The Daisy A Day Story
How did Daisy A Day begin?
Growing up I spent many Saturdays roaming flea markets, thrift stores, auctions and yard sales. My parents always laughed that they had to replace the wheels on my stroller from so many trips to the flea markets. So vintage and antiques are in my blood. My parents owned a small grocery store where I spent my days before starting school. And by the age of 8 I had started creating ruffle bears to sell. (those really ugly bears that had lace ruffled up for their dress and hot glued onto their bodies; usually adorned with fake flowers) I find them in thrift stores often and always have a good laugh.
I've always loved to buy and sell. But most of all, I love to create. I attended Tennessee Tech University to receive my bachelors in Housing and Design with a minor in Fine Art. Soon after graduation round one, I decided to get my certification in K-12 visual art education and then several years later attended Lesley University/ Art Institute of Boston to receive my Maters of Fine Art with a focus in found fiber installation. Soon after graduation and after teaching art for 14 years, I decided I needed a break from public education. I had numerous antique booths at the time, set up at vintage markets and began working part time at estate sales. The owner of the estate sale company also had a brick and mortar store. She knew of my long time dream of owning a vintage store. She decided one day her store days were over and asked if I would like her space. I graciously accepted. Never looking back, I began what became A Daisy A Day Vintage and Antique Marketplace. I love the people who come through the doors and truly feel like anyone entering becomes a part of our Daisy family. We were located on the square in a beautiful two story building but it sold and we had to leave. We have been waiting for our new space for almost a year (as of Sept. 2020).
Many ask where the name comes from. My parents are a huge part of my life and an inspiration. They have always encouraged me to follow my dreams. They have also been married well over fifty years and my dad has always sung the song by Jud Strunk "Daisy A Day" to my mother. Daisies are my favorite flower so it only seemed fitting to use the name.
I'll give you a daisy a day for the rest of my life!
Thank you for reading a short version of how Daisy became.