Sunday, February 7, 2010


First -- THE DRAMA
OK...I MUST keep it VERY REAL with this post. There have been some Oscar-Worthy-Dramatic Performances here over the past couple of weeks. You see, one of the BH Boys (Joe)is a Creative Genius with very little business skills, and the other BH Boy (Jer) is a Business Man with very little creative skills. We each dabble a bit in the other Boy's responsibilities here and there, but the roles are pretty set.

The Boys of BH have been playing around with the idea of having an online store for at least a year...probably two years. We had set a date for our "Grand Opening" several (SEVERAL) weeks ago -- this date was the anniversary of our Beloved Baby Bear passing away two years ago. He was 13 years old when he died. He was our everything. He was spoiled rotten. He is the missing link to the BH Puzzle.

So, the "Grand Opening" date was VERY symbolic. We had been working on getting the site put together, but not really focusing on actually getting the products organized, photographed or uploaded onto the site UNTIL THE VERY LAST MINUTE POSSIBLE!

This is how it all went down:

6 Months prior to the "Grand Opening" - Procrastinate

1 Month prior to the opening - Start on the actual website

1 (ONE!) WEEK (1 x 1 week = 1 week) before the opening - Start getting our sh*t together!

Saturday, January 23rd - Start getting our sh*t together day! FINALLY organize the basement which is where the merchandise for BHM will be stored. Move stuff from The Basement to The Barn. Move stuff from The Barn to The Basement. Move stuff from The Basement to the 14 Foot LONG Cargo Trailer for later use. Try out for roles in a new movie called "The Bickersons." The weather is good so BH Boy#2 (Jer) takes some pictures of stuff we want to sell at the very end of the day / last moments of natural light. Pictures are GREAT but BH Boy #1 (Joe) is not too impressed and he acts like a Jack A$$. No items listed on the store. Keeping it real...

Sunday, January 24th - BH Boy #1 (Joe) is VERY UNinterested in the new BH venture. Acts like a Jack A$$. BH Boy #2 (Jer) is VERY INterested in the new venture. Acts like a Jack A$$. Stylist/Creative Genius Joe does no styling and takes no pictures. Business Man Jermonne does his best at styling and takes some pictures. BH Boy #2 (Jer) talks very highly of this new business venture. BH Boy #1 pretends to be interested and (finally) picks up some product from The BH Family for "The Grand Opening" that is just a few days away. BH Boy #1 and #2 BOTH act like Jack A$$e$. No items listed on the store. Just keeping it real...

Monday, January 25th -- BH Boy #2 (Jer) goes off to The Torture Chamber. It's a dark (and I mean DARK), gloomy, rainy Pacific NW day. BH Boy #1 (Joe) has a complete meltdown and calls BH Boy #2 (Jer) who is at The Torture Chamber and tells him about the absolute misery he is in getting ready for "The Grand Opening" of BHM. BHB #1 also tells BHB #2 he NEVER-EVER wanted an online store and was only doing it for BHB #2. BH Boy #2 (Jer) fantasizes about going home and shaking some sense into BHB#1 (a very hard shake) -- but since BHB #2 does NOT believe in violence, he lovingly coaches BH Boy #2 on how to have a productive day. BHB #2 does NOT shake BHB #1 when he gets home from The Torture Chamber -- the loving coaching session worked AND there were some lovely pictures for the new store. BUT, BHB #2 "figuratively" gives BHB #1 a strong shake with words. BHB#1 says, "WOW, you said a LOT!" And BHB #2 certainly said a LOT!!!! A few items are managed to be uploaded on the store. REALLY-REALLY keeping it real...

Tuesday, January 26th -- Another really dark-gloomy-rainy day, BUT, BHB#1 finds a creative solutions for getting a TON of GREAT pictures. One of these solutions was dragging a bail of hay into one of the upstairs bedrooms with the most light. Hay is EVERYwhere. ALL over the house. The pictures are AWESOME! BH#1 is starting to find inspiration and becomes happy about the venture. BHB #1 and #2 do NOT act like Jack A$$e$. Great items are uploaded to the store. Life is GREAT!

Wednesday, January 27th -- The sun comes out in The NW...beautiful pictures are in abundance. BHB #2 spends the day uploading product to the new store and is delirious...writes product descriptions like, "English Ironstone Bed Pan -- Excellent Condition -- Must not have been used much!" The Boys do NOT act like a Jack A$$eS. BHB#1 is VERY proud. BHB #2 is very proud he did NOT shake BHB#1. The Boys open the store and do many, many, MANY Happy Dances while the sales roll in. The Boys dance with the goats, sheep, chickens and llamas too! The Boys have NO boxes/supplies to ship the sales. BHB #2 acts like a Jack A$$, has another "Flare Up" and could win another Oscar. More to come on this.

I know...BH#2 is rambling when folks probably only care about...THE GIVEAWAY WINNERS...

1st Prize = $100 winner = Holly from Gathering Junque in Willow, CA
2nd Prize = $75 winner = Theresa from Canada (no blog)
3rd Prize = $25 winner = Kim from Our Simple Life - One Day at a Time
4th Prize = $25 winner = Sara from Sadie Olive (one of our FAVorites -- visit her site(s) and you will know why)
5th Prize = $25 Deborah from The Fairfield House

OH...and we really love EVEN numbers, so we are giving away EVEN MORE!!!! $300 total in BHM CASH MONEY...
TEXAS was definitely in the house for our BHM opening!!! We love y'all...BUT, The Great Almighty Northwest is coming for ya...with all of those INCREDIBLE and INSPIRING shows/blogs you have in TX!!! :o) Thank you for all of your love and support!!!

Honorary Prize = $25 BHM winner = Theresa from Gardens Antqs Vintage
Honorary Prize = $25 BHM winner = Debbie from Talking Trash

Much Love back at EVERYONE...must go back to restocking!! BUT, let me tell you some of the Heavy-Hitters of the NW are joining our little party -- Joyce (Calamity Jane's Antiques), Randy (Madison Park), and Lynne (GUND) will all be in the house!! The stuff we have in the pasture/porch/living room/basement is AWESOME! The BH Familia is not messing around!

MUCH LOVE from The Boys!!!


the old white house said...

Loved that post thanks for the grins! I gotta go see what new things await us... My family has put going on a vacation to the NW on our list of things to do one day and meeting you guys at one of your barn house shows is definitely at the top of my list! The pics are fabulous! Theresa

oldgreymare said...

This may be my favorite BH post EVER past or future, you guys have done!

Vegas is coming to you this summer. I was coming alone to visit son and you, in that order...girlfriend #1 jumped on board...then girlfriend #2...and then girlfriend # 3...and it's only February! Who knows how many by July! We'll be the group complaining about your humidity.


Kim Hancock said...

Oh yea... how exciting! Thanks guys!

Sorry we don't have any left over BBQ for you from the Pig Fest... if we lived closer I would've run both of you a plate full goodness!

You just stop on by if you're ever in Central Florida... the man will fix you some BBQ & I'll fix some sides that will have you wishing you lived next door!

alice said...

I just want to live in your pictures!
smiles, alice

Holly said...

I remember...
it was 12:06 AM on the 28th of January.
My eyes popped open and I thought...
I wiped the sand out of my eyes and began shopping... and haven't stopped.
I Love you guys!

Thanks for the prize...
I know what I need!!!!!

Unknown said...

You boys are always so ENTERTAINING! I could almost see the action in your story. Well, I'm happy that you both got your s*** together, 'cause I had some money to spend and marked on my calendar was an opening of a shop called! I mean, what's a girl to do when she has money to burn and no place to spend it?? :-) Tami (I'm wishing I was a winner)!

Rochelle said...

Hah Hah Hah....I am still laughing at this post! Great shots...great online store!

Anonymous said...

That was the best post ever!! Can the eposts be as much fun as the cool stuff?? Just sayin''s all in the whole experience!!

trash talk said...

I tried so hard not to laugh while I was reading this hilarious drama because I know every word is tue! I really tried...but try as I might, I am laughing with tears. In fact, I can't catch my breath. Do you have any idea how dangerous that is for a chubby lady? Y'all outdid yourselves in every way. The grand opening was Fab U Lous, the reviews are postive and I'm speaking from first hand knowledge when I say you would not believe the buzz you have created here in Texas. Everywhere I went this weekend, all I heard was "Have you seen the BH Marketplace?". Y'all and your creation are the greatest thing since sliced bread! Bear would be so proud of his two guys, I promise you.
You honor me by just including my name on this post. Can I just say one thing? I absolutely adore you two and if it's the last thing I do, I am getting up there come H#*@ or high water. I just want to hug y'alls necks! I am thrilled for both of you and it's only gonna get bigger.
Debbie AKA Trash
P.S. Just keeping it real, ya know?

nina said...

Love you two BH Boys!! "Jer" the blog is fun! Add a glass of wine and it's hilarious!! Keep up the fun!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

I won I won, OMG, I love you guys. I am so late in seeing this know I was at a show today. Oh thank you so much, I'm just so excited, can you tell!

You guys rock and you've definately rocked the Texas world, because if you don't know it you are a big, HUGE, hit here in Texas. Everyone keeps asking when YA'LL are coming to my blog party and if there any way to beg, plead for ya'll to come that I should. I said I've tried, but I'll just keep begging and pleading and maybe now I'll try bribing whatever it takes. Just bring a trailer load and take over my booth. I'll let ya and be happy to do it. I am so exicted for you all, you'll just be famous before you know it.

The Vintage Vagablonde said... I am thinking you guys rock and you are funny to boot.

Darn, I did not win anything but I will be back!

My Sophee~a gives her condolences on
the loss of your Baby~Bear....Our pets bring such joy and a source of inspiration for a lot of us.

Hey~I have kids too but my dog doesn't talk back :)


lulu said...

Boys, no pain, no gain. This post sounds all to familiar. Geff and I would be at each others throats if we tried to work together.

Hope to see you soon. OX Lulu

Auntie Joy said...

I do believe she said it all when when Alice said she just wanted to live in your pictures!!
And... I would think you were writing about the adventures of Dave and Joy, but... I do believe in violence so I often have to shake some sense into the BIG guy... But it seems to work hahaha...
How proud you make this Auntie!

Anonymous said...

THAT is the Funniest thing I've read in a loooong time. I could just picture the 2 of you :0)
The hay in the bedroom was genius , Joe! The pictures are just gorgeous!
Three cheers for Barn House!

Florence said...

You guys are so awesome, and you are real. ReaL LIFE ADVENTURES are just that, and you are honest. I know sometimes I wait to the last minute to do something, and get stressed then all comes together just fine. Hugs to you both. Florence

Carol said...

I'm so enjoying the store, now if you two would just make a little roadtrip and bring that circus to Texas for the big show it would be perfect!


The Flying Bee said...

Such a great post! Congrats to all the winners! Just wanted to say I have tried to shop 3 or 4 times now and can't get on...don't know why, but it's driving me crazy! I'll try again and then let ya know if I still can't.

Enjoy the day!


Rustydiva said...

Most folks would stop at having great products and GREAT pictures combined with a GREAT store but you guys kept on going with a GREAT post commentary! I laughed and laughed but I also felt very much a part of the process and felt your "pain". I'm a fan for life guys ~ keep the GREATness coming!
Kenda (from the GREAT state of Texas)

Monticello Staff said...

Joyce said;
LOL...LOL...LOL...Jermonne, you kill me with laughter! I luv your honesty. It's the best on-going novel I've ever read. As I always say, you guys are the best of the best. Keep up the good work. Hugs.

Andy's Attic said...

You guys are a treasure. Loved the details, glad to know I'm not the only one that puts things off! As always the pictures are devine! What a great way to honor your Baby Bear.

Lisa of Lisa's Little House said...

Oh so very funny...When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

I am so happy for you and so proud to know you!!!!


Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Holy smokes...cue music...As the Barn turns...

Congrats to the winners! I guess I can stop crossing my fingers and toes now.


Stacey said...

So glad to here the sales came rollin in. I so enjoyed reading your play by play! :)
Congrats to all the winners!
And thanks to you boys for being so generous with the giveaways.


Your photography is amazing. I wish my post looked as good as yours!

Anne Marie said...


great shop btw......really great photos.....

WhisperWood Cottage said...

That drama is better than anything on TV! Love it all! Thanks for keepin' it real! :)


P.S. Great photos!

Anji Johnston said...

The most hilarious blog I have ever read!! You guys rock! So looking forward to more updates and having a little shop around in your 'store'.
So glad I found your blog

kath@retromantic antiques said...

So glad you boys are doing well on the new site but knew you would! Thanks for the laughs, needed them today. kath

Kindred Roses said...

You two crack me up!!!
Hope your road is getting smoother. Love the online store.WOW
See you soon
Julie, Kindred Roses

Karen said...

Now, if that were me, I'd still be pouting! Glad to see you made it to your deadline alive, and what great photos!

Anonymous said...

Joe and Jermonne,

Imagine my excitement when I opened my mail this morning and found an email from you announcing I was a winner! Thank you for hosting such generous giveaway. I ADORE your shop and blog. Be sure to stop by my blog.


sf said...

I LOVE BARNHOUSE BOYS!!! I have been following your blog for awhile now. Always inspirational! I have finally started my own blog. Hope you will visit.

Sara Duckett said...

Thank you, thank you! Can't wait to shop again with you boys, I LOVE my purchases!

Sue (Vintage Rescue) said...

Love the drama! I'm experiencing a bit of it myself, but by myself. I'm struggling to motivate to get my etsy shop up, but lost all my pictures. Then, want the packaging just right. So glad it was worth all the drama and you're rolling in dough (and hay)! The shop is lovely!

red.neck chic said...

Oh my gosh... I'm sorry but I'm giggling uncontrollably while reading your post. LOLOLOL I'm so glad it all worked out - I have to tell you though... I've drooled and re-drooled over everything in your store. ;-) You might have to mark a few things "water damaged". ha!

Congrats to EVERY ONE of the WINNERS!!!

;-) robelyn

Weathered & Worn said...

I saw you in Somerset Life. Very nice Blog, great finds and photo's!

blondiesvintage said...

Great blog! Love all the pics!

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Sister Patty said...

WOW! I think you should seriously consider a television show! I'd even give up Desperate Housewives to watch you guys... and that's saying a whole lot!

Again, congrats on your Marketplace and thanks for being so real! I think people must believe that things like this are totally planned out for months, if not years, before they actually announce SHOW TIME!

Your blog is a crack-up... I'm going to go back and read it again!

Have a good weekend!

robin-bird said...

clearly a little drama in your lives is as good for keeping things moving as a little castor oil would be. BHB#2 those photos are completely and absolutely awesome!! BHB #1 i know you are deeply impressed with the pizazz #2 shows for his styling. i'll be watching for the premiere showing of the Bickersons on FOX!

congrats on a solid opening month!


Unknown said...

I'm just glad to know you guys are normal. To put this kind of thing together and not have any disagreements would be a miracle. I sure wish I lived in that area. We do go to Montana a couple times a year so maybe someday I'll be standing on your doorstep.
SueBee-Orlando Florida

Mandie said...

I love all of your photos!

Shay said...

Thanks for the eye tearing, deep belly laughing response to your post..omg..hope the future of your on line business brings you much happiness.

Mélanie A. said...

I've just discovered your blog, shop ...I love your taste and the pics are gorgeous. Thanks for inspiring me , this morning

Victoria Bellow said...

impressive post,simply stunning job!

prashant said...

The pics are fabulous!
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