The week prior to our market, we were busy finalizing some beautiful additions to our collection. I had mirrors being set, framing being done, upholstery to complete, pillows to finish and the list goes on.... (Important note: When sifting through the photos below, don't miss the stunning antique maps of England! That was one of my most rewarding tasks the week prior to our show.) It was a full week of preparation.
Beth had arrived in Santa Monica a few days before our market and spent some much needed time with her family there. I wish I had been a mouse to see their delight when she arrived! Her home in Castle Combe, England, is an 8 hour time difference and add to that 20 hours of travel.......I can't imagine what a long trip it was for her. I think Beth mentioned naps on the beach ....... necessary for recovery!!
When Friday came, Mike and I set out in the hot Arizona heat to load the trailer. I think it reached 105 degrees that day and it was extremely humid. For those of you who ask us how we survive in the Arizona summer heat, we claim that is "dry heat".......but not that day! Every inch of our beings was drenched by the time we finished, and needless to say, we were so glad when the last little treasure was loaded into the trailer.
I will tell you that I was a bit nervous, wanting to make sure that everything traveled safely inside of the trailer and that the market would go well, and also very anxious and excited to see Beth again! Mike shook his head whenever I grabbed the FMF lavender sachet I had tucked in my bag and held it to breathe in the lavender scent hoping to calm my nerves!
We arrived in Santa Monica about 1 pm. All morning, I had been thinking about the market and the beautiful things Beth and I had found, gathered, and made and.......well.........I was also really thankful to know that finally this day had come. As you know, it has been a dream for Beth and I for many years and when I saw this sign.......I couldn't even hold the camera still, I was so excited!
Since we knew it was going to be a short night, Mike and I went to our hotel and had an early dinner. It was particularly lovely, eating right on the harbor in Marina Del Rey. But not to dilly dally, off to bed because the alarm was set for 11:00 pm sharp!
At almost exactly 12:01 am on Sunday, July 28, 2013, we pulled into the parking area of the Santa Monica Airport and right behind us we were Beth and her children, Devan and Cody and Cody's sweet friend, Katherine. What a fun exchange of hugs and greetings we all had. It literally had been years since I had seen Devan and Cody! They grew up with my children, Phillip and Nico and you know how sentimental we get as we get older, my heart was just flooded with fond memories of their growing up years together. (Yes, I have stories, but I will save them for another day.......)
On to the task at hand.....setting up our one-day store front! It was dark! Only a few dim street lights lit up the parking lot area and once we checked in with the security attendant and found our space, we immediately began unloading our FMF treasures. Devan, Cody, and Katherine made the night fun and were such help!
I do believe we moved and arranged and displayed until the first rays of sun started to peek through the darkness. It was a long night, but I think you will agree, well worth the effort!
It seems to me that at this point in the story, you might just want to get on with seeing all of the fun things we have, so I'm not going to stand in your way! Enjoy the next series of photos of our "FMF Compagnie Store"
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|Welcome to FMF Compagnie's Market Debut!|
Beth and I are so excited to tell you that our website is fully up and running. We haven't posted everything quite yet, so if you see something here that you love, feel free to email us and we can let you know if we still have it in stock. Do check it out: www.fmfcompagnie.com.
Our debut at the Santa Monica Airport Antique & Collectible Market - it was a success in many ways! In our future......many more treasures to come!
Enjoy and do comment if you can't help but love what you see!