• Pick of the Week

    I haven't done one of these in awhile, but I have picked up a couple of treasures recently that are pretty special.  The one I am going to share today is not super unique.  You can find them pretty easily, either on craigslist, etsy or a local garage sale.  The question most people ask is, "what do I do with it?"  They usually take up a good bit of space, don't work and like this one, weighs a TON!    

    The Classic Typewriter!

    This typewriter is a beauty. It has such a masculine quality that really gives it a bold presence, especially in photos!

    So what do I do with this thing that weighs a TON and isn't really usable to write my first novel?

    Take pictures with it, of course.

     If you would like to see all the pictures from this Vintage Styled Bridal Shoot click on the link below,

    http://www.thevintagecompany.co/vintage-bridal-photo-shoot-hannah-mulligan-photography/

    Hope you all have a Great Day!

        Mandy

  • Vintage Mini Sessions

    It may not have felt exactly like spring these past few days, but we know its close.  So its time for spring cleaning, projects at home and spring pictures.  There is nothing cuter than kids posing for spring pictures.  That's why The Vintage Company was so excited to partner up with Jessica Brenner and do a vintage mini shoot.  A mini shoot lasts only 15 minutes, you get to choose your vintage style and you get edited photos on a cd to use as you like:)

    Space is running out, so be sure to call and book your time slot!

    Mandy

  • Inspiration

    Hello everyone,

    So you ever have those days, weeks or even months that you just don't feel very inspired?  I don't think I am the only one who feels like that!  I hope not!!  Sometimes I work on a project so long that I just get burnt out with it. I feel the need to change projects to fill inspired again.  Or sometimes just a little vacation is all that is needed, even if I don't go anywhere. Just giving myself the OK to enjoy a lazy Sunday  is sometimes vacation enough to get me inspired for Monday.

    But all in all, no matter what you can't quit, you have to keep going that's why my quote of the day is...

    “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.”

                            -Pablo Picasso

    How do you get inspired or stay inspired?

    Mandy

  • The South Louisiana Bridal Expo

    This weekend was The South Louisiana Bridal Expo at the Houma Civic Center.  This was the first bridal show for "The Vintage Company" and it was a great success.  We met lots of fantastic brides who were loving all our vintage goodies.

    We shared a booth with a good friend of ours, not to mention a talented photographer, Jessica Brenner.  If you haven't already, head over to our website and check out all the new things happening at The Vintage Company.

    Hope you all had a great weekend!

    Mandy

  • Just a Before

    I picked up this piece at a local estate sale and what excited me the most about this piece was that it was going to be all mine!! I wasn't going to sell it or paint it with the intention that one day I would sell it, it was going to paint it to suit my taste.  While it may instantly scream uck to some of you out there, it screamed pottery barn to me.  I pictured it in my home office holding all my office supplies.

    Now it definitely needs some work, like a serious cleaning. It also has a little bit of a smell that I'm not to fond of, but otherwise I know its going to be beautiful.

    The reason this is titled "just a before" is because that's all I have, is a before.  I haven't touched it, yet!  I'm not in a rush for this piece, and I actually enjoy looking and thinking about a piece for a little while.  I like to picture every color of the rainbow and think about all the possibilities.  Anyone else like that? Any ideas on color? Let me know what you think!

    Mandy

  • Exciting Year

    Hello Everyone,

    Yes, I know its been awhile.  Its not because I haven't been doing anything.  Its actually the exact opposite.  After the show last year I felt a little burnt out, like I usually do after I have been painting non-stop for weeks and hauling heavy awkward furniture all over the city of Houma. (I do have a very nice husband who helps haul my furniture, and who also lovingly says, "why don't you start sewing pillows!") But still, after the show I really didn't want to look at a paint brush much less pick up any kind of furniture,for a good couple of weeks.  But after needed down time, I start to get excited about what will come next. What came next was enough to get me very excited!!! 

     At the show in September someone came up to my booth and because they loved the way it was styled asked if  I would be interested in helping with her daughter's wedding.  To be perfectly honest I had never really thought about going in that direction with my business, but after thinking about it for a split second I said, "sure!"

    A couple months passed and we met at there venue, Ducros Plantation, to discuss the plan.  After that first meeting I was hooked, I knew that to style this wedding with all my vintage treasures would not only be fun but this was something that I could & would be really good at.  After meeting the bride for the second time at her venue I started to think about the future.  Would this be something that I wanted to do once or something that I wanted to pursue??  The answer was YES, this was something that I wanted to pursue!!

    In order to really pursue this, I was going to need some help, after all I do have a little bit on my plate as it is.  And as nice as my husband is, he already has a business, and doesn't really share my love of vintage, in fact he just says things are old!! It's called VINTAGE!  So that's where Crystal Holliday, of iiicreative, comes in.  She has been a friend of mine for several years and shares my love of vintage.  After a casual lunch discussing our ideas, and realizing this could actually work!! We got to work, and boy have we been working!!! 

    Introducing The Vintage Company:

    To say we are excited about this new venture is a understatement!!  I am looking forward to sharing many new things as the months go by.......but for now just know I'm still here and still working!

       Mandy

  • Great Weekend

    The weekend is over, but we have some great memories.  I loved every moment.  We met some great people, sold some great things and even purchased a couple treasures ourselves.  I couldn't have done it without my team. So thanks team!!!

    Here are a couple shots of the weekend:

     

     

      

     

     

     

    And now its time to get back to business. I will be listing a couple things that did come home with me in my ETSY shop at reduced prices, so be sure to check next week for those fun finds.  I have lots of new things coming so be sure to check back with me soon!

     

    Mandy

  • Time for the Show

    The time has come for me to put away the paint brushes and get out of my painting clothes.  The 2013 Antique Show and Sale starts Friday.

    I have butterflies in my stomach and a million thoughts running through my head, will I have enough pieces, will my space look good, will my space look as good as it does in my head?  I certainly hope so! 

    I do have an after picture of the desk I just finished,

     

    Just a sneak peak of what I have coming to the show with me!

    Don't forget to stop and say HI!

     

    September 6,7 & 8 at the Warren J Harang Jr. Municipal Auditorium in Thibodaux

    Mandy

     

     

     

     

  • Its Almost Time!

        Yes, its almost time for the Show!!!   I have been busy getting things ready. I enlisted the help of my mom, who spent the day painting with me.  She was a big help and will be a big help with the show. (Thanks Mom)  Still have lots to do but for now I have a couple of before pictures to show you :

      

     

    What will they look like when they are done??  Your going to have to come to the Show to find out!!

     

    37th Annual Bayou Lafourche Antiques Show and Sale

    September 6,7 &8 2013

    Warren J. Harang, Jr. Municipal Auditorium

    310 N Canal Boulevard Thibodaux, La

  • Before and After

    Just in case you haven't been able to pick up your July POV magazine.  I am going to give you a sneak peek at my ad.

     

     

     Notice anything different about this ad??? yep, that's right.... I am in the picture!!!  It wasn't the easiest thing to do but I think it came out great, thanks to my daughter who is actually the one who took the picture.  I also started advertising for the Antique show coming up in September. I cannot wait till its here and all of my pieces are done and set up, until then I will spend many days covered in paint and many nights thinking about what color I want to be covered in tomorrow! 

    Back to the ad....the desk that I am sitting on was a fantastic find.  I really had a hard time hiding how much I wanted it when negotiating price.  Many nights I thought about what exactly to do with it....Do I paint it? strip it and stain it? Paint it two-toned? turquoise? white? blue? The possibilities were endless.  (That's truly one of my favorite parts thinking about all the possibilities) I thought about it for awhile, then I decided! To tell the truth I don't really decide and then do it,  I kind of decide as I go so I just got to work.  First I started by stripping the top and staining it, which is not something I really mind doing.  I love seeing the old, gunky paint peel off and expose the beautiful wood underneath.  Then when that was done, I experimented with paint colors and combinations until I decided on this.........

     

     

    She is now ready for the show!

    Come see this desk at the 37th Annual Bayou Lafourche Antiques Show and Sale,  September 6,7 & 8, 2013 at the Warren J. Harang, Jr. Municipal Auditorium in Thibodaux, Louisiana. 

     

    Mandy

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About Me

My name is Mandy and I love finding something old, outdated and giving it a new life using paint. The process I use to restore my furniture is an Art. Not only do I tediously pick and build every piece by hand but I only get pieces that I truely love. If I love a piece of furniture I will spend the time that is needed to hand-paint, distress, sand and wax every nook and cranny.


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