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High Falootin’ Junk
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Whew! What a year 2011 was. So much has changed in one year and yet I see 2012 being a year for even MORE possibilities. I have this uncanny and completely accidental way of meeting soooooooo many people with the … Continue reading
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THE ANNIE SLOAN AMERICAN TOUR AND CHALK PAINT GIVEAWAY! (This one is going to be Big!)
Yes, I know that sounds crazy, but I do. I love moving. I really enjoy being in new environments and having new visual stimulation. Maybe I should give you a little background info so that you don’t think of me as a complete maniac. My degree is in city planning and historic preservation. I worked as a county planner for a couple of years before I went running and screaming out of my not-so-creative cubicle and returned to the trade show world. Anyway, I love downtown environments no matter how big or small and now I live in Mount Dora which is the cutest little downtown in all of Central Florida.
This was our old house in Howey- In- The-Hills. It is a typical 1950s Florida Ranch in a VERY quiet town. The closest grocery store is 12 minutes away. Now I know that sounds lovely to some of you, but I grew up on a farm in the middle of Podunk and it took 10 minutes to get to a major road and a half an hour to a town with a grocery store. Needless to say, when I turned 18, I moved to the big city of Orlando and fell in love with downtown living, but as I entered my 30s I returned to my roots and endured rural living. Until now that is…now I am officially a Downtown Dweller.
I did give up some luxuries to live downtown…like 4000 sq feet, a pool and a nice half acre lot in Howey- In- The Hills, but those luxuries were becoming a thorn in my side. Who has time to clean all of that? Especially when you can be doing other things like having a martini after work at the Goblin Market or watching a movie in the park or stopping by PizzAmore for a glass of wine on my walk home.
This is our new place. It is only 3 blocks from our store, so I can walk to work. Which is exactly what I did this morning and this is my new view…Sorry for the poor picture quality, but I was literally taking these pics with my iphone as I was walking to work.
This cute little book store is next door to me.
This cute little Craftsman Bungalow is directly across from me. It’s for sale! Don’t you want to be my neighbor? OMG! I just had a Rollins Alumni moment. Mister Rogers was a fellow Rollins Grad and if you did not “get” that…then you are way to young, lol. Ask your mom about Mister Rogers or better yet look him up on You Tube.
Anyhoo…back to the walking tour…
I love old wooden churches. They just don’t make them this way anymore.
Gypsy found a HUGE fire hydrant. She is loving downtown life. So many new smells. LOL
This is the super cute Maison En Ville Bed & Breakfast.
PizzAmore is totally going to be my after work spot.
This amazing Queen Anne is Donnelly House, which is the home of the Masonic Lodge.
There are so many styles of architecture in the downtown area. I can’t wait to dig into the history of each building. (as if I have time to do things like that)
5th & Donnelly Street at 9:30 AM. It is so calm at this time and all of the shop keepers are preparing for the busy day ahead.
This is the front of the building that houses High Falootin’ Junk.
So after my brisk morning walk, I have finally arrived at my store.
Are you ready to move to Downtown Mount Dora? It is absolutely charming and I have very high standards when it comes to neighborhoods. That is why they call me High Falootin’.
Check back on Monday for more Mount Dora info. I will be featuring different businesses and events every Monday. I’m thinking of calling it something extremely original like Mount Dora Mondays or Monday in Mount Dora….I’m soooo creative with blog titles…NOT!
Are you looking for something to do this weekend?
The Mount Dora Craft Fair is this weekend and we are having a biggo sale here at High Falootin’ Junk.
Come on over and see us!
Isn’t this amazing? 1940s French Brass and Ceramic Chandelier.
Of course that is Annie Sloan Provence on the window trim.
I love the barn wood stars…
This is another amazing Chandelier that just arrived. There will be close to 20 more arriving over the next few days.
This weekend is the beginning of festival season in Mount Dora, FL . This weekend is the Art Stroll on Friday night and the Bicycle Festival.
WOW! We had a great opening day and now we get to rearrange the store because we sold a couple of big pieces of furniture. Yay!
I was able to meet a few of my blog followers in person, which is always fun.
And of course we played with the paint…
I can’t wait to see everyone that plans on coming tomorrow.
Whew! What a week…Busy, Busy, Busy…
I helped Robyn Story Designs with her booth at the Faux Expo this week and we had a great time setting up her amazing booth and meeting everyone.
This is Antoinette. Isn’t she fabulous?
Of course we hosted Chalk Paint classes and Lori did an amazing job as always.
We painted in our “fancy” clothes, lol… Would you expect anything less from Robyn?
Yes…that is Annie Sloan Coco and French Linen. Yummy!
One of the girls from Wallovers stencils did a demo on our little table and it turned out amazing.
There were so many talented artists at the show and guess what…they all had paint on their clothes…I felt as if I had found my people, lol.
It was a great show. I will definitely be attending next year and getting more great ideas.
We are almost ready…The new High Falootin’ Junk store is located in historic Downtown Mount Dora, in The Renaissance Building. This iconic building is quickly becoming the place for all things art and antique. I am one of two stores within the last week that has relocate to the building. The owners are just the sweetest people I have ever met and they have quite the history in antiques and fine furnishing themselves. I look forward to gleaning some of their knowledge as time goes by.
We will officially open this Saturday, October 1st, but I will be putting the finishing touches on the store Thursday and Friday. Feel free to stop in a say hello and if you are a facebook or blog land friend, please introduce yourself.
The new address is
411 N. Donnelly St.
Mount Dora, FL 32757