Summer Recap, Fall Preparations, and Chic Musings

The past 2 months have been like a tilt-a-whirl.  You know the ride that just spins and spins in circles…even when it’s over, you still…

The past 2 months have been like a tilt-a-whirl.  You know the ride that just spins and spins in circles…even when it’s over, you still feel like your head is spinning?  It’s fun, new, exhilarating and sometimes you’re just hanging on tight!  With summer winding down and fall on the horizon, I wanted to slow the “spinning” for a moment and share with you all the new and exciting events that have taken place as well as let you know what you can look forward to this fall!

Junie Makes 3

As you know I work with my daughter, Kara, and 3 months ago, Kara gave birth to a beautiful daughter, Junie!  Junie is a gift to our family and Kara is an amazing mom!  This time with Junie is precious but requires flexibility.  Kara and I are working hard to keep all things Chic Antiques moving smoothly and are grateful to our family and friends that have supported us during this transitional time.  Our planning meetings look a little different with 3 heads gathered around the table – but I wouldn’t want it any other way!

Brunch By the River

Behind the Mill, the home to Chic Antiques, is a picturesque lawn next to a small branch of The Clinton River.  We’ve said for years, that this is such an underutilized space.  I don’t think many of our shoppers even know what’s back there.  Well, this summer all that changed…

In early August, we hosted 2 backyard brunches.  The meal was catered by the Rustic Bluebird and the delicious entrees included all local, fresh ingredients and your choice of organic coffee or mimosa!  Plus, every guest received a coupon to use that day in the shop!  Over the 2 days, we hosted 30 guests and welcomed many new customers to the shop.  

The brunch was such a fun experience and definitely got my mind “spinning” about what other fun events could be hosted on the back lawn…Wedding or Baby Showers?  Mother’s Day Brunch?  Wine Tastings?  Yoga and Mimosas?  Let me know if you have an upcoming event that needs that extra special venue…I may know just the place!

Vendor Markets, Food Trucks, and More

The last weekend in August was The Fall Vendor Market at the Grainery.  Our 4000 ft, 122-year-old grain mill event space housed 15 local vendors for the weekend.  Visitors were able to shop for clothing, candles, gifts, antiques, homemade crafts, baked goods and SO much more! Some of the vendors included Cinder Alley, The Golden Owl Clothing Boutique, GRVL Road, and Milk + Body Bath.


The Grainery and our Vendor Market are too special to highlight only a couple of times a year. So, starting November 4th,  Made in the Mitten & Finder’s Faire, a once-a-month specialty market will be open at The Grainery.  

We will also use The Grainery to host classes and events.  The first class will be an All Natural Wreath Making Class on October 9, 2022, with the amazing Cayla from @walkinghome.

Mark Your Calendars

Check out what else is happening this fall and then mark it on your calendar:

October 9th, 12-3 pm – All Natural Wreath Making Class

October 15th, 10-2 pm – Clean Out the Garage  Sale

November 4, 5 & 6 – Made in the Mitten & Finder’s Faire – Christmas at The Grainery

November 4, 5 & 6 – Christmas Kick Off (at the mill)

December 2, 3.& 4 – Made in the Mitten & Finder’s Faire – A Very Merry Market

We will be closed at both locations (The Mill and Grainery) until our first market of the New Year – January 20-22, 2023

Have a class or event you’d like to see on our calendar, let me know!  If you’re interested in being a permanent or seasonal vendor at the monthly Made in the Mitten & Finder’s Faire send us a message.  

See what I mean about a wild ride!  There’s a lot going on and some days I feel like I’m “spinning” – but it’s a ride that I plan to keep riding day after day!  I love what I do, the people I meet, and sharing this Chic-tastic adventure with YOU!

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