Antiques Booth · DIY · Inspirational

My Little Antiques Booth

This month, inspired to do a little more, and possibly make a little extra pocket change, I rented a little booth space at an Antique mall. It was an interesting process, which, like many things, turned out to be far easier said than done.

       I started by simply taking an initial inventory of items, both large and small, that I wanted to get rid of. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I have been undertaking what I have lovingly been calling “The Great Purge”. It started this winter when I read a copy of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and has been steadily ongoing ever since.

     Being that I had quite a few pieces that I was ready to part with, I began by staging them. I stacked books, bud vases with peonies, little figures, or dishes that I intended to sell, all staged in a way that would be indicative of my personal style. In my research, I had quickly discovered that the antiques business is pretty competitive and that most of the booth rental spaces in this area have waiting lists that are months, even a year long. Many of them had lengthy, somewhat obnoxious “online only” application requirements that involved submitting personal information along with an ample supply of photos of your goods or of your current booth somewhere else. 

     My background is in sales, I worked in retail for many years, working my way up through management of several stores, eventually into visual merchandising. Which was the happiest I had ever been in my career. I eventually worked into inside sales and corporate sales which was much more lucrative (but far less personally rewarding or fulfilling). That being the case, although I was uncertain of this new venture, I am always confident in my ability to properly stage a home and all the decor in it. 

     I began applying to this store and that… and waiting, thumbs twiddling anxiously, only to go several weeks with only one auto-generated response. I am far too impatient for THAT silliness and consider myself a “take action” sort of girl, so I decided to get busy getting involved and getting to know the owners of these stores personally. I went to the locations around my town that I was most interested in and spoke directly with the owners. Some were incredibly helpful, offering insight and advice, others were a bit…exclusionary. Eventually, after calling several times, I was able to speak to one of the owners of my favorite antique store,  “The Greenbriar”. He was incredibly friendly and polite and I told him of my desire to rent a small booth and my experiences down this path thus far. I told him of my background in Visual Merchandising and my desire to eventually stage houses in this area and in interior decorating and, just like that, he wanted to meet me. It turns out he also had a background in Visual Merchandising. 

     The next day, with toddler in tow, I went in to meet him with my iPad loaded with every pic of my carefully staged items and that was it. We just clicked, like old friends. I saw the space he had available, one he’d set aside for someone with design experience, and with butterflies in my stomach I told him I’d take it! 

     When I signed up, I was under the impression that I would have several weeks to get ready, to decorate, prep, organize, tag, and carefully design the interior of my booth. However, I received a phone call asking me if I wanted to try to get set up in time for their Mother’s Day event since it was their second busiest shopping day of the year. I decided on the spot to try, knowing that, allowing me only 8 days or so to prepare, I wouldn’t get it looking exactly as I had envisioned in time for the event, but not wanting to miss out.

     It has been very much a trial by fire so far, I hadn’t selected a name for it so I just used “Pestle & Wick” since it required zero thought, and my sweet husband and I were at the store until 10:30 with my toddler by our sides. I learned that the stickers I had selected to price my smalls (that’s antique biz lingo, ya’ll!) simply didn’t work, they were cute butcher paper hearts but they were far too easy to remove and fell off of smooth surfaces like dishes. I learned that there are some pieces that I’m irrationally attached to, like my beautiful antique blue painted farmhouse table. I ALSO learned that you never know how much your husband loves you until he willingly drives with you out into who-knows-wheres-ville and watches the kiddos so you can pick an elderly couples old, super scary abandoned motel (yes, that actually happened). 

     It isn’t exactly as I imagined it might be, at least not quite yet, but each week I make little improvements to it and it’s coming along. I intend to post updates as it evolves. Please comment below to tell me what you think. Please follow me so you can stay up to date and follow me on my journey! If you have your OWN story about antiquing, picking, thrifting, or just retail in general, please share them. I can’t wait to hear what you all think!

I can tell you that my booth ALREADY looks differently than in these photos, but that post is for another day!

                           Be the good, ya’ll!

DIY · Inspirational · Recipe

Easter Treat Bar

I love Spring. What’s not to love? Gorgeous flowers, bright foliage, the promise of a fresh new start just around the corner. I LOVE Spring, in the same way that a field mouse might love a barn cat. You see, I adore all things Spring…all things, that is, except the pollen. In the South, we get dogwoods, beautiful wisteria, cherry trees, redbuds, tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, lilies, and glorious gorgeous greenery bursting into verdant splendor everywhere you look, but for me the splendor also ushers in my arch nemesis; pollen. Pollen on every surface of every item I own. So, I enjoy Spring but typically with the assistance of a good antihistamine. (Ha! Take THAT, pollen!)IMG_0228IMG_0227IMG_0225IMG_0224The treat barIMG_0222IMG_0221IMG_0220IMG_0219IMG_0218

I usually have a casual get-together every Spring, typically around Easter, to celebrate spring, maybe dye Easter eggs with the kiddos and sit on the back porch sipping lemonade and reminiscing with the family. I put together a little sample of my typical spread, including a pink lemonade concentrate that is AMAZING poured over sparkling mineral water (recipe included).

I think including Spring flowers just makes everything feel more…peppy? Sometimes I cut flowering branches from the dogwoods, this time I just purchased potted versions of some spring blooms because I wanted to plant them in our growing front garden after they complete their blooming cycle. The large cake stand is from Home Goods and the little one is a vintage inspired pressed glass pretty that I picked up at an antique store. I ordered the colorful paper straws on Amazon here, and the little bunny card holders, believe it or not, came from Target’s dollar section! Whaaaaat? Yup. My bathroom and kitchen remodel is FINALLY complete so there will be posts to follow regarding that process and some of the design choices I made. Thanks for stopping by, and, as always, take time to be kind.

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