Picky Pickers

Picky Pickers I thought I would share with you, what Vintage Peach is all about. My husband and I decided to launch this little side business, because we discovered this passion we both had since little kids. My husband has always been the guy hunting for bargains at thrift stores and garage sales; I’ve always been the one fascinated with the “Olden days” and the significance the past has in our day to day lives. Together, I think we make the perfect pair to create this amazing little store we call, Vintage Peach. We want to awaken a desire for all things used, old, overlooked, recycled, unwanted, antique, thrifty and potentially junky to the individuals who think those things are not important. We would love nothing more than the younger generations to appreciate how amazing it is to hold something that is a century old in your hands. To picture who once owned that piece, what it’s been through and how treasured it once was. We just don’t do things the same anymore, we don’t make things the same anymore and we don’t appreciate things the way we use to anymore. I feel like we’ve gotten lazy and settled for things of lesser quality. We are throwing away our grandmother’s old stuff because we think it’s not useable, reliable or pretty. If only they knew, then we wouldn’t be finding vintage furniture or antiques at the dump ready to be lost forever.  I thought I would document, what seems to be a pretty normal routine for us these days. Our “picking” adventures. It’s amazing what you will find if... read more

Vintage Peach

Here are a few pictures of our booth at The Peddler’s Faire. It was sad to take it down and pack it all up, but it’s exciting to know that we have a permanent stall at one of our local antique malls. A few of the items shown below are sold, though we have lots more to choose from! Be sure to visit us at the Mill Creek Antique Mall, we are always updating our finds and look forward to sharing them with all of you! ... read more

Where one door closes, a few more open right up So, I had to write a post and share my thoughts from the weekend at the Peddler’s Faire.  Let’s just say I have discovered something that makes me feel excited and truly loving what I do. Over the past few months my husband and I (also known as Vintage Peach) have been collecting items from various places. Things like antique pieces, retro and vintage items and handmade lovelies. We seemed to accumulate more than our little spare room could handle. Once we packed our small collection and set up our booth at the Kern Museum, every piece came alive! Don’t worry, I took plenty of pictures to share with you, just another day! Although it took a lot of effort and team work, it was worth every drop of sweat, pulled muscle and stressful moment. We met some of the most interesting and wonderful people…people who of course, share the same passions and appreciations. Vintage Peach seemed to be a hit at the Faire, we had a  lot of vendors  pop by and tell us that people were ranting and raving about our little stall. We felt very blessed and pleased that people took a liking to us. We sold many items, some which were hard to let go. The craziest thing though, most of our dear friends took these much loved items home. So, I don’t feel so sad anymore; I know they are in great and loving hands. I met an amazing lady who was set up across from our booth. She kept encouraging us to check... read more

Handmade cards with vintage lace When I am thrifting or picking treasures, I am always on the look out for vintage lace. It’s a beautiful touch for any project you might be working on. This little project, I am very excited to share with you! Have you ever looked at the prices of cards these days? I find them to be overpriced and a bit impersonal. I can’t tell you how many times I have spent close to $5 for cards and have them lost, forgotten or thrown out soon after giving them away. So, it had me thinking. What if I could create a card with a little more flare and funk under $5, where it might be held on to for a little while at least? Hence, my little DIY project!  First: Make a little trip to your nearest craft store! Can’t complain about that, right?! Grab yourself some card stock paper with a good texture and color. If you are good at cutting out straight lines, use scissors. If not, you may have to invest in a paper trimmer. You will also need to invest in a single hole punch, which you will be using on your card. Last but not least, you will need a selection of lace (doesn’t have to be vintage, old or antique) or some ribbon. Second: Browse the internet for some fun pictures you can use to print on your card stock! There are tons of images to choose from that are totally free. If you like a certain theme, simply search for that image. It’s up to you! Once you saved your... read more

Recycling

Recycling Never Looked So Good Woke up this Saturday morning at 6:30 am. Yes, a little early for a day I should be sleeping in. However, today is technically a work day for us these days. You got to be up and ready to go if you want to find the good stuff. We left the house in search of treasures; coffee in one hand and cash in the other. You never know what kind of hunting day it’s going to be. It might be totally successful, mediocre, or a complete flop. Nonetheless, you go anyway because it’s what we do and it’s worth losing a few extra hours of sleep.  Yard sales are a gold mine to me. You dig through people’s unwanted stuff and find the most incredible things sometimes. You almost want to convince them why they should hold on to these lovely treasures, but they are old or too tired to do much with them anyway. I feel really blessed to be that next generation that keeps old collectibles, antiques and vintage finds alive. Otherwise, all these amazing items would end up rotting in someone’s backyard or in a junk yard somewhere. I love what we do. It brings me so much joy and satisfaction. Now if only I could do this 7 days a week as a real job! I love this quote taken from a really cool book I’m reading right now. It’s right up my alley…. “Not everything old is junk or a treasure. Most of it is just plain old stuff, still lying around and completely useful. So instead of wasting... read more

Hello October Yes, it’s time to pick out a new calendar! I can’t believe it’s October already…summer is surely over and September just passed through for a short visit! There is a lot going on this month. First, I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about it a million times, but the Peddler’s Faire is just a week away! Are we ready? We will just have to see! Secondly, our October Craft Night will take place sometime this month. Dates are still in the air, since there are so many girls who want to come out. It’s sad when we can’t all work out our schedules. Thirdly, it’s Halloween! We usually have a costume party and show off our amazing creations! Last year, my husband made the most amazing robot costume! I will have to post pictures sometime! Anyways, that’s it for now! I’m sure as the month progresses, things will stack up and lists will lengthen! For now, enjoy some of the calendars I came across for this month. Feel free to check more out at Smashing Magazine. ... read more

Vintage Peach So here it is, our mini endeavor: Vintage Peach. I guess it all happened quickly and by complete surprise. It’s one of those ideas you throw out there and wait for the reaction. I guess my husband and I felt good about the afterthought. If you’ve ever watched American Picker’s and felt this feeling of sheer excitement come over you, then you have a clue about what I’m saying. There is something so invigorating when you walk into a thrift store, a yard sale or even an antique store. You are surrounded by millions of items that were once someone’s favorite treasure, now forgotten. You want so badly to find those forgotten items and make them someone’s cherished piece of art or furniture. I have items like that in every room of my home. So that’s it really, what our mini endeavor is all about. Taking the old, unwanted and fixing them up to make brand new treasures. Pictures of items will follow shortly! Enjoy! ... read more

Steal of a deal Last weekend, while in Santa Barbara, we stumbled across this wacky store. I wouldn’t even call it that, it was an open market of the most RANDOM stuff. I’m talking random. From seat belts, sequins, wooden frames, prints, vases, cards, wrapping paper, furniture, masks, comic books, knobs, fabric and SO much more. Don’t ask me where they got all that stuff, but there was piles of it. The prices were super cheap and I knew I had to jump on this opportunity….but what to get?!?! I came across some beautiful stones of all sorts of colors and sizes. I grabbed just a selected few to take home with me. I could totally see them making vintage inspired earrings! I think I might have found another hobby and addiction! ... read more

Crocheted Paper Clips  It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to blog. I’ve been a little busy with treasure hunting and getting ready for our fun adventure in October. I didn’t think it would be so much work, but it is! Although I love every second of this process, it does take up a lot of time. Of course, any extra time I do have I’m busy crafting away! So, my poor little blog will suffer, but just a little. Please don’t go anywhere….I promise there are a lot of fun things coming shortly!  Today, I’ve been dying to share!! This past weekend, I made a little trip to Santa Barbara with my dear mother and friend of mine. We walked all of State Street and browsed almost every shop. One of which, I have yet to share with you…..but that’s for a later time! The store we spent some extra time in was Anthropologie, of course! I love to see the new inventory and long to find some inspiration! I came across something rather genius. If you are anything like me, then you love all things stationary! Especially the cute, frilly and eye catching papery things and other supplies. This however, was a pack of ten crocheted paper clips with cute colored wool and sparkly added flare. This was a fantastic opportunity! After spotting this, how couldn’t we: my mom and I sat down and recreated what we saw and the result was wonderful! We created handmade, crocheted paper clips with recycled buttons. I don’t know if anyone is as excited as me, but I am... read more

Let’s talk inspiration Today I thought I would put my projects aside and talk about the people that have given me that inspiration to create! I am always looking at blogs throughout the day…sometimes hours will go by and I have been sitting in one spot glued to my monitor. I can’t complain, but I’m sure my husband would like to see me once in a while. I feel like I have so much energy to put into little creations here and there. I wish I could say it came from within myself, but that wouldn’t be true. Apart from a God who blesses me more than I deserve, I am surrounded by a world FULL of creative people. Doesn’t it make you sick, the things people can do and come up with? I feel this excitement come over me….why can’t I do that?! And I can. I just have to work at it, that’s all. So, to all you individuals that have helped me discover my inner passions to create lovely things: I dedicate todays blog to you. Here are a few pictures I have taken from a few of my favorite blogs. 1.Grey Gardens: Must see movie and the interior decor is what I want my house to model after….one day! 2. Apartment Therapy: For all your home makeover questions and ideas! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this site. They have some of the cutest homes I have ever seen and tons of project ideas. I loved this one: Flea Market Faboosh.  3. Love Fox Vintage: A relatively close business, which I have the utmost respect for. 2... read more
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