Sunday, February 27, 2011

March On In to SECOND HAND ROSE!!!

 SPRING IS COMING - and we see it at SHR!!!!  It may be snowy outside - but inside - visions of green grass, blooming plants, long lazy bicycle rides, watching birds build their nests, dining alfresco, cozy evenings on the front porch - yep that's what's on our minds!  And we have absolutely everything you need to put you in a Spring state of mind too!!!  Be sure to come on in this week and join us! 
March 3-4-5-6  Thursday thru Saturday from 9 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 5
 Ready for a little ride?  We can put you in the mood!
 Ready to hang out on the porch and daydream?  We can help with that too!
 Thinking about riding your bike?  Or adding some springtime color to your house?  We can help with both of those needs!
 Need to add a little light to your life?  We have COUNTLESS options!!
 Thinking ahead to family reunions and gatherings?  Need a nice large table and some thoughts on tablescapes?  Yep, you guessed it - WE CAN HELP!!
 Need some nice crisp, fresh, clean whites?  You know where to come!
 How about something fun and new to make you smile?  We've got one or two or a gazillion items sure to fit that bill!
 A new car in your future?  Let us help you pick out a new ride!
 Dreaming of gardens, green plants, the smell of fresh mown grass?  Well, we can help you in the green department and finding just the right piece to sit down and enjoy the green.
So - you all liked the rusty wall?  Guess what?  Rusty fixtures and other cool stuff by Amy!

I just know you have seen something that piques your interest! - and check out more photos on the Second Hand Rose Buffalo face book page too!

See you on Thursday!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

March Sale is Looking Good!

This is the hardest time of the year for all of us junkers - mighty slim pickins out there!  No garage sales, no flea markets, very few auctions, and not a lot of dumpsters!!!  What's a junker to do?  You dig down deep into your stockpile - the stuff that has gotten stuffed to the back of the shed, the garage, the basement - and you turn that piece that you didn't have a clue what to do with a few months ago into something FABULOUS.  You get inspired by working with what you've got.  These mid-winter sales are some of my favorites for just that reason - we have to get inspired and creative with next to nothing - to look at a pile of mis-fit pieces and turn them into wonders!  These sales bring out the best in us cuz we have to dig deep!  So when I saw this sign in MaryAnn's area I knew it was the theme for the March sale!!  INSPIRING - that is our goal - to be inspiring for you.  I think we will accomplish that this month - so much fun stuff already in - and despite the snow falling this weekend - we are going to totally ignore it and move on to SPRING!!!!  Early spring - touches of fresh color, soft color, bold color and crisp clean whites.  It is amazing what a bit of color can do for a room!  If you are like me and your home is decorated in dark colors year round - throw in a bright pillow or rug or throw or change out a side table for a brightly painted one - you don't have to re-decorate - just give yourself some small change - something that will breathe new life and vigor into you and your home!  Believe me, you won't regret it!

So here are some photos of things to come - hardly anyone is even near to being set up - but the beginnings are so fabulous and inspiring and colorful and soft and energetic and warm that I just had to share them with you!!

 Can you hear the birds singing?  That early morning spring sound of life being renewed?  Even if they are not outside your window yet you can still enjoy them with this great print!
 I love a selection of children's chairs.  They can fit into any decor, take up very little room, and even look great hanging from the walls!
 These fabrics are so invigorating - and if you are a dog lover.....................need I say more?????
 Susan is back with us - we are all so happy!  We missed her and her eclectic look!  Look what she has done to her wall - it is even better in person!
 Are you starting to think about garden parties?  Statuary works wonders for ambiance - and are great all year round indoors and outdoors!
 Coral - one of our newest gals has a nice selection of softer colors mixed in with some primitives - showing once again that styles can and SHOULD mix together!
 This piece inspired me the most when I walked in!  The great old paint on the door - that incredible energetic, enlivening color - made me feel I could do anything!  Wait til you see the other side!
 Brad and Amy have been doing a ton of remodeling - and underneath that horrid old grey indoor/outdoor carpet that was in the front right side of the shop found these great floors!  It took a lot of work to get that carpet up - it was glued on to last an eternity!  But I think it was well worth the effort don't you?
 Did I mention bright, fun, energetic color?
 And sunny yellows?
 And soft wispy dreamy colors?
 And green plants?
 And totally in your face, bright fun colors?
 Here is the other side of the door!!!!!  Yeah, it's awesome!  So, if you aren't inspired yet - if the thought of more snow has you down - if you are looking for some fun in your life - Mark March 3rd on your calendar!  We'll be the ones standing in the big melting puddle of snow (cuz our stuff is so hot!!!!!)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Meet The Johnsons

 Johnsons, Meet the Johnsons
They're the new SHR family!
From the outskirts of Buffalo,
They're the tops at creativity!
Three boys, and a dog named Lucy too,
Brad and Amy can't wait to meet all of you!
Johnsons, Meet the Johnsons,
Busy with family, 2 jobs and SHR,
A cabin way up noorrth,
Their plate is overflow-oo-ing!!!!
(feel free to sing along!!)

 Brad and Amy Johnson - the owners of SECOND HAND ROSE!  Brad and Amy have been married for 17 amazing years (Amy's quote!); have three absolutely adorable (my quote!) boys - Hunter 12, Carter 8, and Parker 6.  They have worked together at Amy's family business Brush Masters for 18 years.  Recently Brad took on a new adventure and partnered with Brenshell Construction - a home building company.  They miss working together every day as they both feel they do their best work when they are together.
 Brad and Amy are totally family oriented people.  Amy works with her father, sisters, aunts, cousins and other family members at Brush Masters.  Amy's aunt, mother and step-father are new dealers at SHR.  Both Brad's and Amy's family are in and out of the shop on a regular basis.  They are all so connected and supportive - which is how Brad and Amy seem to manage 3 boys, critters, 2 jobs, a new business, the remodeling of their cabin (which they are doing themselves), homework and the boys activities so effortlessly!  They believe that as a family there is NOTHING they can't handle!  They eat dinner together every nite, enjoy singing and dancing with the boys (who are determined to be on American Idol!!) and own every board game known to man!
 Amy tells me that she and Brad are their boys biggest fans and encourage them to be all that they can be.  You will find all three of the boys roaming around the shop at various times - they are helpful, well mannered, cute, loving and FUNNY!  We have all taken them to our hearts!
 The whole family LOVES to spend time at their cabin up near the Brainerd lakes area.  They love to swim and fish and have campfires and bring their extended family along on a regular basis.  They also love to junk while they are Up North and have found some of their "best junk" while at the cabin!  The boys also love to junk and dig for treasures and they all enjoy the stories involved in each item - what was it, who used it, what can it be!
Brad and Amy are absolutely the most positive people you will ever meet.  They believe in empowering their boys - and everyone else they run across.  They are encouraging of their boys and our hopes and dreams and believe that with a little help and a lot of positive reinforcement there is nothing a person can't handle or accomplish.  They wrap themselves in family and friends and have already made all of us at SHR feel a part of a very loved inner circle!   I think you will feel the same when you get to know them - the positive energy that they have infused into the shop will have your spirits soaring and I know that you all will come to love them as much as we already do!  They are determined to glean all the knowledge they can from Rose Darden, leave well enough alone where they should, and make changes for growth in other areas.  You will find SHR a great blend of all the wonderfulness you have come to expect all these years and a new energy and vitality - a very big winning combination!!

Oh yeah - and this is Lucy!  Another very important member of the Johnson family!

Come on in and get to know them - not only will you be part of our SHR family - but you will soon become part of the extended Johnson family as well!

See ya soon!

Construction Continues!

The February sale is over and the March sale is coming up SO FAST!!!! The dates are March 3-4-5-6. We barely have enough time to breath - much less create, build, paint, set up etc - but Brad and Amy NEVER seem to run out of steam! Between sales this month there is more new lighting going in, walls being torn down, doorways being opened up and other doorways being closed up! We'll have a whole new look again for March! Be sure to come on in and check out the changes - along with all of the incredibly wonderful junk we have in store for you!!!!!!