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Did you know you can use Annie Sloan Graphite and Black Soft Wax to get a black finish?

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I am using this drawer as an example. Even though it is raw would, I didn't sand or prime it. I pretty much wiped it down with a towel to remove the dust and started painting. I wasn't worried about making it perfect, I like a few flaws. In the video below, however, you can see I used long strokes. This was to demonstrate how to get a smoother finish. 

It typically takes about 30 minutes to dry. Don't worry if it takes a little longer. After it is completely dry, I apply the Black Wax.
Apply enough wax that it covers well, but you don't have to overdo it. Once the first coat of wax is applied, use  a lint free cloth to wipe it down and rub the wax in. You are essentially wiping the excess off. After you have finished, apply another coat of wax, this time leaving on for at least 30 minutes, then buff. Ta-Da Black!! 
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    Do you think of vintage clothes and picture your grandmother in a pair of lavender polyester pants and pink paisley shirt? You're not alone but they are so much more than that. I am obsessed with anything vintage and clothes are no exception. The trick to making an outfit work is to pair something vintage with something modern. 

Vintage coats can be paired with a new scarf!
This cute 50's sweater and skirt has been paired with a starched white button down shirt. The hat was replaced with a bright yellow infinity scarf. 
Each piece has been given an updated style with modern jewelry, scarves and more. Adding a plain white shirt underneath is a cute way to show off the vintage clothes but still keep it fresh.
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Ok so this outfit is classic and doesn't need any help. I mean who doesn't want to wear a black and white matching dress and coat from the Fashion capitol of the world...France? and those buttons..swoon! But....I couldn't resist adding a funky scarf!

Be bold, be unique and most of all, have fun!!!
 
 
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Often as antique, vintage, or thrift store owners we encounter situations which can be very frustrating. If you are shopping at a store such as this, here are a few things you may not know:
 
1. We spend a lot of our "free" time hunting down items to resell. We drive, walk, carry, lug, haul, tug and stuff pieces of furniture in our car/truck or trunk (sometimes we even tie it to the roof). We fix, clean, wash, paint, sand, or stain these items to make them salable. When we finally bring them to the store, we price them without adding in our time, sweat and tears. To offer us 50% of the items price is not only frustrating, it is just kind of rude. 

2. We know our market. We are here every single day, we know what sells, what sells fast and what doesn't sell. We do research and look things up online to come to a fair local market value. Please don't tell us our items are overpriced. That solid wood dresser you don't want to buy for $195 would be $675 at any new furniture store.(A woman told me once that she "could get that same dresser at Target for less than that". Well since this is a solid wood maple dresser made in the 1960's, I'm pretty sure you're wrong)

3.Vendors in antiques stores pay rent, a commission to the store (usually 10%) and the credit card fees ( avg 3%). Keep that in mind when you ask for discounts. If you do ask for a discount from a vendor and I tell you we can't do it, do no ask me to call the vendor and see if it's ok. It's not. The reason vendors rent space from antique stores is because they want us to handle that, we sign contracts with them and there are usually rules set in place about when it is ok to call them and interrupt their day so you can get $5 off. 


4. Please don't point out every scratch or ding. We know they are there, we keep those things in mind when pricing and item. Don't use them to negotiate a lower price, it really just frustrates us....(one vendor had a Universal Pottery refrigerator dish, the lid had a small crack underneath so the vendor priced the dish at $4.00. A customer wanted to know if she would come down from that price since there was a crack in it. Um...no)



5. Do not ask us to call a vendor to get a lower price unless you actually intend to make the purchase. Also when the vendor does accept your offer, do not ask us to call back and offer an even lower amount. (one woman had me call a vendor to offer $50 on a $79 item, the vendor accepted. The woman left without buying it, then came back in and asked if I would call back and "see if he would take $25"...um...no that is 65% off. She actually said to me "I don't want to insult him but....")

6. Never offer a lower amount on an item under $20. Most antique stores have policies set in place about when they are allowed to discount. (and if an item is already marked 50% off, don't ask if they will take any less. Um..no. It's 50% off)

7. Although we do know a lot about antiques, we can not give you an appraisal on your item. Because I have so little of it to spare, my time is valuable. I don't want to research your item for you. I am happy to tell you what it is, if I know what it is, and to tell you what price I might put on it in my store. That's as much as I can do. 

8. When you come in to sell an item, have a price in mind that you would hope to get for it. A few tips though: a:if you saw it on ebay for $10, I can't give you $10 for it..or $9 or $8 or $7. In order to stay in business, we must make a profit --b:When you look it up on ebay, make sure you look at the prices it actually sold for, not what they are listed for. I can list what I want for as much money as I want, doesn't mean I'll get it. - c: Don't bring me things that are broken or dirty, I am not going to pay you for glasses that I have to wash the dirt out of.  - d: I know you loved your grandmother and these are her antique china dishes you are selling but we can not attach a sentimental value to them. They are only worth what someone will pay me for them. 



9. If you think a price (or prices) are too high, it's ok to not say it out loud so that everyone hears you. Also if you are visiting another area, keep in mind that although the prices may be higher than what you pay at home, they may be quite reasonable in this area. I don't go to Atlanta and talk about the high prices in their antiques stores because I realize it is a different market than we have in Panama City. 


All that being said, we really do love when you come to shop with us. We really do appreciate your business, we just want you to appreciate ours also. We usually don't mind a bit of negotiation and are happy when you love a piece so much that you would want to buy it. So happy shopping!

 
 
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Recycling, or “upcycling,” of old
furniture is all the rage right now and with good reason. It is probably the easiest and most cost effective way to give your home a fresh look. In a lot of cases of upcycling furniture, the only cost would be the paint. Many people use furniture they already have, find on the side of the road, or find at a low cost at a yard sale, local second hand
store, or local antique store. Pinterest, one of the newest social media websites, has a lot of helpful tips and easy “do it yourself” projects for redecorating furniture, but the easiest method can be found in one of our Downtown shops!


 
 
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 I painted this 1970's table during our Friday Fest event. it took me about 40 minutes from start to finish. I used French Blue, two coats, then finished off with light wax. It completely changed this table. If there are items in your home you want updated, come see me and I will show you how wonderful this paint is!

 
 
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This new dress and purse look so fun and colorful paired with the vintage necklace and a scarf that doubles as a belt.
    What is your style; modern, contemporary, vintage, antique, Victorian? Why choose? When I find a funky and unique piece of vintage jewelry I always wonder who wore it before me and where did they go? I love pairing old jewelry with new outfits or finding a vintage dress and wearing a new scarf or long tassel necklace with it. There is really only one rule: "There are no rules" I encourage you to mix styles of another era with modern and fresh pieces. You may find a style that is uniquely yours. Above all, take some risks. Don't be afraid to try something new...or old. I wear old rhinestones and pearls with my t-shirts and jeans....

See the entire article in the February issue of The Downtowner: http://media.wix.com/ugd/ced1a7_d332e9b43c69326fa1a53960bbe67586.pdf?dn=Feb2013web.pdf

 
 
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The Open House was a huge success! We met so many new and wonderful people. Thank you to everyone that donated wine and food! Stay updated on all of our events, not only at the beach but in downtown Panama City!! Add your email address to our mailing list!

 
 
Coastal Cottage Emporium is having an Open House!! September 29th from 6 -9 pm! Come and meet the vendors, have some refreshments and wine and see the new store! There are so many fun and exciting items and we can't wait to show off the new shop!! Can't wait to see you!

RSVP to myestatetreasures@gmail.com

 

Frames!

08/03/2012

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Don't get rid of old plates, some of them have beautiful edges. Don't want to use them anymore? That's ok! Trim your photo to fit on the inside of the plate, modge podge over the top (I taped these so I could change the picture) and hang on a wall or display on a shelf! These make wonderful frames!
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