. . . into a BIGGER space at Stars!
I have been waiting and hoping and praying for a bigger space at Stars for over TWO years now! When it looked like none of the bigger spaces were NEVER going to be available, they offered me that secondary small wall space (3′x8′) near my original space. I did the best I could with it, but really needed ONE bigger space to have room for BIGGER pieces; AND More wall space.
After fumbling my way along with that additional small space, and realizing that it really wasn’t working for me, I gave notice to move out and just resigned myself to ‘patiently await’ a larger space. The space I have is actually SMALLER than the typical 10×10 booth; and is only 8′x10′. AND it’s 10 feet DEEP and only 8 across; AND only has walls on two sides.
Originally it was one larger space that got divided into two. My greatest hope was to someday be able to have ‘that whole thing’. Alas, that was not to be. And may very well have ended up being a case of ‘biting off more than I could chew’. I covered the back wall with shelves, which severely limited my ‘usable wall space’. I’ve got SO much product that I can’t sell because I do not have the wall space to hang it on! sigh
So, a couple of weeks ago they asked me if I was interested it ‘trading spaces’ with another vendor who has a 10×10, and was wanting a slightly smaller space. HECK YEA!! Many phone calls and emails later, we (Stars, the other dealer and I) worked out the details of the swap, and will be moving this Saturday.
Any other time that I have moved to a new/different space, that space has always been EMPTY; and I was able to just move my stuff in. easy peasey! But this time we both have booths FULL of product, and I can’t move mine until hers is empty; and she can’t move her until mine is empty?!?! AND we are both along the back aisle, so will be traveling the same path to/from old/new spaces?!?!? Quite the conundrum; and I’ve been doing a LOT of thinking and planning and pre-organizing!
We managed to get the opportunity to start a couple of hours BEFORE opening. HOPING we can get most of the big stuff done in that time. She sells a fair amount of vintage clothing, and has a big rolling furniture rack, so that will be fast and easy to move. since I have WAY more stuff than her, we’ve decided that she will empty her booth first, and stack her stuff in the aisles just next to mine. Then WE will be able to move our stuff directly into our new space. (after we get the fabric hung on the walls first! Gotta cover those orange walls!) And fortunately for us, she has opted to KEEP the fabric on our existing space, so we don’t have to tear that down. It was worth the amount of time and work it would have taken to remove it; to just let her keep it for free!
Our NEW space is also on the back corner, the next aisle over, AND only has 2 walls also. I am DETERMINED to not block those walls with furniture of display shelves so that I can actually HANG stuff on the walls. I’ve got two cream colored queen size flat sheets that are just long enough to cover both walls. Beyond that, I really wasn’t sure ‘what I was going to put where’?!?
Considering we are working against the clock, and given the fact that I just cannot ‘move things around until it looks right’ the way I used to (because of my back!) I decided to make a ‘to scale’ floor plan of the new space and all the display shelves and big furniture pieces I had. And after playing around with it for a while, here’s what I’ve come up with:
The white is the booth size. The back and left sides are where there are walls. Other 2 sides are open. The big dark rectangle is the area rug (to cover up some of the orange floor!) The smaller rectangle at the back corner is a twin size bed, and will hold piles of pillows and vintage chenille bed spreads. That ‘tab’ sticking out over the top of the paper is a tall skinny shelf that will be set on its side and put across the top of the booths two side walls for additional display space.
Then the plan’ is to ‘cluster together’ as many of the display shelves as possible in the corner where the two open sides meet; as shown above. Biggest display shelves in an “L” shape facing outward, with room at the very tip of the outside corner for my round spinner rack. Then MORE shelves backed up to those shelves facing inward. Then still more shelves as ‘end-caps’ on the ends where the others meet ‘back to back’. And some of these are only 3-4′ tall shelves, so I will be stacking those!
That just leaves me with TWO shelves to find spots for. Where I have the one on the far right in the schematic is where the side divider wall doesn’t come all the way to the aisle. Not sure that will stay there or not. It MAY go to the opposite corner, backed up to the single shelf that is shown there. Then maybe I will use my tall shutter dividers to fill in the missing side wall part. And/or create a little corner vignette with them on that side. I just have to wait and see how monstrous the cluster of shelves looks!
At least we’ll know exactly where to put a good 90% of the big and display stuff without any ‘figuring’ (and wasting of time!) Once all the big and heavy stuff has been moved, I can let Michael go home; then I can ‘putz around with the display’ by myself at my own pace.
In the back corner where the bed will be (bed is NOT for sale; just used to display linens) we’ll be attaching a big shutter to the wall at the head of the bed. I’ll lose a little bit of floor space by doing so, but the corners really aren’t very functional. Bu rounding it off, I can at least hang things from the shutter.
I’ve got one of those pretty net canopies to hang over the bed. Excited to see how that looks. Just might add some little white lights to the canopy too.
SO, all that is pretty much ALL I have been thinking about lately. Getting all the linens that have been stored away for years washed, folded and priced and ready to go. Don’t plant to take very much additional stock for the space on moving day, with the exception of the bed and bedding. Can figure out what else to add in the weeks to come.
Gosh, I’m worn out just telling you about all that! I think I need a nap now!