Is this really Happening? It’s Surreal Right?…. Lynn’s Latest #10


Pictured Emma, Val, my mom, me, Indy, Cindy, and Peggy

Welcome to Lynn’s Latest #10…

March 19, 2020
Watch for it every Thursday or every OTHER Thursday!
Volume I  Issue 10


This past week has been crazy….and not in a good way!  I seriously can’t believe that the Corona Virus is happening…..Ughhhhhh!  It feels like in the past week, life as we know it has changed.

I have been going through all of the emotions….disbelief, anger, panic, etc., and yet there have been feelings of calmness, gratefulness, and joy.  What?  You may be thinking.

Instead of letting the fear take over, I have decided to look at this from a grateful point of view.

1.  My kids are both home for a long period of time (that wasn’t going to happen any time soon).  My son’s girlfriend Emma and Indy’s boyfriend Brandon are also here.  We also have Carlos!

2.  We are hanging out and enjoying each other’s company.  Cooking family meals (well Houston cooks not me), playing board games, watching movies and laughing A LOT!

Here I am with Carlos, Emma, Houston, and Indy doing an in-home face mask evening at home.  Sorry for the crazy bug-eyed filter!  But, we are actually having fun…I hope you are as well as you spend time with your family!

3.  I have my eBay business to focus on if we have to close the store.

4.  For now, the store is open.  We definitely won’t have more than 10 people in at one time and since it is so big, there is plenty of room for social distancing.

5.  This is a great time for me to paint furniture and I am super motivated and fired up after spending time with Annie Sloan this past Saturday….more on that later!

6.  It is a chance for all of us to be EXTRA helpful, kind, caring, and compassionate to others.

I am sorry that my mom is back in Bellingham, but it is the best place for her to be for now.  Here is a photo that I like of my mom and me from the anniversary party.

My son flew home from OKC last Thursday night and Emma picked him up at LAX.  He really wanted to go to Disneyland and they had planned on going on Monday.  However, Disney announced that their last day was this past Friday, so I got a hotel room for them in Anaheim and they hit the Park on Friday.  They had a blast.

Houston is off for Spring break from teaching High School at Mt. Saint Mary’s and was supposed to fly back today, March 19th.  His school has postponed classes until April 7th, so I think we have got him for the foreseeable future!  Good news for me, because he is an excellent chef!

I didn’t get a chance to see Houston before I left for Redlands on Friday at 1 pm.  The Annie Sloan event was still going to happen as planned on Saturday.  I was thrilled to get a chance to meet the one and only, the woman, the myth, the legend!  She hasn’t been on the west coast in almost ten years.

My GPS took me way out and around LA. I ended up on the Pear Blossom Highway and drove through ski resorts…it was wild!  I think I was close to Wrightwood where I used to ski with my ex-husband back in the day.

In fact, I even went skiing there once with him, Dean Factor (great-grandson of Max and best man in our wedding), and his then-girlfriend, Shannon Doherty.  LOL!  I will have to find that photo to share with you!  But for now, this one from my drive will have to do.

It took me 3 1/2 hours to get to Redlands.  Once I checked into my hotel, I headed over to the Red Rooster Vintage to say hi to Linda and Britta.  They are the dynamic mother and daughter duo that owns the store and have been appearing on the Brett Waterman show, Restored.

That is how they got Annie to So Cal….Annie filmed the TV show with Brett and the Red Rooster bunch for the 3 days leading up to the event.  The show is called “Restored” and can be found on the DIY network, streamed on Amazon, reruns on HGTV and Magnolia.  Here are Linda, Brett, and Britta.

After saying hi to Linda and Britta, I had dinner at The State on State Street.   Redlands is soooo cute!  Then I went back to my hotel to watch the Pepperdine Improv Troupe’s Facebook Live Stream of their PIT show that had been canceled due to the coronavirus.

It was really fun to see them do their stuff and they all looked so happy!  That is my crazy daughter getting right in front of the camera!

Before I get to my time with Annie, let’s check out the store!  Here is a Gorgeous Beige Sleeper Sofa (Made in America) that is priced at $695.00…super nice!

I will be working to get some of our furniture listed for sale on the website in the next few days.  That way you can shop from home!

And now for an eBay score before I get to the Annie Sloan meet and greet!  I bought a bunch of these collectible house models (not very big) at a garage sale about a year ago.  I paid $1 to $2 each.  It sold for the best offer of $40!  Yowza!

OK!  Now details from my wonderful day meeting Annie Sloan!  Before the event, the stockists (that is what she calls her stores that ‘stock’ the paint) got to meet individually with Annie.  What a treat!  There were only 4 of us there.  AND she is just as darling and lovely in person as you would imagine!

After our meeting, Annie did an hour-long painting presentation to the public.  It was incredible!  I learned so much more about the history of her paint, different techniques, and why she does things a certain way.  I can’t wait to share what I learned with you all!

After her presentation, we got to hang out with Annie for quite some time.  She even showed me how to add “Annie Sloan” GIFs to my Instagram stories.  Seriously?  She is amazing!  She autographed our store’s big “Annie Sloan” book so please take a look at it next time you are in.

Annie hadn’t been to the West Coast in almost 10 years so it was such a treat to meet her.  I hated to leave Redlands but had to head back home to Ventura on Saturday night because on Sunday we would be caravaning to Pepperdine to pack up Indiana and bring her home..

Here are the kids after we moved her out and they had finished vacuuming.  The kids include Emma, Houston, Indy, and her roommate Carmen.  Carmen is from the Seattle area and Indy and Carmen were suite mates freshman year.  We love Carmen!  When we first met her at Pepperdine move-in weekend, I said to her “It is wonderful for Indy to have a roommate from Washington”.  Carmen, who is super witty says “It was meant to B’ham”!  LOL…we are originally from Bellingham and its nickname is B’ham.

They look happy in the picture but definitely were NOT.

This was more the mood as Indy and Carmen walked out of Lovernich A29 for the last time…..Ughhhhh!  Breaks my heart.

OK, back to the store.  Check out the new window display we did yesterday.  Pink, mauve, white, gold, and silver.  Sooooo pretty & happy.  Stop in to see it!  And if you can’t do that, please drive by and honk to let us know you are there!

Here is a close-up of that amazing pink sofa and the newly redone corner cabinet in Antoinette and the wander IOD transfer.  Yes, there are lots of tools in this picture as we were changing out the hardware on the cabinet.  (Don’t forget we sell tons of cool knobs)  The sofa is $895 and the corner cabinet is $395.  So fun!

Back to an eBay score.  I think I have a “Pink” theme going here.  Si or no?  I bought this Jasper ware plaque at a local Ventura garage sale for a couple of dollars back in December.  Sold it for the best offer of $70.00!

Our next Annie Sloan paint class originally scheduled for Saturday, April 4th has been POSTPONED until we get the all-clear to gather again.

If you have any questions please call the store at 805-628-3289…

However, this is a great time to work on projects at home!  We have plenty of paint in stock and you can place your order on line and we will be happy to get it to you curbside or deliver it for free in Ventura. (This goes for everything in the store and on our website, as long as it can fit in an SUV!)

Here is a link to Annie Sloan products on our website.

CARLOS’ Corner…..the little guy is really settling in.  We just LOVE him!

He thinks that he is a dog.  He plays fetch with us…seriously!…he brings us balls, bracelets, dixie cups, (actually anything that he can carry in his mouth)…drops it at your feet, and waits for you to throw it.  I will post some videos in the next newsletter because it is HILARIOUS!

Here he is with Houston and Indiana!

Here he is chilling with my newly autographed Annie Sloan books!  He is also a HUGE FAN!

Now, let’s check out some of the new fun furnishings that came into the store recently.  These slip-covered Wing Back chairs are very well made and darling….$195 each.

Unfinished Bench is handmade by a local Ventura artist and is priced at $249.50.

For those of you who don’t know, the prices on our consigned items go down 20% every 30 days…for two markdowns.  Now, that makes shopping FUN!

Don’t forget that most of our gift items can now be purchased on our website! The new Baggus that were just released are also there for purchase….they are soooo fun!

Until this Corona Virus madness ends…anything purchased on our website will ship for FREE.  Yes, I did say that out loud…Check our online store with the link below.    Any questions, please call the store at 805-628-3289.

Here is a link to all of the fun Baggus…..

Joy Goldowitz is a teaching dynamo! Her course “Calligraphy: The Art of Beautiful Lettering” originally scheduled for this Saturday, March 21st has also been postponed. I will let you know the new date as soon as we are given the all-clear!

Staying home gives all of us a great chance to work on projects, redo rooms and get organized. Don’t forget that all of the amazing IOD products are also available online and we can get to you curbside or deliver for free in Ventura!

Here is a link to the IOD products.

One last photo of a few new things that have come into the store.  The 1970’s TV trays are amazing and priced at just $19.50 each (we have 3).  The darling end table that Sandy painted in Amsterdam Green and English Yellow with the Lemon IOD transfer is only $125.  The teal bar stools rotate and are priced at $39.50 (we have 2).

The green end table reminded me to share this hysterical St. Patrick’s day photo of the kids.  They had ordered green wigs and were all set to go out to Dargan’s Irish Pub….but of course, that didn’t happen.  They still managed to have a great time at home!

Fun side note to this picture, check out that “teal” lamp that Carmen is holding.  She went all teal during Freshman year at Pepperdine…we are talking way toooooo much teal.  She brought the lamp to Ventura to paint it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Yes, you can paint anything and as Annie, herself says, “Paint everything”!

Here is the after shot of the lamp done in Chateau Gray.

Here is one last shot of some new pieces in the store. The dresser is priced at $349.50. The swivel recliner is $449.50 and I believe it is custom Wayfair and brand new.

One last eBay score!  I bought this set of Wedgwood dinnerware years ago.  I sold these four dinner plates for $200.  Yipppeeee!

I am always looking for china and flatware sets to buy. Call or text me 760-880-3535 if you have any of the brands that I am looking for in both dinnerware and flatware:

Villeroy & Boch
Williams Sonoma
Pottery Barn
Lynn Chase
Royal Doulton
Bing & Grondahl
Royal Copenhagen
Ralph Lauren
Pierre Deux

and in flatware but NOT dinnerware:
Reed & Barton

Again…..A Happy New Decade (We will get through this!) from Lynn’s Consignments team to you and your family! We hope to see you soon!

Pictured…Indy, Val, Steve, Joanne, me, Sandy, Kathy, Peggy, and Mor Mor (my mom!)
Thanks for reading my ezines! I appreciate it….as always!

eBay with Heart & Design with Heart……Lynn


P.S.  All of the professional photos I use on Instagram, Facebook, and in these newsletters were taken by my friend Denise’s daughter, Jaclyn Sabo.  She is amazing!   To learn more about Jaclyn….

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P.P.P.S  For those of you who don’t live close to Ventura…don’t forget you can shop our store online!