New Class Schedule AND Deep Fried Mashed Potatoes!

Okay…I FINALLY have a new schedule for the classes.

The Wax class is now being held on March 12. Same time (6:00-8:30pm), same place (The Compound in Hyannis).

Chalk Paint 101 is March 19. Also 6:00-8:30pm at The Compound.

Enrollment begins immediately – and is limited.

Read all our enrollment and cancellation policies here.

Don’t be left out! Friends don’t let friends paint (and drink) alone….

It’s a really fun night out – and you will learn some easy, fun ways to funk-ify furniture that you already own…It’s also an excuse for a night out with your friends. C’mon and sign up. Space is limited and several classes have sold out already.

Our Hosts:

The Compound Bar and Grille

ImageOne of our favorite pubs – The Compound Bar and Grille at 644 Main Street in Hyannis – will be our hosts for the painting class. A fun atmosphere, good food, and happy bartenders – what more could you want for a winter’s Wednesday night out! Come early and have dinner or stay late and enjoy drinks with friends after. Located right across the street from CottageChic!

The Compound Bar and Grille website

Deep Fried Mashed Potatoes

art-of-cookingIn honor of St. Patrick’s day, I am publishing a recipe for Potato Fritters aka Deep Fried Mashed Potatoes.

I am TOTALLY obsessed with this cookbook. Since it arrived in my shop I can’t stop reading it! “The Art of Cooking and Serving” was published in 1932 by Proctor and Gamble. Pretty much EVERY recipe has Crisco in it (even the boiled veggies have some type of Crisco-enhanced sauce).

This book is really funny. Chapters on dressing your servants (“The maid, to be correctly dressed, should be supplied with neat, well-fitting uniforms. Colored ginghams are particularly suitable for morning wear…For afternoon tea and dinner, a soft material in gray or black is preferred. The fine organdy apron with collar and cuffs to match is for the more formal uniform.”) and which soup bowl to use with what soup! I am happy to have a CLEAN bowl, much less worrying about matching the shape and handles on the bowl to the correct type of soup..

Yikes…I would NEVER have made it has a hostess in 1932.

For the servant-less home, there is also a chapter on the art of serving (according to the book, Russian-style is simplest for the busy hostess).

Potato Fritters

  • 3 cups hot mashed potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Crisco
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Dash of pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 2 eggs

To the potatoes, add Crisco, salt, sugar, pepper, flour, and parsley.

Add beaten egg yolks and mix well.

Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.

Drop by tablespoons in deep hot Crisco and fry for 5 to 8 minutes or until a delicate brown.

Drain on unglazed paper.

Serve hot.

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Cape Cod Life’s Annual “Best of” Voting is now!

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“Shop for the Home” Category

I would really appreciate you taking the time to vote for CottageChic Resale in the “Shop for the Home” category in Cape Cod Life’s “Best of Cape Cod” annual voting. It’s on the the “Shopping” page (after Outdoors, Travel, Dining, and then Shopping), and scroll down.

 

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A “best of” would be a huge boost for my business that would be so incredibly helpful as I finish out my first year. I pinky-swear that winning this prestigious award will not go to my head…okay…except for the tiara and sparkly gown that will be my new uniform if I win!

Voting ends on Friday February 28 at midnight – so please, please go to Cape Cod Life “Best of” voting right now and vote for CottageChic in the “Shop For the Home” category. Extra brownie points if you pass this along and ask friends, family, your book club, the girls you get coffee with, the post office crew, your cousin in Portland, Facebook friends, Twitter followers – EVERYONE – to please vote for CottageChic!

It only takes a minute or two and the good karma you get lasts all day!

Please…and thank you!

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Painting Class UPDATES

Wow! That’s all I can say!

My painting classes are selling out and I have to add new dates! Everyone asked for a Saturday class (I think the idea of mixing paint with wine did it…)…you asked….we arranged! I added a Chalk Paint 101 class on February 26 which was originally going to be a Wax Class…but more people are signing up for the basic class.

Here is the updated schedule:

Chalk Paint 101

This one-night class will cover the basics: choosing pieces to paint, surface prep, painting, and finishing. Get pro tips and secrets for creating a piece that you will LOVE again! Class includes all supplies – including a small jar of chalk paint (value $12), a perfect paint brush, and carved frame ($10 value) – and you get to take it all home!What a bah-gin! Class size is limited to provide individual attention.

Dates: Wednesday Feb. 19th, Feb. 26th OR Saturday March 1st
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Place:  The Compound Bar and Grille in Hyannis
Price: $45 includes all supplies.

Drinks and snacks are on your own…and we know that everything goes better with snacks!

 

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Colored Wax Basics

Ever wonder how to pick out the details of carving in your furniture? Want to add instant-antique appearance? Ready to learn a new furniture finishing technique? This one-night class will take you beyond basic finishes and show you how to use colored waxes to give your finishes a special look. Class will cover dark, metallic, colored, and clear waxes. Class fee includes all supplies. Class size limited to provide individual attention.

Dates:  Wednesday March 5
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Place: The Compound Bar and Grille in Hyannis
Price: $45 which includes all supplies

Drinks and snacks are on your own….I’m thinking nachos and a margarita…

Enrollment:

Enrollment begins immediately – and is limited. You can reserve your place by stopping by the store and we will set you up in your preferred class! For this class, payment is cash or check only. I will also take phone reservations – but class size is limited, and anyone who has pre-paid will get preference.

Cancellation:

If you can’t make your class, and notify us at least 2 days in advance, you have the choice of taking another class (pending availability) or getting a store credit for the amount of the class. No other refunds apply.

No Shows:

If you pay for a class and then don’t show up, we will not issue a refund or credit, nor can you substitute another class.

Our Hosts:

The Compound Bar and Grille

ImageOne of our favorite pubs – The Compound Bar and Grille at 644 Main Street in Hyannis – will be our hosts for the painting class. A fun atmosphere, good food, and happy bartenders – what more could you want for a winter’s Wednesday night out! Come early and have dinner or stay late and enjoy drinks with friends after. Located right across the street from CottageChic!

The Compound Bar and Grille website

Painting Classes! Or…A reason to go out with the girls, have snacks, and get a little messy!

So-o-o many of my customers have asked me how to use chalk paint that I decided to offer classes!

If you’ve been into my store, you’ve seen the buttery, soft sheen that chalk paint brings to furniture. I LOVE the way it refreshes and revives old furniture.So many customers already have perfectly good furniture at home – Grandma’s side table, Aunt Loo’s bureau – but the dark wood just does not go with their decor.

You KNOW it would look FAB with just a swipe of paint – but you don’t know where to start.

Ta-da!

The inspiration for my painting classes!

Being CottageChic…my classes combine painting with a glass (or two) of wine, some snacks,and a room full of fun-loving Cape Codders….

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Chalk Paint 101

This one-night class will cover the basics: choosing pieces to paint, surface prep, painting, and finishing. Get pro tips and secrets for creating a piece that you will LOVE again! Class includes all supplies – including a small jar of chalk paint (value $12), a perfect paint brush, and carved frame ($10 value) – and you get to take it all home!What a bah-gin! Class size is limited to provide individual attention.

Dates: Wednesday Feb. 5 OR Wednesday Feb. 12
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Place:  The Compound Bar and Grille in Hyannis
Price: $45 includes all supplies.

Drinks and snacks are on your own…and we know that everything goes better with snacks!

Image

Colored Wax Basics

Ever wonder how to pick out the details of carving in your furniture? Want to add instant-antique appearance? Ready to learn a new furniture finishing technique? This one-night class will take you beyond basic finishes and show you how to use colored waxes to give your finishes a special look. Class will cover dark, metallic, colored, and clear waxes. Class fee includes all supplies. Class size limited to provide individual attention.

Dates: Wednesday February 26 or Wednesday March 5
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Place: The Compound Bar and Grille in Hyannis
Price: $45 which includes all supplies

Drinks and snacks are on your own….I’m thinking nachos and a margarita…

Enrollment:

Enrollment begins immediately – and is limited. You can reserve your place by stopping by the store and we will set you up in your preferred class! For this class, payment is cash or check only. I will also take phone reservations – but class size is limited, and anyone who has pre-paid will get preference.

Cancellation:

If you can’t make your class, and notify us at least 2 days in advance, you have the choice of taking another class (pending availability) or getting a store credit for the amount of the class. No other refunds apply.

No Shows:

If you pay for a class and then don’t show up, we will not issue a refund or credit, nor can you substitute another class.

Our Hosts:

The Compound Bar and Grille

ImageOne of our favorite pubs – The Compound Bar and Grille at 644 Main Street in Hyannis – will be our hosts for the painting class. A fun atmosphere, good food, and happy bartenders – what more could you want for a winter’s Wednesday night out! Come early and have dinner or stay late and enjoy drinks with friends after. Located right across the street from CottageChic!

The Compound Bar and Grille website

Cottage Clean-Out Sale Starts January 15

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CottageChic’s semi-quarterly-biannual (can you tell we haven’t quite figured out the schedule yet?)

COTTAGE CLEAN OUT sale starts today!

Huge markdowns of 20% – 50% off my already-affordable prices.

Sale runs Wednesday January 15 – Sunday January 19. On January 22 I will reopen with new and even more fabulous goodies!

Get yourself in here and grab that one-of-a-kind piece you’ve had your eye on before some OTHER Resale Diva scoops up your bargain.

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Cottage Clean Out Begins soon…Insiders get the best deals FIRST

DECinventory 015We are getting ready to do our seasonal “Cottage Clean Out” when move out the old inventory and bring in the new.

CottageChic Insiders get first notification of these sales – before they are posted on Facebook or on this site.

Sign up to be a CottageChic Insider and YOU can get the inside track on sales, events, classes, and more. Don’t be the only kid who doesn’t know the secret password!

We never sell your name and generally send only a couple of emails a month (Confession: Christmas…we sent a few more than a few…12 to be exact…but we were on the whole “12 Days of Christmas” thing…maybe we had a little too much rum in our egg nog…)

Anyway…want to find out what is happening? Become a CottageChic Insider by signing up today!

Furniture for Christmas?

000_0019Why not? It will last longer than that sweater and won’t add a single calorie to your holidays!

Right now, we have started to mark down furniture. We have loads of new inventory coming in January and need to make space. So that piece that you’ve had your eye on might just be even MORE affordable now.

Come on in and grab that dresser or table before someone else scoops up YOUR dresser!

Interested in a Furniture Painting Class?

email-oct-2013I have had so-o-o many customers asking me about how to paint furniture and about why chalk paint is so fabulous that I am thinking about putting together a painting class after the holidays.

paint-brushesProbably about 3 hours on a week night in Hyannis. (I am looking for a restaurant or bar so we can have snacks and drinks during the class.) I am trying to keep it affordable…around $50 for the night which would include the class, supplies, and a small project such as a frame that you would paint and take home

 

For planning purposes, I am trying to figure out how many of my “CottageChic Insiders” would sign up for this.If you are interested, please send an email to me (mary@cottagechicresale.com ) and put “painting class” in the subject line. I will start a list. Anyone who is on the list will have first dibs on signing up for a class.

 

If you have a friend who might be interested, pass along this email and tell them to subscribe! Friends don’t let friends miss out on fun!

If there is additional interest, I am also open to teaching classes about using waxes and other finishing techniques such as crackle painting – but let’s do a test run with the chalk painting class first…

 

Welcome to Fall!

Coziness Arrives at CottageChic Resale!

new pic 010Have you seen our luscious new inventory? Cozy throws, fab new furniture, funky and fresh lighting? We are all about the new look here at CottageChic!

We are brimming with lots of must-haves for fall and upcoming holiday entertaining: serving pieces and trays, luxe crystal, linens, bar ware, candlesticks, and centerpieces – everything to make your home your vision!

If you anticipate holiday guests, maybe it’s time to think about a little face-lift…for your home of course! We think you look fabulous jnew pic 002ust the way you are! Maybe a new dresser or chair? Fun pillows? A gorgeous lamp? Pillow shams? Even a few small touches can freshen any room – and you can do it affordably at CottageChic Resale.

All of your one-of-a-kind finds to make your home special are waiting for you at CottageChic Resale!