Shannon Taylor Vannatter – Real Life Romance – Part 1 of 2

Help me celebrate the release of my first Love Inspired, Reuniting with the Cowboy. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for a copy & a handmade Noah’s Ark memory board. Deadline: Oct 6th, 11:59 pm central time.


Lately, Grant and I have discovered a new passion. It began when he became a full time pastor a few years back. Suddenly, he had spare time, something he hadn’t had in the dozen years he’d been bi-vocational. So, he got crafty. It started with a piano that no longer worked that a church member gave him. He gutted it and made a shelf. Another church member gave him some cedar logs. He made log candleholders. Shortly afterward, we stopped at a flea market and bought a bunch of cedar boards and he made a rustic hall tree.



ack when we first married, we often bargain hunted at flea markets. But sometime through the years, we’d stopped going. Once we rediscovered them, we started watching the Flea Market Flip TV show. He made so many projects they wouldn’t all fit in our house. Family members suggested we needed to get a booth and sell things.

This year, we finally bit the bullet. Our flea marketing turned into more than a hobby. Now we shop for items to flip in our booth. I make things too and we’ve both found a creative outlet. I reupholster and he paints, we make a great team, and we enjoy our joint projects. Profit – not so much. But fun – yes. Here’s some items we’ve sold lately. I bet you can guess which one I designed.


Our son hates every second of it, especially when we hit several flea markets in a row looking for items to flip. We tease him that one of these days, we’re going to buy a flea market and leave it in the will that he can’t sell it, that he has to run it.

About Shannon: Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife/award winning author. She once climbed a mountain wearing gold wedge-heeled sandals which became known as her hiking boots. Shannon writes inspirational contemporary romance and it took her nine years to get published in the traditional market.

Shannon hopes to entertain Christian women and plant seeds in the non-believer’s heart as her characters struggle with real-life issues. Their journeys, from ordinary lives to extraordinary romance through Christ-centered relationships, demonstrate that love doesn’t conquer all—Jesus does. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her family, flea marketing, and doing craft projects. Learn more and connect:

Shannon’s Website                 Shannon’s Blog                 Shannon’s Facebook

Shannon’s Goodreads                  Shannon’s Pinterest                Shannon’s Twitter

About the book: Reuniting with the Cowboy:

The Cowboy Next Door 

A charming cowboy moving in next door shouldn’t be bad news. But veterinarian Ally Curtis knows Cody Warren—she’d never forget the boy who left her when she needed him most. Cody is doing everything he can to show his beautiful neighbor he’s not the wild bull rider he once was, from helping her find homes for her beloved strays, to protecting her when her business is threatened. But Cody has a secret that keeps him from fully reaching out. Yet as they continue to work together to promote her shelter, he can’t keep himself from hoping that Ally might have a home for him…in her heart.

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Giveaway details: Comment to enter the drawing for a copy of Reuniting with the Cowboy. Ten copies will be split among names drawn during the blog tour from Sept 1 – 27. One winner will receive a Noah’s Ark themed memory board personally crafted by the author. This fabric is special since it was in the Vannatter nursery 14 years ago and goes along with the float the characters in the book build for a parade. Great for a shower gift or displaying kids or grandkids. Winners will be revealed on the author’s blog on Oct 8th. Sign up to enter more giveaways:

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Question for Readers: Have you ever shopped at a flea market? If so, what are your favorite finds?

Come back Sept 15th for a recipe and excerpt from Reuniting with the Cowboy!







9 Responses to “Shannon Taylor Vannatter – Real Life Romance – Part 1 of 2”

  • Shelia Hall says:

    yes, i love flea markets!!cheap flower arrangements,makeup and computers

  • Cheryl Baranski says:

    Already a subscriber. Love the things that you are finding at flea markets. I wish there were some good ones where we live.

  • Hey Shelia, I’ve never looked for makeup at flea markets. Good idea.

    Hey Cheryl, we have several good ones within a 70 mile radius of us.

    We ended up selling the piano shelf. I hated to part with it, but we just didn’t have a good place for it. We’re keeping the hall tree. Our den is rustic, so it looks great in there. I’m wanting a coffee bar, but I don’t have room for it either.

  • angela says:

    I love to shop at flea markets. books,mugs,cat items,christmas stuff to deocrate with dolls bags and the list goes on and on

  • Vicki says:

    I LOVE the coffee bar, even though I’m not a coffee drinker. However, I have a new daughter-in-law who would love something like what you made. I will show her the one you made & maybe she will consider trying to find things to make one of her own. Flea markets…I think they are fun, but I don’t usually go looking for anything in particular–I just enjoy looking to see what catches my eye. Of course, my grown kids would probably say I have a whole flea market in my house. Lol

  • stvannatter says:

    Hey Angela,
    I get Christmas gifts from flea markets. Not sure how my giftees feel about getting used items, but they’re one of a kind.

    We have a flea market in our house too. I go looking for things to flip or make something and also just to see what catches my eye. I could spend hours there.

  • kim hansen says:

    Love flea markets but have to settle for garage sales here.

  • stvannatter says:

    I don’t get around early enough for garage sales. By the time I get there, all the good stuff is gone. I like consignment and thrift stores too. Last time we visited TX, we went to Beorne. Wow there were a ton of Goodwill type stores benefiting various charities. Good buys and good causes.

  • bn100 says:

    sounds fun

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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