Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Everyone Has A Dream

As I've said before, I've always been a junkie for the old stuff. I also have a background in retail. Remember on FRIENDS how Rachel was an assistant buyer to that psycho buyer at Ralph Lauren? Well, I too was an assistant buyer for a psycho buyer, but not at Ralph Lauren, and it also wasn't televised - but it should have been. It was always very entertaining... So anyway, I've got antiques in my blood and retail as well, but ironically I've never had an itch to have my own store. Back in the 80's, my Mom had her own precious little gift shop that I worked in quite often. I loved it and so did she, but we found out that very similar to the restaurant business, if you own it, you live there. I now have two precious monkeys (2 yr old Rowdy and 4 yr old Lena) and I like being home with them. In fact, I feel truly blessed to be home with them. So, the thought of having a store that I have to basically live at just doesn't appeal to me. But, I do have a dream...

Back in January I was talking to my husband about this new venture, Sweet European Dreams, and told him that my dream for the company would be to periodically have a barn sale. I thought that it would be great fun to collect items for several months and then when my collection was nice and plump, I would find a fun barn to rent for the weekend, fill it with my groovy finds and sell, sell, sell! To me, it's the best of both worlds. Well then just about a month ago I was flipping through the pages of Country Living and saw that they had an article on just that - a barn sale!

I guess there are others out there that are living my dream and loving it. We'll get there - just not today! Let's give it about a year, and if you're in the Colorado Springs area and you get word on an amazing one-of-a-kind barn sale, come on out - it may just be Me and Sweet European Dreams!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Aufregend! Passionnant! Exciting!

Where do I start? I guess as my four year old says, 'let’s start at the very beginning'! I’ve always had a “thing” for antiques, but not so much the Louis the XIV kind of antiques . I’d say more like the find a piece of random history and make it fun again kind of antiques – that’s me!

My passion for the past really got a fire under it after moving overseas (aka “across the pond”) a few years back. I was floored to find out that many Europeans can’t stand the old stuff, so their trash soon became my treasure! In fact, to my husband’s dismay, my garage is still quite full of this “treasure”. ..

Upon moving back stateside, I decided to dive-in and start my own vintage venture, bringing back quirky finds for Americans to love and cherish. Initially this started with friends coming by to dig through my garage, then progressed to selling at local artsy-type markets, and has now blossomed into a full-on website! For now you can check out, but in about 10 days from now, hop online and check out
Aufregend! Passionnant! Exciting!
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