I am so excited. My dear friend Barbara Hall from LR Fox Antiques and Design invited me to be a vendor at her first annual Foxwood Barn Sale. It will be held on October 3, 2015 at 3483 Spring Run Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. The link for the sale’s Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/foxwoodbarnsale. Check it out to see the beautiful barn and grounds where the sale will take place as well as great merchandise from the other vendors.
Needless to say, in the next two weeks I will be furiously cleaning, pricing and making other goodies to stock my booth at this wonderful event. Please come to the sale and support Moss Cottage Vintage and all the other wonderful vendors!
I’m back from participating in the Virginia Beach Antiques Show and I can happily call it a success. Some people think a show is successful only if they make a large profit. Large profits are always nice, but there are other ways to measure whether a show was successful or not.
Every time I do a show, my booth looks different because my merchandise is always different. So if I can set up my booth so it looks good and showcases my merchandise I consider that a success. Here are a few pictures of my booth.
Another way I gauge a shows success is by the people I meet. You can have crabby, demanding customers or you can have delightful, happy customers. This show was filled with the latter. The same holds true for the other vendors, particularly those who are right around your booth. I definitely had a successful show in this area. Three dealers in particular helped to make this show fun and friendly. First is Libbie Hiner from Rusticity Decor. I have participated in a previous show with Libby, but never really got a chance to talk to her because our booths were not close to each other. Thankfully we had some time to talk and get to know each other better this time. Her booth was absolutely the cutest one there. She certainly has a knack for design. You can find out more about Libbie and her designs by visiting her web page at http://www.rusticitydecor.com.
Right across from me was Mike Prieto from Barrel-Art. Mike is super talented and creates the most beautiful and amazing items from old wine barrels. He makes everything from chairs and pet beds to lazy susans and wine racks. The list of what he can create seems to be endless. Please excuse my blurry picture and check out his web page at http://www.Barrel-Art.com to see his impressive creations.
Then there is Liea Spano-Baily from Rusty Cottage Antiques and Vintage. Liea and I have done several shows together and are plotting to do some more. She has the most fun and cool stuff in her booths. She sells antique and vintage jewelry as well as other antiques. Her vintage offerings are also to die for! You can check out Liea on eBay as vendor liea2004. You can also follow her on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LSRepurposedChic.
So to me this show was successful because I was able to set up a pretty booth, the customers were friendly and the dealers around me were super talented and friendly. Of course, the profit was nice too!
As many of you know, I not only have a brick and mortar antiques shop and an Etsy shop, but I also do a few shows each year. My favorite show, The Vintage Home Market, is coming up very quickly and I have been busy planning and making. Martin and I even have ventured to make a curtained back drop for my booth to give it some extra character!
In a previous post I gave you a glimpse of some of the goodies that will be for sale at the market but now I have more to show you. These are all things that I have made. I will take pictures of the booth with the antiques also when I get it all set up on May 2nd.
These are baby themed hang tags that I made using German die-cuts. Each tag is a little different but I think they all turned out really sweet. These tags can be used on a baby gift and then hung somewhere in baby’s room for a decoration. When baby outgrows them, they can be put in a scrapbook.
I can’t believe I am even including the picture of me wearing one of the utility aprons but I wanted you to see how cute they are on. Instead you can see a very unflattering picture of my stomach looking poochy because my belt got stuck under the strap. These aprons really are cute when worn correctly and the pockets are large and deep so they hold lots of stuff!
Here is another worn train case that was rescued with vintage sewing patterns and pictures. You could use this for make-up or art supplies when you are on the road!
A little scrapbook paper, distress ink and Mod Podge transformed this boring little drawer unit into a cute hiding place for all sorts of treasures.
These regular sized spool necklaces have already been seen on my Facebook page, but I wanted to include them anyway. I also made a batch of tiny spool necklaces that have lace around the spool instead of patterned paper.
If you live, or are visiting, the Richmond area around the first weekend in May, you MUST come see this show. Everything at the show is either vintage or made (up-cycled) with vintage elements. Each booth is set up beautifully and with a lot of thought. Come on out and see the cutest show in Virginia. And plan to pick up some one-of-a-kind goodies for yourself, family and friends. Look for the Mossy Cottage sign and please introduce yourself if I don’t already know you. I love to meet new people, that’s my favorite part of the show!