FOR THE LOVE OF JUNK

SOME WOMEN DREAM OF BEAUTIFUL HOMES AND PERFECTION. SOME DREAM OF THE DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH, OUTCAST ITEMS, THE TATTERED, THE CRAZED, THE RUSTED AND SOMETIMES DISCARDED TREASURES. IM A MEMBER OF THE SECOND GROUP. I'M A JUNKER FOR LIFE!



Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Shop, more pictures

The cold is good for me. Since it has been so cold in Texas this winter I have spend more time rearranging and getting merchandise out of boxes and drawers and into the showroom. I'm still awful about pricing, I will start merchandising and always forget to go back and price the stuff. I know how frustrating is to go to a store where nothing is price, believe me, I'm sure it is costing me business. It is just to hard to do it all and I don't want it any other way. I shop, Merchandise,paint, sort, clean, repair, do books and blog at night. The time is never enough. The shop owners out there know what I'm talking about. I love every minute of it, its the masochist in me. This little vignette is by the checkout when you first come in. Love the girls, anything sepia really.
This vignette is in the first room when you come in. I have done 3 different vignettes in 3 weeks. I sold the table and benches today so Saturday I will probably will have something new in there. I just purchase the most beautiful couch on my way home. Wait until you see this beauty. My mom will be sewing some altered pillows for me, just to go with that couch.

Ah... my green room. I will forever be a pink and green girl. I went down to only 2 pink rooms since is not selling as much as it did a couple of years ago.


                                                                           YUMMY
                      I love this cabinet, is huge and shabby to the max. Peeling green and white paint.

My kitchen is not making me money and I don't understand why. I love primary colors in the kitchen specially red, greens and yellows.

Pyrex is not selling, nor tin canisters or enamelware. My friends keep telling me to just let every go real cheap and start from scratch with monochromatic items. Easier said than done, just too much money invested in the stuff. (plus I still love it even if nobody else does)
Don't you love a little bit of color sometimes?. Yes! I love the whites and the creams but a girl have to have color, there is so much awesome colored stuff outhere.

Toy rooms. Can you believe I sell more toys than I do kitchen stuff. I guess it is the mommies buying for the little ones. Then again I got some grown men that collect toys too.


Red and pink room I decorated for Valentines. The tree with the valentines have been a hit.

Another Valentine vignette in the main room

Some people called it cozy I called it tight!. I started with 1500 sf, I'm up to 3500sf and I'm running out of space again! What I really want is 10000sf, that should keep me busy for a while. I do not have any vendors since so many people are intimidated by the decor. To my if you can't merchandise and make it appealing you should not be in retail. Nothing less inspiring than a room full of shelves with all sorts of stuff in it. So to keep an uniform look I decided to keep it all mine. Yes, it will be easier to let the vendors carry the rent and overhead expenses but not by sacrificing quality and ambiance. There are so many people super talented outhere but I think they are all at Winnie and Talulas. So for now is Me, Myself and I.
Well darlings, that is enough ramblings for a night, till tomorrow, blessings, Marta.











12 comments:

Dixie said...

Marta... I'm with you on the color thing... I love all the creamy whites, but they're just not practical for most folks... So I'm going back to lots of pinks and greens in my little booth in Geronimo!

and every room should have a little red in it... right!

dana said...

Marta, I have only been able to go to your beautiful store once-I would love to go again soon. I love pink-but I also love the old kitchen ware, the old nostalgic toys, and the creams-sepia combinations. That's what I loved about your store-each style beautifully displayed in its own space. I hope you never change the way you style your store. Love your blog!

Rachel Knoblich said...

I am so in love with your shop. You are so creative! If only I lived there...you know I'd be there at least once a week! Your blog is very inspiring and I love everything you do!

Traci said...

Love...love the kitchen room. WOW, I can't believe it doesn't sell. That's my weakness!
I also really like the toy room. Takes me back to my childhood. My room was done in Raggedy Ann & Andy.
I NEED to make a trip to Texas!!!

collecteddust said...

I love the old kitchen stuff too, but it has been slow at our shop too! Wish I could see the price tags,,,have fallen in love with some of the things I saw in the pics. I sent another email...big business decision ;-)
Collectors Market ---Margie

vintagesue said...

hi marta....the shop looks amazing!!! happy late birthday!!!!!!!!!!!
and hey...last time i went to gatherings, i spent $400. what is that about??????????? yikes.
i adore that shop piece with the clear front drawers!!!! ooooohhhhllllllaaaalllaaaa. very cool.
your photos are looking great and your blog is popular!!! go on marta...you inspire me over and over again.
your friend.
s

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

Absolutely beautiful.....I am a pink and green gal myself.

And a blk & white one too....There are too many wonderful vintage items out there to stick to the all whites and creams.

Stick with your multi color rooms....I have a feeling the whole monochromatic....simple phase.Is not going to last as long as we think.

I wish I could shop in your store...I could spend hours in there :)

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

I should have know you were from Texas...I am convinced the women in Texas......have junkin genes in their blood and they know how to display to perfection!

Our Back Porch said...

Your shop is insanely awesome! I'd so be there every week if I lived close to you. Great job and nice to meet you!

Back Porch Blessings,
Rebecca

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Marta, I think "shabby" is dying down or at least getting refined a bit. But, like you, I did shabby before shabby was in. My house is not full of it but just touches here and there which is what it is all about I think. I think pink is in, it just needs to be reinvented...maybe paired with aquas and hot pink and grass green for a change instead of white. What do you think. Happy Pink Saturday.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

P.s. All you Texas and Ca. girls have the cutest shops. Sure wish I lived closer.

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Hello! Just found your lovely blog! Your store is SO charming! Is your store in Belton? I don't even know where that is, but I'm hoping it's not too far so I can visit your shop someday!
Michelle xoxo