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We have an exciting event to cover today, brought to you by a mother in law- daughter in law duo Angie Mosley & Whitnee Mosley from the Bowling Green area of Kentucky.
GyspyMoon Marketplace is located just 4 miles from I-65 on a 163 acre family farm in South Central KY. GypsyMoon was one of the first barn sales in the Bowling Green area. The event that is held in and near Highland Stables hosts around 75 vendors, has live music, great food, and offers its guests a great experience.
GypsyMoon also gives portion of the proceeds to a local charity called Life’s Better Together.
Take a few minutes to get to know Angie and Whitnee and their barn sale GyspyMoon Marketplace this weekend November 9-11, 2017.
- Where did the name “GyspyMoon Marketplace” come from?Over coffee and discussion at our chippy old farmhouse table at Highland Stables!
- What was your initial dream for your business?
We wanted to open up the venue that we run, Highland Stables, and provide the community with the opportunity to experience a barn sale that we found passion for but also to provide the opportunity for all the talented local craftsman to showcase their work.
- What has been your best lesson and hardest lesson learned?Wow! We continue to keep learning, but our best lesson…. is to always be open to suggestions but also stay true to us and what we envision GypsyMoon or Highland Stables to be. From owning a venue and hosting a barn sale, the best advice we have been given is “Always listen to your belly” If something doesn’t feel right, it’s best to veer away from it.
As for our hardest lesson learned yet, there’s so many! How best to do advertising, having enough ample parking, staying calm when things don’t go as planned, how to organize and make sure your vendors are happy, etc…
- What inspires you?The talent of the vendors we encounter, new-old- and up-coming trends, antique/vintage items
- What is your best avenue to get your business noticed?
Social Media has been wonderful for us! We love to connect with people through Facebook and Instagram
Who is one person you look up to? Business or personal
Angie- My husband Chris. He owns his own business and has more on his plate than anyone I’ve ever known. Yet, he always makes time to help, advise, and inspire Whitnee and I.Whitnee- As far as business, I would say Marcy Blum- an event planner from New York. I got the chance to see her talk at a wedding conference we attended in Las Vegas last year and she was so intriguing. She’s gotten the opportunity to plan all of these various events, visit interesting places, meet new people, and provide the people with unbelievable experiences.
What is something you look forward to the most at the barn sale?Angie- The excitement and look of peoples faces as they walk in the door.Whitnee- The energy that it gives- people laughing, shopping, having fun, and being inspired by what the vendors provide.
Find and follow GypsyMoon Marketplace and Highland Stables here:
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This past Friday I spent the day at Southern Junkers Vintage Market Fall sale in Memphis, Tenn. It was the perfect weekend for a show and you could tell! Ton’s of shoppers came out and the vendors had really brought their most amazing pieces to sell. With over 65 vendors this show is always full of unique items from vendors across the country. From Nebraska to Georgia I met folks from everywhere! I was able to snap some really great Instagram pics and also happy to share some photos that Booth Conference took as well. The vendors that are in the post were just some of my favorites, everyone that attended was special and in their own unique way brought a host of items that truly make this event one-of-a-kind.
And don’t miss the upcoming Spring vintage market April 13-14, 2018. Agricenter International 7777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis TN. 65+ Vendors, Food and special guests Kim Leggett and Gale Brisa!
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I am so happy to see Fall has finally arrived! Now the next barn sale season is well underway! Events started last weekend and are going to be one right after the other now! I love this time of year, and it’s even more fun because it’s my wedding next month! I wanted to take a few moments to introduce a gal to you guys that is doing a super cute sale out in Bloomington Springs, Tenn (northwest!) and give you a little behind the scenes peek at what’s to come for her upcoming sale Sept 22-23! Get to know her and her family in this blog post! Enjoy!
1. Where are you from? Jason and Keisha Harper are from the small town of Gainesboro, Tennessee (located about 20 mins. NW of Cookeville, Tennessee) Anthony Flatt is from Bloomington Springs,Tennessee and the sale takes place on his family’s farm.
2. Where did the name Sweet Onida’s originate from? For a couple days I sat scribbling down words, names of important people in our life, items, etc. but just couldn’t come up with the perfect name. On Sunday we had a family cookout at which time I brought out my paper of scribbles and we were all brainstorming to get the name we all felt would fit for our event. My sister said “Sweet Onidas” and I knew this would be the perfect name. Anthony’s grandmother was named Onida. The quilt that you will see hanging in the loft doors of the barn was made by Mrs. Onida and hung in her memory.
3. What was your initial dream for the barn sale? To provide a unique opportunity for vendors to display talents and passions while also providing an event for the entire family in our little community. Keisha had been going to Barn Sales for a couple years and in 2015 became a vendor herself. Jason and Keisha began setting up at Barn Sales all over with their 1963 Trotwood Vintage Camper. Keisha had a love for Boutique Clothing and Jason put his handy man skills to work making wood signs, and industrial pipe lamps. Soon after Keisha starting setting up her love for Barn Sales grew even more. Anthony was a friend of the Harper’s with a love for antiques and a beautiful family farm so Keisha discussed the idea of hosting their very own Barn Sale and in the Spring of 2017 they held their very first Sweet Onidas Barn Sale.
4. What was your best lesson learned? Don’t stress over the things that you can not control. Our first sale it literally rained all week during decorating and setting everything up. It also rained the entire two days of the sale minus maybe 2 hours but the sale went on. Our wonderful vendors, staff, and customers put on their rain boots and jackets and showed their support. Even with all the rain we had a good turn out and almost all the vendors were happy and encouraged us to have another sale in the fall. So here we are with a month left till the fall sale.
5. What inspires you? There’s so much that inspires me but all the positive feedback from friends, vendors, and the attendees really touch my heart.
So grab your boots and make plans to attend the next Sweet Onida’s Barn Sale in Bloomington Springs, Tennessee. September 22-23. Preview Friday Night 3p-8p and Saturday Sept 23 9a-4p. $5.00 each admission and contact Keisha Harper for more 931.239.7836
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When I received a Facebook message response from Stephanie Alexander of White Oak Farms I was truly giddy. I have been drooling over her website and social media posts for a few months now. I am so excited to have her on the blog today and share the journey of White Oak Farms and their upcoming event, City Farmhouse PopUp Fair with you!
A little bit about Stephanie (co-owner) to share with you, she was a successful event planner in Nashville, Tennessee, and designed and planned weddings, Music Row parties, birthday parties, corporate events and non-profit fundraisers. Her work was featured in Southern Living, on numerous blogs and online party planning sites, and she was a monthly entertaining contributor for At Home TN magazine based out of Memphis. She and Josh -her husband- decided to combine their mutual love for entertaining with her knowledge of event planning to create The Venue at White Oak Farms.
White Oak Farms is located on a 20-acre property set in beautiful West Tennessee (just outside Jackson, TN in historic Medina). The venue is available for weddings, private parties, corporate events, non-profit fundraisers and university/academic events. It is also the backdrop for their upcoming event A City Farmhouse PopUp Fair, August 17th-19th, 2017. See info below.
Take a few minutes and get to know Stephanie and Josh Alexander with our quick Q&A below!
1. Where did the name White Oak Farms originate from? My husband and I had been throwing around names for quite a few months trying to figure out the perfect one. At the same time as we were discussing names, we had the woods on our farm timbered. We realized at that time how many white oak trees were on our land. One day, we were sitting on the back porch, and Josh looked at me and said we should name it “The Venue at White Oak Farms.” I fell in love immediately! I knew at that moment he had found the perfect name for our place.
2. What was your initial dream for your business?I have always had a love for entertaining and hosting guests. I also used to be an event planner when I lived in Nashville so parties and celebrations come naturally to me. When we bought this house and farm in Medina, we immediately starting using our personal barn for throwing parties. We had never had a space that big and open before, and I absolutely love being able to throw dinner parties, birthday parties, and holiday celebrations in it. Word got out that we had a barn on our property, and people started calling to rent it. It’s not equipped with heat and air, and we knew it wasn’t the ideal spot to rent out. But, that got our wheels turning, and we decided to build an event venue towards the front of our property. Our initial dream for this business is for people feel like The Venue at White Oak Farms is an extension of our home. We want people to feel that warm Southern hospitality, as if they had just stepped into our home. I designed it with features that I would have put in my home. We have a saying we hope holds true for The Venue: “May all who enter as guests leave as friends.”
We can’t wait to share our venue for the first time with so many people traveling here August 17-19th for the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Fair. I have been a fan of the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Fair for a long time, and so many items in my venue came from previous shows I had shopped. I also have vendors coming who have sold me merchandise over the last 18 months that I purchased specifically for the venue. I can’t wait to see their reaction when they seem some of their merchandise in the space! It still seems surreal to me that the City Farmhouse Pop Up Fair is actually going to be on my farm in less than a few days.
3. What are your long term goals for your business? Long term, we hope that many memories and big “life moments” happen at our venue. Our prayer is that God blesses each event that comes through our doors, and we honestly cannot wait to see what celebrations and events happen on our farm. We also want to bring exciting events to West Tennessee, such as The City Farmhouse Pop-Up Fair. In addition to renting it out for weddings and events, Josh and I want people to experience cultural events, good live music, great food and so much more here at The Venue. I also plan on using the venue to bring seminars to West TN, including ones geared towards women in small business and “Pinterest Party” nights. Josh and I both believe it’s so important to give back as well, and we have some exciting things in store where we’ll get to give back to the community that we love so much. Down the road, we also have plans to expand our White Oak Farms brand, and we’re really excited about that opportunity.
4. What was your best lesson learned? We have learned so many lessons since launching our business. I think the “best” one (and one I’m trying to share with our children) is that hard work and persistence does pay off but it’s not always easy. We started exploring this business idea many years ago, and like any small business, we have poured our hearts into it for the last few years. There have been so many days where things got hard and challenges came our way that often times seemed impossible to overcome. I know our faith in God, our network of family and friends, and our dedication to see this project through have gotten us to where we are today. I’ve told people that building this business has often times seemed like a roller coaster ride. We had days where things went smoothly and other days where we were tested. But, because we were dedicated and persisted through it, we’re officially getting to launch a lifelong dream for us.
5. What was your hardest lesson learned? We had someone tell us last year that no one will love our building as much as we do. I’ll be honest that was a hard pill to swallow because I want people to fall in love with it as much as we love it. He wasn’t saying people won’t love it, but he was preparing us for the fact that we are the only ones who will worry about every nook and cranny of that building. We know our business like the back of our hand, and he was telling us that not everyone will care as much as we do. He’s right-no one is going to fully appreciate the business like the people who actually built it from the ground up. (“Growing up in family that owned a small business, I can truly understand what he was saying,”-Stephanie)
6. What inspires you?
Oh wow, there are so many things that inspire me. I love reading biographies of entrepreneurs and learning from what they did well and what mistakes they made along the way. I am also truly inspired by people who have clearly identified what God put them on the earth to do. We all have unique talents and abilities, and I admire those who know 100% what their purpose in this world is. They have talents and passion for a specific thing, and they go after it.
I’m also a huge fan of magazines like Country Living, Southern Living, Architectural Digest and Garden and Gun. I use magazines like those as inspiration on any project I’m working on or any space I’m designing. My husband is convinced I have a serious magazine obsession. I also love reading blogs and perusing Pinterest and Instagram for photos that speak to me.
I am also truly inspired when I travel. From restaurants to resorts and hotels I stay in to off-the-beaten path shopping, I get so many ideas when I’m traveling to other places. Even if it’s just to an antiques store in another city, I love exploring to see how other people incorporate things in their decor that I can use in mine.
I get inspired by being outside in nature. It doesn’t really matter whether I’m hunting, fishing, hiking, or mowing grass. What matters is that I am outside admiring God’s creation. It gives me time to think, reflect, and plan. Before we built our venue, I used to spend a lot of time in the field where our venue now sits. I used to try and picture what that piece of land could become. Before we started building, I could kind of see a vision of the final product. It was cloudy at first, but it was there! It has been surreal watching that vision transform into reality. It is hard to dream if you can’t find time to slow down and watch the flowers grow.
7. What is your best avenue to get your business noticed? Social media has been huge for us this last year. We have used it to tell our story, and we have been able to share the progress of our venue construction visually through photos. It’s been a great tool to reach people very quickly, and we’ve gotten great response from both Instagram and Facebook. We also invested early on in a good website that’s super user friendly. I think those 3 things have been the best investment of our time and resources to launch our business.
8. Who is one person you look up to? Business or personal. This is so hard because we honestly have so many people that we look up to both professionally and personally. We’ve been blessed with some really amazing mentors who have helped guide our path. We’re not sure we can name one specific person, but we can name some characteristics of the people we look up to and admire.
They tend to be creative entrepreneurs who aren’t afraid to take a calculated risk and use their natural God-given talents. They are people that are willing to share with others, especially when it comes to what’s made them successful. We also look up to people that are confident but humble. They are willing to be vulnerable and share things that can help others. A lot of our mentors also spend time trying to make a difference in other people’s lives. We admire people who work hard, but make sure to balance that with a lot of fun!
9. Who are some of your favorite vendors coming to the Pop-Up Fair? Honestly, every single vendor that’s coming has a style that I love, and I cannot wait to see their booths. I also am so grateful because they are taking a chance on doing the first City Farmhouse Pop-Up Fair outside of Franklin, Tennessee. I’m super appreciative to the vendors who are traveling across multiple states to get to West Tennessee for this show.
If I only get to name a few, I’ll include a story why I chose them:
Vividly Vintage-the owners, Carla and Calvin Murphy, also happen to be the parents of some friends of mine. I’ve known their family since I was in high school, and I’m pretty sure they were the first people I ever met that truly collected antiques. I didn’t appreciate their love of antiques as a teenager, but as I got older, and started loving vintage and antiques, they were always the first people I thought of when I was out shopping for unique finds. I bought the first antique for The Venue from them. It’s a vintage “Gentlemen” sign that we have displayed on the bathroom door in the upstairs groom’s suite.
Fern and Ivy-the owners, Dawn and Teresa, also happen to have known me since high school. When I moved back to West Tennessee from Nashville 4 years ago, we reconnected, and they helped me score some really fun pieces that are now displayed in The Venue.
Natalie Grace Home-I wasn’t sure if Natalie Grace Home would be able to make it, as I know she has 4 shows in August. But, she’s making it work, and I’m so excited. Her style is so fun and fresh, and I’ve enjoyed being a shopper in her booth before at other City Farmhouse Pop-Up Fairs and at Scott’s in Atlanta. I seriously cannot believe she’ll have a booth at my venue!
Karen Reed-so this is Karen’s first show. She’s a true American “picker” with a 10,000+ square foot warehouse. She and I have been talking for over 2 months, and I finally convinced her to do the show. I have no idea what’s she bringing, and I CANNOT wait to see what goodies she brings along to sell. We’re all in for a treat with her booth.
Hello Everyone! I’m Makayla Knight and this is my second post for The Barn Sale Business. I am a fashion and food blogger based out of Nashville, TN. I focus mainly on local businesses and products in the Nashville area and those that are made in the USA as well. My love for barn sales and events comes from my mother, we would always load up in the car and try to attend as many as possible. When I was seventeen I channeled this love for artisans and crafters into my own business. I started a women’s boutique, Hippington, that would feature local makers and artisans products, along with clothing made in the USA. Over the course of the last four years I have grown that business from setting up at festivals and events to opening a brick and mortar location in the heart of historic downtown Springfield, TN right across from the courthouse. I am excited to share my love of barn sales, artisans, and handcrafted products with all of you! You can also check me out on my own blog here or on Instagram here.
We hope everyone is enjoying their first weekend in August! Today I want to share with you the story of how Leslie Liles and her husband turned their working farm into an event hub. Leslie and her husband host both a Summer themed Barn Sale (Hayshed Farms June Bug Sale) and a Fall/Winter themed Barn Sale (Hayshed Farms Holiday Market & Hoedown). They have turned Hayshed Farms into an event venue that plays host to a vast variety of functions. I had the pleasure of meeting Leslie at her last event, the June Bug Sale. I witnessed first hand her caring heart and passion she has for the vendors of her barn sale. Those who know Leslie know she is determined to put on the best possible events for not only clients who book the property, but mainly for the community as a whole. Her dedication to her community shows and is inspiring to say the least. I hope you appreciate Leslie’s story about Hayshed Farms.
My husband and I live on a simple, working farm that is totally the most beautiful land we have ever seen for each of nature’s seasons. Our love for entertaining made it easy to bring the idea to open the farm to others to enjoy for various reasons. The barn sale idea sparked interest because our community boasts many local artisans and our landscaping fits for an outside venue. My friends, Tammy Traynum with WildEarth Apothecary and Renee Bussiere with Paisley Red, were the planners and cheerleaders who dedicated their energies to seeing us take off and succeed at the farm with our barn sales. We have found a win-win situation for the artisan/craftsman and the community who loves to shop and spend time together!
We hope to continue offering a store front for artisans and a tradition for our community to visit the farm and shop and socialize twice a year. Our June Bug Sale has the spring/summer theme while the Holiday Market has the excitement of a fall/winter theme. We love to decorate the farm with the colors of the season and watch families visit the creek and sit in the shade! Meeting families that make it a tradition to shop together, eat together, and play together on the farm is probably the most rewarding and, of course, when that artisan tells us that they want to come back.
The barn sale business is not easy. We have struggled with all ends of the business from too many or too few of craftsmen, cancellations/liabilities, volunteers, bad weather, ratios of artisans, types of entertainment, marketing strategies, and the list goes on. We want to work hard to create that positive experience, so people will come back for other events such as a birthday party, concert, an overnight glamping experience, their wedding, or the next barn sale! We want people to find Hayshed Farms as “their place in the country.”
The next event taking place at Hayshed Farms is their annual Holiday Market & Hoedown. This year the Holiday Market will take place on November 18th and you can find more information about the barn sale here. Also you can book your own event or see what’s happening at the farm daily here. Lastly don’t forget to also keep an eye out for the dates of the next June Bug Barn Sale here.
Hello Everyone! I’m Makayla Knight and this is my first post for The Barn Sale Business. I am a fashion and food blogger based out of Nashville, TN. I focus mainly on local businesses and products in the Nashville area and those that are made in the USA as well. My love for barn sales and events comes from my mother, we would always load up in the car and try to attend as many as possible. When I was seventeen I channeled this love for artisans and crafters into my own business. I started a women’s boutique, Hippington, that would feature local makers and artisans’ products, along with clothing made in the USA. Over the course of the last four years I have grown that business from setting up at festivals and events to opening a brick and mortar location in the heart of historic downtown Springfield, TN right across from the courthouse. I am excited to share my love of barn sales, artisans, and handcrafted products with all of you! You can also check me out on my own blog here or on Instagram here.
We hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday! Today we want to share with you the story of how an archaeologist became the owner of a one of a kind jewelry line, Rustic South. I met Niki Fulcher a little over a year ago while attending a 3rd Thursday Art Walk in historic downtown Springfield, TN. I instantly feel in love with Niki’s keen eye for design and detail. Niki’s welcoming personality combined with her love of community involvement is what made her an instant friend. Her passion for her work is truly infectious and could spark creativity in anyone who engages her in conversation. Those who follow her work appreciate handcrafted design and supporting local artisans. Niki has been an inspiration to me in many ways over this past year and I hope you enjoy her story as much as I do.
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Hi Y’all! I’m Niki, owner of Rustic South. I am a former archaeologist married to a musician. In 2008 my husband and I combined our passions for all things southern, rustic, and organic to create items that we could proudly call unique. Tired of the typical, we sought out to create a genre that could display the roots of our country style and so we created Rustic South. I design and make all the jewelry and my husband helps me with the design of my men’s jewelry line and is my biggest supporter.
History, nature, and even the materials I work with inspire my creations. As a former archaeologist, I would always tell people that the artifacts just “speak” to you. Walking around a newly plowed field you can look on the ground and find a projectile point (arrowhead) out of a sea of rocks. It’s like it’s saying “Hi, I’m over here, Look this way!” it’s that same concept that I use with the stones and items I work with. I only use stones and found objects that I feel express an emotion in either their color or pattern. It’s strange I know. Once I get them I lay them all out and take a step back, looking them over to see which combinations jump out at me, once I have a few selected items, I just jump in and start playing around with placement. Some of my biggest influences are Prehistoric and Historical jewelry pieces. I love creating raw and unique looking pieces that in a way are timeless. I love drawing creativity from Nature by using natural stones, antlers, and wood pieces in most of my creations.
I would love for Rustic South to be a recognizable brand. I never want to be too big that I can’t create my own pieces, because to me that’s what sets me apart. I touch each stone, each bead, I close each clasp all by hand. I love that! I don’t ever want to lose that aspect of my business. To me it’s important to hand make something. It’s putting a piece of your soul into each item and passing that on to someone else who loves that piece as much as you loved making it.
One major struggle Niki has had is getting people to see that handmade doesn’t mean lesser quality. She feels like more and more people are starting to understand that you can get a quality handmade item that will also be a unique piece and not cookie cutter like other basic boutique jewelry lines.
Niki had some insightful advice to those looking to start their own business or join the barn sale circuit. “The best advice is to face your fears! Jump in head first and just go for it. My dad always told me “what’s the worst that can happen? They say No? And if they do say No, move on to the next thing until you get a Yes.” It’s always scary to jump into something when you are just starting out, but the more you put yourself out there the easier it gets. There are so many wonderful people in the barn sale circuit and small businesses, it’s like a big extended family. “
The Barn Sale at Red River Farms is located in Springfield, TN, just 30 minutes north of Nashville. We are excited to have Margo Riley Sneed the owner of the farm here today on the blog. We met at the Spring Barn Sale that was recently held on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29. 40+ vendors attended the sale with handmade, vintage, repurposed, and one-of-a-kind items. Clothing boutiques, food trucks, and local farms were also in attendance at the sale. It was a fun weekend had by all and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the farm for the fall sale, scheduled for Friday, November 3 & Saturday, November 4! Now let’s see some of the great vendors and their booths.
The Barn Sale at Red River Farms had our first barn sale was in November 2015 and this fall will mark our 5th barn sale. Our show is a juried show bringing some of the best vendors to our area for a fun weekend of shopping! Folks will love the atmosphere our farm has and you can bring your whole family for the day. There really is something for everyone, every age!
The Barn Sale at Red River Farms is held twice every year–the last weekend in April and the first weekend in November. If you would like more information about our barn sales or would like to participate as a vendor, please email us at email@example.com or complete the vendor application on our website at www.redriverfarmstn.com.
In this world of social media and inter webs have you ever found a new page to follow, or an interesting instagram feed you just fall in love with? Usually you gain somewhat of an insight into that person’s daily life, their business and their inspirations. Well Ruth Barnes from Southern Junkers Vintage Market was one of those people to me. I followed her journey from a small show at Top Dog Trade Center to her now super popular indoor market at the Agricenter International center in Memphis, Tenn.
In all the times we went to the same events we never crossed paths, but this past week we changed that! We met up and discussed both our business start-ups, the goals we have and we can make these dreams happen! Take a moment to read a little bit about what Southern Junkers is all about and learn more about the upcoming event next weekend.
Southern Junkers was created in 2010 as a small group on Facebook to gather like-minded individuals together that love antiques, vintage, collectibles and re-purposed items. The group would share our finds from estate sales, yard sales, markets, dumpsters, abandoned homes and curbs. From the love the history and the stories behind the finds they would share them with each other. In an effort to save abandoned treasures from the landfills, they, then would re-purpose and create items into something useful.
In October of 2012 the very first Southern Junkers Market was held in Eads, TN, at Top Dog Trade Center, with over 30 amazing vendors, music, food and fun. Since then, Southern Junkers Market Events has grown by leaps and bounds,with a Spring and Fall market every year, held at the Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove, Memphis, Tn. with over 65 vendors from across the USA. And the Southern Junkers Group on Facebook has now to grown to over 20,000 members to date.
The upcoming Southern Junkers Vintage Market May 5 & 6th in Memphis. It will have about 60 vendors with vintage, antique, up-cycled items, architectural salvage, garden, jewelry, handcrafted items, demo’s and cool junk. The weekend pass is $12.00 and a daily pass is $8.00. Children 13 and under free. Free parking! A great option is to purchase your tickets online via Southern Junkers Facebook Page.
Another great addition this year, Kim Leggett from City Farmhouse will be doing special Design Showcase using selected pieces from the vendors. The theme will be “Inspiriting Spring Porches,” how to design a space with perfect porch sitting appeal. You won’t want to miss this!
In the meantime, follow Ruth and Southern Junkers Vintage Market online at:
In 2015 April Wilks went out on a limb and hosted her very first Vintage Pickin’ Barn Sale in her small town of Fyffe, Alabama.
So of course, as fate would have it, April emailed me February 2015 to inquire about how The Barn Sale Business could help get them started. Then through social media April and Vintage Pickin’ kept popping up on my news feed. I immediately hit that “Like” button and started following April and her amazing journey in this barn sale industry. We reconnected this past year and I have to say, she is doing GREAT things, has a wonderful attitude and a beautiful kind soul that truly loves people and her business.
In her latest blog post, What Sparked the Dream April writes, “After attending City Farmhouse and purchasing some AMAZING finds, I felt so inspired and motivated to put my PASSION into ACTION. It literally kept me up at night, it’s all I could think about. But still thinking I could never do this, could I?? My husband (who might I say, is the best partner I could ever ask for) and I traveled around the South to lots of shows over the next year gaining inspiration and of course always bringing home more pickin’ finds.
Our dream was to be able to bring the experiences we’ve had shopping at these sales to Alabama.
- In 2015 we hosted our VERY FIRST ‘Vintage Pickin’ Barn Sale’.
- In 2016 we hosted our second and our third Barn Sales.
- THIS YEAR we will host our fourth, fifth and sixth Vintage Pickin’ Barn Sales.”
So without further rambling, enjoy this quick Q&A session with April Wilks.
Where are you from?
I’m from the small town of Fyffe in the northeast corner of Alabama.
Where did the name “Vintage Pickin'” come from?
The name Vintage Pickin’ actually came from a late-night brainstorming session with my sister and brother-in-law. We were all literally just throwing out different ideas and trying to come up with something that matched my love of antiques & vintage. And, it was like once I said “Vintage Pickin’” it just stuck and we all knew that was gonna be the name.
What was your initial dream for your business?
The initial dream was to be able to bring the things that I was most passionate about and inspired by, to our community for others to experience. I really wanted to be able to share our farm, my love of vintage, and passion for decorating with our shoppers. It was my hope that women would be able to come to our farm with their spouses, closest friends or family and just spend the day together shopping, getting inspired, fellowshipping and hopefully leaving with a few items to help make their house a home using vintage and antiques!
What are your long term goals for your business?
We definitely want to continue to grow our show and the Vintage Pickin’ brand. We’ve tossed around lots of ideas for the future. One of those is to take Vintage Pickin’ on the road to other cities and states. We’re still praying about that one, but it’s definitely on the table. I would also love to be able to educate women and hopefully host some fun classes at our barn. I love to teach and help women find skills and talents that they didn’t even know was possible for them. Whether it’s making floral arrangements, learning how to stage your dining table or trying different paint techniques. So, that’s something we’ll be refining and hopefully developing in the future. I just hope to be an encouragement through my story for other women to use their God given talents, chase after their dreams and give them the confidence boost to do it no matter what it is.
What was your best lesson learned?
You can’t do it all on your own. In the beginning, I thought I could do this on my own. I realized real quick that it takes an army, a LARGE army and a lot of time and months of ground work. I am just one person and there are only so many hours in the day. Without God and his guidance everyday, and a lot of AWESOME friends and family, I don’t see how it could be done. Luckily, I do have great family and friends that help me. This is something I had to learn the hard way. I’ve had to become very comfortable with asking for help and that it’s ok, which was hard because I am a very independent person.
What was your hardest lesson learned?
The hardest lesson is that in the beginning not everyone is going to be as passionate as you are about your dream. Our goal was to get 35 vendors to believe in us and commit to set up for our first show. I bet we talked to over 300 vendors through cold calls, emails, dropping by their store, etc. We realized how hard it is to get people to take a risk on coming to a new show without statistics or anything to show them when you’re just getting started. But, I also learned how important it is to be confident and driven to meet your goals. I am so thankful to those vendors that said yes and took a chance with Vintage Pickin‘ and have been with us ever since! The lesson is: You can’t let a few no’s steal your passion…keep believing in your dream!
What inspires you?
Everything! Haha. But, really. Business-wise: I love seeing women succeed doing things they are passionate about. Watching women using their God-given talents to somehow manage a family all while running a business and doing the things they are passionate about is something that just sets me on fire and motivates me to keep on keepin’ on.
What is your best avenue to get your business noticed?
Social media for sure. In the beginning, we tested the waters and used just about every form of advertising there was. After 2 shows, we did a survey asking our shoppers how they found out about us and our shows. Around 87% said they found us through Facebook or Instagram. And, the other 13% was word-of-mouth. So, that let us know that the other forms of advertising was not where our audience was at. We decided to put the majority of our time and efforts into social media and good old fashioned ground work; meeting and talking to as many people as we can about our business.
Who is one person you look up to? Business or personal
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Markets (fb + insta) would definitely be a business I look up to. They started just as 2 friends having a sale in their neighborhood and have built a very successful business. I’ve followed them for a long time now and love seeing their business grow! The way they run their business, their setups and their passion behind what they do is truly inspiring to me!
What is something you look forward to the most at the barn sale?
I love the people. The shoppers and the vendors, both. The vendors become like family. I can’t wait for them to arrive. It’s like old friends you can’t wait to see again and catch up. I love getting to see all their amazing treasures that they’ve picked and wondering how their going to stage their booths. There’s honestly nothing better than on the day of, taking it all in an just watching everybody. Seeing how excited the shoppers get when they come through the gate. Watching them have a good time with their friends and run to their cars toting out armfuls of stuff that they couldn’t live without! It’s such an amazing feeling. It reminds me of why I’m in this business and I thank the Lord everyday for the opportunity.