Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Creative ways to display flowers using vintage goods!

We are pretty obsessed with flowers around here. I mean, we have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to flowers...so when we find a really awesome floral artist who wants to collaborate with us...we jump on the opportunity!!

Lace & Lilies, an adorable duo out of Fort Collins, CO knows how to make flowers look even more beautiful than they already do. I mean, look at this amazing garland!!

These girls. They're super sweet, and they met in the floral industry! Like a lot of great ideas, their business idea was formed while sipping on a great Colorado brew. These Colorado folk know how to make good beer, you guys. I really didn't like beer until I moved here, and now...I have a FAVORITE. Anyway, they inspire each other to create, and that's so similar to how Vanessa and I work together. We often come up with our best ideas by texting and brainstorming!  

I thought it would be really fun to hunt for things to put their arrangements in that WEREN'T your typical vases. I don't mind vases, but they're so...common! I found all of these items at antique malls, thrift stores, and garage sales...and the most expensive one was $30. What sorts of items would you add to the list? 

1. Groupings of vintage bottles - I love how the different sized bottles showcase the flowers. Plus, MACARONS!! They're from La Creperie of Fort Collins

2. Tins - They hold water, and they're adorable! So much more exciting than a plain old vase!

3. Old cans with advertising labels still on - I found this great can at Patina Antiques & Home in Littleton, CO! The green chairs are a $30 Craigslist find!

4. Small galvanized containers or buckets - I'm not sure what these little galvanized pots are, but I found several of them! I think after the flowers are gone, I'll use them for vintage paintbrushes! My guest room cabinet was so bare before these gorgeous flowers brightened it up! Oh, that ranunculus!

5. Salt boxes  - One of my favorites. This one was missing the wooden lid, so that made it easy to put an arrangement in. I'm sure you could put flowers in one even with the lid still on..and the nice thing is, most of them have a hole for hanging already! Love the color and detail of this ironstone salt box!

Aren't these flowers AMAZING!!? 

6. Ironstone - Good old ironstone. You can use it for a million different things...flowers have become my favorite use for it though.

7. Match holders - this might be one of my favorites. How fun would a grouping of these be on a kitchen wall?!

I have a few more ideas for creative vases up my sleeve, but I have yet to come across them! I'll update as I find more. The flowers are the real star of the show. If only I could arrange them like the girls at Lace and Lilies do!! They actually host floral design + WINE classes!! You can visit their Facebook page HERE for more details on class times and cost. So, which one is your favorite? 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vintage Whites Market: July 2014

Just a few short weeks ago, we wrapped up our first summer market of 2014 in Somers, Montana! The weather was perfect...just the right amount of overcast and breeze, and a clear view of the mountains! We had a handful of the sweetest girls from Canada who decided to show up at 5:30 AM to stand in line!! That gives us butterflies to know they love the market that much. Such dedication!! Little things like that keep us going year after year. We say it all the time, but we really do have the best customers and the best vendors.

If you are just joining us on the blog (or if you've been with us for awhile and didn't know our history), we want to stop and give you a little history of the Vintage Whites Market! Vanessa and I have known each other since we were about 12 years old! We grew up together, moved different places, and ultimately found ourselves in Kalispell, Montana! Even though we grew up together, we weren't super close until our mutual love for all things vintage solidified the bond. It's crazy how well we know each other now, and it's so fun being in business with someone who is strong where you are weak, and vice versa.

We decided to try out a monthly sale, and got about five vendors together in Vanessa's garage and driveway. We had no idea what to expect, but the day of our first market...we had a small line of shoppers!! It was so much fun seeing them find great stuff for great prices. We were officially hooked. The first year, we did six markets! By the last market, we had doubled our vendors and customers, and were looking for a new venue. We outgrew Vanessa's garage in six months!

The next year, we moved to the field just down the road in Somers, Montana. That's where we've been for our summer markets ever since! We have also added an indoor Christmas show in Kalispell, Montana, an indoor show in Salt Lake City, Utah, and in January 2015 we will hold our first Colorado show! We are completely blown away by the support of the communities we host markets in. Anyway, that's a little background on the markets...it's so fun to revisit where we started!!

Kelli Trontel took some more FABULOUS pictures for us at this past market!! Brace yourselves...there are a LOT of photos coming up!! We are so thankful for Kelli and her hard work at our markets. She gets there early and stays late! ;) Make sure to check out her blog, and you can find her on Instagram HERE!

If you are interested in being a vendor, or have questions about our markets, head to our website and click on apply! You can fill out an application online and we'll review it! We would love to hear from you!!

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