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all about running a store , a creative life and trying to survive .....



Updated: 2018-02-17T01:17:20.244-08:00

 



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2013-02-25T16:25:26.156-08:00

(image) (image) (image) the container came and im a happy camper...only a couple of things broken and it got here right before our big february sale....






waiting

2013-01-17T17:51:28.782-08:00

THE WAITING GAME.....we  have ordered a big pile of  desert primities  from  TURKEY...  they are on the water  now  and  heading  for  customs in virginia.....  we just  got  told  it will be intensively   searched by customs.... the  pile is about  a half a semi...including    150 olive oil jars....very breakable, not insured,  
our  customers  seem  so   interested in this....i ordered  from   my  couch after  talking  dh into it....  i ordered  from pictures   ....the   connection  was  nice  even tho   the main man   spoke no  english....  my hope is  to  be able  to  sell  lots of this   to other dealeers....  i  realy like wholesale  and am  trying  to   get it  going again.....
in this new world where most of my antique  knowledge is  now   worth little....and  the  wonderful   group of   antique  dealers i used to sell to  are long  gone...



junking in rochester

2012-12-14T16:55:28.029-08:00

im  loving  INDUSTRIAL......WE HAVE  SO MUCH....  cant say  its selling   real well  yet but  i like putting it  together and  love the look.. im  buying as much  galvanized, sink, and  metal as i  can  find...  SAP BUCKETS, wash tubs,horse tanks, junk art,           locker baskets, license plates,old  buckets,old  gas cans, metal  drawers,metal carts,STEEL TOOLBOXES... VINTAGE OLIVE BUCKETS, HUGE  cupolas, and  big  tin  letters  made out of old  barn roofs....we are in a  junky   mode  around  here....[...]



dec...2012

2012-12-06T07:07:21.317-08:00

we are still painting a lot...love this  blue...i saw it on pinterest...mine  is  white first, a sloppy white....then a  bit of  aqua  then  a bit of  light  blue....a little  wood  shows  thru...
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issues this month..
..2 NEW WORKERS...s happy and  excited....
 JONS IDEA  of  custom work has   been a  big   deal all year......... i have fought it   and  tried to keep  him in  line....but his  theory is   GIVE THE WOMEN WHATEVER THEY WANT..i guess  this was  marshall fields  motto   a long time ago  so  maybe hes on to something....
.  ive always  been  cash and  carry and take it as is or leave it.... so this is   all  hard  for me..
IMPORTING A  PILE  FROM TURKEY..... MY NEW PROJECT....CANT believe i talked dh into it... getting  100+ big wood bowls,100+ olive oil jars and 100+of those neat olive  buckets and some doors   ...the  sender doesnt  speak english.....    so we will see!!!!
 WE GOT   SOME  TV COVERAGE....  a south bend station   came and  filmed us  about  small business and  made in indiana....it was  on the news  this week...
mostly im on  facebook  but i miss  this  blog...  it  just  doesnt  feel like  many  are on here  and i dont have the time to do it  right....  facebook has  been   great for us tho....






customers

2012-06-23T20:12:28.825-07:00

THIS WEEK IN  CUSTOMER STORIES....  we do  get the neatest people  in   the store...
ONE, a neat  chicago  junk  guy.... told us about  his  dad  who also was in the  junk  business, and  still worked   at  92  he  said  just put  me in  my  pens[depends] and let me  get out there....
and  TODAY...  a  fun  girl  said  she  brought her  husband  once....to  the  yardsale last  year,  and he MADE HER PROMISE       that  she would never  bring him to  green oak again.....
gads....some have   been  coming   for over  30  yrs...  they  mean s o much  to me  besides  money,,,,and i  DO  love their stories..... 



all about the junk

2012-06-23T19:36:08.976-07:00

this summer  has  been all about THE JUNK....THE INDUSTRIAL....METAL...GALVANIZED..buckets, pails, drawers, boxes, ladders, car parts,carts, wheels etc etc eetc......We are loaded  with it....  .dh  says  im  getting too popular with the junk  guys....  they are bringing me  lots and lots....ITS  MOSTLY OUTSIDE   and  im  calling it  the JUNK GARDEN[...]



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2012-06-11T20:15:31.456-07:00

i have some customer  stories.....
a lady comes in and  wanders around  for a long time and  buys a little  ...at the end  she  comes up and says  ...this is always my therapy....nice... then  she  says   i need  to    stop  after     seeing my son in prison.... 

.....a guy....  i heard  this was a quirky  place.....  i took  that as a compliment...
...2  times this week....  mothers  bringing  their  kid in  to  return  stolen  merchandise...  so  awful  and  touching.... i  feel so  bad  for the mothers...
....many  have shared  horrible   health reports....  deaths reports,  tears....
   i love the ones  who have  been  coming  for  20 ...even  30  yrs....  ,....and i love presents.... my  buddy  from  bangles  brought me a georgous /takky  necklace...she knew i would  love it... another  brought us   cannas...another   a hosta...
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when im  dirty and working,  like most  of   the time... the  new ones  take me as an overworked   worker... 
dh is  getting tired ...im  still   crazy about this   whole idea....  so many   things  to   explore...
. and i like that we are a  good   place to come  for a  good time... like   when  they  bring ther  friends.... maybe for the  free  cookies  and a visit  to the pink  room....   




around the store MAY 2012

2012-05-10T17:41:08.396-07:00

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2012-05-10T17:27:54.124-07:00

business seems  to be  really picking up.....  we have  had such a good  year  so far....and are hearing   good economic  news  froM   lots of  places ,,,shows, sales reps  and  auctions   all seem   REALLY HEALTHY...
best things  right now  for   our  store  are  
                                             ...our  crew
                                             ....facebook
                                             ....having  lots of  stuff in the hottest  trend of the day...DECORATING  WITH  NEAT  FARM  RELICS...
    ....IM so busy on  facebook and   having a ball on pinterest.... so i havent  been here much....  heres  our pinterest...  www.pinterest.com/annatgreenoak    im  such a tekk dud  and pinterest is  so   wonderful and easy...i  can  find my pictures and sort them out  just like i want them.... 
im  finding the  copyright  ideas   pretty   murky....  but im  trying to be  careful.....  pictures  from our store are  floating all around, with  no  permission....that  seems  normal , anyway it happens all the time with pictures   you find  when you  google.... 






buying like mad...

2012-01-12T11:40:07.448-08:00

WE ARE  BUYING LIKE   MAD  RIGHT NOW, GETTING  READY  FOR THE NEW YEAR... i  have most of the garden iron ordered  and its  going to be  a lot... nice  big  arches like the one above in my  garden at home...gazebos, lots of  trellises, benches,  fences, all kinds of planters,from  huge to  nice and small , also hanging  planters  armillaries,  wall baskets,  trikes,   topiary....etc etc etc...WE ARE  GETTING  SOME POTTERY   THIS YEAR  TOO....AND I HOPE THOSE  NICE  BIG   CHIMES....

we go to the  gift  show in a few  days...that's in Chicago  where we order from the  big  companies...i  hope i can  find  the right stuff... its  really HARD!!!  what i like is usually   pretty  oddball or  way too expensive  so i try not to  go  there on  everything....altho we do have a lot of  fun   oddball customers  too...THANK HEAVENS....
AND  THIS  YEAR I  WANT TO KEEP  WATCHING  THE PRICES AND NOT  GET TOO HIGH...EXCEPT  FOR A  FEW THINGS..
i like this time of  year to   change  things around  and   work on  new  ideas....
exciting to me  right now...
INDUSTRIAL
PINTEREST
JUNK ART
MANY NEW FURNITURE IDEAS
BRINGING  BACK  THE  PRETTY  SHABBY  COTTAGE  LOOK INTO a little  corner  of  THE   FOO FOO ROOM.... the little  girls  love the  foo foo   room  we aren't  going to drop  THE  FUn stuff theylike in there.....
JON IS  PUSHING US INTO  MORE  SPECIAL ORDERS...   its  hard for me  but it sure is what the  customers  want  so i  am going along....so far its mostly on our  big   popular  counters and our  harvest   tables....
our furniture is MADE IN INDIANA...  which is a  good  feeling  for us and the  buyers...and  especially  for the  carpenters  who  do the work...
I've really neglected  the  blog  but   you  can  find  us on   facebook  so easy.... www.facebook.com/greenoakantiques 
thanks  to  anyone who sent a shop or resturant or salon or  garden  center    to us for  CASH WRAPS,  AND  DISPLAY  CABINETS...we  really  appreciate it!!!
thats about it  for my  update on the  store.. www.greenoakantiques.com

COME SEE US



around the store dec 1....

2011-12-12T18:47:02.820-08:00

METAL DRAWERSBIG  AND  WIDE... OLD  TINLOTS OF LITTLE  FURNITURE INNEW  STYLE...I LOVE THIS ONE...  ALSO  ONE IN  BLACKWE GOT A  GREAT  JUNKY  BARN  CALLNEW AND  FRENCHY..WE HAVE A GREEN ONE  TOO OLD  WATCHMAKERS  CABINETA FUN  DISPLAY...TALL  HALF  TABLETHIS  SOLD  BUT WE ARE MAKING ANOTHER ONE... ITS HUGE...THIS  BEAUTY HAS  WADES  PAINT JOB ON IT....JUST WONDERING.LOVE THIS ONE...above BEST SELLERS.....below .BIG  VICTORIAN  DRESSERwe are getting  so much in  now....I'm   EXCITED  ABOUT  INDUSTRIAL  .... the inventory is  building.... lots of   pails, baskets, crates, a weird   table made out of  gears.... a huge fan, old  indiana sap buckets, metal tool boxes, and  most  fun of all...old   metal file  drawers... i   love  anything  with little  drawers   or  cubby holes....i find myself  buying  junk that  could  be  turned into robot parts....I'm seeing  robot possibilities    everywhere...MY NEW THING IS PINTEREST....omg, is  so addicting.... and just perfect  for me...who  cant  really  manage  my  pictures  well or  my  files... i love how i  can  move around on pinterest..im  such a tekk dudd  and i love theinternet..its  hard.....  not  sure how it will impact the  business....not  sure if i  will want to put prices on  our pictures...ARE  YOU ON  YET?  ITS  REALLY  FUN...HERES MINE http://pinterest.com/annatgreenoak/IM  TRYING TO STICK  WITH  BLOGGING...  but o my gosh,  facebook is  so much more interactive with   our customers... we  have over  2000  fans  now.... i dont  really have time  for  everything...loltime goes  so fast...like the old ladies  used to say!!!lol....  my  favorite  auctioneer  from  the last  20  yrs   just  died...  he had  such a wonderful  last   3  days.....  doing his  thng  with an adoring  crowd....  he was  wonderful...  [...]



thanks for coming....

2011-11-08T03:45:24.714-08:00

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PINTEREST....

2011-11-08T03:39:43.394-08:00

OMG...I  AM  HAVING SO MUCH  FUN ON PINTEREST.... ITS  SUCH AN EASY  WAY  TO ORGANIZE  PICTURES....  im  thinking of  way too many  categories.... i love  seeing  all the  different   boards  who  share   my  love of  , well so many  different  things...
heres  my  favorite....    http://pinterest.com/annatgreenoak/junk-pile/  



we want to buy...

2011-10-26T14:15:51.632-07:00


wanted to buywwww...

old suitcases

old birdbaths

old makeup cases

iron porch furniture

barn junk

old  cement figures

porch posts

ric rac

old metal,
buckets,baskets,saps,drawers,tables etc etc

advertizing

wood, boxes, cubbyholes,crates

we love big favbulous and wierd....we have lots of dishes and furniture already.... we need things at least 50 yrs old...

talk to ann or jon.....574 223 5702



meet US

2011-10-21T18:14:45.628-07:00

jon and lisa....STEVE AND ANN...LISA              ANN AND  RUTH       JON AND  MATTHEW,   LANE AND JOSH      WADE...john and jon   STEVECAROL AND RUTHWADE AND ANN....RUTH...  LISAJONJONTERRI...WEBMEISTERSTEVE.. counting the  beansSTEVE AND RUTHSTEVE AND ANN RUTH AND LISAJON AND HIS  BOYSSINCE  1978...steve and ann...........well , here we are...all out here in the store  trying to make it  a good  thing  for  our  customers.....  you might not  see  all of us at once  but  it  takes all of us to keep  this  thing  going...CAROL...ANN...RHONDACAROL AND CAROL[...]



around the store...props for shops

2011-10-16T06:33:24.353-07:00

we have  been selling lots of  this kind of  stuff to other shops...you know,  the  great  shops  that  dont  want to look like their  displays  are made of  generic   particle board junk....we se ll to  boutiques, bars, resturants,salons all kinds of  small businesses.... if  you know  someone opening up  and  who needs  displays or  counters PLEASE    send  them   over to us.....we have  lots and lots... from pretty  elegant white to  big and  tough  industrial.... old and new...
 we are putting lotsof   current pictures on our  facebook  ...check it out....www.facebook.com/greenoakantiques



fall

2011-10-16T06:32:05.517-07:00

its  been a great  fall...with so much happening..THE STORE IS PACKED....
..  we are trying to   figure out how to ship  our  counters  and offer them on line... we  cant  find a reasonable  price for  the shipping part....people  far away  want our  stuff and  we just   lose  almost  every  chance to sell to them.....  we are trying  tho..
 another project is   getting   a  giant  junk  sculpture  down on  the highway at our turn...i want to  go to the  farm junkyard  with jon and pick something out to  build on....
the  store is rolling along  and   many  days  the  recession  seems  to  be   over....we have  been so  busy....  our  recycled, repurposed  projects  are  really  selling....
so its pretty  good  herre 
oh  and also our INDUSTRIAL   SELECTIONS  ARE  GROWING FAST....  i like that  a lot....
another project  for me is  to learn  computer  better  ...especially   collaging  with my ipad  app...my  grandson is  helping me....



the white sections.....

2011-08-30T20:13:14.984-07:00

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fall at the store

2011-08-30T19:55:33.181-07:00

busy busy time...  geting  ready  for  the  fall season...we  have  bought  tons and now are  trying to  get it  up and  displayed....  you hate to see summer  passing  by so  fast....  but  for  us   after the yardsale  comes  fall....its a wierd  store calendar...
we  think  everyone will like  some of  it.....
we have tons of   garland and  rings....lots of  wire  pumpkins,  great  for  centerpieces.....  several kinds of  battery  candles,  many with timers....   fun signs.... and  so much  more....



getting ready....

2011-07-28T07:46:46.605-07:00

heres our to do list for the  next  few  days  in preperation  for   our  BIG  YARDSALE  AUG 7....  ####SALE  PRICE ALL THE FURNITURE###  CLEAR OUT   ABOUT  20 FEET UNDER THE AWNING  FOR THE HALF PRICE AREA###SCHEDLULE ABOUT  12  PEOPLE  FOR  THEIR PARTS IN THE NEXT  12  DAYS###UNLOAD  THE HALF PRICE ROOM AND PRICE FOR  THE YARDSALE PART ####  MOVE  A 10 FT  CABINET  WHICH IS  BLOCKING THE  3RD  PAY STATION INSIDE####MOVE  ALL THE  ROUGH  ROOM OUT INTO THE  SUNSHINE ####   MAKE   4  long  ROWS OF TABLES   IN JONS  YARD....  one   for  each price..50 cents...1$$.. 2$$   and  4$$##### put color  coded  price   stickers on  a  few  1000  items in the  yardsale part..#####unload  a  storage  building    where  we have stored lots of a uction leftovers and  MISC####  TRY AND  FIND  ABOUT   6  BOXES  OF   CHRISTMAS ITEMS....   we have this  sale   rain or shine...the parking....we have a big field  just  south of the store  ...and in the  field  behind  the store.....   we  have tons of help  so  you dont have to carry  your   purchases...so its  going to  be a busy  week around  here....this is a  real sale....ITS OUR  ANNUAL  CLEAN OUT AND  our loss is  your  gain....   STOREWIDE SALE HALF PRICE  AREA HUGE YARDSALEtiming.....  THE HALF PRICE PART STARTS  FRIDAY...AUG  5  AND  WILL CONTINUE  MOST OF THE WEEK AFTER THE  SALE   THE YARDSALE PART  is one day only....  sunday  aug  7....starting at  9.....on monday, after the yardsale,     the whole yard  will be  for sale.....   ask  me, ann,  or  jon...we pack it up   fast...jon  wants his yard  back....  [...]



grandma mary ...facebook

2011-07-27T04:34:11.976-07:00

http://www.facebook.com/GrandmaMaryShow
we are trying   hard on  facebook these days.... so hard  for me....being a TTD...........total tekk dud.....
....i have  found  a lot of  great , almost understandable   advice and ideas  on   GRANDMA MARY 's facebook page and  blog... ...i would  call her a social media guru...she talks  about  lots of  the issues  a  store or  business needs to  get up to date on  to  make the most of  facebook,  or twitter  ....AND SHES NICE...AND  REALLY   TALKS TO HER  FANS... 



our new white....

2011-07-26T07:07:06.596-07:00

one of many  counters/islands/bars....all recycled....  also have several dark ones...BIG WHITE IRON URNS!! wade and i have  developed a new white.... its   some nice natural  undertones..so its  a  little warmer  with touches of  brown and  black....  we have  lots  of  white pieces right now....including lots of mirrors.NOW IN... IN WHITE... buffets...we have several  ... some  get  sold  for  vanities  in bathrooms  and some for tv   stands....  also have lots of  side tables  and one  big  beautiful white  harvest table with great  big legs....  we just made  5  more  big mirrors...jon made them out of old  doors  ...they  are  recycled and  ready for new life in someones  house....alsowhite urns...several nice big ones right now..white  tins..lots of  big  wall panels  made  from  old  ceiling tin from  detroit...white  crocks...they look so neat togethertons of white milkglass...so cheap!!!white  bed  benches...we make these out of old   beds....white  chair benches....  made by our amish crew....out of old  chairswhite  bookshelveswhite night standswhite picket fenceswhite   counters/islands....all  rehabbed  and  using   recycled partsWELL  YOU GET THE IDEA....IF YOU LIKE WHITE   YOU WILL  PROBABLY  FIND  SOMETHING  NICE...THE STORE HAS  BEEN SO BUSY THIS SUMMER...LOTS  COMING IN...  now we are getting  ready for our  yardsale...AUG 7...sunday  at  9..... its  going to  be a big one....if  youve  brought   friends or  family....THANK YOU....     AND IF  YOUVE SENT a  STORE owner  HERE TO  BUY  STORE  FIXTURES OR  COUNTERS OR cashwraps or   DISPLAYS  WE  love that!!!we are trying to  keep our indiana  carpenters   BUSY!!!  .[...]