Friday, March 15, 2013

Sale-Day One

It's early and I'm about ready to head to work.  
 I'm sending good mental vibes to all my fellow vendors
who will be working the first day of our big Downsizing Sale.

Both Porter Antiques and Young's Flowers have a lot of 
merchandise to move so we can have room for 
The Vintage Garden.

I finished painting the beadboard wall 
and the long counter is out of Young's...
meaning the other wall is ready for paint...
See...Behind the Easter Display.
I think it really brightens up the store.

 Everything's been pulled from the back and on the sale floor..
something for all seasons, events, holidays.

Everything's for sale...Well, except Mary and the baby!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Little Miss Transition
We're having a big sale at Porter Antiques this weekend
 and passing out these little notices to everyone.   
Isn't she adorable!?!
Shut the Door
Have you heard the news?
Porter Antiques is moving to   The Vintage Garden
Opening in May 2013

Early Changes

I first ran across Young's Flowers 
during a visit to The Victorian Country Christmas...
gosh, I think that was about 20 years ago!

I remember coming out to see the shop because of all the wonderful
vintage style gift and home decor items they had in their booth.

At the time, I remember thinking that Enumclaw 
would be a great little place to live....

There was a drug store on the corner with a Hallmark section, 
which is now split into separate operations.  
One half will soon open as Jackson's, an Italian pizza place and the other side
is a busy Gaming Zone for teens, lots of big screens and Rock Band, etc.  
When I came out here years ago, there was a quilt shop 
which it's now a Thai restaurant and it still has a wonderful mural 
of a an old fashioned haberdasher outside.
In my rafting days, I drove through this little town many a time
 and continued to think that it would be a great place to live....
but it was my brother Don and his wife Denice who made the first move. 

It wasn't until about 8 years ago that I finally moved to Enumclaw
and although the commute is llonnnggg...
 I love being in this small community.
I love driving by the cows and fields,
I love seeing the mountain bold & beautiful whenever the sky is clear,
I love the seasonal parades that have as many people 
going down the street as sitting on the side lines...
and I love that people are so interested in our move across the street...

I think it's amazing that Young's Flowers was one of the first things
that lured me to Enumclaw and now we will be sharing a store space.

The Youngs no longer own the business.  
For several years it's been in the hands of 3 very nice people
Helen & Mary (Mom & Daughter) and John (Mr.Helen) is their go-to-guy
for building, moving, well as the ever important flower delivery.  

John's been very busy moving, remodeling, & rewiring their counter. 
 I've been painting the lower walls to a lighter color...and Sharon (from Porter's)
has been clearing the upstairs, getting ready for our big sale this weekend...

  I'm only painting below the display loft.
  The area above is a light moss green which we'll keep for awhile. 
This picture shows the beadboard in black and 
there were a couple of red sections too.'s the primer mid-application I had it tinted the same color as the paint,
which is Swiss Cream.  It's still wet here, but the finish is actually flat.  

...and here's the next wall to get paint...


 ...and then there's the purple carpet 
and this little 'loft' that we need to clear out...

 ...more pix to come as I get things I better sign off and get busy!
....hope you'll check in again soon!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The End and the Beginning

Almost everyone knows that I have a space 
in an Antique Store here in Enumclaw;  Porter Antiques. 
 Sharon Porter is the proprietor and has been in this 'business' for several years.
She has recently decided to 'opt out' of being the shop proprietor, 
preferring to focus on being a vendor instead.  
 After some thought, the opportunity
 to rent a smaller space has led me to the decision
 to become the proprietor and
 Sharon (aka Porter Antiques) will be a vendor in

The Vintage Garden.

I will continue to be '58 Vintage Faire' but since the space we will share
is the front of Young's Flowers, the local Florist...
I opted for a store name that will represent both aspects of our joint venture. 

We are only moving across the street!

  ...and we've got matching notices up in our windows...
We have a Facebook page...
We have a phone (smart phone, actually)...
I'll post the number when I get it all 'set up'.

Porter Antiques is hosting a joint sale with Young's Flowers
this weekend (March 15,16,17) to clear out some old stuff 
(hahaha, no pun intended!)...
and make way for some 'new' stuff for the 'new' store.

Hope you'll all drop back by to find out more of the details as they develop...