Upcoming Peony & Plumb Workshops

Chalkboard/Message Board Class

Wednesday, February 17th - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Saturday, February 27th - 10:30am to 12:30pm - FULL

Sunday, February 28th - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Join us for this 2.5 hour creative class!  It is highly social as each month we will work on a small project such as make your own chalk boards, message/jewellery boards. Learn some new creative techniques, work with our paint products, make new friends and leave with a finished project!

$55+HST   *price includes all materials, coffee/tea and snack

Learn to Paint

Friday, March 4th  - 10:30am to 2pm       

This 3 to 3.5 hour class is limited to a maximum of 6 people. Here you will learn various paint techniques from beginner to advanced depending on the scheduled class. We will suppy boards to practice on and a small decorative object to try out your new found skill.  We will often separate Milk Paint and Furniture Paint Classes (as there is a different approach to each paint)

$95+HST   *price includes all materials, small decorative project, coffee/tea  and a snack.

Maximum 6 people

Spring Indoor Herb Planters (Pinterest Inspired)

Saturday March 5th  -  10:30am to 12:30pm  

Join us for this 21/2 hr creative class.  It is highly social as each month we will work on a small project such as make your own chalk boards, message/jewellery boards,  latest ideas with Mason Jars, barn board etc. Learn some new creative techniques, make new friends and leave with your finished  project.

$75+HST   *price includes all materials, small decorative project, coffee/tea  and a snack.

Maximum 8 people

Mason Jars  -  Decorative Flower Vases & Organization! (Pinterest Inspired)

Thursday March 10th  - 10:30am to 12:30pm       

Join us for this 21/2 hr creative class.  It is highly social as each month we will work on a small project such as make your own chalk boards, message/jewellery boards,  latest ideas with Mason Jars, barn board etc. Learn some new creative techniques, make new friends and leave with your finished  project.

$75+HST     *price includes all materials, small decorative project, coffee/tea  and a snack.  

Maximum 8 people

Pre-registration for classes is required! Register soon to ensure your spot as spaces are limited!

 


OTHER CLASS DATES - 

Pinterest Inspired Class To be Determined   Thursday, April 7th - 10:30 to 12:30   

Pinterest Inspired Class To be Determined    Thursday, April 21st - 10:30 to 12:30  

Behind the Scenes of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

About a month ago, we spent a day in the sunshine and snow surrounded by inspiring people! The day was focused around a creative photoshoot themed after the whimsy, fun and beauty of the tale The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Working with this team of businesses was such a pleasure. There was the perfect balance of creativity, vision, organization and spontaneity, laughter and seriousness. What a wonderful atmosphere!

The photoshoot has now been shared just about everywhere this week, but today we want to share with you some behind the scenes photos of the day! Hope you enjoy!

The creative effort of this shoot was a culmination of many hands and minds. We loved spending the day with all of you!

Photography: Hilary Knegt Photography

Cakes & Sweets : Kake Studio Bakery 

Stationary: Katie Williams Design Co

Florals: Posh Beyond Events

Chargers & Silverware: Events Party Rental

Gown: The Gown Gallery 

Hair & Makeup: Finishing Touches Mobile Hair & Makeup

Stylists: Kerri Miller and Melanie Walker

It was a fun and exciting day to say the very least. The entire day was endless fun, and we could not be more thrilled by the result of the final images. Here's a handful of images, but to see the beautiful series in full, please have a look at the feature on The Wedding Opera!

We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of this day with truly inspiring businesses!

Comment below to let us know what you think about the shoot!

Antique Value vs. Antique Cost

The most common thing we hear in the shop is "your prices are excellent!" and it's a great compliment for us! Recently we've been getting requests to preform appraisals as a service to customers for items they are looking to sell. WE don't have the credentials to preform appraisals but when these requests come in, we've learned to listen and dig deeper on what is actually being asked. More often then not, the client doesn't need an appraisal, they are seeking is something we Like to call a "realized value."

As a vintage wholesaler, the store operates on realized values, meaning we work our margins and price things so they sell. We choose to do this because A) wholesaling has way too much inventory and B) we want pieces to move in a short time frame.

Both of these reasons have absolutely nothing to do with antique values.

Why you ask? Well, realized values are based upon a standard retail pricing system and not on the appraised value of the actual piece! As Oprah would say, a true "A-ha!" moment!

Clients seeking appraisals need to be aware that pricing your items off of a retail store or EBay listing is like pricing items off of the sale section in a retail store. It can be a risky move and you could be selling yourself short if you have longer timeframes to move a piece.

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Always remember, retailers have different motivations to price and they usually are associated with the highs and lows of the selling season, inventory levels and the quality and damage of pieces on the floor.

But it let's dig even deeper to flip this topic on its head.

An apprasial is often based on different factors such as rarity and age, condition, providence of the piece, authentication and demand. There is an old saying about values that "it is worth whatever someone is willing to pay" and that holds true as the Internet becomes the doorway to selling and sourcing goods. All you need is two buyers, who really want something at the same time. A competitive market drives demand and prices up and that is a sellers dream but also the buyers worst nightmare!  Appraisals often are the mid to high price range of a piece and they usually have a shelf life of about a year in current markets. The most important factor to remember is appraisals are not influenced with the unique demands of a short resale timeline!


The big mistake we often see clients make is attempting to sell an item at an appraised price but in a short timeframe. If demand is low or you have a limited number of buyers interested, it could take decades to sell. 

That's why we move pieces at realistic price points! It's not about selling too cheap, or being under educated, it's about knowing our own timeline, margins and method of selling so it works for us.  

I also would love to refer readers to an excellent article on the topic of appraised values from the perspective of one of the most famous appraisers, Dr. Lori! Read her fantastice article here: http://www.drloriv.com/Blog/ID/4099/Dont-Use-eBay-as-a-Price-Guide

Next time you want to sell a piece, take this bit of information and think about it. As lovely as appraisals are, they are not always realistic and if you are looking to sell something quickly (1-4 months). Take the time time to look at compairables in all markets (online, retail, museum and book value) and find a number that works for you!

Happily Ever After Bridal Show

On Saturday March 28th, we loaded up the truck with rental pieces and vintage finds and headed to Orangeville for our first ever wedding show. Our eclectic booth was beside the florals of Astilbe Boutique, so naturally, it looked amazing alongside her gorgeous arrangements. The entire day was picturesque, and there was so much to see. We had lots of fun meeting other vendors, and showcasing some of our favourite rental pieces.

AND we showed off the beautiful couch that will be featured in our upcoming Engagement Photoshoot Contest. Yes, this is the beautiful couch that one lucky couple will be pictured on!