Thursday, September 03, 2015


Good news! Curious Sofa has expanded at Top Hat Mercantile! Come shop the September show Friday, Saturday 9-6 & Sunday 11-4. So many good items just in for fall. Find me on the first floor, left of the entrance.

Friday, June 05, 2015


Preparing for the monthly antique show at Top Hat can be a daunting task. Just when I think I have figured out the formula to design my spaces efficiently, something shifts and I have to adjust (hmm... sounds like life!). People are always amazed when I tell them I am at the store every single day getting things ready for the next three day show. I guess it must be the artist or perfectionist in me that puts myself through this routine (who me?). This month I found a wonderful old trestle table with matching benches that I knew would be the anchor in my beach themed space but it had to be a different color. Usually I am not one to repurpose anything because I prefer 'as found' but the design of this was too enticing. So two weeks were spent preparing that and then the seashells arrived! What a glorious mess those were but customers love them. Last night, I found myself down to the wire yet again, but grateful for the assistance that does come along when you need it most. My sister helped prepare my shell tray art, my niece helped steam clothes and another dealer hung all new lighting in my three spaces. Once everything is in place and the piles and piles of tags have been attached then the cleaning begins as these old buildings are ruthless. Then in the final hour (sometimes at midnight) the photography starts, not only for me but for all the dealers as well as I handle Top Hat's Facebook page. So take a look around at the finished displays and try to come down and see me and all the other great items in the store.



Monday, May 25, 2015


Those who know me know I have often said I am, "Botanically Challenged". I'll keep my talents indoors thank you. But I can't help but love these garden ideas for Spring decorating. Easy enough for the amateur like me.

Old garden tools used for clock numbers. Cut board, paint, find mechanism online. Done.

Nothing simpler than a garden on wheels! Succulents planted in an old rusty wagon.

Vintage coffee cans making excellent planters.

Not much else could be better than this. Take any natural wood birdhouse and nail old driftwood branches randomly. Let mother nature take over.

Friday, May 01, 2015


Come visit Curious Sofa and my other venture Tobacco Road this weekend inside Top Hat Mercantile. This once a month event shopping venue is located in the West Bottoms of Kansas City. Over 12 other large warehouses are filled with antiques, vintage, repurposed, new and old goods.
Take a look around what I have been preparing for you:
The front entrance to Top Hat Mercantile
Garden set $95, SOLD first thing.

Fabulous 20 drawer cabinet, $395. SOLD early.
Primitive Table, $115
5' x 7' mini paintings, $28
New table linens just in from $11

Sea glass beads, $28

Wooden bowls, $42. String balls $10-$18, Olive bottles $78.

XL Mora Clock (new) $695

Fisherman's line, $28
Concrete pots, Pair, $68 each

Botanical Prints, $58 each



French Provencal Dresser, $240

Velvet Loveseat $225

Wicker Table $95

Antique Samovar Lamp, $195
Vintage Leather Sofa, $250

Canvas Pillows $18- $48

Industrial Table Cart, $225 SOLD

Prewashed Plaid Western Shirts, from $10-$20

Kantha Quilts $120 Pillows $48

Green Metal Shelving $550 

And as always, shop online at