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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

Wallpaper

Wallpaper doesn’t have to be outdated and boring.  If used properly, wallpaper can add a lot of personality to your home. Use it on an accent wall or in a hallway.   Second Hand Rose has a lot of vintage inspired designs that I love.

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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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Matryoshka Dolls

My parents are constantly traveling around the world and recently my father came back from Russia with gifts! I received a gift of Russian chocolates, tea, coffee and of course… Matryoshka dolls! Matryoshka or Russian Nesting Dolls refer to a set of wooden figures of decreasing size placed one inside the other. They’re beautiful and a fun way to add some color to your home.

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Poppytalk Handmade

Poppytalk Handmade is an online curated marketplace offering some of the best designs worldwide.  Exhibitions change each month consistently offering fresh new designs. Any artist may submit their work to be included and it’s worth the try because Poppytalk receives traffic of approximately 1 million pageloads a month!

Poppytalk Handmade promotes each chosen artist on the front page and also offers them a separate page where they may include a biography and photographs of their work. Poppytalk sends consumers directly to the artist’s online shop so that the sellers may buy directly from the artist.

The new exhibition launches on June 4 so hurry up and check out these current items before they disappear! Here are a few of my favorites.

 

Owl Print by Gingiber, Terrariums Print by Small Talk Studio, Safari Rubber Stamps by Wee Gallery, Pops I Photography by September Wren

View the new exhibition schedule that launches June 4!

Lisa Simon

Lisa Simon is a mixed media artist in Louisville. I’ve seen her work represented at Galerie Hertz and I love her ceramic frames. She uses them for mirrors and to house her beautiful drawings.

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Mid Century Martha

Martha Stewart recently debuted her new line of furniture at the High Point Market this year. Her new collection features a lot of mid-century inspired furniture and updated versions of classic pieces. I’m a sucker for wood and gold combinations and tufted couches. I also love the incorporation of pattern and texture with basic white and gray colors as shown below in the Ikat armchair and rug.

The High Point Market is going on through April 26 in North Carolina and is a hub for home furnishings and interior design.

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Fair Trade in Your Home

Just Creations is hosting an Oriental rug event this coming Wednesday-Saturday (March 28-31). It’s a great opportunity to learn about Fair Trade from the leading Fair Trade organization in Louisville.

When I think ‘Oriental rugs’, it doesn’t really appeal to me. However, when I attended the Oriental Rug Event at Just Creations last year, my eyes were opened. There is a large variety of rugs available, many of which are minimal, contemporary, neutral, mid-century style, etc. I was pleased to see that there is something for everyone! I even saw some traditional rugs that I liked!

The styles of rugs I like are Tribal Gabbeh and Kilims. Tribal Gabbeh rugs have a contemporary feel but also resemble antique rugs by their natural colors. They have geometric designs, polka dots, stripes, and often have a mid-century and arts and crafts feel. Kilims have a traditional feel but are flat woven and often made with materials like hemp that give it a natural texture and feel.

The best part about these rugs are that the artisans are paid fair wages for their work and able to support their families. Most of the rugs are made with hand spun yarn and natural dyes.

Here are some samples of what you will see at the rug event.

Make sure you check out the rug event next week! There is a seminar on Thursday night starting at 6:30 where you can learn about the rugs and the artisans who make them.

Just Creations is located at 2722 Frankfort Avenue in the heart of Crescent Hill.

 

20th Century Cincinnati

My husband and I attended 20th Century Cincinnati this past Saturday. It was truly a vintage mecca. Most of the vendors sold mid-century items and there were a few Art Deco booths as well.  One of my favorite things was the special exhibit about Bakelite. I’ve never seen so many Bakelite radios in one place! There was also a lot of Bakelite jewelry on display along with some backgammon games and silverware.

 

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20th Century Cincinnati

20th Century Cincinnati is making it’s 18th annual return this weekend! (February 25-26). It will be held at the Sharonville Convention Center and will include over 60 dealers!

Needless to say, I am super excited about it! It’s only $7 to get in and goes from 11AM-5PM.

Vendors include: Modernism Magazine, Retro Renovation (which is one of my favorite blogs!), Broadway Antique Market, and Dreamlight from Louisville!

The Sharonville Convention Center is located at 11355 Chester Road just off 1-75 at the Sharon Road exit (exit #15). Parking is free!

http://www.20thcenturycincinnati.com/