Monday, April 6, 2015

Girlfriend Times at Remnants of the Past






Nothing warms my heart more is when I go outside to greet the customers so faithfully waiting in line for Remnants to start.  There is always a buzz of excitement between the ladies of what goodies they will find when the doors open.  This is my time to chat with everyone and also to give them a chance to have their picture taken with the crown that is passed down the line.  This sentimental crown was made from bits of costume jewelry that I found in my Mother's home after she had passed.




The customers come from all over the country and I am so grateful for their loyalty to Remnants of the Past!  During the show, I love walking down the aisles and listening to the conversations of the customers.  One of the common threads of conversations is I noticed is that friends are meeting at the show, mothers and daughters spending bonding time together doing what they love and new friendships being cemented out of a mutual love of treasure hunting.  This is the best part!  Out of this observation, I decided to create a "Girlfriend's Ticket Package."  You and three girlfriends can come and enjoy Remnants with our discounted ticket package. Four tickets for $50 ($60 value).  Tickets will be available online until April 20th.  Be sure to buy your tickets soon and spend less time waiting in line and more time treasure hunting!

See you soon!

xoxo

Judy

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Best Food Trucks at Remnants of the Past

When Remnants of the Past was in San Luis Obispo, we had the BEST food trucks.  Having great food I think is part of the experience of coming to Remnants.  I am so thrilled that the Alameda County Fairgrounds is allowing us to choose the food that will be served at the show.  Here is the line up!














Now, you have to come to just enjoy the food besides incredible vintage treasures for your home.  We will also have a FULL bar for your enjoyment including a place to sit your man in the "Man Cave" while you shop.

Remnants of the Past Vintage Show will be:

Friday, April 24th from 3pm-8pm (Be the there first to find the best!)
Saturday, April 25th 9am-5pm

Come back on Saturday....





Rachel Ashwell our Special Guest
Book signing Saturday, April 25th 10am-2pm


24 MORE DAYS!

See you soon!

xoxo

Judy



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ready for the BEST Vintage around?

Juried vendors displaying vintage decor from 
around the world! 
 
Friday, April 24th, 3pm-8pm
 Saturday, April 25th, 9am-5pm

 
County Fairgrounds
in Pleasanton, California
(entrance off of Valley Avenue at Gate 8)
 
Admission: $15
Good for both Friday & Saturday.
 
June 2014 Remnants of the Past Vintage Show
Treasures to be Found at Remnants
Our very Special Guest Rachel Ashwell will be signing her book on Saturday, April 25th from 10am-2pm. Today is the last day to purchase the "Special Online Ticket" that includes Rachel Ashwell's brand new book, World of Shabby Chic and your entrance to Friday and Saturday's show (a $68 value for just $50). 
 
 
 
 
For more information on 
click here.
 
 
"Another great event at Alameda County Fairgrounds."
 

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015



I can always tell when Spring is near because I feel that need to clean out the cupboards, wash my slipcovers and rearrange the furniture. My cute hubby watches me and pleads 'can we wait one more month?' Lucky for him, our daughter and her husband recently bought a home and I have filled my need to clean, paint, organize as I help them make their new house a home. The best part...I have been helping my daughter prepare one room in particular...a nursery! Our first grand baby is arriving on June 27th! Devon and I have been hitting all the antique shows and flea markets looking for that special piece.

During this exciting time, Remnants of the Past Vintage Show has been in full show mode. I have been busy selecting wonderful vendors, awesome gourmet food trucks and creating my vision. We are looking forward to having Rachel Ashwell as our special guest. Rachel will be signing her new book, "The World of Shabby Chic," on Saturday, April 25th from 10am to 2pm. Remnants is offering a special online ticket for $50 which includes Rachel's new book and your entrance to the show (a $68 value). This special ticket is only available online until March 24th. If you haven't purchased your ticket, visit HERE to do so.
 
Putting on Remnants over the years has created certain moments that I have enjoyed. One of my favorites is watching mothers, daughters and friends meeting at Remnants for the day. They laugh, share their treasures, and spend the day enjoying the time they have together. For this Spring show, Remnants is offering a special "Girlfriends" ticket package: Buy 4 tickets online for $50 (a $60 value). You can purchase this online package HERE. General tickets are available online, too.
 
As you have noticed, we have a new venue! We are excited to be at the fairgrounds (Alameda County Fairgrounds) in Pleasanton. It is such a charming community with a cute downtown and has wonderful hotels. If you haven't booked your stay, you can visit visittrivalley.comPlus, there is so much to do in the Tri-Valley area during your stay. There is wonderful shopping, great restaurants and did I mention awesome wineries? Visit here for a listing and plan your Remnant's weekend: 
 

One more thing, don't forget to sign up for the "Enter to Win a trip to Remnants". This package includes a 2-night stay, 2 tickets to Remnants and 2 "World of Shabby Chic"  books by Rachel Ashwell.  

See you on Friday, April 24th! Be there Friday to have the best treasure hunting around and then come back on Saturday to have Rachel sign your book.
We can't wait to see you...that includes you,
Katy (The Rusty Clover)!
 

 
Stephen, Judy and little Abby
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Rachel Ashwell coming to Remnants of the Past

When I first was exploring and trying to define my decorating style, Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic interior design style was going strong.  I think many of us were defining our style with Rachel.  Rachel's simple, romantic, slipcovered, shabby and white decorating style appealed to many of us.  I remember seeing Rachel on Oprah Winfrey and Oprah saying "Rachel Ashwell single-handedly turned shabby into chic and it caught on like wildfire!"  I feel that Rachel Ashwell helped many of us to be excited about our homes and to define our individual interior design styles.

I met Rachel in the early 90's at the Ventura Flea Market.  Unbeknownst to Rachel, we were haggling over the same item.  I  lost, and admired her unpretentious personality…  Many years later when I first started Remnants of the Past, I invited Rachel to Remnants.  The customers loved her!  Rachel has such a down to earth appeal and Remnants shoppers loved connecting with her.   I have everyone of Rachel's books as many of you probably do. Since that appearance, we have kept in touch.  

Well...I am excited to announce that Rachel Ashwell will be my special guest at Remnants on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton.  She will be signing her new Book, Rachel Ashwell The World of Shabby Chic: Beautiful Homes, My Story & Vision.  More details coming in the new year. For updates, visit www.remnantsofthepast.com.



     



More exciting news to share!  Since I started Remnants over nine years ago, I am always receiving requests from customers to bring Remnants further South. I've just have never had the time to explore this idea.  An opportunity arose and I am thrilled to announce that Remnants of the Past will be in Santa Barbara at the Earl Warren Show Grounds November 2015! Customers from Northern and Southern California can now enjoy Remnants fabulous vendors.

The Spring show will be in Pleasanton and the Fall show in Santa Barbara. I am so excited for 2015!
 
                                                                  

Be sure to visit my Etsy store for gifts, decorating your Christmas table and special items for your home.  We have vintage horn carving sets, silver candle holders, and linens. Follow me onInstagramFacebook and Pinterest.

Now that 2015 for Remnants is settled, I am going to slow down and enjoy this season of thankfulness, renewal, a Baby in a Manger and my family.  Take the time to enjoy your friends and family, decorate your home, fill your kitchen with the smells of Christmas and reflect on 2014 and bring in the New Year of 2015 with a renewed spirit.

  




Monday, October 13, 2014

Antiquing in Phoenix



            

One of my dear friends, Debbie, has been telling me for ages how wonderful the antiquing in Phoenix is.  Debbie comes up with the best finds!  One day, Debbie called me and said the Sweet Salvage Event and the Junk in the Trunk Show were happening the same week.  She was going to call a bunch of friends to gather at her house for a girl's weekend filled with shopping Goodwill, thrift stores, antique stores and these two fabulous shows.  How could I say no!  I booked my flight and waited with anticipation for that week to come.  There were seven of us and we shopped every one of the stores and then waited for the Sweet Salvage event which is the third week of every month.  We were fortunate to attend the Wednesday night preview.  Oh my gosh!  There were about 12 vendors and they have three weeks to put their booth together according to the theme that was decided upon by Kim, the founder.  The displays were over the top!  You are not able to shop that night but believe me, I scoped out every little item I loved and marked it down where it was located.  The next morning, we woke up and were out the door at 6:30 in the morning with a quick stop at McDonald's for a cup of coffee and were second in line.  The show doesn't open until 10am and we were so ready to start.  It was around 100 degrees with insufferable humidity but the staff handed out iced waters and big umbrellas.  The doors opened and we were off!  Because I scoped out the whole store the night before, I was able to pick up ALL the items I wanted.  �� After that we hit several shops and then crashed out at Chateau Debbie's with appetizers and wine.  A perfect end to a day.  

          

          

                               Do you think we had fun shopping! ��

Staying at Chateau Debbie's is like vacationing at a 5 star resort.  Every need was taken care of and then being with good friends was the icing on the cake. 

 Next day, was a free day with a stop at Anthropologie and a wonderful warehouse called Antiquities Warehouse.  Over the top antiques!  Steak, salad and wine and we were all ready for bed because we had to get an early start for the Junk in the Trunk Showthe following morning.  

         

Next morning another early stop for coffee and then waiting in line.  The doors open and we were all off in different directions.  Because of Remnants, I am used to vendors preparing their spaces with over the top merchandising.  Junk in the Trunk is a one day show and the vendors have limited time to set up so the displays were not what I was used to but believe me, there were LOTS of treasures to be found!  Came home with a truck load and van full.  

Being amongst all these ladies, we all have our OCD quirks.  Saturday afternoon, Debbie, our host, brought freshly laundered towels to the table to fold.  I asked if I could help, I a received a firm NO!  Debbie quickly laughed and said I have a certain way of folding my towels.  Well, that just started a conversation and a show and tell of all the different ways each of us folds our towels.  Well, let me tell you, Dawn, from Washington, took the cake.  We were all in awe and here is a quick reason why.  Have fun watching.


IMG 0957 from judy watkins on Vimeo.

Sunday, we all starting wrapping and packing our loot because we were all leaving for home.  I packed my carry-on inside the biggest suitcase I owned.  Debbie dropped me off at the airport and I lugged that piece of luggage to the counter and the gentlemen quietly tells me that I am five pounds over and that I need to remove items to reach the 50 pound limit.  Are you kidding me! I paid him the $100!  No, way was I leaving anything behind.

I arrived home to a happy husband, son and puppy.  I guess they missed me for that week fending for themselves!

I was so happy and content.  I've never spend a girl's weekend ever before and the friendships that I gained and the time spent together were priceless.  It is only one time a year that these two shows are in the same week and I have already booked my flight for next year!  I can hardly wait!

xoxo

Judy

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Remnants of the Past Next Show ~ April in Pleasanton



Do you feel the slight briskness in the air in the morning?  See the moisture in the grass?  My Boston Ivy leaves are just starting to change color, waiting for the warm winds to blow them down the street.  Fall is such an amazing time of year leading right up to my two favorite holidays.  I love to take long walks with the shadows reaching across my path. 

These walks give me time to reflect.... I had some big changes in 2014 including moving Remnants to Northern California. I keep an inspirational phrase on my office chalkboard that says "Reach for the Extraordinary".  Thinking about this quote, I am happy about our decision to expand the show north, but I am not thrilled with the venue. Inside was beautiful but the outside surroundings were not the look and feel that is reminiscent of Remnants. It was not the perfect fit, It was not "extraordinary".  

A friend suggested a new venue that I was not aware of ~ a fairgrounds venue in Pleasanton, California.   A few weeks later, Cheryl and I took a drive to check it out. The moment we drove into the quaint town of Pleasanton, we felt a sense of connection. Entering the fairgrounds through a large walnut grove was just beautiful!  The expo is newly remodeled and less than 1/4 of mile from a cute downtown filled with wonderful shops and restaurants, and it has vineyards and wine country only a short drive away.

We were greeted by a wonderful staff that worked with us through all the details ~ I am happy to announce that the Remnants of the Past new home will be at the Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.  The new venue doesn't have a Fall date available for us so our next show will be April 25th & 26th.  (Giving us more time to make the show extraordinary!)  We are very excited about our new venue. Please stay tuned as we move forward to our Spring 2015 Remnants Show.

Once, I settled on this new venue, I thought, what am I going to do with myself! It didn't take long.  I miss not having a booth at Remnants and the thrill of the hunt for unusual items.  I decided to open an Etsy Store.  In the store you will find antique treasures and vintage finds.  In addition, I am carrying a wonderful line made by  Fair Trade artisans from Dharma Door USA  made by women from Bangledash. (Read William and Katie's story here.)


Hope you have enjoyed your summer.  I love entertaining outside with friends and fixing fun appetizers to share. Here is a recipe that I have been making almost every weekend because it is so easy! 
Padron Peppers with Lime Zest
Toss Padron peppers with a drizzle of olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat until blistered.  (I push a wooden spoon into the peppers to make sure they are tender).  Season with the zest of one lime and the juice.  Then sprinkle flaky sea salt (I used French Grey Sea Salt, my new favorite). Yummy!!!
   
Watch for your next newsletter as I share news of Remnants (April 25 & 26 at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA), new vintage finds and ideas for the upcoming holidays.