I was with my Mom at an estate sale yesterday and we were almost finished with the loop of stores I frequent each week. She was driving me back to my car and I said, “I swear, I blinked and this week was already over.” She said, “I know what you mean, I feel that way too.” This week has been the culmination of weeks worth of work. It’s been nonstop painting, cleaning, hauling, tagging and searching for inventory in some of the most cobwebbed infested places you’ve ever seen. It’s been carrot dogs for dinner and loads of laundry that are still waiting for me. Having a booth space is so much work and so much fun all at the same time.
When I arrived at my space on Tuesday, it looked like this. I must admit this is the saddest I’ve ever seen my space and that includes the back injury from last summer when S and Mom took over for almost 8 weeks while I recovered. It looks like I should hang my moving out sale sign.
But over the course of a few weeks things started really coming together. I was able to find several pieces of furniture like this nightstand I painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Duck Egg.
and this radio cabinet that was painted in a new color for me Country Grey. It would be perfection in a home office because it has so much storage potential. I tried it in my office but it was too big. I picked up the wooden fish at one of my favorite treasure spots. I’m hoping the customers will love it too so I can carry it year round.
If you read yesterday’s post you know that S was a total rock star when she helped my vision come to life by building me this piece so I could have more room to store smalls and display vignettes. It’s only been since Tuesday but having this in my space has helped tremendously.
I brought in the nightstand as an emergency piece a few weeks ago. I was scrambling to fit anything I could possibly fit in my car.
It’s now holding court with the china cabinet I was able to paint in a custom mix of several Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors
As promised here’s a picture of it staged with ironstone. I bought the burlap anchor sacks at the Renningers Extravaganza in January.
I still have a few pieces I may take out and paint. Like this huge mirror – something about it makes me want to give it a fresh look with a coat of Pure White.
I painted this dry sink over the holiday break. It was sorta like the last man standing when all my pieces sold at once.
I brought home one of the old doors that was helping to create a wall where the new display unit now resides. I left the smaller one though, the one that had the original glass knob. I finally put the church painting and easel in the booth. Although I must say it was really hard. Avert your eyes, LiLi!
One of the other vendors was kind enough to let me use her rug in my space for almost a year now. But I think I’m ready to get my own. It’s in Georgia right now waiting on me.
I’ve come to realize there is no way you can run a booth alone. It takes scouts that will call you when they see something they think you’ll like, best friends that will help you pick up pieces of furniture on their lunch breaks and other vendors that agree to help unload when your muscles are out of town. It took 4 hours of driving in 2 different vehicles to get everything to the booth on Tuesday. That’s not restaging or revamping or reorganizing. It was strictly in driving. Every bone in my body ached by the time I got home Tuesday night after reworking the space all day. I don’t even remember my head hitting the pillow. But I do remember what it felt like to wake up on Wednesday. I woke up truly blessed that I get to do this job every single day.
See you guys back here on Monday for our Something to Talk About Link Party, which starts bright and early at 6 am EST.
Many blessings for a relaxing weekend,