Scout Vendors: Vintage Cove and Carmen West Creative

Thursday May 10th 2012, AT 6:00AM   4 Comments;

Delish Magazine is honored to be a sponsor of the upcoming Scout Handmade + Vintage Market! This fantastic event is brought to you by Rachel & Lily of Birch & Bird Vintage Home Interiors, the same dynamic duo who brought you the Fieldstone Vintage Market.

From now until May 25th, Delish will be bringing the sellers to our readers! Consider this a sneak peek to entice you to come to the market (make sure to say hi to us at the Delish General Store booth!), or an introduction to an amazing artisan, handcrafter or business for those of you who are not local to the Lower Mainland, or cannot make it out. Check back every day for new vendors!

Vintage Cove

Owner/artisan: Diana Lorenz

What is the story behind your business?

I have always liked to buy old furniture and paint it, but never considered it as a full time job. I’m a stay at home mom and now it makes perfect sense. I’ve also always loved to craft and this is the perfect outlet to share ideas and talents with others. After both my grandparents passed, my mother and I were left to sort through and decide which things each would take. My passion for vintage started to suddenly bloom from there.

Where and when do you craft your goodies?

My craft room is where I do papercrafts, and all the painting and sanding happens in the garage attached to our home, which is where I also store all of my furniture to be transformed. I usually try to “create” during school hours, so that my youngest can play near where I am working and then when 3:00 comes, I just leave it all until the next day, and spend time as a family. Pretty flexible, just the way I like it.

What will you be selling at Scout?

I will be selling vintage finds of silver, books, accessories, Fir log tea light holders, old looking wooden signs, crochet and fabric flowers, chalkboards, and painted furniture and lots of other creative and vintage things.

Why do you like these events?

I have been a vendor in craft fairs before but this will be the first time in a vintage market. I have attended two of Birch & Bird’s markets and that is what inspired me to become a vendor. I love the mix of vintage & new vintage-inspired decor.

What is next for you, personally and professionally?

Well, it will be a year in June since I started my blog & fan page on Facebook, and things are really starting to take off now. So I’m going to keep doing what I love at home and see where that takes me. I would love to have a little shop, but I know that wouldn’t be as flexible as things are right now. My girls are still little, and that’s why I’m a stay at home mom…I get to be there for them when they get home from school, and can always help out at the school and on field trips any time. Vintage Cove allows me to do that right now, and that’s why I LOVE IT.

Find it here: Vintage Cove Girl

Carmen West Creative

Owner/artisan: Carmen West

Photo of Carmen: Jayme Anne Photography

What is the story behind your business?

Carmen West Creative emerged naturally out of a lifestyle of perpetual crafting, a love for design and an obsession for thrifting and antiquing. I originally went to school for Fashion design and dabbled with an eco-friendly fashion line for a year or two. While it was a very interesting endeavor, I couldn’t shake the feeling of boredom. Maybe you can call it designer ADD – but I felt “hemmed in” by restricting my business to clothing only. I just wanted to break out and have the time to create anything my little heart desired.

Meanwhile I had been creating kitschy jewelry pieces and feather hairpieces just for fun without even recognizing this hobby as a potential business opportunity. One summer a friend asked me if I would like to vend my wares at a local artisan market and through that experience, I was delighted to discover the marketability of what I was creating. So I branded my work with the ‘catch all’ name, ‘Carmen West Creative’ and the rest was history!

I started creating all types of accessories with the freedom to start up little ‘editions’ or ‘lines’ of new products whenever a new idea surfaced. Carmen West Creative didn’t start with the intention for branching into the wedding market but after receiving several requests for bridal hairpieces, I decided to swing that door wide open as well. Now I offer customized wedding veils, bridal party accessories and unconventional bouquets in addition to my jewelry and other vintage accessories.

Where and when do you craft your goodies?

Everywhere and all the time. Since I still have a full time day job, I need to be mighty flexible with my crafting time. Depending on how many projects I have on the go, our entire home can sometimes be transformed into ‘studio’ mode. When my husband and I need to spend a night out of town, often my projects come with me as well! Some days it feels like every spare moment is spent dreaming, designing and shopping for more vintage pieces!

Photo courtesy of Studio Jeanie

What will you be selling at Scout?

I will be selling new and re-purposed jewelry made from a combination of up-cycled vintage finds. I also have a great assortment of unique feather hair accessories that all feature one-of-a-kind vintage accent pieces. Other re-purposed goodies include kitschy clutches made from recycled leather and vintage suitcase side tables.

Why do you like these events?

I like doing markets and events like Scout because it allows me to meet my customer face to face. I recently realized that what I have with my clientele is a unique privilege. Whether I’m meeting with a bride for a consultation or vending my wares at a market, I get to interact with my customer, see how they react to the designs and witness their excitement. It’s a huge confidence booster! On top of that, I think that the customers enjoy the opportunity to say that they know the designer who created what they’re wearing.

What is next for you, personally and professionally?

The next steps are somewhat uncertain. My dream is to make Carmen West Creative my full time home business. I’ve nearly reached the maximum amount of time that I can spend on Carmen West Creative as a part time endeavor and only time will tell when I can actually jump in with both feet and take it to the next level. I have so many new ideas that I’d just love to tackle, if only I had more time! All I can say for certain is that doing this business makes me extremely happy so no matter what, it will stick around in some capacity for quite a while!

Find it here: Carmen West Creative

Scout Vintage + Handmade Market Info

When: May 25th-26th, 2012
Friday, May 25th from 6-9pm will be open to ticket holders and invited guests only. A limited number of tickets will be available to purchase on April 15th for a First Dibs night of shopping, wine + cheese and live entertainment. Saturday, May 26th will be open to the public from 10am-4pm for a small admission fee.
Where:The Parallel Marketplace (across from Thrifty Foods) 1920 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford BC.
Partial proceeds of the admission will go to a local charity, Life Recovery, a non-profit residential women’s recovery program.

See them here: Scout Vintage + Handmade Market

And see you there!

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4 Responses to “Scout Vendors: Vintage Cove and Carmen West Creative”

  1. colleen says:

    again…such talented ladies! can’t wait to see more!

  2. Fabulous interviews girls! See you in two weeks :)

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