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Ohhhh…the places we go… shopping for salvage, vintage and recycled goods…

My daughter, Gabrielle, and I, set up a booth at the Vintage Bazaar. What a great experience. Gabrielle learned so much about making things (like these signs), selling them, and loading and unloading cars. She meet so many people and had an amazing time. It was a special mother and daughter trip!

Another great and crazy couple of months, but I can’t help but be awed, inspired and renewed by some of the most amazing folks, I’ve meet along the way. I’ve been to quite a few vintage bazaars, country markets, and antique fairs to see that those who have booths (the sellers) are truly passionate about their design, products and lifestyle. Please give a round of applause to some of the hardest working folks I know and enjoy pictures of all their amazing finds, creations and wares…I hope you get a chance to visit the booths one day!  Here are a few from the Vintage Bazaar and the Country Living Fair. (click on the pictures to see these folks websites…)

I have a new found respect for those folks who set up booths at outdoor events. It is a lot of work and lots and lots of lifting!

I have a new found respect for those folks who set up booths at outdoor events. It is a lot of work and lots and lots of lifting!

My daughter, Gabrielle, and I, set up a booth at the Vintage Bazaar. What a great experience. Gabrielle learned so much about making things (like these signs), selling them, and loading and unloading cars. She meet so many people and had an amazing time. It was a special mother and daughter trip!

My daughter, Gabrielle, and I, set up a booth at the Vintage Bazaar. What a great experience. Gabrielle learned so much about making things (like these signs), selling them, and loading and unloading cars. She meet so many people and had an amazing time. It was a special mother and daughter trip!

Cari Cucksey, is not only supremely talented, but her new paint line is outstanding... She travels to a few hand-picked shows and gives amazing demonstrations. She has become a good friend...another reason to visit these shows often -- you really get to know some great folks!

Cari Cucksey, (owner of the Repurpose Shop and of the show, Cash and Cari) is not only supremely talented, but her new paint line is outstanding… She travels to a few hand-picked shows and gives amazing demonstrations. She has become a good friend…another reason to visit these shows often — you really get to know some great folks!

Karen and Patrick of South Porch Antiques are truly the best of the vintage fair lifestyle is all about. They travel from show to show, with their daughter, and truly show us how to be kind, caring and talented all at the same time. I bought that tumbleweed in Nashville and they brought it all the way to New York for me! Thank you guys!

Karen and Patrick of South Porch Antiques are truly the best of the vintage fair lifestyle is all about. They travel from show to show, with their daughter, and truly show us how to be kind, caring and talented all at the same time. I bought that tumbleweed in Nashville and they brought it all the way to New York for me! Thank you guys!

Not only do they have cool things to sell, but the displays in these booths are very unique. Stashstyle created these fun pom poms!

Not only do they have cool things to sell, but the displays in these booths are very unique. Stashstyle created these fun pom- poms!  I can only imagine how long those took — what a great display.

Then there are the incrediable artisans... Karyn Shonk, owner and designer, or Karynshonk Designs. Vintage and recycled and found objects turned into one of a kind jewelry pieces.

Then there are the incredible artisans… Karyn Shonk, owner and designer, or Karynshonk Designs. Vintage and recycled and found objects turned into one of a kind jewelry pieces.

S.D. Meadows... his work was so fun! scrap metal made into wall art -- you can check out his folk art gallery online as well. Thanks for sharing your talents S.D.

S.D. Meadows… his work was so fun! scrap metal made into wall art — you can check out his folk art gallery online as well. Thanks for sharing your talents S.D.

Then there are the nice ladies form Cutlery Couture...their booth was packed all weekend at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck. Bumped into them at breakfast at the inn and we sat together and chatted up a storm. That's the kinda folks you meet at these events.

Then there are the nice ladies form Cutlery Couture…their booth was packed all weekend at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck. Bumped into them at breakfast at the inn and we sat together and chatted up a storm. That’s the kind of folks you meet at these events. Talented, optimistic and outgoing!

Then there was dinner with these 2 (actually 3) chixs and a barn. Seriously... they could have a stand up comedy show besides selling unique vintage pieces at shows and in their barn.

Then there was dinner with these 2 (actually 3) chixs and a barn. Seriously… they could have a stand up comedy show besides selling unique vintage pieces at shows and in their barn.

 

Of course, there are a ton of people to meet... but I did also spend some time shopping :)

Of course, there are a ton of people to meet… but I did also spend some time shopping :)

Here are some tips for shopping at Flea Markets and similar types of events. Thank you Yahoo Makers for having me be a part of your article.

Here are some tips for shopping at Flea Markets, Vintage Bazaars, Antique Shows, Fairs and more. Thank you Yahoo Makers for having me be a part of your article.

My best, Joanne

Research…Getting Ready for Round Top, Texas

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Packing up, pages from my books, my walking vintage Frye’s and my custom made vintage fabric, ToTem handbag, that I can sling over my shoulder.

I love research, I mean if I didn’t I would not have been able to write two books, that’s for sure. So as I prepare to do a book signing at Marburger Farm Antique Show at Round Top, Texas, I want to make sure I get all my ducks in a row for the extra time I have for SHOPPING! I’m going to spend Wednesday shopping and Thursday morning, 9 to noon is my book signing (hope you drop by). I’ll also be raffling off some cool stuff!

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Photo by Meghana Gandi, Full Article, Huffington Post

According to an article from The Huffington Post, Round Top, is the best antique fair in the world! “Touted as the largest antiques fair in the United States, the event, which has been around since the 1960s, attracts more than 2,000 vendors who descend upon a 25-mile stretch of Highway 237 from Burton to LaGrange.”

Yikes, I don’t think I gave myself enough time to check it out! Next year…

The Howdy by Marburger Farm Antique Show

The Howdy is the program for the Marburger Farm Antique Show. Here is just one of the many pages…

But for those of us who love more than antiques, will be thrilled, because the show has everything…antiques, vintage, retro, modern, crafts, architectural salvage pieces, repurposed materials, and flea market goodies. A cornucopia of beautifully displayed salvage goodness! At Marburger Farm, where I’ll be this time, they have a program called the Howdy, which lists all the dealers, where they are and gives helpful tips and information to all who visit.

Joanne shopping at vintage fair

I always try and wear a hat, that covers my face but isn’t cumbersome, when I’m at shows, fairs and flea markets.

So what am I going to bring, water, cash, checkbook (some dealers don’t take credit cards) and a great attitude! Looking at the maps (which I love by the way) I have found where I want to stop for food, where I can ship stuff and how I can get some WIFI, since I hear reception can be spotty. I’ll check the weather in advance and bring the sunblock (I am coming from Vermont, where the lake is still frozen over) and a jacket I can wrap around my waist if need be. I’m bringing along my sisters as well, more hands to carry stuff (but don’t tell them that).

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Bev, the owner of Bel Sole, is a salvager as well, and has transformed this home into a beautiful B&B. I can’t wait to see it!

Thankfully, I’ve book at room at cute B&B, less than 10 minutes away, Bel Sole, so I’ll be well rested and fortified for a second day of treasure hunting.

Here are some other folks articles about what to know about visiting Round Top. Hope to see you there!  My best, Joanne

Rachel Ashwell’s Tips

Country Living Magazine’s Guide to Round Top

The Vintage Round Top Best Tips

 

Design and Shop…Florida Style

I’ll have to admit, it was tough to write this blog post. Here I am sitting in chhiillyy…. Vermont, writing about warm, sunny beautiful Florida homes and design shops. I’m not sure I can wait till mid-February to get there but I’ll try. I’m so excited to be presenting at Home and Salvage on February 19th and I hope I get to meet some of the amazing designers and shop owners I admire so much. Hope to see you there! Contact them to RSVP (only 30 spots). I’ll also be signing both my books!

Here are four style I usually think about when thinking Florida styles…

Olde Florida Style, which is usually a one-story house on a pier and pile foundation with a metal roof, with large overhangs (for shade) and porches. And, of course, lots of windows for the breeze to get through (before A.C.). I have to admit, this is probably my favorite style.

Mediterranean, this is my parent’s Florida home, a low-pitch tile roof, many arched windows and usually finished in a stucco with lots of outdoor living space.

Tropical usually brings to mind plantation shutters, open inside to outliving, with bamboo or teak furniture and bright tropical plant fabric patterns.

Traditional is well…traditional…something a lot of folks bring to Florida with them when they move from their more northern home and bring their furnishings with them.

But I’m thrilled to say that…today…there are no hard and fast rules for these styles anymore, especially when you add salvaged and vintage pieces from all eras. Mid-century is coming back strong as well, and designers are adding that to the mix as well. Stirring things up to create some stylish and snazzy looks!

Check out these amazing designs (and designers) that create their own look in Florida. Here are some folks I’d love to meet and places I’d love to check out…

Photographer Mina Brinkey for Houzz

Photographed by the talented Mina Brinkey, this residence, designed by Christy McGeachy of Nest Design is amazing! FILLED to the brim with vintage and salvaged finds in natural and whites, has to be one of the coolest Florida homes ever! Hope to meet these talented ladies one day.

photographer Mna Brinkey for Houzz Florida house

Another room in the Carcary Residence designed by Nest Design and Photographed by Mina Brinkey.

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So going here for dinner while we are in Naples. The restaurant Barbatella designed by the Washington D.C. based architectural firm Grizform Design Architects, is stunning. Many of the features are not salvaged but they inspire ideas for using salvaged medallions, benches, fabrics and birdcages…I love commercial spaces that inspire design ideas.

Home and Salvage Vintage Shop

Designer, Tina Langeloh is the owner of Home and Salvage (where I’ll be doing my presentation) and I truly can’t wait to see all the salvaged goods and vintage pieces she has in her shop. I’ve been waiting for Naples to get a shop like this!

Designer Andrew Howard

If you haven’t seen Andrew Howard’s designs, you have got to check out his website. The use of color and design, is amazing. I love to see the small details using reclaimed materials, such as a vintage knell post, reclaimed wood stools, or a gorgeous antique piece. Keep up the amazing work Andrew, hope to meet you someday.

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Here is a place I’ve been wanting to visit for a few years now. The Postcard Inn, a mid-century hotel brought back to life by SL DESIGN. I love the bohemian, eclectic, surfer-dude style. Truly a testament to reclaiming history through the use of reclaimed materials. I hope other’s are just as inspired as I am.

Interior Design Joie Wilson Naples Florida

Joie Wilson, a native Floridian, has been designing coastal homes for a long time. I love this vintage piece that she gave a new life too… She is also the author of DreamHouses Naples. Amazing work Joie!

Anna Banans Home Market from Reclaimed Materials

Let’s not forget those who design and make furniture out of Florida’s Salvaged Material. Anna Bananas Furniture Shop is just one example of unique custom pieces just for you.

Shopping in Florida can be a blast. Here are some cool vintage and salvage places to check out…Don’t miss out!

Home and Salvage, Naples, Florida.

Circa Who, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Schiller’s Architectural & Design Salvage, Tampa, Florida.

Sarasota Architectural Salvage, Sarasota, Florida

Marcotte’s Architectural & Design Salvage, Largo, Florida

Eco Relics, Jacksonville, Florida

Tampa Bay Salvage, Tarpon Springs, Florida

Florida Victorian Architectural Antiques, Deland, Florida

Estate ReSale & ReDesign, Bonita Springs, Florida

King of Salvage, West Palm Beach, Florida

Circus City Architectural Salvage, Sarasota, Florida

Don’t forget your local REBUILD CENTERS… Love those too!

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Only 25 days (but who’s counting…) till I can go to the beach and salvage shopping with you!

My best, Joanne

 

Awesome Arizona – Presenting, Shopping, Traveling and Salvaging…

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As I sit in my home office in Vermont and the outside temperatures reads 18 degrees…I long to be back in Arizona. Even though I loved the warm weather — that is not the reason I want to be back there (okay…maybe a little). Dear friends, new friends, family, tons of salvage and antique shopping and the unsurpassed beauty are the reasons! Follow me on a salvage and shopping journey from Phoenix to Sedona…

Arizona Republic Article

A big huge thank you to Kara Morrison of the Arizona Republic for the amazing interview and two page spread in the paper before my arrival in Phoenix. Wow — I’m larger than life in this picture :)

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Phoenix Arizona Landscaping Joanne Palmisano

I was able to spend some time with family and friends on this trip as well. My friends, Nora and Dave have these amazing artisan-made metal landscaping containers in front of their house. Fabulous!

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I could not wait to get to Sweet Salvage and see the booth layouts the morning of my presentation. I’m so glad I arrived with an empty suitcase. What?!!! You live in Phoenix and have never been to a Sweet Salvage event ? You have to get there! Tell them Joanne sent you :) If you’ve been — you know what I’m talking about!

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If this Red Trunk on Wheels with the galvanized metal top is at the Sweet Salvage December event — I’m going to have to send my sister down to buy it! What an amazing coffee table this will make. And…I’m in love with all those frames.

Sweet Salvage Shop Phoenix Holiday event

From coffee tables, chairs, dressers and more — to the littlest ornaments. This scrap wood snowman face was made by a relative who is disabled. Each booth has incredible displays and just as special stories about their items.

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Kim Rawlins, one of the owners of Sweet Salvage, gave me this sweater as a gift! Luckily…because when I finally arrived home after a red eye flight…I needed it. Thank you Kim.

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I know, I look tired… I was :)

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Stephanie and the folks at Sweet Salvage did an amazing job setting up for my presentation — there were 50 tickets available and the event sold out! We had a blast! Stephanie said everyone LOVED LOVED LOVED IT! Happy to hear that.

Joanne Palmisano presentation at Sweet Salvage

A 80 picture slide show, Holiday DIY’s and treats! Thank you everyone for coming to the special event. Hope I get to see you all again soon. Thank you, Thank you Sweet Salvage!

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Attention to detail — that’s what Sweet Salvage is all about. Look at my book signing table. I felt like a queen.

Hotel in Sedona

After a busy two days in Phoenix, I headed up to Sedona for one night at L’Auberge. I know…right! A special treat to myself after a very busy year.

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How romantic is this! I didn’t eat dinner at L’Auberge, but if I did, I would have wanted it right here. This ivy covered setting with crystal chandelier and curtains is gorgeous. Wonder how it would look in my yard? Hmm…

Sedona trading post

I’ve been visiting Sedona for 20 years, lots has changed…except for Clear Creek Trading Company. I love to see it remains relatively the same. I love coming here for some bead supplies and seeing the unique items they have for sale.

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I picked up numerous strains for turquoise beads for a project I’m making for a friend.

Jennifer the owner of Larry's Antiques

The next morning, I didn’t lay around (much). I headed about 25 minutes west of Sedona to Cottonwood — because I wanted to check out Larry’s Antiques and Things. Any store that’s tag line is “From tea cups to Tractors” is a must for me! I meet the beautiful and talented owner, Jennifer Cohen, who got these old boots down off a wall for me. I’m trying to bring them back to life with a lot of mink oil and rubbing. 

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If you haven’t been here — you have got to visit it. It is true — from tea cups, vintage appliances, desks, rugs, architectural salvage, metal signs…room after room, yard after yard…barn after barn…  Cottonwood, Arizona is between Sedona and that cool town of Jerome…the historic copper mining town that is about 5000 feet above sea level with a population of about 400 people.

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I saw this dusty old rug, hiding behind lots of stuff. Jennifer was so kind to get it down for me. I barely had enough room in my suitcase for that one.

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After a good cold bath, it fit perfectly in my upstairs hallway. I’d love to know more about this rug. Is it native American? Is this a specific pattern? Wonder what the age is? Until then…Hope to see you all in Arizona next year!

 

Shopping, Styling and DIYing in Sonoma, California!

Maple Frosted and Bacon Donut from Taylor Maid Farms in Sebastopol, California.  Ohhh and the vintage reclaimed wood top table, makes for a cool styling prop.
More of my favorite things...good friends, family, food and finds. Regina on the left, I'm in the middle, Rosanne on the right!

More of my favorite things…good friends, family, food and finds. Regina on the left, I’m in the middle, Rosanne on the right

Last week I travelled to Sonoma, San Francisco and Arizona for work and play. CHECK OUT places to shop, eat, and upcoming DIY’s and treasures we found along the way in the upcoming few posts. (Finds and Places to Shop in San Francisco and Arizona in the next posts…. click here to make sure you follow along.)

A hot air balloon rising over Martinelli Winery in Windsor, adding to the beauty of the vineyards.

The balloon rising over Martinelli Winery in Windsor, adding to the beauty of the vineyards.

My friend Regina Martinelli’s, of Martinelli Wines, is now emailing me pictures of salvage goods, and telling me that her brothers’ are now hiding their junk all thanks to me!  Yes, I have created a Salvage/DIY monster and I’m proud of it! Not only did my sister Rosanne and I stay on the winery, with amazing sunrises and sunsets, but we walked the working farm and found treasures. If you have never been to their tasting room…you have got to go!

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Walking through the vineyards, the pile of cement pieces for future use.

Recognize the cement cylinders? Yep…from laying around on the farm to vases for the holiday…

You learn something new everyday. Both Regina and I thought that these were once outdoor patio tables...but someone just told her that is was once the base of an old Royal Windsor Stove! Go Figure! So from stove, to table to know...an ottoman.

You learn something new everyday. Both Regina and I thought that this was once outdoor patio tables…but someone just told her that is was the base of an old Royal Windsor Stove! So from stove, to outdoor table to now…a DIY ottoman.

Have a great time with my friend Regina, with some help from John, on making two of these. I'll keep you posted with this Step by Step DIY goes live! Until then, here is a little hint of the final project.

Had a great time with my friend Regina, making two of these. I’ll keep you posted when the Step by Step DIY goes live! Until then, here is a little hint of the final project.

Maple Frosted and Bacon Donut from Taylor Maid Farms in Sebastopol, California.  Ohhh and the vintage reclaimed wood top table, makes for a cool styling prop.

Maple Frosted and Bacon Donut from Taylor Maid Farms in Sebastopol, California. Oooohhh and the vintage reclaimed wood top table, makes for a cool styling prop.

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My twin sister, Rosanne, showing you how big that donut really was (yes, we split it).  Travel times two (except when it comes to donuts — then we share :)

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Loved the coffee house look at Taylor Maid…especially the hanging light fixtures. That would be a fun DIY.

I don't even need to say a word do I?  Ohhh...maybe the name of this amazing, quaint, popular restaurant in Healdsburg... SCOPA!

I don’t even need to say a word do I? Just the name of this quaint, popular restaurant in Healdsburg-SCOPA!

This Salvation Army stop north of Healdsburg, had some great finds. Still can't believe my sister or Regina were not amazed at the price of this sofa and two chair set--$199.00! Can you picture this in a cool hip apartment? I can!

This Salvation Army stop in Lytton Springs, just north of Healdsburg, had some great finds. Still can’t believe my sister or Regina were not amazed at the price of this sofa and two chair set–$199.00! Can you picture this in a hipster apartment? I can!  BTW…My husband’s great, great, great uncle, William Booth, an Englishman, started the Salvation Army in England, in the eighteen hundreds, now it’s worldwide. Cool, right!!!

Double Partners Desk

We drove by this desk sitting on the side of the road for about three days before I finally said– “that’s it — we need to see if they are trying to get rid of it.” We went inside and asked and they said take it — it’s free! We grabbed a truck from the farm and this double sided solid oak partners desk is now cleaned up and going into my friend’s house. Can you believe it! I still can’t. But it’s true — because I remember how heavy it was! This was the find of the entire trip! 

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My sister was looking at homes and rentals in Sonoma, so we spent some time in Sebastopol, California. The new hip hangouts, the Goodwill in town, the second hand and vintage shops, are just a few of the reasons, I wanted her to buy a place before we finished our donut and coffee. The entire Sonoma area was beautiful, with history usually just parked in the backyard. I was in heaven!

What till you see what we do with her grandfather's old lamp shades... till next time from Sonoma...Salute!

What till you see what we do with her grandfather’s old lamp shades… till next time from Sonoma…

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Salute!

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