Three Speckled Hens Show!

The Bi-annual Three Speckled Hens show is this weekend! Head to the Paso Robles Event Center Saturday 10-4p and Sunday 10-3p to see what old and new vendors have cropped up.


For this Spring event, the hens centered on a particular theme, "Something Old, Something New: A Vintage Wedding Showcase," and they asked us to share some of our vintage dresses for display! In honor of the featured items, each hen posted a Save the Date for the show complete with pictures from their own weddings:





Who's goin'??

This Weekend: Junking Season Update

We had so much fun last weekend at Stitch Market, thanks to all who came out! This weekend, Three Speckled Hens and AHah Magazine are up. Next weekend, Junk Trail! Junk Season fully is underway, don't miss out on these incredible events:




THIS WEEKEND:
Three Speckled Hens ($7-15 entry fee)
May 3-4 (Sat & Sun, 10-4p (Earlybird 8-10a)
Paso Robles Event Center
A biannual event that specializes in selling one-of-a-kind antique and vintage items. Over 100 vendors participate, selling everything from antiques and vintage to re-purposed treasures. Three Speckled Hens has been ranked as one of the nation’s top antique shows, and it’s right in our backyard!




AHah Magazine Launch (free!)
Printed issues will be available at Three Speckled Hens show and then again at locations along the Junking Trail.
A Happy, Artful Home Magazine exposes the aHah! moments all around the Central Coast. Be inspired by locals and their creative take on their places and spaces.
**PSST: We are so honored to have been included in the first issue, check out our article:




NEXT WEEKEND:
Junking Trail (free!)
May 9-10 (Fri & Sat, 11-4p)
SLO County (9 participating locations)
Take a scenic—yet efficient—tour up and down the 101 on this collaborative trek with vintage shops in SLO County. Some locations are hosting a pop-up local vendor selling goodies and gifts for Mother’s Day. Bring your mom or send her a treat from the Trail!
**PSST: we are hosting Orange Blossom Creative, a sweet local florist who uses reclaimed vessels to house her arrangements!



2014 Junking Season

Starting next week there are some must attend events around town we thought you would like to be in the know about. From a handmade market to antique shows to a countywide Mother's Day event, San Luis Obispo boasts of some amazing locals who junk, make, and curate to bring you some really amazing stuff! Mark your calendars and treasure maps, and bring a friend, away we go!

Stitch Market ($1 entry fee)
April 24-26 (Thurs-Sat, hours vary)
Grace Church, SLO
Lovely modern, vintage, and handmade goods by more than 25 local vendors. See what makers are making right under our noses!
**PSST: we have new inventory saved exclusively for this event, you won't see it in store!




Three Speckled Hens ($7-15 entry fee)
May 3-4 (Sat & Sun, 10-4p (Earlybird 8-10a)
Paso Robles Event Center
A biannual event that specializes in selling one-of-a-kind antique and vintage items. Over 100 vendors participate, selling everything from antiques and vintage to re-purposed treasures. Three Speckled Hens has been ranked as one of the nation’s top antique shows, and it’s right in our backyard!



Junking Trail (free!)
May 9-10 (Fri & Sat, 11-4p)
SLO County (9 participating locations)
Take a scenic—yet efficient—tour up and down the 101 on this collaborative trek with vintage shops in SLO County. Some locations are hosting a pop-up local vendor selling goodies and gifts for Mother’s Day. Bring your mom or send her a treat from the Trail!
**PSST: we are hosting Orange Blossom Creative, a sweet local florist who uses reclaimed vessels to house her arrangements!



Remnants of the Past ($15 entry fee)
June 28-29 (Sat & Sun, hours vary)
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose, CA
This antique show started in San Luis Obispo as a gathering of unique, creative vendors in one place and has grown to over 100 participating vendors. We are sad to see it leave our county, but now, it’s a great excuse for a road trip!

aHah! Magazine Launch (free publication)
First issue available at Three Speckled Hens Show and then again at locations along the Junking Trail.
A Happy, Artful Home Magazine exposes the aHah! moments all around the Central Coast. Be inspired by locals and their creative take on their places and spaces.
**PSST: We are so honored to have been included in the first issue, check out our article!

If you have questions about or would like fliers to any of these events, drop by Ruby Rose, our doors open today at 11a!

Three Speckled Hens!

Hello folks! Have you heard? Three Speckled Hens is happening this weekend in Paso Robles! We are so excited and would love to share the news, this is a great happening that you won't want to miss! Read the details below:

Who: Carrie, Susi, & Kathy (the Three Speckled Hens)
What: the premier Central Coast antique show
Where: Paso Robles Event Center
When: Saturday October 5th (10 a.m. - 4 p.m., early bird: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.) & Sunday October 6th (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

To read more about the fees and their story, check out their lovely website. Since this is a show that should not be missed, we will be scouting the goods and shopping on Sunday. We will also be taking photos of the speckled styles and handing out some Ruby Bucks, we hope to see you there! Make sure to get out to Three Speckled Hens this weekend & enjoy this beautiful warm Fall weather. xo, Ruby Rose.

Just What is the Etiquette?

This weekend on the central coast is the Three Speckled Hens show in Paso Robles, and the following weekend will be the Remnants of the Past show. Along with those shows, there are a handful of shops in the area the we will be visiting.


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So what exactly is the protocol on asking for a better price? Do we ask in the shops? We certainly don't want to hear about someone getting an item for a better price than we could have gotten it for.


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Shows

1. The first day of a show (especially the first few hours) , dealers are less on "dealing" at this time. Most of their inventory is just out for the first time and they are not as motivated to take a lower price. My advice here is, "if you see something at a price that you think is fair, don't hesitate, as we all know, there is someone right behind you that is waiting for you to put it down".


2. As the day goes on, the rush has passed, and you are considering an item (and a few dollars would make or break the purchase), ask the dealer in a very kind way "Are your prices firm?"...or if there are a few pieces that you are interested in, make an offer such as, "I am interested in these three items. Could you make a deal if I take all 3?". Another approach would be, "Is there any wiggle room here?"...and the words I use a lot at flea markets, let's say the item is $45, "Would you consider $40?".


3. Dealers at flea markets and shows are used to working with us and they are always kind if you are kind. Sometimes we may get an answer like, "On these items, I am firm.". My advice here is to respectfully take a "no" as well as a "yes".


4. The wonderful thing about both of these shows is that they are held for two days. If possible, go back the second day and look again. You may see something you didn't see on day one, or maybe the item you are thinking about may still be there! Dealers are much more motivated on day two--especially toward the end of the day.


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Shops

1. If you are in an antique mall or a collective, where there are many dealers under one roof, some spaces will have a sign stating what their discount is...or you can go to the desk and ask, "Does this dealer consider offers?" or, "Is this dealer firm on his/her prices?".


2. If you are in a boutique store that has antiques, resale, or junk throughout, try to look around the counter to check out their policies--discounts, return procedure if any, or notice of sales. This area can be a little tricky, so tread lightly and once again, manners are very important here. Since owning a small business, I have come to realize how tight things have to be. If prices are too high, the customer walks or a reputation is made, if they are too low, then we work and stress to make our month. Pricing has thought and value in it, so each separate buisness knows what they need to do.


3. Here at Ruby Rose, our policy is that we put out our best price and that is that. We feel that the customer that comes every week to buy a little somethin' is just as important as someone buying multiple items. In the 8-9 years that we have been a company, we can count on one hand the times we have altered this, thus, we have a reputation for not dealing but that we are fair to all.



So that is our two cents. These are all suggestions...as everyone plays a little different. Just try to have fun, listen to that inner voice when you get giddy over an item, and be considerate (good manners!).


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