On this episode Jeanne is talking with Serena Thompson, the owner and creator of The Farm Chicks vintage market.
If you have ever wanted to create your own live market or want to sell at a market with high exposure like The Farm Chicks this episode will help you walk away with a clearer idea of how to reach those dreams.
On this episode Jeanne is talking with Serena Thompson, the owner and creator of The Farm Chicks vintage market. If you have ever wanted to create your own live market or want to sell at a market with high exposure like The Farm Chicks this episode will help you walk away with a clearer idea of how to reach those dreams.
Podcast 015 | The Farm Chicks with Serena Thompson
On this episode, Jeanne interviews Serena Thompson, stay-at-home mom turned creator of
nationally loved bucket-list event The Farm Chicks Vintage and Handmade Fair.
2:45 “We started in my neighbor’s barn…and it just exploded.”
4:53 “I did have vision of what it could be, what I dreamed of it being, and my only north star
at that point was Emma Lee Turney who founded the Round Top Antiques Fair, she was such a
pioneer and just doing beautiful things.”
6:09 “She told me to call myself a producer or a promoter. And I thought. ‘I like that.” She
was saying ‘You’re a businesswoman, so you should call yourself one.”
8:10 “I think that so many of us who are creative are yearning for more than just creating
something in our garages. There’s a special feeling about being able to connect with others
who have a creative vision and embracing each other and being appreciated…”
10:34 “My biggest joy is seeing these artists be embraced.”
14:44 “What I’m looking for is always a new spark, I don’t want it to be like anything else. This
is once a year, and I want it to be special.”
19:47 “First and foremost, it is important to have a vision of what it is you want to create…you
start from that, and it’s really important to stay authentic to that.”
26:06 “I think people trying to create something now, since there’s so many markets that exist,
I think it’s just really important to be yourself, not to try to be anybody else…find your niche, find
what’s special to you, and say yes to that.”
I bounced through the first years of my life in a hippie gypsy wagon, hand-built by my father, wandering the back roads of the U.S., Canada and Mexico. My family eventually settled into a tiny cabin in the woods on property that was once inhabited by American Indians. I was named Serena Melegra Ume De La Luz – Serena, after the name of the daughter of my mom’s mentor, a member of the Klamath River Indians Tribe. Melegra was chosen for its meaning which is miracle. And Ume was a name spontaneously chosen by my dad, moments after he delivered me in an abandoned dirt-floored cabin in the woods where they had temporarily parked our gypsy wagon home. She’s part you, part me, he told my mom.
I spent my childhood days searching for arrowheads, teaching myself to sew on a treadle sewing machine and to bake in a wood-burning stove, with no running water, refrigeration, or electricity in our home. My family lived frugally and early on, inspired by my parent’s thriftiness and style, I gained a knack for thrifty creativity and turning ordinary objects into something useful. And I dreamed of the home I would create for my own family someday.
Now I’m married to my husband, Colin, we’ve raised four children, and my dreams have come true. Along the way, I founded The Farm Chicks Fair and have written two books: The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen and The Farm Chicks Christmas. I document my life as an entrepreneur, wife, mom, author, and Contributing Editor for Country Living Magazine on social media (Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thefarmchicks/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefarmchicks/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/serenathompson/ ) and share more about my life and my story from time to time, on my blog, www.thefarmchicks.com
You can find information on The Farm Chicks Fair on the website here: https://thefarmchicks.com/fc-vintage-fair/
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