…luckett’s low-down

Friday VIP day was just so lovely at Luckett’s. If you have not had the pleasure of shopping at it, I will show you my day. Last year they gave out these cute, stripy bags.

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I arrive about 9:15, the gates open at 10:00. At this point the line was longer than it was last year on Friday. All beautiful ladies in their sweet summer wares. I loved watching everyone gather with their girlfriends for a day of shopping. (Ok, there were a few men in line as well. Real men love vintage.)

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The smarty-pants brought their carts and extra shopping bags to tote items. One thing I’ve learned from shows it that you do not want to carry around huge items and you also don’t want to go back and forth to your car to drop them off….and you also don’t want to leave them with the vendor you bought them from because at the end of the day when you are dirty and tired you will have to go collect said heavy wares and that’s no fun either. I know this because I do it every year. Next year must get shopping cart!

I was excited to see two vendors in particular this year – Miss Mustard Seed (of course) and Old Thyme Marketplace. Since the line was already down the grassy field by MMS, I headed over to OT. Check out her set up. To die for.

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It took all my willpower not to go home with this little cupboard. I just don’t have the space for it! MMS killed it this year. It was her best tent/s every and it was hard to not want one of everything. I decided to wait in line because I could pass up some special pieces. I will show you everything I bought in the next post.

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Here are some other fabulous items that I saw during my day. You can’t find these things just anywhere.

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Great job, Luckett’s! I hope you are all resting after your hard work, but I know the call for hunting is greater than sleep!

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…oh, you guys…

…are just the best! You wrap me like a warm hug and tell me it’s okay to rant and it’s okay to be me. It means more than you know! My intentions are always to offer information, guidance and inspiration. I am a curious person by nature and when I have an interest I want to look at it from all angles and not limit myself – especially when it’s something that I’m trying to achieve creatively. I would dare to say that limiting yourself or looking at things as black and white only makes your view of this world more narrow and, rather, strict. I’m so over rules! Aren’t you?!

Now, onto something more fun. Guess what this Friday is? The start of the Luckett’s Spring Market! They started opening the gates last year for a VIP Friday and will do the same thing this week.

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Why do they need a VIP day?

Well, there is so much great stuff amongst the 177 + vendors that shoppers want a shot at collecting all the unique items before things get too crowded. You have to pay for a ticket, which is $40, but it is truly worth it.

I will be there and can’t wait to add to my collection of so many things like: birdcages, old ladders, wood bowls, baskets, pillows, shoe molds, rusty buckets, and the occasional large piece of furniture that I just can’t turn away from. Here are some of the goodies from last year.

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The vendors work so very, very hard to offer really amazingly cool items. This is also the fair that Miss Mustard Seed sells at and her tents always have a huge line as you can imagine! Her wares and attention to detail make her space so special. It is not to be missed.

I will most likely be wearing something like I wore last year that let me be comfortable in the heat. If you are there and see me, please come say hi! I will be the one running from vendor to vendor with my fists full. I loved meeting Danielle from The Tattered Dragonfly last year as I was picking up a vintage phone for my son. We got a good laugh about the little pew that I had my eye on and later discovered that she was the one that bought it!

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You may also see my cute friend, Sarah, hugging a trellis or Hoosier Cabinet:)

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Oh, and bring an empty car or better yet, truck! They also have deliver people that can get items to you if needed so don’t let that keep you from buying something big. Dylan from DMV Deliveries will be milling around!

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If you cannot make it to the VIP day then do try to come Saturday or Sunday. Even if it is wet, it is worth it. Just bring your boots and umbrella. The vendors will still be there selling their hearts out.

…rust-oleum ranting

“Can you successfully distress latex paint? Your post makes it seem as if you should be blogging on a different site because this site is about chalk paint and distressing…”

Wow. I didn’t realize I had hit such a hot button with many people when I decided to use and post on an alternative to Chalk Paint. It seems that I need to clarify a few things that maybe did not come across in my last 2 posts. Bear with me as I try not to get emotional.

  1. I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and I use it exclusively for my clients.
  2. I am a curious person and as such I like to educate myself on new products. I think this is what a wise person does.
  3. I did not like the texture of Rust-Oleum paint. I do like the Topcoat.
  4. I will try new paints and products out in the future so if this is confusing or intolerable, then please read another blog.
  5. Sure, you can use latex and distress it! Why the hell not? Go try it.
  6. I would rather my readers find a passion and love for transforming older pieces using whatever paint that works for them from a monetary perspective and a taste perspective. I am not the paint police and I do not want to be.

I come from a place of scarcity where buying new furniture was never a luxury we had, but home and my space meant more to me than anything because of the feeling of safety and beauty that I could achieve with my two hands. I love that I stumbled upon ASCP seven years ago, but there is not just one way to produce a look – my look. I think thinking inside the box is limiting. What you may not know, or maybe I will just say it again, is that I get HUNDREDS of emails a year telling me that buying Chalk Paint is too expensive. I have empathy for this position. I hear that many of you think it all evens out in the wash with the number of coats and if that’s what works for your budget and time, then good for you.

Damn, I hate defending myself, but being quieter is worse for me. So, to the people that want to put me in a box and label me as this or that, I won’t stay in those nice and neat walls. I’d rather speak to those that want to expand their homes and lives in whatever way they can. It’s a bigger picture that I care about.

PS – To those that share my perspective and enjoy being here with me, I am sorry for the rant.

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…more rust-oleum and deepak chopra

Yes. To all those that commented after yesterday’s post on Rust-Oleum. I agree that you get what you pay for and I agree that this paint is not the same quality as Annie Sloan. It is sadly and unfortunately just not as good (I have other thoughts about the Rust-Oleum Topcoat so stay tuned). BUT, I also get so many emails about how expensive Chalk Paint is and I do think it is often out of people’s budget at almost $40 a pint. I don’t want money holding anyone back from painting over that drab furniture and not transforming your space and ultimately your mood. This is most important to me.

Painting furniture is all well in good, but I want to deepen it with you. I really do believe that you deserve a beautiful environment. We work so very hard out there in the world and are constantly battling other personalities and events that push and pull us and every once in a while knock us down. I want you to rest in a place that is pleasing and calm. I think a space can really change our mood. I have been know to leave a restaurant if I do not feel comfortable in the environment…or I just hate the color of the linens. Let me explain. As a mom of three active kids, I do not get out to dinner much with Dear Husband so when I do I want it to be worth putting on make-up and paying for a babysitter. What is around me is how I FEEEEEEL inside.Yes, it’s slightly embarrassing to DH, but I want to sit in Lovely. I realize that I am a sensory person, but I got to believe that if we are surround with beauty then we will feel special and, maybe, beautiful ourselves.

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This is the feeling I want for all my sweet readers. I want you to know that you deserve beauty in your life and I think your space can lift you up and prepare you for what the world holds outside it’s walls. So, if money is going to hold you back from changing your space, don’t let it. Get it where you can. If it’s a spray can or a half open can of wall paint that’s been sitting on your garage, let’s move forward creating beauty and creating new lives.

Okay, that sounds a bit lofty, I know. But as someone that is trying to live wholeheartedly (as defined by the beloved Brene Brown) I think finding rest in our space is a good first step to self care. And guess what, self care and compassion is the most important thing that you can do for yourself and for your family. If you put off finding peace in your body and your mind, you may lose the opportunity for contentment in your daily life.

DS (Dear Sister) sent me this amazing reminder via Deepak Chopra this very morning.

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How good is that?! To me, this means that thinking I can just plow through my life doing and doing more and it’s not going to take a toll on my body is so misguided. It all works together. My stressed out thoughts will have an effect on how my body works and runs. I am naive to not remember this always. But, before I shame myself, I will have compassion and remind myself that this is a practice. Every day is another opportunity to practice rest and creating beauty because we all deserve it.

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