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Monday, April 12, 2010

Tai Pan Trading

On Saturday I was invited to go shopping with my SIL & one of my nieces to Tai Pan Trading. This was only my 2nd time to this store, but it definitely won't be my last.

For those of you lucky enough to live in either Southern California or Utah, this is a DO NOT MISS store. There is only one store here in southern California. It is in Rancho Cucamonga, which is about 40 minutes from my house (without traffic). So when my SIL said they were going & invited me to come along, I did the happy dance.

We went to get ideas for an upcoming family wedding. Here are some of my favorite things from this trip.

I loved this color combo of red & green. Normally you think of Christmas with this color combo, but not here. I loved the fairy. But then I love fairies. But alas, no fairies will be allowed at this wedding reception (per the grooms request). But she would look fabulous in my yard. But I had to leave her at the store. I only allowed myself at $25.00 shopping budget and I had other things in mind.

I loved the Adirondack chair, the flower ball & the large daisy like flower.

Hanging birdcages with flower balls. I love it!!!

I just adored this tablescape. I think I love pink & green combo more than the red & green.

I loved the tall flower arrangements on this tablescape. They sat on top of this tall glass vase. The bottom of the vase was filled with nest like stuff & eggs.

I almost bought one of these flower balls. But for $12.95 I figured I could make my own for less (if I use Dollar Tree flowers), so I passed. But I love this green.

Another idea I want to try is putting an arrangement inside a tall glass vase.

They had a nice selection of apothecary jars. I love apothecary jars. But I think that I already have too many. So I didn't get any on this trip. But we may get some later to use at the reception.

When we first walked into the store they had this huge mirrored table. It was fabulous. The photo doesn't do it justice. But it was $1200. A little out of my shopping budget. They had the top filled with mercury glass apothecary jars, candles, vases filled with flowers & mirrors.

Above the table was this huge iron chandelier. They had placed branches across the arms and then hung greenery, moss and candelabras.

I wish I was better at taking photos. This was really fabulous in person.

I also loved this iron gazebo that was covered in grapevine, greenery and huge sunflowers. But sunflowers were nixed for the wedding as they are "too country". But I thought they were fabulous.

We got lots of wedding ideas from our trip to Tai Pan Trading. We were thinking of a Enchanted forest/garden theme for the wedding. Sort of like Edward & Bella's meadow in the middle of the forest from Twilight. But the bride & groom have yet to really chime in on what they want & they could take us in an entirely different direction. At least they are open to ideas.

We loved the idea of an old iron gazebo with hanging greenery, vines & moss. Only problem, we don't have an old or new iron gazebo like the one above. However, I do have the one below. But the canvas top and the side screening has fallen apart from the weather. So all I have left is the metal frame. Picture the above with just the metal frame. We think it will be perfect to use at the reception to hang greenery, moss, lights, etc from.

I really enjoyed our trip to Tai Pan Trading. I can hardly wait to go back. Hopefully in the next week we will have a wedding date & colors. That will make planning a wedding so much easier. I'm just thrilled that I get to help.

The only direction we have been given so far is: No Fairies, no Victorian, no Shabby Chic, no Pine trees. Other than that, we are good to go.

And what did I buy? I'll show you later in the week. Nothing exciting. Just a couple of things to spruce up my mantel and hutch.


  1. I am drooling all over the monitor...beautiful showcasing of merchandise. My favorites are the hanging birdcages with the flower balls.

  2. OMG! There isn't anything about this store that I wouldn't like. It is absolutely fabulous! Too bad I am on the East Coast. I knew it was going to be good w/the first picture of the fairy. I cannot wait to see what you purchased!

  3. Kim I could do some great shopping in that store...WOW!! I loved it and your right as clever as you are you could make those balls...Hope all is well in your world today my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  4. Great photos! It looks like a fabulous store. Looking forward to seeing what you bought...don't forget to show us the flower balls after you finish making them.

  5. My favorites are the hanging birdcages with the flower balls.
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