Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The barn door closes for the year...

Well, another year of Nellie's Barn Sales has ended, all the dust has settled, and the paint and glitter is finally wearing off my hands! After cleaning, sanding, painting, distressing and waxing 40-50 pieces of furniture, I'm ready for a rest. But not before I think all of you who helped make it a success. You came and conquered! All of my furniture is gone, and another vendor sold all of hers. The other vendors did very well too. We hope you all took home a treasure for your home that you will cherish. We'll all be busy over the next six months gathering more vintage goods to do it all over again!
 Judy Holley, The Empty Attic, my long time friend joined me this time with fun Halloween decor.
 This is the view of my street as you approached my house! Total traffic jam, cars everywhere!
 Entrance from the front of the house--the entire driveway was full, the garage and the yard!
 My back yard where the vendors are--lovely fall day, breezy but nice.
 New vendor, Lillyan Lou, had darling hair accessories, pins, rings, and home decor.
 Kevin Baker was a popular addition this year...he entertained us for two hours on Friday morning.
 Serendipity's fabulous Christmas decor--she made all the ornaments on the tree!
 Polly's Counting Your Blessings tent was a huge hit--fun items full of lace and burlap!
 Tom the Pumpkin Man was another new addition this year--he sold out of most pumpkins!
 Laura from B and B's Nest sold every piece of furniture except one rocker!
 Polly's mom, Kay, joined us this year--she had bins full of vintage linens and textiles--fun to rummage through!
 Polly's booth--lovely shabby chic decor with a touch of farm chic.
 Chicken crates, burlap and creamy white furniture--love it.
 More fun shabby and romantic chic from Polly.
 Fun lamps, jewelry and decor!
 Laura came with three desks, and left with none!
 More fabulous furniture by B and B's Nest in Madison.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Vendor Profile: Counting Your Blessings / French Cupboard

Barn Sale Vendor Profile: Polly Hood from Counting Your Blessings, Polly has an extraordinary talent for designing, sewing and creating the most romantic farm style chic items. From the softest vintage lace to the rusty and crusty farm junk, she's got it! Take a look at her blog and you'll see what I mean. She'll be bringing jewelry, home decor, lace wearables, vintage furniture, and more all for that perfect shabby look. On top of it all, she home schools her two kids, sets up as a vendor on the weekends at all the big shows and runs an website business! Holy cow!

Vendor Profile: B and B's Nest

Vendor Profile #4: Laura from B & B's Nest. Laura and I met on "craigs list" when I was selling a piece. The June barn sale was her first ever set up as a vendor. Since then she's been busy setting up at Elkhorn, running an estate sale business and etsy shop and hand paints vintage furniture. She's be back this weekend with tons of great items: needlepoint chairs, desk, corner shelf, buffet, rocker, stools, saches, candlesticks, mirror, dresser and some darling home giftware. Come prepared to get some of your Christmas shopping done. Laura's etsy shop:

Vendor Profile: Serendipity.

My barn sale is just around the corner and I love giving exposure to the gals who help me make it such a fun day. I've got eight girls this time setting up with me. The first profile is my very good friend, Kim from Serendipity. Kim and I go way back to youngsters, but got to know each other better during high school and after. We were brought together through family (my sister and her uncle were married) and we worked together at The Last Straw at North Towne in Rockford. Kim went off to NIU and studied Interior Design and Fine Arts...and came out one of the most talented gals I know. You might have met her at the spring sale--not as a vendor--but as a helper. She had so much fun she went home, created an entire product line, and will be back as a vendor. Check out her blog: