Sunday, April 21, 2013

"You can sit at your computer and

pretty much buy anything you want old or new...." ~ Deb Opyd

The opening quote this week is from a fellow shopkeeper who owns Relics in Peoria, Illinois.
But, it does represent the new shopper, so, when I find a shopping experience that is inspiring, well-organized, and inviting, and live and in person,  I just have to share with those sitting at the computers! 
This is about my adventure in Ardmore, PA.  We had a feeling our day might be interesting because the building we parked next to had this mosaic on the side!
This was our first trip to the outdoor Clover Market  http://clovermarket.blogspot.com/.   We had gone to a winter indoor market at the Armory in Philadelphia, but we wanted to see the outdoor market, an event that has been touted in the Flea Market Style magazine.  Janet Long is the organizer for this juried event in downtown Ardmore, and she and her assistants do an amazing job of bringing in vision and variety. 

It is also a look at the 3 R's of Retail in the 21st century...it is repurpose, reuse, reclaim...those of us in the smaller retail venues work very hard to create shopping experiences that make you feel good.  The independent retailers do not just stack stuff on shelves, and for a show like this, they prep, they design, they get up early!  The money you give them does not go to an offshore bank account!  We are the "indies" who give you more than merchandise corporate has bought...we select and make things that we think will make your life more beautiful...more inspiring...this week I take you through a little tour of The Clover Market...

Some photos from our day...
Bright and early set-ups...
                          
 


Garden displays were well timed for this beautiful spring day...


 





Some things though are priceless...a sweetie keeping watch over a vendor's booth...
There are the creative spirits...you cannot find soap in a big box called "Hipster Harry"...
 nor unique decoupaged antique door panels...
 Then, there are the vintage finds...
  
 
And, of course, we have the critic..."This is a lot of stuff for me to deal with, folks!  Anyone have a doggie biscuit?"
 

 


 




You are never too young to help Mom pick out an embossed tin panel...
 
And, there are pillows...you know I love pillows!



And those who repurpose...reclaim...
 





And those who create...from soap to cloth...



  
 
And, 
there are just displays that pull you in...now, you have to admit, the big box stores do not work this hard to tantalize you!





 
Others with the blend of the old and the newly designed... 








 
Nothing like some vintage bling...
 
So, if you are within driving distance, this is truly a fun market...and there are some great little restaurants in town also...not to mention the Thomas Jefferson Hospital's Thrift Shop...a fun day, and, if you have a non-shopper who insists on getting in the car to come along, you can send that person here across the street from the market...

so remember as you stare at the screen...
"Computers have lots of memory but no imagination. " ~Author Unknown

 

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