Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Come to Our First 2nd Thursday Event! Save 40%!!!

Join us This Thursday, Dec. 8th,
for our first monthly second Thursday Event. 

Come Shop from 5:00 - 7:00 to receive at least 10% off your entire purchase.   All Holiday Items and our entire selection of bath and body products will bee 40% off! 

Enjoy a book signing by Waco's Own, Golden Keyes Parsons,
debuting her new book, His Steadfast Love

We will  have all her books available for purchase and they truly make a great holiday gift!

Emily put together a super fun and hilarious in store scavenger hunt. 
Find all the items and receive a free gift!

We still have a great selection of holiday decor and for those two hours only it will be 40% off!

Bring a friend and make it a girl's night with sips and nibbles while you shop. 
Mark your calenders for our next month's second Thursday event on Jan 12th. 

These photos were taken by Shelly Negrete Photography.  We hope to have all the photos from our Holiday Preview Party posted soon, so please check back!
Bee Seeing Ya!

Friday, November 25, 2011


We are now Open every Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 through Christmas as well as our regular store hours Monday - Saturday from 10:30 - 5:30!

Monday, October 31, 2011


White Paper Packages Tied up with String ...
These are a Few of the Bee Swanky Things!

Please Join Us this Thursday as we host our Annual Holiday Preview Party! 
Doors Open At 6:00 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s that enchanting time of year again, and you do not want to miss the annual Holiday Preview Party at Bloom and Bee Swanky!  This November, Bee Swanky is celebrating six wonderful years of business; therefore, as a thank-you to our loyal customers, the Swanky girls are making this holiday season one to remember!   Come and bee welcomed by a hometown staff that greets every customer by name.  Each shop girl is always dedicated to help customers locate an ideal piece of furniture, home accent or a unique gift while the wintry aroma of candles will be enough to entice one to stay.  
Bluesy Music and carols will fill the store as local artist Steven Gereghty performs the songs we all love to hear.  Enjoy sips and nibbles including a tasting from Wiseman House Chocolates.     This year Bloom & Bee Swanky is giving back.  We will bee accepting donations of Non perishable Baby Food and Formula throughout the month of November, and will match each donation item for item to be given to Caritas.  
Christmas magic will surround the store as each customer shops for the perfect gifts for their loved ones. As you stroll their isles of white you will want to deck your halls and adorn your tree with both contemporary and vintage white, silver and glass ornaments. Illuminate the kitchen with sparkling holiday d├ęcor, and add a modern touch to your entryway with a stone statue.   Don’t just read all about it, go experience the fantasia for yourself. 
(post card) 
We will bee closed Oct. 31 - Nov. 2
As we transform the store!

First 100 Customers Who Make a purchase will receive
One of our Signature Free Gifts

Live Music by Steven Gereghty

Wiseman House Chocolate Tasting 

Lots of Sips and Nibbles while you Shop

Bee Swanky will bee matching all Baby Food Donations
item for item to bee given to Caritas the End of November!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Item of the Week

Bed: $629 
Iron Scroll Pieces $35 each 
Large Double Sided Vintage Chalkboard on Stand: $169.95
Vintage Mannequin Head: $54.95
Please feel free to inquire about anything you see in our photos

Just IN ... This Extraordinary Iron Antique Full Size Bed.  It is such a lovely greenish gray color and ornate with both the head board and foot board beeing a nice height.  I just happen to find these iron vintage scroll pieces in the exact same color to compliment.  We attached some to the top of the head board and added them to the column for interest.  They don't get much better than this!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Three Day Sale!

Click on photo for enlargement

Today, Tomorrow and Monday we are clearing out.  We have so much New to put out and we are having a SALE!      Markdowns on nearly everything and if it is not - just ask!  I will do what I can to help you the next few days.

Item of the week!

 $129.00  78.5" tall x 3 feet wide
Just in are theses great old storage lockers.  We can't keep old lockers and gym baskets so these are sure to bee gone fast.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Item of the Week

Item of the Week is back and we are so excited to share our newest item, Summer Ellis' new BEE earrings from her 2011 Fall collection. Come check them out along with her other adorable jewelry during her Trunk Show today and tomorrow! Tune in next week to find out our new and favorite item of the week!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Summer Ellis Trunk Show This Weekend!

Please Join Us This Weekend for a Summer Ellis Trunk Show.  She is back home in Waco, for the time beeing anyway, and now is the time to stop in and meet the designer herself.  Wow, I can't believe the Free Earring Giveaway to the first Five Customers EACH Day.  Don't miss it!

I wanted to let you know it has been a super busy summer for me personally, but we have found new employees and I feel we have the Bee Swanky Dream Team in Place.  We will be blogging much more regularly now and have so much to update you on.  Fall and Holiday Orders (preparing for Holiday Preview Party November 3rd) as well as new Vintage Items are starting to come in by the pallets full, so please stop in and see what's new if you haven't been in lately.  Bee Seeing Ya!

Friday, July 29, 2011


Update:  We are still accepting applications and will bee setting up additional interviews this week beginning Aug 16th.

A Rare Opportunity is Available here at Bloom & Bee Swanky. Help is needed for full time sales manager. Some Weekends are a must! A few times a year for special sales and events, late evenings may be required.

Your number one job is helping to maximize the store’s profit while minimizing costs. Retail Experience and customer service skills are minimum requirements. Computer Literacy is a must, NO Exceptions. You need to be able to take and format digital photographs. You must be able to excel at Internet researching! Experience is necessary with cash registers and POS systems.

Daily Tasks will include scheduling, managing the other employees to increase sales and increase efficiency, maintaining the highest level of customer service at all times, getting to know customers by name and maintaining customer database, keeping the store always displayed properly when items sell, protect employees and customers by providing a safe and clean store environment, checking in orders and maintaining inventory stock levels, purchasing items from walk-ins, taking phone messages, opening and closing store, balancing drawer, preparing deposits and basically being the liaison to the owner in any and all aspects by providing daily reports.

Of course there will be the occasional shop duties when other sale associates cannot be present or when other duties are complete. They include, but are not limited to sweeping/vacuuming, window washing, watering plants, changing light bulbs, cleaning restrooms, trash, painting and other things that a store just simply needs to operate. Also, the position will require the ability to occasionally climb ladders as well as assist in moving and rearrange heavy furniture within the store.

Another continuous duty, will be helping the owner to stay organized. She is very busy with multiple projects and appointments and needs help keeping the checkout area and storage areas neat and organized. This task will fall all on you to find creative ways to do this.

If you like to write, and are good at it, this position could fit you nicely. Experience writing press releases will be very helpful. If you are creative and have graphic design experience, this could be great opportunity for you as well. This position allows the right person to design and develop blog entries, newsletters, and brochures, print ads, in-store signage, postcards, and more ensuring that standards are observed with all marketing materials. Initiating and maintaining a complete and accurate database will be a continuous duty as well as packaging and shipping of Internet orders.

This position requires someone who truly enjoys a creative environment, varied duties and is a self-starter. This position requires confidence, tact, the ability to handle multi-tasking, following up projects, phone calls and customer’s requests are essential. You must be a quick learner and a SMILER which means you should be Happy! This position will require you to have daily interaction with customers. This will require a neat and orderly appearance as well as a pleasant disposition and attitude.

Although the shop is small and fun, we have goals, standards, and ambitions. Please don’t let the size of the business be an indicator of its ambitions. We expect to grow and would like the right person to STAY and grow with us. Hopefully, that will be YOU!

If all the above sounds interesting to you and if your feel you meet the necessary requirements, the owner would love to hear from you. The position is available immediately. We are setting up interviews Aug 3-4.  Serious Inquiries Only. Please send resumes to

Finally, please note, that this is a wonderful opportunity to experience both a business and a creative environment with a passionate owner who LOVES what she does and hopes this applicant will make a long term commitment and learn to love what it will take to make this business a thriving success.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sorry for the late post as I just got in from finishing up the sale.  Please keep in mind this is a true rummage sale and there is some of everything and lots of good junk!  It is indoors in the cool.  We have the house and garage full.  Come see us at 1049 Eagle Canyon in China Spring just off 2490 (Wortham Bend HWY)  Here are a few snapshots showing only a sampling of what we have for sale! I took them with my phone in the dark - excuse the poor quality!

Open Friday and Saturday 9:00 - 5:00

We also have it nice and cool in the shop with lots of new arrivals debuting this weekend so come and see us. 

Thanks for voting for us!  Congratulations to carlisle clan conversation for being chosen in our giveaway.   Please email me your address and your gift certificate will bee on the way to you!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Please Vote for Us - Last Chance and a Giveaway!

I just found about this and voting ends today!  If you love shopping with us,  please Click Here to vote for us as your favorite store in Waco. Click Waco and you will see Bloom & Bee Swanky in the drop down menu. When you do, leave us a comment here and one random blogger will bee chosen to receive a $50 gift certificate to shop with us.  Giveaway comment entry ends tonight at midnight CST. 

On another note - the Bee Swanky Girls are having a huge Sale this Friday and Saturday at 1049 Eagle Canyon Drive in China Spring right off 2490 Wortham Bend Hwy!  Check back tomorrow for preview photos and all the details.

Next week will bee catch up week with a post every day to what is happening here at Bee Swanky!


Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Historic Waco Foundation Hat and Vintage Style Show

Thursday June 9th come enjoy a Vintage Hat and Style Show Luncheon benefiting the Waco Historic Foundation Fort House.  Please contact Historic Waco for ticket information. I have so many very special dresses on loan from my friend Dennis of Ruby Graces's and sadly even my size 2 models can't fit into them.  I hope to bee able to have them on display at the show for you all to see.  I will try to post photos of the event soon, but for now I leave you with a teaser of a few of my favorites over the last couple of years.  Click here to read Claire Masters Column and to see more of her fabulous vintage hats!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hico Antique Fair

Come Join Us This Weekend

For Directions from your location
and more information, Click Here.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Do You Know Me?

I was found Tuesday evening at dusk near Lake Shore and Steinbeck in Waco.  I am such a sweet boy and obviously my owners are missing me very much.  I recently had a hair cut and am wearing a collar.  I listen and do as I am told and don't potty in the house.  I love to greet people and really love playing with other dogs and cats.  I am pretty laid back and very easy to take care of.  However, I do snore quite loudly.  If you know who I am please call  or visit me in person at Bloom & Bee Swanky  254-753-2292.  If nobody claims me I am looking for a good home. 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Truck-load Sale! Hope to See You this Weekend!

In Honor of our Spring Fling this weekend,  I thought we should have an unloading the truck-load sale!  I got in so many vintage European lamp shades they wouldn't even all fit in my truck.  I am sure I was an interesting spectacle driving down the highway!

This Weekend Take 50% Off All Vintage European Lampshades!

Also Come See New Shipments of...

Candles in Customer's Favorite Scents
Our Once Yearly Spring Arrival of Plants
All Gold and Sterling Initial Charms
Gourmet Popcorn and Raspberry Jalapeno Jam
Luxurious Downy-like Pillows
New Shipment of Vintage Euro Shams
Several One-of-a-kind Vintage Furniture Pieces
New and old Jewels
Stacks of Perfectly Distressed Vintage Frames
Lots of Antique Smalls including Mirrors and Ironstone to name a few
and many more new shipments of items tricking in over the next week!

Bee Seeing Ya This Friday and Saturday!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Join US This Weekend! Featured Items too...

April 29th - 30th
10:30 - 5:30
Join US
As we march into Spring or Summer as it already is here in Texas...

Bee the First to See we have New in Store
and Enjoy "Sips and Nibbles"  while you shop!

Even though we put out new items everyday, 
every single department will be restocked
with something New to See!

Antique White Chest - SOLD
The tiniest bathtub I have ever seen with amazing feet - all original

Friday, April 22, 2011

Come Race With US!!!

If you haven't already signed up it is not too late.  We would love you to come race along side with us for a cure, next Saturday, in Downtown Waco, April 30th.  I am racing (or at least participating) in honor of the most beautiful and strong survivors I know.  Dolly Dameron (the one who started me out in this Journey)  and Bee Swanky's Own Becky Porter.  Also in memory of my grandmother Bessie Harrelson.  Please join us.  Call the shop 254-753-2292 or e-mail me for all the info.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011


Estate Sale This Friday - Sunday
526 Ave. F  Rosebud, Texas

Spring Open House
April 29-30

Check back soon ALL DETAILS to follow!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Items of the week - Two for one

Since I have been soooo busy lately and not at the shop much working on Estate Sales, You are getting Two for One  - Items of the week!

I wanted to first say thank-you for everybody who came to visit us during the Hillsboro Antique Show.  It was one of the best shows I have ever done!  For the first two hours Becky and I never stopped writing tickets.  We were almost wiped out.  I sold every single piece of furniture I took.  For those of you who came later in the day - our booth was pretty pitiful.  All of the other dealers were super nice and I look forward to doing it again next time. 

We love selling vintage lockers.  This week we have two separate styles both on sale for less than $100 each.  We have the white one at the foot of a bed and they make such unique storage containers for almost anything.

I found this old Iron table base the perfect shade of aqua rusty blue.  I didn't have to due a thing to it.  I love when that happens.  Matt inserted a wood top made from reclaimed wood and voila ~!  I'll have a hard time letting this one go.

This is very late notice, but there is still time left to let Waco know you love shopping with us!  Please click the graphic above and fill out the servery.  You have to do it by tomorrow and at least 50% of it has to bee filled out for your vote to count.  We would really appreciate it! 

Praising God at Billy Bob's? - A Glorious Weekend Review

As promised, here is how we spent our anniversary weekend in Fort Worth.  I tend not to share much personal information on this blog and try to keep it all business, so I am reaching out of my comfort zone because so many of you ask to see more posting about me.  Not much to tell, but here goes a try...

 We planned our weekend around this!

I have been a huge fan of Josh Turner for the last several years.  When I found out a few months ago he was going to bee in Texas on our anniversary - well there was no other choice to what we would bee doing to celebrate. 

It was pitch black dark and I couldn't see the settings on my camera, plus I was way too busy jumping around to take too many good photos anyway.  So many of Josh's songs have such a deep personal meaning to us.  Music is a huge part of my life.  Did you know I started out studying music first in college?  Anyway, there is no other artist that comes close to Josh in my book.  Having South Carolina Roots in my family, I grew up listening to blue grass and old country music.  Josh captures all those feelings yet while remaining completely modern.   I can listen to his music over and over again and NEVER get tired of it.  Have you ever heard songs that leave you with lump in the bottom of your throat and inspires you to do better in Love?  Well, that is exactly how he leaves me feeling. 

Today I am listneing to Lovin' You on My Mind.   Click here and play number 5.

He is such an honorable family man too and a true role model.  You can tell how appreciative he is of his family and his love for the Lord, by reading the credits on any of his albums.   Here he is on stage with his wife Jennifer, who plays with him and does background vocals.  At the end of the show he introduced her as his best friend. 

I was blessed with an opportunity to meet him backstage.  So very few got passes, so I was lucky.  Here I am with Josh, flat hair (no hair product - I left it all at home)  greasy face and all - the real me!  Look at that smile.  I swear the man doesn't take a bad picture.  I also learned that we are exactly the same age with our birthdays only a few weeks apart. 

I had never been to Billy Bob's Texas before and had no idea what to expect!  It is known as the world's largest honky tonk!  To me it is a typical Texas Bar - but huge on steroids with indoor bull riding and more.  Are you questioning the title of this post?  Imagine being under the smokey neon lights raising your hands and listening to a thousand or more people singing to God in unison.  Josh sang Me and God, Jesus is the Answer and Long Black Train to name a few and it was an awesome, chill raising experience to be praising in such a venue!

Here we are after the show with his bus in the background.  I'm holding my autographed picture and YES, I suppose I have become officially one of "THOSE" people.  Matt was such a good sport about the whole thing putting up with my silliness!

Garry and Jeannie, my sister and brother -in law, celebrated with us and afterwards we took a late night stroll around the historic Fort Worth Stock Yards together. 

We started out the day sending prayers to Shop Girl Amy J. as she ran the Bearathon, her first 13 mile half marathon.  She has been training so hard for this and we are so proud of her of achievement!  I need her in my life as she is such a silent witness inspiring me to bee more healthy.

We then headed up to Hico to Homestead which has seem to have become an anniversary tradition now for us.  We have been doing that for years before we ever knew who Mike and Brenda were.  Now we have become such good friends and are more blessed to know them. 

I purchased this Victorian pansy print which has an antique man's portrait on the back to add to my pansy wall collection and look at what she gave me as a Generous anniversary gift.  Edwardian compotes that go with my plates with BEES on them.  I have never seen this pattern before and it is not marked.  If anyone knows what it is, please let me know as I would love to add to my collection.  We then headed to Stephenville which is where we first met and fell in Love!

We ate dinner here, Lounge Style, at the Fort Worth Blue Sushi Sake Grill.  We were able to snuggle on leather sofa with full service and it was quite romantic and super delicious. I loved finally sharing good sushi with Matt.  I also got to try some very good varieties of sakes.  This is my new favorite restaurant.  Why or Why can't Waco have something like this?

One of my customers told me about this event.  This show only featured local Etsy Fort Worth Crafters and I was able to find two artists I love whose work will soon bee featured at Bee Swanky.

Right next to the Etsy Bazaar, a Flea Market was going on.  Well you know me, we had to go.  I don't know why I didn't know about this before, but it happens every weekend.  It is is one of the animal barns and is FREE.  I found a nice gathering of things including an 1800's bisque Rechnagel doll, a tooled beautiful 1930's leather purse, brown tranfserware plates, strings of vintage glass pearls,  and so much more which is all now for sale at Bloom & Bee Swanky. 

Another interesting fact about me is I have a fascination about tornadoes.  I have seen every tornado movie at least twice and I love watching storm stores and reading tornado novels.  This movie was spectacular watching on the Imax dome which was all around you.   I highly recommend it.

On our way home we spent some time in a Woodcraft store.  I had to let Matt indulge a bit since he spoiled me rotten this weekend.  He found some things he couldn't live without.  Thank goodness there isn't one of these in Waco.  However, his purchases allow him to make this...

As soon as we got home, Bailey and I enjoyed visiting our new backyard neighbors while Matt put the finishing touches on this beauty.

We finished off our weekend delivering  this table (made from the wood reclaimed out of the Waco Trib Building)  and chairs to a family whom I hope make many memories with it for years to come.