First: I'll be at the Indie Craft Revolution Show this coming weekend at Mad Art Gallery. The two-day indie craft show was Parsimonia's first show last year, and I had SO much fun meeting new people and making a very long wish list of handmade goodies by some truly talented St. Louis artists. It's going on from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, so be sure to get your buns into the city and check it out!
Second: I wanted this to be its own blog post full of amazing photos and maybe even an animated GIF, but time has suddenly become short, so I guess now is the best time to *finally* share the big exciting news I've been teasing you with for some months. When you come to the craft show, you'll have to look for me *outside* the gallery, not inside, because....
(Drum roll, please...)
Parsimonia has gone mobile! (Eeek!).
The hubs and I have been working furiously the past four months to redo a 1960 Holly trailer, transforming it from a mobile home to a vintage shop on wheels: the first of its kind here in St. Louis! Final touches were made this past week, and I'm currently stocking ol' Holly with all my vintage goods so we can hit the streets and see what happens!
Here are a couple "before" and "during" shots I took with my phone, just to give you an idea...
|Painted the outside in "Tantalizing Teal" and white...|
|New paneling and insulation on the inside...|
|White paint and bamboo floors inside...|
|Boxed out the wheel covers and wallpapered one wall (huge thank you to mom, the wallpaper queen).|
And you'll have to wait to see the rest! (I know...I'm a jerk.) I'll be sure to snag some finished photos this weekend, once she's stocked and in a space where I can step back far enough to get a full shot.
Until then, if you have any tips/connections/ideas for where Holly can go around town, especially if you have any connections to the local college campuses, I'd love to hear them. Right now Holly is booked at the Indie Craft Revolution Show this weekend, the Soulard Market Park Arts & Crafts Show later this month and in August, and I just found out this morning that we'll be part of Strange Folk Festival in September (yay!).
Holly will also be available for private shopping parties and vintage-inspired tea/coffee parties, so if you live in the area, do help spread the word. :) And once she's been up and running for a while, I hope to bring in some handmade goods from local artists to sell on consignment. The only catch will be it has to have vintage ties somehow. So if you're interested in having your vintage-inspired or vintage-upcycled wares toted around, email me at SecondhandWithStyle (at) gmail (dot) com for more information!
Other ways you can keep track of what's going on: *Like* the Parsimonia Facebook page, where I'll be posting updates, and follow Holly on Twitter to a) help boost her confidence and b) get updates on where she is and where she'll be going!
I'm also *finally* getting a custom URL for the site, so be prepared in the next couple days to see that "blogspot" disappear up there (don't worry, you'll automatically be forwarded to the new URL if you forget).
I'm SOOO excited to finally get this little dream on the move, and to finally share it with all of you! Wish me luck! :)