Friday, September 19, 2014

Oh! To Be in England!

We just got back from the most amazing trip to London!
It was the perfect combination of junking, sightseeing, junking, exploring, junking and riding LOTS of double decker buses. 

of Paris adventures....

We're thrilled to announce the launch of a flea market trip to London
 in September of 2015!  Our exact dates are TBA.  
Please email us at pluckymaidens{at}gmail{dot}com and we'll send you 
up-to-the-minute details on this jolly good experience.

In the meantime, here's a peek...


Vintage British deliciousness at a market in the East End of London.


A very large clock we all know and love.


The back of Buckingham Palace, a view rarely seen by the public.  
We had tea in the garden at the Palace....REALLY!  More on that later.


A super neat display at a flea market.


The London Eye at sunset.  (Photo taken from the top floor of a double decker!)


Harrods Department Store.  The Food Halls are epic.  Can't wait for you to see them!


A happy jumble of letters at a sale.


Love the reds and greens and yellows!


The view from our little studio in Chelsea.


This pub actually exists.  Who wants to go there for a drink?


More yummy British junk.


A glowing sign for the Tube.


The Albert Bridge.


Afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace with my daughter, Emma.

More on our excursion to Buckingham Palace:  Every Summer, for the past several years, the State Rooms of the Palace are open to the public for a few weeks while the Queen is staying in Scotland.  The tour this year included a visit to 14 State Rooms, a marvelous (and very moving) exhibit on the Royal Childhood, and the chance to wander through the Palace gardens.  There's also a lovely restaurant outside where visitors can have tea and sweets.  
Such a delightful and memorable afternoon!

If you'd like more information on our 2015 trip to London, please email us:
pluckymaidens{at}gmail{dot}com

Pip Pip and Cheerio!


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Plucky Maidens Holiday Junk Fest! is coming....


Mark your calendars now, people of Pluck!

Our Holiday Junk Fest! 
will be here before Santa gets to the bottom of the hill!

Friday, November 21 & 22, 2014 
~~the weekend before Thanksgiving~~

Columbia Conference Center
(adjacent to the Portland Airport Holiday Inn)
8521 NE Columbia Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97220

Find true vintage, antique and handmade holiday decor & gifts at our festive event
55+ fabulous vendors offering the finest wares in the whole, wide world 
Live music on Friday night
Join us for junk, cocktails, nosh and general merriment!

Friday November 21st 
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm ~ Early Bird Buying ~ $10 admission
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm ~ General Admission ~ $7 admission

Saturday November 22nd
10:00 am - 3:00 pm ~ General Admission ~ $5 admission

We'll see you there with bells on!



Saturday, August 23, 2014

Our next event: A Swellegant Bridal Show for VINTAGE Loving Brides...and Grooms!


Join us for the only VINTAGE bridal show in Portland...

Plucky Maidens Get Hitched!

Antique and vintage gowns, accessories, veils, headpieces,  jewelry, favors and gifts.  Vintage style photographers, 
bakers, invitation makers, stylists, 
wedding planner and vintage prop rental companies, too!


This festive event will be held at the fabulous 
and vintage Oaks Amusement Park Dance Pavilion.  
Live music by the Swing French Gypsy band, 
The Djangophiles.



Sunday, October 12, 2014
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Oaks Amusement Park ~ Dance Pavilion
7805 SE Oaks Park Way
Portland, OR 97202

$12 admission can be purchased at the door.









Cheers to the bride!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Our Third and Final Week in Paris for 2015....Won't you join us?

Plucky Maidens Go To Paris
~~~Flea Market & Junk Shopping Excursion~~~


The Plucky Maidens invite you to shop, explore, laugh and 
wander the streets of Paris for 6 days and 5 nights.  

May 14th - 19th, 2015 SOLD OUT!
May 21 - 26, 2015 SOLD OUT!

Now available...
Our final week in 2015:
May 28th - June 2nd

We will meet at our hotel at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 28th.
(If you need assistance with travel plans, 
we're happy to refer you to a travel agent.)
Our time together continues through the following 
Tuesday afternoon, June 2nd.  
There will be group activities, as well as free time, each day of the trip.  



The Plucky Maidens Package includes:

***5 nights' accommodation and a delicious breakfast
each day at the lovely Villa Montparnasse*** 
{Shoppers are able to book either a double (2 twin beds) room or 
single (1 double bed) at the hotel.}



 ***6 visits to a variety of Paris junking venues***
 including the Porte de Vanves flea market,
junk shops, brocantes and neighborhood vide greniers ("clean out your attic") 
sales, the very best shopping experience of all!




***A visit to the gorgeous and historic Montparnasse Cemetery***


***A traditional French picnic or a cous cous lunch at a Moroccan cafe***



***A nighttime visit to the Eiffel Tower...with Champagne!***



***An evening boat ride on the Seine***



***A 6 day bus & metro pass***


Some additional activities we have enjoyed together include: visits to Notre Dame Cathedral,  the St. Michel District, Shakespeare & Company bookstore, the Opera, Madeleine Church, Laduree (the world's best macarons!) Place de la Concorde, Montmartre, the Arc de Triomphe and other delightful surprises.

We will also show you the basics on how to get around in Paris using the Metro
 and city buses....the best (and least expensive) way to see the sights! 

Please note:  There is a lot of walking on our flea market trips.  Walking and stairs (Metro stations have lots of stairs)!  This is NOT the kind of trip where you spend most of your time on a huge bus, being driven from monument to monument in 15 minute increments.  That's so NOT Plucky!  
Did I mention that there's a lot of walking?  ;~)

Don't speak French?  Don't worry....We do! 
 Don't know Paris?  Don't worry...We do

You will be accompanied by 2 French speaking & Paris-adoring guides 
for our group activities....Pam Knecht (founder of the Plucky Maidens) who lived in Paris for 3 years and Julia Thelen, an American gal who was smart enough to marry a charming and handsome Frenchman, and has lived outside of Paris for 35 years.



This trip is designed for purchase of items such as...clothing, accessories, 
ephemera, linens, jewelry, bric-a-brac, etc. 
Specifically, treasures that can fit in an extra suitcase,
 or that you are willing and able to mail home.  


Cost: If you prefer your own room at the Villa Montparnasse, 
the cost for the 6 day package is $1,965.  
If you are traveling with a friend and want to share a room,
 the cost is $1,445 per person. 

 The Plucky package does NOT include air fare, 
lunches or dinners, other than the group meal listed above.


Please send an email message to: 
pluckymaidens{at}gmail{dot}com 
to secure your space for this fabulous trip!  
Let us know how many people will be traveling and we'll confirm via email.  


A $750, non-refundable, per person, deposit is due when you sign up. 
The remaining balance is due in full no later than February 1, 2015.
Sorry, refunds will not be considered, for any reason, 
after March 1, 2015.


It's time for your Plucky Parisian Adventure...
Join us!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Well, THAT was fast!

Sacre Bleu! The first 'Plucky Maidens Shop the Flea Markets of Paris' trip
 of 2015 is SOLD OUT!


Don't fret people of Pluck...we are planning a second package which has a little extra Pluckiness!  Six days and five nights of sightseeing and junking!  

May 21 - 26, 2015

We will be based at our lovely Paris hotel, but will be spending much of our time outside of the city. 

Activities will include:  A half day trip to the Palace of Versailles...

                           


A half day trip to Monet's home in Giverny...  

                            

An overnight stay at the historic and beautiful town of St. Malo in Brittany...  



And a full day in Chantilly (just outside of Paris); visiting the castle 
and shopping at large flea market in the countryside. 



You will also be treated to champagne at a late night visit to the Eiffel Tower 
and an evening boat ride on the River Seine.


The price of the trip includes 5 nights at the Villa Montparnasse hotel in Paris, breakfast each morning, all group activities, transportation to and from group activities, 1 night's accommodation at a charming and historic hotel in St. Malo.  

Please note:  The price does NOT include air fare or meals, other than breakfast. 

If you are traveling with a friend and would like to share a room, the cost of the six day package is $1875 per person.  If you prefer a room of your own, the cost is $2,195.  

Please send an email to pluckymaidens{at}gmail{dot}com 
to secure your place for this fabulous trip! Let us know 
how many are in your party.  A $750, non-refundable, per person, deposit is due when you sign up.  The remaining balance is due in full not later than February 1, 2015.  Sorry, refunds will not be considered, for any reason, after March 1, 2015. 


Won't you join us for this very Plucky French experience?