New Online Directory



We love promoting #ShopSmall and #ShopLocal and what better way to do so than to have businesses listed on our main website at FunkyFinds.com!?!?

Have you checked out our new online directory? It’s a great resource for finding local and online businesses. You do NOT have to be all handmade to advertise on our directory as we want to support all small businesses. You do NOT have to sell online, but if you do, you can link directly to products listed on sites like Etsy. Pretty cool and funky, huh!?!?

If you know a business owner, please share with them!

Vendor Apps Now Open!


We are now accepting vendor applications for the Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience!

Application deadline is August 13th, 2017.

Also accepting sponsors, advertisers, and swag contributions!

Shop Local • Shop Handmade • Shop Funky

The Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience is a FREE 2-day indoor family AND pet-friendly handmade shopping event! Held in the newly renovated Cattle Barn 2.

Bring the family and be a part of the funky fun featuring over 100 Artists, Crafters, Designers, Authors & Gourmet Food Makers selling their unique hand-crafted items! Attend Both Days...it's that FUNKY!

WHEN: Saturday, November 18th, 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 19th, 11am-4pm

WHERE: Will Rogers Memorial Center, Cattle Barn 2, 3337 Burnett-Tandy Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76107

EVENT FEATURES:
★ Handmade Shopping Extravaganza
★ 150 Swag Bags
★ Charitable Raffle benefiting Humane Society of North Texas & DFW Toys for Tots
★ Pet Adoptions by HSNT
★ Toys For Tots Drop Off - FREE raffle ticket with each donation!
★ Photos with SANTA CLAUS
★ Funky Finds Balloons for All
★ Event T-shirts for Charity & More!

Find items in the following categories: Accessories * Art * Authors * Bath, Body & Candles * Ceramics & Pottery * Clothing * Gourmet Food * Holiday & Seasonal * Home Goods & Decor * Jewelry * Kids & Parents * Paper Goods * Pet Goods * Photography * Plants & Arrangements

Little Motor City's Makers Market



Little Motor City's Makers Market will be held in Detroit, Texas on Saturday, June 17th. Detroit is a charming town located in NE Texas near Paris, Texas...yes, those are both REAL towns!

CandiWare


CandiWare’s tagline is “jewelry that smells good enough to eat.” Remember scratch & sniff stickers from your childhood? I don’t know about you, but I was nearly addicted to those things as a kid. CandiWare’s jewelry brings back that nostalgic feeling (and scent) with the most adorable food-themed jewelry. These hand-crafted treats not only smell good enough to eat, they look good enough to eat, too!

I was lucky enough to receive a donut ring and a pair of Berry CheeseCake Earrings and I swear it’s all I can do to keep from nibbling on these adorable adornments!!! Spend a few minutes browsing all of CandiWare’s offerings & you will no doubt have a hard time narrowing down your wish list. But I must draw your attention to the super unique tea set double finger ring. Talk about a lovely and unique gift for the tea lover in your life.

If you’re looking for a unique (and yummy smelling) treat for yourself or a pal, this is an excellent source!!!! There’s even sweet treats available for the fellas. (pictured: CandiWare creator, Candice Ware, and her too-cute-for-words pooch!)


Pulpwood Queens & Timber Guys

Funky Finds began as a blog in 2006 as a way for me to share things I love with others. Last weekend I had the privilege of spending three days at a book & author event called Girlfriend Weekend for The Pulpwood Queens & Timber Guys book club members in Nacogdoches, Texas. I am a voracious reader & I love my local book club chapter The Pulpwood Queens of NE Texas. The book club was founded in 2000 by Kathy L. Murphy and has grown to over 700 chapters worldwide. Each year at Girlfriend Weekend, attendees are able to meet a wide variety of authors who speak about their latest books, the story behind the story, and often times startling honest revelations are shared with the rapt audience. I want to share with you a few books that I read last year, some I am excited to read in the coming months, and also one man that I firmly believe needs to speak to every human in the world because he will change your life.


Sam Bracken was an abused child that began drinking & doing drugs by the age of 9. Through sports he was able to quit drugs & drinking and find a way to form & pursue his goals. His book My Orange Duffle Bag describes his life, his journey, and what he calls 7 Rules for the Road. I was so inspired by Sam because he had all odds against him; however, he rose above it all. In My Orange Duffle Bag, he says he recognized a great truth - life is not fair, but nothing good comes from sitting around feeling sorry for yourself. This is a message so many people need to hear. Sam also spoke to us about his latest book GUTS: Find Your Greatness, Beat the Odds, Live From Passion, discussing the different between grit - grinding it out day after day because you must - and guts - doing what you love. But he stressed that you should not only do what you love, but do what loves you back in turn. He also reminded us the importance of the huddle, mostly known from sports, but something you can incorporate into your daily life with those around you. Of course, your huddle needs to be made up of those who will encourage you, help you achieve your goals, and surround you with positivity. I encourage EVERYONE to read Sam's books & share them with others, especially young people.



I was totally geeked out to meet two of my favorite authors from 2016. In October, I read Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt. The world truly is a cruel yet beautiful place and this story beautifully illustrates that fact. Caroline Leavitt has another wonderful story under her belt. This book is filled with characters Leavitt brings to life in a way that feels rich and deep. It will definitely hold your attention from start to finish. I also highly recommend Pictures of You that was published in 2011.


Our December book club pick was Ann Hood's The Book That Matters Most. This is a wonderful book about love, loss, secrets, friendship, and the healing power of literature. So many books can be billed as THE book that matters most, but it all depends on where you were in your life at the time you read that book. I always look at White Oleander as an important book in my life, not so much because of the storyline, but because i recall how it gripped me at the time I read it and it really started my love of reading. Ann Hood's book is one of mystery, rediscovery, and healing. I truly enjoyed it so much.



Here's a few more books on our 2017 list that I'm looking forward to reading:

The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale

Ladies in Low Places by Mary Ann Henry

The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall Parks

Center Rind by Nicole Wagoner

The Velvet Hours by Allyson Richman

May Day by Karen Harrington

Lightningstruck by Ashley Mace Havird

What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert