The eye behind it all.
Initially, Sandra showed her eclectic design ideas in her own home. With a tight grip on the budget, she began repurposing items and painting new and old furniture. She read magazines and watched the DIY shows on television to get her inspiration.
Friends and family began commenting what a great job she did mixing new and old, expensive and cheap. She (and her husband, Craig) began weekend jaunts to the local flea markets and antique stores looking for things for themselves. San, as those who know her well call her, had such fun on these adventures, she envisioned opening a booth in an antique store. The quest for a "store" with a great location and traffic continued, but the family garage was starting to overflow. She did her first show, the DC Big Flea, in November of 2014. With that show being a great success, the idea of a booth in a store began to fade and a commitment to a few weekend shows per year seemed more feasible.
Since then, she has moved forward in "making a go" of the new plan. She purchased a trailer to store and haul her goodies and has done all of the DC Big Flea events since 2015. That wasn't enough for her. She opened booths in Selbyville, DE and Catlett, VA. 2016 brought a new challenge. She closed the two booths and took over A & B Antiques in Gainesville, VA and now operates it as Black Sheep Collectibles.
Why the name? We noticed that most dealers seemed to price their items with the idea of making a big profit on each sale. We decided the hunt for the treasures was the more enjoyable part for us, so we price most all of our items with very little markup to keep things moving. Hence, we are the "black sheep" in the eyes of some of our competitors. Our approach keeps the inventory fresh and allows us to spend more time doing what we like most, searching for the great finds.