That's right, I'm now a picker! Not really, I'm really helping Chris grow our business and upholstering many items. We've been so slammed with work and projects, so much so that I'm now a full-timer. I'm no longer working retail hours at Collage, which really has freed me up to work on our business, Remnant. I'm really excited to be making this transition and it will be exciting to see where Chris and I end up! I'm still going to be teaching at Collage and Modern Domestic, I love staying connected to my teaching roots and being in the art community.
So to celebrate my new career and our 7th anniversary, we went on a picker's trip to the coast. What's this, you ask? Basically we stopped at every thrift shop, antique store, and anyone selling on the side of the road. This proved to be much fun! It was a little fighting against the clock since we only had two days, stores are only open until 5pm, and over 300 miles!
One of the first places we stopped at was this super crazy shop. Yes, it was actually a shop, even though it looked like a hoarder's home, and most of the merchandise was on the floor. One of the pieces Chris really wanted was a drawer industrial metal unit that was empty. However, even though it wasn't in use the owner was unwilling to sell. I was able to buy these cute sea green child's school chairs. Even though it was a crazy spot, we were glad we stopped!
There were many pieces that we passed up, but considered buying. It's always hard on a trip like this, because you never know what you will find and there is only so much room in the car. Also, some pieces are just to expensive, but it's always fun to look and learn about more items.
We ended the first day in Tillamook, Oregon. The town was super cute with lots of quilt blocks on many of the buildings! I caught a few photos of some of the blocks. The tradition started only a few years ago according to a local and she said that "it has gotten a little out of hand!" I thought it made the town unique! We did stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory, it was a little disappointing, as the tours were all "self-guided" aka loud videos played on a loop. But we did get to taste lots of yummy cheese samples!
The next morning, we hit up the thrift stores in Tillamook and continued up along the coast. We found a few small items: ice bucket, chalkboard, vintage board games, and a cute teak candleholder. But what we were really excited to find these pieces:
Chris loved the rolling armchair since it seems super unique, and I loved this project piece. I'm currently reupholstering this lounge chair with red upholstery fabric. It's turning out great! But the real find was this authentic George Nelson Bubble Lamp from 50s - 60s! I haven't seen Chris grin this big in a long time. It truly is special to bring something out of a thrift store and put it in it's right place!
Overall, it was such a fun trip and we were able to fill my car to the brim! Many of the items will be for sale at next month's Portland Flea on September 16th, and some are currently for sale on etsy.
*Don't forget I'm teaching three vintage craft classes at this month's Portland Flea, I won't do this very often so catch them while you can! Click here for all of the details.*