The Naughty Leprechaun and His 7 Sisters

Much like the famous Christmas Elf, there is a naughty leprechaun lurking about, just waiting for St. Patrick’s Day. The only difference here is that he has 7 naughty sisters who help with all his mischief.

the naughty leprechaun

The Naughty Leprechaun

I’ve heard the story of the naughty leprechaun, but not his seven sisters. His shenanigans are trouble enough, but when you multiply that times 7? Oh My!!!

Well, this year, CoziNest is offering a reward to any patrons who decipher all this blarney and catch the sneaky leprechaun before too much mischief happens. On Super Second Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Southern Antiques & Accents the little lad will be running amuck in Booth #115.

Whoever finds him gets to keep the unpleasant fairy and take him away from my booth! For your trouble, and there will be trouble, you will receive an additional discount on any items purchased from my little corner of the world. To see what your discount is, look for the gold coins…

The Seven Sisters

Now we weren’t lucky enough to just have the naughty leprechaun visit, oh no! We’ve got him and all of his sisters playing tricks and pulling pranks throughout the mall. They have left a trail of not-so-lucky-charms all over the place. From opening until closing, they do not rest. The only good thing they’ve done is leave something called a Leprechaun’s Kiss in my booth. You’ll have to stop by to find out what that is.

ugly sisters

If by chance, you and your wee little lads and lassies want to join in all the green fun, you’ll find lots of crafts and games over at We Know Stuff. And for wedding ideas, check out this backyard party. However, if you would like to join us on Super Second Saturday, be sure to wear green. We can’t promise there won’t be pinching.

Laurel, Mississippi – America’s New Home Town

During quarantine, the HGTV show, “Home Town” has been my favorite source of entertainment. It has uplifted my spirits and made me laugh in a dark time. I imagine a lot of the residents of Laurel feel the same way.

America’s New Home Town

Laurel MS Mercantile

In 2000 my family moved to Gulfport, MS. On several occasions I drove north through Laurel, MS on my way home to Birmingham, AL. I always thought it had such a pretty name. But, from the interstate, it was a disappointment. It looked to be in poor shape. Old buildings either condemned or needing to be.

One night after another day of bad news in the year 2020, I switch the channel to HGTV and found the sweet smile of Erin Napier as she added a swing to a front porch. What a delight to think of a time when I used to sit on a swing on my grandmother’s front porch, laughing and visiting with my cousins. A much happier time, indeed. I put the remote away and continued to watch. Soon I discovered that the swing hung on a sweet little house in Laurel, MS. The next episode started with the introduction of the Blackledge house, I think. The main thing I remember was that the house had a family name.

As most of you know, I lost my daddy this year. One of the things we loved to do together occasionally was to drive to his hometown of Ragland, Alabama. As we drove through the country, Daddy would point out houses as the “Harris house” or the “Davis or Smith” house. It was such a sweet thought to know that he knew the people who lived there. He usually had a story to tell about the family. Some good. Some not so good.

The Nash House

Ragland-Nash-Home

Then we would round a curve and his “ole homestead” would appear. A small plot of land with a garden, a house with a front porch and stories that held some good and some not so good memories. In his day, it was the Nash house. The house where Ruby grew up, Harold died and Irving loved his invalid mother. The land where Andrew, his father, planted corn and tomatoes for his family. I wish now that I’d ask Daddy to give me more details of those stories. It’s not quite enough now to just have the facts. I wish I’d ask him about how his brother Harold died. I’d love to know more of his memories of his childhood in the Nash house. That’s what caught my attention on Home Town that night. Ben and Erin knew the people who lived in Laurel, MS. It wasn’t a town they passed on the interstate.

Episode after episode showed the rebirth of a little town I’d driven past for 3 years, thinking it might not be there much longer. I’m glad I was wrong about Laurel. I’m relieved that the town has been brought back to life. And I’m glad I lived in Gulfport for those 3 years. I met some of my best lifelong friends in Mississippi. I’m also glad that each renovation ended with the house being renamed with the family name of the new homeowners.

Home Town Takeover in Wetumpka, AL

There’s a small town in Alabama now that some may have driven through thinking it had little hope of making it. Well, Erin and Ben Napier were having no part of that “stinkin thinkin!” After 1000’s of cities entered for a chance to win a “takeover”, Wetumpka AL was chosen for the shows’ 2021 season. The whole town gets a makeover after the cast and crew of Home Town move in. I can’t wait to see what they do!

Wetumpka, AL - America's Newest Home Town

Antique and Flea Market Shopping in May

Flea Market Shopping in May

May is a beautiful month for an antique excursion or flea market shopping. Non-shoppers…Before you click and run, consider this remarkable tidbit. Fleas are not sold at these markets. So where in the world did the name come from? Why would anyone want to shop somewhere that creates visions of hopping little bugs that bite and cause hind-leg scratching in both humans and their furry little pals?

Flea Market Shopping

Flea market comes from the French marché aux puces, a name originally given to a market in Paris which specialized in shabby second-hand goods of the kind that might contain fleas. ~ Oxford Dictionary

Now I don’t know about you, but somehow I think a French flea is likely more attractive than one found in one of our southern states. I’m imagining the tiniest scarf and red lipstick. Isn’t it ironic? We shop markets named after France and then we re-style our purchase. It is transformed into something beautiful. It looks as if it came straight from Paris. And of course then we label it shabby-chic. And they say you can’t put lipstick on a flea!

red lipstick

I digress. Rummaging through the internet, I found several options for the month of May. As an incentive to shop local, my blog is dedicated to markets, vintage pickin’s and trade days in southern states. If you are a vendor in any of the following states, be sure to check back often for events, tips, how-to’s and dealer success stories.

Alabama

Arkansas

Florida

Georgia

Kentucky

Louisiana

Mississippi

North Carolina

Oklahoma

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Black Out These Calendar Dates in May

For the month of May 2019, I suggest you black out these dates for your shopping trip(s).

Scott Market Atlanta GA

  • May 9-12 for the Scott Antique Market at the Atlanta Expo Center in Atlanta, Georgia. If you’ve not made plans with Mom yet, you can still salvage the weekend! This trip would make a great Mother’s Day gift.

Show Hours
Thursday 10:45am – 6:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

740-569-2800

Free Parking

$5.00 Admission Per Person

Dipsy Doodle Schedule

  • May 16 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm register for a fun class at Dipsey Doodle Tools Rule Workshop. This workshop teaches the basics of how to use different tools in your antique business. Upcycling without tool know-how, leaves you empty-handed. Your doodads are not safe on a fragile whatnot.

27 Panter Drive
Dahlonega, GA 30533

706-867-4908 for reservations

  • On May 17-19 visit the Lakewood 400 Antique Market in Cumming, GA. If this isn’t already on your bucket-list of business and/or fun destinations, then be sure to add it. It is one of the top 10 antique markets in America! If you can’t make it in May, don’t worry. You can experience this historic market on the third weekend of every month except December. In December, the show is held on the first weekend and is filled with gifts, decorations and all things Christmas. Santa loves a list of tchotchkes.

Tickets are $3 for the weekend and children under 12 are free.

1321 Atlanta Highway

Cumming, GA 30040

770-889-3400

  • This next market is outside the footprint of our region, but because it is super-de-duper and in the month of May, I had to mention it! From May 14-19th head north to the magical wonders of Brimfield, MA for the Brimfield Flea Market and Antique Show.

35 Palmer Road, Brimfield MA 01010

(413) 245-9271

Strategic Plan

Don’t leave home without a strategic plan.

  • Book hotels ahead of time in neighborhoods where dumpster diving may yield a good return on your investment.
  • Consider the season and make a list of items your customers need. If it’s freshmen college season, then add a good chest of drawers and a chalkboard. Use your gifted lettering skills to write “Call Your Mom!” on the chalkboard.
  • Keep your niche in mind at all times. If your niche is textiles, avoid mystery tours of vintage car parts.
  • Be sure to have a loading and transporting plan. Most markets have porters to help you load items into  vehicles larger than your iPad mini.

Objective & Task Shopping

  • Begin with the end in mind. Create a budget and don’t be afraid to negotiate. Always give reasonable offers so you don’t insult the vendor. He/she may be flea farmers.
  • Commit to your purchases. Inspect it from top to bottom and inside/out. If it needs TLC, be committed to do all that will bring it back to its glory and beyond. As the owner of Southern Antiques & Accents, Memorie Martinez says:

“Commit to your furniture when you buy it. Clean it properly, prepare it for painting and paint the whole piece. Customers don’t want unfinished pieces.”

Southern Antiques & Accents

Summer Season Antique and Flea Market Shopping

While shopping in May, keep the summer season in mind. Look for items within your niche that your customers will be looking for this summer. Here are a few ideas

  • Picnic baskets
  • Fourth of July decor
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Camping lanterns/gear
  • Cast-iron cookware
  • Gardening tools
  • Garden accents and statues
  • Planters
  • Books
  • Ice cream bowls and scoops
  • Vintage tablecloths and napkins
  • Glass pitchers for lemonade
  • Deviled egg plates
  • Cameras
  • Desks
  • Desk chairs
  • Chest of drawers
  • Bedside tables

Antique and flea market shopping is a great way for vendors to do a little sightseeing. Business trips are tax write-offs, so spend a little time seeing the sites around the market. These little excursions can keep the honeymoon stage of your small business alive and well. Sharing stories of where your pieces come from and what they were used for initially add another layer to the love of antiquing.

Finally, one word of caution: if you find a great deal on a bed, but it comes with little bugs, run Forest, run! Those little bullies are neither shabby nor chic!

The Moody Blues of Wanderlust-Mykonos

My Moody Blues

I want to go back to there!  One of my favorite stops on our Mediterranean cruise was Mykonos. The blue and white landscape reminded me why I have always loved blue and white in home decor. It is fresh, clean and cheerful. Stroll through the moody blues of Mykonos throughout homes across the world.

Blue and White Photos

Everywhere you look, there is blue and white with the majestic sky as a backdrop. It was truly a rhapsody in blue.

This vintage sign advertising their daily cruises caught my attention as we walked the shore. The deep blue sea stretched before us.

A white chapel against a blue sky with natural stone walls along the driveway.  Blue heaven.

Blue water, white boat and houses had me searching for my suede shoes.

The wild blue yonder.

We may visit Mykonos only once in a blue moon, but the colors inspire us all around the house. Enjoy these gorgeous designs from across the world.

Design Chic from North Carolina offer this beautiful blue and white dining room.

Blue and White Dining Room

A Blissful Nest shares 15 different kitchens with shades of blue.

Blue and White Galley Kitchen

Emily Henderson Bedrooms… need I say more?

Emily Henderson Blue and White Bedroom

Welcome to our home! Foyers say it best with Freshome.

Blue Accent Ceiling in Foyer

Boys Bedrooms are easy. Just ask DecorPad.

Boys Blue Twin Beds

Priority Window Valances highlight the moody blues of 5 different designers. This sweet girls room makes me wish I was a little girl again.

Girls Blue and White Canopy Bed

For a calm and spa-like bathroom, visit Houspire, This bathtub is on my list!

Blue and White Bath with Clawfoot Tub

And finally feast your baby blues on this lovely porch, ready for spring!

Lavin Label helps us bring a touch of moody blues outside to our front porch.

 

Blue and White Spring Porch

My moody blues are softened with accents of green, gray and of course, white. From the front porch to the bath, blue and white are colors that Mother Nature herself approves. What do you think of blue and white in decor?

But, these accents unfortunately have not softened my desire to go back to there! I want to watch the flags wave against a blue sky and white boats rock on the deep blue sea, or green or both. Better yet, I want to ride the blue waves while waving goodbye to the shore onto our next adventure.

Sailing in Mykonos

 

CoziNest Antiques and Decor – We are Moving!

CoziNest Antiques and Decor has Moved

It is a bittersweet time at CoziNest Antiques and Decor. We are closing the “proverbial” doors to our booth at Daphne Antique Galleria. I’m sad to be leaving all the great people at the place I’ve lovingly called “DAG” for the last 3 years. I’ve had great times, made great friends and met so many wonderful customers. But, it is time to consolidate to one location instead of two, so I’m happy to announce my one and only shop. Please visit me at:

Southern Antiques & Accents

Booth #115

254 Greeno Road

Fairhope, AL 36532

Our next Ladies Night Out, will be Tuesday March 19, 2019 from 6 – 8 pm. I hope you can stop by for a fun night with door prizes and a 10% discount throughout the mall.

Just so you know what you’ve missed at previous Ladies Nights:

One month in the Heart for Dixie booth, I served biscuits and gravy with sweet tea, y’all.

Last month in my new location, I served peach cobbler with whipped cream.

For March, how about mini cheesecakes with cherry topping? This will be delicious with a glass of wine while you shop!

CoziNest Antiques & Decor

Send me an email if you plan to visit soon and I’ll let them know how special you are! New friends who comment below or send an email will get 10% off any purchase over $100.

I will always cherish my days in Daphne. I’ve had great fun writing about the fabulous finds in this mall. You can read about them below. I encourage all my readers to stop by regularly. You will never be disappointed.

 

Don’t Forget the New Location!

CoziNest Antiques and Decor

Please stop by Booth #115 and say hello!

Antiques and Collectibles – The Ultimate Guide

Antiques and Collectibles, What are They?

Just like a bride on her wedding day, our collectibles are either something old, something new, something borrowed or something blue? A bride chooses these items carefully, so they are cherished forever as part of one of the best days of her life.  And so it is with our antiques and collectibles, like crystal champagne flutes or blue shoes.

Antiques and Collectibles Blue Shoes


An antique is any item having value because of its design or historical significance. At one time these keepsakes were at least 100 years old, but some now describe these objects as anything old. A true antique is over 100 years old. Anything “younger” is described at vintage.

A collectable is any object deemed worthy of being acquired by many. Some items appreciate in value over time, while others may be cherished due to their scarcity or even oddity. And there may be some who admire a token simply because it’s the right shade of blue.

Collectors of Every Age

As I began research into this article about antiques and collectibles , I assumed that children were the reason collections started in the first place. But after being led to A Cultural History of the Baseball Card, I realized I was wrong. According to the writer of this article, adults began collecting celebrity cards in packs of cigarettes long before little Johnny had to have the rookie card of Babe Ruth.

Baseball Card Collector

As a young girl, my neighbor encouraged my interest in salt and pepper shakers. I was not even a cook yet, but I fell in love with the little ceramic mimics of cats, dogs, butterflies, houses, and cartoon characters. From the age of about 10 or so, my little collection sat on my yellow chest of drawers in my butterfly-decorated bedroom. Not one of them contained any salt or pepper.

Today, I am much relieved that my interests have become a bit more sophisticated. However, I wish I’d saved just one set of my salt and pepper shakers. Simply for the memory, which leads me to the reasons why we collect.

4 Reasons Why We Collect

Why does an item gain importance to a collector in the first place? I suggest 4 reasons.

  1. You either want to put some fun into functional; like ceramic salt and pepper shaker,
  2. It is a piece of memorabilia that we want to invest in due to its value, as with baseball cards…
  3. It is an heirloom, handed down through an inheritance. Grandma’s china may not have survived over 100 years, but you were lucky enough to have one of her clocks of the same pattern bequeathed to you. And finally,
  4. It is just something you love! Like comic books or record albums.

 

Comic Book Collectibles

Knowledge is King

So how do you know if your comic books are valuable? How much should you pay for a matching tea set of Grandma’s clock? The answer is research. There are websites such as Replacements, Ltd, Comic Book Price Guide and just about any other collectable you could be interested in. If there is a specialty shop in your town, go early and go often. Ask another collector a question and you might make a new lifelong friend. We all love to talk about our collections, which increases our knowledge as we learn from each other.

How to Improve Your Collection

The first thing I’m going to suggest is something you might hate. Sign up for emails. What better way to stay in the know of what’s available than to subscribe to different blogs, antique stores, gift shops and sports teams? You can always unsubscribe if you don’t find the information you need.

Shop regularly was also mentioned under Knowledge is King because it is doubly important. Not only does going often educate you, it also gives you the best shot of getting something as soon as it comes in.

Finally, make friends with shop owners as well as other collectors. If they know you are a serious collector, dealers will keep you posted about their inventory.

Your Path to Success as a Collector

According to how serious a collector you are, travel may be involved. Another reason to collect frequent flyer miles, if you ask me! Attend auctions, estate sales and even yard sales. If it is something that is just now coming into vogue, shop after Christmas sales, going out of business sales and log in often to Ebay and Etsy.

computer shopping

Most importantly, do not pass any antique malls! Shopping online may be easy, but someone has already juried a collection for you in an antique shop. You can hold the memorabilia in your hands and check for defects in person. Local businesses will learn to love you because you help keep them alive in their little corner of the world. It is a Win/Win. While you are there browsing for your favorite antiques and collectibles, you just might find the perfect shadow box, bookcase or locker for storing your new find.


Daphne Antique Galleria

Southern Antiques & Accents

What do you collect? Anything blue, by chance?

 

 

 

 

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