship (or the end thereof)
-collectors of children's products"
via Rob Wilson of CPSIA Central

"Like many people, I was deeply concerned by the dangerous and poisonous toys that large Chinese toy manufacturers have been selling to our nations families. And, I was very pleased that Congress acted quickly to protect America's children by enacting the CPSIA. "

However, I am very concerned that the CPSIA's mandates for third party testing and labeling will have a dramatic and negative effect on small toymakers and crafters of children's products whose safety records have been exemplary." - via the Petition for Save the Small Business from CPSIA

Do I have your attention? I'm not directly affected by the handmade toy association in my business, but I am effected directly in my support of the handmade community, vintage toys, vintage books, thrift store shopping, my library and my own children.

The least you could do is tell others in your community about it. Take it further by visiting & signing the petition . Better yet, contact your local and state media. This will affect so many of the hardworking entrepreneurs and small business owners that we love so much today. We stand for quality here, we stand for safe products for our children but we don't stand for the small business owner taking the brunt of the Big Box big toymakers faults. 

Do you have any further resources, information for small business owners and buyers? Please feel free to post them in the comments section below.

Business Series Part 6 - Applying to Antique & Craft Shows an Exclusive Interview with The Farm Chicks Part Two

I'm very excited to bring you Part 6 of our Business Series. Today we are discussing the topic of applying to a juried antique show, which could also apply to craft shows. We have an exclusive interview with the wonderful Serena Thompson, part founder of The Farm Chicks Antique Show. She has provided us with a ton of valuable information, including all the details you need to apply to their show and some helpful tips for preparing and setting up.

There are so many wonderful photos from past years shows and helpful answers we've split this feature into two parts. (Click images to enlarge)

See Part One of the interview here.

Part Two:


“Nestting”.  Nice use of quilts to cover an otherwise very drab wall.

Upon arriving at the show how early should vendors arrive? What are some suggestions you have for set up times, display etc? 

We give the vendors a full day to set up their spaces.  If this is a vendor's first time, we recommend arriving right at 9am to get directed to their space and allow plenty of time to get set up.  Most vendors take all day to set up.  It's a lot of work and it shows.  Their displays are amazing.  As far as suggestions for displays, height is always good and lots of filler to add interest.  Tables should be avoided unless there is a good plan on how to make it look really planned out and not flea market-ish.  Allow plenty of room for foot traffic in your space.


Garden Girl’s lush display.

What suggestions do you have for a successful show for your vendors?

Bring a good inventory - plenty of items for re-stocking many times and bring lots of change.  Prepare yourself for an extremely busy Saturday. Have everything you need on hand because you won't really have time to think once the show starts.

Debbie Ward Kennedy’s really well edited space.  She actually had three full displays organized and ready to go in her trailer for re-stocking.  She went through all of them.

Do you have any other tips for vendor applicants? Future Vendors for the
2009 show?

The only other tip I can offer is that friendliness is key.  It's actually  the most important thing.  The vendors all end up being like one big family, which makes the show a very supportive, encouraging and happy environment. Maybe we should call it the happiest show on earth!?  : )


Adrienne Mineiro’s great use of materials for a beautiful backdrop

What is the application deadline for 2009?

We don't really have a deadline.  However, any contracts that come in after February 1st, are only accepted until we're filled up.


Nice use of a big piece of furniture for display.

A special thanks to Serena Thompson and Teri Edwards for sharing these gorgeous photographs with us and for the helpful information.
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