It’s the holiday season and Erma Sampson of eCompany (eCo) can help get your holiday tablescape ready for the festivities! Erma owns eCo, a booth at Funky Monkey Vintage Market in Madison, Alabama. She has enjoyed a sweet life with Funky Monkey since September 2014—practically since it opened its doors to customers who love to shop creative resale stores.
The E in eCo mainly stands for the first letter in Erma’s name. It also stands for her value of caring for the environment. “Watching what we put in our land fields is a passion of mine…” said Erma, who has a booth full of upcycled and new items.
Beautiful Home Décor
Walk into Erma’s booth, and you can see right away that she has a knack for putting together a beautiful holiday tablescape.
“I am really passionate about things looking their best,” said Erma, “and I’m also passionate about home décor. I love dining tables and chairs and basically anything that catches my eyes. I pretty much invest in [an item] to reclaim it, upcycle it, and put it back into circulation.”
Erma is an incredibly sweet person and a very helpful vendor.
While I was visiting eCo, a customer came in to shop and to introduce herself and her 21-year-old daughter to Erma. “Thank you for being a part of our home!” the customer said as she showed her daughter where she’d purchased several eCo items for their home.
“I pour a lot of love into what I do, and I hope that people appreciate it—and they do. That’s evident by the purchases that are made,” said Erma.
Erma’s Tips for Upcycling:
“Always invest in something that you really love. If you have a piece that’s sentimental to you or you’re tired of a piece, you can always upcycle that piece—maybe its color. Sometimes people get rid of things that just need a little TLC. It may need a little putty, a little sanding, or a good cleaning, and it can be new again with a new color,” said Erma.
Your local landfill will thank you!
Erma said, “Being Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank all of those who have supported my business, whether it was a sweet compliment or they actually used their resources to invest in a piece from eCo. I am certainly grateful for that, and I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope this whole holiday season is filled with family, friends, food, and festivities that truly warm hearts!”
Note from Stephanie: I didn’t receive any compensation for writing this piece. I was just glad to get some more photography practice and help support this super-nice lady as well as our local economy!
Photo credit for first holiday tablescape picture: Erma Sampson. I took the others with my sweet little Nikon!