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License Plate Art by Local Artisan Sneaky Pete

Amigami is proud to present an awesome line of home décor designed by local artisan ‘Sneaky Pete.’   These decorative trays are crafted from authentic state license plates, which are folded and shaped into incredibly durable pieces of functional art that will last a lifetime.  These plates used have all been obtained legally (of course) and feature a myriad of designs, including Florida’s Miami Dolphins’ motif and West Virginia’s Purple Heart commemorative design.  These trays stand at 2.5 inches tall and all measure around 5.75″ x 4.75,” and feature a strong & stable structure capable of handling anything – from candy to spare screws, or even ashes!

Completely one-of-a-kind, these trays are a great addition to any auto-themed décor, or as the perfect gift for your favorite gear head.  Visit the Amigami Etsy store to purchase yours while they last!

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Revisiting Rogers: My Flea Market Finds

I love showcasing the artwork of others, and even though I’ve already spoke on our visit to Rogers Community Auction, I had to make special note of the wonderful jewelry I acquired there.

A mother-daughter team stationed down the market avenue had a fantastic array of beaded stone jewelry.  From rings to necklaces, they had four tables featuring a plethora of semi-precious stones and styles.  Having what seems to be a genetic predisposition for turquoise, I gravitated towards a perfect-for-summer chunky bangle and matching ring.  The bracelet features 5 intersecting bands of pale blue turquoise on elastic (for easy wear & removal).  The matching ornate ring showcases a dazzling cabochon set in brilliant sterling silver.  Both the mother & daughter were extremely approachable about their products & techniques, and I thank them for the excellent deal they gave me on the set.

Ramon went on several hardware outings throughout the day , and returned with a gorgeous pendant for me.  It showcases a perfectly intricate mini dried flower display, in shades of antiqued gold and mauve, encapsulated under a glass dome within a metal frame.  The reverse side holds a mirror of matching proportion, and hangs from a 24″ long complementary chain.

I absolutely love this necklace, but there’s one setback:  I’m allergic to nickel & most forms of metal.   Attempting to coat the chain in clear nail polish would ultimately be fruitless, so unless I find another method of combating my allergy, I may regrettably have to exchange the chain for a hypo-allergenic alternative.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

And finally, our market neighbor Denny, from Cambridge, and his friends had an assortment of goods, including some very special jewelry.  We spoke with Denny and his daughter at length, on a multitude of interesting topics – they were both absolute pleasures.  He told us about his sister, who was an artist & crafter in her own right, until she unfortunately passed of cancer a few years ago.  He had recently rediscovered some of her beaded jewelry, and of course I had to commemorate his sister & our meeting.  The medicine pouch I purchased is stunning, with a red & white heart theme, accented by rich gold.  Denny also told us of multiple herbal cures of which he is knowledgeable, including the potent Essiac Tea, which aided his sister & countless others through the hardest of times.  Denny was SO generous to share this information with us, we feel obligated to use it & pass it on.  Thank you Denny & Vanessa, as well as the entire Rogers Market Community, for all your great company & hospitality.

Amigami at Rogers Community Auction!

Eastern Ohio is the home of many weekly flea markets and community auctions.  With great deals and virtually endless variety, you can’t find a better way to spend a summer day shopping.  And one of the (in my opinion) best is conveniently just up the river.  Rogers Community Auction, located (coincidentally enough) in Rogers, Ohio, allows the community a terrific way to buy and sell on a massive scale.  With over 1600 vendor lots plus pavilions, and even livestock auctions, you can literally find just about anything.

So what better way for Amigami to spend a super warm Friday than to set up a spot and talk to the good people of the market.  In addition to the Amigami items for sale, we also featured creations by Sneaky and Autumn, as well as vintage & antique items donated by both Rancho Chico Ranch and myself.  It was an absolutely gorgeous, albeit HOT day, and although we were located in a mere tributary of a thoroughfare, we were luckily near the bridge to the parking lot.

Many people stopped to discuss our more peculiar items (particularly Rancho Chico’s vintage infant incubator!), and by the end of the day there was a lot more empty space in the back of the truck.  Our lot neighbors were an absolute pleasure, we couldn’t have asked for better company.  And of course, we made a nice sum and were even able to purchase a few items of our own during our turns wandering the market.  Overall, it was a terrific experience, and I have every intention of returning throughout the summer (although an Independence Day hiatus is in order).  If you are in the eastern Ohio/western Pennsylvania are on a Friday this summer (maybe a layover at the Pitt Airport?) make SURE not to miss this wonderful weekly event!


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