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Updated: 2018-03-06T01:44:12.984-06:00


Bloom & Bee Swanky Brick and Mortar Store is Closing!


Bloom & Bee SwankySTORE CLOSINGDear Friends, Customers, & Supporters of Bloom & Bee Swanky, I'm Amy Bradshaw, Proprietor. Many of you already know me well from shopping in my store over the last 8 years. This letter is a heartfelt and bittersweet one for me to write. I know it is long, but I hope you will read it and share this news with your friends.  I'm writing to let you know that December 21, 2013, or thereabouts, will be Bloom & Bee Swanky's last day of business as a brick and mortar retail store. I know! I'm surprised, too. Sharing this news of store closing with you, and more importantly, WHY we've decided to wrap up this incarnation of our business vision is really important to me. Can I tell you a story? Thirteen years ago, I began my full-time career in retail. I did my first booth at a flea market while I was still in college. I then did numerous shows and at one point had 5 antique booths simultaneously across 3 cities in Texas. I also worked in a store, and I learned the beloved business of vintage retail from my then employer Dolly Dameron Scott of Shabby Tiques, which was followed by a successful full time e-commerce site  Eight years ago November 1st, I opened the doors to Bloom & Bee Swanky, the last 6 years being in Downtown Waco. This shop, which so many of you have come to know and love, has been the physical embodiment of my taste, my way of seeing the world, my love affair with all things timeworn, and my best creative work to date. It's inside the walls of this store that I learned the art of 21st-century-shopkeeping with a vintage point of view. Inside the walls of this store, I created a community of people who share my love for all things vintage, including a team of phenomenal swanky shop girls. Inside the walls of this store, my husband Matt (who many of you also know) and I put in many long hours together, taking care of our customers, building our dream, and making sure you got to experience it the way we envisioned it.  The past few years of maturing as a retail boutique owner, for me, have been both sweet and challenging. As Matt and I round the corner toward forty (I know!), we are finding our attention being drawn to other aspects of our life together. We have a strong desire to start a family (we've been married for almost 15 years now). We want to travel together and do humanitarian work. And quite simply, we'd like more personal time, together in our home, with our extended family, close friends and time to make deeper relationships with our church family.  Together with Matt, I have made the decision to transform my retail vision into a new form. I have always felt "called" to do deeply creative work, to get my hands dirty, to find and share the beauty in old things. I will NEVER stop appreciating vintage things.    But for me, the new vision I'm holding in my heart involves closing the doors of this store. Our lease is up and we know this is the right course of action.  On one hand, closing the store is sad. We will surely miss the daily conversations with so many of our regular customers, and the special visits from out of town folks who make it a point to stop in to Bloom & Bee Swanky on their way through Waco. We will miss unpacking battered cardboard boxes of wonderful goods from our travels and delivered to the store on pallets. We will miss discovering the independent artists, designers, and makers whose amazing creations we've loved showcasing through the years. Many of those talents are now best bee friends and part of our forever bee swanky family (you know who you are).   We will miss the over-the-top holiday events, when we filled the store with Live Christmas music and no one could leave without a piece of tinsel trailing from their shoe or glitter stuck in their hair.  Yet, even though we will miss all of these special people and things, the truth is, we see Bloom & Bee Swanky as a Downtown Waco success story.  As any small business owner knows[...]



Hello Blog Readers!  I am doing an EBAY run and for the next week will be posting many many items up for auction. These are not necessarily things you would find in our store but more specialty or collectible items. Please click HERE and check back often! Our seller ID is Amybeth101 .You will find things like...AND MORE...We have thousands of items in our inventory, so if you are looking for something old and unique for a Holiday Gift, please let me know. We may have just what you are looking for! Oh and we still have time for guaranteed Christmas Delivery!We also still have some great ornaments left in the shop.  Take A little look and don't forget about our late night shopping this Thursday with Store Wide Sales.  Check back here tomorrow for all the details!!! [...]

Open Late Every Thursday!


Don't forget to join us this Thursday and every Thursday for late shopping until Christmas.  We will have store wide sales and sips and nibbles while you shop as we welcome back Summer Ellis!

Wine Tasting at Bloom & Bee Swanky!!!


Every Thursday from now until Christmas, beginning tomorrow Nov. 29th, The Swanky Girls are staying open late for your shopping pleasure.

Nov. 29th - We are one of the spots hosting the Central Texas Wine Tasting, featuring wines from 6 wineries, great food, live music and more. Patrons will ride the old city trolley busses from location to location.
Tickets can still bee purchased in advance by calling us at 254-753-2292 or stopping by our shop in person. It benefits Meds and Foods For Kids.

We are donating 50% of everything sold from 6:00 - 9:00pm back to the charity. So come out and shop, drink, dine and bee Merry with Us while supporting such a worth while cause!



Bee Swanky is Having a
Rummage SALE

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday
(AUG 3-5)

This is  true Rummage Sale. 
We've cleaned out the back of the shop and are opening it up and filling it up with almost everything! You will have to dig and stuff will bee piled up in boxes, under tables and everywhere.

Some things you will find...
Old Iron Beds
Old Bottles
Dented and Dammaged Store Items
Holiday Items
Furniture in need of a little love
All Kinds of House Hold Items
Craft Items
Ceiling Fans and Light fixutures
Old doors, shutters and a few architeutre items
... so much more

It will all bee cheap cheap cheap and priced to sell, so don't miss it!

This is a CASH ONLY Sale and on Sunday everything left will bee 50% off.  It all must GO!

It will bee held during normal business hours - No early Sales
Friday and Satrurday 10:30 - 5:30
Sunday 1:00 - 5:00

Bee Seeing YA!



There is still time left to enjoy the Summer Ellis Sale.  She has never had this big of a sale before and you don't want to miss it.  As always, we also have many new finds for you to come shop! 

See you this Thursday -Sat. 10:30 - 5:30 and
Sunday 1:00 - 5:00

HUGE SALE THIS WEEKEND and a few Hico Show Pics!


HUGE SALE THIS WEEKEND!Open Saturday 10:30 - 5:30 Sunday 1:00 - 5:00Nearly Everything In the Summer Ellis Jewelry Collection is now 40% offSave 20% off our Entire Vintage Linen Collection Including our Vintage Euro Shams Now only $28Save 20% off all Vintage Clothing and our racks of Vintage Lingerie and Gussies20% off ALL Candles 50% Off all Vintage Lamp Shades30% off all Stationary20% off ALL In Stock Bedding30% off all ClothingSelected Furniture Markdowns30% off ALL Designer Pillows including our Newest Shipmentthe below photos are just a sampling I am such a dodo and completely forgot to take out my camera at the show as usual.  I have people sending me some more pics and I look forward to sharing them with you.  These were taken near the end after many things had already sold.  Last Weekend at the Hico Homestead Antique Fair... We still have this Giant over 9 feet long vintage metal table with a new zinc topIs she not the cutest?  The Highlight of the show!  I have never seen this breed.  A deer face long hair mini Chiwawa.Our Sale is this Saturday and Sunday Only!Bee Seeing Ya![...]

Join us this weekend in Hico at the Homestead Antique Fair!


We will bee set up this weekend at the Homestead Antique Fair in Hico, Texas.  If you have never been to this show before you won't want to miss it.  It keeps on getting better and better each year.  We are taking a load of mostly all never seen before merchandise with lots of metals and an industrial flair including a spectacular vintage all metal zinc top table over 9 feet long!  You can find us in the building right across the street from the Homestead Store.  Seeing Mike's and Brenda's beautiful store is worth the drive alone.  From Waco it is straight up HWY 6 into Hico.  See their website for more details and check back here next week with photos from the show. 



If you are looking for something fun to do Thursday Night,  Look no further!
This will be a grean night of wine, food and fun for a great cause!. 
Come Join Us!

New Store Hours!!! Come See What's New in Store...


New Store HoursBeginning Immediately and Continuing through the Summer monthsOur New Hours are:Thursday thru Monday10:30 - 5:30Sunday 1:00 - 5:00Closed Tuesday and WednesdayI can't believe how longs it's been since I have made a post.  I have been super busy with so many new projects I'm super passionate about and will share with you what I have been up to and where I've been soon.Here is a clue to where I have been most recent.  Can you Guess where I am?  Take a look at the mountains in the background.   Wonderful Custom Whitewashed Farm Table with bread board edges made from Local reclaimed wood  $895Vintage Primitive White Bench $79 SOLDSet of 6 Fabulous Dining Chairs $3593 HEAVY Metal Old storage Bins - $59 eaOld Concrete Garden Statue $179Grey Painted Vintage Modern Mirror $65Church Alter with open shelving in back  $359Old Tool Caddy $45Wonderful Old Framed Floral Print - $98 SOLD Vintage tangerine Floral hat - SOLDVintage Tangerine Scarf - All Vintage Scarves always $2 eaVintage White 6 drawer Chest - $289Vintage Necklaces $12 ea SOLDNewly Linen reupholstered Vintage Chair - $295 We have several of these zinc tables in stock Originally from Wisteria  our price $395 This Handsome Man Just Arrived $25 SOLD Wonderful Old Metal Grey Fold Out Desk - SOLDI LOVE this old hat $30 My favorite thing in store are these bee hive wall sculptures.  As I was walking around snapping photos of whats new,  I started taking photos of all the lovely finishes found all around me.  I leave you with textures that intrigued me on all items currently available for sale.  Enjoy!SOLDSOLD[...]



We wanted to drop you a quick note to remind you about TONIGHT'S Second Thursday Event! 
Everything and we do mean EVERYTHING in store is
On SALE 10 - 50% off Tonight Only!

 Please Join Us For Wine and
Cheese While you Shop.
Tonight beginning at 5:30 we welcome back Waco's own, Steven Gereghty, to play his soulful live music you have been asking for!
Also, Everyone who attends tonight will bee entered in a
 drawing to Win a $50 Bee Swanky Gift Certificate!
Thursday March 8th 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Bee on you Bum! Swanky Panties!


Our now infamous Swanky Panties were
just featured as a Cool Find on the
Shop Across Texas Website!

February's Second Thursday Event!


Everything and we do mean everything
in the store will be On SALE
10 - 75% off from 5:00 - 7:00pm Only!

Please join Us this Thursday Feb 9th, from 5:00 - 7:00 for our monthly second Thursday event as we welcome Waco's Own Claire Masters.  Clarie will be signing her new book, Portals to the Past, containing more than sixty of her most successful columns over the last decade. Claire’s new book ranges across a myriad of subjects: architecture, decorative arts, fashion, personalities and textiles.  The book is $25.00 including tax and all proceeds go to the Historic Waco Foundation. 

Join us for deliciously special sips and nibbles while you shop. 

Bee Seeing YOU!

January's Second Thursday Event Tomorrow!


January Second Thursday Event5:00 - 7:00 PM  Jan 12thEverything in the shop will be on Sale 10 - 75% offEnjoy Wine and Cheese while you shop!This month for our Second Thursday Event we welcome Lisa Monroe, Silver Metal Artist!She will be having a trunk show featuring many new designs and will also be have a demonstration showing us how she makes her unique creations.Bee Seeing Ya![...]

Come to Our First 2nd Thursday Event! Save 40%!!!


Join us This Thursday, Dec. 8th, for our first monthly second Thursday Event.  Come Shop from 5:00 - 7:00 to receive at least 10% off your entire purchase.   All Holiday Items and our entire selection of bath and body products will bee 40% off! Enjoy a book signing by Waco's Own, Golden Keyes Parsons, debuting her new book, His Steadfast Love.  We will  have all her books available for purchase and they truly make a great holiday gift!Emily put together a super fun and hilarious in store scavenger hunt.  Find all the items and receive a free gift!We still have a great selection of holiday decor and for those two hours only it will be 40% off!Bring a friend and make it a girl's night with sips and nibbles while you shop.  Mark your calenders for our next month's second Thursday event on Jan 12th.  These photos were taken by Shelly Negrete Photography.  We hope to have all the photos from our Holiday Preview Party posted soon, so please check back!Bee Seeing Ya![...]



We are now Open every Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 through Christmas as well as our regular store hours Monday - Saturday from 10:30 - 5:30!



White Paper Packages Tied up with String ...These are a Few of the Bee Swanky Things!Please Join Us this Thursday as we host our Annual Holiday Preview Party!  Doors Open At 6:00 PMLadies and Gentlemen, it’s that enchanting time of year again, and you do not want to miss the annual Holiday Preview Party at Bloom and Bee Swanky!  This November, Bee Swanky is celebrating six wonderful years of business; therefore, as a thank-you to our loyal customers, the Swanky girls are making this holiday season one to remember!   Come and bee welcomed by a hometown staff that greets every customer by name.  Each shop girl is always dedicated to help customers locate an ideal piece of furniture, home accent or a unique gift while the wintry aroma of candles will be enough to entice one to stay.   Bluesy Music and carols will fill the store as local artist Steven Gereghty performs the songs we all love to hear.  Enjoy sips and nibbles including a tasting from Wiseman House Chocolates.     This year Bloom & Bee Swanky is giving back.  We will bee accepting donations of Non perishable Baby Food and Formula throughout the month of November, and will match each donation item for item to be given to Caritas.  Christmas magic will surround the store as each customer shops for the perfect gifts for their loved ones. As you stroll their isles of white you will want to deck your halls and adorn your tree with both contemporary and vintage white, silver and glass ornaments. Illuminate the kitchen with sparkling holiday décor, and add a modern touch to your entryway with a stone statue.   Don’t just read all about it, go experience the fantasia for yourself.  (post card) We will bee closed Oct. 31 - Nov. 2 As we transform the store!First 100 Customers Who Make a purchase will receive One of our Signature Free GiftsLive Music by Steven GereghtyWiseman House Chocolate Tasting Lots of Sips and Nibbles while you ShopBee Swanky will bee matching all Baby Food Donationsitem for item to bee given to Caritas the End of November! [...]

Item of the Week


Bed: $629 
Iron Scroll Pieces $35 each 
Large Double Sided Vintage Chalkboard on Stand: $169.95
Vintage Mannequin Head: $54.95
Please feel free to inquire about anything you see in our photos

Just IN ... This Extraordinary Iron Antique Full Size Bed.  It is such a lovely greenish gray color and ornate with both the head board and foot board beeing a nice height.  I just happen to find these iron vintage scroll pieces in the exact same color to compliment.  We attached some to the top of the head board and added them to the column for interest.  They don't get much better than this!

Three Day Sale!


Click on photo for enlargement

Today, Tomorrow and Monday we are clearing out.  We have so much New to put out and we are having a SALE!      Markdowns on nearly everything and if it is not - just ask!  I will do what I can to help you the next few days.

Item of the week!


 $129.00  78.5" tall x 3 feet wide
Just in are theses great old storage lockers.  We can't keep old lockers and gym baskets so these are sure to bee gone fast.

Item of the Week


Item of the Week is back and we are so excited to share our newest item, Summer Ellis' new BEE earrings from her 2011 Fall collection. Come check them out along with her other adorable jewelry during her Trunk Show today and tomorrow! Tune in next week to find out our new and favorite item of the week!

Summer Ellis Trunk Show This Weekend!


Please Join Us This Weekend for a Summer Ellis Trunk Show.  She is back home in Waco, for the time beeing anyway, and now is the time to stop in and meet the designer herself.  Wow, I can't believe the Free Earring Giveaway to the first Five Customers EACH Day.  Don't miss it!

I wanted to let you know it has been a super busy summer for me personally, but we have found new employees and I feel we have the Bee Swanky Dream Team in Place.  We will be blogging much more regularly now and have so much to update you on.  Fall and Holiday Orders (preparing for Holiday Preview Party November 3rd) as well as new Vintage Items are starting to come in by the pallets full, so please stop in and see what's new if you haven't been in lately.  Bee Seeing Ya!



Update:  We are still accepting applications and will bee setting up additional interviews this week beginning Aug 16th.A Rare Opportunity is Available here at Bloom & Bee Swanky. Help is needed for full time sales manager. Some Weekends are a must! A few times a year for special sales and events, late evenings may be required. Your number one job is helping to maximize the store’s profit while minimizing costs. Retail Experience and customer service skills are minimum requirements. Computer Literacy is a must, NO Exceptions. You need to be able to take and format digital photographs. You must be able to excel at Internet researching! Experience is necessary with cash registers and POS systems.Daily Tasks will include scheduling, managing the other employees to increase sales and increase efficiency, maintaining the highest level of customer service at all times, getting to know customers by name and maintaining customer database, keeping the store always displayed properly when items sell, protect employees and customers by providing a safe and clean store environment, checking in orders and maintaining inventory stock levels, purchasing items from walk-ins, taking phone messages, opening and closing store, balancing drawer, preparing deposits and basically being the liaison to the owner in any and all aspects by providing daily reports. Of course there will be the occasional shop duties when other sale associates cannot be present or when other duties are complete. They include, but are not limited to sweeping/vacuuming, window washing, watering plants, changing light bulbs, cleaning restrooms, trash, painting and other things that a store just simply needs to operate. Also, the position will require the ability to occasionally climb ladders as well as assist in moving and rearrange heavy furniture within the store.Another continuous duty, will be helping the owner to stay organized. She is very busy with multiple projects and appointments and needs help keeping the checkout area and storage areas neat and organized. This task will fall all on you to find creative ways to do this.If you like to write, and are good at it, this position could fit you nicely. Experience writing press releases will be very helpful. If you are creative and have graphic design experience, this could be great opportunity for you as well. This position allows the right person to design and develop blog entries, newsletters, and brochures, print ads, in-store signage, postcards, and more ensuring that standards are observed with all marketing materials. Initiating and maintaining a complete and accurate database will be a continuous duty as well as packaging and shipping of Internet orders. This position requires someone who truly enjoys a creative environment, varied duties and is a self-starter. This position requires confidence, tact, the ability to handle multi-tasking, following up projects, phone calls and customer’s requests are essential. You must be a quick learner and a SMILER which means you should be Happy! This position will require you to have daily interaction with customers. This will require a neat and orderly appearance as well as a pleasant disposition and attitude.Although the shop is small and fun, we have goals, standards, and ambitions. Please don’t let the size of the business be an indicator of its ambitions. We expect to grow and would like the right person to STAY and grow with us. Hopefully, that will be YOU!If a[...]



Sorry for the late post as I just got in from finishing up the sale.  Please keep in mind this is a true rummage sale and there is some of everything and lots of good junk!  It is indoors in the cool.  We have the house and garage full.  Come see us at 1049 Eagle Canyon in China Spring just off 2490 (Wortham Bend HWY)  Here are a few snapshots showing only a sampling of what we have for sale! I took them with my phone in the dark - excuse the poor quality!Open Friday and Saturday 9:00 - 5:00We also have it nice and cool in the shop with lots of new arrivals debuting this weekend so come and see us.  Thanks for voting for us!  Congratulations to carlisle clan conversation for being chosen in our giveaway.   Please email me your address and your gift certificate will bee on the way to you![...]

Please Vote for Us - Last Chance and a Giveaway!


I just found about this and voting ends today!  If you love shopping with us,  please Click Here to vote for us as your favorite store in Waco. Click Waco and you will see Bloom & Bee Swanky in the drop down menu. When you do, leave us a comment here and one random blogger will bee chosen to receive a $50 gift certificate to shop with us.  Giveaway comment entry ends tonight at midnight CST. 

On another note - the Bee Swanky Girls are having a huge Sale this Friday and Saturday at 1049 Eagle Canyon Drive in China Spring right off 2490 Wortham Bend Hwy!  Check back tomorrow for preview photos and all the details.

Next week will bee catch up week with a post every day to what is happening here at Bee Swanky!