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Junking Trail: The Early Birds

Posted on: Friday, October 24, 2014

Among some of the changes to this season's Junking Trail is the condensing down from two days into one. But we know you'll be chomping at the bit to get trekkin', so some of the Shop Stops are offering Early Bird times for you set out hours (or a day) before the official Trail begins (Sat 10-4p)! Take a look at these stops who are just as excited as you to get junking:

ANTHOLOGY: open FRIDAY (Nov 7) 11-5p
74 S Main Street, Templeton, CA 93465

Connie (owner) founded Ambiance in San Luis Obispo years ago and hasn't quite got the entrepreneurial bug out of her system yet. Nestled up in Templeton, her new shop, Anthology, is in a converted house full of her vintage finds, new clothing and accessories--a melange inspired by Anthropologie, European, and flea market styling. Glitterfarm is also popping up here for the Trail! If you have yet to stop in, make it your first trek on Friday!

815 Printz Road, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

This little barn shop only opens their doors a few times a year, and we are lucky the Junking Trail is one of them! You will not want to miss this stop: not only will Marilyn (owner) be selling amazing vintage and rustic home goods, but it comes complete with a full experience--goats, horses and chickens on five acres in South County!

GREEN VASE: Open FRIDAY (Nov 7) 10-4p
200 Nelson Street, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Connie (owner) has been a staple in the Arroyo Grande Village for fifteen years, and the building even longer. Built in 1886, her eclectic store houses old furniture both repurposed and original, her handmade linen pillows and loads of other items from vintage to antique. Green Vase is a true step into the past, and worth the early stop in!

472 Aloma Way, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Birthed from the imagination of its founder and long time junker, Deanna Webster, this converted rock climbing gym is now home to unique, vintage collectibles. Only open for the Junking Trails (or by appointment), this stop is truly one-of-a-kind--stocked and curated especially for the trekkers. RetroSLO will also be popping her hand painted trailer up here, so don't miss your chance to get a first look on Friday at DW's ReEntry ReBorn!

The Holiday Junking Trail!

Posted on: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Our bi-annual trek is back--and this time with more! Join us on a trek through SLO County on November 8, 10-4p for the 2014 Holiday Junking Trail!

For the Holiday Trail there will be the usual Trail Stops--where each store curates its own collection of vintage and olds. Some of these Stops open only a twice a year, some are holding early bird hours, and several are hosting Pop Up Vendors with more vintage, flower arrangements, artisan gift items, etc. This time, too, several local businesses are joining Along the Trail offering food, caffeine, make-your-own terrariums and gift baskets, and added gift items from local purveyors. Shop vintage, local and get your holiday shopping accomplished all in a days' time!

We are hosting Wild Poppy Goods (Taylor Kitto) and Odin Bois Wood Co. (Phil), offering vintage finds and handcrafted wood cutting boards, spoons, and more.

More information on each stop can be found on the event website, Facebook, and back here on our blog (or email for questions). Can't wait to see you!

Tumbleweeds & Chandeliers

Posted on: Friday, October 17, 2014

Collecting tumbleweeds is not easy on the Central Coast.
Or in a drought year.

We had a source, head to the 41/46 E junction, there will be a fence--the tumbleweeds from the Valley collect there near James Dean's crash site. 

The project was tumbleweed chandeliers and finding they were within easy driving distance, we excitedly jumped in the bug early Tuesday morning with our coffee and headed North. Fifteen minutes before the fork, in the middle of somewhere between the last winery and Shandon, the alternator froze. 

And we found ourselves waiting for two and a half hours, on the side of the road, with no water, and no tumbleweeds, waiting for help to arrive. We felt a bit defeated, hot and frustrated, but in the end we found some weeds and played in the street (don't try this at home).

Determined to make a large car bill and seemingly wasted hours worth it, we tried again the next morning, but in the truck. This time, we made it.
And it was so worth it.

We had redeemed the day, and made not one, but three chandeliers. Because when you happen upon tumbleweeds, you don't pick up just one.

The Weekly Six: 10.15

Posted on: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Before we open our doors for the week, check out our top six vintage picks. We constantly update our inventory, and we want to keep you in the loop of the new things coming in! So, without further adieu, we bring you:

1: Need a bird companion for the chilly winter nights? Well, we have THE birdcage. Green, tiered and it comes with its own stand. 

2: Fall mornings are for lingering in bed. And that means, a good side table to house your books, teas and candles. Go ahead, hit the snooze button and pull out the drawer where your page turner is waiting.

3: Turquoise takes the stage. A cuff, a ring, a delicate bracelet, and a good pair of jeans and flannel--you have yourself an outfit for everyday of the week. Just make sure to do laundry once in a while...

4: The traveling artist--or it's a rainy day and time to paint! Folds away on the days you want minimal decor and have tasks to finish, and then sets up again when inspiration strikes!

5: Sweater weather is here for the ladies this week. Pull over, wrap up or throw over layers to go out or stay inside--whatever you do, just stay warm!

6: Bobcat pendant, you say? Corduroy backed, real fur, subtle and then striking...have you ever seen such a wonder?? (Or is it a lynx, or a gremlin, or wolf in cat's clothing?)

Window Display at Ambiance

Posted on: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

With our big move this Summer, we posted about the how it took a village to make it happen. And it still takes a village to keep a small business running. While business often thrives on competition and can be inherently an 'each one for himself' kind of scramble, there's a lesser tapped beautiful and collaborative side, too. A few months ago Kannyn, Ambiance's owner, offered her storefront window for us to display in. Such generosity felt a little too good to be true, but she persisted and we hauled some of our wares over and set up! For the next little bit, stop by Ambiance in San Luis Obispo and so a little window shopping. Thank you so much Ambiance for having a thriving local business and sharing your success, we love your supportive spirit and talent!

The Weekly Six: 10.1

Posted on: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Before we open our doors for the week, check out our top six vintage picks. We constantly update our inventory, and we want to keep you in the loop of the new things coming in! So, without further adieu, we bring you:

1: It's sweater weather! The chill in the air is finally beginning to call us to long sleeves and warm cups of tea, and we think it only polite to respond. We now have a dedicated men's section in the store, chalk full of warm Pendleton flannels, wool and holiday sweaters.  

2: Miles of piles of ceramic pottery, all whitewashed to perfection. Set on a stand or place them around the garden, they are steady and ready.

3: This leather purse is no false Fossil: it's a bonafide carrier of all your necessities. Lots of pockets and zips to keep it all neat and tidy, too.

4: We scored with these CP Shades Hatti linen pants, in every size! Whether a small, medium or large, you will want to lounge forever in these perfectly weightless pairs.

5: A silver tray with a perfectly patina and small embossed detail of teapots and small design. A few teacups, a good pot and a few cookies--time for tea with friends.

6: This map is a one in a million! Sturdy, textured, and vibrant, this makes geography a breeze. It even has San Luis Obispo labeled right on the coast.

Hither & Thither

Posted on: Monday, September 29, 2014

Last month, Jennifer Young explored San Luis Obispo for a guest post on Ashley Muir Bruhn's blog, Hither & Thither. We are so excited to have been featured as the place to Shop in 5 Things: A Travel Guide to San Luis Obispo! Check out the other great spots mentioned to Eat, Stay, Play & Pack, as well as the rest of the blog.

Thank you Jenn and Ashley!

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