Gratefulness

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Grateful has been my go-to word this year.  I have a lot to be grateful for both in my personal and professional life. I am grateful for the life I’ve created for myself and I am grateful for the business I’ve created for all of you to enjoy along with me.  When I sit down and start planning my events, I have one goal in mind: to bring a smile and an experience like no other to each of the people I may touch.  When you all come to one of my events, I hope you all leave with a smile and enjoy the experience.  I receive validation by all the wonderful comments and compliments I receive at my events and just on a day to day basis running in to customers in the community.  You are all my inspiration and I will continue to create experiences for you to enjoy by yourselves and as groups.

2019 brings new excitement to Kountry Junkin’ Vintage Market as a whole.  2019 will mark my 7th year hosting vintage markets and it’s time for a change, time for some major growth, and time to bring Kountry Junkin’ to the next level.  I have been working this past year planning the new phase in my business.  I will be announcing all the details in February at the Stock Show market which is set for February 1st and 2nd in the ice arena of the Civic Center in Rapid City, SD.  There, I will unveil my plans for 2019 and I’m telling you, you will not want to miss it! 

By now, I hope you have become accustomed to the type of events I host.  When I hosted my very first vintage market back in 2012 I worked tirelessly to make everything “perfect.”  I quickly realized there is no such thing as perfect and what’s even better, in my opinion, is imperfection!  My unofficial slogan soon became “imperfection is perfection.”  Although I stand by that slogan to this day, I do hope you recognize all the little details I add because that is what sets my events apart from others. 

 My goal has always been for you all to get away and join us for days of tranquility, laughter, friendship, and lots of joy!  You will find all those things and more when you join us in 2019; that I can promise you.  I am truly grateful for all the opportunities to serve you and my community.  I constantly pray that God guides me and uses me for the purpose or purposes he created me for.  I am a wife, a mother, a nurse, a friend, a girl boss, and a person who is meant to bring joy to others.  I truly believe this with all my heart, I feel it in my bones.  I hope you will all join us on this journey starting 2019. It’s our pleasure and I am so grateful for each of you! 

P.S. Enjoy the pictures from the Christmas Market.  Notice the little details.  I am grateful for you and all my vendors who put in countless hours of hard work to bring our area the best vintage, handmade, and unique items.  I look forward to seeing you all in February at the Stock Show with our big reveal! We are beyond excited and I’m excited for you to get to know my partner in crime.

Here’s to a very merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

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Market, sales, and so much more!

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Good Morning friends!  I just had to write about the Pickin’ At The Ranch sale that I hosted at my ranch last Saturday along with my friends Savannah with the Vintage Rose, and Nancy with Fireside Bakeshop.  Let me back up a little and tell you why I decided to do this sale and how it turned into a bigger deal than I ever intended.

I held a yard sale at my ranch in July and it was a shockingly huge success!  I had so much fun that day and people absolutely loved being at the ranch with the fresh air, farm animals, and beautiful scenery.  I had compliments all day long on how beautiful it is here, and it is.  We are blessed to call this our home and we wake up every single day in awe that this is our reality.  We have worked so hard in our lifetimes to make this life of ours a reality.  You have no idea, but maybe someday I’ll talk about that story of where we came from and how we ended up here.  

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Anyhow, I wanted to let others come out and experience what we do on a daily basis, if even for a few hours.  Luckily, Savannah and Nancy agreed to join me with their wares!  I mean, who doesn’t love great repurposed furniture, handmade signs, and hand crafted s’mores?  They were the perfect complement to all my rusty, galvanized, metal, wool, and flannel dreams!  

I remember Nancy asking me how many people I expected. She wanted to know about how many graham crackers and marshmallows to bake.  I told her I had no expectations as I had only had the one yard sale out here and although it was a great turn out, I really had no idea what to expect. There are always so many other great events happening on any particular weekend around the hills so it’s understandable not everyone can make the trek to Sturgis.  I always hope they do, but I have to live in reality sometimes!  And then….I happened to look at my “Event” page on my KJ Facebook page and was shocked to see that 1.4 THOUSAND people were “interested” in our event!   I had a slight panic attack thinking, “Oh man, I don’t have nearly enough stuff!” 

I told the other 2 ladies that obviously 1.4 thousand people will not be coming out but even if we have 5% of that, we will have a very busy day so prepare well!  And then….KOTA Territory news came a calling and well, I couldn’t pass that up but I again thought to myself, “I will not have enough inventory for people!”  I lost sleep over this deranged thinking for 2 nights!  I never want people to be disappointed in an event that I host. So, finally I started praying, and I mean praying hard and guess what?  It all worked out just fine!  There is a bible verse that talks about worrying less and praying more, well, I go back to that verse a lot and for me, it works!!!

The sale was a tremendous hit!  The weather was absolutely perfect that day!  The animals were all on their best behavior…well almost. Robert the Icelandic Sheep was having the time of his life schmoozing with all the ladies but then decided Nancy’s s’mores and her signs looked appetizing.  Even after being put in his pasture, people still enjoyed seeing the sheep and taking their pictures with them.  People enjoyed the shopping, they enjoyed the peaceful setting, they enjoyed the animals, and some even commented on how they loved the smell of the cow manure as it brought back good memories of their childhood at their grandparent’s ranches or even their own.  This is what it’s all about for me!  I want people to experience something out of their ordinary.  I want people to know that if they dream big, their dreams will become a reality if they put in the work.  I want children to run and play and laugh and giggle.  

There was this sweet little family who shopped with their young children then went over and were looking at the sheep.  When they were finished and were leaving, their little girl, who was probably 4 or 5 was running, s’mores pop in hand, and turned around and yelled to her parent’s, “Oh and Mom, thanks for buying me this s’mores pop!”  It melted my heart and they were totally unaware that I had just witnessed that sweet, memory making moment in all their lives!  Memory making, that’s what it’s all about and I’m happy to be a small part of that!  I know Kountry Junkin’ has given me the most amazing memories the past 6 years and I look forward to even more going forward!  There are BIG things coming for Kountry Junkin’ in 2019, and I mean BIG!!! I’m hoping that by the end of October we will finally be able to announce to the world what our plans are!  

In the meantime please make plans on attending the next BIG event which is the fall market!  The fall market is scheduled for Saturday October 20th from 10am-4pm. You will find us at the fairgrounds in Rapid City in the big Events Center Building.  

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We have also been contacted by Sutton Rodeo Group and have agreed to host a Junkin’ Market during the busiest weekend of the Stock Show February 1stand 2ndat Ice Arena in the Civic Center in Rapid City, SD!  So, put that on your calendars as well!  

Thank you all for sharing your day with us and I look forward to sharing many, many more memory making events with you in the future!   

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Inspired Fall Table

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I love a pretty house but sometimes making the house pretty can get overwhelming so why not start with something fairly small: a fall table!  There are a million ways to set a pretty table and it all depends on your personal style and likes.  My style tends to be pretty laid back and relaxing. 

 I’ve went through every décor phase there could ever possibly be in the past 27 years since becoming a wife and mom. I’ll never forget the berry pink bathroom walls in my first little rented farmhouse.  Let’s just say the Landlord was not happy when she saw what I had done!  I think I chose a very similar berry shade for the wall in our very first home we purchased, which was a very old, dilapidated mobile home.  We paid $3000 for that place and I was so excited to finally have something of our own.  You would’ve thought we had bought a mansion with how excited I was!  It was in dire need of some freshening up so we ripped out and replaced all the carpet and wood flooring, painted, wallpapered, etc. I was thrilled with the transformation. Oh how I have evolved.  

The one thing that has stayed constant between 1992 when I was a newly married 19 year old to now, a 46 year wife, mother, and Mimi, is the fact that I can make something out of nothing.  Even though I have more of “something” than I did 26 years ago, I still love shopping at thrift stores and rummage sales and I always find a way to add those items to my home one way or another.  

Take for instance my tableware.  I used to drive myself crazy trying to find dishes that were functional yet sturdy.  It seemed that every time I purchased a new dish set, they would get a chip in them within the first week.  I used to have dishes in every color of the rainbow because my taste changes constantly and I thought I had to have a color to match whichever “theme” tickled my fancy at any given time.  This became a huge problem for several different reasons.  First, where do you store all these dish sets?  I have never had a large home with a large kitchen so have always had to make the most of the storage I have or do not have.  I tend to buy pieces of furniture that can double as storage, which helps.  Secondly, the cost to buy so many different sets of dishes was getting ridiculous….at least my husband thought so!  

So imagine my delight when I was at the Thrift Store one day and landed my eyes on the most beautiful dish sets I had ever seen….vintage Ironstone!  My heart skipped a beat and at that very moment I knew I would never have another colored piece of dishware in my kitchen cabinets ever.  I bought every single piece I could find and now have enough for large crowds.  I have dishes, bowls, cups, platters and serving pieces. I even have different shapes and sizes to satisfy any mood I may be in.  It makes life so much simpler.  If I really want to get crazy, I will add colorful napkins or even decorative salad plates but I tend to keep my pallet pretty neutral these days.  

Last week I decided to redo my table décor after I had bought a bunch of pumpkins in different shapes and sizes.  I love adding greenery to my table settings and am blessed that I can literally go out my front door and pick foliage that makes for pretty additions to any décor.  Today, I chose these beautiful grape vines with their green and red leaves. They make a perfect addition to the deep green wool blanket I’ve used as a tablecloth. I cut some tall stems of green leaves that I tucked in amongst the grape vines.  I also added those leafy stems to an earthy toned clay vase filled with a small piece of grape vine and some dahlias in a deep red color.   

I added in white candles of varying heights and used place settings topped with little faux pumpkins!  I actually want to replace the little pumpkins with these very realistic faux apples I have but can’t seem to find at the moment.  This is my life!  I put away things and then can’t find them again.  I finished off this table with amber colored goblets that I found last week at a local thrift store.  I love when I find plates, cups, and goblets in sets of 12 or more.  I feel like I have hit the jackpot!  

I hope you find inspiration in my fall table and I hope you get inspired to create your very own!  

Photo credit to Kinsey Whidby Photography.

Candles:  IKEA, Vase: Prouty Pottery, Foliage: Cut from my ranch, Goblets: Local thrift store, Plates: Local thrift store, Plate Chargers: Sur La Table, Linen Napkins: Sur La Table, Pumpkins: Safeway, my garden, Small decorative pumpkins on top of napkins: Hobby Lobby

Fantasy Land, the color pink and creating Kountry Junkin'

Hi everyone!  I thought I would start my blog out by introducing myself and telling you a little about myself, my likes, my dislikes, and some random facts that may amuse you or inspire you.

I am 46 years old but mentally still feel like I’m 30. I say 30 because I don’t really ever wish to be in my 20’s again and 30’s were still not considered “middle aged!” I have been married for almost 27 years and together we have 2 grown children.  I also have a stepson and he has blessed us with the most precious granddaughter ever!  We have built a wonderful life in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, having moved here from Wyoming in 1998.  I believe that we can build our lives to be what we’ve always dreamed them to be and I believe that we can achieve anything we set our minds to as long as we are willing to put in the work!  

So, here are 10 things you may not know about me:

1.    I am a RN by trade but haven’t worked in the nursing field since 2016.  I’m still not sure if I am ready to be fully retired from my nursing career and am always keeping my options open.  

2. I suffered a stroke when I was 28 years old.  I had no predisposing conditions and I’ve had every test known to man with no findings as to why it happened to me.  I have a special place in my heart for those who’ve suffered strokes as I know firsthand what they experience.  My signs and symptoms were extreme dizziness to which I had a conscience thought of, “Oh crap, I’m going to pass out.”  Then, the dizziness passed and my right side went completely paralyzed.  At that moment I thought to myself, “Ummm, this is definitely not normal.”  That passed quickly and then my right thumb had an intense burning sensation.  At that time I lost my ability to speak any words other than, “Um.”  I knew something was wrong at this point and my coworkers drove me to the ER.  Thankfully, I suffered no residual issues other than the fact that since the day of my stroke I sometimes have difficulty finding my words.  When I was having my stroke, I could put sentences together in my head but could not get them out of my mouth.  This problem of not being able to find my words gets embarrassing sometimes because it looks like I have no idea what the heck is going on.  Sometimes, I explain to people why this happens; other times I just look like a fool!

3. My husband and I have owned our own businesses since we were 21 and 22 years old.  We are proud that we have passed the entrepreneurial bug along to our children and will definitely encourage our grandchildren to do the same.  

4. Speaking of children, my son is a Police Officer for Rapid City Police Department and is also in the Army National Guard.  Our daughter is the Assistant Director of Admissions at a local college. My stepson lives in North Idaho where he is still trying to figure out exactly what in life will make him sing. My children are my most prized accomplishments.  I was made for being a wife and mom first and foremost!  I’d do it all again in a hot second!

5. I started Kountry Junkin’ Vintage Market in 2012.  My inspiration was the famous Farmchicks Vintage Fair in Spokane, WA.  I visited Serena’s happiest show on earth in 2008 and knew instantly that I had to host a vintage market for our area.  It only took me another 4 years to get up enough courage to actually begin planning my first market!  My goal was to have 20 booths for my first market and I met that goal. I now host over 100 booths several times per year. The best part about Kountry Junkin’ isn’t the “junk,” it’s all the people who I’ve been blessed to get to know and the friendships I’ve made!  It’s an awesome circle of friends and people who share the love of all things vintage, chippy, shabby, and rusty.

6. My favorite color is PINK!  Pink is the happiest color on earth!  I would live in a pink house, drive a pink car, and color myself pink if I could!  I have one younger sister so when we were growing up my mom would always have special little gifts on our beds when we got home from school.  They were typically the same items, just in different colors.  Mine was always pink!  

7. I live on an 80 acre ranch where we have cows, chickens, Guinee hens, cats, dogs, and sheep!  

8. I talk a lot (as in a lot) and I make friends with everyone! 

9. The last 10 years of my career were spent as a hospice nurse. I will forever be grateful for that time in my life, helping patients and their loved ones as they navigated such a difficult time in their lives.  Being a hospice nurse taught me to live life to the fullest; I mean really live your life as you dream of!  If you are not happy, change it!  I could go on and on about that so I’ll save that for another blog post.  

10. My husband often times has said I live in a fantasy land….well guess what, I LIKE IT HERE!!!!!

11. Here is a bonus:  I am a rebel whose never been much of a rule lover.  I mean don’t get me wrong.  I’m not talking about LAWS!  I follow the laws but aren’t rules meant to be broken?  

So, there are a few fun facts about me.  My intentions for the blog are to not only inspire you to live your lives to the fullest but to dream big. Dream so big your husband or wife or whoever says you live in a fantasy land!  Trust me when I tell you, you will like it there!  

Tell me about yourself down below! What is your favorite color, what is your biggest dream? I’d love to know.

XOXO Rulebreaker <3