Thursday, June 24, 2010

The girls are rolling into town tonight!

Ok so I told you that we have some very special guest vendors this month. One of these guests is none other than Joy Bayer, also known as Auntie Joy!

                                             Joy Bayer

Joy is an amazing jewelry artist! I am so in love with the "Believe" necklace, pictured above. It's just the perfect thing to wear as I wait for Oprah's phone call.

Joy is also an expert in hunting down vintage goods! Here are some shots of her space at Farm Chicks, a few weeks ago.

I wonder if she sold that thingy with all the cubbies? I love those! What were they tool bins? Mail slots? what ever it once was, it is perfect for holding craft supplies like glitter crowns and pretty little paper mache birds. I hope she is bringing that with her to sell. If I were you, I would plan to arrive when we open at 10 am because goodies like this never last long! Don't be surprised if I buy all the best stuff for myself (yeah ... I wish....).

As promised, I want to tell you how we got Cindy, Joy and Terri to come all the way down here from the Pacific Northwest to sell their magnificent wares at the Mermaid's Mercantile.

Well, it all started with Deb Hodge. Now we all know and love Deb, she is one of the most talented women I have ever met, If you are wondering who creates all of our beautiful flyers and emails, that would be Deb. Deb is good friends with artist Terri Brush

Terri Brush

Deb has been raving about Terri for weeks -about her soldering classes, her wonderful paper clay art and how she is the best teacher anywhere! Deb told me that Terri would be in San Diego to teach a soldering workshop and that it was a rare opportunity to learn from her.  Deb and Terri were emailing back and forth as Terri's workshop was starting to fill up and Deb  mentioned the Mermaid's Mercantile would be the same weekend as her workshop.


 All of a sudden Terri got an idea. She thought it would be fun to bring her friends Joy and Cindy along, and did we have room for all three of them to sell their goodies at our event? Well, hmmm, let me think... uh YES!  I thought to myself, I will make room even if I have to display some of the goods up on the roof! (If you have been to my shop, you know that I am not kidding.) So, then we all decided that we would be fools if we didn't make Terri's workshop part of this weekend's Mermaid Mercantile. We found Terri a classroom to teach her three day workshop right next door to our event. Yes, that is correct, you can shop and learn from the one and only Terri Brush all in one fabulous weekend! Terri may have one or two spaces left, email her and see if there is room, her classes begin on Friday!

Come meet Terri, Joy and Cindy this Saturday and Sunday! Trust me, you won't want to miss this!

I have a few more giveaways coming and a sneek peek... The Mermaids are on the cover of Today's Vintage magazine! It hits the newsstands on Friday!
But that will have to wait untill tomorrow!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Another Audition... this time it's for OOOOOOOOOOOOprah!

Hi Everybody!

I am auditioning to win my own show on Oprah Winfrey's new television network.

Please click HERE to view my video and place your vote!

Vote often! Vote daily! Lots of votes are a big help in the competition, so feel free to tell your pals, share this to facebook, tweet and blog! You may vote over and over and over and....

Thanks a million!

PS My sister Janina also submitted an audition in a different category. Looks like talent runs in the family! Be sure to click HERE and watch and vote for Janina's video too! (Yes, it's okay to vote for BOTH of us.)Maybe you will see a family resemblance. Maybe they'll take us as a package deal. Maybe we'll get our own reality show out of this. Maybe....

Sunday, June 20, 2010

All that Glimmers....

All that Glimmers....Is a Special All Day Event that will take place at The Mermaid Mercantile on Sunday June 27th. I would like to first introduce myself: I am one of the Mermaids that has been lost at Sea for the past several Mermaid Mercantile events...However I am back and ready to make a Big Splash! I am Jennifer Wiley located in East County San Diego. I will be bringing along some of my creations, which also currently can be viewed and purchased at "The Out of the Blue" but I will be also Hosting an Unusual Event that is perfect for these hard times with how the economy is. This is a Golden Event...that you have an opportunity to bring along any old,unwanted Gold,Silver or Platinum and we will Pay YOU Top Dollar Cash at this Event! So I am asking each of you to start your Treasure Hunt ...Start looking in your jewelry boxes, drawers etc. and grab a small bag or box and start filling them up with anything you think you will never wear or use again...Here are some examples and ideas to get you started on your Treasure Hunt....
1. Earrings (including single earrings, sets and damaged)
Necklaces (including damaged or tangled)
Bracelets (including damaged or tangled)
Rings and/or class rings (including those with missing stones and damaged)
10k, 14k, 18k, 22k, 24k gold items
Gold watches
Estate jewelry
Silver and gold coins
Silver serving sets (including incomplete sets) Make sure it reads 925 or Sterling Silver
Dental gold
And much more!
Now on your Hunt you may be thinking I am not sure if this is real...I suggest...throw it in your pile and bring it along with you and I will be Happy to test it for you while you Enjoy your stroll through the Mermaid Mercantile.
This is a perfect time to do some spring cleaning and you may find some unwanted treasures that you thought were not worth anything and turn them into some extra cash that was unexpected and have even more Fun and Shopping with your Extra Earnings at The Mermaid Mercantile!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Come meet Joy, Terri and Cindy at the Next Mermaids Mercantile!

Are you ready to jump though your laptop and start shopping yet? Yes? That is exactly what I wanted to do when I first discovered Cindy Dockins through the pages of Somerset Life Magazine. I opened up the magazine to discover the Land of Tarte -a once a month barn sale in Oregon City. Oh it took my breath away! I said to myself, Who is this Queen of all things beautiful and vintage? And who took such dreamy, not of this world, photographs? That would be Robin Laws of  Bird Tweets Photography. ( That's Robin pictured below with her camera.) All of these incredible photos are her work. Visit Robin's blog to see some of the most breath taking photography ever!

Robin Laws,
Photographer Extraordinaire!

As I read all about Cindy, I wanted to jump in my vehicle and hit the highway. I wanted  to see the Land of Tarte for myself, and fill my truck  to the brim with some of those beautiful vintage finds. Never in  my crazy, wild  dreams (and I do a lot of daydreaming, wishing, hoping and praying) did I imagine that This Queen from the north would be packing up her magic and coming all the way to Solana Beach to sell her rare goods at my very own Mermaid's Mercantile!

This is Cindy, the Queen of Tarte herself!

The Queen's barn. Isn't it just magical?

Don't you want to shop here? I know I do!

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

 If you live anywhere even remotely close by, I suggest you hightail it over to the next Flea Market on June 26th and 27th for this rare opportunity and see what I am raving about for yourself. But wait! That's not all! Yes, it gets better! Cindy is coming down with Joy Bayer (that's Auntie Joy to you!) and Terri Brush! Two of her extraordinary gal pals, who are equally fabulous in their own right.

 How did this all happen you may be asking? Well, to know the whole story, you will have to first meet Terri and Joy. I will tell you all about these talented ladies, show you some photos of their over-the-top talent, and give you ALL the details on how I can we to be so blessed to have them at the next Mermaid's Mercantile in my next post! (Tricky way to get you to come back eh?)

Stay tuned, more details very soon...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Breathing Beside Us Has A Giveaway!

 Deb Hodge from "Breathing Beside Us" will be giving away this
one-of-a-kind Shabby Cuff
 at this months Mermaid's Mercantile!
Cuff is handmade by Deb, using a linen~cotton blend and a Vintage rhinestone brooch.
All you need to do to enter is leave us a comment on this post, and one on
Deb's Blog 
 between today and June 24Th.
The winner will be chosen at random.
Winner will be given prize on Sunday June 27Th at the Mermaid's Mercantile and must be present to win.
Please check in at the cash register to see if you've won :-)
Winner has until 5:00pm Sunday to pick up their cuff.
Good Luck!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Giveaway on Saturday June 26Th.......

The amazing Terri Brush will be giving away one of her original
 "COURAGE" bracelets
at this months Mermaid's Mercantile.
Terri will be ramdomly picking the winner on Friday evening, June 25Th.
All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post, then be present at the Mermaid's Mercantile on Saturday, June 26Th to recieve your prize.
Check in at the cash register to see if you've won.
You'll have until 5:00pm to pick up your gift.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June '2010 Mermaid's Mercantile and Fantastic Friends!

Hello Girls...
Just a little update on the Terri Brush soldering art workshops in San Diego..
Terri has secured a  location right next door to the Mermaid's Mercantile.
with exciting N E W S.
 Workshops will start at 9:30 am and end about 5 pm with a yummy lunch served. There are still a couple openings in these fun soldering workshops, so don't delay signing up.
Come shop, play and learn new techniques..
Terri is also bringing with her from Oregon, two wonderful antique dealers who will be participating in the festive weekend here at
"Out of the Blue"
"Mermaid's Mercantile"
Flea Market
Cindy Dockins "Queen of Tarte"
and Joy Bayer of "Auntie Joy"
are well known in WA and Oregon State for their fabulous Antiques and treasures.
Please read below for more information.
Here is the address for the workshops,
Terri Brush Workshops ... 337 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach CA 92075. 
( if you are in Terri's workshops during this event, feel free to slip away and take a break to shop!)