Friday, March 31, 2017

Feature Friday

CB Painted and Distressed
222 Walnut St
Fort Collins, Colorado

Happy Friday friends. We want to start a new blog each week where we feature different booths every Friday. So if you are interested in getting featured please share a photo on the our Facebook page, in the comments section of this post. 

We don't feature very many smaller booths, only because we don't see that many. We were loving this one. The walls are white with pops of color. This makes it a lot easier to change out your color scheme. She also used used those dog ear picket fence panels which makes hanging things a breeze! 







The Spotted Frenchie (Instagram)
222 Walnut St
Fort Collins, Colorado

This sweet little booth found me via Instagram. I'm so glad she did because I love her booth. She too, is located in Walnut Creek Antiques. 





Vintage Memories (WoodStock Market) 

Peggy never disappoints with her lovely Farm House Style booth. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few years ago. 






135 Goshen Road Ext Suite 159
Rincon, Georgia

You know we had to throw in a white booth. Loving this bed and those cane back chairs. 


A pretty vignette from Black/White Market located inside 
670 N. Main Street
Alpharetta, GA


Don't forget tomorrow is the launch for a new boutique in Woodstock Antiques & Consignment called Worn for Love. If you are local to Acworth, GA be sure to stop b. 
5643 Bells Ferry Rd
Acworth, GA 30102


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sources For Inspiration and Design Trends

Folks often ask us where to find inspiration for their booth or the latest trends. We have compiled a list of various sources. There are so many places you can find inspiration that it's overwhelming. This is actually how the idea for Booth Crush came about. I was literally exhausted from having to toggle between, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Blogs, Websites etc. Then I had a light bulb moment. I thought wouldn't it be great if there were one place you could visit and find pictures of beautiful booths and relevant information. And while we're only a teeny drop in the bucket as to what's actually available online, we are a start and we are growing thanks to all of you. So if you are ready to learn more..let's get started. 


MAGAZINES: 

For me, I still adore a good old magazine. I love sitting on the porch, poring over all the glossy pages. There is just something about being able to touch an actual product and dog ear certain pages. It's a wonderful way for me to unwind. In my magazine basket you will find: 

The Magnolia Journal
Romantic Homes
Flea Market Style
Jeanne d' Arc Living
Better Homes & Gardens Do It Yourself
Better Homes & Gardens Decorating

BRICK & MORTAR STORES

Don't forget you can find the latest design trends by visiting stores like:  

Restoration Hardware
Ballard Designs
Anthropologie
Pottery Barn
Z Gallerie

Some of the stores are definitely on the pricey end, but it never hurts to look and be inspired. These companies also offer magazines. The one for Restoration Hardware is seriously like one of the thick, JC Penny Catalogs you used to get in the mail. Other stores to check out are: Home Goods & Hobby Lobby. They seem to always be up on the latest trends. Last by not least and certainly my favorite: Antique Stores. Shop local. Shop small. 

POP UP MARKETS & BARN SALES

These are great places to get inspired, especially The Country Living Fair


BLOGS

Blogs are another great source. There are millions of them for everything you can think, especially design. Here are just a few of my favorites.

At Home | a blog by Joanna Gaines
Junk Gypsy
Liz Marie Blog
Funky Junk Interiors 
Shanty 2 Chic


PINTEREST

To be honest, I wasn't a big fan of this platform when it first came out. But now, it has certainly grown on me, and I find myself visiting about once a week. According to an article written by Forbes Magazines in October 2016, Pinterest reaches 150 million monthly users. To read that article click here

INSTAGRAM

I love using Instagram, probably more than Facebook. It has become my go to source. If you are looking for some inspiration just add the hash tag before the word and then do your search. For instance if you want to look up farmhouse decor, you would type in, #farmhousedecor Yes, you have to type all the words together.

ETSY

I have been a seller on Etsy since 2008. I love this site. It has grown leaps and bounds since I first started my store. 

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

I have to be honest. Twitter was never one of my favorites. Although, I have used it it just never stuck.  

I hope you have found this information useful. If you have a favorite source that I have not mentioned please feel free to comment below. 



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Go BIG or Go HOME?



I'm a vintage dealer that sells larger pieces of furniture as well as smalls. I love finding Grandma's furniture and breathing new life into it. When I see a gorgeous piece of old furniture at a good price, it's hard to pass up. I know you other furniture dealers feel me. Most of the time, there is someone there to load, but I don't always have help once I get it home. I know I'm not alone in my struggle. 

Here is a classic example of a great piece of furniture. It was high end, vintage for a steal. Clean lines and perfect for a makeover. But so HEAVY! I was so excited to find it, I didn't bother checking the weight. The store loaded it for me, and when I got it home was I in for a surprise. I had to get two neighbors to help unload it. This one just about killed me folks. Lesson learned that day...check the weight!
I have lugged and tugged at heavy pieces for years and it is finally catching up with me. Yes, Granny here ...has a bad back now. For the last few weeks, I have been suffering with lower back pain. As much as I love selling bigger pieces, I may have to give them up for a while and stick with smaller pieces like chairs and side tables and things I can manage on my own. 

A couple of days ago, I was chatting with another dealer. She was telling me she had to put her old truck, Bessie out to pasture. She now has a car which has put major restrictions on what she can haul. She was feeling let down and discouraged. This got me to thinking about how may other dealers that may him similar situations. Whether it is health related, lack of help and or transportation, just know you have options. You can still have a great looking booth with less furniture and smaller items. 

As I always do...I hopped on the internet to find some inspiration. In my research, I found a blog article from Denise at Vintage Show Off. She wrote a similar blog post on this subject and I was thrilled to see she had even mentioned Booth Crush in her post. I sure miss her blog. I know most of you dealers have heard of her, but for you new faces the blog is no longer active, but still visible and so worth checking out. To read that blog post click here


As Denise mentioned in her post, if you don't have help try to enlist the help of a college student. They are always looking to earn a few bucks. So it's a win win. I have always pestered my next door neighbor. He won't let me pay him, but I occasionally can bribe him cakes and cookies and that seems to work. 

If you have help, but no transportation check around to see if a family member, friend or neighbor has access to a truck. If you have exhausted all your efforts, U-Haul Rentals may be an option. They have regular sized trucks, cargo vans, and the larger moving trucks that start at 10 feet and go to the larger 26 feet trucks. 

I have a dealer friend that recently bought a good, used little truck. She paid around $3000. She loves it. She said it is great on gas, and although not pretty to look at, it gets the job done and that's all that matters. So you might want to consider something like this. It may not be your everyday vehicle, but to have a truck at your disposal to move things when you need it is worth it, especially for those dealers that do this full time. 


Whatever your situation is just remember you have options. The old saying...
 doesn't always apply! 

While I was browsing the internet I found some adorable spaces that sell small to medium size furniture. This was a picture I shared on our Facebook page in 2014. This gorgeous, well displayed booth doesn't have anything in it that would require more than one person to move it. 
Here is a beautiful example of stacking items. Remember in design, your eye follows the floor up to the ceiling. 

This next image is from my new friend Karlee of Classics of Opelika

 
I am using this photo again from Danavee of The Vintage Grove. All her items could be moved by one person.

Image Via: Pinterest

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Displaying Linens, Hankies and Tea Towels

I have a box full of old lace, hankies and some linens. I haven't taken them to my booth yet, because I'm always stumped as to how I should display them. So last night I made a hot date with Chinese takeout and Pinterest. Yeah, I know pretty exciting for a Friday night. After just a few minutes of browsing, I was feeling a lot more inspired. So I thought I would share some of my favorites in case you were needing some inspiration too. 


 All images are from Pinterest. Enjoy!









 



This image was shared with one of our vendors. Thanks, Leann Smreker

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Portable Walls for Antique & Craft Shows

We get lots of questions asking for suggestions and tips for portable walls at craft shows and outdoor markets. While we can't offer a one answer fits all, we can offer some inspiration. We know not all of these ideas are suitable for everyone's needs.

We also found a great article written by another blogger here called: How to Build a Hanging Display for Crafts Shows

PALLET  WALLS

Via: Pinterest

This 5'x10' rustic pallet wood wall is available through Bandits Collectibles on Etsy.



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Here is a PVC pipe and lattice wall. You can purchase this PDF Pattern on Etsy 

SHUTTERS & DOORS
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PVC PIPING & FABRIC

These next samples can define your space, but they are not functional to hang things. 


Pic via: Pinterest

This gorgeous lace garland backdrop is available through Wedding Trousseau on Etsy

This next photo using old wood crates would be an easy to transport if you had the extra room to transport them plus your inventory. But you could utilize the back to hang art work and frames etc. 


Pic Via: Pinterest 
If you a creative solution that is not shown here, feel free to send us your photo to BoothCrush@gmail.com