Greetings! Things are progressing here at The Snugbug Mercantile (and blog)…

For longtime readers, you might notice that the old website address has changed. Our new home is officially We’ve redirected the old address to the new one so if you click over from an old link, don’t worry. You’ll get to the new link and it will be painless and seamless.

That said, if you have me bookmarked please update your link and if any of you have trouble getting to the site, please let me know in the comments. It’s much appreciated!

On to the good stuff! Jeff and I have been crazy busy working on the shop. It’s super fun and also scary as heck! We’ve gotten the space painted and shampooed those awesome plaid carpets.

And we’ve been buying things. Lots of things.

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We’re also working hard to sort out who is doing what so that we are sure that not only everything gets done, but that each of us works on things that speak to our strengths. Jeff is taking responsibility for the buying and will be the one who mans the shop more often. He loves talking to folks and while I like people too, I enjoy a good spreadsheet and project planning like they’re made from chocolate and peanut butter. So I’m handling more of the planning side of things.

In actuality, we are both going on buying trips together. It’s super fun! Until we open up the doors at the beginning of October we have the freedom to do that and it’s super helpful to comb through things together and get on the same page as far as the vibe we want for the shop.

Last weekend we headed out early on Saturday morning for a barn sale. The stuff was a little on the pricey side, but we got a few things, including the mass of wooden crates in the photo above which will make for great display! The barn was on a lovely piece of land tucked in the foothills of the mountains close to where we live. Here’s the sunrise.

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We had stopped by the shop the night before to put up curtains (burlap, of course) and paper over the front door. There was a music festival going on – you know, streets blocked off, band playing, tons of people. A few folks got to see the inside of the shop and meet Peppermint the (wants-to-be) shop basset. The restaurant across the street, Emilio’s, is awesome, ya’ll. I snapped a photo – check it out – three stories of tables all glowing in the night! There’s a bar with music on the top floor of the building on the left side. I can’t wait to check it out!

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Oops! The photo’s a little blurry!

We’re gathering lots of small things, display and a few larger items. The larger, furniture-type stuff will be a mix of funky vintage as well as upcycled/painted things (you all know how much I love that!) Check out this kitchen cabinet we found! I’m totally in love with it!

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Today we went to pick up a buffet that we had purchased a few weeks ago (no trailer with us on that trip) and checked out a few new and old favorite places of ours. We found a small-haul of butter molds at pretty reasonable prices. I’ve loved butter molds for years and can’t believe how much they’ve gone up in price! I was excited to find some to bring into the shop!!

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Tonight we’re mulling over our counter. We found one that’s perfectly lovely and a good size – less than six feet long! It’s got a look we love, but is more than we really want to spend. Turns out, the glass counters (you know, the ones that are always full of a tangle of costume jewelry at antique shops) are pretty reasonable, price-wise… but I’m just not sure about the glass. Here it is – what say you? Should we adopt this lovely, or go for something more affordable (and maybe have room for a nice, entry-level DSLR?)

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And with that… I’m off. I just remembered. I think I have to redirect all the feeds to the blog. Guys… I don’t remember how to DO all this, it’s been a few years since the last time I moved blog homes and my memory… not so great!

See you soon!

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