Sunday, April 28, 2013

“Creativity is just connecting things.

When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while”Steve Jobs
 
My friend and able-bodied assistant Ruthie creates displays for me...she manages to pull together candles, old books, and a new quilted mat by seeing.  She is reworking the shop...we have the front room open, and she is "seeing" the possibilities of the back 3 rooms. 
 
This week is just a quick show and tell because I am reading research papers...the semester is coming to a close in 3 weeks...and the paper mill is working overtime.  But, I do have some things to look at.  Since many are still concerned about Sandy recovery, we want to remind you that...
And, I have some fun accents for the Jersey shore fans from Mona and Maddie as well as some creative redesigned jewelry from my jewelry elf.  First, Jersey proud...necklaces, bracelets, charms...necklaces and bracelets made by a local...and the charms also USA created...
 
 


 
These below are from "Sweet Maddie" who lives on a boat...better her than moi...but these are sweet little charms for on a fine chain or bracelet...
 
And, we even have one for my locale...although Mona did make me a "Swainton" one!
Then, Sharon, who creates from broken jewelry with bits of newly found items, came in with a selection of unique creations...


She also designed some cross bracelets...
 And old orphan earrings are reborn as necklaces...and old beads and pieces become bracelets.

 

So, we are working hard to find things that are unique with a touch of antique, and we will continue to create a place to escape...relaxing music...pretty colors...where everything old is new again...we want the creative spirits to live in all corners and on all shelves in our shop not just old things abandoned and tossed aside or because the Roadshow says.   The new antique world is for those who believe in things being reborn in this new century, and that requires a new perspective..for as Maya Angelou wrote...“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”   

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