Holiday Open House at Daisies and Olives!

The annual Open House at Daisies and Olives is a BIG DEAL. This year, Martha closed the store for the three days prior to the event so that the vendors could come in and work their booths without worrying about being in the way of shoppers. I was there Tuesday for five hours and then came back late Thursday to take some pictures — both times, the store was packed with vendors working in their booths harder than Santa’s elves. The theme this year was “Friends in Flannel,” and Martha had our flannel shirts printed with the store’s logo, as you can see below — these are the gals that were working the food table. Oh, yes, there’s food, the vast majority of which is home-cooked cuisine — and it’s all delicious.

I popped in to help out for a few hours today and this was my view as I was trying to make my way to the counter:

It was crazeeeeeee busy, and this was the middle of the day, around 1:30. It is QUITE a popular event. And it should be. Bragging is unseemly, and I shouldn’t do it, but I’m going to, anyway: Daisies and Olives is a REALLY good flea market. It has always been one of my favorites, even before I had a booth here. It has gorgeously styled booths and unbelievably reasonable prices — a combination rarely found in flea markets these days. And it’s HUGE. Martha has built a hugely popular business and I’m lucky to be a vendor here.

On with the pictures!

Let’s start with my booth, because I’m selfish that way.


If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen this awesome antique tool caddy. I got it at an auction, and it was a miracle I won it — I just happened to be one of the only dealers there who would be interested in such an item and lucked into it. I love it SO MUCH and it’s hard to part with it, but upon the advice of my friend Carrie, I have it marked really high so I would be THRILLED if it actually sold at that price.

That’s the good old Frosty that I got from Chicago when I went home for Shannon’s wedding. And that mirror I got for a song and then spray painted it — not my first choice, but it was gold and gaudy and plastic and SOMETHING had to be done. I had intended to use my sprayer and chalk paint it but the sprayer finally went kaput. I had a Critter, which I liked, but it is NOT built to last. See that rack holding all of those prints? Best junk buddy Shara GAVE that to me. Just GAVE it to me. Because she’s awesome like that.

I went a little crazy on the Christmas prints. I’ve never done framed Christmas prints before, so we’ll see how they fare. (UGH those neon green tags. I cheaped out and bought 1000 of them for $12.99. I am just so sick of paying a ton for price tags. But they’re hideous, and ruin the look of everything. I am brainstorming on how to fix this.)

This is a piece I’ve had for probably close to a year and just now got around to painting it. I was trying to decide whether to keep it or not. Its narrow profile makes it kind of unusual and practical. I don’t have anywhere to put it right now so out it goes.

Oh, these stools! How I love them. I found them on Craigslist and bought 35 of them from an enterprising guy who was shockingly business savvy despite his young age. I have never in my life bought that much stock all at once and it was SCARY but they are selling briskly so I’m not too worried. Yet.

I worked on the booth for FIVE HOURS and my feel and legs were so tired afterwards. It’s good to totally refresh like that, though. I get so sick of things after they’ve been sitting in the booth for a while.

Okay, now for some shots from around the store.

My friend Paula was one of the folks who arranged the front of the store. Beautiful.

 

A knitter’s paradise at Georgia Peach.

This is the top part of my friend Carrie’s booth, White Vintage Rose (you can follow her on Instagram @whitevintagerose). Carrie is amazing. Her styling and taste are impeccable. She should be a high-priced interior designer. I kind of hope she goes in that direction because I will save up my pennies to get her over to my house to tell me how to decorate it.

She recently started carrying a clothing line full of romantic, flowy, Bohemian clothes in gorgeous neutral shades.

A few more shots of the lower part of her booth…

 

 

Everything she does is just scrumptious.

Moving on to other parts of the store…

Adorable sign from Champagne Jane.

This is one of a pair of mirrors in the One West Wilson booth. I have no idea where I would put them but I WANT THEM. Gorgeous. They’re only $28 each — I think they’re worth much more than that. Someone go buy these before I do.

This vintage gold tree was also in One West Wilson and it is GORGEOUS. I couldn’t get a great picture of it because it was backlit…it sold almost immediately and at $60, I can see why.

These next few pictures are from my friend Paula’s booth, Emma’s Back Porch (follow her on Instagram @pkinion). She’s another person with a fabulous sense of style — her booth is always gorgeous, with a bazillion tiny things hidden away. You could look for hours and still find something new. One of the little nooks of her booth was done all in golds and creams. Beautiful.

 

 

 

Stunning display at my neighbor’s booth, Helena Handbasket, featuring beautiful items created by my friends Max and Lisa. (You can also follow them on Instagram @helena_handbasket_in_pg.) Max also makes fantastic, giant clocks out of pallet wood. I should have gotten some shots of those.

Festive, fun holiday pillows in the booth across the street from me, Maisons Designs Home (she also blogs here). These would be so great to throw around your house, on your couches and chairs, to give you house a quick boost of holiday spirit.

This was one of the displays at Four Funky Friends, who have a good chunk of the room that my booth is in. (You can also find them on Instagram @fourfunkyfriends.)  I would have loved to have taken more pictures of their beautiful booth but it was jam-packed with people while I was there! They just started selling some really cute t-shirts and they were flying out the door while I was working the counter.

Beautiful light fixture in my friend Barb’s booth.

Some vintage Christmas gorgeousness from Classy Trash.

These are vintage industrial bulbs from outside lights. They were in the Sweet Salvage booth and were gone LIKE LIGHTNING once the doors opened. They were really something else.

Some delicious vintage Christmas ornaments at Possum Valley Vintage. (You can also follow her on Instagram @possumvalleyvintage.) Linda had just started setting up when I came back to the store on Thursday, so these are the only two pictures I got of her booth, but take a look at her FB page and prepare to be wowed. She and her husband drive all over the country to find the most unusual and rare items. They specialize in cubbies and antique file cabinets, like the one you can see in the next picture. In the background is a FANTASTIC mirrored, arched door. FANTASTIC. Did I say FANTASTIC?

 

An adorable vanity (would be so cute in a little girl’s room!) in my friend Anne’s booth, Angel’s Attic. (You can also follow her on Instagram @angelsattic23.) She’s got some really cute hand-painted signs in there right now and that mirror you can see on the left side of the pictures is a stunner.

This silver bowl in my friend Susan’s booth is gorgeous and so interesting — it’s a Bridge award, and you can see the names of the champions from the 1970s engraved on it. Susan finds the most fascinating, unusual things.

Beautiful tableau in the Not-So-Plain Jane booth (love that name!).  (You can also find her on Instagram @notsoplainjanedesigns.)

Cuteness from my neighbor, Small Town Girl.

Fabulous candy canes made out of vintage materials in the Relics booth.

I know you’re probably overwhelmed with photos but this is the tip of the iceberg. I could have taken pictures of every booth, because they’re all amazing, but I was limited by time. If you’re anywhere in the Northwest Arkansas area, I would highly recommend you adding us to your junking stop. In fact, you could go right now! As I’m writing this, there’s still an hour left in the Open House! I can’t imagine how tired the D and O employees will be.  I was there for about two hours and the place was packed the entire time.

Here’s hoping those busy bee workers find somewhere relaxing to go after this long, busy day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 13, 2015 - 11:02 pm

Shara I could not believe the crowds that were there! I heard that the street was still buzzing after 8:00 tonight. D & O looked great! It made me think that between all those shops and The Junk Ranch, there are a lot of talented people in this area. So many clever displays and creations. It makes me want to step up my game!!!

November 14, 2015 - 12:46 pm

Max Conner Great article, thanks for the props!

November 14, 2015 - 5:47 pm

Rhonda Your Christmas prints are wonderful! That green cart is amazing! I love your booth! The D & O pictures were some great eye candy!

November 14, 2015 - 6:33 pm

Leasa Hi Lara,
I couldn’t believe the crowds at the Holiday Open House! It was my first experience and it was a beautiful thing! Not only are all these vendors extremely talented but also absolutely charming! I felt so blessed to be a part of it and to be a part of the D & O family! I love your booth and whimsical style and these pictures of the open house are amazing! Thanks so much for the mention in your blog!
Leasa

November 15, 2015 - 8:44 am

Heidi@TheMerryMagpieVintage I LOVe all of these photos, Lara! Gosh, I wish that we had a place like that here to shop. And I really wish we had a place like that where I could sell! It looks really fantastic, no wonder there were crowds!

November 16, 2015 - 9:56 am

Melissa’s Antiques Wow – wish we had a flea market like that around here. We have some great antique malls, but nothing with home decor, etc that is tied in so well. The mall looks very cohesive, even though it’s multiple vendors.

November 16, 2015 - 10:59 am

Kim I hope to stop by when I go to The Junk Ranch this summer. Love the pictures and got lots of inspiration. If your ever in Northeast Arkansas stop by my shop Gray’s Attic…I’d love to talk junk!!

November 21, 2015 - 10:21 am

Lara Jo Yay, Kim, I hope you get to! And I will DEFINITELY put Gray’s Attic (love the name) on my list for when I’m over your way! Thanks for stopping by!

November 21, 2015 - 10:22 am

Lara Jo Thanks, Melissa! The owner, Martha, is really talented at fostering that cohesive look, I think. Although I love a good junky flea market, too, because half the fun is digging through crap.

November 21, 2015 - 10:25 am

Lara Jo Thank you, Heidi! You are finding a lot of places to sell your stuff, though — I’ve loved seeing all of your experiences on FB and IG. But I know it’s harder to pack up and move your stuff from place to place. Maybe you need to be the person to start a popular flea market in your area! You know, in all your free time — LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

November 21, 2015 - 10:26 am

Lara Jo Awww, thanks, Leasa — love having the beauty of your booth across the “street” from me!!!!

November 21, 2015 - 10:26 am

Lara Jo Rhonda, thanks so much for your sweet compliments! You’ve made my day! Thanks for stopping by!

November 21, 2015 - 10:26 am

Lara Jo Thanks, Max!!

November 21, 2015 - 10:27 am

Lara Jo YES, Shara. It inspires me!!!

November 29, 2015 - 10:52 am

Linda @ A La Carte I came to visit after Shara talks about you all the time. I love your booth and the store is amazing. If I ever get that way I would shop there for sure.
hugs,
Lind

August 31, 2016 - 7:52 am

Daisies & Olives A little late in finding this but hey, all y’all, Pretty Quirky is amazing. We love Lara Jo and everything she does. This is a wonderful report. Come see Pretty Quirky at D&O and watch for our 2016 Holiday Open House.

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