Tune your television to HGTV or the DIY network and you will find any number of shows depicting trash to treasure type scenarios. Creating something from seemingly nothing has all but become the trend, and perhaps a sign, of the time. The wonderful phenomenon that had developed over the past few difficult years is a mass movement towards creativity and resourcefulness, in a nutshell, working with what you have.
One such company comes to us from local entrepreneur and self-proclaimed thrifter, Sharon Each. Having grown up frequenting thrift stores, swap meets, flea markets and everything in between Sharon has a natural love of reinvention.
She proudly calls herself a bona fide dumpster diver and even declares, “I am not above digging through other people’s junk.” Thus, she created the concept of Pikin’ Chixs. As the name suggests, she quite literally pays people to sort through their garages, dusty attics, and old barns in search of perceived treasures.
She then organizes massive antique-themed garage type sales to which she invites her contact list of fellow garage sale loving patrons.
From the original Pikin’ Chixs concept have sprung many events in which she sells her found things along with other fabulous vintage, hand-made, and made-over vendors. In fact, Pikin’ Chixs is bringing just such an event to Motte County Plaza in Menifee on October 1, 2011, appropriately entitled An Affaire at the Barn.
The Affaire will feature twenty-two mostly local vendors coming from Riverside to Temecula offering everything from homemade candles to vintage suitcases turned dog beds. From 9 am until 4 pm vintage, hand made, and antique wares will fill the Motte Barn in Menifee, offering you the prefect way to spend your Saturday.
If you are interested in participating as a vendor, she is still accepting additions, please contact her at 951.588.5559 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
From the beginning Sharon has been focused on helping local organizations and giving back to the community. After all, her company thrives on local support and interest, so it is only natural she would want to return the kindness.
Half of each $5.00 entrance fee to the Affaire at the Barn event will be donated to the local chapter of the Mini Pearls organization which complements its parent organization, Beckstrand Cancer Foundation a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. As an established nationwide charity, the Mini Pearls Cancer Foundation offers help and hope to families coping with cancer.
The foundation seeks to provide support to cancer patients and their families who are struggling outside of the illness as well as with the illness, in terms of mortgage payments, food, and basic necessities. Their outreach states, “ (our) mission is to improve and enhance the quality of life of kids with cancer.” Plain and simple, Mini Pearls just wants to help.
Several representatives from the organization will be on site at the barn event selling homemade cookies and lemonade with all proceeds benefiting the Mini Pearls Foundation as well.
For more information on the foundation please visit: MiniPearls.org
Whether you're in the market for something specific or just love all things vintage and handmade, this even promises to deliver an array of items you probably can't live without. Come October first head on out to the Motte Barn for a day of fun in the first days of fall.
An Affaire at the Barn hosted by Pikin’ Chixs
Date: October 1, 2011
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Motte Country Plaza
28380 State Highway 74
Menifee, CA 92585