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Market Day Iowa!

I'm sooo excited about this Saturday!  Market Day Iowa in Des Moines is going to be a ton of fun-- dozens of vendors with funky vintage and handmade goodies.  . . Awesome!


No, I wasn't in Europe this weekend. . . the next best thing, though-- VEGAS!  What a strange place! We wandered around in a sort of daze, admiring the Disney-esque architecture and the totally American, completely over-the-top decadence.  Vegas is a really strange, unique mix of high and low.  For example, you can be shopping at Marc Jacobs in the Bellaggio and a group of guys without shirts on, carrying "yard stick" margaritas might walk by.  So, just to balance out these "glamorous" Vegas pics, lets see some not-so-glamorous ones. . .
I especially love the "American Hot Dog" billboard behind the showgirls. . . .

I did have a blast, though.  And I didn't lose any money (didn't win any either). . . . Unfortunately, I also didn't get to do any vintage shopping.  Although, I did come across a beautiful shop in the Venetian, called "Designer Vintage".  It was a boutique filled with lovely, insanely overpriced "designer" vintage items (though many things didn't even have tags on them).  I suppose most of the women who shop there don't know what things are worth, and don't have a problem paying $500 for a 1950's cotton dress.  Ah well.  Viva Las Vegas!


Busy Bee

Wow, sorry I have not posted in so long. . . but I've been a busy, busy bee. After a short trip to Atlanta, which yielded a hearty supply of new vintage items, I've been busily updating the etsy shop (which will continue into next week-stay tuned!).  Also, I've been applying for summer craft fairs. I'm particularly excited about Market Day in Des Moines, IA because it features sellers who make things, as well as people who sell vintage. . . so up my alley, right?!

Next weekend, I'm also very excited to be a part of Confectionique: A couple of local gals (in Middleton, WI) have put together this adorable temporary "store" where they display unique and handmade items about once a month. This month they're doing two themed stores: one for Mother's Day, and one for Father's Day. I went to the Mother's Day store last weekend, to see what it's all about.  It was adorable!

So, for the Father's Day store, I will be selling mainly my screenprinted ties.  Unfortunately, I will not actually be able to be at the store that day.  Fortunately, the ladies of Confectionique do not require artists to be present, we simply drop off our items and they arrange them artfully and run the store the day of the sale.  Now, if I was going to be in town, I would certainly be there, probably buying up amazing one-of-a-kind gifts for the special men in my life.  However, I will be out of town. . . . In . . .
That's right. Vegas, baby!  I never before had a particular desire to spend four days in "Sin City". . . I've always found the over-the-top American decadence of such a place slightly depressing.  But my good friend, Kylie, recently broke up with her boyfriend of 2 years, and REALLY needed a girls' weekend away.  So, when we found an incredibly cheap package deal to Vegas, I thought "why not?"!  As long as the hotel has a pool and a bar, I'm happy. . . And who knows?  Maybe some good thrift stores?