I have always loved the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. It is situated in the northwest corner of the city and boasts lots of historic charm on either side of Germantown Avenue. I grew up in the suburbs to the north and my first grown up home was in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Manayunk, just south of Chestnut Hill. To me, Chestnut Hill has always been a sweet spot between the suburbs and the city – literally and figuratively. The are large, historic homes and mature trees plus its very own flavor of urban flair found on Germantown Ave. which is lined with unique small businesses.
Last spring when I found out that Clover Market would be venturing to Chestnut Hill for one day, I was all over it. One of my favorite neighborhoods in the area? Plus my favorite vintage market where I love being a seller? In beautiful, crisp October? Yes, please!
Circa Dee will be at Clover Market in Chestnut Hill on Sunday, October 27th from 10-5. The market is located at 25 W. Highland Ave. off of Germantown Ave. For information on this new location and parking, click here.
It is our last market of the season so we are bringing it! I am talking about the goods we have been hoarding for months if not years. Some never seen before and some of my favorites from my own collection are going to be up for sale too.
Like this 1940s enamel kitchen table in a rare large size with 4 chairs and 2 cutlery drawers with glass knobs.
My beloved painted antique piano stool. Tear.
This mid-century swivel club chair.
And these vintage library chairs which sadly I have no use for…
Can you tell I am itching to do some redecorating this winter? Or at least make room for Christmas decorating. Yes, I went there. Speaking of Christmas, Clover is a good place to get started on your holiday shopping with over 100 art and antique vendors.
Is there anything else you’ve been coveting that I can be talked into selling?! Not my dog or husband – everything else is negotiable! Will we see you Sunday at this new Clover Market location?
Oh the Clover Market hangover has arrived…
We had a fantastic time yesterday at the fall opener with splendid September weather. It is so fun to see all of the familiar faces after the long summer break. It is kind of like back-to-school for adults.
My brother, Jake and I, worked the booth from 10-5 and sold nearly all of the vintage treasures that we brought. You guys are awesome! Thank you!
We’ll be back for both October markets. The 13th in Ardmore and the 27th in Chestnut Hill. I am very excited about the new location! Put those dates on your calendar now.
If you went to Clover, what treasures did you find?
So in other news, I’m obsessed with vintage military right now. I guess I have been for a while actually. Specifically personal military items like soldier’s bags, trunks, army blankets and jackets. I suppose I missed this trend in high school.
Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to buy an entire lot of one soldier’s army jackets from the 50′s or 60′s. I just pulled them out since the weather is getting cooler and snapped photos of this lightweight jacket.
What I found so interesting were these yellowed tags still in the pocket. I find myself wondering where they were stationed and what, in history, they were doing.
Can you read that? It is his quarter’s assignment and bedding receipt all typed up. Each soldier was responsible for their iconic army blanket, sheets and pillows.
The other jackets are all wool. I haven’t photographed them since coming back from the dry cleaner but there is a long overcoat, a button up jacket and a very cool cropped bomber that I think I have to keep…at least for now.
Well, it’s that season again. That time of year when everyone is getting their groove back after carefree, unplanned summer days. The time of year when structures are put back into place. Calendars are filling up. As well as the reinstatement of an early bedtime. (I could use one.) Plus, new shoes, new backpacks and…don’t forget about new wares for your home, too!
Sunday kicks off the first fall Clover Market of the season. Always a treat, both to shop and work. Surely there will be treasures as far as the eye can see in Ardmore. But it is one day only so be sure to join us! Details below.
Sunday is a busy, busy day around here.
Our wonderful friends are graciously hosting a fundraiser at their bar in Ambler to benefit our MS bike ride team. Our ride is in just a few weeks (I’m nervous!) so please consider supporting our cause! Bar 31 will definitely show everyone a good time. Details below.
My husband’s diagnosis came a year ago next week. Life has changed drastically including a much healthier diet, more exercising and even a new living arrangement for us. (More about that soon.) And although I’ve happily shed a few pounds in a our new lifestyle, it hasn’t been all fun times thanks to this unpredictable disease.
MS can take away someone’s ability to walk and to see clearly both physically and mentally. It’s hard to believe but Ryan has been affected in all of these ways at one point or another in the past year. It would be fabulous if we didn’t have to worry about these symptoms creeping up on us again. No one would have to worry about them if there was a cure for MS. So that’s why we fund raise!
And if you’re still looking for things to do this weekend and happen to find yourself in Doylestown, you’re in vintage luck. Circa Dee is currently running a sale on many items at Serendipity to make room for new fall inventory! Look for mark downs now through the weekend. We’ll be re-stocked next week including a new shipment of milk paint!
33 S. Main St. Doylestown, PA
That concludes my public service announcements for today. Thank you for listening and, of course, for your continued love and support!
Wow guys, the Brooklyn Flea Philly rocked yesterday! The crowds, the music, the vintage goodness. It was all amazing. I love the market atmosphere. I’m not going to lie, it is a ton of work to get out there and set up shop for one day. In fact, it is a 12 hour day including set up and break down plus prep the day before. But I love the scene and the energy that popup markets bring…not to mention the flexibility.
I love it so much so that we’re closing up the Brick & Mortar.
This was a tough decision considering how adorable the little shop is with all of its glorious hundred year old chicken coop character but it just makes sense at this point. There’s just not enough time to utilize the building to its full potential.
When we opened up shop a year ago, the only other venue we sold at was the seasonal Clover Market which still remains a favorite. (Last market of the season is this Sunday from 10-5)
Since then Circa Dee has taken up space at The West End Garage in Cape May, NJ – then doubled that space.
A couple of months ago we also added Serendipity Shops of Doylestown to the list where we stock Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint. Yes, you can still buy the paint there and I will still schedule milk paint workshops offsite.
And now Brooklyn Flea Philly is going to be a regular weekly market at the Piazza where we’ll set up shop from time to time.
Thank you to everyone that has supported Circa Dee Brick & Mortar over the past year. I’ve met so many new vintage lovers and have had the opportunity to really get to know you. I hope to continue seeing you out at the popups and co-ops when Circa Dee is in your neighborhood. We’ve got Philly, the Shore, Bucks County & the Mainline covered!
Can’t wait to see where the road ahead takes Circa Dee next!
P.S. The display bed pictured above is for sale. It is actually a fold up cot that stores very well and opens up to a full size. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll give you a great deal!
Wow, the market scene is really heating up around town! I’m not sure that I properly announced that Circa Dee will be a vendor at the first ever Brooklyn Flea Philly on June 2nd.
Yes, you heard right! Brooklyn Flea is heading south and launching a Philly based market. And we’ll be there!
The flea will occur every Sunday at the Piazza in Northern Liberties. There are a ton of great, well-known vendors lined up to sell at the market. I can’t wait.
Ever since the time I shopped at the original Brooklyn Flea, I knew I wanted to be a seller there. However, the early morning drive up to NY didn’t seem feasible. I’m so glad they’re coming to us!
And if that isn’t enough, the following Sunday we’ll be closing out the Clover Market season on June 9th in Ardmore. Sadly, we’ll miss May’s Clover Market but you should totally go!
Don’t worry we’ll have plenty of new inventory for both events. We’re currently treasure hunting throughout the entire Northeast on our road trip honeymoon! And, yes, that includes a few days in Brimfield. I’m smitten…can’t wait to share details from the wedding too!
Can you believe I’m talking about June already? Summer is almost here! See you soon.
Honestly, I couldn’t think of a better title for this post.
Today I want to share a sample of what happens when mixing milk paint colors.
But first a little eye candy from the Circa Dee space at yesterday’s Clover Market. We had an amazing day. I can’t thank everyone enough! The crowds were out in full force and were snatching up lucky finds like crazy. Here’s a bit of what we had to offer with more booth photos posted on facebook…
Back to the post at hand…
Last Thursday was the first milk paint workshop where we tackled mixing the paint, using it as a stain, wash and using hemp oil. I used this little plywood stool as a sample applying ironstone milk paint to the top.
At the end of the class we got crazy and mixed up the remaining colors which introduced this magnificent mauvey pink color.
Tricycle + Mustard Seed + Kitchen Scale + Ironstone = Mauve
If you want to walk on the wild side with us this week, there is still time to join. On Thursday we will be focusing on using the bonding agent to produce a controlled, opaque finish. And next week, we’ll be getting chippy!
I know there is an interest in a Saturday workshop. I hear ya loud and clear my milk paint loving friends!
Let’s shoot for a date in June where we’ll do the entire workshop series in one day. Don’t quote me just yet but what does June 15th look like for those of you that are interested?
I’d like to schedule something before everyone starts taking off on summer vacations and May is pretty much out of the question for me with the upcoming nuptials and all!