Sunday, November 7, 2010

Eddie Ross Metrolina Event Recap

This weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar at the Metrolina Antiques and Collectible show. And while it was a bit chilly, by Charlotte standards, we had such a great time!

I learned so much from Eddie and wish I had taken notes while we walked around because he was an endless stream of ideas and inspiration. It was such a treat to see how he puts things together.

First, we stopped by a booth with unique purple mason jars and learned that these originally were clear, but over time turned a royal hue due to the chemical manganese- gorgeous, right?!

I would have normally sped by this booth, but Eddie had so many great ideas of how to use the trim and buttons...

One of my favorite take-away's was the idea that you can get a lacquered finish by taking items to a place that paints cars. He used these sconces as an example and I could instantly see them richly redone. Love that idea!


Another great idea was to repurpose an old key and have it silver plated or gold plated for a one-of-a-kind gift. This seems like a wonderful alternative to Tiffany's trendy necklace.


Eddie and Jaithan were as warm and vivacious as I could have imagined and I was so excited to snag the obligatory group shot with them at the end. {That's my dear friend Maria on the left!}


On a side note, Eddie was wearing the moccasins that I've been gushing about on the blog for some time- so cute! And Jaithan is just about the most handsome guy I've met- both so endearing.

Here are some of the other great items I spied...




And although this post is longer than I had intended, I couldn't leave out one last item. I met the blogger and graphic designer Gretchen Opgenorth, and came home to discover her highly inviting site. You'll have to check it out, she is SO sweet!

Overall, I can't believe I haven't made a trip to Metrolina yet, I think this will become a monthly adventure. There were so many treasures and I felt like I didn't even see half!

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Gretchen O. said...

You are so sweet to have included me! It WAS so much fun! Love the shot with the fur coat, we definitely could have used it on Saturday with the cold! (I am personally loving taking out my scarves!) My mom got one of the purple ball jars and I scored a bag of buttons and trim and a couple others things...hope you found some wonderful treasures yourself.

--Gretchen O.

Padgett Hoke said...

I love your recap, and am so jealous! I will have to make a trip sometime to one of his hunts... after hearing your stories I can't wait to meet him...

Tommy said...

This is such a cool post. It looks like you had an excellent time and picked up some neat ideas along the way. :)

Unknown said...

What a great day! Not only did you meet Eddie and Jaithan but you met Gretchen....who I adore via blogland.

I'm off to work on the event next week with E+J! Nervous, excited.....oh my what to wear?!

I'm adding you to my blogroll, too....that way my friends will enjoy you too.
xo Elizabeth

Devon said...

This looks like it was so much fun. My favorite tip is the paint car option. Smart.

Buffy said...

I really need to make it down to Metrolina...


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