Sometimes I’m so busy painting china cabinets, buffets and dressers I don’t have time to paint smaller inventory items. These pieces don’t bring a lot of profit but they’re important in helping to achieve a certain look in my booth space. I usually squirrel these pieces away in my office or inventory closet until an opportunity presents itself and I’m able to paint a group of smaller items all at once.
My furniture stash is completely gone and for the past two weekends I’ve been shopping for new inventory. It takes continued shopping to be able to find great pieces at affordable prices. On my first trip I didn’t find a lot of furniture but I was able to find a few smalls and lots of baskets, which have become a signature item in my booth.
The Thursday before last, I spent the day shopping at an estate sale with my mom. We found a few smalls and two pieces of furniture. I painted this dresser and mirror a makeover in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint French Linen. The smalls I found are amazing. This sale was one of the best they’ve ever had but the competition was fierce.
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.
After meeting a friend for lunch last Friday I had time to run into 3 stores to search for new inventory. You guys know I need several pieces of furniture but after only finding a handful of smalls lately I was getting a bit discouraged. I left empty handed in the first store. In the second I found 2 vintage suitcases and a few interesting treasures but still no furniture. Time was running out and I headed for the last store. The sale of the day was on furniture. The china hutch I found had been there for a while and with the sale it was within $5 of my budget.
The last time I went out shopping was the week before Christmas when I had to find a few extra Santa mugs. Luckily, I found exactly the amount I needed to make sure each guest had one to take home with them. On that same shopping trip I found
So let me just catch you up. I was already low on furniture for the booth when January started. Normally people aren’t buying a lot of furniture in January since most people have spent a good amount of money on Christmas presents. But this month the most awesome thing has happened.