2017….Off like a ROCKET!

When I started Rusty Romance in the middle of 2015 it was the first step to a dream realized. I knew I was embarking on a journey with a steep learning curve but I was ready for the challenge!

My end game was to have my own retail space. My past career left me prepared for what having my own brick and mortar location would be like, so off I went in search of the perfect location. I toured many empty buildings and tried to visualize the beauty that each unpolished gem held but something was missing. I then came across an alternative plan…maybe I could join a Co-Op. Sharing space with like-minded people who share my same interests would be exciting! Not only would I be surrounded by creative people and years of combined expertise but some friendly competition too!

My thought process…1) Approach a Co-Op owner. 2) Ask nicely. 3) Pay your rent. 4) Become an overnight success…EASY right?! WRONG! I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the woods but in mine….it’s HARD. I was shocked when I was told time and time again that there were very long waiting lists for a space of my own. It could be up to 2 years just to get my foot in the door! Surely, that couldn’t be right? So, I put my name on the lists, MANY lists and waited (not very patiently).

Tick…Tick…Tick… fast forward 16 months! I had all but given up and was ready to throw in the towel when I hit the LOTTERY! I had clawed my way to the top of a list, I got a space. I could see it all so clearly, it would be spacious and lovely. Do you know what I got? I got a CASE and a promise that if it went well I could get a space. UGGHHHH!!! Dejected but determined I decided to make it the prettiest display case in the history of display cases. I got it ready for Valentines Day and I crossed my fingers.

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My Valentine Case

It did well right away and was well received by all the vendors. Within 2 weeks a space came open and it was mine, ALL MINE! I was over the moon and moved into my Vintage Themed space right away.

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With my new space doing incredibly well I was hooked! Can’t I have just one more space…pleeaassse??? I began to stalk my fellow vendors like a jungle cat watching for signs of moving boxes. I think I scared my neighbor, he fled in the night and in the middle of February I got my 2nd space!

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My Primitive-Themed space

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Now I was really making some progress! Enough so that I was starting to see my garage floor again, inventory was moving out rather than in for a change!

Be careful what you wish for….if you are patient enough you just might get it. I made it to the top of the list at another Co-Op in a neighboring town. This one needed a little love so with some paint, a chair rail and a fairly awful stenciling job, it was ready to go!

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The end result… my Elegant Antique Space!

2017 truly took off like a ROCKET for Rusty Romance and I am anxious to see what the rest of the year holds. I am so blessed to be able to realize a lifelong dream and for my family and friends who support me every step of the way!

Happy March to you all!

Reece

My occasionally, less than successful but always entertaining Evolution into Design, Décor & Style

When I was a child I was always surprised when I would visit the homes of my friend’s. Their houses were always so…interesting! There were colors and pictures hung on walls? Who did that? I grew up gazing at a blank pallet of white.

My mother was many things but creative in regards to making our home warm and welcoming was not one of them. There were no trendy accents, family photos or touches of any color other than …white.   Don’t get me wrong, our hand made school projects or coloring book treasures made it to the door of the fridge. I would marvel at our Art hung with brightly colored magnets shaped like fruit and daydream of what my home would look like, when I was all grown up.

I believe we learn what we want to be and more importantly, what we don’t want to be from our parents and I was hell bent on making my first home something bright and beautiful! No more drab and dreary walls for this girl, no sir!

The day finally arrived and as I unpacked my boxes I realized that I was back to staring at blank white walls and then it hit me! I learned why my mother had been in a “Decorating Paralysis” for so many years! This was stressful and challenging! There were so MANY choices what did I know about decorating? What did I really want to do with my new humble home? What if I messed it up?

The Library, that was where all the answers lied (back then)! For those of you, like me, that are flirting with 50! (GASP) You know where I am coming from…we had no gift of Pinterest or limitless decorating web sites to daydream in. Off I went, in search of Style and the journey to find my individual decorating taste began in earnest.

It started with Rag Dolls, Tea Cups, Toll Painting, Checkered Linen and Cows….oh, so many cows! I had a herd in my kitchen alone! No judging! Remember…..I am flirting with 50, that was very “IN” then.

My friends and guests told me that I had a “Knack” and that was all the fuelIdaho Homestead my fire needed, I was hooked! Over the next 20 years I followed every fad that raised its less than attractive head. Always focusing on what was trending. Now, I didn’t say I was overly fond of most of these styles, they always felt like they belonged to someone else. But, they were “IN” so I pushed on!

Time is a patient and wonderful teacher. As I aged and truly became comfortable in my own skin, my own sense of style was born. Like a full rich rose things began to open and bloom within me. I saw colors and textures differently and realized that the many small things that combined in my life to make me who I am are the things that I wanted around me always. My home became a HUGE hug for my heart and friends and guests told me I had a “Knack”. No longer a cookie cutter version of what was trendy, just what my heart found to be beautiful and it was enough.

I am thrilled to share my passion, humor and decorating disasters with you! If you like Thrift Store hunts, saving old pieces from the landfill and breathing new life into forgotten Treasures then you should find this entertaining! I hope you will join me in my new Journey….Rusty Romance Creations. I am sure we will learn a lot from each other!

Warmly,
Reece