Last year I spent a lot of time talking about the Christmas Market I was participating in Thanksgiving weekend. Remember November? Doesn’t it seem like so long ago? So today I’m sharing my booth set-up!
My parents and I did several crafts shows a year for around 15 years or so. I lose track. I stopped participating when I started nursing school because that really took all my focus. I stilled helped my parents run some of the shows, but they eventually stopped as well.
This spring after visiting the Spring Craft Market at the local Convention Center, I got a wild hair and decided to sign up for their Christmas Craft Market. I SO forgot how much WORK it is preparing for a show!
My mom tagged along for the ride and for good ole times’ sake, only I was in charge this time. Yay! and Holy Crap! I had no inventory, no displays, only the fantasy that this would be so much fun he he he.
While it was exhausting preparing for it, we did it! Kudos to those of you that do this on a regular basis and successfully run a blog and a household too!
If you follow me on Facebook, you already got to see my space! If not and I don’t know why you wouldn’t ahem…here it is 🙂
That’s my mom to the left. Our space was packed!
Remember how I said I had no displays?
I was super lucky to come across these old bi-fold doors at a yard sale this summer for $5 each. I just added a fresh coat of spray paint. I stabilized doors with metal strips at the back and added hinges to the two side pieces. Perfect!
For display surface, I found this old wooden ladder at an estate sale for $10.
My dad had given me a huge piece of 3/4″ plywood leftover from his crafty days that I used to cut shelves. I used old paint I had leftover from an old project to paint everything:
I had to build the shelves up with scrap wood to make them level. Then I screwed everything securely in place. Does that ENJOY sign look familiar? It’s just like the one I have in my dining room! I sold it to a super sweet high school friend along with a couple of other pieces.
Did you see how my Mom has her hands on her hips? That usually means someone’s in trouble.
This is better, isn’t she cute? She did not want me to take her picture. Bad daughter. The guy in the background had dog treats that looked like mounds of dog poo. Really?! I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of that. Bad blogger.
I made a fitted table cloth from drop cloth. It took me over three hours…and you can’t even see the cute ruffle I added around the bottom 🙁
Overall it was very successful. Remember this dresser? Not ten minutes after I sold it, a couple came back to buy it for their daughter. I could have sold it several times over!
If you follow me, you probably see a lot that looks familiar. You know that I find most of my pieces at yard sales, estate sales and even thrift stores. All our little Christmas arrangements were also created from similar finds.
This little snow family was a thrift store find and the tree and cheese box were yard sale finds. This one didn’t sell, so I used it in my Christmas decor…don’t mind if I do!
There are a lot of pieces I made over to sell that I have yet to share with you. I’ll be sharing some of those soon 🙂
Hope your year is off to a good start!