Well. I knew I'd go back to having a booth again one day, but I didn't think it would be so soon. I didn't even make it a full year without one.
I have things to sell. I have found a number of new pieces for my house this year, which leaves me with extra furniture. Plus I'm de-cluttering (even the good stuff!) and having dreams of becoming a minimalist. (Like that will ever happen.) I pondered a number of different ways to sell things, but in the end, a booth seemed to be the way I like best.
I promote two different stores. I like them both. I like the people at both. I was open to having a booth at either location. There seemed to be roadblocks at one having to do with booth size and workdays. Everything seemed to fall into place easily at the other. I'm a firm believer that when you are on the right path things flow easily. When you are on the wrong path, things block you over and over. That goes totally against how some people believe - that you should work real hard to overcome obstacles. I believe obstacles (especially when there are several obstacles) are signs from above telling you that maybe you need to reconsider.
So, I'll be at Collector's Corner this time around.
I had several locations to choose from. The owner was willing to scoot things around to work me in.
The spot I chose is in an out of the way corner. It's upstairs. It's in a room that is a bit dark with dark paneling. It has two windows to work around, one of which has a less than stellar view. The ceiling is sloped and only 7 ft tall on one side. The carpet has a couple of bad wrinkles. The booth on one side has a bunch of clothes hanging very close to my booth - right on my money wall, no less! The opposite wall is lattice. Does any of that bother me? Not really.
Many vendors would question my sanity for choosing that spot, but I THINK IT'S CHARMING and has wonderful potential. Seriously! And I know - if I set up a nice booth with things people want, customers will find my booth. :-D I tell y'all that all the time and now I'm going to practice what I preach.
Here are some of the BEFORE pictures of my booth -
I already know pretty much where I'll be putting everything and what I'll be doing to remedy things that need help. I'll put down a rug. I'd like one that fills most of the booth, but for now, I'll be using what I have. I have a fun grain sack that will hang over the window with the bad view. It won't cover the whole window. It's light so it will be bright and cheerful. The other window will be left open. It looks out onto some trees. I have no idea what I'll do about the neighbor's clothing. One thing I will NOT do is complain to the owner or ask her to take them down. It's her booth. My booth is my own little world and that's all I can or should try to control. I'll do what I can to create a visual border so that no one thinks those clothes are part of my booth. It's a challenge and I don't have the answer to that one yet! It's a little complicated because I don't want to do anything that might block the view of my money wall :-D
I'm going to keep my booth life as simple as I can. It's not going to have a theme. I'm not restricting colors or styles. It probably won't be a booth that people will swoon over, but hopefully, they'll walk in, browse and see things they like.
Stay tuned. I should be moving in over the next week. In fact, instead of working on this post, I should be pricing and getting things ready!!!
PS - In this post I talked a good bit about the faults of this booth. I want to make it clear that most of this store is really pretty and the owner is incredibly talented. The store is huge and she's been working her way around improving one spot after another. I like that I'll (hopefully) be giving this sweet little spot a little TLC. I don't know why exactly, but even the first time I saw the booth, I was attracted to it. I didn't know it then, but this was meant to be.