Thursday, October 22, 2009

What are you supposed to be??

Remember that question? The neighbor would ask, your teacher, even your friends. "What are you supposed to be?" - while I loved the attention each different halloween costume gave me, I hated this question! I always thought - "GEEZ, I am a XXX! DUH! My costume is perfection, how could you not know?!"

Things are more complicated now with our costumes, for our kids and for us adults. So, what are YOU going to be? I haven't completely decided yet. My oldest decided on a fortune teller. I love this idea! My favorite ideas are the ones not bought from a store. (that said my 4 year old is a store bought fairy! But what can you do with these commercial inspired kids?? I tried, that is the best I can do! )

For the past 2 weeks, I find myself walking through ARTifacts looking for appropriate accessories for the best dressed fortune teller. I have found so many wonderful necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more to make her fortune teller costume unique and one of a kind.

Got us thinking - what other costumes could ARTifacts inspire for you? Let's take a look!

Finishing touches on all costumes are the accessories. The clothes make the outfit, but the accessories complete the deal! Yesterday I sold pearl necklaces and pearl earrings and a fabulous vintage purse to a APSU student who is going as Audrey Hepburn! Made her promise to send me a photo - if she remembers, I will share with you all.
Disco dancer? This purse would be perfect for that!
We have loads of hats that could inspire ideas for costumes. We even have some vintage fur hats and headbands that would be fun!
This pink dress is for a child, about a 4-7 in size. It is vintage and you could so so many directions with it. A ghost would be so fun. Or if you are into Halloween, but don't have the time to do an entire costume, these printed shirts from Zach Finney are one of a kind works of art and horror in one!
Love these funny 1950's outfits! We have these, and then vintage metal coffee serving pots - you could be June Clever!
These vintage 70's shirts (popular today by the way) would also make for a fun 70's costume.

Good luck finding your inner child! And HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
And don't forget to come downtown for Fright on Franklin on the 31st. A safe and fun trick or treating environment for the kids, plus costume contest and pumpkin carving contests!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Time to Get Ready?


it is coming....

Nothing you can do to stop it!

But you can start to prepare for it, and I am here to help you get ready! Here are some great ideas for you to consider for your friends & family. Our goal at ARTifacts is to help you find a special unique gift - a gift not available at any big box store. Instead a 1 of a kind thoughtful gift that will withstand the test of time!

HoneyDogStudios has just brought in these handmade leather purses & totes. An amazing investment - since leather will last forever! One of his customers has been carrying her tote for over 5 years just about daily and it is just as beautiful, and the leather has become more supple then when brand new. A gift for many years to come - and still 100% practical.

Specially made gift bags for quick gift giving and a great price!

Elisabeth has been adding to her collection of hats, scarves, blankets, and other knitted items for you to start collecting for gifts.

These wallets have been a favorite. Handmade and with fun fabrics and the perfect size for any size purse. Great gift!

Love these leggings! Great colors and designs - loads of choices! My 7 year old wishes they came in her size.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

More Fall Decor!

I have already done one blog about the Halloween and fall decor brought in by our different vendors - but most of those items have sold and now they have restocked. So, I wanted to share with you the newer items.

I love this basket - set up like a bird cage with a black crow inside. Wonderfully fall and Halloween display in one!

This floral arrangement is attached to a vintage rake. So cute, and inventive. Of course, the price is outstanding too! You couldn't make this yourself for this small price tag!

Gilded pumpkins and decorative balls are new pieces in the booth of Oh Baby! Kathy could teach you how to do this technique or you can just buy them from her - you wouldn't believe how affordable the display in this photo is! And you can use it now, and easily through until you pull out your display for the winter holidays.

I really enjoy this display also. Keepsake Memories mostly features their engaged wooden frames & signs, but she also is an incredible artist. I particularly enjoy these two images for the fall season. Warm & inviting!

Pumpkin Contest!!

Many of our vendors are participating in a pumpkin decorating contest!
Here is a close up of one - but I really don't want to give them away! Instead, I want you to come to the shop, and check them out for yourself! Vote on your favorite and be entered to win a prize package valued over $70!
I promise that everyone that has come in and voted already has really enjoyed our creative collection of pumpkins - so make a special trip of it. And you could win a great prize!
See you soon! Cheers!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Some New Stuff

Everyone is updating and freshing their booths with fresh new things.
Here are just a few!

Bob the Builder has created several new pieces. Here is just one - a quilt rack. Ready to take a coat of paint, stain or left natural and draped with your favorite quilt or blanket.

Vintage Mary is always adding fun and unique jewelry pieces.

Finally, Keepsake Memories has brought in loads of new frames and signs for that special statement that you want to remember all the time.

Friday, October 16, 2009

new vendor

LindyHop Designs is a new vendor with ARTifacts. They have some wonderfully unique items.

These monogrammed pumpkin shirts, bibs, tea towels and more are speciality items that LindyHop Designs creates on order.

Can't wait to see what they whip up for Thanksgiving and Xmas!

Custom stationary is also available through LindyHop Designs. Their designs, color combos and pricing make these a great gift idea - and wonderful to have around the house for the quick notes to friends and family.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Featured Vendor - Tabitha Tackett

Tabitha Tackett, owner of LilyBelle Antiques, loves old stuff. It is in her blood. And her gift of collecting unique and fun pieces has made her booth a favorite for many customers.

Love this collection of salt & pepper shakers that are in her booth right now.

Loads of kitchen supplies - all vintage - make her booth a constant stop for customers like Jan from Lovin' Spoonful Cafe on University.

The red glasses and vintage Tom Thumb typewriter would make a great display. Really enjoy those!

These dishes are so fun! I love the floral design on them, and really enjoy all the crackling in the pieces.

Visit LilyBelle Antiques often - Tabitha is changing things in her booth all the time to keep it fresh and new.