Welcome back, dear friends! Who’s up for a trip to my booth today?? I’ve had a booth at the Viriginia Beach Antique Mall here in Virginia Beach since 2014. This is where I sell all the things I relove here on the blog. This mall is HUGE…over 32,000 square feet! I also carry the full line of Dixie Belle products and Redesign with Prima Transfers and Stencils!
I like to share my booth every few months or so, and the last time we visited was back in March. You can see that HERE.
It’s fun to see what has come and gone since we last visited, so let’s start with where we left off.
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Back in March, my booth looked like this:
That dark and dreary floor!
I’ve never been a fan of the floors in my space. This antique mall is in an old building, and time has really taken its toll on the floors.
I mentioned that in my last post, and a sweet reader suggested I add rugs.
Well, I had tried that in the past, but I wasn’t happy with how they looked. However, the rugs I had tried were too small for the space.
I gave that suggestion more thought and decided to order rugs large enough to cover as much of my booth as possible!
Here is what I found…
After measuring, I purchased a few sizes on Amazon HERE that would work together to fill the space. I also bought these rug grippers that adhere to the bottom of the rug to help hold them in place, which work great.
The rugs really cozied up the space!
And as you can see this white chair was still hanging on! It has been around a long time!
There’s always one thing that just hangs around and hangs around. This chair has made for a fabulous prop though!
This little stool with the roses came in…
But it didn’t last long.
Here’s the area to the left of that…
That book case had been used for a display piece for a long time, and I think shoppers still think it’s just for display!
And I brought in this rolling buffet cart:
Then…guess what happened??
As those of you who have followed me for a while well know, I have been patiently waiting for another space near my booth to open up…for YEARS!
This is what it once looked like from the door of the small room I am in:
My booth was hidden by the two dark pieces flanking either side of the aisle.
This is the booth to the right just as you enter:
This is the booth next to it, between that booth and mine, on that right side:
And this is the booth just to the left as you enter the room I’m in:
None of these venders took care of their booths and two of them never added anything new for what seemed like years. They literally just sat like this.
Then, I got a call from the lady who rented that booth above saying that her lease was not being renewed and she just wanted to let me know in case I wanted to put in dibs on her booth.
I immediately contacted the person in charge to let them know. She told me that the owner, who has a huge toy inventory (amazing really if you love anything related to action figures), who at the time occupied the second floor, needed more space and so he was taking over an area downstairs. In order to find that space, he gave notice to several vendors who had not been performing. That included all three of my roommates!
I was SO happy! BUT, they had to move those vendors who were currently in the space he wanted to use. One vendor had already been offered that spot above, but I was offered one of the other spots.
However, it wasn’t guaranteed until they had found a space for everyone being moved. Unfortunately, there ended up being a vendor who had two spaces that needed to move somewhere.
Guess where the only two spaces available next to one another were?
In my room! 😭
I could have cried. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement as I had been patiently waiting for more space for years.
The Bright Side
I completely understood the dilemma. And, it’s okay, because I have awesome neighbors now who actually take care of their spaces!
Here is an updated view from the doorway:
And this a better look at my neighbor on the right as you enter (from my booth):
That is a mother-daughter duo who have some interesting things.
It’s WAY better than what was there before!
My new neighbor to the left as you enter is one of my actual neighbors and she is the sweetest!
Here is her booth:
Her space is so cute and inviting!
So, at least I have great neighbors now, and I’ll keep patiently waiting for more space to open up down the road. I’m honestly just thrilled the glass space is gone as I was always afraid I’d break something.
While my new neighbors were moving in, I brought in the Magnolia dresser:
And can you see what’s missing from the dresser in the back there?
The white chair finally sold!
And I brought in this sweet little drop leaf table:
I had just brought in this sofa table before the white dresser sold and stuck it here since I was low on space:
So I moved it to the spot where the dresser was:
That stenciled bench made its way in as well.
The antebellum buffet was moved to this spot:
This is still in my booth and I’m honesty surprised, but it has really helped to sell Antebellum blue lol!
I added another pegboard display to expand my transfers:
And the bookcase I once had to the right of it, backing up to the booth that had all the glass (mostly to hide it), got moved to this corner on the opposite end of my booth:
Those shelves are nice and tall and can hold all different sizes of things, and this small lamp helps to illuminate the space…
The French provincial night table had been hanging around a while, but it eventually sold…
Then I brought this little sewing notions table in:
I am always moving and fluffing! I find that when I move things around, I get a little boost in sales.
Although, business has been a bit slower this summer than usual.
The white pieces always sell, so I just recently did another good move and pulled a bunch of white things to the center:
I like some height, so I stacked the bench onto the console table…
I use small foam discs on the feet to protect my furniture when stacking.
The magnolia dresser got moved to this spot:
This pretty jewelry box got brought in not too long ago…
I just brought in this farmhouse table I shared recently:
And I’m surprised that Sea Glass side table is still here. As you can see, I’ve resorted to stacking furniture to make the most of the space I do have. I used to always have a ton of furniture in my booth including a large hutch pretty much at all times, but since I became a Dixie Belle and Redesign retailer, I just don’t have the space.
My paint and transfers do well though, so I can’t complain!
My transfers are restocked and full now too!
And that’s what my booth looks like now!
I hope you enjoyed the field trip to my booth today!
You can see all my previous booth updates below:
It’s fun to see how it has evolved over the years!
And if you have any questions about pricing, I wrote a post about pricing the smalls:
See more on that HERE.
Have a great weekend, and I’ll see y’all back here Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure girls sharing what I did with these tables:
UPDATE: No need to come back yay! See what I did with these tables HERE now!
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