I took another step in my entrepreneurial journey this weekend. I went to the first vintage market that I’ve ever done by myself — Roadside Relics Vintage Market in Livermore. I’ve been doing Antique Alley for a couple of years but always with my sister. And it is a lot of fun doing all the planning, set up, and other work with someone else. But the Music Man was there for me the whole way. He even gave up a bike ride over the mountain to stay at the market. And it turned out that I knew some of my neighbors from Room With a Past!
I’ve been collecting wooden crates for a while, thinking that I was going to use them for this. And I love how they turned out. I’m gonna keep looking for more.
The show was small but this was the first one that Corrina has put on. The traffic through was light but pretty steady.
My main purpose in doing this show was to practice for some of the bigger ones I’ll be doing. Now I feel ready to take on Treasure Island Flea in LESS THAN TWO WEEKS!!!! Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh…. now that I’ve typed that I’m starting to panic. I have a few things I want to tweak.
Warning… there are a lot of photos in this post. And I have some of other vendors, too, so I’ll probably post them tomorrow. The one below is my mannequin (I think I need a name for her!) displaying some of my simple necklaces and a Shabby Cowgirl apron.
Here’s a view of my booth if you came in through the front of the barn & down the center aisle. I had my old, wooden card table at the front cover and the tall metal display holding the scarves is one of the things I bought in Lompoc last week. I tried to divide my bright colors from my neutrals. What do you think?
I found this twin headboard at a thrift store last week and painted it with my homemade chalk paint and store bought chalkboard paint to make my sign. It didn’t sell so I’ll get to use it again! I still had a few Shabby Cowgirl aprons left from last year’s Antique Alley sale. They were probably my most popular item! The vendors loved them.
This is the table on the right side of the booth. I came up with a system to quickly set up and tear down my space. I numbered each of the crates and put the necklaces from the crate into a baggie with the same number. That worked really well!
The photo below is a close up of the box in the corner. I’m not sure what to call it. It was the liner/divider box inside an old steamer trunk. I turned it on it’s side and used pins to display necklaces and just laid the ribbons on the shelves. Notice my sign? Yes, I do take credit cards. 🙂
On the left of the trunk box are two more vintage boxes. Both are perfect for bracelets. The ones with chains and clasps hang from the dowels and the stretchy, wrap, or cuffs fit just right in the divided Coca-Cola crate.
And on the left end of the back table is one more wooden crate and a drawer turned on it’s end. The drawer is just one of the things I’ve found on my daily walk around the neighborhood. (We have a really interesting neighborhood!) I just brought it home and cleaned it up. The tiny wooden boxes were bought at Room With a Past.
Here’s the Music Man watching my booth for me. You can see here how I put all the color together. The vendor next to me never showed up so we all set up our chairs there and sat, talked, and ate while our booths weren’t busy.