Monday, January 14, 2019

Portable Walls for Vintage Booths and Craft Shows

We did a blog post on booth and craft show walls a couple of years ago. We didn't show very many examples so we thought it was time to do a new post and show some more ways to get creative. If you would like to visit the first post we did you can click to read it here.

Spring is right around the corner which means tons of junk shows, craft shows, festivals etc.  If you plan to participate in any shows now is the time to be thinking about those booth walls. We have been scouring the internet to find you some inspiration and here is what we have come up with. Some of these ideas would work for those of you that have an actual store booth, but no walls.

I found these two photos on Etsy. Queen Banners is the seller. She sells these and offers two versions. You can purchase painted and unpainted walls. 

I really like this design. I'm not sure how it is constructed but I imagine it may be some kind of hinges in the middle. If you have someone you that that does this kind of work maybe they could take a look the photo for you to figure it out. I would imagine this could be double-sided for maximum display space. 
I know this would be a lot more involved and you would need electricity if you were to use the lights shown above, but how cool is this one? Pic via: Adventures in Creating
 Grid walls are little too claustrophobic for me personally, but this may work well for others. You could certainly define your space and hang lots of things. 

The photos from here down were all found on Pinterest 

Here is a great tutorial on how to put this PVC pipe wall together. Click here to read. 

We hope these ideas help inspire you. We are always looking for new ideas so please feel free to send us a photo of your creations. We would love to hear what you do for portable walls. 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Pantone Color of the Year 2019 - Living Coral

As usual, I'm late to the party on sharing this fun news. I'm sure all you Interior Designers and blog decor followers already know this. The Pantone Color Institute color for 2019 is Living Coral. Here is a little snippet from their website. 

PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.

You can click here to go to their page and read more about this color. So what are your thoughts on this choice? Do you like it, hate it? Will, you be implementing this use of color into your booth? What about all you furniture painters can you see yourself using this color? 

I have always liked Coral. It reminds me of Florida and the beach. This is a happy color my good friend, Jane of Jane Coslick Designs and Restorations uses in her work. She is an Interior Designer and Preservationist mainly at Tybee Island/Savannah, GA. Her work has been featured in countless magazines and books. If you need to see a little inspiration for this gorgeous color you can see more of her work on Facebook or Instagram 

I have been doing a little research and here is what I have come up with. 

The first 3 photos were from Jane Coslick

The photos from here down were all found on Pinterest

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

How Social Media Can Help Get Customers Through Your Door

Happy New Year everyone. This is our first blog post for 2019. We are going to try hard to be more active on social media this year. Speaking of social media ...long gone are the days of advertising in local papers and magazines. Let's face it social media is where it's at! Look at these staggering stats...

Social media statistics

I have been meaning to share a way to get customers through your shop doors, but my old lady brain keeps forgetting. Does your shop need a little something extra to entice customers to come inside? Well, I'm quite certain you have a lovely shop and probably need very little help but this method is a sure fire way to get gain some new customers. 

It's called a photo op wall. I have mainly seen these done at bridal fairs and barn sales. Even though I'm no longer shooting wedding photography I still attend bridal shows from time to time. All the big junk shows have amazing photo ops for the attendees. Now you can too. Just find a designated area in your shop and create a gorgeous backdrop for customers to stop and take photos. Then ask them to tag your shop in their photo when they share it on social media. 
Photo via: Etsy

For instance, if Booth Crush were an actual store and we created a photo op for the month of February we might use a hashtag like this #boothcrushlove 
When they share it on social media that is priceless advertising for your shop. They are putting it out there in front of all their family and friends which will encourage them to also want to visit your shop so they too, can get in on the photo action. This not only creates a buzz for your photo wall but it's going to gain you new customers that may not have heard about your shop otherwise. 
Photo via: Pinterest 

Some customers will share your shop info when they post their photos but you can also take it a step further by telling them you will give them a 10% (or whatever amount) discount on their next purchase if they spend X amount of dollars and tag your shop in the photo. 

In case you are wondering what kind of photo wall to create the possibilities are endless. You can change your photo wall out by the season or by the holiday. Just check out Pinterest to get some amazing ideas.  

The photos from here down were all found on Pinterest. When you do your own Pinterest search some keywords to use in your search are: vintage backdrop, wedding backdrop, party backdrop

Another idea is using those Face in the hole props. You know the ones you see when you are a tourist on vacay? For those of you that have mad talent, painting skills you could create something fun for your some old ladies holding pieces of junk etc. 

Although these were not my ideas, I still wanted to share them. We are here to inspire and help your business. If you decide to incorporate any of these ideas into your business plese feel free to share your photos with us. Email us at 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Most Popular Christmas Merchandise for Vintage Booths

I have had most of this post written since August and it would be a shame not to share it but honestly, with everything that has happened this year, it's kind of hard to get in the Christmas spirit. I have lost several family members and more recently my fur baby of 12 years passed at the end of October. For those of you that took the time to leave condolences on Facebook or send me a private message thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your kind words and supportive comments have been very uplifting. Through tears, I have been trying to reply back to each of you. It's just taking a little longer than I thought.
Now let's get to the fun stuff. For those of you that are new to the industry, you may be asking yourself what do I stock my booth with? The answer...lots of Christmas goodies. Even better if they are vintage Christmas items. I have compiled a cheat sheet for you. While I realize I'm very late to the game in posting this info, I figure better late than never right?

Some shoppers (not vendors) look all year long, but I would say the majority starts looking for Christmas items around mid to late Septemeber. A lot of stores including where I had my big booth, The Queen of Hearts Antiques & Interiors have their open house in November. If your store hosts a holiday event, be sure to get your booth ready. Shoppers love these events. They are in the buying spirit and they will buy something even if it's just a small ornament. I can't say enough about ornaments. I always sell a ton of these. All different kinds. New, old, handmade etc.

If you are fortunate enough to stumble across ANY of these items while out pickin grab them and grab them FAST! Because there are always other pickers out there shopping too. Even if you are pickin in the Spring...always be thinking ahead.  Without further ado here are our top Christmas items.

*Aluminum Christmas Trees
*Ceramic Christmas Trees 
*Old-fashioned Christmas Lights 
*Replacement Bulbs
*Blow Molds (Santa, Snowman, Candles)
*Santa Mugs
*Christmas Books
*Ice Skates
*Gurley Candles
*Christmas Cards (1900 - 1960)
*Christmas Ephemera
*Putz Villages
*Christmas Toys
*Wooden Nutcrackers
*Nativity Scenes
*Reindeer & Figurines
*Christmas Photos (1900-1960)

Always be on the lookout for these items and consider yourself lucky if you do find them. They are highly sought after and if priced right they will sell. Not everyone will be looking for antique and vintage decor. Some shoppers, especially the millennials will be looking for newer items. So if you want to pad your pockets for the holidays try to have something for everyone.

This next topic is a little touchy because I know I have a lot of vendor friends that only want to see true antiques and vintage goods in a booth. Most antique stores make you have a certain percentage of A&V merchandise while the other 20% of your merch can be newer items.

So if you crafty don't forget about all those unwanted wreaths at yard sales and thrift stores. There seems to always be a plethora of those around. Last year I picked up this large wreath for $5. I knew the moment I saw it what I was going to do with it. I removed the big red bow, painted the deer and added some leftover Christmas picks.  It took me less than 30 mins and it sold it the 3rd day for $85. I don't say this brag, but to show you there is money on the table.

Here is another inexpensive makeover I did with some thrifted picture frames a $1.00 bag from Dollar Tree. These sold like crazy for me.

I hope this post helped even if it was late. You still have time to get those Christmas items in your booth. People are still shopping. Happy Selling!!

Big Shout out to  Two Sister's Treasures  for allowing us to use this adorable Santa photo. Does your store or mall have a Santa? This is a great way to get shoppers.  If you are new here you can read a post we did called: 

Three Easy Ways to Get Holiday Traffic Through Your Doors

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.