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The Dyslexic Press

While cruising the South End Open Market yesterday, I spotted some great vendors that I wanted to highlight but I just don’t have the time today, so I selected just two. The first, The Dyslexic Press, does a little remix of familiar brands, signs, and modern icons to create very poppy modern graphics that really stand out in the form of screen-printed shirts, prints, and bags. Learn more about The Dyslexic Press here at the Market Blogger.


Psst: If you’re down in Brooklyn this weekend, look for their booth at the Renegade Craft Fair.

{I’m sorting through the 50 mood board entries that came in over the weekend, and that are still streaming in today, so I’ll start posting some of them this afternoon. I’ll post about 20 here this week and on Friday, a survey will appear that readers can take to determine the 4 winners. Contest submissions must be in by midnight EST tonight. Thanks to everyone for your entries, this has been a fun contest.}


Blog of the Week: Fresh Vintage

I discovered Fresh Vintage, our blog of the week, through Delight, and with summer here, who can resist a flea market/yard sale junkie addicted to the thrill of the hunt? Colleen Allison, who lives just outside of Philadelphia in Chester County, PA, writes Fresh Vintage, a blog and business she started along with her two sisters, Erin and Heather. This is truly a labor of love since their work extends far beyond the blog she pens. Their little traveling company sells vintage finds at antiques markets, eBay, and via porch sales that, get this, they host at their own homes.


At first glance, I thought this was a store, but it’s porch transformed into a vintage market for a one day sale. She can live the dream of shop ownership this way, but with more freedom and far less overhead. And I love how she arranges everything, what a pretty way to present a tag sale. Classy. So many yard sales I drive by are so ugly – everything tossed on blankets, dirty and broken. Those are great for people that can see the potential in the unloved, but I think some just want to shop a sale where the potential is a bit more obvious sometimes! Good presentation makes such a difference. I would pay more to attend a sale like this. And side point: Aren’t those vintage yellow/white toile drapes gorgeous? I wish she had more, I want them.


I love all of her sweet little vignettes, especially the bar cart, and the obvious care she put into creating them. Isn’t it great to see creative people living their dreams in often the most unexpected ways? Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Let that thought take you into the weekend. It’s a strong statement because it involves being proactive and challenging yourself, not settling on what you have, shaking off limitations, looking at things that seem impossible and thinking of a new road to take to reach the goal you thought impossible. Maybe you’re just on the wrong road.

(images from fresh vintage)

Posted in blogs, events + markets, vintage on June 08, 2007

Etsy Boston Artisian Sale TONIGHT

I’ve been working with Jennifer and Jessica all week to get this post up, very exciting news for Boston today! A few Etsy sellers launched the Etsy Boston Artisan Fair in Jamaica Plain, offering everything handmade from their hearts to your home. It’s tonight, Thursday, June 7th, from 6 – 8pm, and is part of JP First Thursdays.

Artists showing in this creative roundup include: Reclaimed To You, JHill Design, Amy Olson Jewelry, Mck254, Stonehouse Studio, Ambient Design Jewels, Muchachak, ZestyB, and Elizabeth Brennick Design (love her wrist pin cushions, so handy when sewing). Head on over to the park across from the Harvest Co-Op at the corner of South and Carolina. I was just at the Co-op last week – so I know it’s on a bus line in case you don’t have a car…


Psst: If you’re not in Boston, you can click on the links above where you can shop from these artists directly on Etsy.

(images from boston etsy artisians)

Posted in etsy, events + markets, shopping, travel on June 07, 2007

Jennifer Davis + Gallery 360 (Minneapolis)

Jennifer Davis wrote in about a solo show she’s having at Gallery 360 in Minneapolis, Out On a Limb, with an opening reception on Saturday, June 2nd from 7-10pm.


Her work is so beautiful (oh, the colors!), I couldn’t resist using this as an excuse to share her talent with you. I think Mississippi (below) is my favorite, as I’ve always loved steamboats and paddle wheelers (the southerner in me)  and you don’t usually see these boats in a fresh, modern color palette like this one. Beautiful job, Jennifer!

Her show runs from June 2 – July 22, so if you live in the Minneapolis area, hop on over to Gallery 360, located at 3011 W 50th Street and tell me how gorgeous her work is in person and make me jealous because I can’t be there myself. ;)

Thank you Jennifer for writing in!

(images from jennifer davis)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets on May 21, 2007

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