Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Gathering Place

This is what we have been lately.. The Gathering Place. It is nice to see the store so lively with customers coming and going. I hope you are all enjoying the new products... seems there is something new almost every day now. For example our "The Gathering Place" framed samplers both in large and small. We have also received our final Halloween shipment today which definitely has a more vintage look. So gather up your friends and spend a day downtown. See you soon.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Gifted Flea

I had the idea of doing a Holiday Show for awhile now. Last year we did a Trunk Show series at our store that was a huge success but a nightmare to keep track off. So this time I want to put everyone under the same roof at the same time. I chose the dates of November 8&9 for several reasons. Market Day will be on Saturday and the Holiday Open House will be on Sunday. Also that weekend the Newnan Arts Association will be hosting their annual Holiday Show at the Train Depot. So keep your calendars clear for this weekend.. we will be having some wonderful local artists set up in our art studio, refreshments, give aways, and as always.. a great time! If you are an artist and are interested in participating at the Flea this weekend, please email me at

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New Friends at The Flea

Can you resist these cute little faces! Treat buckets only $7.50 each.
Some new Ugly's waiting to be adopted..Suntan Target, Babo's Bird, and Poe.

Available only at The Vintage-Flea

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Another successful Art Walk is once again behind us. Kudos to all those that came by The Vintage-Flea, especially since both the local high schools had home games. Kudos especially to my wonderful staff. Since Jenni has left, I have had a lot more on my mind and more lists to complete. These girls make me laugh everyday and The Flea would be nothing without all of them. Speaking of the Flea, I got a lot of comments on our store decor. The Halloween section was especially a big hit. Well believe it or not I start getting ideas several months to a year in advance. (I am now finding vintage items for the 4th of July holiday in 2009!) So I was especially excited to pick up a new magazine called Halloween Tricks and Treats by Matthew Mead. The magazine is mostly filled with spooky edible treats for parties and since my son has an October birthday, I thought it would be fun to try some of the recipes.
I was tickled when I found some great decorating ideas as well. Look at how cute this pumpkin is painted with chalkboard paint.
Speaking of pumpkins, this is a felted pumpkin with a sculpted face. I am thinking a Ladies Night Out project for next October.
This coat rack is amazing and will certainly be at the flea next year. I especially love the "Save the Date" calender page and black and white socks.
What a treat basket this would make at our Fall Art Walk next year!! Filled with yummy bags of flea treats.
Our next merchant mainstreet event will be our Holiday Open House on November 9th from 12-5pm. Get an early start on your Christmas shopping downtown Historic Newnan.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Halloween Peek a Boo!

"By the prickling of my thumbs; Something wicked this way comes." -MacBeth
What a busy week and it is not over yet! I wanted to get my Halloween stuff out before Art Walk this Friday evening. The family and I were here all day on Sunday moving things, ripping up things, decorating things.... what a way to spend an afternoon. Here are some pictures of our little spooky house and surroundings. More Halloween merchandise should be arriving in a few weeks to add to our displays. Check back for more photos....
owls displayed in old wire cone in a plaster bust

Lori Mitchell's highly collectable Halloween figures are finally back at the Flea.

Caged up high above our table... Skulls with LED lights

Our Gothic Princess all decked out

My favorite pumpkins this year

This display is fun. Old doll head with an animal skull. Do you see Medusa?

These guys are creepy and so real looking.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Playing Tag

I have been tagged by Jenni so here it goes... hope I don't disappoint! It was difficult to pick out 5 bloggers to introduce to you all. Most of them are like movie stars to me and I admire them from a far. However, we all have one thing in common...we are shop owners. So sit back and enjoy these amazing boutiques.

Here are the rules:
1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. Mention the rules on your blog
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours
4. Tag 5 bloggers by linking to them
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged bloggers blogs letting them know they've been tagged.

Here's my list:
The Cottage Gals
Prairie Home
Urban Farmhouse
The Pink Funny Farm

Now for my 6 uninteresting quirks:

  • I love eating sugary cereals, especially with the little marshmallows. (I'm eating chocolate lucky charms as I am writing this)
  • I have a huge shark phobia. I can not go into the ocean unless someone is in front of me. My theory is that if a shark comes, it will eat them first and I can swim to shore.
  • I have to sleep with the ceiling fan on.
  • My mother wanted to name me Valerie Doreen but my father refused saying he didn't want me named after an STD. Ha Ha.. now I am Valerie Dumas!
  • I am addicted to all the reality shows on Bravo. My favorites are Project Runway, Shear Genius, Salon Takeover, Top Chef and Top Design.
  • My brother, father and I saw a haunted house in the woods once. The next day- it was gone. Spoooooooky but true!

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

1 week to Art Walk

Count down... 7 days left until the Fall Art Walk. There will be some fabulous artists showing at The Vintage-Flea this year... collage, folk art, acrylic, encaustic, charcoal, mixed media jewelry, beaded jewelry, and much much more. Circle the date, September 12th from 5pm-8pm.