Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Rose Bowl


Bonjour Friends!!! Here is my (long overdue) follow up to my previous Rose Bowl post. Last month I went to the Rose Bowl as a vendor for the very first time! It was so fun and exciting. I had an amazing time and I just wanted to say thank you for all of the support and well wishes from you all!!! Thank you!


I have never done anything like this before! I have gone many, many times as a consumer but never as a vendor. I had no idea what was in store for me! Everybody repeatedly told me it was so hard and the day drags on but I found it to be exciting and fun!


My Mother~In~Law went with me to lend me a hand (thank goodness for her) and lots of friends stopped in to say hello! It was all so exciting. The day started very early (ahem, 3:30am) and off we went with our truck loads of antiques and vintage furniture. My Mother~In~Law didn't wake up and I thought "Oh no, I hope we make it". Then on the way there we were stopped on the freeway for quite some time because the freeway was shut down due to an accident, I thought again "Oh no"! We finally arrived a little later than I had anticipated and maneuvering through the crowds of people and the trucks and vans unloading was a nightmare! It was so crazy! It was dark and crowded and tons of people were walking around with their flashlights looking for deals! So fun!



Well, we finally got situated and unloaded and set up the canopy and I had so much fun trying to make everything look pretty! I couldn't help to wonder, maybe I should own a shop!?! I have to tell you I had an amazing time! I met some of the most fabulous people and had a blast doing it!


I didn't have a ton of luck getting rid of some of my bigger pieces but secretly I didn't want to let them go either! How terrible of me!!! I have some beautiful things left like the gorgeous White Iron daybed with Rosebud fabric covered pillows, if anybody is interested :) But I learned a lot from the experience and I can't wait to go out and do it again!!!





All of these pics are from my booth. I am not the best photographer but I think the idea comes across. I had/have gorgeous market baskets, steamer trunks, coat racks, a beautiful old fireplace mantle, and antique window rescued from a church in Paris and hand carried all the way home!
I really enjoyed seeing how much people liked looking at everything and I made so many new friends. What a wonderful experience! I will definitely be back!!!


Xoxo,
Judith~







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33 comments:

  1. Thank you for the review of your Rose Bowl set-up experience. I have never been, but it was fun to see it through your eyes. I might even give it a try-setting up.

    Merci,

    Marjorie

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  2. I lived in L.A. most of my life and never went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Shame on me! It looks like you had lots of good stuff. I could use that bed.

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  3. Hey Judith, glad you're back here with us.
    :)
    It takes a lot of recovery time to unwind from a trip like that. I give your mom-in law a big round of applause for lending a hand, what a sweetie, I bet you two had a ball!

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  4. Gorgeous. I wish I could have been there...and yet I don't because I would have gone beserk at your booth and snatched up everything! xoxo.

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  5. Congratulations! And you want to do it agin, that is "GREAT"! Great pictures wish I lived closer to come shop...grace

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  6. Hi Judith- missed you! Another wonderful post and I love reading about your antiquing!
    Hugs:)

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  7. you are so brave... so early in the dark and having to actually function?? wow i am impressed. and proud of you.. xx pam

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  8. Wow wow wow!!! How exciting and how brave of you!!! I shop the Rose Bowl and always wonder what the dealer go through, no I know. Your post was great, thank you for sharing your adventure with us :)

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  9. Oh by the way, did you sell the white iron daybed? If you still have it, what's the price? I was trying to email you but I didn't see a link to your email :)

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  10. Judith darling, how did I miss your previous post? Your finds are exquisite and so perfect. Thank you for the treat of going back to my old stomping grounds of the Rose Bowl!!! Please come and visit me. You inspired me a while back with your dance post on Repetto; I was a dancer as well and have had an itch to post on dancing. Have a great day, Anita

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  11. Ooooh LOVE the Rose Bowl! I have not been in years though... used to go a lot... le sigh... no time now. You found LOVELY things! Hope all is well with you!!!
    ENJOY!
    Fifi

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  12. I'm glad to finally read some updates from the Rose Bowl, you seem to have had great time.

    Tomorrow is the local annual antique fair close to me and I will try to attend the early hour for the vernissage. I hope I will wake up....in time.

    Bisou
    Ingela

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  13. So fun that Rose Bowl is! It is like a circus to me... buying, selling, or people watching:)
    Xo's

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  14. I would love to have been there Judith..xv

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  15. Glad to know you sold some things and had a good time!!!!!!I miss going there. I was a regular at the Long Beach one......Even after I moved away I bought a set of vintage dishes at a "steal", then I went to ship it home and it was ridiculous!!!!! More than I paid for the dishes!!!

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  16. it sounds like quite an adventure both as a vendor and as a client! lost treasures to be found! hope this finds you well!
    salut du midi

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  18. Judith,
    I hope you are well! I just loved your post. I wanted to tell you that you inspired me a couple of months ago with your Let's Dance post; I am going to be doing a dance post as well and I am going to be mentioning you. Thank you for all the lovely posts that truly inspire. Anita

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  19. Bonjour ma chèrie! Merci pour être venue chez moi! And thanks again for everything. I can't wait to see your next post; all things French, vintage and beautiful...that is you! Anita

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  20. Judith, how exciting! {not the 3:30am part!} What a great mother-in-law you have...quite a trooper. I am so glad you had a good time, I think I'll stay a consumer, but will look for you next time I go.:)
    Lidy

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  21. Everything from both posts is so pretty! love it!

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  22. You did have some lovely things.I'm glad you sold somethings.As long as you enjoyed it.Take care, XXOO Marie Antionette

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  23. Wow what an experience! I have always wanted to go to the Rose Bowl Flea Market & have never been so fortunate. I'm pulling out all hopes for moving back to CA one year from now, so there's a glimmer of hope. Thanks for sharing!!

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  24. me again!!!!hope this note finds you well! i want that gorgeous trunk- why do they not make those for the modern traveler? thanks for your recent visit and encouraging words ! have a super weekend!

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  25. Wonderful experience and thanks for having taken time to take pics ! I know what this work means !! Bravo

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  26. Judith, sounds like a crazy but successful day!
    I support you 100% in having a shop! You would do tremendous.
    Bisous,
    Kelli

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  27. Ohh now I regret not going! Looks like you had lots of fun! That's a big day!
    xo Noel

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  28. Yay! I added you to my blogroll! Thanks Juds.Kori

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  29. Hello there! Just wanted to let you know I added your lovely blog to my blog roll! Have a great weekend! Kathie <3

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  31. Enjoyed your blog. I live very close to the Rose Bowl. Sometimes I get to the flea market. I will stop by in the future.
    I read another one of your olders posts. I just got back from Paris and went to the flea markets there. The one at Saint Ouen. It was not busy at all! In fact, there were hardly any shoppers. We went on a Saturday in September. Didn't know if it was the economy or what! I didn't see anything I had to have either. Oh well, maybe another time.

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  32. Ooooooo! Judy! If I had been there I would have bought all your beauties!!! You have some GREAT finds. Seeing these things really makes me think of your mom. I know she would be so proud of you!! She was always good at spotting great items, and she's past that gift on to you. Lots of love and kisses.
    Patricia :o)

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  33. Gosh, we moved to R'side a couple of years ago and I have really been wanting to go to that Flea Market. I am sorry I missed you (:

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