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We can’t believe it’s been 2 years since we started this little store! We are so thankful for all that it is, and has become, and we couldn’t do it without the support of you guys!

We are filled to the brim with all the things that you love about the cottage- ready to celebrate April 18-19 from 9-6! There is a new open air Vintage Market as well happening just down the road on Saturday!

IT is a great weekend to visit Kechi, Kansas!

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‘Tis the season to be busy….

The lines. The crowds. The irritated clerks. The crammed parking lots.

Imagine walking into a store that was filled with cheer instead of chaos.

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Imagine being greeted by employees who WANT to help you. Who take pride in their merchandise, because they were the hands that crafted it.

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Imagine having a food truck in the parking lot filled with homemade honey bun cake, warm black eyed pea and sausage stew, and the signature sweet tea from Mama herself?

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Imagine giving a gift that sparkles, and never duplicated.

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Imagine finding treasures both new and old that will turn your house into a home.

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Imagine supporting families right here in your community. Each dollar stays here, and makes a difference in your community.

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Imagine giving a gift that can’t be found in mass quantities online, or in big box stores. Even the pickiest recipient will love.

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It’s all here, at The Cottage. We love what we do, every piece you take home is a piece of us.

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A heart.

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A passion.

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A gift that gives farther than you can see.

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Make Christmas Merry, not manic at The Cottage, December 20, and 21st 9-6 pm.

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Love an “after Christmas sale?” We got that- Before Christmas! Saturday 4-6 pm, 25-50% off select merchandise. 

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Thank you for shopping small this holiday season!

The Cottage Collective | 137 N Oliver , Kechi, KS | info@thecottagecollective.net

Hi There!

It’s Abbe’ and Tiffany.

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We are so excited to bring to you the first Cottage Sales Event starting THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY!

Lots of hard work, dreams, and creativity has been invested in this weekend. We want you to know that we are so in love with our little place nestled in Kechi, and hope you will be too!

Here are some details about the event:

1. Parking:

We are located directly behind Karg Art Glass, you can enter our parking lot from Oliver just North of Karg’s or on 61st, just West of Karg.

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You will see the “Artisan Lane” sign. Our lot in front of the store will fill quickly- as well as the lot in front of Richard’s Wood Shop, and Cindy’s Quilts N More.

Karg has been so gracious to allow us to use their parking lot as well. Look for these Parking signs to know where to park.

From 254 west bound: exit 61st/Woodlawn. Head west on 61st to Oliver.park

From 254 East bound: Exit Oliver: head North

From Wichita: Take Oliver straight North, through Bel Aire, just North of 254 Exit ramp.

2. Hours:

We open the doors at 9 am and close at 6pm. The only early admittance is for vendors, staff, and the winner of our giveaway!

If you get there early, and a line forms, please line up in front of the store, down the porch, in front of the All Dolled Up studio, and down the path.

We will have someone aiding in line formation if needed.

3. Holds, Reserves, and Call ins

We realize that the store in the past has allowed people to call in and reserve that special something they saw online.  Due to the nature of the event, we will not be allowing any reserves or holds. First come first serve.

You may call and purchase over the phone, however keep in mind the all sales final policy if you are purchasing unseen.

4. Loading: 

The driveway in front of the All Dolled Up studio will be for loading only- if you are loading heavy or large pieces, use this area.

5. Merchandise:

We will be trying our best to replenish and restock. There will be new inventory on Saturday as well!

It’s here! It is the week we have been waiting for- our new location, and our first monthly sales event! We are stocked up, and have so many beautiful things to share with you!

We are going to kick off this countdown week with one heck of a give away! You will get something from each of our amazing vendors!

To enter, complete each entry below, and make sure you share this with friends! You may also win an early entrance on Friday or Saturday, your choice! First pick, first look, and no crowds! 30 minutes of Cottage Bliss! Another lucky winner will win:

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1. Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Quart of paint, and a Pro paint brush from All Dolled Up.

2. Pink ticking stripe pillow with white rosette from A Lady with a Baby

3. Large Old White Window from Prairie Market

4. Set of 3 framed vintage inspired bird prints from The Primitive Poppy

5. “Blessings” paper bunting from Granny Goat Studios

6. Hand Painted sign from JLogan photography {Harvest inspired}

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7. Leather cuff from Vintage Charm Cuffs

8. Brown wrap bracelet with silver cross from Wrap Artist

9. “Be strong” stamped metal necklace from The Barn at Sedgwick

10. Shabby Rosette headband from Hazel Grace Creations

11. Pumpkin Soufflé Large candle from Poema Creations

Good Luck and We will see you Friday and Saturday!

Click the Rafflecopter Link Below and Start entering!

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Each Share on the Link from our Facebook page will be added in the entries as well!

 


If you haven’t marked your calendars for October 18-19, you will want to do it after reading our line up of talented vendors for our fall monthly sales events!

As our small business has grown, we are focusing in on what we have become known for: American and French country inspired home décor, unique vintage and antique finds, handmade décor and gifts, hand poured candles and natural body products and beautifully hand crafted women’s accessories.

Each Vendor has specialized in their craft and we are bringing the best of handmade, vintage and new, one of a kind treasures to our event. Throw in some treats by local food vendors and live music and you have a shopping event worth the short drive to the charming Kechi community.

Please “like” on each vendors facebook so you can see what they each have in the works!

Let us introduce you to:

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Abbe’ Doll | All Dolled Up
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{Owner & Creator, The Cottage Collective}

Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to turn my passion into a career. Painting furniture has grown from a few pieces here and there- to now educating the public how to transform their own pieces, and recently becoming the Primary Educator for Miss Mustard Seeed’s Milk Paint. I love a piece that tells a story and gives the home a lived in feel that cannot be duplicated. Offering vintage, solid wood, durable hand painted furniture is something that I take great pride in. An All Dolled Up piece is special- and always painted and finished with high quality- earth friendly products. My work has been featured on many blogs- including the well known Miss Mustard Seed’s Blog. I will also be offering the full line of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint products, as well as any professional-grade finishing brushes for the do-it-yourselfer.  You can see my work, as well as register for classes at www.alldolledupwichita.com
I am thrilled about our next chapter at the Cottage and can’t wait to fill the air with the laughter and community that the Cottage is known for!

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Tiffany Classesn | A Lady With A Baby

{Creative Director, Vendor Relations The Cottage Collective}

Hi!  My name is Tiffany Classen.  I am a lady with 2 babies…Hudson, 4 and Stella 10 mo.  I LOVE vintage finds and creating, especially when it it comes to creating for my home.  I feel your home should be beautiful and comfortable, a place that you long to be and love to be.  I love combining old with the new in design and have a special affinity for primitive pieces.  The Cottage Collective is the perfect balance of vintage, repurposed, and handmade and I am so excited to be a part of it!

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Missy Chester | Poema Creations

Season of change seems to have been and continues to be my theme.  My girls are the most important part of my life, yet when they were in middle school I found myself in desperate need of a hobby.  Now I am in a staring contest with the empty nest, and my hobby-turned business has morphed and become more than I ever imagined.

One day I said, “Hey I think I’ll make a few candles for my store!”  God again challenged me with change, and now I am creating products that provide cozy, soothing, and  warm scents, while being a more natural alternative.  My candles and bath and body products are phthalate, sodium laurel sulfate, and paraben free.  It’s important to me to provide my customers with a product that I feel comfortable having in my own home.The season of change continues and I am looking forward to this new chapter.  The Cottage Collective is a blessing to me and I am so thankful to be a part of this journey.

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Courtney Browning | A Prairie Market

Bio: I’m a wife, blogger, antiques dealer, church communications professional and vintage décor addict. I began a home décor blog in 2010 and my vintage business started soon afterward. I simply cannot get enough “pretty” in my life. I specialize in white and neutral home décor to create what I like to call a “clean cottage” look. I love the vintage aesthetic but with a very clean edge. Not too frou frou, but just chippy enough to have loads of character and charm. Things like ironstone, wire baskets, French and European antiques, kitchen scales, architectural salvage, linens, and items with great typography, old trophies and farmhouse staples are the kinds of things A Prairie Market will bring to the table.   You better believe I can’t wait to fill the new Cottage space with loads of vintage goodness!

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Priscilla Allred | Wrap Artist

Wrap Artist was born out of a love of color and pattern and a desire to own art I can wear. I enjoy mixing natural stones like amazonite and turquoise with brilliant faceted Czech crystals. Contrasting textures blend with complimentary colors to create each unique jewelry piece.  I enjoy every aspect of the jewelry making process, from picking the perfect material to watching the excitement on a customer’s face as she finds the look and fit she has wanted. Over the last few years the Wrap Artist collection has grown, what began with the beaded wrap bracelet now includes necklaces and earrings, all true to the natural and brilliant Wrap Artist style.

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Lauren Blankenship | Hazel Grace Creations

Some of you may recognize Hazel Grace Creations from The Cottage Collective at the Green Elephant location! I started Hazel Grace Creations after having my daughter, Hazel. Making Hazel headbands began as a hobby. After posting some things that I had made online, I found that many of my friends and family were wanting me to make them hair accessories as well. With a lot of encouragement from family, I began to sell my items. I started with craft shows and eventually retailers such as The Cottage Collective began to carry my items. I have been beyond thrilled and completely blessed  to have found a hobby that I love so much and that little hobby has grown into an amazing business! Know that when you buy something from Hazel Grace Creations, it has been made with love! Your purchases help me support my little family of four. I already mentioned my inspiration, Hazel. She is three years old. I also have a five year old, his name is Kyle. Hazel Grace Creations helps me support them in ways I would have never imagined! I am so excited for the new direction of the Cottage Collective and hope to see many new and familiar faces at our monthly sales!

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Brooke  Krause | The Primitive Poppy

Joining forces with Abbe’ and the other amazing women at The Cottage Collective is a dream come true! Over the past three years I have enjoyed working with friends and clients, helping them refresh and renovate their homes as well as selling vintage accessories at Two Attics Antiques in Park City.  I am beyond thrilled to announce my new Home Decor and Design business, The Primitive Poppy.  Starting in October I will be carrying my home decor line, best described as modern farmhouse, at The Cottage Collective.  Having two preschool age children I know very well that homes are where memories are made and meant to be lived in; my hope is to provide you with unique and affordable pieces that add to the charm and beauty of your home. I look forward to meeting you  in October!

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The Primitive Poppy- Coming Soon!

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Mira Mullen | Vintage Charm Cuffs

I am thrilled to be a part of the Cottage Collective in Kechi.  My name is Mira Mullen.  I am a full time mother, a full time Speech Language Pathologist, and a crafter between the two.  I adore anything vintage and aged to perfection!  My hobby of choice is creating leather cuffs using tooled belts as my material.  Some are adorned with bling or lace, and some are left to be fabulous just by themselves.  Along with my cuffs, you will find some additions of vintage finds such as milk glass, pitchers, and additional unique goodies that suit my space in the Cottage Collective.  I am still happy to take special orders if you have a beautiful belt that you would like to create into cuffs.
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Taralene Thomas |Granny Goat Studio

Welcome from Granny Goat of Granny Goat Studio! I am a stay-at-home grandma who loves every thing to do with design, colors, textures and type. Born from 4 generations of creative women, my passion for, especially shinny glittery things: buttons, fabric scraps, and textiles has birthed my business.  My daughter says I am 5 cats away from getting help from a hoarding show! Anyway, with time, materials and prayers asking God what should I be when I grow up, Granny Goat Studio was born.

We create ways to share photos and treasures with magnet boards, photo racks and something new – photo arches. Items come plain or embellished. You can personalize them with decorative magnets and clothespins. Vintage inspired themes are the foundation for my traditional and seasonal décor.
I am so blessed to continue with The Cottage Collective and I look forward to many creative hours on projects that I hope will add happy to your home!

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Jen Logan | JLogan Photography

I have been a huge fan of the Cottage since the beginning. I started consigning my painted signs last spring. When the opportunity for my photography skills became available with All Dolled Up, and The Cottage, I was thrilled to partner and photograph the wares and talents of the team. Photography and design has been a passion since I was young, and I feel so blessed to do what I love while being able to stay home with my 3 beautiful children. I will be offering painted signs, as well as  photo opportunities through the cottage again this fall!

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{Interested in becoming a vendor? contact info@thecottagecollective.net}

Some Special Lines Unique to the Cottage:

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JOYN
JOYN has become a favorite at the Cottage. Known for it’s gorgeous hand crafted bags and accessories, JOYN’s real beauty comes from the artisan’s it supports. Each bag provides sustainable income for those in need. Headed by a Kansas girl, and partnered with friends from all over the world, JOYN is a huge part of The Cottage’s heart and desire to help those in need.

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Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint

Know for it’s beautiful authentic finishes, MMSMP is 100% safe and natural. Currently 15 colors and growing, this line has everything you need from bonding agent, hemp oil, and 3 shades of finishing waxes. Breath new life into your home with this amazing product line.

Moving Forward…

Last weekend we closed the doors at the Green Elephant location- as it was a bittersweet weekend. So many of our beloved customers came by to shop and browse through that little place we have called home for almost 2 years.
The support and love we have received from the community is overwhelming!
I, (Abbe’) feel so thankful for all that I have learned and grown from the start of our little store, and I am ever so thankful for the next chapter starting here in October!
I have a great space in the community of Kechi, Kansas. It is a town rich in artisans and craftsmen. I am nestled between a quilt shop and a wood working shop, and I can watch glass blowers working behind the beautiful Karg Stained Glass Gallery from my front door.
It is a perfect for fit. In October, we will start our monthly sales events in the space next to my All Dolled up studio.
Mark your calendars!

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Introducing…

I would like to also officially announce my new partner, Tiffany Classen!
Tiffany and I began our handmade business about the same time, and would send each other little bits of encouragement as we tried out blogging, etsy, and craft shows.
She was one of the first girls I contacted when I wanted to start the store.

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Her seamstress skills are impeccable and her eye for design, color pallets, and décor are a hit with everyone who sees her work.
A Lady With a Baby was an immediate favorite at the Cottage and customers began counting the days until Tiffany restocked the store with her wreaths, pillows, curtains, and vintage finds. (Shop her etsy store here)

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Tiffany has been a source of great encouragement and support in this endeavor and I am so proud to announce her as my creative manager and vendor relations director!
She will receive any applications for vending with us during the cottage sales, and will be in charge of many of the behind the scenes details so that I can focus on my new roles with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor with the Cottage, have a French or American farmhouse esthetic, love for vintage and antiques, or beautiful handcrafted women’s accessories, please contact Tiffany at info@thecottagecollective.net 

We already have a great line up of vendors, but there are a couple of limited spots available!
We can ensure lots of great fun, a supportive team, and the best customers, EVER!

We are busy stocking up, planning, and preparing for a fall open house you won’t want to miss. We have fallen in love with Kechi, and we know you will too!

Until then…
Please come out for a sneak peek of all Kechi has to offer during the
Artisan Lane festival, September 14th from 9-4.

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Crafts, artisans, food trucks, and live music! It’s all our favorite things! Tiffany and I will have some great items for sale from our Lady with a Baby and All Dolled Up lines, and there will be lots of MMS Milk Paint for sale as well!
We will see you in Kechi!

Hi there, I am Abbe’, owner of The Cottage Collective. Chances are if you shop at The Cottage we have met. I am the one who paints the furniture, answers your emails, and spends many late nights making The Cottage the beautiful, warm and welcoming place that it is. It has become a home away from home. Even my children spend many days there.

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Because I value you as one of our dear customers, I wanted to let you know about some changes coming soon to The Cottage. Exciting things are happening. Things I wouldn’t have pictured in my wildest dreams. But that also means things are going to be a bit different for our little store, and I would like to share with you the very personal story behind the upcoming transitions.

You see, The Cottage is much more than a store. It has become a way of life, and a huge blessing to me and those who participate in it. Because of connections from The Cottage, two of my dearest friends just moved to India to partner with the line JOYN. (which many of you know from the store) and serve children there. Talk about an incredible thing to be a part of!

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And even beyond that, The Cottage has been the launching place for many small, home-based businesses, giving artisans a way to get their start. It has been a place of community, friendship and fellowship. This store has seen mother-daughter shopping trips, new mamas outfitting their nurseries, family reunions, prayers with customers, God-moments and blessings galore.

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And all of it is precious and wonderful… but it is also a tremendous amount of work.

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A few months ago I was offered a teaching role with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. I was beyond humbled and thrilled at the opportunity to join with a product I love and that has changed the course of my painting career. You can read about that here on Miss Mustard Seed’s Blog.

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Within a few short months, my role with the paint company was growing. Homestead House, the manufacturer of the Milk Paint, is a small, family-owned and operated business that has sky rocketed within the last year. My relationship with them began as a MMSMP retailer and then organically grew into a consultant and product ambassador. I was asked to become the Primary Educator for MMSMP and now have the opportunity to create work and tutorials for Homestead House as well. To say it is my dream job is an understatement.

For the last 2 months, I have juggled keeping the store stocked with painted furniture (you may not know it, but about 30 hours of painting goes on before we open on Thursdays), ensuring the store was staffed, managing vendor relations, doing all the tasks my MMSMP role required, and managing all the behind-the-scenes duties that go into running a small business.

As you can imagine, this pace was overwhelming. As a mom of three young children I quickly lost control of my home, my schedule and my sanity. The store began to run my life versus me running my store. I am human and simply couldn’t do it all.

My supportive husband and I crunched numbers to determine what it would take to keep both the store and my new role with MMSMP going at the rate they were. The amount of furniture I would need to paint in order to pay for someone to take over running the store front was unfathomable. So we had to make a  choice.

I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to partner with the Milk Paint company. But my heart didn’t want to loose the store, and my family needed me present (and I wanted to be).

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So after much prayer, lots of conversations, and many sleepless nights, we have decided that I can ease the pressure on me and my family, continue to paint and sell furniture, and still team with the paint company through holding a once-a-month shopping event.

The Cottage will absolutely live on, just in a different capacity. I have a beautiful painting studio in the charming city of Kechi, Kansas, and my retail space will be moving next door to that. I am absolutely thrilled to be able to paint and sell in one location! It will marry my two loves and also allow me to be home and more available to my children, who are the ones I long to serve the most.

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I mean, look at them, can you blame me?

I know many of you will be sad that The Cottage won’t be where it was, and available every weekend. And believe me, no one is sadder than I am. I love that place! This was truly one of the hardest decisions of my adult life.

But, we hope you see this as the opportunity to save your pennies, grab your girlfriends and head on out to Kechi once a month for the sale of your dreams: painted furniture, vintage and reproduction home decor, and lots of handmade goodies. It will be worth the wait, I promise!

 

GRATEFUL

I never expected such incredible opportunities to come to me when they did. I feel so thankful to be a part of the handmade and vintage community, and even more fortunate to have had the BEST vendors in Kansas selling their wares in my little shop. The support from our customers has meant the world to us, and we ask that you keep that amazing support going as we change things up a bit.  If you would like to keep up with me and what I am working on, follow my blog at www.alldolledupwichita.com to see the pieces in process!

Change is hard. But change is also good. And I believe nothing but GOOD is coming.

From the bottom of this dreamer’s heart,

Thank you.

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Here are a list of current vendors, please LIKE their facebook pages to keep up with them during the move!

Poema Creations

A Priaire Market

A Lady With A Baby

Avenue Creative

All Dolled UP

Vintage Charm Cuffs

Granny Goat Studio

Hazel Grace Creations

The Salvage Sisters

Zerbers

Wrap Artist

ColorFaux Creations

Three Giggly Girls

The Striped Cherry

Bucci and Bubba

Paper Goods Creative

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