it takes a village

I started this post a year and a half ago about the village behind Circa Dee.  I figured it was high time I put it out there.  I’ll be breaking it down into a series throughout the summer.  Here goes…

People always ask me how I got into this business.  I followed this little dream of mine from an early age.  I am not exactly sure when it started but I know I was born a creator and have always dabbled in designing and selling things.  My earliest memory of this is actually from when I was a child selling flowers door-to-door in my neighborhood.  Cute?  Not really.  The “flowers” were actually weeds picked from my yard and I sold a few for pennies each.  Perhaps this led me to pursue my degree in horticulture a dozen years later.  I wound up in a corporate gig refining my sales skills while all along dabbling in design mostly as a hobby.  Floral design.   Invitation design. Furniture design.

I remember just 5 years ago claiming that one of my lifetime goals was to be an antique dealer.  I shortly realized that was an attainable goal and set up shop in an antique co-op.  As time evolved, I learned what I really liked and wanted to sell was vintage and repurposed finds for the home that I could style.  With that came more ideas, more labor and more support…and definitely more shops.

vintage markets

My family & friends have been there for me every step of the way.  They’ve encouraged me to follow my dreams and have assured me that passion and hard work will pay off.  The funny thing is that this is certainly the hardest work that I’ve ever done, yet it never seems like work at all because I simply love it.

Prior to me finding “my passion”, I would go to indie craft shows and antique shows and not think too in-depth about the “behind the scenes”.  I never thought about how much time and energy went into setting up those 10×10 “shops” for a day, what time the proprietors must have woken up that day and how much preparation went into it for the days and weeks leading up to that day.  I am 100% in support of buying local or handmade, especially those made of reclaimed items that have been saved from a landfill.

So I gave you all of that history to get this…it takes a village to make the simplest popup shop or co-op shop happen.  I still find it unbelievable but this summer, in no particular order, I’d like to introduce you to the village behind this little venture I call Circa Dee…

vintage markets

Let’s start with Jake since today is his birthday!

Jake

Jake is my little brother, err, younger brother.  He is hands down the most enthusiastic about all things Circa Dee. He brakes when he sees furniture curbside with faith that I can bring it back to life.  Jake’s title is actually Mantiques Manager here at Circa Dee.  He finds the most random old manly things that give just the right wow factor.  I like to think that I’ve trained him to see things not for what they are but for what they can be.  For example, vintage tire chocks turned bookends.  Very cool!

vintage markets

He volunteers to attend every market.  Well actually just about everyone volunteers but Jake signs himself up to schmooze customers and carry large pieces to their car all while instagramming the day’s events.  He loves fraternizing with the customers and giving him his opinion whether solicited or not. In fact, he’s joked about launching his own business…Circa Jay.  Watch out!

And most recently, Jake become my official Brooklyn Flea Philly partner.  You can find us at the Piazza again next Sunday, June 30th.  I can’t wait to see what treasures he turns up next.

vintage markets

Happy weekend!

moving on

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.

BK Flea Philly Americana

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.

Brick & Mortar vintage display

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!

nature road ahead

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!

to market, to market

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.

Brooklyn Flea Philly

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!

clover

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.

no sleep til brooklyn

Last Saturday I trekked up to Brooklyn for the legendary Brooklyn Flea. And I’m so glad I did! I went to the Ft. Greene market on Saturday. It turned out to be a beautiful day. The perfect kind of weather for fleaing in one of the greatest cities on Earth.

So lemme tell ya about it…

Over 100 vendors were lined up in a giant school yard, basically. It was crowded but not so crowded that you couldn’t get by. Totally manageable.

Everything was unique, vintage or handmade. There was Americana. Not your parents Americana but ours.

From the 80s.

There were collections. Lots of collections.

Including tons of vintage cameras.

I felt so hip. Like I totally hit the vintage nail on the head because I had an oh-so-similar-vintage-camera collection at home. On display.

Seriously every third vendor was selling a Polaroid Land for about 75 bucks!

But this.

This fabulous vintage letter D from an old sign. It was calling to me. This old D was teetering on a patio set that reminded me of ours at home! If only I didn’t have to take a train, a subway and car home, D, you would be mine. Lugging around a beautiful aqua D was not in the cards. And what would I do with it anyway?

Now these letters. They were more my size.

I have a weak spot for letter press. A D from this collection did make it home with me.

And lamps made from old canning jars? Novel idea. Let’s file that one away! $100 dollars seemed pricey for that lamp but FYI, most of the goods for sale were reasonably priced. Including the yummy food. Totally affordable.

Ok, so I was ob.sessed. with these antique glove molds. Why? I dunno. But I took one creepy porcelain hand home with me. I used it on Sunday to display jewelry at Clover Market.

Here are my comrades, Leigh & Allison, sporting their new Flea wears. They primarily went the accessory route with a new hat, sunglasses and purses! Something for everyone at the Brooklyn Flea. A must see.

There’s me loving everything about Brooklyn. Particularly my stuffed bags from the Flea. And the amazing brownstones. I love the neighborhood.

Did I mention that most vendors accept credit cards via square? Well they do. I also used Square for the first time to accept payments at Clover. It went very smoothly and the money was deposited quickly. We may be into vintage but we are down with modern payment plans!

Who’s coming with me to a Sunday rendition of Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg?

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