How did you start making Lucy's Lockets

I love this question. I never set out to be a jewelry designer. I did decide in high school that I would  be a buyer for a major department store. I had my eye on Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, but close to home was Parisian. Yes, the department store of the South. It was the bomb.com growing up and practically in my backyard. So, I went to school and studied Marketing and Fashion Merchandising, did an internship with Parisian one summer and they offered me a job upon graduation. It was a dream come true!!

While working in the buying office for Parisian, they were bought out. Things changed quite a bit. The one that stands out now is the 40% off discount went to 25%! Hello! NOT GOOD. I stayed on for a year or two, had a stint at BellSouth aka AT&T, stayed at home raising two babies and decided to buy a scrapbooking store. WHAT? Yeah, more of that from this blog in 2008 <that's pretty much the beginning of my blogging career. If you have a few months, you can read through that and see the changes that brought me here. I wasn't a "full-time" blogger. Living and not blogging felt better to me. I do regret not writing more for myself. Getting those memories down is fun. Especially when I can go back and read stories and see pictures. Again, you can see a lot here

Read this part if you want to know a little behind the story about my start at Southern Accents.

Now, to answer that question. Being the marketing director for Southern Accents to me, meant to be creative. To find ways to get the world to know about Southern Accents. Facebook was new and a great outlet to show the world what was in this little shop in this little town of Cullman, Alabama. We did a lot of DIY posting, a lot of history behind pieces, and a lot of where this came from. The guys that worked there knew I loved the pieces with texture, chippy paint, the unusual. Somehow they started finding little pieces of hardware and putting them in my "drawer". They have this amazing cabinet full of drawers and my name was on one…in colored marker and bubble letters. I loved these little tokens, but felt like they would get lost. How could I create something using these little baubles and give them a new life that they might not otherwise ever see?

Back to those scrapbooking days, there was that time at CHA when one of the companies decided jewelry making was a great fit for a paper store. That same CEO that sold me a Slice machine, roped me into buying a bunch of jewelry. The store closed shortly after and I think my idea was to sell it at The Spotted Zebra? Who knows now. I did make jewelry. I think I even sold some. Shout out if you have one! Point being……….I had some chain at home, jump rings and pliers and I knew how to use them! I made a necklace out of a keyhole. This keyhole right here. 

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That's how it began and then I started collecting boxes of hardware. Looking for chain in all the wrong places and saving as many old things as I could. #isaveoldthings is my favorite hashtag. This has been a fun adventure. Southern Makers was a great beginning last year and this year was very successful for Lucy's Lockets. I found out at Haven that my jewelry was something a lot of people were interested in and then The Chapel Market and Layla. So many wonderful events to get to this place. I'm so happy to have taken this path  and I know there will be many paths, turns, dead ends and sharp curves to take. I can't wait! 

Lucy's Visit to Scott's Antique Market

Where are you on the 2nd weekend of each month? If you are within driving distance, you should be at Scott's Antique Market in Atlanta! I usually make it from Birmingham 4 or 5 times a year. I recruited a friend to go with me over the weekend and we found a few treasures! 

Lucysinspired: Lucy and Ashlee

We did stop in at the Atlanta America's Mart on Thursday to hit a couple of my favorite jewelry suppliers and see a few friends that I don't get to see often. Lucky for us, the Haven Blogging Conference was the same weekend and we decided to stay at that hotel so we could play with those friends, too! It was a full trifecta!!

Most of the showrooms from the Mart won't let you take photos, so there's nothing to show from there. I know. Sad face. I will take a few pics of what I bought to tease you with what I will be creating Lucy's Lockets with in the next few weeks and do a little post! 

We made our way to Scott's early Friday morning and found lots of fun things that all of us junkers love so much!! 

Lucysinspired: Crates from Scott's Antique Market

Crates are very popular and have been for the past few years. We've been using them for many reasons! I love to find them with bright advertising, but these two have special meaning and that gives me a MUCH BETTER reason to buy them! Starr happens to be Ashlee Moore's middle name and my husband's initials are RC! Rock on! These two were mine after haggling with Brian in one of the outdoor booths. He had many crates and I'm a little disappointed that I didn't buy more! ugh. 

Lucysinspired: Ashlee playing croquet

We got stuck inside the "outside" building because of rain. Downpours of rain!! It's not a very big building and I had scoured every bucket for chain and vintage hardware. There was nothing else to buy! We were getting a little goofy, but how cute does Ashlee look ready to play croquet!!

Lucysinspired: Vintage Advertising

Vintage advertising signs are everywhere in the outdoor lot at Scott's. I loved the colors on this one and those prices! You will see replicas in lots of booths, but there are plenty of originals and sometimes, just sometimes, you will get a good deal on one!

Lucysinspired: Vintage Screen Door

Is this the back door? I'm with the Hippies! 

Lucysinspired: Haul from Scott's Antique Market

This is how we do it. This is how we do it. It's Friday night….oh wait. Always a song lyric in my head. This is how Joel and I do it. I give him a huge pile of goodies and he separates them into smaller piles by price. Then, we add it all up, take out one or two and throw in a few more, he gives me a price, I tell him how much I'll pay and we meet in the middle. I was born to do this y'all. I LOVE to negotiate!!

So, next time you want to go to Atlanta for the weekend, make sure it's the second weekend! You want to spend a day roaming inside and out. Did I mention there are two different buildings? One on each side of I-285. It's really hard for me to make both buildings. I always go to the one with the most outdoor booths. They seem to have better prices, but if it rains, they all cover up their tables with tarps and don't always come back in time for shopping! I found an RC crate under a table that said, " Me and my RC." Hello. that would have been stacked right on top of those other two finds!! 

If you are dying that you missed this one and there is a whole 'nother month before the next one…..There is another antique market on the third weekend of each month, the Lakewood 400 Antiques Market. I've never been, but can't wait to get there soon!