We recently rented our first booth at a local Antiques and Vintage show on President’s Day Weekend. It was a lot of work but it was a great time and it was a success for many reasons…
Here are plenty of pictures to keep you entertained as we tell you about our weekend experience:
Karen and I have attended our fair share of local shows, flea markets and we even visited the Cleveland Flea last summer (which we loved, more on that later). We also stalk Pinterest for display ideas so we had an idea how we wanted our first display booth to look.
Going into the Bay Village show we knew we had a space of 11 feet x 16 feet to work with.
We chose to go all out and take a little bit of everything we had PLUS most of the furniture pieces in our inventory. Boy, was that a task! Karen’s father-in-law was kind enough to loan us a trailer. Imagine a trailer full of furniture and three SUV’s in a caravan down Wolf Road in Bay Village. Yep, this was us! I should have taken a picture. But maybe it’s good that I didn’t 😉
Set up took a little longer than we expected but making the best use of our space was vital. Luckily we had our boys, Karen’s hubby and my boyfriend helping. I think this must have been our Valentine’s Day presents because their help was truly a gift.
In the end, we surpassed our “business advisor’s” sales prediction and the whole weekend was a learning experience. We learned how to best utilize our space, what sells best for us, who our target market is and that we probably know ourselves, our style and our strengths better than we give ourselves credit for.
Even more importantly, we made NEW FRIENDS!
Let’s start with the booth that I actually bought something from (a gift for Mamita, shhh don’t tell her). Karen and I both commented on the quality of antique furniture pieces and accessories that were being sold at this booth for reasonable prices. If this interests you, you can find The Antique Corner online or at their store located at 26058 Center Ridge Road in Westlake, Ohio.
Next was “Denny”, this is one woman who is passionate about painted shabby chic furniture and she was the sweetest woman at the show! If you’re in the Amherst, Ohio area and interested in finding out where you can see her work you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
And “Frank the Closer” who loves all things collectible and quirky. He’s from Brecksville, Ohio and travels all over the Northeast Ohio area to help people get rid of their vintage knick-knack clutter. If you have boxes of small vintage items, Frank may be your guy. He is trustworthy, kind and beyond personable! We were so happy to have him across from us. You can call Frank at 216-403-5884.
And then there were Dwight and Tim. Handsome, welcoming, warm, kind…and troublemakers! The fun kind of trouble, ya know? We LOVED this pair. They provided us with words of wisdom, compliments, encouragement and helped us when we decided to re-stage our booth for Sunday’s show.
Dwight and Tim have a storefront in the South Hills neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. If you are in that area or are willing to travel, this store is a MUST. These guys are great! Visit them at ALL THINGS FOR YOU, 2020 W. Schaaf Road, Cleveland. Or follow them on Facebook!
If you contact or visit any of our new friends, please tell them we sent you!!
We are now on a mission to get into the Cleveland Flea (Cleveland’s urban flea market near E. 55 and St. Clair). We submitted our application and we are waiting to see if we get in sometime this spring or summer….wish us luck! We’ll be sure to keep you posted.
If you are interested in an item in any of these pictures please contact us, we may just still have it!
Last but NOT least, thank you to all of our friends, family and followers for coming out to see us on a cold bitter winter weekend. We are very grateful for you, your support, your purchases and your kind words!
We’ll finish this series of pics with our favorite Carpenter, Bob, peeking at the camera 🙂
Happy Salvaging! -Kathy and Karen
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