VVJ “Out and About”: Made in the USA Starts with YOU Expo

From the archives:

Vintage Vinyl Journals is pleased to have been a part of the “Made in the USA Starts with YOU” Expo presented by the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, April 24th in Quakertown, PA (about 20 minutes from VVJ headquarters).

The UBCC expanded their message of “keeping it local” with special acknowledgement of business like us that manufacture locally. They took the “Made in America” words to heart and designed their business expo to identify and promote the businesses right in our own backyard that are the makers of products people use every day either in business or for own personal consumption.

This expo is the largest business exposition in our region showcasing over 100 other exhibitors marketing their business and/or community service.  As probably with most places, most of the residents and businesses are unaware of the magnitude and diversity of products that are being made right in their own backyard.  I commend the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce for helping to promote that awareness and increase the power of networking through their expo.

We were among other manufacturers of locally-made products, including Knoll furniture, K’nex toys and Avery Denison.

Our “booth” was a 4 x 2 foot space on a table and every inch was filled up!  We had a great location front and center from the entry doors.  You couldn’t miss our vibrant colors and eye-catching journals!

The expo was open to the public and admission was free.  Other highlights of the day included lunch from Chick-fil-a and all the Philly soft pretzels you wanted, samplings from local restaurants, door prizes galore and a live broadcast from a local radio station.

VVJ thanks the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce for allowing us to participate in this wonderful event and we are pleased to spread the word about VVJ and to have meet some new customers and fans!  Check out the photos from the event here:

VVJ Out and About: 2012 Philadelphia Folk Festival

Vintage Vinyl Journals was excited to be accepted as a vendor at the Philadelphia Folk Festival (PFF) this year among many other amazing artists!

The Philadelphia Folk Festival is an annual folk music festival near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania in the vicinity of Philadelphia. It began in 1962 and is sponsored by the non-profit Philadelphia Folksong Society. The event hosts contemporary and traditional artists in genres including World/Fusion, Celtic, Singer/Songwriter, Folk Rock, Country, Klezmer, and Dance.

We were particularly impressed by the most rockin’ ever (for this folk fest) Saturday bill of fare — a day-into-nighttime musical marathon starring Little Feat, John Hiatt and the Combo, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Lucinda Williams and rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson. Also making it out for the weekend were Mary Chapin Carpenter, Paul Thorn, Voices of the Wetlands All-Stars, Red Clay Ramblers, Lori McKenna, Mark Erelli, Mary Gauthier, the Holmes Brothers and the Sunday show-closer Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, who killed at the fest last year and repeated again this year.  We also became fans in an instant of City and Colour who we’re already listening to on heavy rotation in our offices despite them (him) not showing up for this autograph session.

Aside from the music, the crafts are also a big part of the folk tradition.  The crafts area was very large – you could walk through and admire the craftsmanship; watch the glassblowers, metalsmith, artists, and candlemakers at work; and, of course, take home a one-of-a-kind item to help festival-goers remember the Festival during the winter.

One of the other featured artists present at the festival was Mary Lynne-Moffatt who makes one-of-a-kind, handmade creatures using wood, bead, nails and other found objects – she truly makes her little monsters come to life.  Her work is simply amazing, fun and unique, just like her!  You’ll get a sense of her creativity as you stroll the photos of her artwork in the below photo album.

The Philadelphia Folk Festival was a great experience for us.  It was our first show where we were required to sell into the dark – open from 11am-11pm – and due to the long nature of the event we recruited three helpers – Erika, Deena and Laura.  We want to publicly thank them for helping us with the event, we truly couldn’t have done it without them!

Our show inventory exceeded 300 journals and although we didn’t have all of the requests we received during the weekend we were able to fill the likes of David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Roberta Flack, Ryan Adams, The Beatles and Bon Iver among others.

We had an amazing (and exhausting) time, met some great people, had some nice conversations and will truly never forget our 2012 Folk Fest experience!  Enjoy the photos.

VVJ Out and About: 2012 XPoNential Music Festival

Vintage Vinyl Journals was excited to be invited to the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival as a vendor!   Due to scheduling conflicts we decided to vend for just one day of the three-day festival.  We had a great time and met some really nice people that shared a lot of our same interests.

In the midst of vending we got to see some amazing musical performances including Delta Rae and Kathleen Edwards.

The highlight of the event was for VVJ owner, Katie Pietrak, to meet Kathleen Edwards.  Meeting one of your favorite artists, speaking with them, shaking their hand, having them like your product and posing for a picture with you…is, well, priceless. We hate to use that analogy but it really is.  We reckon this to meeting your favorite baseball player, TV star, favorite author….

Kathleen makes some really great, open and honest music.  We’ve liked her since her debut album, Failer, and somehow she just keeps getting better. Her latest album, Voyageur, is superb. A Soft Place to Land, Change the Sheets, Going to Hell, Sidecar, Pink Champagne, Chameleon/Comedian… well her entire album is just that, superb.

Kathleen was very sweet in person and seems “just like a regular person”.  We will spare you the rest of the details but Katie felt a little embarrassed for commenting on her personal life, Kathleen revealing secrets and personal information like one of her girlfriends would.

When you meet someone that you really admire, someone whose music has had an effect on your life, someone who you feel connected to although you’ve never met – you feel honored and that is how Katie felt after meeting Kathleen.

We thank Kathleen for making our day, week, month, year. We hope that she puts her new journal (New Kids on the Block btw, and, yes, she picked it out) to good use and starts recording her thoughts for some new music… not that we’re rushing her… but, just saying…

This post got a little sidetracked, and we apologize… we want to thank everyone that stopped by and visited us at the XPN Fest.  It was a great time and everyone had all good things to say about our journals.  Enjoy our festivals photos:

VVJ Out and About: indiemade craft market

This past Saturday we took part in the indiemade craft market in the town of Bethlehem, PA.  Bethlehem is a city of 75,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania – a city known for its rich colonial and industrial history.  Today Bethlehem is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance and recently opened a great music and arts venue, ArtsQuest.

So, What is indiemade craft market?  “Indie is derived from the word independent. When you apply this to the art/craft scene you have individuals who stray from the traditional craft establishment by creating their own rules and following their own artistic path. Indie craft is an attitude of self-confidence which manifests itself in original creations and unusual designs.

Indie artists create functional art which often incorporates recycled/upcycled materials. They are not creating a mass number of objects from kits. Their own artistic success is important, rather than the established norm. And they are helping to keep crafting skills alive whether it is knitting, printmaking, screen printing, clay works or sewing.”

The venue for the show was like no other show we’ve been to, it was held in the Bethlehem Ice Rick!  Seeing the ice skates hung and stored away for when weather turns cold again and the ice rink not filled with ice but instead dozens of creative folks reminded us to enjoy the warm months we have ahead of us.  The show featured a lot of local handmade goods and was the first show we have attended that had a waiting line outside the doors for two hours before the gates opened!

We spotted lots of owls, birds, funky jewelry and handbags among other vintage finds and artwork.  DIY events were also taking place — make a book tree, paint your own pottery and rocks — and also a fastest knitting competition!

It was great to be in our element and look forward to attending this show again December 1-2 at the Starlight Ballroom.

Live music, a great venue and lots of creative people, we couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend our Saturday!  Check out the event photos below: