Pinterest is a lot the same way for people who are very visual. We have found so many great ideas, pictures, sayings, on Pinterest that has had a really big influence on us and how we do business and what we create. CJ even uses it to create boards for her clients. So check it out and let us know when you turn into a Pinterest addict.
One of the most common questions we get about our business is were do we find or get our "stuff". Well, this time of year we always find ourselves on overload with places to find vintage. There are fleamarkets, antique shows, garage sales, and auctions (both on line and live). If you are fortunate you will build a network of people that will find you and be willing to sell you what you are looking for at a price that allows you to make a small profit.
I have someone that calls me on almost a weekly basis with some small or large find. A couple of weeks ago he called and told me he was salvaging some things from an old farmhouse that had sat empty for 20 years.
What he had come up with was a wonderful primitive cabinet that was build out of old growth Michigan white pine. It had originally been a one piece cabinet that had been cut in two. The cabinet still has a great original wood grain finish. The style of the cabinet show alot of northern European influence. My guess is that it was made sometime between 1850 and 1870. I feel in love with it and bought it. It got a good cleaning in my shop and has been set up in a spot were I could admire it this past week.
We are busy making and collecting items for our two Petoskey shows and the Country Living show. As we get closer to the shows we will give you some sneak previews. Check out our spaces at Bluedoor here in Grand Rapids and Then and Now in Petoskey. We are constantly bringing in new treasures and creations.