Monday, August 16, 2010

good news...some not so good news...and a silver lining!

I like to start my day on a positive I am going to share some fantastic news first.
(And share a few photos that will totally make sense at the end of this post.)

I am excited to tell you my friend Anita from the Iowa Junk Gypsies has landed a new job!! And not just any she has wanted and worked so hard for...and waited so long to hear those 2 little words..."you're hired." 


Can you imagine how exciting that must be?! I am out of my mind thrilled when something I have wanted is finally at my fingertips. She has waited so long for an opportunity to teach in one of the best school districts in her state, I am over the moon happy for her!

I hate to bring the moment down...but now we are movin' on to the not-so-good-news.

These two stories being together in one post will make sense at the end, I swear.

So stick with me.

~ I will not be selling at Junk Bonanza this year, afterall.  ~

I was so looking forward to meeting each and every one of you that sent me an email saying they were coming by the booth. It made me so happy to think I was finally going to be able to put faces and voices and smiles to the girls that stop by to chat with me every day.

I've been junking...and painting...and junking some more...and DANG! I had some good stuff to share with all of you!
But, alas...we will have to wait until next year.

You see...I was sharing a booth with Anita and Judy of the Iowa Junk Gypsies. But, because of Anita's new just can't work out like we had hoped. I mean how do you really say to your brand spankin' new boss..."Ummm...I'd like to take 4 days off, a month into my brand new teaching job, to go whoop it up in Minnesota selling some pretty vintage wares at an incredible show"? Yeah. That would be tough.

So...duty calls. Anita is going to start her fantastic new job...

...and I...

...drumroll please...


(This is where the cheering starts and confetti falls from the ceiling...just so you know! Feel free to get up out of your chair and do a little Snoopy dance.)

See...everything has a silver lining, right??

I am not one to stay in my "oh-no" mode for more than about 20 seconds. When my path changes I quickly adjust, move on and my mind switches gears to "ok, how am I going to make this work". I am a do-er. A planner. And I make it happen. So, I am gonna make this happen...

Urban Farmgirl & Co...the etsy shop!

Once my shows at the flea market are over in October, I will again be opening my little shop for the season. It will be loaded with vintage silver, old painted signs, vintage wire baskets, ironstone plates and pitchers, vintage mirrors...oh and lots and lots of painted furniture! And yes, for all of you on my waiting list...custom orders for painted furniture will resume mid-October. Thank you for your patience, it has been a super-busy summer with a show every 4 weeks!

(all photos from Old Crow Farm's blog or Etsy shop, used with their permission)

To all of you that were going to stop by the booth at Junk Bonanza...I will be there shopping! So hopefully I will bump into you! Hmmm...maybe the real silver lining here is that I will get to SHOP!

And just so you know, as soon as I storm the gates, I hope I don't run anyone over. I will be making a mad dash for a booth I have been waiting all year to see...Old Crow Farm! I cannot wait to meet Kasey and JoJo in person! They have an amazing eye for vintage treasure with an industrial edge...and I LOVE it!

If you can't wait until the show, they have an Etsy shop filled with some of the most fantastic vintage & industrial treasures I have ever laid eyes on! So pop over to their blog and say Hi...tell them the Urban Farmgirl sent ya!

Happy Monday, friends!


  1. I am sorry that you can't sell there but that is so great about your friend, and at least you get to shop this year!! :) Look forward to your etsy shop!! Have a great week!

  2. Oh Mary I was SO looking forward to seeing your Treasures at the Junk Bonanza....But am THRILLED you are attending as a buyer as I will STILL have the opportunity to meet you & WOOHOO an Etsy Shop for me to visit....INDEED a great BIG silver lining....!

    Cheers for now from Australia,
    Tamarah :o)

  3. Well, since we know that all things happen for a reason...onward and upward!!

  4. Welcome back!
    Some things are just meant to be...I am happy for all of you! And, for your new shop! Here's to new adventures! :)

  5. You have such a great attitude!! Loved reading this post...I needed this inspiration today! I look forward to seeing your etsy shop! I'm hoping to make my first trip to Junk I hope you will be there then! I'm a big fan and also a huge fan of the Iowa Junk Gypsies!
    Have a blessed day!
    Tammy :-)

  6. I know that you will be missed, but it will be fun for you to be able to shop! I just checked out the
    Old Crow Farm blog. Very Fun!
    Enjoy the rest of your summer, and the opening of your Etsy shop. A new adventure!

  7. That's too bad you won't be able to have a booth at the show, but how fun to be able to have the time to shop at it! And you'll still probably get the chance to meet some of your blog buddies, too! Wish I could one of those girls you meet, but I'm way down here in Texas! I can't wait till your Etsy shop opens!

  8. I'm sure you'll do good at your Etsy shop, you have great taste. Good Luck!

    Love your blog, became a new follower..

  9. it's ALL good news!

    I lift my glass to both of you ... clink

  10. Fantastic News!!! What a great outlook you have. I am never one to dwell on a sad moment either - this way, you can have it all AND go shopping to boot ~ Good news all around I say.

  11. Hi Mary ~ what wonderful news! Love the way you quickly make lemonade!! You made me laugh when you said snoopy dance as we do that at home often!!

  12. Congratulations to your friend, Anita! How wonderful for her!! I'm sorry you won't be able to do your show, but I am glad to hear your Etsy shop will open sooner. Yay (snoopy dance going on)!! ;o)
    Have a great week, Mary!
    ~ Jo

  13. I'm so happy your opening a etsy shop, your creations are gorgeous!!!! Congrat's to your friend, how wonderful! Have a wonderful week!

  14. I am so glad that you worked things around!! So congratulations!! I can't wait to go shopping!!

  15. I LOVE love your positive attitude! THAT will take you to many great places! ;-) Can't wait to see the etsy store!

  16. I'll be sure to check out your shop.. you have great style I admire.

  17. yay for you and your new etsy gig!
    can't wait xo

  18. Oh, I know that this has to be a huge disappointment, but you're handling it with absolute grace.

    And rest assured that as soon as that Etsy shop of yours opens, I'll be one of the first ones grabbing you stuff!

    Big hugs,

  19. * I am new to blogging and am so glad I stumbled upon your blog* Love your photos! Blessings, Rachel * french at heart *

  20. Awww, Mary. Thanks. I too am bummed- but excited for the school year and all my new fun school supplies:)

    And when you put those ledgers in your etsy shop, I am so on those :)



  21. I'm sorry about the show but I am happy for your friend and really happy that you are going to start an Etsy shop! Oh, how I love to shop from home in my jammies! And I love farmhouse goodies!!

    Thanks for popping over. How are things in Rockford? I was close by when we went to Galena last week! :-)


  22. You have the best attitude, girl. :) I can't wait to check out your Etsy shop.. that is exciting, Mary! I am going to hop over to Old Crow Farm now..
    xo, Lara

  23. Congratulations! It sounds like this wasn't the path you planned, but kudos to you for making the best of it! Can't wait to shop your shop :)

  24. It's great that you have such a positive spin on life and can pick yourself up and onto something else! Enjoy your new venture!

  25. everything happens for a reason my friend - I am sure that the entire thing (new job, shopping instead of selling, the etsy shop) will work out for the best for you girlies! Best of luck on the Etsy shop!!!

  26. love the silver lining in your story!!!! Can't wait to shop your etsy shop!!!

  27. I love your go with the flow outlook on life - why sweat what you can't change. It looks like you've got the bright side in your sights with your Etsy shop - can't wait to see it!

  28. I was really looking forward to seeing you at Junk Bonanza! Another time, I guess! Now, I'm looking forward to seeing what's in your etsy shop!! :)

  29. I am sorry you won't be selling there but what wonderful silver-linings there can shop now and open your store...Congrats to you for that:)

  30. I'm cheering for you girlfriend down here in Louisiana!!! I'm sorry things didn't work out as planned but who knows...could be your bleesing in the long run. Praying for your new dreams :)

  31. Just sending huge {{{Hugs}}} to you because well I LOVE a person that looks for the positives in this wonderful Life~ Sending Many, Many Blessings:))

  32. I know we just recently "met" and all but I wanted to let you know I mentioned your fab blog on mine yesterday!

  33. I did do a Snoopy dance because you are a great person to have such a wonderful attitude for your friend first! WOW!

  34. so sorry you are not getting to show and sell, but buying is fun too !! i'm feelin for ya though..

  35. Sorry you won't be able to make it to Junk Bonanza this year...but so glad to hear your opening up an etsy...I'm so gonna be your first customer ;o)