Finding rusty old junk is fun! Nevertheless, I have found that no matter how much "stuff" I find and collect, only God can fully satisfy my heart. Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Our Grand Opening!

What a way to start off 2012! I have been blessed with a new job, and my husband and I have finally decided to peddle our junk and open a booth at The Catlettsburg Antique Mall in Catlettsburg, KY!  Our house has been getting more and more jam-packed with our finds, and we have run out of storage space. We had to make a decision to either stop buying or get rid of our hoard (neither of which are logical choices for junkaholics) so opening a booth was the perfect solution. It gives us a chance to go treasure hunting for neat junk and enjoy it for a while, and then move it on out to make way for more new-old junk if we choose. It also gives me a chance to decorate our space with all kinds of lovely and unique things which is so much fun!  It just so happened that we were in the right place at the right time when we heard that a booth was coming open. Since it was the first time this particular antiques store had had an open booth in over 10 years, we didn't hesitate. We have waited to break the news about our new venture because we wanted to get the booth all set up before sharing our news.
  Some views of the store...

So far our experience has been wonderful.  Its always nice to sell things before you even get them unpacked! The other vendors are knowledgeable and supportive and we absolutely love having a booth among such avid collectors. The "mall" is actually one large room stocked from wall to wall with anything and everything antiques, vintage, or primitive, and now I have added quite a bit of shabby chic and cottage style as well!

We have visited the Catlettsburg Antique Mall many times over the years, but it wasn't until we tried to set up our booth and get some work done that we realized how busy it actually can get. And its no wonder with all of the variety at the store. There really is something for everyone!
Junkaholics Unanimous at The Catlettsburg Antique Mall
 If you are looking for fabby-shabby, then head on over to our booth (#9)! Here is how we left it as of Sunday afternoon. We have learned very quickly that things don't stay the way they are arranged.  For the most part, that is a very good thing, since it usually means items have sold. I left at 3:00 to go get something to eat, and when I came back at 5:00, I realized something big was missing from one of my vignettes. I started searching all around the booth. I checked tickets and it had sold while I was gone for lunch. Can't complain about that I guess!


I really played up Valentine's Day since we are having a storewide sale next weekend. My husband decoupaged vintage sheet music on a little side table and I have to say I have had hard time parting with it. All of the furniture items are finds that we shabbied up ourselves.

I propped this antique photograph against a wonderful old heart shaped bottle. I imagine this handsome fellow was surely someone's valentine long ago (and those chocolate truffle candles smell good enough to eat).

We stacked this gorgeous side table on top of an antique dresser and crammed the shelves full of romantic-inspired nostalgia. If there was any doubt as to whether I had actually set up this display, the mini-pumpkin in the tarnished urn should be proof! I would use white pumpkins in my decorating all year if they would last.

I particularly love this painting of a young boy. It seems that paintings of females are always much easier to find. I also had to buy the groom doll at an estate sale as soon as I saw him. I am sure some lonley little bride doll will be happy when someone brings him home to her!

Resin booties...sold! Time to make a new cloche display...
My followers will probably recognize some items like this candle pedestal
from my previous blogs. If I have used something
several times but it doesn't have any real sentimental value, I can let it go more easily for someone else to enjoy.

The robin's egg blue chest in the back was our favorite weekend project (see previous post for before pics).We'll be using a lot more of this color in our makeovers in the future.

The pearls on my little Valentine tree are actually individual necklaces that are for sale. I came up with the idea out of necessity since I didn't really have a place to put all of my pearl necklaces. I love it so much that I am not sure I can sell all of the necklaces now, since I am thinking of how they would look next year on my vintage Christmas tree...
Okay, so maybe letting go of my junk is going to take some getting used to!

  Several of my handmade gifts are also in our booth, such as this little garden plaque, ballet slipper ornament, and the vintage valentine ornament tree below.

 I hope you have enjoyed this grand opening tour. If there is something you are interested in, shipping options are available. If you are a local resident, stop in next weekend for the Valentine's Day open house and receive 10% off!

                                                                  Have a great weekend!

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  1. Hi Amber, you have a great space, love all your goodies! sounds like things are going great. thanks for coming to the party!

  2. Love your style, I think our taste run along the same lines. I really like that pairs chocolate picture. Wish you the best of luck and happy hunting. It's work but we love it right?

  3. Cannot wait to see all this in person. I love it!!

  4. You have stocked your booth with fabulous finds and I'm sure you will do well in your new venture. Best of luck to you!

  5. Your booth is wonderful! I love that little chair on the wall. Best of luck with it!

  6. What a beautiful booth!! Love all the eye candy!

  7. Awesome booth! Wish I lived close enough because I'd be a regular customer.
    Mary Alice

  8. Amber, thanks for signing on, I signed on, too. Thank you for sharing such beautiful booth spaces! Valentine's decor is always so sweet...I love all the pink and the mannquin with the nightie! andrea@townandprairie

  9. Congratulations on your space, what fun you two will have. I love all the eye candy, you will do very well. Thanks for sharing. Drop by my blog for a Gratitude Giveaway.
    Thanks Kathy

  10. Congratulations on the booth! That sounds like so much fun. I need to do something quick, because my finds are overtaking my house. I may do a antique show in May with my niece, but if that doesn't pan out then I'll just have to do an episode of The Hoarders on TV :)

  11. Wow...I would love to be able to visit your booth in person. It looks like the mirror image to my soul. I've had a booth at a big mall here in southern Oregon for about 2 and a half years. And while I've loved every minute of it I always had a dream of opening my own small shop one day...and that day has arrived. We will be opening in a couple of weeks and I can't wait. I still have to pinch myself once in awhile. The best part is hunting for the treasures that bring out the "OMG" in people when they see your stuff. I wish you all the joy that I've already had in my small space. Best wishes to you and your husband in your new venture. I'm not a blogger yet but I plan to jump into that in the not too distant future. ~ Karen


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