Opening at “The Outlet Barn” Saturday, July 25

My display at The Outlet Barn.
My display at The Outlet Barn.

The Outlet Barn Garden and Art Center is hosting an opening for its artisan market area, where I have my things displayed. All the artists’ displays are in place and the night should be fun with most of the 18 artists joining the event.

My niece and great-niece and nephews will be in town from Savannah this weekend so I may not be there the entire time, but I will be there for most of the time. I hope to see some local friends!

They’ll have musical entertainment provided by Haywood and Friends, a trio of jazz musicians led by Haywood Vincent. They’ll also have wine and cheese and hors d’oeuvres. Please join us for a festive night 4:00 to 7:00 p.m!

The Outlet Barn Garden Center

4577 Campbells Run Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15205

outletbarn@gmail.com – Phone: 412-494-5190

Because the barn is just that—an old wooden and unheated barn—I have chosen things that can be easily dusted or cleaned, or are in packaging. That makes it perfect for my handmade keepsake boxes and wall art, trivets and garden flags as well as a selection of framed and packaged prints of feline, flowers and nature photos. I’m excited to be expanding my selection of floral and landscape gift items in addition to my feline gift items. I will have a small selection of note cards and greeting cards, but because the place is open I often have difficulty with the envelopes sealing shut, even in packaging.

Gift items.
Gift items.

I began visiting there because the place looked like the sort of place I’d like to check out, not carefully coiffed or neatly arranged, but artfully arranged and colorful outside, and inside just crowded enough in the semi-darkness of the old barn that I could take my time to peruse without feeling overwhelmed.

Garden flags.
Garden flags.

I ended up moving things into there because the former manager of the Agway I had been selling at was friends with Kathy, The Outlet Barn’s owner, and simply went to her and said I’d be over with my things, she’d like them and me. Life should be filled with such friends. Kathy herself is the one who artfully arranges things in a way that makes people passing on the road find it hard to resist, and is also a master with ribbon and grapevines and such and creates all the wreaths and swags sold throughout the year, often custom-making them for long-time customers. She also makes beaded jewelry for sale in the shop.

Packaged, matted and framed prints.
Packaged, matted and framed prints.

She also holds events with local musicians playing jazz and folk and alternative in among the gargoyles and gazing globes, or out back in one of the sample gazebos or on the deck.

Canvas prints.
Canvas prints.

And I can’t forget the enthusiastic rescued chocolate lab named Irish Malarkey, named so because his eyes were green when he was a puppy, who rides in with his human every day. He carefully checked each of my boxes for treats, in between trotting around the place with that huge destructive lab tail without overturning as much as a small terra cotta flowerpot.

Irish Malarkey.
Irish Malarkey.

Supporting a local small business is important from both standpoints, from buying and selling, so in addition to placing my things there on consignment, I also promote the places where my things are consigned. I’ll share notices of events, which will be of greatest interest to local friends, and also of things I find there that you might enjoy—feline-themed of course But there plenty of animal-themed things about the place, plus really cool gargoyles.

Feline-themed planting pots.
Feline-themed planting pots.

I have a love-hate relationship with retail. I love to create my artwork and even to create the derivative items from it like cards and notepads and prints, and the best way to get my artwork known is to create and sell these things, but it takes time to drive around and visit shops, introduce myself, deliver the goods and maintain a display; if I seem to have disappeared now and then, this is why—calling and driving around, following up suggestions from friends to visit and introducing myself and showing a few representative pieces of what I have for sale. The actual sales from this might break even for expenses and time, but the real benefit is in finding new customers and making new friends, and just sharing my inspirations. Finding a shop where I also have other reasons to visit just makes it better.

And there’s another constant—animals and animal rescue. One door closes and another one opens as our friends share us with their friends. It is not a loss and a gain, but simply a change.

If you can’t get to The Outlet Barn, you can find many of these things in my Etsy shop.

Where to find The Outlet Barn

The Outlet Barn
The Outlet Barn

The Outlet Barn Garden Center

4577 Campbells Run Rd Pittsburgh, PA 15205

outletbarn@gmail.com – Phone: 412-494-5190

If you see merchandise pictured here, whether it’s mine or not, that you are interested in, please follow the link to The Outlet Barn website or let me know. The website is not an online store for things in the shop because there’s just too much, but Kathy will be glad to give you a few details and ship something to you if purchase it with the possible exception of a concrete gargoyle.

Handmade furniture and ceramic gift items.
Handmade furniture and ceramic gift items.

Below is a gallery of things in the barn, and another slideshow of other artisans’ items.

Here are a few of the artisans’ displays.


Mimi helps me with a little framing.
Mimi helps me with a little framing.

Marketplace

Mimi fits purr-fectly in an 8×10 frame..

Take a look at other new merchandise and featured artwork.

Once a week on Thursday I feature something new in my “shop”, whether that’s here on The Creative Cat, in my Etsy shop, on my main website or even at one of the bricks and mortar shops that carry my work.

Read about creating custom items

Find out more about creating custom items for your own home using the images you see here. Visit the “Ordering Custom Art” page to see samples and read bout how to order.

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4 thoughts on “Opening at “The Outlet Barn” Saturday, July 25

  • July 23, 2015 at 8:57 pm
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    Wishing you and all the other artisans and merchants much happiness and success! How nice to have a shop mascot, too. Oh, only if I were closer I’d be there in a minute; I’m far, far away in body, but near in spirit. Have fun, be well, and continue to do good things, Bernadette!

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  • July 23, 2015 at 7:01 pm
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    I know how everyone feels..I am in Pennsylvania but I live a 3 hour drive away..I would love to be there B…

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  • July 23, 2015 at 6:07 pm
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    I wish I lived near there, it is my idea of Heaven 🙂

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  • July 23, 2015 at 4:48 pm
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    B…if I lived closer you’d see me for sure…best best fishes two you and all the artists; this looks and sounds like a fun event…..I’d be hard pressed to leave once I entered the building !! L

    ♥♥♥

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