Yeah, so....I don't really have a gift idea for this post. I was going to write about The Slanket, but Chris told me that someone already wrote about it once.I really wanted to save this 35th and very last post of my fresh gifts for five weeks series to say thanks to all of the nice people who have read my blog during any point in the past five years. And all of the new people who just started reading, perhaps due to my ridiculous diversion called Vintage Picker Ryan Gosling. Or maybe you started reading because you heard about a giveaway or someone shared a link to my blog on Facebook. Thanks for joining in the fun. I will warn you now that I don't normally post every day, so don't get used to it.
And people like my in-laws, Jim & Mary, and my friends Mike & Suzanne from Royal Port Antiques, who constantly teach me about the business, share their ideas and encourage me to buy good stuff.
This goofy blog got me selling in places like Vintage Home, Brandywine View Antiques, Antiques at Kimberton, Renninger's and Clover Market...shops and shows that I still can't believe I've been involved with.
I've had some really cool experiences since I started blogging. I was honored to have my apple crate labels included in Country Home magazine and in a nationally syndicated newspaper column. Tina Fey may or may not have read my blog. I hit 2,000 fans on my Facebook page. I was asked to audition for two antiques-related shows as "the expert". (Uh - maybe I conveniently forgot to tell you about that. I guess you know the outcome...you don't see my mug on your flat-screen, do you?)
And to my family and friends and neighbors, thanks for commenting and reading my blog, even if you aren't into antiques. Thanks for putting up with my slow (or no) responses to emails, junk on my front porch, a camper in the driveway and missed birthday parties due to selling at flea markets.
Thanks to all of the blogs that link back to me. You are the reason that I am able to keep growing. Here are the top 25 blogs that brought the most traffic to freshvintage during 2011:
I hope you all have a restful holiday. And please don't be mad at me if I don't blog for the next 35 days.
Read the whole list of fresh gifts.
P.S. I forgot to thank that lady who said I curse too much. Thanks, Bitch!