Meet first-year vendor Lisa Sommers
, Sommers Breeze Antiques
, of Pardeeville, Wis., (“Everyone wants to live in Party Ville!”), north of Madison:
Built, ran and sold: The Pardeeville Antique Mall.
Now working on: Setting up a one-room school house for future weekend sales.
Evolving style: She recently switched from a vintage, outdoorsy aesthetic “to more of a shabby chic, romantic style. I adore tarnished old silver, white ironstone pieces, crisp linens, feed sacks and chippy paint, wood objects.”
Bonus fallout for Bonanza shoppers: “Since my tastes have changed in the last year, I will be offering some old wood advertising signs that I have been hoarding for several years!”
What else is she bringing? Everything from antique mannequins, wire bins, cobbler shoe forms to antique photos and old papers.
Best junking find: A shiny stone set into costume-like jewelry, in the middle of a pretty brooch that she encouraged two others to buy, both of whom passed. “I paid $24 for the set and was told since the brooch was merely gold-plated, it was surely cubic zirconia. But, after testing it…a diamond! Not just any diamond, a really good diamond! I sold it and paid off my car! Cha Ching!”
Most indispensible staple:” The Sixth Sense. When you see something for what it might become!”
See you at the Bonanza, where you are sure to find your own diamond in the rough!