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Friday
May042012

New Name...

For the past five months, Chris and I have been throwing around name ideas for our new venture. We want a name that encapsulates both Joy of all Crafts and PDX Picker, but to unite what we both do as to not confuse people at the events that we'll vend at this summer. We also want a name that we could eventually use as a store front name if we decided to move in that direction. It would help brand ourselves and give everyone a better picture of who we are and what we do. Well, I asked for your advice a few months ago, but nothing ever sounded exactly right and neither of us loved any of the names. (Is this what choosing the name for a baby feels like?!)

After many months of constantly throwing names around, Chris came up with the perfect name: Remnant. According to google it means:

  1. A small remaining quantity of something
  2. A piece of cloth or carpeting left when the greater part has been used or sold
  3. A surviving trace
    • - a remnant of the past
  4. A small minority of people who will remain faithful to God and so be saved 

For us, we sell many items that there really is a small remnant left. I love how it also refers to a piece of fabric left on the bolt, perfect reference to all of the sewing I do! And finally, the Bible reference that we are to remain faithful to God, which aligns with how Chris and I choose to live our life. 

I'm excited to present a united front and brand for both Chris and I. Now I need help with our logo! I've developed a few that I like, but any suggestions or votes for which one you're most drawn to, would be greatly appreciated! Because once we decide on our logo, then we will launch a new website that will describe who we are and link to both of our individual sites, make new business cards, and make a banner to display at our booths at Portland Flea and many street fairs this Summer. 

Here is a peek at a few of the logos I've designed so far - please let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

 

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As I've made more, I decided we didn't need a tagline, it looks so much simpler with it. Thanks for reading and I'll enjoy hearing what you all think!

 

Monday
Mar192012

Beggars Banquet Recap

 

Instead of a Flea Market Finds post today, I'd like to share about Beggars Banquet from this weekend. (I also had zero time to go out to any sales this past week.) Lots of people came out and we had a great time. It was wonderful to connect with many people that I've only chatted with online. It's always hilarious when you meet someone for the "first" time to only discover out that you've been communicating via twitter for a few months now and didn't realize it at first. ;) Can anyone else relate to this?!

 

Our booth included lots of handmade/reclaimed coffee tables, vintage items, taxidermy, and housewares. 

 

Of course there were loads of really talented artists, designers, and curators. 
The venue Union/Pine is amazing.  A perfect spot for this event and for a reception/party... it's complete with a disco ball! 
Overall, it was a great success and I'll keep you posted for the next Beggars Banquet. 
The next event that we'll be vending at is Portland Flea. We are so excited to be able to vend there again and to be a part of this year's first full season/ Mark April 21st on your calendar! But before we get there Chris and I need your help! PDX Picker and Joy of all Crafts are our blog names, however, neither really encapsulates who we are together. For the past few months we've been trying to brainstorm a name for our booth and perhaps future store. We really want to work on develop our brand this year and getting out the word about our handmade/found items. Here is a few of the names we are currently tossing around: 
Reclaimed
Teak & Rosewood
Handmade Herringbone
Modernity
Which one do you like? Or do you have a suggestions? Leave a comment and let us know either way. I'd really appreciate the help! 
Also, have you seen the tumblr Hipster Branding? It's pretty hilarious and spot on. The funny thing is, we like most of these logos and will want something like this for our own name. Does that mean we are hipsters? Hope not! 
Here are my two favorite hipster re-designs: