Just in: Big batch of painted frames in my booth at Stars

Even in my diminished capacity with a bum right foot, I really HAVE to still maintain my booth at Stars.  

I had started painting the big batch of frames I recently procured pre-plantar fasciitis.  Got a few more done in the brief window of when physical therapy lessened the pain and before it made it worse.  Then I suffered through finishing up the last few a little at a time . . . then took a 2 hour nap to recover!

P1130746I really have not been able to work on much other new stuff for my space, or really even go thrifting; so I really needed something NEW in my space.  The frames did the trick.

P1130745Did a little bit of rearranging in my space to make room for all the frames.  Since they usually sell out very quickly, I just propped the majority of them at the very front on my booth.  Easy to flip through and see them all.  Easy to grab for purchasing.

P1130750I  scattered a few of them throughout my booth also.


I really PREFER to hang them on the wall, but I have so little wall space and they sell so quickly and I only get in to fluff my space once a week  . . . . so ‘propped on the floor’ it is for now!

P1130748I ended up going with black on those two vintage gold frames; the ones I was having trouble deciding what to do with.  The coat of black paint then a good sanding really brought out the details.


Here’s a better look at them.

P1130749And a few of the smaller white frames prop nicely on the hanging candelabra.

P1130752I also rearranged the back corner of my booth, as shown here.  Putting the Pottery Barn cubby shelf atop a shelf; and the BIG cubby atop an old drawer to raise it up off the floor.  Then filled it all with vintage white dishes.

P1130763This white furniture was in front of the table, where the frames are now stacked.

P1130717And I moved the beach decor stuff to the table at the front. (and added a lot more of it!)


These two turquoise wood shelves were at the back of the booth before.










Back down to ONE booth at Stars . .

One VERY FULL booth!

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 009Took me close to five hours to get the last little bit of stuff emptied out of the wall space, and displayed in my big booth.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 010But I could not be happier with how perfectly things ‘sold down’ and how smoothly the transition went.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 020I really only had to take home ONE piece of furniture, that didn’t sell or wouldn’t fit back into the big booth; and that was the red ‘washing machine cabinet’.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 011So I ma pretty proud of myself for how carefully I planned everything out over the course of the 2 month sell down.  Taking some new inventory in for the first several weeks, but also gradually moving as much BIG stuff over to the big booth each week as I could.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 012Taking out the Christmas stuff right after Christmas I think helped too. It really made things look BARE, and emphasized that it would soon be gone!  Gets people motivated to BUY instead of ‘think about it and maybe come back;.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 013Vintage soap dish ( I think!) makes a cute little cupcake stand.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 016Another cupcake stand, this one made from upcycled pieces.  I’m not sure WHAT that cherub to the left of it was originally for.  A candy dish maybe?  I see these cherubs a lot at antique malls, and I even buy them frequently  but I’ve never know what they are!?!?  (would love to know if any of you DO know what they were originally made for!)  They worked perfect to hold a few of my smaller felt hearts.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 017And some little heart shaped gift boxes that I made.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 014Felt hearts left over from last year.  Still meed to make more new ones!

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 015Wood bead heart ornaments.

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Laser cut metal ‘love’ signs that I glittered.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 019Valentine crown.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 021Be mine shelf sitter signs.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 023AWESOME vintage cast plaster cherubs. Very French baroque -ish don’t you think?

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 022If these don’t sell I just might have to take them home and put them in my white craft studio!

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 024Vintage wall planters that I repainted.  Ran out of wall space to hang things, so these are hung on the side of the hutch at the front of my booth.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 026Silver ‘trophy’; just because EVERYONE deserves to win a trophy once in their life!  Could be a ‘best boyfriend’ trophy for your Valentine?!?

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 025Nice glare from the flash, eh?!?!  Oh well!  the cherub still looks cute!

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 027Heart shaped covers on a string of lights.  I really wanted to HANG these, but not sure I have room to!

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 028There’s another one of those cherubs in back on the left!  This one I filled the top with clear heart ornaments with little keys attached.  The one in the middle was a candle holder; I put the nest over the candle hole.  Another one on the right (partially hidden by the table leg!) I filled with moss and added a little egg.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 029Better view of the one on the left.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 030And the one on the right that I put the nest in.  This one, I could actually see as having been a VASE, because it IS open clear to the bottom.  Most of them though, just have a ‘small shallow bowl’.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 036Vintage cherub lamp base that I upcycled into a dessert pedestal!

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 033Little white doll chair.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 034Trinket box with little bird and nest.

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1.2.13 stars room ribbon 032More of the stitched hearts, in a tray with some finials.

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1.2.13 stars room ribbon 037A new batch of white pedestal birds with crowns.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 038Another altered vintage heart shaped candy box, and vintage repro Valentine cards.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 046Vertical hanging Valentine banner.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 045Decorative ball on metal stand.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 044Giant size vintage sheet music covered 3-D stars for party decorations.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 049New stock of white pitchers and creamers.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 051Adorable vintage little girl portrait!

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 055Red glitter “LOVE” crown.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 057PINK glitter owls with CROWNS, of course!

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 058Dream and happiness crowns.

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Paris chic TALL crown, and more small ones.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 064Pug dog salt and pepper shakers, and vintage sliver rim salad plates.  Quite a few more white dishes just re-stocked too.

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Always plenty of white dishes.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 065Vintage oval plates and boats.

1.2.13 stars room ribbon 071Altered journals in concrete planter container.

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 Stars is open seven days a week; 11am – 6pm.    Come on bu for some New Year’s shopping THERAPY!

Going . . . going . . . almost GONE!!!

What a pleasant surprise when I arrived at Stars to work on my booths yesterday!  I was planning on needing to pull a few items and take them to storage this week, so that next week I only needed to make one trip to completely empty out the wall space.   SO much had sold that I didn’t need to pull anything early!  Just packed up the Christmas stuff!

12.29.12 stars Val buys 020Looking pretty BARE isn’t it!?!?  I am truly ELATED at how much has sold.  And I probably ‘could have’ left the Christmas stuff out until next Wednesday and sold a bit more, BUT I’m trying to work SMARTER these days and think ahead more.  Since next week will be a lot of work to empty the booth, I decided to ‘pull what I could’ this week to lighten the load for next week.  (See, I AM listening to the doctor who told me to ‘take it easier!)

12.29.12 stars Val buys 026In addition to packing up all the Christmas stuff, I moved as much as I could over to the big booth.  Again to lighten the work load for next week.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 024EVERYTHING in both spaces is STILL 40% off through New Year’s Day.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 025I should have room in the big booth to move the remaining signs that haven’t sold over.  But I actually pulled some extras from my etsy inventory, and may need to put them back there.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 021These GINORMOUS 3-D paper mache stars would make awesome New Years party decorations.  And sturdy enough (if properly stored!) to use for many more years.  40% off the $39.95 price tag.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 031Everything in the big booth is still 40% off through New Years day too.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 037I didn’t bring in much new stuff this week, but I have a TON of new things to take in on the 2nd!!

12.29.12 stars Val buys 048Did quite a bit of rearranging yesterday too.  Moving as much as I could over to the big space, and shifting what I needed to make room for it all.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 036Still a good amount of vintage white dishes available.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 043This shelf is a bit sparse right now, but I’ve got lots more white dishes coming in after the sale.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 049I like how I’ve got this back wall area set up MORE every time I take a picture of it.  Looks so fresh and orderly!

12.29.12 stars Val buys 034LOTS of journals, some with matching note cards or magnetic list pads.  Great to keep a few on hand for when you need a last minute gift.  And at 40% off you can’t beat the price!

12.29.12 stars Val buys 035Some unique noted cards too.

12.29.12 stars Val buys 057Still have a fair amount of the vintage decorative books.

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12.29.12 stars Val buys 058BEST WISHES for a wonderful New Year to you all!

I’ve got the BEACHY BLUES! (My color formula for success)

Latest pictures of my booths at Stars.  LOTS of beach blues and whites:

I honestly don’t know if I’ll EVER tire of this beautiful ‘beach blue’ color!

Beach themed decor is pretty ‘timeless’ and will always be ‘in style’ .

Sprinkle in LOTS of vintage white dishes and watch it SELL!

SOME of the white dishes seem to sell better ‘seasonally’ (like tureens and gravy boats at the holidays).  But the basics; plates, bowls, canisters, PITCHERS and sugar bowls etc are good sellers ALL the time.

But I still ‘gather’ and stock the ‘seasonal’ white dishware year round (when space permits!).  It’s not just about making a sale TODAY, but also CULTIVATING future sales.  Those customers who NEED some new serving dishes for the holidays will remember where to get them if they’ve seen them in your booth year round.

I suppose  I’d HAVE to come up with a ‘new favorite color’ if the beachy blue stuff stopped selling.  But for now, I’ve got NO WORRIES in the department!

It all sells as quickly as I can get it stocked!

Building up a successful selling venue (of ANY kind!) is about finding OR creating your own little niche in the marketplace.  It can take a bit of trial and error.  But when you find that niche, don’t be afraid to really go BIG with it.

I seriously doubt that most shoppers in the antique mall will remember the NAME of my booth.  Or even which AISLE it is in (and there are ONLY 4 aisles!) But they WILL remember the turquoise!  And the staff will know exactly which booth they are talking about when they say ‘the booth with all the blue’!

Fancy Schmancy marketing companies would call that ‘branding’.  It’s JUST as important for a small business as it is for a big business.

I TRIED to ‘go with the popular flow’ when we had our other booth at Camas, and did mostly whites.  And I DO like that look too; to an extent.  But EVERYONE DOES WHITE!  And every booth looks the same.

And the white just did NOT work for us.  Not at ALL!  We pulled out of our space at Camas due to slow sales.  Meanwhile, things continue to be quite good at Stars.

And of course I add in snippets of other colors now and then.  I like to add a lot of whites in the spring/summer.  And they DO sell well for me at Stars, and mixed in the the beachy blues.

And in the fall I try to add some browns, then some black in the winter months.  But the beachy blue is my STAPLE.  MY SIGNATURE COLOR.

What’s YOUR signature color/item/ style in your selling venue?