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Our Local Box

I recently won a free July subscription box from Our Local Box on a Facebook giveaway.    Our Local Box is all about showcasing the best that Kentucky has to offer.  Each month, customers can order a box filled with goodies including everything from food to clothes.   The goal of Our Local Box is to bring locally handcrafted items to the community.

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Division Street School

My friend Rachel and I attended a vintage bicycle parade in downtown New Albany a few weeks ago.  The last stop on the parade was the Division Street School where the community held an ice cream social.  The school was primarily an elementary school for black children the operated from 1885-1946. The school is set up like a museum with a functional classroom still used by New Albany Floyd County Schools.  I had never heard of the Division Street School before and as a lover of history, I enjoyed learning more about it. See some of my photographs below.

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Culbertson Mansion

Culbertson Mansion is a historic Victorian museum located in downtown New Albany. My friend Rachel and I attended a vintage bicycle parade a few weeks ago and one of the stops along the way was the Culbertson Mansion.  We didn’t get to go inside the museum but we did have the opportunity to walk along the grounds. We discovered some sculptures and had a peek into some of the windows. I’m planning to go back soon and have a look around inside because I’m sure it’s gorgeous. They also do ghost tours which would be a fun October activity.

Discovering all of these historical treasures in New Albany has really helped me appreciate the town more and slowly I’m becoming more adjusted to living across the river from Louisville.

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Discovering New Albany

A few weeks ago, my friend Rachel and I heard about a vintage bicycle parade happening in downtown New Albany.  We were intrigued and had to see check it out.

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Block Party Handmade Boutique

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I’m really excited to announce that I will be selling at Block Party Handmade Boutique!  It’s my first time showcasing my new line of items for children including skirts, dresses, headbands, toys and more!  Everything is re-purposed and vintage so you can feel great shopping from me because you’ll be ‘going green!’

Here is a preview of some of the items I’ll be selling.

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Block Party Handmade Boutique opens tomorrow but the big official Grand Opening event will be April 15. Hope you can all stop by!

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Floyd Street Stock Exchange

In January, I found a link on my Facebook newsfeed about an auction in Louisville and it caught my eye. Mostly because there was a mannequin for sale and I’ve been trying to get my hands on one for years. My husband and I decided to attend just to see what it was all about and it turned out to be one the funnest date nights we’ve ever had!

The Floyd Street Stock Exchange is a monthly auction held on the first Thursday of every month. Started in the winter of 2012, the auction continues to grow in popularity and is a great resource for anything vintage or design. You can find anything from architectural salvage to curiosities and home accessories. The auction is hosted by Blue Ocean Traders, a trade only wholesale source company specializing in antiques and reproductions.

purple trunkThe auction reminded me of the TV show American Pickers.  Large antique metal signs lined one wall while mid-century furniture lay around the room. I spied a set of antique medicinal bottles as well as vintage artwork. There was even a gold leafed Victorian couch with velvet seats. The auction had hundreds of items for sale. A loud boisterous man called out the items so fast it was hard to understand what he was saying at first. Once the auction got started things began moving quickly and it took us awhile to figure out what was going on. Everyone was so friendly though and helped us learn the rules and etiquette.

My husband and I went for the mannequin which we purchased but also came home with three trunks (pictured here), an ottoman, pillows, and a door knocker. We got a great deal on all of our items! I saw the exact same trunk that I purchased for $25 in a store priced at $300.

The auctions begin with a preview and registration at 5PM and last for hours. Everything in the room is up for grabs and there’s even free beer, wine and snacks. The auction lasts for hours and some of the best deals are had at the very end.

The next auction is this Thursday April 4. You never know what you’ll find so make sure to follow the Floyd Street Stock Exchange on Facebook and visit their website.

http://www.floydstreetstockexchange.com

Unique Thrift Store

I love Louisville’s Unique Thrift Stores. Located on Preston Highway and the Portland Neighborhood (22nd Street) these stores offer 25% off every Monday and if you sign up for a free VIP card you get 25% off every Thursday! I always find something amazing when I shop there. Always. Last week, my mom and I went and found a five-piece vintage glass set for only $6!

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Buttons, Bows and Britches

Fly Away Fox items can now be found at Buttons, Bows and Britches in Louisville! This lovely children’s consignment store is located at the corner of Frankfort Avenue and Cannons Lane in the Crescent Hill Neighborhood.

I will be selling beautiful handmade items for little girls. I have a variety of headbands and hair clips on display and my signature aprons as well.  The little red apron has pockets in the front with a cherry patterned fabric. The other apron is one of my favorites. The fabric features two little children hugging. They look like Japanese anime characters dressed in vintage clothes.  Fly Away Fox aprons are all one-of-a-kind and made with vintage and re-purposed material and each one comes with a removable brooch.

All of my headbands are made with vintage and re-purposed material and my hair clips are all made with eco-felt. I have felt flower clips, felt peacock feather clips and a variety of headbands in all colors.

Buttons, Bows, and Britches is located at 111 Cannons Lane.  They are open Monday-Friday 10AM-6PM.

Tickled Pink

I decided to visit Tickled Pink last week because I have heard so many good things about it. After I arrived and looked around, I thought to myself, “How have I never been here before? This place is amazing!” It was truly amazing. Tickled Pink is a vintage mecca!

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Laura Fauna

Laura Fauna is a Louisville-based clothes designer and manufacturer. She is well known for her beautiful dresses but also makes skirts, scarves etc.  You can find Laura Fauna’s work on Etsy, in stores around Louisville (like Cherry Bomb) and at art fairs.

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