Sep 18, 2011

Deepwood Vintage Market - my booth

I had so much fun this weekend at the sale, and I am so exhausted.  I was able to sleep in a little today, and we are just taking it easy.  My brain finally feels like it has a chance to rest now too!  I can't even begin to tell you how many lists I had going on- both on paper, on my phone, and in my head. 

Friday morning was the big set up.
It took us about an hour and a half to load everything.  We were able to borrow a trailer which was super nice- otherwise we would have spent half the day driving back and forth.


Once we got there, we unloaded everything under the tent.  I bought a nice white pop up tent to begin using for events like this.  It was a little bit of an 'ouch' on the pocket book, but it was something that we needed to do.  It went up really fast and easy so I was glad I'd done the research on it.  I purchased it through Costco's website, so in case there were any issues with it, it would be easy to return.  So far, so good!

I asked a few of my girlfriends- who have a great eye for staging- to help me for part of the day.

They were all such a huge help and really helped me finish up quickly! It looked great, and they had some great ideas for displaying all the stuff.
From left to right: Julie, Lois, Janie, Janna, me.

I was so excited to be next to what I call Rock Stars!  Molly Mo's, Vintage Trifles, and Roost Re imagined were all my booth buddies for the weekend.  I didn't have time to snap any photos while the show was going, but you can click here, here, and here to see their spaces / blogs.  Wow!!
I also met a really nice vendor across from me- Pam from Peonies and Possibilities.  She was so fun and such a nice girl.  Her sister was also there helping out for the event- and I'm so sorry, her name slips my fried brain at the moment....

I was really happy with my sales for the weekend.  Friday night was fun, but Saturday was a steady stream of people.  I had a great time seeing so many friends who came out for the event.

A couple of befores and afters that I wanted to follow up on:
The wall clock that I finished:


After:
This one didn't sell, but I have a couple more shows before the end of the year that it will be going to.

The pink bed that I snapped a quick garage shot from last week. 
Here was the original before:


And the after.  I named this one the Sweetie Bed.

The bed went home to a very sweet family and a cute little girl, who I hope will enjoy it for many years!

One of the other big items I sold was this one:


...and this:

I sold lots of little stuff on Saturday- a lot of fall stuff, and some others.  The weather cooperated and stayed dry for the most part, and it was such a fun event!

I was also able to try out a product that was new to me- SquareUp. 


It's a small plug in device you use with your smart phone, and you can swipe credit cards for sales transactions. 


It was fabulous, and worked great.  If you have a small or on the go business, I highly recommend it.  You can get the card swipe plug in for free from Square, and download the app for your phone, also free.  They charge less than Pay Pal, and deposit the funds into your account that evening!  Amazing!  You can also send your customers a receipt via text or to their email address.

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Best moment(s) of the weekend: meeting readers of the blog!  Wow!  :) It was so fun to meet some of the people who check in to see what I'm up to. he he!

Biggest cringe moment of the weekend:  Ok, I know people who shop at vintage markets like this or Etsy, or Ebay, know that we are buying and reselling some of our goods.  However, when I spotted a lady this weekend checking out one of my vintage pieces, I was HORRIFIED to see that I had left the original price tag on the bottom!!!!!!!  EEEK!  I seriously wanted to crawl into a hole and hide. 
My stomach still does a little turn when I think of it. 

Best memories: Me and my dad working on a few of my furniture pieces that needed some last minute fixes; and having Jon and Hannah at the event, excited and wanting to help out.  It warms my heart.

Now that the event is over, I am looking forward to some projects for the house and getting some more fall and Christmas items ready for my Etsy shop and holiday shows.

Be on the lookout for a giveaway I have coming up!  It's a fun one!

12 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you had a great sale! Sorry I missed it. We ended up making it to Ontario that night, then home yesterday. Lots of driving. :)

    I hope to make a future sale!

    Pam

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  2. Well done, Denise! I'm just gearing up to do some Christmas craft fairs, so I SO understand all the hard work and thought you put into your sale. Your display was just gorgeous!! Thanks for showing us what it looked like.

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  3. honestly, i wish i lived close to you. it all looked amazing!

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  4. Hi Denise,
    How awesome! What a fun way to spend the weekend! Me and my sis spent the day at the elephant trunk flea market in CT, what a great day! Your spot looked great! What a beauty of a bed!
    Carly

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  5. LOOKS LIKE ALOT OF WORK BUT IT ALSO LOOKS LIKE ALOT OF FUN. I WISH THEY HAD THE MARKETS AROUND WHERE I LIVE.

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  6. Oh all your stuff looked fabulous!!! Wish I could've been to this event! Looks like you had so much fun!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    XO's,
    Jessie

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  7. Oh this looks awesome, your booth is wonderful! ....Our sale is this weekend and I am so excited!..

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  8. I wish I could come to this market, where I live they don't sell things like this. Fabulous works.

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  9. I'm so proud of you...that looks like a huge amount of work, but it sounds like it paid off. Your booth was adorable. If I had been walking by, your booth would have definitely caught my eye. I love how you displayed your name, so cute!

    Get some rest! ((Hugs)) ~Liz

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  10. Congratulations on your first big sale - your stall looked amazing. I did my first big sale a couple of weekends ago and it was great fun. Here's to many more. x

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  11. Great booth! I'm so glad your show went well. My sister and I are just starting up in the furniture refurbishing business and had our first art show in August. It was just a one day show and... it POURED! All day - lol! I'm almost laughing about it, almost.

    Anyway... so glad you had good weather and I can totally relate to having a nice trailer to hail furniture in. You should have seen us today trying to load a bedroom set in our tiny little truck. Have bungie, will travel!

    Take care - shelly

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  12. Oh, I'm so glad I came across this post! I would have hated to miss it! Congratulations on a successful show! Your space was set up so beautifully! It looks like you had some great helpers and some amazing treasures to offer! Sounds like a lot of fun! I wish I could have been there! I had to laugh when you shared about your cringe moment...I had one of those recently when I spotted a lady in the antique store whom I had just bought furniture pieces from at a yard sale the previous weekend! Two of the pieces were by the back door with sold signs on them and one I was carrying in! I hadn't told her that I was buying them to resell and I worried that she would be upset. Luckily she was very nice about it...but it was still very uncomfortable!
    Take care!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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