Tuesday, June 29, 2010

We Won!!!

This blog is dedicated to The Farmer's Wife.  As you may or may not know Dusty and I are fairly new to the blogging world.  Over a week ago I was fortunate to become a fan of Janelle's blog, The Farmer's Wife, and she had me at hello with a great giveaway contest.  Of course I signed up, but unfortunately I got caught up with many things over the last few weeks and was not able to get my blog on.  I was very fortunate however, at around midnight last night, to visit Janelle's site only to find that we had won the giveaway!!!!  Yippee!! I called Dusty, my junking partner, and whispered, "we won".  He had no idea what I was talking about but after I explained it, he too was doing a happy dance.  So this blog goes out to Janelle and her wonderful blog, The Farmers Wife.  Please check her out at thefarmerswifeiniowa.blogspot.com and become a fan:)  Thanks Janelle!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

One Sweet World

Over the past year I have begun collecting globes.  Globes signify to me my love for travel and remind me of the vast array of places that I have yet had the opportunity of visiting.  Globes amazingly can be found in all different colors which I find absolutely appealing and perfect for decorating a home.  In the photo above I chose to display five of my globes above my cabinets in the kitchen.  Prior to doing so my kitchen was fairly boring with  white walls and cream cabinets.  The addition of the globes provided just the right punch of color to bring more warmth into the room.  The best part...globes are inexpensive, I have been able to find each one for under $20 while out junking:)  


Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Pictures Tell the Story

I'm loving taking pictures.  It has become one of my favorite duties in my long, albeit, incredibly fun job description.  This weekend I was able to take some new photos after Elisa crafted some well organized displays of our recent finds.

While Elisa and I do most of our picking together, there are times when we venture out on our own.  I have had the luxury of learning from her keen eye.  The picture above of some old theatre seats and below of an antique credenza were two items that I recently picked up and we are thrilled that I found.  The theatre seats will be making a guest appearance in my condo before they find a new home : )

Together, we have also had some great finds lately.  For all you movie lovers out there, we scored a huge supply of old video cameras, projectors and film reels.  Elisa and I are what you might call retired film fanatics so finding these put some smiles on our faces.

I'm continually amazed at all the great things that we find out in the world.  It seems like there is an endless supply.  So it looks like my photography kick won't be ending any time soon!


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cash it all in and go camping...

I've been having conversations lately with my family and friends about my desire to downsize and simplify.  Clearly their heads are not quite with mine but it is a thought that I can't seem to shake.  In an effort to indulge my craving for simplicity I moved out of my house for two days and lived in the backyard...in a tent.  I bought this tent for my six year old son, Bing a year ago with visions of camping dancing in my head, only to find out that he really doesn't like to camp...bummer. 

I set up camp with just a few basic essentials, a cot, blankets, pillows and several magazines.  It didn't take long to settle in and relax as the wind gently breezed in.  Soon after my son came in to see what this camping thing was all about.  He wasn't convinced that he was ready to join me on this adventure so I got creative.  I set up a TV and connected a DVD player and invited my son out to join me for a movie under the stars.  Now that got his attention, we watched "Sandlot" and laughed a lot.  He ended up spending the night with me and gained a whole new appreciation for camping:)

I have a feeling I will continue to look for opportunities to downsize while at the same time understand that others may not share my desire for simplicity.  Until then I will continue to dream and be inspired by others who have done so.  If you have the same desire please share, who knows I may just cash it all in some day and go camping and if I can find a camper like the one below, it just may happen.  Pretty cool huh?  Happy camping!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Clowns, I'm beginning to like them!

I'm not Clowning Around...

I know that not everyone likes clowns, I get it, they can be a bit freaky and mimes, don't get me started.  Having said that, I have become more fond of clowns which is all credited to the paintings featured in this blog.  I was fortunate to find these two paintings at my first flea market as a buyer for Syd and Harper.   Let's just say they were diamonds in the rough  and no matter where I roamed, my eyes kept going back to those two clowns.

The seller informed me that the clowns were painted by an artist by the name of Herschel Fullen out of Brown County, Indiana.  The colors are simply amazing and the rough texture of the brush strokes adds a dimension to the painting that makes one take notice.  Of course I didn't buy them on my first stop, I walked away with every intention of going back.  I proceeded to circle that booth like a hawk and just as the gentleman started to pack up for the day, I approached.  I simply told him what I had to give which was essentially asking him to give me two for the price of one and... he took it!

Part of the love of what I do is getting a deal and adding my own artistic touch to the items I buy.  There isn't much one can to with a piece of art so I painted the frames and couldn't be happier with the results.  I love these two clowns so much that I had to blog about them.  They currently are for sale in our booth but they may end up someday in my office, they are true gems.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Pleasures of "Picking"

The Pleasures of Picking

I have been a faithful fan of the History Channel's, American Pickers since it first aired last year.  Until recently I had not experienced the thrill of a true pick.  Let me tell you about my first and only pick; it was exciting, rewarding and just at the right time.  My business partner, Dusty and I had just recently discussed wanting to transition into buying some industrial goods to partner up with our more traditional items.   We had been driving by the same abandoned warehouse for several months without taking any special notice.  However that changed the day a man by the name of "Stefan" stood out front and began selling.  We didn't stop the first day or even the second.   "Stefan" was mainly selling doors and windows, remaining stock from the warehouse.  Several days went by before we finally stopped to talk to "Stefan", he was quite a character thus the reason he is referenced to in "quotations".   He was all about making us a great deal, however we were not in need of a door or a window.   Dusty, being the smarter one in this partnership, asked if we could take a look on the inside of the building.  "Stefan" was more than happy to take us on a tour and during that tour we came across this:

And a box of these...

This was just two of many items we managed to pick that day.  In the end we left with a cart on wheels, an antique oak desk and another industrial fan.  The letters have since sold and the fan turned into an art project that resulted in this...

We will never forget that day of picking and definitely won't forget "Stefan".  Our booth space has since been updated with the industrial pieces we scored and we can't be happier.  Judge for yourself and let us know your thoughts...

For all you fellow junkers looking to pick, never judge a book by its cover, look beyond the obvious and  take the time to search around every corner.  Each time we have done so, we have been more than happy that we did:)  


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Flea Market Recap

Weeks of preparation came to an end on Saturday morning as we took part in our first flea market at Midland Arts and Antiques.  The day started early, we woke up around 4:30 am, and persevered through what turned out to be a rainy but ultimately fun day.

This trailer and both of our cars were packed to the brim with merchandise.  Like the nerdy kids on the first day of school, we were the first to arrive.  However, we were quickly joined by a couple of other early birds and we started setting up in the back lawn of Midland.  Thanks to our EZ Up Tent donated by the ISO and our crafty display skills, it didn't take too long before our space looked like this...

It also didn't take long for the rain to show up.  Unfortunately, the forecast kept many vendors away.  There were supposed to be more than 30 but ultimately only about 10 showed up.  Half of those only made it a few hours before they packed it up for the day.  We decided from the beginning that we were going to tough it out.  The task of keeping our items dry and unharmed turned into a game and even though the weather probably kept lots of people away, our day ultimately turned out to be a great success.

Elisa will tell you that it was the luck of the guitar.  I doubt it really had anything to do with it, but after the first rain the crowds picked up and we met tons of great people.  That was our main goal of participating in this flea market, we wanted to give others a chance to meet us and get to know what Syd & Harper is all about.  We also made lots of sales and hopefully got some lifelong customers.  To all of you that we met yesterday, thanks so much for talking with us, we look forward to seeing you again.  If you were unable to attend, no worries, we are planning on doing many more markets this summer.  Below you'll find a few of the popular items of the day.  Some, like the wash basin, have sold.  Others, like the mannequins, are now available in our booth at Midland.

We also wanted to give a few shout outs... Thank you Sheri for bringing the much needed sunshine for the day... Congratulations to Mary Ann for selling one of your amazing paintings... Thank you Big City Farms of Indianapolis for your purchases and we look forward to seeing them at your store... And lastly thank you to all of our friends at Midland.  We're looking forward to the next flea market!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Recycled Style suits your Cottage needs!

As we enter the Summer months I am very much inspired by many of the decorator magazines out on newsstands today. When buying items for Syd and Harper- Recycled Style it is very important to stay up on the trends and what better way to do that than to subscribe to multiple decorator magazines.  I am featuring the most recent issue of Cottage Living's special edition, "Fresh Ideas".  After leafing through the magazine I couldn't help but want to redo my entire house.  If you are like me, a magazine freak, you may want to check this out.  The pages have definitely inspired my recent purchases for Syd and Harper so if you are looking to infuse a bit of cottage style into your home this summer then check us out, we may just have what you need.

Posted by Elisa:)