Monday, October 31, 2011

Monday at the Mall

Happy Candy Day!

My three little ones are super excited about today!  We carved our Jack-O-Lantern last night (aka: Sam) and now we are counting down the hours until the trick or treating begins.  Halloween through the eyes of a 6 and 3 year old is so great!  They are both already making plans for their costumes next year. 
On the other hand, those of us in the "reail world" are counting down the hours until Christmas already.  Not my favorite part of selling... but you gotta go with the flow, I guess.  As Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, I hate having to rush past it.  Mom and I spent Saturday morning taking out Halloween and putting in Christmas. We were a little slow to change the seasons... looks like most of the dealers beat us to it.
If you are up for Scare on the Square today, don't expect alot of spooky sightings inside the ACM... but there is still plenty of candy to go around.

Nancy's Front "Uncommon Goods" Booth all decked out for the season

Nancy has an incredible tree, all decorated, for sale.  She is so creative with her ornaments and trimmings... You gotta come see this one of a kind tree.
Our back corner with a few Christmas touches

Enjoy your day... Remember:  It is all about the candy!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Another Constant Seller

Our biggest seller .... empty frames.  Yep, I said empty.  The older, the better!  We have found some jewels while out junkin'... and yet another hard thing to part with.  I have a stash that I have collected over the years.  Hubby has been sweet to put up with my quirky decorating .... "It's empty, Honey," he says... "I know... Isn't it beautiful?"

Have noticed some cute ideas for these frames recently:

Find full post on this here

Wow...Look at this fancy one!  Haven't had one this elaborate yet.  Go to The Nester to read more about this one.

Our frames sell quick in Booth 58.  Can't seem to keep them stocked.  Come by and see what we are talking about!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday at the Mall

We have been Carolyn Brooks fans for a long time.  We frequented her booths long before we were dealers here at Antique Company Mall.

Carolyn is one of the all time top sellers at the Mall.  She sells a ton of stuff!  AND this lady can sell ANYTHING!  I'm telling you, we are always in awe.

A couple things about Carolyn that we love... her cool stuff... and her great prices!  You can spend hours looking through her treasures.  Everything is always presented so well.  Carolyn always gives her husband, Kent, the credit for the staging.  He has the "touch" apparently! 

You can find Carolyn's corners in several places.  Her downstairs booth is down the ramp, towards the back right side of the store.  She also has a great space upstairs.  Halloween is her favorite ... so come in and see what she has ready to buy!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Scare on the Square

Make plans to come up to Downtown McKinney for Scare on the Square.  We've had our costumes ready to go... and we've been "practicing"... you know serious trick or treaters mean business!

Mom made this precious silloutte last week... We've decided it is our fave this season.
Our Baby Scarecrow, Ballerina, and Soldier hope to see you there.  It is the best place to just sit and people watch... and get a nice stash of candy.
This picture is from several years ago... Makes me smile as I remember Sister's fairy costume.  This year Little Mr. 58 will ride in the red wagon.... and hopefully we will have a cool snap again. 
Insiders' Tip:  Come early... Everything officially starts at 4:00...but it gets pretty crowded early... We try to be at the Square before 4- Then we beat the crowds and get home before dark to welcome the trick or treaters at our house. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

We Give Thanks

We are giving thanks already in Booth 58... it's never too early to give thanks... right?
 Mom and I put out the turkeys last week. We've been collecting them all year.

We think they will be "gobbled up" quick...
 On to Christmas in November.  Ah, the joy of the retail world's calender! 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday at the Mall

Window Shopping

Even if you are just window shopping the ACM, you are in for a treat.  Lots of "eye candy" to feast on in the front windows. 

Walk in and look to your left and you will be in Diane's booth.  Diane Haight and her husband Bill are the owners of Antique Company Mall.  You can always find a variety  in her large front booth.  Great antiques and vintage items... She just told me about some 1960s turkey platters she snagged recently at a sale.  I'm looking forward to seeing those.

It is always good to see Diane and Bill at the Mall.  They have more than enough energy to keep the place running. Diane knows every corner of that store inside and out. Customers ask for a certain obscure item, and she can immediately tell them exactly where to find it.  She is amazing!

Walk in and look to your right and you will be in Barbara Smith's window booth. In addition to her booths here, she also has an interior design business Dream Cottage Creations. Her clients are privileged to have her work her magic in their homes.  I am always thrilled to see what she has put together in the store.  She recently changed up the look in the window.  It is always fun to see what she comes up with.

Side note: Blogger has been goofy on me lately... hasn't been allowing folks to comment.  I think I might have fixed the glitch now.  Hopefully I can take your comments now... SO,  let us know what is happening at your Mall on this Monday.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Another Constant

Recently talked about chalkboards being a "constant" that we keep the booth stocked with.   (Actually ran into an old friend at the mall and she said, "Oh, you're the booth with the chalkboards!")

Another "constant" reflects our own decorating tastes... Plates.

Mom has always embellished her home with dishes... some family heirloom pieces and lots of pretty pieces she has collected through the years. She's had various themes ... some walls with all one color ( brown transferware, ironstone, red transferware). Some corners with all one shape (platters, pitchers, dessert plates).

In my first college apartment, Mom helped me decorate my tiny bedroom... we hung several blue transferware plates on the walls... all coordiating with the denim comforter. The blue bedspread was trendy, but none of the other girls were decorating with grandma's old dishes in that season of life!

We've learned that colorful dishes are not big sellers. White dishes and plates are constants though. We try to round up a few plates, pitchers, and platters each time we restock.... if Mom and I can part with them! After snagging two ironstone pieces last weekend, I asked her what she was gonna price them for the booth. She answered, "These aren't going in the Booth... They are going in your house!" .

See what I mean?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Shiny Pumpkins

I've noticed lots of pumpkins with "bling" lately.  We've added some to the booth:
Metallic Silver Punkins

Glittery Punkins
 Loved the glittered pumpkin selection at Curious Sofa Blog.
Also found Martha Stewart's How To online from a few years back.  These are super cute!
And this DIY on these sweet place card holders. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday at the Mall

His and Hers

 I've mentioned Nancy from Ella Elaine many times.  She has such a knack for thinking outside the box.  You never know what you will find in her booths.  Everyone gravitates toward her look.  Her first booth sits directly across from the cash register.  It is a magnet for all shoppers. 

Nancy has another booth in the mid-section of the store - tucked back in the right corner.  You will know it when you see it... It is so "her"... always neutral tones... browns, creams, and rusts... Real rust, that is!  Anything rusty turns into a work of art once Nancy gets her hands on it!

Many folks don't know that Mrs. Ella has a Mr. Ella.  Nancy's husband, John, joined the vendor club this year and his booth is also a show stopper.  His booth is located under the front stair case.  He has a different look - mostly black, silver, grey, and whites.  And, word has it that Mrs. Ella "fluffs" for Mr. Ella.  He picks the stuff and she makes it pretty!  They make a great team!

John and Nancy also have a fun side project they are working on here...."Restoring the future with a touch of the past"  Great description! 
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