Barn Chic Antiques

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Barn Chic Boutique

I am excited to announce that Barn Chic is going boutique - online boutique that is!
  Barn Chic Boutique opened this week and already had a few sales! 

I started purchasing clothing about three weeks ago and planned to sell it Vintage in Verdi, but when I couldn't make it there, I started thinking of a plan b for selling all clothing. I am trying out the e-commerce route, so I bought a domain, changed the name of my online store three times, and finally stuck with Barn Chic Boutique: Farm to Market Style

The online store seemed so easy at first, but it is a ton of work and I have zero skill with graphic design, SEO, photography, layout, etc...while I have a long way to go with web design, it is a start. I sure hope I sell some things because shopping for clothing is as much fun as hunting for antiques!  

One of my favorite items is this full button lacy-knit leg warmer. They are super warm and look great peeking out of riding boots or with leggings. 

I hope that you will check it out and maybe even find something you like! Blog readers get a special discount - enter 'blog' for 10% off your first order, and for the rest of December, I am offering free shipping; just use the cleverly-crafted code FREESHIP.

Christmas is less than 10 days away - is all your shopping done?! 

Have a chic week,



Sunday, December 8, 2013

It's Cold Outside

Weather fascinates me. I like to talk about it and read about it. Maybe it's a small town thing, or maybe it's not and I have some weird meteorology obsession. My favorite new Facebook page is the Texas Storm Chasers; if you live in Texas (or are my dad, from whom I inherited this interest), you ought to follow it!  These guys had a field day this week as Texas got slammed with winter weather and arctic blasts. We went from 85 degrees and sunny on Wednesday to below freezing and ice on Friday. North Texas is still in shut-down mode and highways were closed again yesterday in Austin.

I know what all my friends up north are thinking: we deal with this all the time, get over it! Hey, I thought the same thing when I moved south...until I hit that first patch of black ice. I was driving from Illinois back to college in Nashville after winter break and was somewhere in Kentucky, and I will never forget that feeling of complete loss of control. Though I am from a place where winter weather routinely affects roadways, it was most always snow-related, and should there be ice, there was plenty of salt to ease the slippery slopes.

Here in Texas, ice is more paralyzing than snow, and I was sad to see the timing of this weekend's weather coincide with a great show. I signed up to be a vendor at Vintage in Verdi and had been stocking up since the Barn Sale for this event. Kate and crew worked so very hard to promote the event, and I couldn't wait to shop and sell at Vintage in Verdi.

And then the cold front and precipitation came in last Thursday night. Our school had a two hour delay on Friday. Even at mid-morning, the bridges and flyovers were still iced over. The tollroad was closed. I saw a truck sitting sideways on one of the flyovers (that closed immediately afterward) and it became very clear to me that this weather and a U-Haul didn't mix. I feel absolutely terrible about missing out, but I had to cancel.

Saturday's roads in Austin (photo from Google images)

The show did go on, and it looks and sounds like it was awesome. There were lots of happy shoppers and vendors. I only wish I could have been a part of the very first Vintage in Verdi show, but I certainly hope they do it again and I can be there. Kate and her friends/family worked so hard and it looked amazing. Here are a few pictures from the VnV Facebook page of the great vignettes that created a Winter Wonderland for the shoppers at Verdi, which is just outside of Pleasanton (south of San Antonio).

I am excited to hear more about this year's show and already looking forward to next year's!

Wherever you are, stay warm and safe, and watch out for that black ice!

Have a chic week,


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