Boothy News.

I gotta be frank with you. June has been a suck-ola month for me as far as booth sales are concerned. I sold exactly one item last week and one item again this week. Not exactly what I would call an avalanche of sales! No buying frenzy happening here! I know that a big part of the reason is that I haven’t been able to concentrate on getting it well-stocked or even moving items around in any kind of creative way because of the move…this is hard evidence that paying attention to your booth and spending at least an hour a two a week switching things out, straightening, and re-staging can really make all the difference in the world. I finally got the garage under control and now have a neat, tidy place where I’m putting all of my stock so it should be a lot easier to get some new stuff in there in the coming weeks. I was also able to take a few new pieces of furniture down there on Thursday, so that can really change the look of things up. I get tired of it being so static all the time; I have one bookshelf left in there that I just HATE because I can’t figure out how to stage it in an attractive way. Instead, it just looks like THING. THING. THING. THING. ANOTHER THING. AND ONE MORE THING. And the bottom shelf just sort of disappears; anything that gets put down there is sucked into a black hole and never, ever sells. ANYWAY, this past Thursday was a work night, so I hustled down there and was able to spend a significant amount of time on stuff for the first time in almost a month.

I still haven’t sold those infernal wooden people. They’re the only things in the booth that have been there for a significant amount of time that I haven’t marked down — I’ve got them priced at $48 because they’re hand-carved from Italy and pretty big — like, over two feet. I was going to bring them home and put them on Etsy this week but I ended up needing something with some height to balance that area of the booth so I left them there, but their days are numbered. I am so glad to finally get that big chalkboard in the booth. I have had a comedy of errors with all of my projects over the last week or two. With the chalkboard, I kept scratching up the corners of it as I turned it to spraypaint from another angle, then I crushed the original chalkboard underneath the garage door and had to start all over again.

I had been selling an average of three prints a week until the last two weeks, when print sales came to a screeching halt.

I’ve been holding on to this pair of glass lamps for so long, waiting for lampshades. Found the little purple violet lampshades last week at Potter’s House and finally have them in the booth…don’t know if they’ll sell or not, though, because lamps really haven’t done well at all so far.

I love this little deer so much.

I drove three hours, round-trip, to buy these little glass-fronted tables. They looked both bigger and older in the photos on Craigslist and were priced super-low, so I thought it would be worth it. When I got there, they were a much smaller scale than I first thought, and not really old at all. Plus, they smelled like cigarettes — always a delight. I was pretty bummed and they sat in my garage for a couple of weeks before I finally got around to painting them. The Zinsser oil-based primer knocked the smell right out and I ended up loving the way they look painted cream, so it turned out okay after all. I painted the inside of them a pale, pale blue. Hope that wasn’t a mistake. I just thought they needed a little something extra.

I wanted to do a whole plate wall but don’t know if I’ll ever have the time to really do that right. So I had to settle with getting these little plates on the wall, in a most unimaginative formation.

Those four pillows fit perfectly on one of the old school chairs I got last week.

I am pleased that it looks significantly different, and that nothing is in the same spot as it was the week before. I took home a whole box full of stuff plus a piece of furniture, so that feels like a bit of a defeat, but I will week through it, donate some, put some aside for a future yard sale, and then some of it I think I’ll earmark for the Barn Sale in September.

Now I need to get started on stuff to bring up next week! It’s a never-ending cycle…

June 23, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Eddie Mitchell I love your booth. I’m so jealous of anyone who can style well. 90% of my stuff looks like your “THING THING ANOTHER THING” description. I have no talent whatsoever. June is usually a slow month here in Louisville, but not as slow as this one has been. It’s been almost depressing. Hopefully it will pick up. I think your plates would look super if you took the round ones down and had the square ones more evenly spaced and lined up. They would stand out amongst all your frames and things. Is that a hand doing a rock and roll salute I see in one of your pics? Awesome!

June 23, 2013 - 6:20 pm

oliveoyl64 the cabinets are actually quite sweet holding a few smalls, the hint of blue helps the inside contents “pop”. I LOVE the rocking chair, I have 2 identical. One is mine from 1960’s my papa gave me and the other I found at a YS after my son was born in 1994. Kismet! Do you know the origin of the wooden hand with the fingers up? That is the hand sign for the University of Tx Longhorns in Austin. Horns up!!

June 23, 2013 - 6:41 pm

Shara It looks great – lots of eye candy!

June 23, 2013 - 6:45 pm

Shara I’m always afraid to put a lot on here, because my comments never show up. But, here goes – your booth looks great. You have fabulous things. I have sold about fifty items this month so far, but the most expensive thing is $18.00. I know it will be a short month money wise. But, that’s part of it. June’s never great. What are those babies in the top photo? Are they chalkware? I love me some babies. I may need to go scope them out. While I am there, I may lob some pool balls at someones head. 😀

June 25, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Lara Jo 50 items??? That is AWESOME. I want to be you when I grow up. Yes, those babies are chalkware. I’ll check to see if they’re still there when I’m in the booth next time and nab them for you if so. I still owe you for e-mailing me about that fabulous yellow-signed sale!!!

June 25, 2013 - 6:07 pm

Lara Jo Well, thank you, that’s what I thought about the blue as well. It was hard to put that rocking chair up for sale, but my kids just aren’t interested in it, and I can’t figure out a way to display it in a cute way, so I’m giving it up. I don’t know anything about the wooden hand — funny that you say TX longhorns and Eddie, in the comment below yours, says rock and roll sign…I wondered if it was the sign language sign for “I love you!” It means all things to all people, I guess!

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment!

June 25, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Lara Jo Eddie, that is SO NICE of you to say, especially since I sweat it each and every time I move things around. No lie, it took me three hours to get everything in this time. I don’t think I’m particularly good at it and I’m like you — so jealous of people who seem to be able to do it so effortlessly. I’m sorry June has been slow for you as well but at least I can maybe take that to mean that it’s not just me…I always tend to start thinking my stuff is too crappy to sell!!! So I won’t panic right now. Good tips on the plates — I will try and do what you suggest next time I’m up there. I have to admit I kind of got fed up and frustrated with the wall and ended up throwing things up there rather than taking my time. Is that the rock and roll salute? I think you’re right, after googling it — I was thinking either the sign language sign for I love you or the sign for Surf’s up, but after googling all three, I see that you’re right. ROCK ON. Here’s hoping a young hipster makes it to my booth this week.

June 26, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Shannon Your booth looks AMAZING! You know, ALL your stuff would sell up here in Chicago! 🙂