We Have A Winnah!

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Well, the $10 Rare Bird Boutique Shop Credit Giveaway is officially over and now it’s time to announce a winner:

Congratulations to Yasmin! She will get to use her store credit shopping in my Etsy shop or my Instagram shop. Yasmin’s $10 credit expires a year from now, so she can shop now or wait for that special something. Always check back and see Rare Bird Boutique’s new listings and sales.

Thank you again to Yasmin and everyone else that participated. These giveaways are so much fun. I will definitely have another one real soon… so stay tuned!

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Back To The Basics

As I am writing this, Aaliyah’s “Try Again” lyrics are playing through my head:

It’s been a long time 

We shouldn’t have left you

Without a dope beat to step to…

Well, it’s Timbaland rapping, but you get the picture. I’ve neglected this blog. I feel pretty rotten about it, but things got busy, crazy, and now slow. I can refocus again. Let’s see, I need to catch you up!

1. Rare Bird Boutique is no longer featured in Cherry Tree Creative or Little Liberty’s in downtown Taylor, Texas. Just wrapped things up there this Spring.

2.Instagram sales picked up on my other account at @rarebirdforsale for a while, but eerily, they are slow now.

3. I hosted my 2nd Vintage Market at my home in April. Bad idea to host the day before a holiday, but nonetheless, it was fun! My friend Kristin of After While Crocodile Vintage vended with me again and we also had a mini garage sale.

4. I took everything off Etsy at the beginning of the year and now I am slowly adding items back on. Free shipping in June, folks!

5. Did I mention that I went back to work last September as well? No more sabbatical. I am back to my marketing gig, part-time for a former employer.

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Sadly, I came down with the flu, fast & furious after this picture was taken at my 2nd Vintage Market.

 

So as you can see, things are slow and in a rebuilding process. I had branched out in so many ways with Rare Bird Boutique, that the blog had suffered. In these times, I can come back, regroup and write when inspired. Times like these make you reflect and wonder why things are slow. It could be that I need to reconnect with an audience again therefore, it’s “Back to the Basics”.

Hope you’ll stick around to enjoy the blog and more! I look forward to this down time to reintroduce myself, the blog, my shop and lifestyle to the reader.

Best wishes,

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Don’t forget! I am hosting a $10 Rare Bird Boutique Shop Credit Giveaway until 6/24. Details in this post.

My Vintage Market

“So how’d it go?”

Last weekend, I had my “At Home Vintage Market” on Saturday. As you may remember, I was going to have a couple of vintage sellers join me and have like a mini trunk show in my house. But, over time, it evolved into an indoor/outdoor market by having a vendor outside as well. I also decided to post it on Craigslist, Austin Craft Riot, and the TxAntiqueMall.com websites. We ended up having a nice gathering of friends/folks, shopping & mingling over a nice brunch spread.

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Some of the public came out and not sure where they were, but maybe it definitely had to do with the heat and my location. I live out in the country and for some reason, I heard from a few people that a specific map app was directing people to the next town up. But, we did get a visit from the folks from the Huntsville Antique Show! They saw my ad on the Texas Antique Mall website and brought us some cool paper fans with their show info on them. Thank you so much!

Autumn of “Take Flyte Farm” had a lovely setup outside and Kristin of “After While Crocodile” & Julia of “Unique Antique” joined me inside. You can check out our Etsy websites here:

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Take Flyte Farm

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After While Crocodile

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Unique Antique

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Rare Bird Boutique

I want to thank the lovely ladies that vended with me and everyone, including our friends, that came out to support us. It was a lot of fun! In regards to another vintage market, maybe I will try again this Fall or next Spring.

I did get to meet, through Autumn, Miss Stefanie and her daughter Liberty of Little Liberty’s in downtown Taylor, Texas, at my show. I am HaPpY to say that my shop, Rare Bird Boutique will have some of my vintage in her store starting this Friday! I also talked to Miss Curie of Cherry Tree Creative in Taylor as well and I will have my vintage in her store starting next week! Each store has so much to offer, so please check out their Facebook pages and visit them in person.

Several items from my Etsy shop will be pulled to go in these brick & mortar stores and I will probably close my online shop for a bit to reorganize shipping costs and add new inventory. So my apologies for this inconvenience!

Well, that’s that… One thing leads to another. I love what I do! Searching for that special-fun-retro vintage piece is what keeps me going. So stay tuned for more Rare Bird Boutique news via the blog, FB, or my newsletter.

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Vintage DIY Pretties For Mama

Here is a quick list of DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas with several of the vintage items I will be selling at the Austin Flea this Saturday:

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Images from 1. The Beehive Cottage 2. Houzz 3. The Kitschy Kitchen 4. California Pixie

1. I will have a few vintage hankies up for grabs! One thing you could do is stamp “Mom” or “Mother” on it with fabric paint/ink. Here is a great tutorial to help you get started. Also, if you have mad sewing skills, why don’t you take it to the next level and embroider your handkerchief.

2. I have several milk glass vases that would look lovely with your mama’s favorite bouquet. She’ll not only receive the thoughtful flowers, but also a keepsake vase.

3. Bake your mother a sweet treat and present it on one of the many dishes on display. I will have a vintage cake pedestal, cake carrier, plates, platters… If you need inspiration, here are some vintage cake recipes to try out. Furthermore, you could give your dear mama a vintage cakes cookbook to go with her classic serving piece.

4. Sweet little vintage planters are waiting for you to make them whole again. Run on over to the local hardware store or nursery and fill up your decorative container with succulents. Here are some tips on how to plant and care for them.

There will be more pretties for your mama and just about everything else for everyone’s taste, so come on out and shop vintage with Rare Bird Boutique. There will be tons of other local vendors selling handmade and vintage too! Check here for tomorrow’s show info.

Buy local. Buy handmade.

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Visit Me at The Flea!

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Rare Bird Boutique will be at this weekend’s Austin Flea. It’s FREE and open to all ages! I will be on the upstairs covered porch. Stop by for some great vintage wares… and don’t forget about that Mother’s Day gift!

I will be sure to have a variety of things to choose from like vintage serving pieces (Pyrex, Anchor Hocking/Fire King), barware, home decor, books & magazines, pretties for your mama, and more. I even have a 60s-70s colorful tin globe and a white wig box that is great for storage.

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Me in my booth, getting ready for the February Austin Flea.

The Flea features fantastic vendors that sell handmade, vintage, tasty treats, and more. Speaking of food, Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ will be there, so come hungry.

Hope to see y’all there,

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P.S. Be sure to bring your own shopping bag(s)!

Now Kids, It’s Arts & Crafts Time!

I am happy to say that I am finally listing my latest found treasures: vintage 50s-60s arts & crafts books. Be sure to venture over to Rare Bird Boutique to scour these fabulous instructional how-to’s. Every book is vivid, with pages full of color on painting, printing, paper crafts, and even an elementary science textbook that is reminiscent of “Dick and Jane”.

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Well, back to the drawing board, or should I say Etsy? As I am writing this, I still have five more to list. I just got super excited and had to take a break to share! Keep checking back today to see the rest of the books in my shop.

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Happy Dance

Yep, that’s me… dancing a jig in my head. I am excited to say that this week I have reached over 500 Likes on my Facebook Fan Page. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, friends, and Rare Bird fans. With the mental celebration, I thought I should share the love by giving you all a reward. Everyone likes discounts and coupons, right? How about this:

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It’s just a little something for my current (and hopefully future) customers of my Etsy shop, Rare Bird Boutique. This coupon lasts until Sunday, April 8th, 10 pm CST. You’ve got some time to peruse the store and see if there’s something your heart desires.

Also, I am hoping to add these fantastic vintage arts & crafts books I scored, from the 1950s-60s, this week. They have tons of colorful instructional pages on the best kitschy crafts I have ever seen. So keep a look out for new listings!

Have a great day and thank you all again,

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