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We Are Ready For the Holidays ….

8-IMG_2646It seems that Christmas comes earlier each year and that is perfectly ok with me. The Designing Pickers’ Booth at Black Dog Salvage is all decked out for the holidays.  Stop by and check out our Christmas Ornaments and gift ideas.  Yesterday I had a little help from my two sweet little granddaughters at the Holiday Open House.

Ready for Spring

After the recent Spring snow we had this weekend,  I am so ready for Spring.  Spring brings some of my favorite things…yard sales, flipflops, and longer days.

We updated our booth at Black Dog Salvage with more bright vibrant colors for Spring.  Below is a preview of some of the one of a kind items we have available:

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Our First Year in Review

We started this journey a little over a year ago as a creative way to enjoy a hobby…picking and painting and to rotate out staging inventory from our staging business Shows Great Home Staging.  We had no idea how fast our little venture would take off and how much we would grow in one year.  We were fortunate that our booth was located at Black Dog Salvage (home of the hit new reality show Salvage Dawgs) where people from all over the country stop in the tour this amazing place.

Our First Booth – November 2011.

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In January 2012 we updated the booth with black, silver, and red.

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We spent January and February Picking and Painting and were ready to move to a larger space.

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The booth sold out quickly and it was time to restock.  We moved to a larger space and stocked the booth for summer.

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Sold out and restocked again a few weeks later…

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By August we had moved again to a more visible space right beside the Annie Sloan paints.

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Ready for the Holiday…

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Next week we will begin a new year at Designing Pickers.  Lots more picking, painting, and new stuff for the booth.  This first year has been a wild ride… we have had some fun, met some nice people, and learned a lot.  We are looking forward to 2013 and we hope to see you along the way.  Happy New Year from Designing Pickers!

The Designing Pickers Booth Now Has A New Look!

It has been a while since I have written a blog post and I really need to get better at this but this summer has been crazy busy.  We have moved the booth 3 times, to new bigger, more visible  locations at Black Dog Salvage.  It has been amazing at how great business has been during out first year of business.  We have a hard time keeping the booth stocked because things are going out as fast as we move them in, but that is a good thing.

This has been a busy week.  I have painted the booth a great color called Ocean Storm.  It works well to show up our Fall and Winter merchandise we have planned for the booth.  I have found a new way to “pick” from my home by searching online auctions.  My friend, Tommy Wagner has one of the best sites around.  Check out Tommy Wagner Auctions for lots of great stuff.  I purchased some great decorating accessories this week from his latest auction.  I have been doing a lot of picking this week and have found some really cool items for painting.  Now to just find the time to paint…that is the real problem because our staging business has been busier this year than ever.

Check out our new booth…  we would to hear your comments.

Changing it up a bit…

We have used this small side table for several years in our staging business but after lots of moving, it had a few scratches on top and was ready to be retired. Instead I painted it with Annie Sloan’s Providence, distressed the edges and now it has a fresh new look in another staged home.

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We put it in the Designing Pickers booth at Black Dog Salvage last month but it did not sell so it went back to the warehouse.

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It now provides a much needed pop of color in one of the Shows Great Staged Homes for sale but it will be for sale soon…so watch for it at Designing Pickers.

The Chair – Before and Afters

A few weeks ago while photographing in Rustburg, I picked up a really cool chair, which although it was looking a bit worn and outdated, it was in great shape.  The cushion was in good condition and after a thorough cleaning I decided to just leave the pink velvet and work around it with a silver paint application.  I used Valspar Metallic paint and was very happy with the outcome although it took several applications to cover.

We will be adding the chair to our booth today.

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Chair After

Upcycling Vintage Suitcases

This past weekend when we were picking up the 1943 Family Circle magazine that I purchased from an online auction, I spotted two vintage suitcases that were in great condition.  We will be adding these to the Designing Picker’s booth at Black Dog Salvage on Monday, March 12th.

Vintage suitcase projects have become all the rage.  Pinterest is full of ideas and photos of cool upcycling projects using these vintage suitcases.  Below are just a few suggestions

http://cupcakesandcashmere.com/updated-guest-room/

http://www.recreate.za.net/products

 

 

 

New Additions at Designing Pickers…

We have added a couple new pieces to our booth.  Check out the beautiful black and white chest with the little storage compartments in the top drawer.

Having trouble seeing your watch?  Always running a little late?  The we have just the thing for you…Large commercial clock.

Stop by Black Dog Salvage on Saturday, warm yourself by the wood burning fire, pet Sally the dog, and check out Designing Pickers.

 

Designing Pickers Adds A Little Bling For February!

We decided to go red, black, silver, and white for February in honor of Valentine’s day.  Add a little “bling” to your home with our silver and black chest.  Perfect for a small space such as a foyer or small bedroom.

Are you looking for a small kitchen table?  It is the perfect size for a small apartment of breakfast area.  This one of a kind table would be great with two white chairs or “ghost” chairs.

We have accessories and lamps that compliment the drama of black, white and silver color schemes.

We hope you will stop by and check out our booth at Black Dog Salvage.

Introducing Designing Pickers

With a keen eye for design we turn “throw-aways” into funky treasures. We sell a collection of items from refurbished furniture, to new and slightly used pieces that we have used in our real estate staging business, and collectibles that we have “picked” from area auction sales and yard sales. One of a kind items that will add interest and style to any decor.  You can find us at Black Dog Salvage.
Jeremiah and Harmony Wright hanging the sign on opening day at Black Dog Salvage.