Hi friends! It’s time for some more great virtual junkin’ as part of the”Let’s Go Junkin'” series here on my blog! Today’s guest is Becky, antiques vendor at Vintage Market in CA. I connected with Becky years ago when I first started blogging. We shared a love of Scottish Terriers and all things vintage! Last year I was so happy to reconnect with such a kindred spirit on Instagram, and I have enjoyed seeing all of her personal decorating photos as well as all of the amazing vintage eye candy in her booth that she shares on her account Sweet Cottage Dreams. I invited her to share a little more about herself and her spaces at Vintage Market In CA. It is my pleasure to have Becky here today!
Hello! I am honored to have been invited by Amber to be a guest host for “Let’s Go Junkin'” on her beautiful blog. Let me introduce myself! My name is Becky and I am a vintage and antique dealer in a beautiful shop located in Turlock, California. The shop is called Vintage Market and I have been selling there for nearly 4 years. I started selling vintage items on eBay in 2001 and then on Etsy a few years later. Over the years I have sold in other shops, however I am down to one shop now, which is easier to manage than being in multiple stores.
I suppose you could say that my love of old things was influenced from the women in my family. As a young girl I paid close attention to “things” that were used for décor in the homes of my relatives. My mother was an artist and an interior decorator and her love for decorating rubbed off on me.
There were so many creative women in my family and they were always making something with their hands. My mother and Nanny taught me to sew when I was around five and I really enjoy making things to sell now.
Selling in a shop is so much fun and I really love the creative part of displaying the items that I scouted out. I do sell some newer things and like to mix those things in with the older pieces. I have a soft spot in my heart for the old ….those things with a subtle aged patina, the softness of old cotton, the crusty-rusty metal…and so on.
So, “let’s go junkin’ at Vintage Market!!! I have two spaces there and will be sharing about those spaces today.
Vintage Market, Central Valley, CA
After the hustle and bustle of Christmas, I like to segue into a cozy winter look with the use of cotton, silver plate, ironstone and transferware – all the colors of a winter wonderland.
I really loved the green garden gate (above) and a customer liked it, too. It is always nice to have a back up plan for how and what to put out next once something sells. I had ordered these wonderful metal wall flowers and they go nicely with the silverplate items that are on the table below.
With Valentine’s day coming up, I made some “message hearts” and filled them with fresh dried lavender. These were so much fun to make!
When putting together a display, I like to group similar items together for more of an impact. Creating a vignette also gives customers an idea of how to use the items in their home. Using a theme and coordinating colors is eye catching. Think of it like decorating your home. It is no different when merchandising. Below, the tray, the needlepoint bench, books and birds make a nice little grouping. Pops of green is a little tease for spring fever.
Another thing that I like to do is to open up a book to find a picture that will go with something that is for sale, like the birds sitting on top of a bird book (below)…
…or a dog that looks like the dog inside a child’s school book.
The cover of this antique poetry book looks at home next to the Milagros.It is all about the hearts in this vignette.
The next few pictures are of my spaces.
I added a stack of red and white French grain sacks next to the grain sack pillow that I made.
The next few pictures show more of my spaces. Garden lanterns, metal post boxes with birds, old books, ironstone, pottery, Dutch tulip trays, primitive hooked pillows, benches, baskets…are just a few things that I have for sale – and some of my personal favorites. I brought in red and white restaurant dishes for Valentine’s Day, too.
If you are in the Central Valley of California, be sure to stop by our shop! There are 18 of us gals that sell there and we put our heart and soul into making the store beautiful. We also sell Miss Mustard Seed milk paint as well as Annie Sloan chalk paint. Amber, thanks again for this opportunity to share about my corner in this “junking” industry. It is my passion and a lot of fun to share about! Oh, and you can find me on Instagram and Pinterest by the name Sweet Cottage Dreams. Happy Junkin’ y’all!!
Here is the 411 about the shop:
Turlock, California 95350
Hours: M-Sat 10-5
Thank you Becky! What great booth spaces full of vintage goodness! I do plan to visit family in California in the next couple of years, so I will be making plans to visit Vintage Market too. If you enjoyed this post and you love seeing beautiful booth designs and vintage vignettes, be sure to follow Becky on Instagram, you will love her feed!
Until next time, Happy Junkin’!