We’re throwing open the barn doors for FFNW’s 3rd Sip + Shop Barn Sale coming to Washougal on August 5th from 9am-4pm!
Found and Forged NW
6819 SE 382nd Ave
Come see us at the barn to get your fill of vintage treasures, decorating inspiration, fresh flowers and veggies, upick blueberries and of course a refreshing beverage!
-Found goods from new vendors Shawn Kelly and Kasey Foster (Washougal peeps for the win!)
-Precious needlework from Whatsoever Things (you need one of her creations on your walls!)
-Baubles from Rebecca Noel Designs (whimsical designs, carefully crafted)
-Fresh flowers, produce and berries from the farm and yummy drinks for you to truly SIP and shop!
Come join us Saturday August 5th from 9am-4pm at the barn! Bring your friends and family!
Prices will not be garage sale cheap, but resellers and bargain hunters will be pleased 🙂 We will be accepting cash or CC!
It’s HERE! FFNW’s 2nd Sip + Shop Barn Sale is coming to Washougal on May 6 from 9am-4pm!
Come see us at the barn to get your fill of vintage treasures, decorating inspiration, gardening goods, fresh flowers and a refreshing beverage!
-Precious needlework from Whatsoever Things (you need one of her creations on your walls!)
-Baubles from Rebecca Noel Designs (whimsical designs, carefully crafted)
-Fresh flowers from the farm and yummy snacks and drinks for you to truly SIP and shop!
Come join us May 6 from 9am-4pm at the barn! Bring your friends, bring your family…hey, bring your MOM! xo
Found and Forged NW
6819 SE 382nd Ave
Prices won’t be garage sale cheap, but resellers and bargain hunters will be happy:) We are also happily accepting cash, credit or check.
See you there!
There are a BAZILLION websites and e-courses and pins and articles and blogs, etc. about earning money online. No doubt about it.
I am all about multiple income streams and finding ways to contribute to my family’s bottom line without spending more time outside of the home or having a work schedule dictated to me. I’m a little bit of a free spirit when comes to work. And that’s one of the many reasons I am so grateful I found, tried and poured energy into Poshmark, one of the best ways I have found to earn extra money online.
Poshmark is an online buy and sell app that allows users to create a “closet” to showcase and sell their own used clothing to other members of the community. You get exposure for your closet by gathering followers, sharing items to your feed, adding new items and participating in the social community.
Even as I write this, my mind is spinning with HOW MANY rabbit holes I could go down explaining processes and giving helpful Posh tips…mmmm, so much more goodness to come! For now, I would love to give an overview as to why taking a very low-risk plunge into the world of Poshmark will help you reach your extra income goals.
What is Poshmark?
Posh (as it is lovingly referred to in the Poshmark community), is an app (and website, but all functions are primarily done through the app) that allows you to create an online closet with pictures and descriptions of clothing, shoes and accessories you would like to sell to other users. Posh now has portals for womens, mens and kids sections!
How do I start?
I would suggest this order:
1. Sign up
If you’d like, you can use code: PATEZ to sign up and create an account. It is completely free to sign up, so no real risk there. If you use PATEZ, you get a $5 credit to shop with…so, why not?!
2. Create a profile
I would prefer to shop out of a store that has a brand and some sort of point of view…so I try to follow the same structure for my closet profile. People are taking a peek into my “store”, so I want my profile to talk about the me behind the clothing and what they can expect when they shop my closet.
Here’s a snap of my “Meet the Posher” listing:
3. Gather followers PHASE 1
Once you sign up, you have the ability to “follow” other closets. Much like gaining “friends” on Facebook, your followers are the ones that see your Feed. In the Posh world, followers are easy to come by if you start following multiple people, the general rule of thumb is that they will follow you back. Try to get about 1k. Depending on the amount of time you are willing to put in, try to follow 100 people + per day.
4. Start your closet
Clean out your current home closet. Anything that is contemporary, in gently used/good condition that you just aren’t feeling anymore?
Take a clean, well-lit picture of the item. Make sure you show all angles and any flaws. Describe the item well and with personality. Use the “Sell” feature on the app to upload photos and describe the item. List 10 items.
*TIP* When you have exhausted your own closet, start thrifting! Look for name brand fashion to pick up a low cost and then “flip” it to sell in your Posh closet. More info on that later too!
5. Gather followers PHASE 2
Once you have your 10 items in the closet, go for round 2 on the follower train. Try for another 500 followers. Simultaneously, you will want to start Sharing.
6. Share your own closet
Start getting into the habit of “Sharing” your own items 2-3x per day. Morning, mid-day and night.
Here is a screenshot of a portion of my current closet. See the “circle of arrows” on the bottom right of each listing? You would click that and then click “Share to my Followers”. This will display it on the Feed of all of your current followers.
*TIP* If you are using the app, click on the item, click “Edit” in the top right section, click “Next” and click “List”. This will add your listing to the “New Listings” Feed AND your followers Feed. I call it the “triple tap”. You can read more about it here.
*TIP* In order to make your closet sustainable and selling profitable, you will need to interact in the app by sharing other closets as well. Start by sharing items from your personal Feed. Pick a brand and start sharing items from closets with similar brands. Spend a few minutes each day spreading the Posh love!
7. Price your closet
Lots of info could go into the what and why of this bullet point, but for now I would suggest this. Come up with an amount that you would feel comfortable receiving for this item. Look up similar items on Poshmark and filter for “Sold” items only to see what similar items are actually selling for. Once you have that number, add about 15-25% to it and price there. I have found this allows room for Posh’s cut of 20% (well worth it in my humble opinion) and any lower offers on the item you might receive.
For example, the above “Anthropologie Criss Cross Waist Shirt” I have listed for $25. I would like to get $15-20 for it in the end. I price it at $25 so I can easily accept a lower offer, still make my money with the Posh cut and could still drop the price and put my closet on sale to push inventory.
8. Prepare for a sale
Get notecards to write your buyer a little personal thank you note (Posh encourages this sort of community living:)
Look how cute these are?? ^^^ Good price too.
Order tissue paper, shipping tape and gun, scissors and pens
Order free shipping boxes online from USPS
*TIP* Make sure to order the Mailing Boxes, NOT the Flat Rate Boxes. Get assorted sizes and have them delivered to your home for free!
9. Pack item
Make box, place tissue and packaged item inside and include your thank you note! Posh will email you the shipping label when the sale is made, so simply print it out and tape it to the box.
[Image sourced from Posh blog]
10. Schedule a package pickup
I can count on my fingers the number of times I have had to physically go to the post office since starting Posh in August 2015. I just schedule a pick up online here, and then place my items on my porch in the morning. Voila!
Since starting Posh, I have earned over $10k of extra income online. I don’t do it full time, but have increasingly added to my investment by stocking my closet with thrifted items, friend’s items and continually cleaning out my own closet. I feel that the time invested correlates with your success on the platform. Quite honestly, if you are looking a supplemental income stream, are ok with interacting on the app on a regular basis and have an eye for thrifted brand name fashion, I haven’t found anything quite as successful. I have friends who started earning multiple hundreds of dollars a month in just their first few months on the app.
Like I said before, there are so many different posts that could be done about the ins and outs of Posh…and I look forward to sharing what I have learned! For now, sign up (use PATEZ) and start listing your own closet at home! What do you have to lose?
Feel free to check out my Posh closet here.
Let me know below if you sign up (I’ll follow you!) or have any questions! It’s hard to cover all the bases in one post, but would love to help where I can!
I’m in a new city as of the beginning of last year. With our move, all of my known and “go-to” thrifting haunts were not accessible anymore. All the estate sale company emails I got were now too far away for me to partake…and so, I am now finding myself researching new sales, stores and bargain spots so I can stock my space and BARN (!!!) with the very best treasures to pass on to my fellow hunters.
My mind was going through my mental checklist of how to handle the world of estate sales and I thought I would pass along my list of my…
10 Tips for Shopping Estate Sales
1. Bring your own blue tape and a sharpie
Although this is not always allowed, it’s a good idea to bring your own roll of blue masking tape to mark a large item as “sold” while you continue to shop.
For instance, If you see a table that is a must have, simply tear off a piece of your blue tape, mark it as SOLD, add your name and then keep shopping. This blue tape doesn’t ensure that another buyer will come along, rip the tape off and purchase for his or herself, but at least you can have some type of temporary “hold” while you go get a sale worker to help you get it to the hold area so you aren’t wasting time waiting near the item.
2. Bring coffee and a book
Estate sales, at least for the die-hards, mean early mornings and long lines. It is worth your time to go a little earlier to grab a coffee and your latest book so you can sign your name on the door sign-up, park within eye sight, sit in your car and enjoy a peaceful morning before the madness ensues!
3. Have a list of multiple items you are interested in
One of my hard and fast rules for estate sale-ing is to make sure I have a somewhat hefty list of items I am interested in before I make the time commitment to physically go to the sale. I always search for sales online (Estatesales.org, Estatesales.net, Yardsalesearch.com and Craigslist) and look through the numerous posted pictures to see what peaks my interest. If I only see one or two items of interest, it’s not worth my time. I could wait outside for 2 hours only to have my one interesting item go out the door right before my eyes in the first 10 minutes of the sale. Look through the pictures and make a list so you can make the trip worth your while and focus on the items you want while you are there.
4. Bring cash
Many established Estate Sale companies accept credit cards, but unless it is explicitly stated, cash is gold at garage, yard and estate sales. It’s best and safest to pull cash out and have it ready at the sale.
5. Bring your Reseller License
If you are a reseller, make sure to bring your reseller license with you to every sale so that you can make your purchases exempt from sales tax. Learn how to get your reseller license here.
6. Make a pile and bring a tote
Every sale I have been to has a hold area, usually up by the check out line. Keep your hands free and your momentum going by creating a pile and keep moving! A tote can help you hold the small items so you don’t have to keep running back and forth to the entrance.
7. Go through the house at least twice
I always do a full run through of the home right away, not spending excessive time in any one room. After I feel like I have seen everything the estate has to offer, I go back through the whole house in the opposite direction. I am constantly surprised at the gems I find on my second or third run through that I had simply missed on my first go-round.
8. Negotiate on the 2nd day of the sale
The first day of the sale it is most likely considered taboo to negotiate on price. This is usually advertised at the sale on the websites. On the second day, negotiating is perfectly acceptable. On the last day of the sale, I would suggest making a pile and offering a flat fee for the whole pile. At that point, the sellers are usually eager to get rid of the goods.
9. Carry on your person until you are SURE
Make sure to carry whatever peaks your interest on your person until you are absolutely sure you want to buy it. Once you put the item in the hold area, it is not good etiquette to not buy at the end of the day.
10. Work opposite of the flow
There is usually a rush at the door at the beginning of the sale. I have also noticed that “the herd” tends to migrate to the right after they enter. I suggest heading left. My best finds usually come from the garage or basement. These are the rooms I try to get to first. Stay away from the crowd’s migration pattern for both the best finds and a less stressful shopping experience.
I’m heading out to the sales this weekend!
Let me know what you look for at the estates below…any frustrations or primo tips you’ve experienced while treasure hunting?
Well, she’s done it again. I keep thinking Luke and I can’t get MORE humbled by Katie and her incredible talent and gift of these photos…and then she goes and does THIS. Ufta.
We had the pleasure of Katie’s visit a few weeks ago. This was her 4th installment of her Blueberry House series. Check out the past installments here.
Looking through these photos brings a flood of memories, a true sense of accomplishment and the thought “shoot! We didn’t quite get those baseboards finished!” Ah. First world problems.
There is still lots of finishing and tinkering left to be done, some redecorating and adding, some internal updates and external revamps…but overall, we feel pretty darn good about what the house looks like now compared to January 2016. Can you say, “toilet in the front yard” ?
Please enjoy these beautiful photos from the one and only, Katie Kolbrick.
Originally posted on Katie’s blog here.
A few weeks ago I traveled down to Washougal to photograph the last (sniff) installment of a photo project created with Jordan and Luke. It has been such a blessing to visit them over the past 12 months. Every time I visit, I’m reminded of just how refreshing strong friendships can be. Even though we rarely talk outside of my visits (because #lifehappens), whenever we do catch up it is as if no time has passed. In recent years I’ve come to cherish these types of friendships, as it has become evident that they are few and far between.
What a treat to witness the change on their property in just one year! They went from true “fixer upper” status to living in a beautifully curated home on land brimming with promise of a bountiful summer. We spent the first half hour or so in their sitting room just catching up on life (which quickly became like a therapy session for all of us…in the best sense), while being bathed in the most glorious sunlight. Of course, once we were done shooting in the house and went to go outside we were greeted with plenty of rain. Ha! Such is life. It made for great images, though, and I’m very proud to share this last set with you.
In case you need a refresher, here are a few before/after pics to illustrate just how awesome Jordan and Luke are:
Love what you see? I highly recommend checking out Jordan over on Found & Forged NW. She has all sorts fabulous ideas, participates in amazing events and is so talented. 🙂 You can find her blog HERE.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
At some point, I plan on doing a post of all before and after pictures. I know I want that all in one place for posterity. There is something very special and important about reflecting back on where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. It’s important and I WILL do it.
Right now, I just plan to enjoy Katie’s talent and take a big ol’ sigh of contentment.
If you ever find yourself in need of family, newborn, portrait or unique photography work, we can’t really recommend Katie enough. Check her and her other works out here.
God bless you and the gift you are to Luke and I, Katie. Please consider the farm your second home…come anytime.
I have been scourging the countryside (and cities:) lately, filling our barn with beautiful new pieces and vintage goodness! I was telling Luke that I am feeling a little antsy as I haven’t had a sale in a bit and the buying has gotten a wee bit out of control:)
But I promise, there’s a reason!
This spring, FFNW is presenting not one, but TWO vintage sales!
We are hitting the road down to Newberg, OR for our first sale as a vendor at Treasured by Joyful Seed! So honored to be a part of such a fantastic event and to sell alongside such talented vendors…so fun!! See the details below:
Then, a few weeks later, we are opening up the barn for our Sip and Shop: Spring Edition! Can’t wait!
Obviously, more details to follow…but in the meantime, wanted my fellow finders to be the first to know and save the date! Be sure to follow Found and Forged NW on Facebook and Instagram for more updates and RSVP to this inspiring event here.
P.s. My daffodils are coming up. It’s happening people! Spring is coming!!
It’s been a little over year since we crossed the threshold of our newly bought home in Washougal. It has been a year of great abundance, great change, great gratitude, great newness and a deep and profound sense of purpose.
The other day, I was shifting through our “stack o’ important papers” that had gathered on the entry shelving we have by the front door (sometimes it really scares me to think of what is buried in there, ufta). I saw the “Take One” listing sheet for our now home and beneath it was a handwritten, rough draft version of the letter I wrote in November 2015 to the sellers of the house.
Our realtor mentioned it might be a good idea to include a personal note with our offer, just to make sure the sellers could put a “person” to the monetary offer.
While re-reading what I wrote, I was overcome again by the goodness of God in our lives and how MUCH we love living here…it was such a nice reflection moment for me. And how appropriate (thanks Lord) that I happened to find this on our 1 year home anniversary. How cool.
I wanted to immortalize it here:
To the current owners of “The Blueberry House”,
We just had a similar experience in the selling of our home, we got a letter from a potential buyer. It really helped us to hear a little more about who would be potentially taking over “our space”…so here goes:)
We just wanted you to know what a feeling of “exhale” came over my husband and I even as we drove up your driveway. Your peaceful location, breathtaking views, combined with the way you lovingly maintained you home made us feel like we had arrived at OUR new home!
To be honest, we didn’t want to leave our last home. It has been a bittersweet move from Seattle for us. Each home we had looked at thus far down here had potential…we could talk ourselves into it…we could list positives…but after viewing your home today, I, Jordan, cried.
I felt so humbled at the thought that this home and space could possibly be ours, and I just cried. We would simply be honored to live here, start our family here (it’s almost kids time for us!:) and integrate into the community we sense here.
Of course, you need to make the decision that best supports your family, but please know how deeply we would appreciate the opportunity to share in the legacy of this special property.
Thank you so much for your consideration and God bless you!
Luke and Jordan
Thank you so much for following along with our journey, our home renovations and our business. Praying God’s plentiful blessings over your lives.
Well, I have had a solid amount of time to regroup, exhale, enjoy Christmas with the fam, clean our house and so now…I can blog! HA!
What a day it was! I can confidently say the 1st Sip and Shop at the Barn event was a smashing success! We braved an ice storm, my mother driving into a ditch, a power outage, a falling tree, a faulty internet connection, a blown fuse, no heat and falling chunks of ice to arrive at a glorious event…barely. Seriously though, by our teeth.
Once the disasters of the first few hours cleared, the sun peeked through, and as you will see…it was one of the more glorious days we can remember experiencing. People risked their lives to come (not really an exaggeration) and support us and our sale and we are so grateful. A HUGE and humble thank you to those who made it out for the sale or had the best intentions of doing so. Your support means the world to us.
The music finally sprung to life and “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” waltzed through the rafters, the blown fuse was fixed (Luke = hero), the twinkly lights, as promised, twinkled and once the power outage was “in” again, the hot cocoa started brewing and all was a-ok!
The extremely talented and giving, Katie, of Katie Kolbrick photography, came down from Seattle for the day (and when I say day, I mean like 1.5 hours, bless her heart!) to take pictures of our home in the dead of winter and our barn at it’s peak! We are so grateful for these pictures, for SO many reasons, mainly because we were too busy to take any ourselves AND they are spectacular! These are priceless.
Here is a smattering of photos from the event itself and the stunning surroundings we found ourselves in:
*All photos courtesy of Katie Kolbrick Photography
My dear friend, Jena, of Teacup Vintage was able to partner with me for the sale…and my gosh, if her space was not the most adorable, retro-chic set up ever!
Jena and I loved dreaming up what the barn would “feel” like to those who came. We chose Sip and Shop because we wanted it to be an experience for those who chose to venture out to “The Shoug”…especially as we neared Christmas, we wanted it to feel like an outing you want to take with your loved ones year after year. I think we accomplished that:)
The next few photos were taken by mine or dear Heidi’s phone camera…the quality is obviously not Katie’s level, but the memories are still in tact. I can’t really express how grateful I am to my mom and dad for their ENDLESS hours of work in helping to make my dreams come to fruition. You want to know what true, parental love looks like…it’s my dad, up on a 12 ft ladder hanging mini bulb lights, with no heat, while the power keeps going off…on his day off. And mom and I are kindred spirits in the “host a party” lane…I loved hosting this with you momma! Honestly, words don’t do it all justice.
And to top it all off, my BF, who moved across the country SURPRISED me with a visit. Tears were shed, hugs were had, mouths hung open in disbelief…and pictures were not taken. Waa waaaaaa. Michelle, just know that you made my month. I love you.
Thank you to all who came, pictured or not…most not, because quite frankly…I was just too busy running around! Just the way I like it.
Luke mainly works behind the scenes at my sales…but I promise you, without him, I wouldn’t be opening up a barn shop to begin with. He is the one who said, “enough talking, let’s do this.” I am so grateful for a spouse who supports my dreams and dreams with me.
Once again, how grateful are we that Katie drove all the way down here to take pictures of this beautiful day? VERY. Thank you Katie for the memories and see you again this spring for the next installment of The Blueberry Farm Series!
You can see the rest of her series on our year here.
Tell you what, we are already starting the finding and gathering process for new treasures for the Sip and Shop at the Barn: Spring Edition! What what! Stay tuned for details…we’re thinking early May. Cannot wait! In the meantime, be sure to “like” our FB page for updates!
God bless you all as we head into the New Year!
It’s here! I get to announce it!!
I am giddy to introduce Found and Forged Farm’s first “Sip and Shop” event coming December 10!
It has always been a far-off dream to open up a pop-up shop and share a beautiful, vintage shopping day with my customers and friends. When we bought our home, the plan was to always fix up the old barn, open up it’s doors and sell my wares. Honestly, with the extent of work that needed to be done on our own home, we figured this dream would be put on the back burner for a bit.
Alas, Luke said no. He said, this is your dream and this dream will help our family and our property reach it’s full potential. Do it now.
God bless him.
So, concrete was poured, furniture was hauled (thank you mom and dad Weiss and Still !!!!), events were planned, treasures were sewn, goodies were collected, signs were made….and all in record time! Ok, honestly we’re still working on these things…but we’ll get there! 🙂
We are ready to present the barn for the first “Sip and Shop” event in about a month!!
I am partnering with the uber-talented Jena Ralls of Teacup Vintage and The City Hippy Studios to present a barn FULL of treasures big and small…perfect for the season of gifting!
There will be lights twinkling, hot cocoa brewing, music wafting from the rafters and of course…oodles of vintage and handmade goodies!
Join us on December 10 from 9am-4pm for Sip and Shop at the Barn!
*Graphics credit to The City Hippy Studios