Once upon a time, about a year ago, there was this lovely lady named Chanda (pronounced like Chandelier) who was from Oklahoma. Chanda was planning the first ever St Louis Vintage Market Days coming that fall. Vintage Market Days had already been a huge success in Oklahoma, so she had faith it would work out. But she needed to find vendors who would accurately portray the “Upscale Vintage Market” motto, AND be willing to put their faith in her that it would work out.
Well, Chanda, somehow, found Rachel with Shades of Blue Interiors, liked what she saw and sent Rachel a message with an invitation to become a part of something new & exciting, and to trust her to create something thousands of people would drive hours to see.
It sounds like the beginning of a unrealistic fairy tale, doesn’t it?
Except it is not.
Chanda believed in me and gave me a chance to showcase my talent. I know so many people out there as equally talented as I am, who are still struggling with exposure and success. I feel SO grateful that she reached out to me, encouraged me, offered advice and tips to success, so that we could make our little furniture refinishing dreams come true.
Last Vintage Market Days I told Chanda that our goal was to use our profits from VMD to help pay for us to buy a house. I certainly hoped it would work out, but I wasn’t holding my breath because, well… I’m a realist. However, we were SO successful in just the first day, that by the end of that weekend, we had enough to pay for a down payment on a house.
It started with Chanda having belief in me, in my family, and continues through all the support I got from the people who loved and bought my furniture, and from the support and love I get from my online peeps: YOU! My dreams, our dreams, are becoming a reality, not just because I can make beautiful furniture, but because YOU all believe in me.
So, thank you. From every fiber of my being. I am able to make a supplementary income, doing something I love, utilizing my God-given talents, because of you. You commented on my pictures or posts. You talked about me to your friends. You bought something from me. You sent me emails. You asked my advice. You encouraged me.
So to recap this year’s Spring VMD, we have new, bigger dreams.
We are saving and working to open a store.
Hopefully next year? Maybe not… (<–the realist in me) But it WILL be in the near future.
With that, here is what our spaced looked like at opening (minus that little table on the right with a bunch of tool stuff on top)!
And here is the king size bed I tried selling… again! It didn’t sell… again! :/ Someone out there is waiting for this, I just know it! 😉
Some mid-century modern goodness:
This little Duncan Phyfe table was the first piece to sell!
I bought it at an auction last summer and after it sat in my basement for months, we finally made it pretty!
I have a thing for lights, ya’ll! I made 2 rope pendant lights, 3 mason jar pendant lights, and found, cleaned up and repaired 3 different brass and crystal chandeliers (only 2 pictured here).
A pretty little lingerie cabinet in Louis Blue…
My favorite spot in our booth:
The table that would have sold 5 times if I had more identical sets! The table was something I worked on months ago, creating a restoration hardware finish. The top was a custom weathered, gray-brown stain, and the legs were layers of sanded away paint, dry brushing, and dark wax.
I loved how it turned out. The chairs and bench were layers of Paris Gray and Country Gray, artfully distressed and a careful application of dark wax.
This has become what I’m known for around these parts, so I had to do another Union Jack!
My husband came up with the idea of showing a constant slideshow of my work, as a portfolio, on our TV. It worked out brilliantly, I must say, despite my skepticism. 😉
Vintage wooden knobs galore!
And this last piece is a pretty vanity for a girl, painted in Antoinette and Old White, with dark wax. We brought her in on Sunday and she didn’t find a home that day.
Speaking of things that didn’t sell, I updated my Etsy store, Shades of Blue Shop, with all the remaining furniture and smaller handmade/vintage items! Check it out!