Monday, June 18, 2012

Pinterest & Finding a treasure

 We really that we haven't been blogging alot lately. I think I am going to have to blame Pinterest. We both find ourselves pinning on almost a nightly basis. If you thought you loved facebook or reading blogs you should try Pinterest. The internet has become an amazing way to network, find and share creative ideas. When we discovered blogging we thought we had died and gone to heaven. To read some of the fantastic blogs that are out there is like sitting down with a really great new magazine every night.
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.
 So This past friday I called CJ and told her that I had found a cabinet for space in our living room that she has talked about putting a cabinet in for months. I brought the cabinet home on friday noon and set it up and when CJ got home I got an excited about the cabinet and began working her magic on this little corner of our living room.
 When I got home she had the cabinet filled with ironstone and some of our collection of vintage French ticking(another thing we collect that very rarely gets resold).
We are aware that we need to make money on what we buy but occasionally we find something we love so much that we just need to keep it for a while. We consider it a benefit of our business.


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.


Susan said...

Oh Dan and CJ!!!! LOVE the new cabinet and what it's filled with...soooo youuuu. Simply beautiful. Hope you can enjoy it forever. Love, Sue

Glenda said...

CJ, I can't tell you enough, how much I love my birdie charm necklace. Would love to have some at Mishawaka Antiques. Possibility?

True North Interior Design & Antiques said...

Glenda, contact us through our email or call us. Good to see you last night.

Glenda said...

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to respond. Yikes, I have been really under the weather, my first day back to work in many days... I will call in the next couple of days. So excited to get some birdie charm necklaces for the shop.
Thanks ~G~