Wednesday, October 10, 2018

I Said Goodbye to My Last Booth Yesterday

Many of our followers know I was, and still am a full-time caregiver for my parents for several years. I gave up my large booth in the Spring because I knew my stepdad was going to be passing and I would be moving my Mother out of town. It was such an emotional time for me because I said goodbye to my antique store family on May 31st and then I  said a final goodbye to my dad the next day when he passed.

My booths kept me sane while I was navigating bumpy waters. As an only child, it was tough taking care of two parents, a little fur baby that has his own health problems and trying to deal with my own back issues. I always tell people ...having a booth is cheaper than therapy and way more fun. I know you "only child" folks know what I'm talking about. And please know...I am in no way complaining. I love my family very much and was very blessed to have been in a position that I could take care of them.

After leaving the large booth that left me with one small booth in a small nearby town. Thankfully, during the next four months, I was basically able to place this one on autopilot while we grieved, packed up 30+ years worth of belonging and eventually got Mother moved and settled into a new town. I had very little help doing all this and most nights went to bed in excruciating lower back pain. But when it's your Mama, there is nothing I wouldn't do for her. By the grace of God and a lot of sweat and tears I just took it day by day and did the best I could.

A couple of weeks ago, we buried a family member that was only 49. She was teaching Sunday school and dropped dead in church. Now, Mother went to the Dr and is dealing with yet another health concern. After reflecting on all that has happened this year, and I only mentioned a little,  I just decided to focus on my Mother and my little fur baby. They are going to be my priorities. So, yesterday, I went and collected all my items from my small booth. For the first time in a long time, I don't have a booth. And I'm ok with that.

I don't know what the future holds, but I know I don't want any regrets. I am also smart enough to realize I am very blessed to still have them both. They both have a lot of health problems and I've had two close calls with each of them. I just want to be able to give them all my time and attention. The booth industry will always be there, but I won't always have my family.

Dawn has a lot going on as well. But I will still post on Facebook and do some blog posts as time allows. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for sticking with us through the good and the bad. We appreciate each and every one of you. We would not have grown to almost 8K followers in four years without you guys.

So now go give someone a hug. Tell them you love them. Let them know you care. If you are holding a grudge, let it go. Life is a gift and it's short. Time is very precious. Enjoy your loved ones because we never know what tomorrow will bring.

We love you guys!! Hugs from Booth Crush.

P.S. To anyone in the path of Hurricane Michael. You are in our prayers. Please be safe.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Free Printable Winter Price Tags

The holidays are right around the corner. We thought we would share these cute printable winter tags for those of you that want to get a jump start on tagging your Holiday items. Just click on the collage sheets to download to your computer. These are really cute with rounded corners or use a special punch like a tag shaped puncher. Add some bakers twine and you have a festive price little tag. These are also cute with little silver dots of glitter. Use your imagination and have fun!!

If you do use these and decide to put your own creative spin on them please be sure to share your photos with us for a chance to be featured on Booth Crush. 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

$1.00 Halloween Decor Items

As vintage dealers, we always try to have plenty of merchandise in our booths as well as in reserve.   Sometimes our best-laid plans do not go accordingly. Last year, I was fulltime hands on trying to take care of both my parents, juggling back and forth from my home to my parents which was an hour commute plus two booths. As luck would have it, I ran out of time to hunt for Halloween goods. This just happens to be one of my favorite holidays so I was left scrambling to try to find cute things that I know my customers would want. Time wasn't on my side to junking so I improvised a bit.

I headed to Target and went straight for the dollar spot. I found these adorable velvet pumpkins for $1 each. They were pretty picked over and the only ones that were left were black and purple. So I opted for the black ones. I embellished them with little hand stamped banners. Well, I should say my cousin embellished them for me. I scattered them all over my booth. I haven't been to Target lately so I'm not sure if they have them this year or not. 
My next stop was Dollar Tree. I found these little pumpkins and plastic skulls. Perfect! They would do in a pinch. The pumpkins were orange and brown. I painted them with Annie Sloan chalk paint and then white waxed them. I added glitter to skull eyes and around the base. 
 The old galvanized pan holding all the baby pumpkins were from the Dollar Tree as well. I enlisted the help of my cousin to paint those and give them a makeover too.
 I also found these cute crows there too. So I bought several of them and gave them cute dunce hats. I already had the vintage brass frames in my stash so I printed off the graphic images and framed them.
The cute witch image is from a free public domain website. You can also find cute images on Etsy that you can purchase and download and print yourself.
 I added things like Spanish moss to my ironstone pitchers and milk glass vases. My booth wasn't overly done for Halloween but sometimes simplicity speaks volumes. I am happy to report all these items were a hit and I sold them almost immediately. So that's it for this post. I hope it has inspired you to get creative with your booth. Until next time. Have a good night. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Dollar General Decor

We are always getting e-mails from newbies asking where they can find inexpensive decor items to stage their furniture. We got an e-mail from a young the other day, wanting to take better photos for her online furniture business. After reviewing some of the pics she sent us, we immediately realized she wasn't staging her pieces. Some customers lack the vision to imagine it in their own home. So break out those staging items. Key staples to have in your arsenal are lamps, rugs, books, baskets, greenery, candlesticks and small decor items.

But before you go out and buy all those things, look around your own home first. You'll really be surprised at what you can find. Ask a friend or family member if they have any items they are willing to get rid of. Next, check out antique stores sometimes booths will be having sales and you can find some really good deals there. Flea markets, yard sales, estate sales, and thrift stores are also great places to look.

Last but not least...Dollar General! Who would have ever thought the dollar store, right? They are stepping up their home decor game. I was traveling out of state today and stopped off at a couple of DG's and found some cute home decor. YES...I know, most of it is this mass produced, made in China mess that we are all so very tired of. Well, if you are like us, you were never into in the first place. I know these big box decor stores are all about it, but DG? I was kind of surprised to find it there. Anyway, I wanted to share some of the items I spied today.

 Yes, those are glass decanters in the middle. I thought maybe they were plastic until I picked one up.

 Check out this cute industrial table lamp. 
These were cute tin signs that had pre-drilled holes in each corner. I think I may have to go back and buy one for a friend of mine. It would look cute mounted to an old piece of barn wood. 
 I can't believe the tag on this repro olive bucket. It says vintage. HA! 

We hope you enjoyed this blog post and if you would like to see similar posts please let us know. Now go get your junkin sleep. Tomorrow is Saturday and it's time for picking and road trips. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Georgia Junkies 41 - A New Show in Town!

We love helping our fellow vintage dealers and giving shout outs for new shops, shows when we can. I am very excited to tell you about a new event that will be taking place in Carterville, GA. It's going to be a semi-annual event that will be held in the Spring and Fall. The first show will be in March 2019. It's called Georgia Junkies 41.

I know three of the four ladies that founded this event. My dear friend and eye doctor, Dr. Shara Draper Mayes is one of the fabulous founders. If you have been a long time follower of Booth Crush, you may remember the blog post I did on her Optometry office in 2016. You can read it on the blog here. She is missing from the photo above but who can blame her. She is in Italy celebrating her 25th anniversary.
Stephanie, Cathy and I have all been in the same antique mall together. These two insanely talented ladies are sisters and share a booth called Scrappy Chix. You may remember me giving them a shout out of the beautiful paper flowers they made. They have such a unique booth. I just want to take one of each item home.

I have not met Shana yet, but I am looking forward to it. I'm told she used to run a boutique in downtown Acworth, Ga called Divas and Dames. We all have one thing in common though and that's an enormous passion for junkin!!

We are so excited for these ladies and we hope this event is very successful. If you are in the Atlanta or surrounding area and you are interested in becoming a vendor visit their website to fill out an application and more details. You can also check out their Facebook page here and Instagram page here. Be sure to tell them Booth Crush sent ya.

Here's a little back story....
What do an optometrist, entrepreneur, educator, and sales manager have in common? A dream. One common, lofty, exciting dream. We have different backgrounds, careers, ages of kids, and a number of pets, but we share a passion and love for pickin’, junkin’, and creating beauty out of the dustiest, rustiest, and oldest treasures we can find. And so our story goes like this… One day in a local Starbucks the four of us met to toss around the idea of a vintage market with a family event feel. We decided at that time we were not at the right place in our lives to venture into business together, but we promised each other that when the time was right, we would work together to create an awesome event in North Georgia! Fast forward to one year later (and a read of Rachel Hollis’ book, Girl, Wash Your Face)… A text came in from one to the others saying, “I am ready…” And a second meeting, in that same Starbucks, was written in our calendars for the following week. We talked, laughed, shared what each of us pictured as a perfect Vintage Market and toasted our espresso to new beginnings with old friends and even older junk! That was the day Georgia Junkies 41 was born and our dream was officially reality! Since that day we have driven the countryside in search of a perfect venue, visited antique malls together, explored fairs, markets, vendor booths, and vintage events on our weekends. We have talked with hundreds of potential vendors and awesome soon-to-be customers to survey what turns a good event into a great one! And we have created our website, Instagram, and Facebook accounts so we can keep our friends informed and our story building. We believe that together we have encompassed all the elements for a perfect Vintage/Retro/Antique/Junk market that will make our event one that our vendors and customers won’t stop talking about. Watch our dream transpire over the following months by following us on Instagram and Facebook @gajunkies41. You can also search for us by typing Georgia Junkies 41 into your search bar. By the way, thank you! If you have read this far and have followed us on social media, we thank you and want you to know your support of our dream, be it as a vendor, customer, or friend, is something we appreciate more than words in a website can express!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Decorating With FREE Live Greens

Hi friends. We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. I have been packing up all the Fall decor around here. Christmas is now in full force. We still haven't decided if we are doing a live tree this year or getting a new artificial tree. I have had a beautiful flocked tree for many years now but honestly it has seen better days lemme tell ya! It may be time to break down and get a new one. 

Speaking of is hard to believe it will be here in twenty eight days. For all you junkers...that's only three  weekends in which we have left to go pickin. Here is a fun Christmas countdown site in case anyone is interested.  Just click here to bookmark it. 

We got a lot of questions about live greenery from the blog post we did on November 18th. If you missed that post you can click here to read it. This is going to be a follow up to last post.   

The most asked question we got was "Where can I find live greens" Well, try your own yard first. You will be surprised what you might find once you really start looking around. You may be saying that's great for you, but I live in the city. If this is not an option for you, try a family member or friend's yard. If plan B fails then visit your local nursery, hardware store or Christmas tree farm/lot. Those places clip off branches and then toss them out. I can't tell you at the free clippings I have scored at Christmas tree lots. Fortunately, now I live in a wooded area so I have a plethora of lush greens to choose from. 

A good friend of mine hit the jackpot at Home Depot. The stores that sell xmas trees clip off branches and then toss them in a designated bin. Of course, she asked first before she took some. She did ask if other Home Depot stores did this and she was told the ones that sell trees do. But if you decide to go this route just make sure to seek permission from a store manager first. 

If you are not feeling all Daniel Boone like then the stores that I just mentioned above also sell greens. They just don't make it known they toss this stuff out. 

The next question we were asked was how to preserve greens. That question is easy. Just as you would keep a Christmas tree in water, you will want to keep a spray bottle with water sitting around. Make sure to mist your greens two to three times a week and especially if these are indoors. If you are decorating outdoors like a doorway or porch railing etc, you will not need to give the greens as much attention. Cooler temperatures help to naturally preserve them longer. 

The best time to purchase greens is a couple of weeks before Christmas. Also, make sure your greens are fresh before you purchase them. 

The last question we got was what kinds of greenery are best. Honestly, it's just personal preference. I love to decorate with Cedar, Leyland Cypress and Pine tree branches. I have a couple of Magnolia Trees and a Holly Bush in my yard too so I grab a few sprigs off those too. 

Some other greens you can use are: 

~Noble Fir
and last but not least...mistletoe. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Simple Farmhouse Christmas Decor

When it comes to decorating your home or a booth sometimes it's the most simple decor that is the most beautiful. I love decorating with nature and bringing the outdoors inside. Decorating with live greens is one way I achieve this look.  

Today, my hubby and I were able to get out and do a little bit of junkin. We stopped by The Apple Barrel Antique Mall. I wanted to share some pictures from my favorite booth. They mostly sell handmade furniture with some vintage decor items mixed in. This booth is always simple and understated but it's still an attention grabber. I never see a booth name though. So, unfortunately, there are no social media links to share. 

 So remember when you get ready to decorate for the holidays grab some pinecones and pine branches or magnolia branches from your yard...or a friend's yard. Here is a picture from my booth where I use both. I put them inside a galvanized bucket with this glittery deer and I have an instant centerpiece.  
That's all folks. Thanks for stopping by.

This little fella is my partner in crime and faithful junkin companion. He loves to go pickin!