Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Why I've Been MIA...

I've been working on a new project.

My Mom, Aunt, Cousin and I have been contemplating combining our
creative forces and participating in local craft fairs, flea markets and bazaars.
We finally bit the bullet and decided
to rent a space in a local antique shop instead.
We've set ourselves a deadline so we've been busy
hustling to get everything
done before next month.

The plan is to buy things cheap at thrift shops, estate and garage sales and
then re-purpose them to sell. We've found that the $1 Store is a great place to
stock up on goodies too!

We are slowly building our supplies, who can afford to buy everything at
once? Crafting
supplies are so EXPENSIVE! The stamps alone can break
the bank.

Tools of the trade, vintage doilies and linens, en masse!

Anybody know why these simple Styrofoam rings cost an arm and a leg?
We've discovered it's better to buy them broken for a discount and then
glue or tape them, we're cheap that way! Proud of it too.

$1 Store goodies, pre-bling.

That's how I've been spending my spare time and my blogging time. I'll
show you some of our creations in a later post. I think it will be fun, for a while,
before it turns into work anyway! I know quite a few of you have spaces
in shops, does anyone have any hints, tips or warnings? Any help we could
get would be fantastic!

So if I happen to disappear for days at a time, I'll be working my
fingers to the bone at this new venture on the horizon. Never fear,
I'll be back in time!

And then there's THIS.

A sure sign Spring is on the way...
the birds are back in town.


The Muse said...

best wishes on this new endeavor! i believe with your partners in crime, lol will be destined for success!

looks like the goody train has started to leave the depot!

good for you :)

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

How fun!!!


Draffin Bears said...

How wonderful Sares.
Much luck and I look forward to seeing all your goodies.


Anonymous said...

Hi Sares! I buy the broken stuff too! you can get great deals.I love being thrifty that way as long as it saves me money...Good luck on your new venture! Hugs, Jennifer

Dusty Devoe said...

Yes Sweet Sares, you are working your fingers to the bones! You are so talented! Your Auntie loves you. Beautiful bird.

Pony Girl said...

I'm SO excited to see what you guys create! I was SO impressed with what I saw last time I was down there!! I think our future's so bright, we gotta wear shades! LOL! :)

Bearly Sane said...

What a fabulous new venture to take on Sares...I am sure it will be loads of fun and a wonderful way to spend some special time with your family.

My best wishes for your success!!
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

Cousin B said...

What a fantastic idea! Right up your alley! Best Wishes, I can't wait to see it..

Steph said...

Wow this is great, and especially neat that y'all are doing it together. Wishing you best of luck and good return for all your hard work & artistic endeavors.

C. JoyBell C. said...

Oooohah! Sareski!!!!!! Your very own antique shop!!?? For real??!! You just pop out here and surprise all of us with this fabulous news!!??

Oh.. I do hope you won't disappear, my love, I would be so sad! Please don't! I'm sure there's a little space in that princess-y antique shop of yours to hoist a laptop! :)

I want to go into your shop!!!!! It reminds me of this OH-SO chic antique shop with antiques from ALL over the world, at the poshest mall in Manila! I LOVE it! If only I could go there right now! Visit you there! :*


C. JoyBell C. said...


My blog has a new title, my pen name has undergone a makeover... and I'm feelin' oh-so-fabulous about it! ;)

Debby said...

WOW!!! Good for you and I am wishing you much success on your new venture. YEAH!!!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

What an adventure you are fixing to have and love. I did this at one time and truly enjoyed it.
Will have to think about some advice to hand down to you.
Its good you have others in it with you it will help to keep you motivated. lol
Your so sweet to leave me such kind words about my scare with Christi.
Enjoy your new store and that is my first advice to you! haha

xinex said...

It sounds like a fun project, Sares. Good luck on your new endeavor. How nice that you can do it with family...Christine

Jade Creative said...

Hello Loveleigh Treasures, I know your busy, but don't forget about your little curtain giveaway win.

Have a busily wonderful day!

stefanie said...

how fun and exciting!!!! you will be a hit...I already love that large jar filled with bling, to bad I didn't live closer!!!

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Luck with your venture!!!

Claudia said...

Oh Sares, how exciting! A new venture is always fun and you are doing it with loved ones, which is perfect. Best of luck!


Mama H said...

Oh yes, the birds! They are chirping outside my window every morning.

This is such a fun, exciting idea! I wish I could join you all in crafting away. Everything you have collected is so beautiful. Cannot wait to see what comes out of there!

Jodie (everything vintage) said...


Oh Sares, you are going to have soooo much fun, fun for a purpose! And to create and sell with your Mom and Aunt make it all the more FUN!

I'll just live my dream of owning a shop through you. Even though it's just a little space, it'll be YOUR space and you get to decorate it, make things and stage beautiful little vignettes...oooooo I'm so excited for you!!!! The possiblities!!!!

All I'm asking is you have to take me there sometimes okay? Since I live so far away, you will have to take me along through photos!!!! Promise???

Since I don't "own" a shop, I can't give you any tips on that end but as a shopper and a love for all things pretty, my biggest tip that I can give you's all in the PRESENTATION & PACKAGING. I don't care if it's a roll of toilet paper you are selling...if it's packaged beautifully, it WILL SELL! :)

Have fun Sares...this is awesome and I wish you much prosperity, not only financially but whole-heartedly too!!!!

I'm so excited for you :)
But please don't stay away too long...always pop in and post a hello so we can visit, k?

hjn said...

Hi! I wish you the very best of luck on your new business! I have highlighted your blog at ............ it is a new social network for women only!
link here

Love your blog!!!! Coming back to visit!!!!
Mama Holli

Elaine said...

Wishing you all good luck on your new journey into fun world of antique stores. May youhave a parsal of buyers and make lots of $$

Elaine said...

Wishing you all good luck on your new journey into fun world of antique stores. May youhave a parsal of buyers and make lots of $$

Cora said...

Oh what fun you will have. Can't wait to see some of the things you put in please share them with us. I'm with you on the cheap...the cheaper the better!!! And then that's where you make your money. I have bought something for $2.00 one time at a yard sale and sold it for $20.00. So fun!
Good luck and most of all have fun!

Unknown said...

Sweet, Sares ~ What a fun venture ... I so loved my shop & miss it a wee bit. May you have an enjoyable time, & make lots of money.

Have a beautiful day ~
Hugs, Marydon

The imPerfect Housewife said...

GOOD FOR YOU for doing that!! Sounds like a lot of work, but in a good and fun way, you know? You don't need to explain anything to us - it's your blog to come and go from as you please ~ we'll still be here. ♥

Mollye said...

Hi Sares, I've missed you and am glad to read about your new project. Best of luck. I know I'd love shopping in your corner! You girls will do well. Hugs, Mollye

The Old Parsonage said...

Lucky girl, that's always on my mind - venturing out on my own.

I can't wait to hear about all your adventures!

Good luck!

Valerie said...


How totally fun is this?!!! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to read about all of your future endeavors.

I wish you the best of luck with your entrepenurial spirit (I think I spelled that wrong!) and I know that you and your "partners" are going to have much success selling your "loveleigh treasures"!!!

Keep us posted!


Nancy said...

How exciting. I'm getting ready to sell, too. Probably not as quickly as you. It looks like you have a great stash going.

Desert Rose said...

Boy are you guys so sneeky!!! Can't wait to see what you done!

Vicki said...

Hello, dear Sares,
Congratulations on your new creative adventure!! I think this will be such fun for you and your family! I noticed some French items. Anything French, seems to be selling really well. Also the decorated bottles seem to be very popular. Wishing you the very best always! Vicki

Unknown said...

So that is it, that is what the Queen is doing...perfect for you and so fun.
I have alot of good ideas for you and advice. I've owned a 6000 sq ft consignment shop, I've had many booths in the area and I currently have a showcase in our local antique mall. I will email you Sares with some tidbits that will help you! I'm also a marketing director so you have me on your team!

Micki said...

What great news! I know how expensive it is to buy craft items, as since I went back into paper crafting, etc, I have been ordering tons. Stamps are expensive, and I will have to build my collection up slowly.

Leone said...

This is such a fun project to share with your Mom and other family members. Best wishes, if nothing else you will have a great time creating beautiful things!

Lara Harris said...

I just wanted to let you know I have 2 more issues of Flea Market Style that I am giving away on my blog:

Lara :)

hjn said...

You are so very welcome!
Have a great week!

Horse Dreams said...

I am looking forward to seeing your creations. Over the years, you have gifted me with some rather special, homemade items. Things I will treasure forever!

C. JoyBell C. said...'re still not back?? I miss you already.... :( :( :(

Come back!!!!!! :( :(


p.s. really really miss you ♥

Jennifer said...

Please can I stop by and browse....I'll bring muffins, Jennifer

C. JoyBell C. said...

Very VERY pretty, Sareski! Very pretty! :) :) Love the antique pearls... :) Well, they look like antique pearls.... everything is just too pretty.... it's about time you opened your own shop of "pretties" ... :)