SERENA’S LIFE

Interpreting my Parent's Choice to Live in a Gypsy Wagon

Interpreting my Parent's Choice to Live in a Gypsy Wagon

The day after I graduated from high school I caught a plane to Alaska to work for the summer. Turned out that summer would turn into seven years. I needed to put my little town in the rear-view mirror. Our family had always struggled to get by and the feeling that I...

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How I Made $860 on a Vintage Hawaiian Shirt

How I Made $860 on a Vintage Hawaiian Shirt

It was shortly after the birth of our fourth son, the last of three born 15 months apart. Our home at the time was an old schoolhouse built in the thirties, nestled in the foothills of Mt. Spokane. We were adjusting to life with a home full of young boys and...

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Capturing the Glow and Spirit of Christmas

Capturing the Glow and Spirit of Christmas

Our family is settling in for our first Christmas in our new home. Every day the anticipation almost takes over me. Anticipation for the day. The day where the light pours into our happy home and its brightness fills me with cheer. I feel like there's so much that I...

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How to Plan the Perfect Christmas Lights Drive

How to Plan the Perfect Christmas Lights Drive

One of the nicest family activities during the holidays is to take a drive to see all the Christmas lights around town. And with a little planning, you can make this fun little event even more special and holiday themed. So pile the kids into the car, turn on your...

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Croy Gulch

Croy Gulch

When I started Kindergarten, my family had temporarily settled into a tiny shack on the Klamath River in Northern California. The house was just off the road, so there was always a lot of action going on beyond our doors. This was Croy Gulch. My parents made their...

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World Headquarters

World Headquarters

The original Farm Chicks office was located in the corner of my laundry room. It was October of 2002 and Teri and I had just held our very first sale, in my friend's barn, just a short walk from my house. I had a strong feeling that The Farm Chicks needed to have a...

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On Suffering, Kindness, and Perspective

On Suffering, Kindness, and Perspective

The year our fourth boy was born threw me for a loop. The three youngest were all in diapers, one had colic, and I had mastitis. I remember the day I made it in to the Doctor's office for the baby's first checkup and being berated by the receptionist for being a few...

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My Giving Tree

My Giving Tree

Dear Sis, I thought of you today. Happy Mother's Day. And not just because you're a mom. But because of what a mom you were to me. You know, for all those early years. My brother, sister, and me. Early 1970's. Remember the year you made me a birthday cake, with jam...

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The Homecoming Queen

The Homecoming Queen

In fourth grade, my family settled into a tiny cabin in the woods outside of Yreka, California. Yreka had a JCPenney department store downtown and lovely fashions like leather and wooden clogs that were all the rage at the time. Yreka is small town America. Where...

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MEET SERENA!

Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.

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