Thursday, May 15, 2008

Come to our Flea Market

~~Our new business adventure~~
A little over a year ago I purchased this property.
It has a little amish house on it that we were going to fix up for our daughter and grandbabies, but plans changed and the house sits empty and the property is not being used!
Soooooooo hubby and I are going to open a Flea Market there!

** Green Acres Flea Market Gladwin **

We are excited.

There are no Flea Markets in our area....

We live in a small town surrounded by farms, lakes and alot of summer cottages. So every weekend during the summer our little town is booming with downstate weekenders!

This is why I have not been able to post as often or visit as often!

I cannot tell you how many phone calls and people I have talked to to get this rolling!
Everyone is excited... and positive!

We will have our Grand Opening May 24th and May 25th

I have ads in the local and surrounding area newspapers.... a Website and an ad on Craigs list!
Plus we have been hanging fliers anywhere and everywhere!

So far I have had a great number of booths reserved... vendors selling anything from garage sale items to handmade crafty things and antiques!

{I know I have to be very careful that I don't spend more then we make} :-)

And if all goes well...
see that barn on the right side of the picture... we will renovate it and that will be my cherry heart boutique!

Ladies I would love to hear your ideas and suggestions as to what you love about Flea Markets and what makes your experience one that makes you want to come back!

Wish us luck and if you are ever in Gladwin please come and visit!



Vintage Tea said...

Sounds fantastic!!!

Can't wait for you to share how your grand opening goes!

Victoria xx

Lani from The Wooden Porch said...

That is awesome! I love flea markets. Best of wishes on your new venture!

DebbieCalif said...

Hey congratulations, how fun for you. Can't wait to see the pictures. I do have a suggestion. When people first walk in have the most incredible booths visually right there, have good smells(good pot pourri) so that their senses are bombarded in a good way when they first walk in.
You will have an incredible time!

Lori said...

Dolly, how exciting!!! ooooh, that sounds like SO much fun!!!

My Vintage Studio said...

Hi Dolly. I haven't left a comment for you in a while. Sorry!
When we lived in TX, we would go to a monthly flea paid 5.00 a car to get in...but it was worth it. They had a nice tent cover area, sitting for eating and listening to music. Yes, they had local area bands play. This was nice since you really needed some shade and a place to cool down. Good luck on your venture! Wish there were some flea markets here...well, there is one but not too nice at all....pure junk! Hugs, Sharon

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Fete et Fleur said...

What a perfect idea! I only wish I lived near you!!

Hugs! Nancy

Kathleen Grace said...

OOOOH Dolly! I am already trying to figure out how to come and see it this summer! Best of luck on this venture, I think it will be fabulous!

The Rose Room said...

Hi Dolly and Dolly's husband, congratulations, how exciting, wish I could come! Can't wait to see photos:) Rachaelxo

Susan said...

Very exciting, good luck!

toothfairy said...

How exciting this is! My inlaws used to live in Gladwin before they moved down to Flint. Please email me and give me the directions and where you are located so I can come up and visit and shop. They DO NEED something like this up there! I love to see booths where the items are all displayed according to their color. It makes everything even more appealing. I also love to be able to nibble on snacks too! You gotta have snacks to buy while you're there. Good Luck and Hugs, Jan@daylilylane

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

AWESOME Dolly!!!! I will come for sure! I am so excited! I have been wanting something like this to come in the area! Good for you and i wish you all the luck in the world!!!! Let me know if you need anything!


celestina marie said...

Hi Dolly, Congrats to you and your hubby for the new venture. I think it is a great idea and it is so exciting! If we come to Michigan I will be sure to visit! I know it will be great! Hope you can show us pics after your opening. Best Wishes and Blessings!!
hugs, Celestina, la rea rose

Alison Gibbs said...

Dolly good luck with your new venture

Mary Isabella said...

How exciting for you. I just know you will be a big hit....Mary

Rosemary said...

Wow Dolly,
That is the coolest thing I have heard in a long time.
My favorite thing is going to flea markets.
Best of luck to you!!!

Charmingdesigns said...

How wonderful!! Looks like a great place...I like that you are letting everyone be a vendor, not just the "fancy" ones. That way there is something for everyone. Laurie

Glenda said...

wow how cool will that be.I'm so excited for you I hope you do really well.
very from Glenda

Linda said...

Dolly this is great! I love flea markets and if I was anywhere near you I'd be there. Much luck and success with your new adventure. Look forward to pictures. Hugs, Linda

Miss Rhea said...

Wow Dolly, what a great undertaking !! Oh, How fun to have your own boutique too. :) Dolly said :"{I know I have to be very careful that I don't spend more then we make} :-)" Lol , That would be ME, lol

Andylynne said...

OH how exciting for you! I hope you have a wonderful time and experience with your new venture. I like flea markets that are homey, and well lit. Don't want to feel like there trying to squeeze every nickle out of me either . Every one likes to find a bargin now and then:)The snack suggestion is a good idea, but nothing that makes crumbs, or you'll always be sweeping. The one near my house sells sodas out of a fridge in the front of the store.Also one mans trash is anothers treasure, don't be offended if someone doesn't want to pay ( ok every one wants to haggle from time to time) what's marke as the price. I bet someone else will because it's treasure to them and they just HAVE to have it. Good Luck and again have fun. Your cherry heart deserves to have a happy adventure

Sharon said...

Dolly what a great new adventure for you. I love flea markets in the Fall, Winter and Spring in FL but it's just too hot and sticky in the Summer for me. Many of my favorite collectibles have come from flea markets. It's always a thrill to make that great FIND when your least expecting it.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Oh Dolly, how wonderful!!! Please take lots of pictures. We don't have open air fleas where I live either. So glad you are going to have a "cherry" boutique.

Connie said...

What a fantastic idea!!!!!!!! I'm excited for you, sweetpea. I'm jealous, ya know.......


OOOEEEEEE (thats me squeeling BTW) im sooo excited for you! What an awesome venture! Oh if anyone can do this YOU CAN!
You go girl! I just wish i could come visit and shop and chat....(ok sad face now, pouting) It will be so huge and so gorgeously fun and im so tickled pink for you.

Hip Hip Hooray for you with a cherry on top!

Luvs ya

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

What an absolutely fabulous idea! Congrats to you on your new venture. Can't wait to see how it goes for you :)


Back Through Time said...

Sounds like a wonderful idea!! I would be out there shopping in the booths! Tell them you have to inspect each one, LOL.
Good luck to you and take some photos to share with us:-)

SweetAnnee said...

WOW..a dream come true
can't wait to see..
I'll be back to visit..
smiles, Deena

Mrs.Kwitty said...

OMGosh Dolly--that is soooo exciting! Wow. Good luck with your sounds like it' gonna be a success.

I think the best flea markets are those with a little bit of everything--and they have to have something good to eat and drink while you are there. Oh, and a nice place to sit in the shade, otherwise they will just have to hit the car and go home when they get hot and tired.

I love the Cherry Heart Boutique--how wonderful!! I'm so excited for you! Best of luck!

Smiles, Karen

Bertie said...

How exciting!!! I wish I lived closer so I could help! It sounds like so much fun! I'm putting this on my list of "short trips" to take this summer.

Hey, maybe I'll bring my wares and rent a booth from you!

Aunt May's Cottage

Diane Fay (littlealma) said...

Shoot, I was hoping someone else would have asked this question - but it must just be me that doesn't know this - but what state do you live in? I couldn't find it on the info sheet, nor on your profile?!?? If it is anywhere near where I live - I would love to come to your flea market! Are you near Michigan? It sounds like a wonderful idea - and I love your blog always!!!

Hugs from Michigan - Diane

Lynne Laura said...

Congratulations, I am so happy for you. I will definately come by if I am in the area! Way to go. How exciting. I know this will be a lot of work but I know you will love every minute of it. Love the idea of the boutique much fun.

Kindredly, Lynne Laura

Cathy said...

WOW!! Sounds like fun! My daughter lives in Midland. Perhaps some day I will make it over to see you!

Sassafras & LuLu said...

Hi Dolly,
your idea for a flea market sounds awesome. I love them as much as yard sales, but fun because w/the high gas prices you just park and walk in one area instead of stop/go...that is very fun and a boutique some day, who could ask for more? (well, maybe a bit...LOL) Love your flowers below on your post.
hugs, Carol

catieann said...

hi dolly dear
I am so thrilled for your new 'adventure'. That looks like such a lovely place for a flear market. SO much 'cooler' and softer than dirt that can blow up and make it miserable.
Food and drink and definitely shade to sit in are always welcome factors. I think also having a large variety of all sorts of booths keeps it fun and a little bit of 'something' for everyone.
Good luck in your new business. I hope it is very rewarding!!!!

Inspired Tokens said...

How devine! It totally looks awesome. Congratulations on putting your property to good use. I'm sure you will have much success.

cindy said...

Oh! So wish I lived closer...I would be there with bells on. I hope it all goes well and you have ton's of peeps come in. Please take lots of pics.


Sabii Wabii said...

What a great piece of land! I hope it all goes well for you! Post pic's...

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Well HOT DOG Dolly, you know that I'll be visiting you when we go to our cottage. This weekend, Memorial Day weekend, we are in San Antonio, TX (hubby's work), but I'll be visiting you shortly. Maybe I'll take a brochure and post it in our Forest Lake Club House for ya'all.



Robyn said...

SOunds so fun!


Dolly, I haven't visited in awhile (maybe I got lost somewhere). tis venture sounds wonderful & sooo right for you & your hubbie. I hope with all my heart that it will be absolutely wonderful, wish I could be there (with Shannon).
Hugs, Coll :-}

Sharon Kay said...

I love to go to flee markets and I wish you success in your new store. Have a good weekend and good luck.

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Dolly! Just checking in to wish you good luck tomorrow! The weather is supposed to be beautiful. I know this will be such a success for you!


vivian said...

donuts and coffee.. hotdogs and pepsi! everyone likes to get a little bite to eat!
how excieting for you! I wish I lived near by so I could visit! keep us posted!

Jeanne said...

Congratulations on your new business venture Dolly. It sounds like such a fabulous idea. Good luck this weekend!

Jennifer said...

Good Luck today Dolly!Wish I lived closer so I could come for a visit.Congrats!!Love, Jen

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Hey, PLEASE TELL!!!! How was opening day??

I'll be up to our cottage the 4th of July weekend. I'm planning on coming out to see ya!!!!



loree2000 said...

GL! We enjoy flea marketing too! Hope it's very successful!!

celestina marie said...

Hi Dolly, how was the big day!! Great I bet!! Can't wait to hear all about it.
la rea rose

vintage paper bella~andrea said...

I wish I could go! What an exciting new venture, I am sure you will do very well!

Natasha Burns said...

Hope you did well at the markets this past weekend Dolly!!! Looks fabulous, please post some pics of how it was, i bet it was huge!

Rosemary said...

How great Dolly!!
Wish I could come to your flea market.
Congrats on your Anniversary, and your grandson's birthday.
Good luck to you,

Anonymous said...

I hope all went well...better than you could have hoped! Can't wait for pictures!

Cheryl said...

OH my goodness! Soooo exciting, Dolly! I wish you much success. The land is gorgeous. How fun....and you will get the pick of the best goodies at the market, of course! :)

Pearl Maple said...

Ohhhh if i could i would be there to shop through some of those fabulous treasures.

Good luck with the big opening event, hope the season is good to you with lots of happy shoppers.

The Rose Cottage said...

Hi Dolly, I havn't been here in a while and so glad I did so I can congratulate you on your new business venture :) Wow, it all sounds so exciting, and I am so happy for you. The little house there should be perfect for your own boutique.
I am like you, I would worry about spending at all the vendors booths or tables LOL.

vickie said...

WOW Dolly, you have been busy. How exciting for you to have this flea market. I'm sure it will be a great success.