Booth Update

Hello awesome Friends! Today I thought I’d give you a little booth update. For those of you that may be new around here, welcome! I have a booth space at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall here in Virginia Beach, VA where I sell most of the things I make over. I always enjoy seeing other people’s booth spaces, so I thought you might enjoy seeing mine!

I last shared my booth back in the Spring and here is where I left off:

My Booth at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I usually share my booth photos while talking about the larger items that have come and gone. I always have a few things that seem to hang around forever and for so long, it was this oval coffee table in the foreground. It was just waiting on the right buyer I guess because it finally sold! I walked in one day to find one of these coveted SOLD signs on it :


That table and chair set sold at the beginning of the Summer, and I brought in this once very dated hutch:

Booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall with
Some furniture pieces may hang around a bit longer than I’d like, but hutches are always good sellers. They are so versatile and functional. This one sold in couple of weeks. The same buyer also bought the reclaimed wood bookcase  to the right in the photo below:

Booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall with

Another furniture piece that has been in my booth way too long is the blue antique dresser in the foreground of that photo. Here’s a better photo from my last booth update:

My Booth at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I loved this piece and couldn’t understand why it hadn’t sold. I finally had a customer that wanted it if I could paint it white. Hmmm. See why I paint SO many things white?  I did not repaint it, but luckily it sold to someone else about a week later! (Glad I didn’t agree to repaint it!)

Then I brought in this $5 yard sale buffet:

Booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall with

And this striped dresser:

Booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall with

And that French Provincial End Table:

Booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall with

And that headboard turned chalkboard with the hooks that’s on the striped dresser…

Booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall with

Several of the smaller things in that photo have sold as well the buffet.

After that sold, I brought in Grandma’s vintage dresser:

Booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall with

Then I brought in the taller dresser to match that I have yet to share on my blog…

Booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall with

And the simple matching headboard…

Booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall with

Still trying to unload those birdhouse lamps. One of them has a very loose connection that I need to fix, but keep forgetting. I also have been hanging onto this bulletin board since March!

Booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall with

I love this piece and I would have kept it if I had a place for it. It’s just waiting for the right buyer, I suppose. Another cute piece that has been in my booth a long time is this vintage suitcase:

Booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall with

But luckily it finally sold last month.

This little stool of Jack’s had been here too long as well, so I took it home and added the word “reach” to it.

Booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall with

Hoping that sells for him soon. He sold all of his other pieces he redid.

And here is what it looked like when I dropped off my spindle headboard bench a couple of weeks ago:

Booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall with
(Jack’s plant stand in the foreground sold last week.)

You can see my bar stools I redid not too long ago behind the bench:

Booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall with

And you’ll recognize lots of little things I’ve redone like the CD holder turned caddy that’s sitting on the bench. (That sold right away. People love things that have function!)

And this headboard turned coat rack:

Booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall with

And me…hello! Look at that concentration on my face!

Sometimes furniture takes a while to sell so it’s up to the smalls to keep the booth going. Usually I have a bunch of chalkboards that really help with that. I made these at the end of Spring:

DIY Chalkboards ready for market

But you can see most of them are gone. Need to have another chalkboard painting marathon!

You’ll notice I don’t have a ton of fall décor in my booth, but I did drop off these sweater pumpkins I made last weekend:

Sweater Pumpkins from

Seasonal décor doesn’t do real well in my booth, so we’ll see how these pumpkins do!

I hope you enjoyed our field trip today. 🙂 I am busy working on a fun project that I hope works out. You’ll be sure to hear about it if it does.

If you want to see more of my booth, check out my last update HERE.

And if you have a booth or are thinking about renting one, you may enjoy my 10 Tips to a Successful Booth:

10+ Tips for having a successful booth in a retail space from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I’ll be back on Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday girls sharing what I did with this small island my neighbor was throwing away:


Have a great day!

UPDATE: Check out how I updated this kitchen cart HERE now. 🙂



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  1. Hi Christy. I enjoyed the tour of your booth. If I lived nearby, I’d surely come visit, but I
    live on the other coast.
    I’m working on a refinish/decorative paint/resale business. Not sure about pricing. Could
    you give some prices on a few of your pieces please so I can have some ideas.

  2. Always love a trip to your booth!! Maybe someday I will get there myself. Love the little sweater pumpkins. I’ll take three. xo

  3. I love your booth display. You have some beautiful pieces. As I read I couldn’t help but agree how some things stay at the booth forever until the right buyer comes along. And seasonal things don’t sell well. The one thing is in my area blackboards don’t do well at all otherwise, I see all the same things you describe.

    • Thanks, Debra! Some months my smaller pieces are all that keep me afloat, so thank goodness chalkboards sell here! Funny that seasonal décor doesn’t sell, huh? So I don’t usually even bother. XOXO

  4. Lots of Beautiful Redo’s….you are super talented! Your booth is the type that I’d spend some major time browsing!! Would love to see you paint something red! My Fav! :o)

  5. just wondering where do you get your stencils…..if you even use stencils.

  6. crap I could live in your booth – love EVERYTHING!

  7. Sherry Darlington says:

    Love your booth! Maybe I’ll get to Virginia one of these days. It looks like your “blue/green” pieces are all a similar color. What is it? Also, can you ship things & how much are the sweater pumpkins?

    • Thank you, Sherry! I use a color called Gray Morning by Behr that I usually add a little white to to lighten it up a bit. Unfortunately I don’t ship. The Sweater pumpkins are $5-$10 though. 🙂

  8. Marcie Lovett says:

    Thanks for the tour, Christy! For those of us who don’t live nearby, it’s fun to see where the pieces end up. I love that blue bulletin board. Put it out front so someone can see how beautiful it is and take it home!

    I don’t remember seeing the suitcase before. Did you do a post on painting it?

  9. Hi Christy¡¡ so beautiful it is … all your special and uniques pieces displayed all together…. love all of them¡¡

  10. Ok… So I am TOTALLY surprised the birdhouse lamps haven’t sold! I LOVE those. While I was reading I thought, “That suitcase hasn’t sold?” , and then you said it had. Yay! Always rooting for you!

    • Aww you are so sweet, Julie! I can’t believe the lamps are still there either, but one of the harps is a bit wobbly and it probably needs replaced. And yay…yes the suit case took a while to sell, but it finally did. I am so surprised that hung around for so long as well! Thanks for cheering me on! XOXO

  11. Annie (Canada) says:

    Good morning Christy, I hadn’t considered a booth and I’m not sure there is such a thing in my area, I guess I will have to do some investigating 🙂 I love seeing the treasures you blog about in your booth and know that they sell. Thanks for all the great tips 🙂

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing my booth, Annie! And I am so grateful for my booth since keeping it filled also keeps this here blog chugging along! XO

  12. Hi Christy. Thank you so much for taking the time to send me a response. Very useful
    information too.

  13. I love your booth updates! As always, I have a random question. Once you decided to open a booth, how much inventory did you have on hand to fill your space? There are a few areas that rent booth space in my area, however, I am no where near having any inventory to fill a space. Just curious how many items would one need to begin.
    Thank you for your help and looking forward to your next work of art! 😊

    • Thanks, Angelia…glad you enjoyed the tour! As for how much inventory you need, it would really depend on the size of your booth. You could start with a smaller space if that is an option until you build your inventory then move up to a larger space as needed. I used to sell my pieces at craft markets and I opened this booth with the left over inventory from my last show. But there have been several times when my inventory has been really low and that has fueled me to get to work filling it back up, so I would just make things for a couple of months and collect some inventory then go for it. 🙂

  14. I love the colors you use in your booth. I certainly see how they appeal in an area so close to the water! I wish I could find frames the way you do! I search every time I thrift and probably pick up one a month (at the most). This weekend is the last big weekend in our area for yard sales until the spring so I am planning on scouring the local neighborhoods for smalls. Thanks for the tour of your booth. I swear I am going to see it in person the next time I am in Tidewater!

    • Thanks, Suzan! I’m always on the lookout for good frames. I look for anything that has a bit of chunk to it. I like chunkier frames. Sometimes I have no luck at all and other times I’ll get a run on them! Good luck this weekend and yes, I hope you do stop by next time you’re in town! XO

  15. DeAnna Moore says:

    Absolutely love everything in your booth! You have such a vision!! I have a question for you in regards to painting. I have a dining table and chair set that I’d like to paint. Would using a spray paint primer (Rustoleum) and then the final paint.. also a spray can… allow me to distress? Or is that not a good option to use a spray paint if you’re wanting to distress a piece? Thank you!!

    • Thank you so much, DeAnna! A spray primer would be fine, but on the table I would still sand a bit first. You could use spray paint and still distress. I usually prefer chalk paint for distressed pieces, but chairs are no joke…so much easier to spray, and you can still distress a little. I sprayed these chairs in this dining set: and distressed them just a little. The only thing is the finish will scratch a bit, so keep the sandpaper on the edges. Don’t run it across smooth flat surfaces. Good luck!

      • DeAnna Moore says:

        Thank you Christy! I think since the table is solid wood I’m just going to sand and restain the top and paint the rest. Figured if I distressed a little it wouldn’t show the “use” if my grandson ran his trucks into them. 🙂

  16. I love your booth. I keep talking about it , and saying that I wish I had a place here in NJ to do the very same thing you do. I see so many FREE things on craigslist that I could makeover, (and on the curb!) but have nowhere to sell them. When I see them and know I can’t bring them home it feels like a punch to the gut. LOL You know, you see the item, and have an instant “vision” of what you cold make it into. It hurts! LOL

  17. Love pumpkins. I live in VB,and would love to stop by and check them out. What is the price on the pumpkins? Thanks.

    • Well hello, neighbor! The pumpkins are $5-$10, but if they don’t say “firm”, which I don’t believe they do, ask for 10% off. 🙂

  18. Your booth looks great! I guess not everyone has blue in their house which is why the white pieces sell faster? I adore those pumpkins..I’d buy one or more if I walked in and saw them. I had fun touring your booth! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you, Cecilia! Yes white pieces always sell faster. I do sell a lot of smaller blue pieces. I think people prefer it as an accent color, rather than committing to it on a large piece of furniture. Glad you enjoyed the tour! XO

  19. Beautiful, awesome and thanks for sharing The pictures gives me the reality of being there , your work is always amazing and great. Enjoy and wishing you lots of good sales! Liz ;).

  20. I love your “large” booth Christy and you keep it so well stocked and tastefully decorated. You seem to be running a very successful booth. I’ve been wanting booth space in our one and only antique mall but rentals are so expensive and hard to get. Seeing yours motivates and gets me excited to one day have one too. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Judy Stelman says:

    Well, Christy, I DO live in Virginia Beach and when I stop by the Antique Mall I always head straight to the back. Then I might work my way back to the front if I have time. You know why!!! My question is… do you ever do any workshops? I have several great pieces I want to paint, but I have never done so and am nervous to try without some direction. I would be right there if you ever gave a class.

  22. Thanks for this “booth visit”! These are so fun! I’m glad things seem to be moving through it. You do beautiful work!

    • Thanks, Becky!! I always love seeing people’s booths for some reason…glad you enjoyed the field trip! 🙂

  23. Candy Walsh says:

    If I could afford it, I’d take one of everything you have! You are such a talented and creative painter! I LOVE doing this kind of things as well, but I can’t always look at something in a thrift store or yard sale and see what it could be. I guess I’m more of a creative follower~thanks for being such an awesome leader,lol! I love seeing your makeovers every week!

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