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  • We're Excited to Introduce Michelle From Rhinestones N' Rust

    Michelle Hernandez of Rhinestones N' Rust loves anything & everything vintage! 

    We first met Michelle in 2013 when she attended The Old Town Flea Market in Clovis and it was friendship at first sight! Shortly after we met, she opened Rhinestones N' Rust, specializing in primitive antiques and vintage housewares.

    Miss Michelle loves antiques and has been junkin' since her high school days in Texas! Back then, Michelle would always come home with new found treasures and when she went away to college she moved out the desk and dresser in her dorm room and replaced them with prized antiques. Nothing has changed to this day!

    Rhinestones N' Rust's vendor space at The Old Town Flea Market, Nov. 2015

    Michelle is easily one of the most determined shoppers we know. She will wake up at the crack of dawn to make it to an estate sale out of town, hunt all day to find the perfect set of ironstone dishes and she won't stop until milk glass is found! Michelle has called Fresno, California home for twenty years, but claims to have left her heart in Texas and is lucky enough to take several "work" trips home each year to shop famously large vendor fairs and flea markets, bringing back her vintage goodness to share with our customers.

    Inside the Foundry you will find some of Michelle's favorite finds: hand sewn quilts (a personal favorite of mine), milk glass vases, silverware, vintage linens and old locker baskets, many of which have made the trip from Texas to California!

    Recently, Michelle has taken on the role of expanding our women's extended size clothing (and there are some super cute pieces)! We had several customers asking for additional sizing options, and she was happy to help!  You'll now find denim, dresses, sweaters and more in extended sizes at the Foundry.

                  

    It's me (above) in a floral print kimono (XL)  paired with a cute simple ribbed tank with lace trim (XL) and a pair of ripped jeans (XL). A beautiful vintage Ironstone dish set and mismatched collected silverware pieces that are sold at the Foundry. 

    Michelle has a busy Fall schedule planned. The first weekend of October she will be selling at the Three Speckled Hens Show in Paso Robles, and then at The Old Town Flea Market November 5th & 6th in Old Town Clovis at the rodeo grounds.  Mark your calendars because there is a loaded trailer arriving from Texas just in time!  

    Stick around! Next week we will be blogging about Good Human, our newest brand sold at the shop and how we pick the lines we sell. 

    As always give us your feedback it really means a lot! 

    -The Foundry

  • Meet Amazing Amy!

    Amy Kelly of Amy Kelly Designs has been a vital key to the success of The Foundry Collective since first joining up with Vintage On Fourth in July of 2014. She specializes in children's clothing, home accessories, and building custom furniture. At the shop Amy is the go to girl for anything baby related, from various popular items like baby moccasins, to Jelly Cats, and really soft swaddle blankets! 

                   

    As a repeat vendor at The Old Town Flea Market for several years, Amy has a passion for building unique furniture, and interior design. You can find her personal touches on shop displays at the Foundry and mixed in with her custom furniture at The Old Town Flea Market each Spring & Fall in Old Town Clovis.  What you probably don't know is that Amy is an avid collector of cookbooks... Amy loves them, and some of her favorite titles are available for sale the shop.  One of her newest favorites is featured below, The Forest Feast which she has been cooking from over the past several weeks and raves about the recipes. With over 100 in her personal collection, her family truly appreciates her nightly family dinners at home!

    Whether it's an industrial pipe entertainment center or custom wood mudroom lockers, Amy is always working on a new project. As a small business owner, she spends many nights behind the scenes planning, building and preparing for the beautiful pieces, displays and hand selected items you find daily at the Foundry.  Every piece she completes is made with love and passion for her work and it clearly shows.

                  

    Just an example of something Amy has built! 

    We all marvel at the balance Amy creates between her professional career and family life. As the proud mom to three beautiful and hardworking kids, Delany, Garrett, and Luke she is always on the go! The kids often come in to help break down boxes after a big shipment arrives and tag items that need to be priced without a single complaint. Amy and her husband Dan believe in creating the entrepreneurship spirit at an early age, demonstrating that hard work and diligent planning creates success. Working hard definitely runs in the family! 

    We adore Amy and love having her with us at the Foundry, and encourage you all to follow her on Instagram @amykellydesigns, and visit her booth space at The Old Town Flea Market this November 5/6th at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds.

    Stay with us on the blog, later this week we will introduce you to Michelle from Rhinestones and Rust who lives the dreamy junkers life between California and her home state of Texas.

    Remember to comment and follow along with our blogs as we will be posting sneak peeks of the store, new arrivals, and exclusive blog sales or coupons redeemable at the shop! 

    -The Foundry

  • The Foundry - How Our Story Began

    The Foundry was born!
    A little story narrated by yours truly... Samantha. :) 

                                                                       

    It all started in 2008, I (Karen's daughter Samantha) had a picture hanging up in my room that I had outgrown. Instead of just throwing the picture away I decided I wanted to have my dad paint my initial on it. So I picked the colors and he painted a huge "S" right in the middle.  I loved it and immediately hung it back in my "newly refreshed" bedroom.

                                                                                         

    One day soon after, my dad came home with an alphabet of metal letters he created with a friend for my mom to do something creative with.  He wasn't sure what, but thought the idea to take the inspiration from my painted "S" and give it a twist somehow. With an old vintage frame laying around he created a backing with burlap and screwed a letter on.  That was truly the beginning, they just didn't know it yet.  

    Proud of their work, they gave one as a gift, then someone asked for one, and then another.  Within a couple months, they had an Etsy page and several wholesale accounts in California, turning nights working out in the garage into a growing business. 

                                  

    As sales grew, vintage frame hunting became the fun part, shopping at estate and yard sales hunting down supplies. It seemed like every time they would go out they would bring a different treasure home, and it wasn't just a frame. Whether they came home with a vintage sign, an old desk to re-purpose, or even a dozen old mason jars it was always something new my mom would use to decorate our house with.  Before long, they had acquired a garage full of "treasures".

    My parents were at a crossroad, play it safe, or jump in and chase a dream.  With a deep breath, they jumped in and leased an adorable little shop in Old Town Clovis.  It was the perfect spot to showcase their custom work and sell a variety of items from repurposed furniture to vintage seltzer bottles.  This was the start of Vintage On Fourth. Fast forward three quick years of blood, sweat and tears (literally) as the shop focus became hand selected vintage items, housewares, women's clothing and jewelry.  Before long, they outgrew the 800 square foot shop Vintage on Fourth.

                              

    On January 13th, 2015, The Foundry Collective opened it's doors for the very first time. Scared to death at doubling the shop space, they took another leap of faith and jumped in again.  Its been a little over a year and a half, and they are excited to say it was the best business decision they ever made.

    Even though our little family business has outgrown the custom frames, the metal letters are still a huge part of our store, and the metal work doesn't stop there. We have brought in metal signs and initial coasters!  And that is the tale of The Foundry Collective.

    xoxo,
    Samantha

    Coming next, you'll meet Michelle and Amy, two amazing and talented ladies that have joined us at the Foundry!  

    Make sure to let us know what you think! The fact that you've joined us on our journey makes us happy!

    - The Foundry

  • Trying Something New!

    About Us

         Hello and welcome to our first blog post! For those of you who are new friends, let us give you some background information. The Foundry Collective is a family owned business located in Old Town Clovis, California. We opened our doors in January 2015 after we outgrew our original little location on Fourth Street (Vintage on Fourth). The collective group includes Karen, Amy, and Michelle who work together to create a shop that specializes in unique product lines of home accessories, children's, vintage, clothing & jewelry.

                                  

    Why are we Starting a Blog?

        This blog is our way of inviting you to experience the happenings behind the scenes at The Foundry Collective with us. We invite you to follow along and we promise to share sneak peeks of the store and give you first dibs on new products and arrivals, including exclusive blog sales or coupons redeemable at the shop!

         We are new at blogging and learning as we go. If there is anything you would like to learn specifically about us, we welcome your feedback, questions and recommendations! It is our hope that you have as much fun reading our blog as we have writing it! :) 

     

    -The Foundry Co.

     

     

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