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art star craft bazaar this weekend!

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I’ll be one of the 100 vendors this weekend at Penn’s Landing in Philly this weekend for the awesomeness that is the Art Star Craft Bazaar.  This year marks their 10th anniversary- this will be my second year participating in this unique and wonderful event. Here’s how you get there!


Yes, it’s Mother’s Day too, so bring the whole family for music, food, crafts and crafty goodness.  Check out the amazing vendors here.  Hope to see you… now, back to work!


Art Star Craft Bazaar recap

Last weekend was the 9th annual Art Star Craft Bazaar at the Great Plaza on Penns Landing along the Delaware River in Philly.  This was my first show in attendance as well as participation and it lived up to all of my expectations right down to the amazing two days of beautiful weather. Sunday was Mother’s Day, so there were a lot of families in attendance making a day of it. Music, food, amazing handcrafted wares, what nicer way to spend time together?

I was fortunate enough to have the amazing Xina, who helped  me out both days. We figured out that her hair matched my ‘new’ curtains!

Surprisingly, I sold only one ‘mother’ of  my vintage dictionary pendants. People were gravitating toward the more unusual words like ‘enigma’ and ‘gracious’ which was a nice change.

This guy hung out in our booth both days- our lucky mascot.

These friends each bought a vintage multi-chained joey necklace.

I debated over buying this awesome card from Blackheart Letterpress for my Mother-in-Law, but decided to go with one of their safer options.

We had really nice neighbors, Everyday Balloons, who drove all the way from Pittsburgh to sell their cool screen printed products. It was their first Art Star too.

The unifying theme of Sunday was Moms and sisters buying companion joey wraps. There was a lot of spirited debate over who got which one.

Now, a quick scramble to replenish inventory and to prepare for this Saturday’s Trenton Avenue Arts Festival!

Art Star Craft Bazaar tomorrow!

The details:

May 12th & 13th, 11-6pm
Penn’s Landing Great Plaza  
Free & Open to the Public!

It’s here!

Yikes, I’m still working hard to prepare, but here’s a lil glimpse of some of the new joeys that I’ll have with me:
Lots of vintage multi-chained bracelets with joey charms.
Oodles (I like that word) of belt buckles for men and women…
Long vintage strands with joey pendants.
NEW! joeyfivecents pin back buttons! All unique and made with vintage images.
The weather forecast looks amazing! Bring the family and spend Mother’s Day weekend on the waterfront at Penns Landing along the Delaware River.  I’ll be in Booth 75, so be sure to stop in and say hello!  Get there early, goody bags given out to the first 150 shoppers each day…
Need directions or more info?  Check here.

May Clover Market recap

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Yesterday was Clover Market in Ardmore, PA and as usual it was a melange of meeting new people, seeing friends and sellin’ the joeys. The weather held and turned to sun which made for a pleasant day. In my booth, I did a wee homage to vintage ‘Mom’ in honor of the upcoming Mother’s Day, so I featured several of my found vintage photos.

I love this dramatic over-the-shoulder, fuzzy edged photo- you can catch a glimpse of the cluster of vintage chain bracelets I made that were very popular yesterday.

Another one of my favorite found photos- her waist is so tiny and I love the pose and expression. This multi-chained turquoise and red necklace was my last sale of the day. The little ‘mother’ vintage word necklace is a separate necklace.

My new style of ring, larger and done with antiqued silver or brass with an assortment of images (upside down cat) amongst a trio of very old floral postcards all from the same sender “Coffee” who desperately pleas for the unknown recipient to write him back. Wonder if she ever did?

A little joey booth side view- missing from this picture, mr. joeyfivecents who was helping me all day…lucky me!

Many of the Clover vendors do this show on a regular basis so I’ve gotten to know a lot of them pretty well. My immediate neighbor, Maryanne of Sardine Clothing Company  who creates skirts from recycled t-shirts was also doing the Chestnut Hill Home and Garden show so she had her fabulous ‘minnows’ manning the booth yesterday.

Lisa from Milkshake Crafts, two doors down, wearing her birthday gift joeyfivecents necklace by the way (the bird pendant is covered!) posing with her adorable ilustrations and handcrafted products.

The lovely Paige of Christine Shirley Styling Company (behind our tent) with her colorful array of repurposed vintage hankies and silk scarves.

This amazing concoction was presented to me late in the afternoon- some kind of amazing peanut butter frosted chocolate cupcake from Cupcakes Gourmet.  Sweet!

Now to prep for Art Star this weekend!

Clover Market this Sunday…

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This Sunday, May 6th, is the second Clover Market of spring 2012, in Ardmore, PA.  If you’ve never been, Clover is an upscale vintage outdoor market that features original art, antiques, vintage jewelry & clothing, artisan crafts, and handmade items. Oh, and they have some awesome food to boot. The Market is held one Sunday/month in the spring and fall.

With next weekend being Mother’s Day, I’m focusing on Mom-inspired goodies with images like these cool sepia illustrations from a vintage Ladies Home Journal dated 1927. There’s something about them that’s irresistible, retro and modern at the same time.

I love this dramatic lady who I paired with a stunning but earthy vintage carved celluloid beaded chain- she reminds me of Isabella Rossellini…

Instead of giving flowers instead how about one of these adjustable rings in colorful florals and botanicals (yes, I did threw in another sepia illustration). They are chunky and vibrant and remind me of candy!

A vintage dictionary word necklace makes a great gift for just about anyone- everyone has a word they identify with. It’s petite and layers easily with other pieces or be worn solo.  I make these with copper and resin and original vintage papers from dictionaries. I cluster them with few vintage beads or charms alongside for color.

What word would you use to describe your Mom?

Stop by on Sunday and say hello…