One weekend a month, on the First Friday weekend, the Historic West Bottoms in Kansas City, MO becomes a paradise for vintage, antique, and junk loving shoppers. Close to 30 stores open their doors over the weekend, most of them housed in old warehouses that were originally built for industrial, freight and agricultural purposes during the late 1800s to early 1900s. Although each store has it's own personality, they all have one thing in common….a wonderful mix of antiques, vintage collectibles, repurposed furniture and fun odds and ends.
Last summer, Flea Market Style magazine contacted me and asked if I would be interested in helping with a story for the magazine on shopping the West Bottoms. Of course it didn't take me any time at all to say yes! Not only do I shop "The Bottoms" every month, I've been a vendor myself for almost 2 years at a wonderful store, Bella Patina. To be a part of the magazine, highlighting one of my favorite places to shop, was a dream come true!
So, on a hot, hot, muggy, muggy (can you tell I want to emphasize how hot and muggy it was) day last August, I took on the $250 Junk Hunt Challenge and spent the day perusing all of the stores in the West Bottoms. I had such a fun day of shopping, and meeting and talking with other shoppers and vendors (you get a lot of questions when you're shopping with a photographer following you around). And I am thrilled that you can read all about my day of shopping in the new spring issue of Flea Market Style magazine!
I'm not a fan of photos of myself but here I am with all the goods I purchased that day.
It may look like an odd assortment of goods, but they are just the kind of pieces I like to buy to use in unusual ways or repurpose into new pieces.
The story includes three quick projects using items I purchased that day.
I won't show them just yet, but will give more details in a later post.
Some of the larger pieces I purchased are still in need of a makeover and are perfect candidates for my "What's in My Basement" projects. I'll be posting about them in the upcoming weeks as well.
The spring issue of Flea Market Style has started to make an appearance (one of the vendors at Bella Patina had issues to sell this weekend). It's a wonderful issue full of great projects, fabulous home tours, top vintage finds and an inside peek into Ki's daughter's wedding!!
I want to thank the entire Flea Market Style magazine staff for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this spring issue. It has been an absolutely amazing experience!
Have a great week ahead.