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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Visiting in Minnesota

My husband Jon and I are in Minnesota visiting family. For the 1st half of our trip we are in Central Minnesota and next week we will be in Southern Minnesota. The fun part of being here is that you can find a lot of American history all around you. Today we took a trip a little up North and found a great County Park called Phelps Mill Park. Here we found a restored 1889 flour mill in a lovely park alongside the millpond and stream. Next to the Mill is a great old bridge that no longer can take vehicle traffic but you can walk across and enjoy the beautiful view. What a find this park was because of all the history we found. We stood there and imagined what is was like to be alive in the late 1800's. The construction of this Flour Mill brought with it many other businesses to this area. Imagine being there watching the success of this town growing. This historic Mill was known for more then just flour. The Town's identity and economy grew from the success of the Mill. With the Mill came a Bunk House called "Farmers Roost", Livery Stable, Blacksmith Shop, General Store, Post Office, Ice House, Cheese Factory and Restaurant. Of course now all that is left is the Mill and the General Store but it is fun to use your imagination to try a picture what it looked like back in the late 1800's. History always moves forward but what I really enjoy is the past.








Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Thankful for Simply Renewed

In the daily grind...moving from one project to another...handling one problem after another...we forget to be thankful for what we have. Sometimes it is to easy to get all wrapped in life. And believe me this last year certainly has dealt it's share of life to me and Simply Renewed . But over the past couple weeks I have been reminded many times, by many customers, friends and family how lucky I am.  It took me half of this year to  remember that I'm living my dream. No one said it would be easy.  I'm moving forward and after the past 8 or so months that is a positive. So "Thank You" to every customer who comes into my store and sees the dream that I see and enjoys the store. Everyday you tell me how great the store is and I want you to know that I do hear what you are saying. I really do appreciate the kind words. And Thank-You to my friends who show me so very much support in so many different ways and for sticking by me thru it all. And last by not at all least my family for always being there when I need you. I could not do what I'm doing without you.



Simply Renewed is gonna shine even when others expect it to fail. We are gonna survive just about anything life throws our way. We may crack, but we will never break!!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sidewalks and Streets...Look at them now!!!

They are just about done with our new Sidewalks and Streets. It has been a long Spring but in the end we love our new sidewalks. Looking forward to enjoying them with vendors out in front of the store on Artwalk Nights this summer. Please do come down and see how great they look...


Recap from the Funky Junk Sisters Vintage Flea Market!!!

It was so much fun and very inspirational!!! If you ever have the chance to go to one of these Flea Markets...go! You will see wonderful vendor booths full of antiques, treasures, flowers planted in just about anything and inspiritation everywhere. I tried my best to take it all in and then I shopped and shopped and shopped. Take a look at the pictures... they tell the story better then I could. Enjoy!!!












In the end when I was done looking and taking it all in...I did purchase. Take a look at my treasures that I took back to Simply Renewed and used in my displays.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Field Trip to Junk!!!



Friday is only a couple days away and we are really looking forward to our field trip to The Funky Junk Sisters Vintage Flea Market. Not only will we be able to get into the show an hour early to shop the 80 vendors, we will also get to meet JunkMarket Queen Sue Whitney. I can only imagine all the cool things we will see and be able to purchase. Check out the pics for some of the vendors who will be at this show...









Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Coming soon...4th Street Market



The 4th Street Market is a European style, open-air flea market that provides a gathering place for merchants and artisans to sell their goods in a fun and unique way and alternative for sellers and shoppers to engage in commerce. Shoppers are looking for interesting and distinctive merchandise at a venue that will bring them to the streets of Bremerton to hunt for bargains and barter for deals on a warm Saturday or Sunday. In turn, the 4 Street Market Vendors offer an eclectic array of antique and vintage furnishings, primitives, collectables, art, retro items, garden accessories, hand-made one-of-a-kind and vintage jewelry, as well as clothing. Contributing to the character of the 4 Street Market is its location in Bremerton’s Art District Neighborhood. This urban atmosphere adds to the Market’s charm. As the market will only occurs twice per summer, shoppers can look forward to and mark their calendars for this event.



Bremerton's 1st Urban Art & Antique Market
In Downtown Bremerton

2010 Market Dates

Saturday May 29th
9am to 5pm
(during The Kitsap Harbor Festival)

Sunday July4th
9am to 6pm
(during The Old Fashioned 4th of July)


We are still signing up Artists & Vendor for both of the 2010 Markets. If you are interested please contact us at the information below.

Presented by The Downtown Bremerton Association & Simply Renewed Antiques.
For more information call 360-479-4101

or visit www.simplyrenewed.com

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Needed Inspiration!!!

I wanted to share with you an an event that we are attending on May 14th that will be giving us some needed inspiration for Simply Renewed. It has been a long hard winter in Downtown Bremerton. Between long cold rainy days and construction issues we are ready for a breath of fresh Spring air. We are hoping to get that fresh Spring air from the Funky Junk Sisters Vintage Flea Market!

On Friday May 14th Jean Marie and I will be attending a very special semminar with Junk Market Founder Sue Whitney- the original Junk Master. Sue will encourage homeowners at The Funky Junk Sisters Show to salvage flea market finds and unused “junk” to create treasured home furnishings. She knows the ins and outs of making pennies count. Her “junk” style sheds financial constraints associated with bringing new furniture into a home by fabricating unwanted items into re-purposed nostalgia. Sue,co-author of Junk Beautiful, was a contributing editor for "Country Home" magazine and has appeared on the “Today Show” and HGTV’s “Country Style,” where she transforms junk into fun, elegant and functional furniture and home d├ęcor.

It is our hope to walk away from this semminar with a whole bunch of inspiration that we want to share with our customers. More to come in the near future about this exciting event.

Monday, April 26, 2010

A busy month in May...

It starts on the 1st Friday, May 7th, Artwalk Night. Come on down to Downtown Bremerton and enjoy the Art Galleries, Museums, Coffee Shops, Restaurants and retail stores. We all stay open into the evening for the 1st Friday Art Walk. While your there you can check out the progression of the new sidewalk construction and the location of the new Art that we will be getting in Downtown Bremerton very soon. More to come on that you can be assured later!!!

Don't forget to mark your calendars for May 15th and the Armed Forces Day Parade. The oldest running Armed Forces Day parade in the USA. We have been going to this parade for years.

We end the month with a big festival called the Kitsap Harbor Festival. This is held on May 29th-31st on Memorial Day weekend. This festival is sponsored by the Port of Bremerton and includes three days of events and festivals.

During this busy weekend we have two special events going on in Downtown Bremerton.
The Kitsap Car Cruz on Pacific Ave between Burwell and 9th Street and the 4th Street Market on 4th Street between Washington Ave and Pacific Ave. Please try to make it down to check out these two specail events.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Inside Simply Rrenewed

4000 square feet of antiques, vintage items, collectible items, junk and stuff. We have a wide variety of merchandise. 20+ antique dealers rent space and we also take consignments. We have a section with local artists, Washington State merchandise, Bremerton T-shrits and Bremerton ballcaps. We pride ourselves on our selection of merchandise and how we can find the collectible that you might be looking for. Please check out the pictures below and check our store out next time you are in Downtown Bremerton.






Monday, April 19, 2010

Welcome to my Blog for Simply Renewed Antiques!!!



Everyone tells me that I need to start a blog but really it kind of scares me...Will I have enough to write or say???...Would anyone care to read what I write???...Oh well here it goes...I have started a blog and am learning how to function in this world of social networking and media. My name is Peggy and over 5 years ago I opened an Antique Store in Downtown Bremerton, Wa. The store's name is Simply Renewed and after 5+ years and 2 major moves we are now located at the corner of Burwell and Pacific Ave. 301 Pacific Ave. to be exact. We chose to build our business in Downtown Bremerton because of the beautiful place it is and the renewal it is going through. It has been a challenge and we have learned to go with the flow.

Speaking of flow...right now we are in the midst of a sidewalk and road construction project. Nothing can hinder a business more then having construction going on right out in front of you. I'm learning that the flow can throw you something new everyday. Luckily we have our new sidewalks now and are just waiting for the road construction to be completed. This project is teaching me that going with the flow means taking it one day at a time...and keeping a stiff upper lip.



Anyway enough about that day to day stuff. What I hope to post here from time to time is information about my favorite web sites, events and news related to Antiques, Junking and Collectibles. News about Downtown Bremerton and Simply Renewed. And from time to time I will probably ramble on about other things that are important to me and my dream in Downtown Bremerton...including sometimes that boring day to day stuff. I hope that if you are following my ramblings that you are getting some good information out of it and enjoy this blog. Thanks, Peggy

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