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Round 1 of NEW Inventory!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

We have our first round of NEW inventory posted online friends! Simply click on our inventory tab (http://alacratevintage.com/inventory-list) and look for all images that have the word "NEW!" above them! Though we added over 25 new items/categories to the site, I'd love to highlight a few that have multiple functions and I hope you'll love as much as we do.

Welcome Courtney!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A La Crate Office Manager

ALC welcomes Courtney to our team as our new Office Manager!

She is a born and raised Texan, with a big heart, who moved to Madison for her main squeeze. We met Courtney out walking our dog a few years back and then worked with her when she and her hubby decided to tie the knot last year! They had an awesome wedding at the Goodman Community Center and made many of the decor items themselves. Just ask to see Courtney's ring! She needle felted one side and her husband turned wood on the other side. Incredible.

Courtney has a background in textiles (that we'll let her tell you more about below) and is a fabulous new addition to the team. She'll be the voice on the other end of the phone, email and you will often find her at the front desk. Now you can put a name with a face!

She will be Sarah's maternity back up as well, meeting with you to brainstorm ideas and do mockups in the shop. Her background is a great fit for ALC and we know you'll love working with her as much as we do!

If you haven't met Courtney yet, here are a few Q&A's she answered for us below!

Featured Item: Victorian Sofas

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Since using A LA CRATE's French Linen Victorian Sofa for my photoshoot, I have been obsessed with how these vintage beauties can be used in modern spaces. I never would have imagined something so "old" could look so hip and modern until I tried it out. Since I figured that I might not be the only one imagining Jane Eyre verus Kate Moss lounging around on one of these sofas, I decided it was worth a "Featured Item" post. Sometimes you just need to see how other people are using something to get your own creative juices flowing.

Open House!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

We are so excited to invite you all to come celebrate our new space and indulge in some some of Sarah's pregnancy cravings (although truth be told she mainly can be found wolfing down peanut butter and fruit...)! I am pretty sure if there isn't any Hot Peanut Butter ice cream left over, we will all know who ate it! The event is July 25th from 4-7pm at our new location (the address is 2619 Industrial Drive in Monona). Staci, one of the owners of Calliope Ice Cream, will there be serving up Brandy Old Fashioned, Hot Peanut Butter and Graham Cracker ice cream (drool). If you are like me, and have a lifelong pickle craving, get ready to also nosh on a variety of pickle spears by Myrtle Mabel Farms, along with other pickled goodies that you don't want to miss! Once you have a plate of goodies, you can take a peek around our new space, settle into a vignette of our favorite rentals, or grab a seat at one of our handmade harvest tables to enjoy music by local (and very talented) musician Anna Vogelzang. Anna is a good friend of ALC - she is not only a previous customer but she has also worked with us on a past project! Make sure you are lookin' cute when you arrive because photographers, Sarah and Todd Maughn of Urban Anchor Photography, will be on hand snapping photos of our guests mixing and mingling! Last but not least, please note the incredible work that Emily Balsley Illustrations did on the poster for the event. She is such a talent and we couldn't be more excited to have her join us at the Open House, so everyone can meet her in person! (P.S. She also does wedding invitations!) 

Mood Board: Bridal Shower

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Bridal Shower Mood Board - ALC

We are big fans of mood boards (see here and here for more on this) at ALC, so when Sarah suggested we start a new blog feature using mood boards to showcase different party/event ideas, I couldn't have been more excited! Since we are in the midst of wedding season I decided to start with a bridal shower. When I started thinking of the ALC rentals that would be perfect for a bridal shower, I decided on decor that was simple, feminine, and pretty. Even though showers these days are often for both the bride and groom, I love the idea of the traditonal shower for the bride: a gathering of the women in her life to celebrate the milestone of marriage. My own bridal shower was a really lovely brunch that felt very intimate and girly, in the best possible way! This decor would be perfect for a brunch or an afternoon tea party.  I started with one of our 8-foot harvest tables and a simple centerpiece that includes one of our mis-matched gold mirrors (used as a tray) and a pastel vase filled with simple, delicate baby's breath set on top.  Personalize the centerpiece by placing childhood photos of the bride in our flower frogs and setting them on the tray along side the flowers. Set the table with our mis-matched china, silver flatware, and a pretty linen napkin. Then add a sweet, elegant touch to the table with these little "I do" coasters from J. Crew! For additional decor, fill our 2-tier wood pedestal with cupcakes, announce the party plans or menu on one of our chalkboards with custom writing, and fill our silver dough bowl with ice to chill the bride's favorite champagne.

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