Full circle

My daughter asked me about the “coffee bag chairs” today and it made me think of the blog Lisa Thompson wrote about them wayyyyyyyyy back when we were just starting out…decided to pull it out of the archives today and share it. If you are struggling with alcohol (or drug) addiction, reach out…so many people are out there waiting to give you a helping hand. In honor of Frank Gore, we would like to share the website should you need help or want to get involved with their organization http://www.hebroncolony.org/ Thank you! Kelli 🙂

Reuse. Recycle. Restyle.

A little story for your Thursday morning……Frank knew that drinking was not only killing him, but also his family.  So at that moment, he dropped everything and checked himself into Hebron Colony in  Boone, NC.  After completing the program he came out a sober man and never drank again….that was 1970.

Fast forward to 2014….one of our business partners and her husband were celebrating their 2nd anniversary in Boone a few weeks ago.  They ran across some great old coffee bags and purchased all they could find.  Now the hunt was on for fabulous chairs to upscale with their new find! While on their hunt they ran across a great thrift store and to their amazement, was a charity for none other than Hebron Colony. Why so excited and why do I keep mentioning Hebron?  Frank, you see,  (who you met in the paragraph above) was her husbands Grandfather.


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Showing some LOVE


(Image found on Google/Pinterest)

Since it’s February and every where I go these days I see HEARTS, I thought I’d show a little love. Love to the amazing women I see out there.. GETTING IT DONE. Most are not without male counter parts (although, some are) assisting them with the heavy lifting and cheering them on, but none the less…they are out there doing what they love. And no, I am not just talking about the 25 women who help make Seaglass the awesome place it is.

I’m talking about Erica of Brushin’ Up, Jody and Bobbie of Flea Body’s, Amy of The Painted Mermaid, Kelly of Baker’s Street, Janie of Vintage Market Place, Jess of Jess James + Co., Karyn of Second Skin Vintage, Tammy of Creative Cake Designs and  Patrizia of Planet just to name a few. Oh, I also don’t want to forget Samantha of Saltscapes Decor which is opening this month. I love being grouped in with such a kick a** group of women in an area that appreciates local owned businesses. I love that Brunswick and New Hanover Counties are FULL of shops and restaurants that are owned by average Joe’s (and Jane’s) who know what they want and aren’t afraid to go out and get it.

Now to be fair, I’m all about equality :), there are some awesome businesses out there owned by couples and or men…Luna Cafe, Jester’s Cafe, Bitty & Beau’s, Brick & Mortar and ARTphics for example. It truly would take me some time to list each individually owned business in the area, the brewery’s and taprooms alone would need their own blog, but I have no objection to you doing so, please feel free to comment your own business or one you frequent often that you think needs to feel some LOVE…because all the marketing in the world will never beat WORD OF MOUTH! Let’s spread the love this February and let all the locally owned shops know we appreciate them. Search them on Google, follow them on Facebook and Instagram, frequent them and recommend them to your family and friends. Spread the word…Spread the Love. There is enough for all of us after all.

Hope to see you at the next Seaglass Market February 17th – 19th,

Until then Reuse. Recycle. Restyle.

Kelli : )


Repurpose by Pat Breeden

Our Second Guest Blogger is Pat Breeden with In The Sand. Creations by Pat. 


The Power Thesaurus gives us many synonyms for this word: reprocess, remodel, recycle, reuse, regenerate, rethink, replay, reassign, and relocate.  

The dictionary defines repurpose as “to reuse something for a different purpose from the one that was originally intended.” I like to think of it simply as giving new life to a piece of furniture.

I had no idea 3 years ago that I would be recycling, aka. repurposing furniture or certainly that I would be a vendor in an awesome venue like Seaglass Salvage Market. Fishing is my passion but when the cold months got here I needed an alternative so I began making jewelry. That’s how I got to Seaglass in November 2014 as an outside vendor on the coldest weekend known to modern man in Leland, NC. I loved it there but told the owners that I’d see them in the spring.

Over the winter months, I began picking up furniture that needed love and learning foreign terms like chalk paint, antiquing wax, Purdy brushes, polyacrylic, and finding that I needed a saw …. a power tool … HOTDOG!! I scoured Pinterest for ideas and copied others ideas. I messed up a lot of wood and fingers. I also learned that small intricate crafty projects were not for me and superglue will glue your fingers to your shirt and anything else it comes in contact with.  

I realized over time that not only was I repurposing furniture items but I was repurposing myself. I couldn’t wait to get home from my day job to work on furniture. I was becoming a pretty decent carpenter. I was now the proud owner of 6 different kinds of saws, several sanders, an oscillating tool, and I knew how to use them all. I gave new life to the old tossed out furniture and it gave new life to me.

I didn’t need Pinterest as much as in the beginning. Now when I see an old TV stand sitting there I already see an island. When I see an old pantry door I see a shadowbox coffee table. Not only can I see it but I can build it.  

So I showed back up at Seaglass that next spring and graduated to an indoor vendor. I found my “tribe” … those special creative friends who cry with and for each other; laugh with and even at each other; applaud our successes and pick each other up in our tough moments. We even sing and dance together sometimes as any good tribe would do!!!

As a new me evolves through this avocation of repurposing, I am constantly inspired to see the beauty in furniture and people that could be easily missed if the deeper beauty was obscured by an unfinished exterior.

Finding Your Tribe by Amy Atwell

As most of you who follow us know, we have an amazing group at Seaglass Salvage Market. Our Good Vibe Tribe and the feeling we promote is a big part of what keeps you coming back. I have invited the Indoor Vendors to be GUEST BLOGGERS and I am so excited to see who participates and what they have to say!

Our first volunteer is the lovely Miss Amy from The Painted Mermaid! Enjoy…


12729388_1059765840734052_550479608258126322_nSo the opportunity was put to us as Indoor Vendors at Seaglass Salvage Market to write a guest blog. And although owner Kelli Anne Benton tossed out a couple of examples of possible topics, she pretty much said ‘have had it, speak to what speaks to you’, but ‘what we do as local vendors’  jumped out at me… 
You see, I’ve been in the retail industry for 30+ years now, and a junker/artist at heart for almost as long.  And for most of those years earning a living meant competing – competing for the recognition, competing for the raise, competing for the promotion… And although there was always a lot of talk of ‘developing your direct reports’ and ‘supporting/recognizing your peers’, at the end of the day there was just plain old, flat out, a whole dang lot of competition. But please don’t misunderstand, over the years I experienced MANY amazing mentors, peers and members of each team, all of whom played great roles in who and where I am today, but never did I find an environment where it really was all about supporting each other, ALL the time. So eventually I built one… and one of the things I preached and preached to interested artists was to get out there.  Be in the right places, find the right markets, make your right connections. And in following my own advice I found Seaglass Salvage Market…
So what do we do as vendors at Seaglass Salvage Market?  We thrive on the diversity of our personalities, lifestyles and talents. We come together as a group to support each other and those looking to learn the trade. And we ‘get’ that ‘supporting another’s success does not impede your own’ (in fact, I’d say it enhances it).  
Life isn’t always perfect, but spending as much of it with people who make it positive is. So no matter what you do to earn a living, take tiny steps every day to feed your soul and drive your dreams, but most importantly, ‘find your tribe’ because no one ever gets there alone.  🙂

What’s Next?

As January comes to a close and February comes rolling in, we are planning for upcoming events at Seaglass Salvage Market.

We are looking forward to Cape Fear Raptor Center, a non-profit wildlife sanctuary whose focus is providing medical, surgical, and rehabilitative pre-release services to birds of prey, joining us Saturday & Sunday at the February Market. We are also excited about several new outdoor vendors joining us, weather permitting!  Port City Que and Tasty Tee’s will be joining us for the first time and our favorite, 2 Bro’s Coastal Cuisine,will close out the weekend. I have scheduled an Essential Oil Workshop at Seaglass during an off Market weekend, it is scheduled for February 25th, it is free, but you must reserve a seat to attend. Just email me at kelli@seglasssalvagemarket.com There are also some fun plans for March and April already in the works. We look forward to seeing everyone the weekend of February 17th – 19th at Seaglass Salvage Market. If you would like to be added to our monthly email list, we’ll make sure you get a reminder the Monday prior to Market so you don’t miss all the fun! You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the loop.


On a personal note:

We, as a family, have started the Lindsay M Benton Foundation. A non-profit 501 (3)(c) whose purpose is to donate to specific charities through an annual Volleyball Tournament that will be held in Lindsay’s name. Please visit our website to learn more about what we will be doing and how you can help, at www.lindsaymbentonfoundation.com, you may also follow the foundation on Facebook and Instagram. Thank you so much for your continued support and prayers.


See you in February! Until then… Reuse. Recycle. Restyle.

Kelli 🙂

Here We GO!

Happy New Year!

As we start off 2017 at SSM we are looking forward to some changes. We have had a few indoor vendors move out and we are excited about the new ones moving in…and one who is just MOVING.

Mike of Kinzie Krafts has not only decided to expand by moving into a larger space but to share his new space with Becky of FOUND…we can’t wait to see Mikes hand crafted items & hand painted furniture mixed with the fun, rusty, crusty pieces of FOUND. Our other new indoor vendor is the unique, upcycled, vintage jewelry from GiGi of GiGi’s One of a Kind! She has joined us in the past as a guest vendor and an outdoor vendor and we are thrilled to have her as a permanent indoor vendor. Although we hated to see Sheila leave, we are looking forward to the new rustic look the back room will have now that Kerri of Rescued Rubbish has the space all to herself! (Our Indoor Vendor List has been updated to reflect who can be located within the warehouse, be sure to check it out!)

We have listened to your suggestions and we are happy to give you what you’ve asked for! Creative displays, smiling faces, more salvage, unique vintage jewelry, knowing what’s what in home decor, creating some fun, innovative workshops and classes and keeping our unique VIBE that seems to keep you coming back! We also love introducing and supporting fabulous local charities and will continue to do that through the New Year! We are very excited for Support The Girls – Southeastern North Carolina to be the first organization to bring us into 2017.

We are looking forward to the first market of 2017 and hope to see you there. Friday January 20th 9:00-3:00, Saturday January 21st 9:00-5:00 & Sunday January 22nd 12:00-5:00!  Come see a few new spaces, some familiar faces and enjoy the weekend…we have Food Trucks scheduled for each day and as always, free coffee 🙂

Reuse. Recycle. Restyle.


All the “Firsts”

We made it through Christmas, as you can imagine…it was very different this year. I know in my heart it will never truly be the same again, but this one, this one was rough. Our family is definitely an extended one, but we sure do know what’s important. Hate that it was learned the hard way, but proud of where this broken road has taken us. I watch my husband handle the most difficult of circumstance with such grace, he struggles EVERY day but he moves forward, and when he stumbles, he stands up stronger. He is an amazing man, father, son and even ex-husband. I am grateful that I get to spend the rest of my life by his side. For better or for worse, I would want to stand no where else.

God, for whatever reason, picked our family to survive the unthinkable…but, in the same aspect he has placed amazing people in our path to help us through. Sometimes the words “blessed” and “grateful” are the furthest things from my mind, but then He sends us an angel in disguise to remind us we are, in fact, both. We are lifted in prayer each day by family, friends and strangers. We receive sweet notes left on our doorstep, texts and FB Messages. When negativity is brought to the forefront, it is crushed quickly by positive, kind people. We are surrounded by family and friends who understand we do not know how to do this and we are doing the best we can, they wait patiently while we try to figure out what is next for us, for all of this, we are grateful. As the New Year approaches, I know it will be the last “first” for a while and although each day is a first without her, the milestones do make it more difficult. So many of you help make that difficulty bearable…for that we are grateful.

We are looking forward to what 2017 will bring to Seaglass Salvage Market and we are excited about some changes that will come with the New Year and we are of course, grateful for all of you!

Brad and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and we wish for you a Happy and Healthy New Year, filled with peace and love.

See you next year 🙂