Saturday, November 30, 2013

Saturday Spotlight at must love junk ~

Good morning!

Susan of must love junk recently asked me to participate in her Saturday Spotlight series that she founded with Kris of Junk Chic Cottage.

I was so honored and thrilled to be a part of something special in the blogland! 

So if you'd like to learn a little more about me and my story, swing by the lovely blog
must love junk.  And while you're there, check out Susan's posts she's shared of her home and shop.  You will fall in love with her decorating style and amazing eye for the most fabulous chippy treasures on the planet!

Thanks for featuring me Susan!  {happy dance}


~ vintage love ~


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving wish ~

Sending Thanksgiving blessings and joy to each of you!

(my favorite Thanksgiving greeting card we received this year)

Give Thanks
with a

~ vintage love ~


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

merry and bright ~

My personal motto for this holiday season is to be


So I thought why not let that theme carry over into my store?

I had custom letters cut from cedar to hang right by my checkout counter............

Treasures from Christmas past fill the cupboards and shelves every which way you turn.

Vintage Shiny Brites are the merriest of merry!

I have a selection of gorgeous Christmas tree artwork made from vintage jewels by the mother of one of my friends..........

antique mercury glass bead garlands

treasures for you {and yours}

locally handmade paper artistry like angels

and trees

and birdhouses

We have trees filled with ornaments - handmade, new, and vintage


uniquities and niceties tucked into every corner

We'd love for you stop by and be merry merry with us!

We're open today from Noon - 6pm and
tomorrow from Noon - 9am

Thursday, November 21, 2013
5pm - 9pm
downtown Canal Winchester

Join Georgie Emerson Vintage and several other local businesses for a merry and bright evening of shopping, refreshments an holiday cheer!

~ vintage love ~


Saturday, November 16, 2013

don't you wish you had a larger space?


Hello friends, hope all is well!

I sit here in my comfy chair in the early morning hours, unable to sleep, thoughts whirling, ideas twirling.  My mind swirling in sundry directions as I contemplate my next project.  But this one thought keeps circling back through my planning mode like a jagged little knife, cutting its way through my pretty plans and stifling my creative energy a bit.  So, I'm going to nip it in the bud, talk about it, and remove it from my system.

It's not a big issue to discuss, nothing with any real sustenance.  But it is something that has hurt me and put a damper on my thoughts.  Just one of those fleeting comments by strangers that stings in a place that stings a little more than other places.

14 months ago, I opened a PETITE vintage and home decor store.  It is small, just 484 square feet.

It was MY dream to do this.  As a child, I often watched Little House on the Prairie.  I didn't want to be Laura or Mary or Nellie.  I wanted to be Nels Olsen, General Store Proprietor.  I was enamored with his store, everything in it, the displays, the old fixtures, all of it.  My Mom and Dad would giggle at my fascination with the Mercantile, but that fascination was so real to me.

We live in a small town where commercial spaces are few and far between.  We live in a world where rent is outrageous.  We live in a world where owning a small business is next to impossible.

But we also live in a world where magical things can happen!

So when a small sign in the corner of an old building IN OUR TOWN less than a mile from our house caught my eye, we decided to check into it.  We peeked in the windows and knew the space was small.  But a girl's got to start somewhere.  And it would be MINE.  And it would be bigger than a booth at the antique mall.  
When the landlord opened the door, I didn't see small. 


I saw my DREAMS.


and CUTE.

And I saw my own version of Mr. Olsen's MERCANTILE.

 I saw an old building with a cute old door with a mail slot.  And an old stone step.  And a white rusty sign holder.  And a great big window for ever-changing displays.  And plenty of sidewalk area to bring my wares outside to create curb appeal. 

I saw my dreams unfolding in front of my eyes.

And it was like the heavens opened up above 13 E. Waterloo Street and shined the brightest, most illuminating light over that building.

So here I am today, still enamored with my dreams, at least on most days.  I get overwhelmed sometimes.  I get stressed out and worried and wonder if I made the right decision to open a business during this economic time of government furloughs and recessionary ebbs.  But generally speaking, I'm content and happy and satisfied.

Until that random visitor to my sanctuary looks around with a discerning eye and says it.

"Don't you wish you had a larger space?"

Ummm, hell yes, I WISH I had a larger space.  I wish I had a big old IOOF building with exposed brick and old tin ceilings and original pine hardwood floors.  And let's throw in an antique chandelier dripping with glass prisms.  And a back room just as big as the showroom for storage.  And my own parking lot.  With a parking spot just for me.  And a grassy knoll.   And a semi to haul all my stuff around.  And workers and staff to do everything for me. 

But I don't.  I have 484 square feet of space.  I have a drop ceiling and newly installed floors.  I have florescent lighting.  I have aluminum siding.  I have a "back room" the size of a peanut.  I have no parking lot and have to move my car every couple of hours to avoid getting a ticket.  I have about 2 feet of gravel out back.  And a rusted out beater cargo van.  And I have ME.  To do everything. 

And you know what, I have those things.  I pay my rent on time, because it is a space that I can afford.  I rearrange and freshen my shop all the time because it is a size that I can manage.  I think I create a space that inspires and creates happiness. 




Just yesterday, right after I got the comment "don't you wish you had a larger space?", I later got a comment "I had to come get a dose of happy from Georgie's."  And another comment "I love the coziness of this place." 

While that recurring comment about having a larger space tends to jab at me somewhere deep inside, I will continue to remind myself just how blessed I am and how much I actually love my tiny space in my tiny town with my wonderful neighbors and customers.

 "big things come in small packages"

Thank you for reminding me why I did this and why I chose this place.  
Or rather, why this place chose me. 

Because, you know what, I wouldn't have it any other way.

~ vintage love ~


Friday, November 15, 2013

book pages and burlap wares ~

My friend Nichi is a very talented crafter, especially when it comes to book pages!  She recently started selling her wares at Georgie's.  It's been a great synergy as I've had a hard time keeping up with everything at the shop.

This girl can work some serious magic with a book page and some burlap.  She's quite thrifty as well, so we're able to keep the prices of her items low!  Today's load she dropped off included all of these handmade beauties..........

Love her stuff!

All currently available at Georgie Emerson Vintage, and we're open until 7pm tonight!

~ vintage love ~


Thursday, November 14, 2013

happy handmade holiday ~

Every corner of the shop is slowly getting a Christmas touch!  A couple trees are up here and there and the holiday spirit is taking over this wee place of mine..............loving it!

I had fun with some pops of black in my normally bright white aesthetic..............

loving the frames tucked into the tree!

my little local elves have been busy busy busy making the cutest stuff to fill your trees!

miniature burlap banners serve as adorable ornaments

 and our "found objects" ornies are super fun...........filled with beads, vintage paper shreds, pearls, music paper snowflakes and adorned with various bits of history like keys and tags

I tucked our burlap flowers into the white tree too

have you started your holiday decorating yet?  

when you do, have fun with it!!

~ enjoy the season ~


Saturday, November 9, 2013

eclectic and cozy family room ~

The other day, I got a text from a friend saying "hey, just got my carpets cleaned, so all the furniture is moved out of my family room.  Want to come help me restyle the space tonight?"

Knowing she has a super fun, eclectic vintage style and 3 super cute little girls to hang out with, I answered with an emphatic YES right away!  Girls night!!

Trish loves things that are vintage, eclectic, family heirlooms.  She's a great thrifter.  She had fun stuff throughout her house that we could use.  She didn't mind pulling from other rooms.  I felt like a kid in a candy store checking out all of her treasures, and my wheels were spinning out of control!

She had already filled one wall with a gallery effect of special artwork and pieces, so that was my initial inspiration because I instantly saw that she loves a collected, eclectic, fun style.  She mentioned that she wanted to bring in some turquoise and mustard yellow and she also told me that she loves all of her vintage mirrors she's collected.

With all that in mind, we went to work.

And of course we forgot to take before pictures.  Duh.

But around 11pm, we did remember to take some after photos.

So excuse the poor 11pm lighting, but enjoy the cuteness!

 Trish had recently purchased the floral pillows that contain all the colors she loves.  Those pillows really helped to tie it all together!  She bought the tiny turquoise mirror at my shop and it adds a fun little spark of color to this gallery wall of mirrors and artwork.

 This is the wall she had already started and had been adding to as she accumulated new pieces.  We just rearranged a few things and gave it a fresh new look.  All of her stuff tells a story.  I loved hearing where she got things and who they reminded her of.  Her favorite thing is the vintage yellow lamp that she also purchased at Georgie Emerson, so we made sure it was front and center!

More family paintings and artwork found a yard sales and thrift stores make up the gallery walls.

 Knowing that Trish has a fun and quirky style, we didn't go with a totally linear look.  This offset mirror on the right added a fun twist for that corner.

We used an old shoe shine box to elevate the lamp in this corner and give the illusion of taller ceilings.  She sewed the throw on the table and the cute camera strap cover on the vintage camera.

Her Grandma's Danish Modern chair came back into the room with a pop of red in the pillows and a throw that Trish sewed had that pop of turquoise she craves.

We spent a little cash on Command Strips to hang things but other than that, this was a no cost makeover.  That makes it all even more fun.

using what you've got - creating a new look - decorating with fun finds

That's the way to do it!

~ vintage love ~

Polly {and Trish}

Thursday, November 7, 2013

It's beginning to look a LITTLE bit like Christmas ~

I am slowly transforming the shop, little by little, for the holiday season.

I'm a huge fan of Thanksgiving, so I don't like to see Thanksgiving get lost by the wayside.

So, while a few spots of holiday lovelies will start appearing, you'll still see a hint of Fall and turkeys here and there.

The window has been transformed from spooky creepy Halloween to blushing shabby holiday............

~ vintage {and holiday} love ~