Monday, March 8, 2010

Selling at The Alameda Pointe



Well,  I finally joined my "friends" at The Alameda Pointe Antiques & Collectibles Fair as a fellow dealer yesterday.  It took pretty much all of Saturday to prepare.  We arrived at 6AM.  Fortunately, we live in Alameda, so it's about a 15 minute drive from our home. Many dealers travel several hours and arrive at 4AM to "set up shop".   I felt a rush of excitement as we pulled into the huge lot and made our way to our designated space,  #T22. 


  


Even though it was still dark out,  I couldn't help but notice,  as we drove past all the dealers,  a table full of gigantic, colorful seashells.  Turned out they were old shop displays.  ( I'm sorry I didn't get a photo of all of them)   As soon as we met up with  our friends,  Catherine and Mark,  who were sharing the space with us,  I said I'd be right back and made a mad dash back to where I'd seen the shells!  They belonged to the same dealer, Pat, who I had scored the vintage Champagne and Tuaca bottles from last month.  I chose the one I wanted and she promised to hold it for me until I returned with the cash.


  
(It measures approx. 18 X 31)

When I got back to our space, my husband was mad!  I promised I would not leave again and that I'd be good.  So I stayed there all afternoon and sold my little heart out.  After several hours I asked if I could go and retrieve my shell.  Guess who was there chatting with Pat about one of the shells?   Lynn, from Paris Boutique Hotel!  Turns out she was interested in one of them too!   It was so exciting to meet her in person!  I'd always hoped to run into her at The Point and it finally happened!   It's kind of surreal when your cyber friend is standing there, right in front of you...  anyway that was definitely one of the highlights of the day for me.


 


All in all it was a fun day and flew by quickly!  Mark and Catherine are a hip young couple who are passionate about Mid-Century Modern.  Their retro vibe really made our space a stand out!  We both sold a lot and declared our day at The Pointe, " a great success"!


 


I decided I needed something sugary before packing up our wares,  so my husband and I went searching for something sweet.  Just as we were about to give up, we ran into the Lovely Lisa Golightly who just happened to have some strawberry covered malt balls with my name on them!  Even though it was the end of the day, her space looked amazing and her handcrafted treasures were beyond beautiful!  Not only did I get to meet another fellow blogger that I admire but I got to meet her lovely daughter who was there for the first time helping out her Mom!


 


Pictured above are the strawberry covered malt balls.  As you can see, I have placed them next to the package that arrived on Friday from Sande of A Gift Wrapped Life.  I was one of 3 lucky ladies to have won her Charlotte Moss Giveaway!  Tell me,  could you open this exquisite package?  I have not been able to bring myself to open it just yet...  it may be awhile! 




Here is the shell sitting inside my chinoiserie fireplace to give you an idea of it's size.
I think I'm actually going to use it outside in my tented pavillion as an art piece on my black lacquered chinese coffee table.  Time will tell!





36 comments:

A Perfect Gray said...

shell is marvelous and I couldn't wait to hear all about your first time as a seller. sounds wonderful! jealous! you are gonna have so much fun. and the folks you will meet. What did you decide about the radio...? All the best to you!

Starfish and Sundresses said...

Your shell is stunning! Love the way it looks in your chinoiserie fireplace, I'm sure it will look equally beautiful in your pavillion though!

Kathysue said...

Terri, so glad to hear all went so well,I knew it would,you are a natural at this treasure hunting and now selling. Congrats on a job well done!! The shell is enourmous and so cool, Can not wait to see where it will end up in your wonderful home. Rest up and bask in the memories of your great day, xoxo Kathysue

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

What fun to meet other bloggers. Oooh, you need to fluff that wired taffeta! I knew it would flatten out.......but it matched so nicely. Enjoy.

La Dolfina said...

Sande, I swear I did! I just don't have your magic touch :(

ashlina said...

oh how fun....congrats to you!!!!

cjsullivan133 said...

What an awesome gift. I have seen these covered malt-balls. Are they covered in flavored yogurt AGWL?
My hat's off to you Terri for braving the early morning. It is not the warmest spot right there on our S.F. bay-coastline. brrrrrrrrrrrrr just thinking about it. Love the shell and the fact it is so big! Love the coral color too. I look forward to hearing about your day.

Beach House Living said...

I'm so happy you had a successful first day at the Almeda market and got to meet other bloggers too. That shell is incredible! I certainly would have scooped it up and worried about where it may fit in our small home later.

Wishing you many more great selling days.
XO
Rita

Marija said...

Why can't I live closer?! This sounds like such fun! I will have to cruise back and read from before I began following to see if there are details re: the goods you are selling :)

Marija

cityfarmer said...

I am so in love with your shell ...sounds like your days was a success!!
I thought of you all day ....

cityfarmer said...

p.s. now you're runnin' with the big dogs!!!

The Zhush said...

Wow! That shell is way bigger than I had at first thought! What a fun day...so jealous! Congrats on that adorable package...and strawberry malt balls, never heard of that, they sound amazing. Have I mentioned that I am jealous yet?!

Andy Quirks said...

I so love your blog! and that shell is huge!

xoxo,
andyquirks.blogspot.com

Rebecca June said...

You live the good life and have amazing stuff! Again, I am jealous...but i couldn't be happier for you!

xoxo

Rebecca June

Splendid Willow said...

Therese, you scored! Connections with lovely cyber friends, strawberry treats and an amazing shell! Can't believe the size - I thought it was a tiny little thing. But how fun! Every rooms needs at least one converation piece & a little bit of good drama! Happy new week friend, ox Monika

Lumo said...

Sounds like a fun day! Do you have any photos of your table and the goods you sold?

Did you keep the radio or did it find a new home?

Cashon&Co said...

What a blast that sounded like. How fun that you got to meet Lynn & lisa there too!!! I wish I was there!!! That shell looks FANTASTIC in your GORGEOUS fireplace. Post more pics from the day!!!

holly goes lightly said...

Love that shell! Are you going to continue selling? Need to post come pics so we can all see your wares... now I feel the need to fly West and check out your market!

sprkmonkey123 said...

Such a thrill meeting you and your husband ... you are cute as a button ! I think I slept all day yesterday. Glad you met Lynn and that your day was a success ! Will you be selling next month ? It will be Easter this time !

xoxo
lisa

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Terri, OMG! It was so great meeting you on Sunday! What a surprise! And yes, you do look 30!! Sorry I didn't make it to row "T." Was totally wiped out. Hope it was a great show for you.

The shell is great! Funny, when I got back home I looked at my office and the purple one wouldn't have fit where I wanted it to. So, good thing I passed. LOVE those shells. Wish we took pics of the rest!

Anyway, great great meeting you and let's get together soon!!

Lynn (And, aren't Lisa's malt balls the cutest?)

lisa golightly said...

Oh ... I didn't realize I was signed in under my son's name ( sprkmonkey123 ) The above comment was from me, Lisa !

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

You will be on the Cycle Challenge list so get those muscles limbered up (which I am sure they already are) and I will be in touch each Sunday after April 14th. Love the liberty Bikes too. Delighted you are joining me in this Terri! We are all going to be so svelte. XO

Tracy @ ComfortandLuxury said...

Love that giant shell! Glad you had such a good day selling too! Sounds like fun... and a lot of work!

jean said...

I was so flattered that you recognized me on Sunday. It made my day.

Check out my blog to see what I bought and what I am up to.

Also, I have a link to EmilyStyle who was also there on Sunday and she has a photo on her blog of all the various seashells.

Look for me in May!

eddieross said...

Great find! Love it in the fireplace! Can't wait to shop with you!

xoxo
Eddie + Jaithan

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

Sounds like such fun, a fantastic piece scored in the deal... and what were the chances of meeting up with friends like that. Very cool indeed! Loved this post! xo

FrenchBlue said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your treasured shell Therese! Did they have a white one?How fun finding that special unexpected find. I'm so happy you met Lynn and that present from Sande is the BEST! I hope your week is being good to you~
XO

Anonymous said...

Jen: You are trying to pass yourself off as 30??? Just kidding. The shell is totally you. YOu have such amazing style and congrats on the next super fabulous chapter of your life...Love Elizabeth

Beach Vintage said...

Wow didn't realise the shell was that huge until the last photo. I love it.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I so love that giant shell in your fireplace!

Your bowl filled with Japanese glass floats is included in today's post (Wed), "Super Bowls". And I hope you don't mind if I feature your Chinoiserie/Coastal too in the near future!

judy # Watkins said...

Hi Therese! I was standing at Alameda when you discovered the giant shell. Pat always has the most amazing treasures. Pat has been a vendor at my show, Remnants of the Past for a couple of years now. I love her sense of humor. If you are in the area in April, stop by. You can check out the show at www.remnantsofthepast.com

Acanthus and Acorn said...

That shell is truly amazing...and the package, so beautiful!!!! Maybe if you open it super slow and careful, you can save/reuse the beautiful wrapping!

joanny said...

Love the color of that shell -- and the size -- my shell collection the pieces are getting bigger -but the unique large ones are hard to come by,,,and would love one with color
A nice addition to your collection, strikingly impressive.

Congrats on being a winner -- I couldn't open it either,,,the wrapped box is a gift in itself. Unless if you can open from the bottom and then reseal the seam back together and leave the box out for display? Just a thought.

Joanny

Fanciful Designs said...

Hi Therese~
I love reading about all the excitement here! Congrats on Alameda, ohhh how I would love to see your 'shop' :-)) I picture everything I love inside. I hope you had fun. How exciting you met Lynn too! She is the best and like an aunt to me. And those strawberry malted milk balls from Lisa!! haha, I could eat those allll day.

Thank you for your sweet note yesterday. I feel so blessed and lucky to have my Mom and sister~ That is too funny about your son ;) I'm sure he will find a gorgeous girl inside & out coming from a mom who is.

Hugs!
Noel

Mélanie said...

This shell is gorgeous and amazing. Love the color

1022 Sea Shell Ave said...

Hi Therese,Sounds like you had a great time, that is one good looking sea shell, it looks fabulous in the fireplace!

Kim