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Celebrations Big and Small Celebrations are important! Sometimes we are celebrating huge accomplishments, and at others times we celebrate small things. Both are important! We have had some of both this summer here at Two Ladybugs Vintage, and we hope that you'll join in and celebrate with us! Celebrations Are a Form of Gratitude! In my view, when we celebrate, we are practicing gratitude. I am a huge proponent of being grateful and thankful for all of the little gifts of life. In a previous post on our sister site, Jill's Journal, we focus on the subject of gratitude. We, at Two Ladybugs Vintage, are truly grateful for the opportunities that we have been given. As small business owners, we have the opportunity to earn some additional income. More importantly, though, we can share our love of vintage treasures with each other and you! In addition, we are afforded the opportunity to work around our own schedules and family commitments, while doing what we love and are passionate about! Wow! We are grateful for the following events both big and small! It's not happiness that makes us grateful. It's gratefulness that makes us happy. David Steindl-Rast A Gift From the Heart One of the most rewarding results of working in the world of vintage, is unexpectedly making friends who share our love of previously loved treasures. Recently we made a friend who literally blew us away with her kind and generous heart. Sister and I were totally SHOCKED to receive a large package in the mail two days ago. Imagine Sister's surprise when she realized that this precious friend from Colorado had decided to share a portion of her substantial collection of vintage salt and pepper shakers with us! She had mentioned that she was in the process of downsizing her collection, and she knew that Sister LOVES vintage shakers. So she just took it upon herself to lovingly and carefully wrap up sixty pairs of shakers and just gift them to us. We are still in complete shock and awe and will be eternally grateful to our friend. In a day and age, where there is so much focus on the negative. It seems that you can't even turn on the television without being reminded of at best rude, and at worst downright disrespectful and inhumane treatment of other people, especially in politics. It is wonderful to be reminded of all of the genuinely kind and beautiful people that are all around us. What a celebration! Surprising Summer Sales! Because our mother had been a small business owner in the antiques and vintage industry for years, we had no delusions when we decided to begin this journey. We completely understood that in business there will be ebbs and flows in sales. We were completely prepared for such downturns. We also were aware that sales in the summer are traditionally slow and sluggish. We are also celebrating the fact that our summer sales have thus far been great! We have been very pleasantly surprised at the number of sales that we have made, and this makes us super happy! More Small Celebrations We are grateful for these things and more! We are currently closing in on 400 sales in our Etsy shop in just nine short months. In the first few months we now know we really had no idea what we were doing! At that point, we knew nothing about shipping costs, what to list, how to list it, how to come up with good keywords, how to take good photographs, etc. I personally had to learn about how to set up a website, configure everything for good SEO, share on social media, create online ads, and a lot of other things that I had no clue about. I also learned how to set up and write a blog. In other words, we have come a long way in those nine months! We are so grateful that we finally figured out how to do all of those things! Saving the Best for Last... Sales are great, and they enable us to be able to do what we love, but I saved the biggest celebration for last... Our biggest celebration is the fact that we get to embark upon this big adventure TOGETHER! There is nothing better than getting to work with your very own SISTER! We text each other constantly, and luckily we mostly think alike when it comes to running our business. Best of all, we complement each other very well. Sister has an amazing business sense, and she has a very good eye for what other people will love and what will sell. I, on the other hand, am the creative one (although she is more creative than she thinks...) who loves to decorate and create things. This works perfectly! Sister hunts for, buys and lists items, and prices things. I decorate our booth, share on social media, run the website, and write our blog posts. I love this quote that I found a few days ago about sisters. There’s no better friend than a sister. Mary Engelbreit Family and friends make the world go round, and I have the best of both worlds with my sister! I am a lucky and grateful girl indeed, so here's to summer celebrations! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook! Until next time! #twoladybugsvintage #celebrations #vintage #vintagebusiness #smallbusinessowners #vintagedecor #vintagelove #vintagelife #saltandpeppershakers
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We love collecting, decorating with, and shopping for vintage salt and pepper shakers! Collecting vintage salt and pepper shakers can be fun, easy, inexpensive, and addicting! Read more for ideas for how to collect vintage shakers, ways to decorate with them, where to find them, and other uses for vintage salt and pepper shakers! Why Vintage S&P Shakers? If you're new to the world of shakers, you might be interested in reading my previous blog post that can be found here. Vintage salt and pepper shakers come in many forms-glass, ceramic, wood, plastic, or metal. Some vintage shakers are simply functional, which is fine, but many are true works of art! We are absolutely crazy for the figural types, particularly the anthropomorphic animal shakers. Anthropomorphic simply means that the animals are created to possess human characteristics. Vintage shakers are a great idea for new vintage collectors because they are small, so they don't take up much space, inexpensive, and very easy to find! Where to Find Vintage S&P Shakers: Vintage shakers can be found literally EVERYWHERE! You probably already have some hiding somewhere in your kitchen. They pop up at garage sales, estate sales, flea markets, and thrift stores. You can find them online on sites like Ebay, Mercari, and Etsy, just to name a few. Yes. We do offer MANY vintage shakers in our own Etsy shop! No matter where you look, vintage shakers are plentiful and mostly inexpensive! Deciding on a Plan: If you ever become an avid collector of vintage salt and pepper shakers, you will probably need to decide on a plan for how to form your collection. After all, shakers can multiply rapidly, and you will probably need to narrow your focus at some point. If this describes you, then here are some ideas for categories that you might want to focus on. Color- Focus on shakers in certain colors. Material- Focus on just collecting shakers made out of one particular material, such as wood, glass, etc. Maker- Maybe you really love Holt Howard shakers... then concentrate on just those! Theme- Feature a certain theme. For example, you might focus on a western theme and include shakers that include cowboys/cowgirls, boots, horses, etc. Style- Another possibility is to concentrate on your favorite design style, such as mid-century or farmhouse. Figural- This could include choosing to focus on one particular figural type, such as pigs, cats, angels, etc. Seasonal- Seasonal shakers might be fun to bring out at certain times of the year or even left out year round. You could choose to collect shakers that represent a particular season or holiday. Ideas for Decorating with Vintage S&P Shakers: Ways to decorate with vintage shakers are plentiful and varied. You just need to open you mind a little bit and be willing to consider using shakers for other purposes than just to season your food! :-) Below are some possibilities: Groupings: This is the most obvious idea. This involves simply grouping similar shakers together in various ways. One thing to consider is to use shakers to decorate rooms other than kitchen or dining rooms! Completing a Vignette: In another blog post, I discussed employing vintage items to create vignettes throughout your home. You can read more about that here. Theme Decor: Vintage S&P shakers can be used to add to the theme of a certain room. This can be especially nice and useful in children's rooms or baby nurseries. Imagine the possibilities! A baby nursery could include shakers of baby lambs, chicks, etc. A zoo animal themed child's room could include a collection of zoo animal themed shakers. These are just a few ideas. I'm confident that you could think of many more cool and creative ideas for ways to use vintage shakers in your own home! Other Uses for Vintage S&P Shakers: Finally, I would like to share some ideas that I have come across for other unique ways to use salt and pepper shakers, other than for their intended purposes. A few of these ideas are listed below. Seed Dispenser: If you love gardening like me, I saw an idea somewhere that suggested that you could repurpose a S&P shaker to function as a seed dispenser. What an interesting idea! Sugar & Cinnamon Dispenser: I love this idea! You can mix up a sugar and cinnamon mixture and put it into a vintage shaker. You can then use it sprinkle into your coffee, oatmeal, or toast. Popcorn Seasoning Dispenser: Here is another innovative idea. Who doesn't love popcorn? You can create your own combinations of seasonings to sprinkle onto your popcorn with your vintage shakers! Use your imagination! I'm certain that there are many more possibilities just waiting to be discovered. There you have it! I hope that I have given you some ideas for collecting and decorating with vintage salt and pepper shakers. If you have more great ideas or ways that you like to collect or use vintage shakers, please feel free to share them with us! We would love to hear from you! You can also choose to enter your e-mail address at the top of the blog page on our site, so you will know when we publish new blog posts. Don't forget to check out our Etsy shop for lots of cute vintage shakers and other great vintage items. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, as well! #twoladybugsvintage #etsy #etsyseller #etsyvintage #saltandpeppershakers #saltshaker #peppershaker #shakercollector #saltandpeppershakercollector #vintagesaltandpeppershakers #vintagekitchen #vintagecollector #kitchencollectibles
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Kitchen collectibles have long been at the top of many people's lists of favorite vintage items to collect. We are no exception! The great news for vintage lovers is that many kitchen collectibles are very inexpensive and are great fun and easy to search for at almost any local flea market, garage sale, or thrift store! We LOVE Kitchen Items! I have mentioned in previous posts that Sister and I inherited a lovely 100+ year old house that was a virtual treasure trove of antiques and vintage finds from our mother. While our mother had eclectic tastes and had a great eye for unusual and one-of-a-kind treasures, her true love was all things kitchen! Sister and I most definitely inherited her love of bright, colorful, and always cheerful vintage canisters, shakers, mixing bowls, cookie jars, etc. If you have ever visited our booth at the Cedar Chest Antique Mall in McGregor, Texas, you will notice that we always offer a large selection of these items. Our Favorite Items: While there are very few kitchen related items that we don't love, there are some that we nearly always gravitate to. I am going to list them here. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and I feel quite certain that I have missed some. Also, these are not listed in any particular order, so here we go...! Salt and Pepper Shakers- If you pay any attention to our booth and/or our Etsy shop, you will notice that we offer TONS of these! We especially love the cute figural and anthropomorphic ones! Aprons- Vintage aprons are easy to find and come in all styles! We especially love all of the hand sewn aprons that are readily available and can be found in any color/style imaginable! Canisters- Our favorite types of canisters are the colorful and wonderful old metal ones. Pyrex- I have written previously about Pyrex. We love it, and while it is still possible to find Pyrex at affordable prices, be aware that it is very popular and people might fight you for it! :-) Kitchen Utensils: I am including many different types of utensils here. This could mean rolling pins, egg beaters, biscuit cutters, potato mashers, etc. We love the old red and green wooden handle utensils! Tins- Many people love to collect old kitchen tins. This could include spice tins, biscuit tins, coffee tins, etc. Sister found a really cool old potato chip tin recently at an estate sale. You will see it pictured below. Bread Boxes: Bread boxes are another popular kitchen collectible. They can be found in wood and metal versions. Again, we love the colorful metal bread boxes! Cake Savers- Vintage cake savers were very popular back in the day. They are most commonly found in plastic and metal form. Cake savers are not quite as easy to find as some other items, but they are out there! Recipe Boxes- These are really selling like hotcakes for us right now! They are usually found in both wood and metal. It is especially lovely when you find one that is already filled with wonderful, old vintage recipes! Mixing Bowls: Mixing bowls come in many forms. Many people like to collect Pyrex, Jadeite, and other stoneware crock-type bowls. We love them all! Cookbooks- Oh how we love these! We love them so much that one of our first blog posts was dedicated to them. Old cookbooks can be found everywhere! Teacups/Saucers and Teapots: I have collected teacups and teapots for most of my adult life. I loved them even before I became an antiques and collectibles fanatic. Drinkware- Vintage drinkware can include many things. We tend to stock primarily old glass tumblers and juice glasses in our booth and Etsy shop. Swanky Swigs are some of our best-loved items. We find that they are always some of our best sellers. Flour Sifters- Flour sifters may initially sound rather dull...but they're definitely not! Some of the old metal flour sifters are amazing and quite lovely. They also sell quickly, so you have to grab them while you can! Cookie Cutters- Cookie cutters are still very inexpensive and can be found everywhere. We like to collect holiday related and wooden-handled cookie cutters. Final Thoughts: There you have it! The items above are some of our very favorite kitchen collectibles. I feel quite certain that I missed a few, but my hope is that you can, at a minimum, appreciate the variety of items available and that maybe you'll even decide to begin a collection of your own! FYI... Almost of the items above are from either our booth or our Etsy shop. A few are from our own personal collections. If you love vintage kitchen collectibles, don't forget to check our Etsy shop frequently for newly added kitchen treasures! Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram! #etsy #etsyvintageseller #etsyvintageshop #kitchen #vintagekitchen #kitchen collectibles #vintagesaltandpeppershakers #vintageaprons #vintagecanisters #Pyrex #vintagePyrex #vintagetins #vintagebreadboxes #vintagecakesavers #vintagerecipeboxes #vintagemixingbowls #vintagecookbooks #vintagecupsandsaucers #vintageteapots #vintagecookiecutters #farmhouse #farmhousekitchen
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Vintage Pyrex is hotter than ever! If you are already an avid Pyrex collector, then you probably already have a plan for how best to go about feeding your passion and showcasing your collection. If you are a newbie, though, you might be wondering just exactly where to begin. If that describes you, then keep reading! Why Pyrex? For starters, if you have living in a cave, and have no idea what Pyrex is and why it is so popular, then you might want to begin by reading my previous blog post. When discussing Pyrex I often hear people say things like, "Oh! I remember my grandmother had a set of those mixing bowls," or, "My aunt always served her sweet potato casserole in one of those dishes." You get the idea. Many people can relate and have memories, often involving special family events, related to Pyrex. Another reason why Pyrex is so popular is that it is fairly easy to come by, and it can be found at various price points. If you are a casual collector, many common Pyrex pieces can still be purchased for reasonable prices. The avid and obsessed Pyrex collector can probably attest to having paid some pretty outrageous prices for the more rare, specialized pieces. In a nutshell, there is something for everyone! Our Pyrex Tragedy: When we lost our mother in 2015, Sister and I inherited a lovely, historic turn-of-the-century home. At that time, we were both working as elementary school teachers, and had no idea that we would be giving up our teaching careers to venture into the world of antiques and vintage collectibles. That gorgeous house was FULL of treasures, including literally hundreds of pieces of Pyrex! What did we do? You guessed it...we SOLD IT!! I do not usually have a lot of regrets, but I do frequently regret selling that Pyrex! A true Pyrex fanatic will be able to relate to this tragic event...SAD. You Need a Plan: If you are planning on collecting Pyrex, you will basically need to decide on a plan. Essentially, this means that you need to decide what types of Pyrex you will collect. There are various things to consider here. Most people collect vintage items for display reasons. If that is the case for you, you will need to consider the color and size of your kitchen. You'll need to think about where and how you want to display your collection. For example, if your kitchen is very small and limited in space you might want to consider collecting smaller items, like butter dishes, small fridgies, (refrigerator storage dishes) etc. Additionally, you will want to make sure that you consider the color of your kitchen cabinets and floors and plan accordingly. Ways to Collect Pyrex: Below are some ideas for ways to collect your Pyrex. Collecting by Color: Many people choose to color Pyrex according to color. This can mean collecting pieces in only one color or a combination of two or more colors. Collecting by Piece: Another option would be to collect according to pieces. In other words, you could collect just mixing bowls, or casserole dishes, or butter dishes, etc. Collecting by Pattern: Collecting Pyrex by a particular pattern is very popular. Be aware that some patterns will be more expensive than others. Basically, the more common patterns will be much more affordable than those that are more rare. Mix and Match: Mixing and matching Pyrex pieces is another option. This really just amounts to collecting pieces that you like for whatever reason, throwing caution to the wind, and just putting it out there! Collecting by Seasons/Holidays: This is actually a fascinating idea to me personally. It would require some creativity and the time and desire to make frequent changes. The idea is to create seasonal displays with your Pyrex! Check out the photos below. Promotional Items: Promotional Pyrex items are frequently hard to find and oftentimes much sought after. This is usually for the more advanced collector. Here is a more detailed explanation! Rare Pieces: There are some collectors who are truly obsessed and have oftentimes ventured beyond simply collecting by color or pattern. These collectors search for and display rare pieces of Pyrex. Quite honestly, this is beyond my level of expertise, but it is something to consider if you are a true Pyrex aficionado. In closing, as you can see, there are endless possibilities for ways to collect Pyrex. In an upcoming post, I will discuss various ideas for creative ways to actually display your Pyrex. In the meantime, happy collecting! Keep in Touch: If you enjoyed this post, please consider following us on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Pinterest! There are links to our social media accounts on our website! #pyrex #vintagepyrex #pyrexcollector #pyrexcollection #kitchendecor #decoratingwithpyrex #vintagekitchen #etsyseller #vintageetsy #collectibleglassware #vintageglassware #pyrexcollector
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Leaving the teaching profession after twenty years was not an easy decision! Teaching is, in my opinion, the most important profession. After all, "Teaching is the profession that teaches all other professions." -Unknown I did get out of teaching much sooner than I thought that I would...ridiculous expectations, standardized testing, and a general lack of respect for the teaching profession did contribute to my premature departure. Despite all of that, I still feel with every fiber and ounce of my being, that this world needs good teachers more than ever before. I also still believe that despite the obstacles, teaching remains an extremely rewarding and emotionally fulfilling endeavor! The purpose of this blog post is to share a little bit about my journey as a teacher, give a bit of advice to new teachers, and to tell you about my new adventures! Teaching: A Calling A good teacher is like a candle-it consumes itself to light the way for others. - Mustafa Kemal Ataturk I have long proposed that teaching is not, and should not, be viewed as a "job." It is far more than that. It is a calling. You are performing a public service, You are using your special gifts to "give back" to the world. It is important that teachers enter the profession with these thoughts in mind. When you view teaching through this lens, then it is easier to tap into the reserves of energy and grit that will be required at times as you travel through the journey of being a teacher. I taught for twenty years at one school. I truly felt "called" to be there. It was a very tough place to teach. It was an extremely high poverty school with a large number of students who were learning English as a second language. Many of my students struggled in various ways. Some of them were homeless. Some of my students were experiencing various forms of neglect at home. Many of my students had never experienced basic life events like those who come from more affluent homes. I had students who had never been on a vacation, gone to a movie, been to an amusement park, museum etc... you get the picture. Why did I choose to stay there? I could have gone somewhere else. I chose it because of what I mentioned previously. For me, teaching was a calling! I truly felt that I was placed there for a reason, and I gave it my all every single day. I don't regret it for one moment! Advice for New Teachers: I could expound upon the topic of teaching and the value of public education for hours because I continue to feel so passionately about it, but I will instead give a few simple little gems of advice that I have for new teachers entering the profession. Find a Friend or Mentor: Teaching can be totally overwhelming, so find someone to share it with! Find somebody who is willing to listen and to be supportive. One of the best ways to overcome the inevitable stress that teaching brings is "venting" to a colleague. Laughter Cures Everything!: Yes. Teaching is IMPORTANT! At the same time, nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes. Don't take yourself too seriously. We all need to find a way to just see the humor and LAUGH!! It's a huge stress reliever. Laughter is also key in the classroom! Students love to laugh, and they love it when you can laugh at yourself. Believe me when I say... you will find plenty to laugh about in the classroom! :-) Focus on the Big Picture and Prioritize: Yes. You will have a long to-do list everyday. No. You will not accomplish everything on that list most days. Accept that, and keep your eye on the end goals. Focus on the big picture. Do not get "bogged down" in the little details. When you do this, you will be able to see what the most important items are, and accomplish those FIRST! Relationships are EVERYTHING! I saved the most important advice for last. Relationship building is the single most important thing! You cannot teach a child if you do not have a positive, respectful relationship with him or her!! You just can't! Take the time to get to know your students. Ask them about their lives outside of school and LISTEN! A New Chapter: Here I am at fifty years old, and I am embarking on a new journey. I am one of those people who gives my all to whatever that I am doing. That may be one of the reasons, that my teaching journey came to a premature end, but I am certain that it was time. I am also one of those lucky souls who has many passions. I have a strong desire to try many different things. There are so many things that I would love to do with my life, and now I will have the time to do them! A New Mrs. Fritz: For those of you who know me, you know that I am the proud mom of two fabulous young men. Several years ago, my oldest son began dating and later married the most wonderful girl imaginable. My beautiful daughter-in-law is truly the daughter that I never had. I love her like she is my own. Last May, she graduated from college, and she just completed her first year of teaching! Believe it or not, she is following in my footsteps as a second grade teacher! This thrills me to no end, because I get the opportunity to pass on my experiences and wisdom to her. She was also the recipient of my beloved collection of children's books that she can now use in her own classroom! The Fritz family teaching legacy marches on through her... What the Future Holds: Now that I have made my contributions to the world through my twenty years in public education, I am preparing for a whole new journey! Sister and I launched an antiques and collectibles business recently. We began this journey a couple of years ago, by renting a booth in a local antique mall and have since branched out into online sales through our Etsy shop! We would like to eventually follow in our mother's footsteps and open an estate sale business, as well. In the process of setting up our website, I have recently discovered that I actually love blogging... Who knows what the future will bring? I leave you with this quote: Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe #teacher #teaching #newteacher #publiceducation #publicschoolteacher #lifesjourney #newteacher #newteacheradvice #twoladybugsvintage #etsy #etsyshop #etsyseller #vintage #antiques #collectibles #estatesales #antiquemall #cedarchestantiquemall #mcgregortexas
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“Don’t ever underestimate the impact that you may have on someone else’s life.” Anonymous Larger Than Life: In honor of Father's Day, I would like to tell you about one of the people who has made a lasting impact in my life...my father. There is no denying that my father has led a life of distinction. He is a former CEO, chemist, professor, naval officer, star athlete, author, the list goes on... The greatest thing about my father, though, is that he is one of the most humble, kind-hearted, and self-deprecating people I know. My father grew up in a very small Texas town, where he was raised by parents who believed in hard work and the importance of education. He grew up working on their ranch and learned the value of hard work from an early age. He went on to become a football and basketball star in high school and eventually to earn his PhD in chemistry from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He took time in between to serve his country as a naval officer, and was stationed in Bethesda, Maryland when I was born. In later years, he worked as a professor, in various leadership roles in higher education and in the healthcare industry, and eventually worked his way up to becoming the CEO of Advent Health. A Gentle Giant: Don Jernigan didn't rise to those heights by accident. He did it through hard work, grit, determination, and just sheer brilliance. It also required a strong ability to build relationships, as well as, the ability to empower others and lead by example. All of these things are amazing and exceptional, but here's the best part...my father is also a kind-hearted, humble, selfless, gentle giant. I use the word giant quite literally, as he is a very tall and imposing figure. Those of us who are blessed to know him well, know that Don Jernigan is a man of strong moral fortitude and Christian faith. He is essentially a kind and tender-hearted man of integrity. A Family Man: My father is very much a family man. He is a very devoted husband. He values time together with his children and grandchildren. He understands that any time that can be spent with family is truly a gift. He has taken us all on some exciting and memorable trips over the years, and even though he lives in Florida, and the rest of us are in Texas, he manages to make the most of the time that he spends with us. He is a very proud father and grandfather and loves to tell others about his daughters and grandchildren. His Legacy: Because of his humility, I'm not certain that my father truly understands the impact that he has made on so many. I see him daily in myself and my children. I was blessed to inherit his positive outlook, work ethic, determination, and a true understanding of the importance of serving others. My oldest son, Garrett, was blessed to inherit my father's truly brilliant and beautiful mind. He shares his grandfather's sense of duty, selflessness, work ethic, empathy, and grace. My youngest son, Gavin, inherited my father's athletic ability, grit, determination, drive, intelligence, and sense of servant leadership. What a beautiful thing it is to live on through your children and grandchildren. Billy Graham once said, “The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” A Fighter: Currently my wonderful father is displaying many of his finest personal qualities and is serving, yet again, as a wonderful role model. He was diagnosed last fall with leukemia. He underwent a bone marrow transplant in February. While there have been a few setback along the way, he has faced this challenge head-on with grace, determination, and faith. He is a fighter, and I know without a shadow of a doubt, that he will, yet again, rise to the occasion, show that trademark determination and grit and be stronger for it. A Role Model: I have honestly been so blessed to have had two remarkable parents. While they each made their marks on our lives in different ways, there is no mistaking their influence in both their children and grandchildren. What a beautiful legacy! #fathersday #family #legacy #twoladybugsvintage
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If you're like me, there are few things that thrill me as much as the idea of spending a HOT, Texas summer's day (or a part of a day) getting "lost in time" wandering through an 18,000 square foot AIR CONDITIONED antique mall. The Cedar Chest Antique Mall in McGregor, Texas is the place to do just that! I decided to write this post due to the tremendous interest that one of my recent posts generated. In that post, I focused on the idea of spending the day visiting the Cedar Chest, as well as, other local points of interest. This post is focused entirely on the reasons why you should consider a visit to the Cedar Chest in the very near future! An Antique and Vintage Lover's Dream: When you enter the Cedar Chest, you are immediately struck by the sheer size of the place. As I mentioned earlier, it is 18,000 square feet of a little bit of literally everything you can possibly imagine! On a recent trip to revamp our booth, my sister and I quite literally "dragged" my youngest son with us. He is 23 and has no interest whatsoever in the world of antiques. Guess what? He found several booths that had items of interest to him. The treasure of the day for him was a photograph of his hero, George Strait, that was in a really cool, repurposed barn wood frame. It also helped that he was able to visit Fox's Treats and Eats, a "1950's style cafe" for a little "snack..." :-) The point being, there is something for everyone at the Cedar Chest! It doesn't matter what your interests...farmhouse, retro, mid-century, turn-of-the-century, tools, art, jewelry, and every kind of gift item that you can imagine! Hours: Monday - Saturday 9:30-5:30 Sunday 1:00-5:00 Address: 31707 West Highway 84 McGregor, TX 76657 254.840.2300 A Vendor's Point of View: A couple of years ago, Sister and I visited the Cedar Chest. The Cedar Chest had come to our attention because of an episode that we had seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, where Joanna Gaines and her daughters were shopping there. Well, one thing led to another, and just a few months later, we were vendors and rented our own booth! As vendors, we get the best of both worlds! We have the opportunity to share and sell our treasures in a nice mall with plenty of traffic. We also get the chance to shop a lot, and believe me, that is one of the biggest perks! A few days ago, Sister and I were there. I was engrossed in one of the "total overhauls" of our booth that I perform several times a year. Sister oftentimes gets tired of watching me. My creative juices start flowing, and I lose track of time... Anyway, Sister decided to walk through the mall and take photos. These are random and could never portray the sheer quantity and variety of the booths and merchandise, but I thought that I would share some of them below. In closing, if you are a lover of all things vintage, come on out to McGregor, and check it out! #twoladybugsvintage #cedarchest #cedarchestantiquemall #mcgregortexas #fixerupper #joannagaines #farmhousestyle #retro #midcenturymodern #vintage #antiques #antiquemall #antiqueshopping #vintagelove #foxstreatsandeats #centraltexas #centraltexasantiques #centraltexasantiquemall
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While many of us would love to be able to afford to have our homes designed and decorated by professional interior decorators, the truth is, that for most of us, that is just not possible. I would argue that a home that is decorated by YOU with the things that YOU love, and in a style that is YOURS is best! Be Yourself! It's YOUR home! Do what makes YOU happy! It is my personal belief that it is important to live a life that makes YOU happy! Our choices shouldn't be dictated by the preferences of others. Of all of the things that I most admired about my own mother, it was her ability to live her life on her own terms that I loved the most. I recently came across this quote from Caroline Kennedy that I think is a perfect example of this, I think my mother... made it clear that you have to live life by your own terms, and you have to not worry about what other people think, and you have to have the courage to do the unexpected. Caroline Kennedy Go For It! Now for the hard part...where to begin... Taking the first step in anything we do is always the hardest part. Now, if you are a rule follower like me, you might tend to want to overanalyze your choices and just try too hard! NO! Just get in there and start playing around until you create something that appeals to you and makes you happy. I love to decorate, and I have been known to change around a particular room and/or display hundreds of times. I just enjoy the create end of it all, but I learned a long time ago, just to keep moving things around until you like it! You can always move it again! Helpful Tips: While I don't propose that you follow any particular rules in decorating your home with vintage items, I can share with you some things that I tend to do. Remember, this is the amateur's guide... I am far from a professional, but here goes... Create groupings of collections of similar items Create vignettes Create seasonal displays Combine vintage and new items Use what you LOVE! Create Groupings of Collections or Similar Items: This is my personal favorite! If you love cats, then display a collection of cat related items! If you love a particular color, then display a collection of items that you love in that color! There are limitless possibilities! The following photos are from our own personal homes. I have also included photos from my niece's home, as well! Create Vignettes: Creating vignettes is simply grouping several objects together to form a picture or tell a story. I think that this is best explained through more photos... Create Seasonal Displays: This is especially fun if you're a big holiday nut like me! I am particularly fond of vintage Christmas decor, but you can do something like the following photos for any holiday and/or season! Combine Vintage and New: When decorating with vintage items, it is worth noting, that there is nothing wrong with combining items that we love that are both old and new! I happen to be in love with Ree Drummond's (of The Pioneer Woman fame) line of home decor items, and I often decorate with combinations of both! Don't Forget the Garden! As much as I love decorating the interior of my home, we mustn't forget the exterior. Garden decor is just as much fun. There are numerous ideas for using vintage items to spruce up our yards, as well! Do and Use What you Love! My true purpose in writing this, is to help you to understand that your home is YOURS, and you are the author of your life. YOU get to choose the items and styles that appeal to YOU! Life is too short to spend it worrying about the opinions of others at the expense of our own authenticity and happiness. Make up your own rules, and happy decorating! #twoladybugsvintage #etsyshop #etsyseller #vintagelife #vintagedecor #decoratingwithvintage #vintagelifestyle #antiques #farmhouse #farmhousestyle #shabbychic #shabbychicdecor #gardenstyle #gardendecor #kitchendecor #vintagekitchen #kitsch #kitschy #kitchenkitsch
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For fans of antiques and vintage treasures, Blue Bell ice cream, and Chip and Joanna Gaines... I have some news for you! You can spend a day experiencing all three in Central Texas! Central Texas offers some outstanding shopping opportunities for those who love vintage and antique finds! One fun option for a day trip spent shopping and dining is an easy drive to McGregor, Texas. Cedar Chest Antique Mall and More: The Cedar Chest Antique Mall is an 18,000 square foot indoor mall that offers something for everyone! There is also another smaller mall that is just down the road that is called The Cedar Chest Too! These two buildings are literally full of amazing vintage treasures. As if this isn't enough... there is also an outdoor market located on-site called The Market at Cedar Chest. All three of these sites offer a wide variety of vintage and antique furniture, decor items in many popular styles, including farmhouse, shabby chic, mid-century modern, retro, and more. There are tons of cool vintage tools, toys, books, jewelry, and so much more! Fox's Treats and Eats: Attached to the main building is a really great little cafe called Fox's Treats and Eats. This place is amazing! They offer homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches and serve Blue Bell ice cream. Their food is delicious, and their bread is baked fresh daily. They are open Monday-Saturday 11am-4:30 and Sunday 12-4. The ambiance is that of a 1950’s diner. Another really neat touch is the addition of an antique soda fountain from the 1920’s! Sister and I both love the chicken and dumplings, and I also really enjoyed a delicious BLT there recently. It is definitely worth a visit! Fixer Upper Fame: For those of you who are fans of Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame, you might recall several episodes where Chip and Joanna were shopping in The Cedar Chest! If you are a fan of Chip and Joanna, then another option would be to drive on over to Waco and spend some time shopping at Magnolia Market at the Silos. It is just a 17 mile drive to Magnolia Market from the Cedar Chest! On a side note, McGregor is also home to Magnolia House, a lovely bed and breakfast that is owned by the Gaines family. that was featured in this article from Country Living Magazine. Our Booth: Sister and I have rented a booth in The Cedar Chest for a couple of years now. We have really enjoyed our time there. We appreciate the opportunity to showcase some of our vintage and antique finds in a good location that attracts a large number of shoppers! Below is a glimpse of how our booth has looked over time... A Fun Day Trip: In summary, if you are a Central Texas resident or are visiting this area, and you are looking for some ideas for how to spend a fun day, you should consider a trip to McGregor, Texas! #twoladybugsvintage #cedarchestantiquemall #mcgregortexas #cedarchesttoo #fixerupper #chipandjoannagaines #magnoliahouse #foxestreatsandeats #magnoliamarket #vintagefinds #vintage #antiques #daytrip #centraltexas #shoppingtrip #antiquing
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In celebration of Memorial Day, we’re having a sale! Everything in our Etsy shop will be 20% off through Friday, May 31st! www.twoladybugsvintage.net #sale #etsy #etsysale #twoladybugsvintage #vintagehome #homedecor #vintagekitchen #vintagegifts #fathersday #vintagebooks #vintagejewelry #fixerupper #gardenstyle #shabbychic #farmhousestyle #countrystyle #cottagestyle #vintagetoys #ephemera

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