It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Lord have mercy, I just finished up a marathon day at the booth, setting up for the open house that’s scheduled for tomorrow. Let me tell you, they do it up big around these parts. The store was closed for two days in preparation for this, and when I left at 8 pm, people were still going guns-a-blazing in their booths. My niece came over at 9:45 this morning to babysit, Justin spelled her at 1 to work from home, and then I came home at 9 to spell HIM as he had a meeting at his office. As soon as he got home, I headed back out. I hate that I had to spend that much money on gas (it takes me about 20 minutes, one-way) but I wasn’t even close to being finished when I came home at 3, so there was nothing to be done but head back down and finish up.

I started by packing the car last night and today.

I wanted you to see how neat I was about packing. Ahem.

Here are two things that I took that I neglected to get photos of in the booth.

I hauled off and painted all of my owls white, because they just weren’t selling in the book so I thought, what the heck. I thought white would be pretty for Christmas. I have no idea if they’ll sell now or not but they sure look purty in the booth!

I am in deep, abiding love with this new print. I marked it $28, ridiculously high for my booth, because I secretly hope it won’t sell and I’ll be able to put it in the kids’ room. I know I could make another one, but the square frame makes this one so attractive to me and I don’t have another like it in stock right now.

I dragged EVERYTHING out of the booth to start out with. Everything. Cleared out every last bit of merchandise and display shelves. Good thing we were closed. I worked on the walls first, hanging the Christmas signs, then slowly started moving things back in. I wanted it to look completely different when I was finished.

My Mom hand-made these felt ornaments. They are so cute.

The cat and the pear are my favorites.

I didn’t get a good picture of my Little Golden Books banner, because I was shooting up, directly into the fluorescent lights. But this kind of gives an idea of what I did with them.

I will be happy to leave the stain, paint, and jigsaw alone for a few days while I recuperate. I mean, I guess the best-case scenario would be that I would need to re-stock after tomorrow, but I don’t know how likely that is. Everyone talks like this is the biggest selling day of the year, bigger even than the Clothesline Fair weekend we had back in September, but after last weekend, I prefer not to get my hopes up but, instead, to hopefully be pleasantly surprised.

November 22, 2013 - 8:02 am

Heidi@TheMerryMagpieVintage Your stuff is gorgeous. Really. And I hope you sell A TON of it after last weekend’s nonsense! I truly think you will, if the shoppers have eyeballs and brains. 😉

November 22, 2013 - 10:21 am

Shara Eyeballs and brains – I love Heidi! It really looks great – did you make that ornament wreath? I see some jars – I took mine out to the booth, but ended up not putting them out. I am making some snow globes in a few and thought I might fill some with ornaments. I saw some of your signs on the D&O page. I spent five hours in my booth on Tuesday so I hope some of that traffic crosses the street!

November 22, 2013 - 10:30 am

Jane hightower Everything looks so good! Really really classy.

November 22, 2013 - 11:44 am

Crystal in Texas Lara,
Your booth looks absolutely gorgeous! Here’s sending good wishes your way for a stellar sale!

November 22, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Laurie You make me glad I’m giving up my booth. Yours looks the way I WANT mine to look, but just don’t have time for. Everything is PERFECT! Love the banner the mostest. 🙂

November 22, 2013 - 6:20 pm

jenny Wow!! I’d go broke in your booth! I love those vintage jars you have… Oh, I’d buy just about all of it!! My place is having an open house tomorrow, too, so I was there for 4 hours today restocking and moving stuff around. Fingers crossed we both do well!!

November 25, 2013 - 6:28 pm


November 26, 2013 - 8:52 pm

Melissa Your booth is so awesome!!! I love your trees and the Golden Book banner is super cute. And your wreath…it’s dreamy…such pretty colors! If you don’t have to go back to restock then I will loose my faith in humanity.

December 5, 2013 - 10:22 pm

Lara Jo Awww, thank you, Melissa! I did pretty well at the Open House, thankfully. Hope all is well with you!

December 5, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Lara Jo Thank you, Crystal! It went really well. I have to say, it’s been a lot of fun making Christmas things…I didn’t think I would enjoy it this much.

December 5, 2013 - 10:26 pm

Lara Jo Thank you, Jenny! I saw your update about re-stocking — how did the Open House go? Hope it was super successful.

December 5, 2013 - 10:27 pm

Lara Jo Thank you, Ms. Shannon! I owe you a phone call, don’t think I’ve forgotten!

December 5, 2013 - 10:28 pm

Lara Jo You are too, too sweet, Laurie — especially since I was just at YOUR store and saw how super-fabulous-awesome your booth is. Gorgeous!

December 5, 2013 - 10:31 pm

Lara Jo Heidi, you are so supportive. That Shara sends the nicest people to my blog. 🙂 I did pretty well at the Open House, so my confidence has been (somewhat) restored. Thanks for the support!!