Sunday, January 8, 2012

Silver Lining in the Clouds of 2011

2011 was not the most exciting year on record for me. In fact, it was a strain on my health and my pocketbook, so it requires me to dig a little deeper to find the highlights. It began with a wicked mystery flu-like illness, so I suppose it's apropos that it ended with a flu from Christmas through today. What I can say, was it was a year of firsts.

In February 2011, I went to Junk Salvation in Hillsboro, and met many vendors whose blogs I read. Sometimes when you meet new people, you aren't aware at the time that there  is a reason, or that someday your paths would cross again. Three vendors I chatted with a lot all had a ripple effect on my year.

First: This may sound silly, but I was unaware that Blogger was free, as I had only researched Typepad, which I believe charges a fee. That lack of information was the only reason I hadn't started a blog yet. So when I met Tracey of Cottage Industry at the Junk Salvation show, and she told me about free Blogger, I started this blog right after I got home.

Second:  I met Pam of One Gal's Trash and Plucky Maidens, who I would later cross paths with again, when I threw my hat in, to be a vendor, for my very first vintage show in Plucky Maidens Junk Fest this past November.

The third vendor was Chris of Mack & Momma. After being only one of a few people I conversed with at JS, and she ended up being my neighbor at the Junk Fest, and a perfect neighbor she was. I look forward to getting to know her better this year.

Hooked myself up to Facebook, though I'm not a frequent participant. 

Since I've only been in the vintage market loop for a few years now, Monticello Antique Marketplace wasn't even on my radar, since I don't frequent East Portland. Who knew it was merely blocks away from a dear friend. Doh! Needless to say, I made a point of visiting it for the first time last year, and it didn't disappoint.

Went for the first time to the Boys of Barn House show, and A Vintage Gathering on the same day. Met many more wonderful vendors at both, as well as my bloggy friend Amy of Into VintageRecap here and hereAfter meeting the fabulous Deb and Bob Kennedy of Retreat, at Barn House, Deb explained to me how to start a Facebook page for my Etsy and blog, so I did just that when I got home that day. 

As I mentioned earlier, I participated in Plucky Maidens Junk Fest in November, at McMenamin's Grand Lodge in Forest Grove. It seemed like a no-brainer to make this my first show, since it is less than 20 miles from home. I had grandiose visions for my booth design, but didn't have enough time to even come close to fulfilling the complete vision. Newbie mistake. I've done better productions in my own living room, but at least my sign turned out well. While my first show wasn't profitable, I did learn a few things. I won't do another show with stairs involved that eats up my set-up time, it would behoove me to not rent a U-haul again that eats all my profit, and as a vendor you need to walk into a show with the same mentality as walking into a casino. Go for the sport of it, the atmosphere and the people, and if you win money, it's a happy bonus. I would like to try my hand as a vendor again this year, so we'll see when my gambling spirit is replenished. :)

Photo Courtesy of Oregon Skydiving
Since 2012 marks my 50th year on this planet, I've made a commitment to myself to make this a year to try new things. Therefore, NEW is my word for the year. From an unimpressive perspective regarding new things, I've started a Pinterest account, and yes, it is a glutton of time. On the more monumental end of the spectrum, I promised myself years ago to go skydiving for my 50th year, and I fully intend to do so. Can't wait till the person in that picture above is replaced with me!

I think this has been a good exercise to write down last year's events, no matter how simple they may have seemed at the time. Sometimes we forget how much has transpired, and how much we have accomplished. I guess there really is a silver lining in every cloud.......


  1. Have a great 50th :)

    Thank you for all that you have inspired.


    1. Thanks for the wishes. Your blog is very inspiring!

  2. I predict the ripple effect of 2011 will continue far into 2012, bringing adventures and opportunities from all directions. :-) That's what I wish for your 50th year.

    Your bloggy friend,

    1. Thank you Amy. From your mouth to God's ears.....:)


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