Booth Update

Hello amazing friends!! I had a super productive weekend here at the house and I can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on. It’s not quite finished but hopefully soon!  I even managed to paint a piece of furniture and it felt so good! I’ll be back with that on Thursday.

Today I thought I’d take ya’ll on a little field trip to my booth since it’s been a while. How does that sound? My poor booth…I know it is feeling neglected.

If you are new around here, I have a booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall here in Virginia Beach where I sell all my treasures that I make over.

When I last shared it back in March (boy that doesn’t really seem like that long ago does it??), it looked like this:

My booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall in Virginia Beach.

And this:

My booth at the Virginia Beach Antique Mall in Virginia Beach.

I loved that folding screen as a backdrop for that ugly corner (it hides a door to nowhere), but it didn’t last very long. That striped sofa table in front of the screen sold shortly after.

The blue hutch is still hanging around. Had I painted it white, it would have sold long ago. It looks pretty in the my booth though…

Several smaller items sold like the crab tray, the window shadow box, that quatrefoil mirror, and the oval vanity bench

What have sat in my booth way too long are the pink pieces!

I thought this table and chairs set was so cute:

The three sets I’ve done in boyish colors have sold super fast. It is harder to find cute pieces for boys though. No more girly sets from now on!

This petite hutch in the foreground sold…

I think those barstools need a do-over. They are really cute, but maybe the green is just not working?

I also brought in this dresser that I painted for

And that fun suitcase I found on the curb!

They both sold, and I brought in this pretty serpentine dresser:

Hey! Aren’t those lamps the same ones you did for March Madness a year and a half ago?? Yep! I changed out the lampshades for these burlap ones and they still haven’t sold. One of the switches is really hard to turn, but I still think they are pretty cute for a beach house? I don’t really mind since they give my booth some soft lighting.

I also brought in this armoire and Brennan’s coastal inspired table and chair set that he had outgrown:

The serpentine dresser and the table and chairs set sold and I brought in this set of chairs I acquired from my MIL that I made slipcovers for:

Now that I have more space, I kind of wish I had kept them! I replaced them with these French provincial beauties I reupholstered.

They sold and I brought in this dressing table and chair set I shared not too long ago:

Peekaboo! Remember I told you it sold about 10 minutes after I dropped it off? Glad I got a picture!

I also brought in this curvy white dresser that I shared not too long ago as well:

It also sold pretty quickly. White usually does!

You can see lots of things have come and gone, and a few things just refuse to go ha ha! You just never know, but eventually everything sells. You just need the right person to come along!

My booth will be very grateful when I finally get my house situated, although I do have a few pieces that aren’t going to work in this house. Those will end up in my booth so that should help.

If you missed my last booth update, you can see it HERE.

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

On Thursday I’ll be back with my Furniture Fixer Upper girls sharing a brand new makeover…this table you might remember from my garage:

I still need to photograph it…my first piece in the new house! I guess you’ll see on Thursday how that goes! 🙂

UPDATE: See how my new kitchen table looks now HERE! 🙂



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  1. chris tucker says

    i love the trips to the booth, it always makes me swoon and die with envy to have all of that wonderful stuff in my house oh my xx

    • Aww thanks, Chris!! I enjoy sharing…it let’s ya’ll see pieces in their natural state rather than all frillied up for photos!!

  2. Christina in FL says

    Fun tour Christy! I’m so glad you got to paint some furniture in addition to getting your home in order bit by bit.

    • Glad you enjoyed the tour, Christina! I was so in my element painting that table! Can’t wait to share it! 🙂

  3. Oh cool! I love these booth tours! So fun! Thanks!

  4. Mother Deer says

    Your booth is truly beautiful. It’s no wonder that your items sell so quickly. Thank you for the tour 🙂

  5. Your booth looks lovely. I have noticed the items I paint in coral or yellow do not sell quickly. People in my area are drawn to the beachy colors or white. It may be because we both live in coastal communities and that is the look people are going for? Right now I am painting a dresser for a client and they requested yellow and blue so it is a nice change of pace.

    • Thanks, Debra! Yep no more pink for me…although I really enjoyed painting them since I have two boys. I haven’t tried yellow yet, but I agree…being on the coast, people want those cool coastal shades! XOXO

  6. I always love a trip to your booth. Makes me want to get one – I think it would be a good outlet for my thrifting finds. Maybe someday! In the meantime, I will just enjoy “browsing” through yours. ????

  7. Christy, I LOVE your booth updates!!! I have a very small booth, so don’t have space for big items. My sales aren’t great, but I consider my booth more of a hobby than money maker. But when I do have a sale, I do a happy dance! I do some tables and night stands, but smalls are my thing and love the ones you do and want more! I am in northwest Florida, so the coastal style is great for me to pursue. Please show more smalls!

    • Oh yay! I’m so glad to hear that, Sharon! Honestly, my booth isn’t a huge money maker either since my rent is quite high, but I do make some and it helps support my blog. I have a large space so I need furniture to fill it. When it is full, I focus on the smalls. I have a feeling my booth could use a lot of both right now! XO

  8. Michelle Stevenson says

    Your pieces are so beautiful. I understand now why you paint a lot of white, it sells! 🙂 I love the colors, but white seems to be easier for others to picture in their home. Looking forward to seeing the table.

  9. Always love your filed trips to your booth! Fun to see what sells and what hangs on for awhile. I can’t wait to see what you do with the table from your garage… I have one exactly like it sitting in my garage and haven’t figured out yet what to do…. you are my inspiration!!!

    • Thanks, DeAnna! I’m so glad you enjoy my booth updates and I am even more thrilled that you are inspired by what I share! Can’t wait to share my table…might just inspire you again!! 🙂

  10. I’m shocked those lamps are still there. They are absolutely adorable. They would even go well in a nursery. Like you said, some things just wait for the right person.

    • I can’t believe the lamps are still there either? I thought they were so cute! Still waiting on the right person to come along I guess! XO

  11. Sherry Stuifbergen says

    Love your booth. Did you sell that small “house” in the first part of the pictures? I love small houses like that for accent. Where do you find them? What is the price on that one? Is your staple gun you use to reupholster electric or a “hand gun?” I bought a STANLEY handgun for two chairs I am working on. Will reupholster more for a electric or pneumatic one? Get back to me on the “house.”

    • Thank you, Sherry! The small house did sell already. I found it at the thrift store and painted it. I was tempted to keep it myself! For upholstery I use my inexpensive light duty Stanley hand staple gun. It does the job and is easy enough for my small hands. 🙂

  12. Sherry Stuifbergen says

    ….I meant,,WILL “I” reupholster more chairs? I KNOW you will. Can’t wait to see your house, how you will redo it in your style.

  13. Brenda Hichborn says

    My granddaughter needs the pink table and chairs! They are so cute!

  14. Aiyeeee Christy!
    I l-o-v-e the white lamp that is in the March 2016 photo of your booth. In the 10 tips for your Booth article that you wrote up. Did you make it??? Is there a tutorial anywhere??? LOL, I need to make two of them for my little niece that will be here in November. You might notice that I said two, as in a pair, which shows that I read the whole thing, lol. Just cuttin’ up. Seriously though, great tips all the way around, and thanks especially for sharing your pricing. I never know what to ask for my pieces! Love your blog!

  15. Tracey Martin says

    I ALWAYS love seeing your booth updates. So inspiring and I appreciate your candidness about things that sell and what is slow-moving. I, too, have an adorable pink and white chest of drawers that I can’t give away so I’m going to redo it soon. What’s up with that? Do mamas not make pink nurseries for their baby girls anymore? Who knew?! Anyway, thank you as always – love everything you do! <3

    • I’m so glad you enjoy my booth visits, Tracey! I love to see others’ booth spaces as well! And yes, we all have those pieces that just won’t sell, right? I think you might be onto something…maybe pink is out? I just assumed there are a ton of cute things available in the marketplace for little girls, but not so much for boys and that is why my more boyish pieces sell so much better? Who knows! Thank you for the super sweet comment as always! XOXO

  16. I absolutely loved the booth! I’m not shocked it sold so quickly. I would have bought it myself! Congratulations, Christy!

  17. Christy, you are my booth space inspiration and I should have listened when you told me a few times that white sells. I tested the market and no surprise, the white and light blue items sold quickly, everything else sat. So a few pieces have returned to the house for a white makeover. Stubborn is my middle name. lol Heading over to your 10 Tips To A Successful Booth post next because clearly, I need to read it.

    • Aww girl, I know it gets so boring to keep painting things white but the people know what they like! I have a feeling I’ll be dragging that huge blue china hutch back home for a white redo as well! XOXO

  18. You have so many lovely things in your booth! They will probably sell so fast!

  19. Karen Baumgardner says

    Hi, Christy,
    Really enjoyed the booth update. Just a thought on that lovely blue hutch that hasn’t sold yet – what jumps out at me right away is the large stark white handles, especially with the pretty glass knobs above. Maybe try changing those out or knocking down the brightness? I love the hutch painted that color, by the way.

    • Thanks, Karen, and thanks for that objective eye…I think you may be right. Might try toning them down a bit! XO

  20. I love your booth! I live in Idaho but plan on visiting a friend in Virginia Beach and that is where your booth is! I am so excited!!! Thank you for your inspiration.

    • Thanks, Diane! How fun…you can come for a visit!! With all the new house projects, I’ll admit that my booth is suffering a bit. Hopefully it will be stocked when you come this way! XOXO

  21. Marsha Blackmore says

    If I lived close to you, the lonely hutch would come home with me. Ha! I have a HUGE oak hutch that is beautiful, but just way to big for my dining room. I have had a hutch in my mind forever that I want in there instead, and that is it. Sigh!

  22. Your booth is gorgeous, as always Christy! I just love your style and colors and the way you configure everything in your booth. I have a question and wondered what your opinion might be. I was told when I first started selling, that if I lower my price on anything, I should make a completely new tag for the item. The antique store where I have my booth now has told me I should cross out the old price and put the new price on the tag, never use a new tag. I prefer making a new tag, but since you have been doing this awhile, I wondered what your opinion was. Thank you!

    • Thank you, Jackie!! That is a great question! I think the thought is that if you mark the item down rather than make a new tag, it can give the impression that the item has been sitting a long time with no takers. I have done it both ways. If it is a larger/higher priced item, I will usually make a new tag. If it just something small or seasonal, I will mark through the old price. Hope this helps!