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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Shop Talk


Can you stand a few more pics of my booth?

Hope so!

Like I told y'all on Monday's post, I had a red-letter day
and sold an obscene amount of merchandise
to one very spendy Austin dealer. Thank you, spendy dealer! :-)

So yesterday, me and the hardworking Mr. headed down
to my booth to re-stock and re-arrange a bit.
No big changes here, just a few new things.
And a roadside desk I found last year, re-painted and
re-knobbed and set in a place of honor in my booth yesterday afternoon.

Just a quick disclaimer first...due to the ├╝ber busy nature of my life right now,
I cannot ship things from my booth.
I so appreciate when someone shows interest
and makes an inquiry, but it just isn't possible now.
But if you like what you see, check back in the Fall when my
Etsy Shop re-opens. There will LOTS more of the same,
and you'll be able to grab a little piece of F&T for yourself.

Here we go!


Here's the rescued desk, which takes the place
of the antique crib I sold last week.
This was one my very first painting jobs,
I don't think it turned out too shabby!











I'm going to bring this sweet little wicker shelf back home
and paper it with old sheet music or ledger paper.
Why didn't I think of that before???



I'm so glad I grabbed a handful {groan!} of these industrial glove molds
when I was in Warrenton in the Spring,
as I've already sold several.




So that's it.
I think it looks pretty good, but I always feel it could look way better.
If I only had the time.
All things considered, it'll do for now.

I have some big decisions coming up regarding this booth...
along the lines of, do I keep it or let it go?

I already tried doing the booth and the Etsy Shop simultaneously,
and it's just too much work, especially when you factor in
that I have a full-time job, too.
Lots to think and pray about.

Thanks for taking the tour.
Have a wonderful Thursday!


70 comments:

Marianne@Songbird said...

Can you call that dealer back and tell him/her that you restocked. Looks like some great stuff!
I am hoping to open up my Etsy shop soon too, but it is so much more work than I anticipated and I am scared out of my wits too. So I am forever procrastinating on getting on with it. Maybe I'll take my cue from you....

TinyBear said...

Love your booth Anne - I would love to go hunting in there. So much wonderful stuff.
Looking forward to the reopening on your Etsy shop.
Wishing you a wonderful day
xo Tina

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

Anne, Everything looks fabulous! You've done a really nice job collecting the perfect pieces, and you've displayed them wonderfully!
gail

TheSmithHotel said...

Looks great! Lucky girl-wish I had someone who would buy out my booth! A girl can dream! I can't imagine having a booth, an etsy shop and working full time! I can't juggle that much!

Hugs,
Jody

Farmgirl Paints said...

Cute stuff. I love globes. Just got one this past year and wire baskets are my weakness. I have lots of those. That would be a lot of work. You'll figure it out.

Mel said...

I have a similar decision... I have a chance to take two side by side... I want to kind of...
Pray for me while your at it!
BTW how much are you wire baskets?
xo
Mel

A Cottage Muse said...

Looks spiffy! Just love the old doll head on the mannequin ~ you do have a great sense of humor!

xoxo
Sandi

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

Love your booth - and those suitcases!!! I think the shelf idea is wonderful and hope that you post a picture of it!

Sweet as June said...

I wish I lived near to go SHOPPING!!! :)

Nancy said...

Looks great! Lots of fun stuff in your booth. Congrats on selling so much to the dealer. That's awesome!

Hugs,
Nancy

sissie said...

Hi Anne,
As a booth owner myself, I can tell that you have worked very hard to make your booth look wonderful. It is a lot of work. I'm finding it hard to juggle the etsy and the booth. I'm always trying to decide whether to put an item or etsy or in my booth! LOL!

Hope you have a big sell out and make bunches.

Good luck with your decision.

hugs
Sissie

Privet and Holly said...

Anne ~ I'm loving the dreamy
and soft quality of your photos!
Dang you are talented!!!
Wish I was there to take that
glove mold off your hands {sorry,
couldn't resist}! I'm actually
on a flight to Portland, tonight
and sometime in the next week or
so will be hitting that same
antique mart that you did!!!
I like your Etsy shop idea; I
think it would be a big success.
Happy day, sweet friend.
xx Suzanne

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I just have to ask about the little sign in the corner of one of your photos...is it something you made or found???
It says "Dead People's Stuff"... maybe I just have a sick sense of humor...

Alice said...

Your booth is lovely! I'm drooling over the vintage suitcases and white shabby furniture.

Hmmm, tough decision regarding which direction to take your business. I wish you luck in deciding, but I know what ever you choose it will be fabulous!

Anne said...

Anne, I think the booth looks good. It would surely draw me in. I like the industrial elements (especially that scale)and all the old metal paired with the faded whites. What is the "dead people's stuff" sign? I'm not sure if the entire thing is visible, but it intrigues me nonetheless.

Your 300 post prompted me to one on Gerard Butler and my love of Phantom of the Opera. Thanks for the inspiration!
xo,
Anne

awal.ny said...

The shop booth looks great. I am so glad to hear that while we are in a recession that vintage is still selling. Cheers to another great selling month for you.

red.neck chic said...

I love it!!! Your desk is most awesome!!! I need to go peruse the good things in there...

;-D xoxo
robelyn

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

That dress form with the baby head is too funny.

Theresa said...

So, dear Anne.... It will be fun to look at the booth before and the booth now, like the game to see what is different:) I love it all and wish I lived closer. A booth like yours draws me in all the time!

Hope your decision will come easily with prayer:)

Big hugs!

stefanie said...

it looks soooo good...I just went halfs on another space with a friend...am I crazy..yes, and how much stuff can one person have, you sound like me...you can always fill up a booth!1 hahaha

Theresa said...

The booth looks awesome Anne! I love the little chair and especially the dressform with the doo head! Theresa

sjmcdowell said...

Hi Dear Anne,

Oh I wish I could come and visit you and your shop...I love the white desk...I have search high and low for one just like this one...ugghh you're so far away!!
Hey..can you spare a moment and come visit me on my blog? I am having my first Giveaway and Birthday Celebration and would love for you to enter to win some sweet stuff!!

Hugs and Smiles,

Susan
sjmcdowell.blogspot.com

It's me said...

All looks very great !! beautiful stuff!! darling...happy friday.love Ria......

winnibriggs said...

You have some beautiful stock and I can understand why it will be hard to decide whether to let it go.

Linda said...

Your booth looks great, Anne~ I'm especially loving the whimsical doll head on the dress form! I love a little humor in a space... always draws me in!

tara said...

Your booth looks great Anne!! Etsy can be really time consuming with the shipping, I think, especially when you have a full time job, good luck on deciding, touch choices!

Jo said...

Wow! How on earth do you fit booth/etsy/blog/life in to just 24 hours each day? The booth looks beautiful, wish it was near to me.....x

Beth Leintz said...

I always like to look at pictures of antique booths- gives me ideas for my own. You have such a cute spot under the stairs and I love how you've made use of drawers and suitcases to make vignettes.

Jane said...

The booth looks great. I'd say it's ready for another visit from the Austin dealer.
Jane

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

Oooooo it looks great! I just can't wait to see how you decorate your new home. Decisions, decisions... big ones to make. You were so stoked to get that booth I remember, has it not been what you hoped for?

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Anne,
Thanks for the tour. I love your stuff! I wish you luck on your decision about your booth, a very hard decision to make for sure. I just wish there was more time in a day, or I didn't need sleep... or both!

Tarnished and Tattered said...

My God girl, you have an amazing amount of suitcases! Did American Airlines have a lost luggage sale?? You know I love me some suitcases. And the ledger book, cool. Where in the world did you find that AMAZING wig form??? It must have been a cool dealer that had that. And don't tell anyone, but your wire dress form is a pinhead. Lisa

Debra@Common Ground said...

Love the shrunken head on "my double"! Your space looks great! For a roadside find your little white desk is a real winner!!
xoxo,
D

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

Wish I could buy that chair at the desk, oh my I do love it!
alicia

Angie said...

If I ever road trip again to Texas, I would spend time at you place and probably some money as well! Looks just great.
Hugs,
Angie

bella said...

Hi Anne
It looks so good ... glad to hear you had a great selling day. I love it when that happens :)
Its hard to do it all, I've had my Etsy store closed for a couple months now. I'd love to re-open it this Fall when I think there's going to be more time.
We shall see
Sue

Becky said...

Love love everything,lol Iw wish I were closer.I do adore that chair too really sweet.

Happy weekend!

craftymarta said...

Annie, you have become a seasoned artist. What a difference from your humble start. The booth shows your growth as a dealer and it is amazing everything you have accomplished in so little time. I just wish you were closer. Maybe someday when a get my life back I can come and visit. Blessings, Marta.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Anne,

Thank you for taking us on the tour of your delightful shop. There were so many treasures that I love ~ the shoe lasts and so much more.
You made a nice job of the desk.

Happy weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

someplace in thyme said...

Hey girlfriend, why, why, why don't you live next door to me!!!???? Char

Attic Rat said...

I hadn't realized that you had a full-time job, too!! I don't know how you do it.

I like having my Etsy shop, but the booth is so much easier. For the booth, I don't have to photograph it, figure shipping, find boxes . . . but it's nice to have both.

Happy hunting,
Teresa

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Looks great Anne! Love the vignette in the first picture... beautiful! I see lots of goodies I like. Look forward to seeing your Etsy shop.
Have a good night!
Hugs ~ Jo :)

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Tammy said...

Hi Anne! It looks just great ...love everything you have! I'm just about to open an Etsy Shop in October, and now wandering if it's a good idea since I have the booth as well AND a full time job! :-/ But I do have a partner...so hopefully it will all work out...doing lots of praying myself on this ! You are very talented...looking forward to more pics of your new home!
Tammy :-)

Heaven's Walk - said...

Wow, Anne. How do you do it all? Seriously, you are amazing, girl. I can totally understand how torn you must be, but with prayer, the answer will reveal itself and you'll feel calm and know it's the right thing to do. :) I'll be praying for you, friend.

Like all the other gals, I sure wish you lived closer to me (or visa versa!). What a wonderful booth you have! So many pretty treasures! Hope you have a great selling day tomorrow, too!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Lisa said...

Awww man :(!! I so wish I lived close I soooo want the white desk!!! How great!! Love all the suite cases too!
Hugs, Lisa

Elyse said...

what great things at your booth. love the chair -- i had one growing up. off to visit your shop.

good luck with your decision.

xo
elyse

FILIGREE MOON said...

Nice reknobbing of the desk! Great paint job too. I do understand your decision of whether or not to keep the booth space. I've had one off and on for over 25 years, and just recently closed one...difficult, but liberating. Just now beginning to focus on Etsy and so far, it's much easier and cheaper to run verus rent. Just my 2 cent's worth. Miles of smiles, Angela

peggy aplSEEDS said...

such lovely things! loved your pictures. thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth said...

Just love your shop and all the cool things! It looks great!
Blessings
Elizabeth

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Wish I lived closer, so I could go shopping too. You have some great stuff. I know you are getting excited to be moving to your new house. Love & blessings from NC!

Rozmeen said...

Wow anne love your booth with so much beautiful stuf. I live in the Netherlands otherwise I would have visit you for sure!!!

Hugs and a lovely day.
Rozmeen

debsea said...

oh miss anne it is all so wonderful. i wish i could say "here's my husband's credit card info, box up your whole shop and send it to me."
sadly, if i did that, he would box me up and send me to you.
which, actually, isn't a bad idea. i'm a hard worker. i could help.

Paris Atelier said...

HI Anne! Love the styling and the photos. I love the photography so very much! It all looks wonderful! Wishing you good thoughts and oping you find the right answer. Best of luck!!
xoxo
Judith~

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Love seeing pics of your great booth. Fantastic items you have to offer! Wish I could shop there :o( I'll have to browse around your Etsy Shoppe when you reopen.

Thanks for sharing!

~La Rustique Market~ said...

You have wonderful treasures...liking the look!

Happy Junkin~
Lisa

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Ohhh look at that old soda fountain chair, by the desk. Precious...

trash talk said...

I love selling but oh how I hate to restocking. Girl, where did you find the time with all the plans for the big move?
Debbie

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

you have such style and elegance! thanks for particicpating in my Barn Chick Blog party anf for the link!!!

Karen

AshTreeCottage said...

Your booth is terrific and your writing desk is adorable. You certainly are busy girl!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Judy said...

Love, love, love your booth!! I would shop there in a heartbeat! It looks wonderful and, of course, it is loaded with all the stuff I love for my own antique booth.

Lucky you that a spendy dealer found you and nearly cleaned you out! I have a good following, but not one that cleans me out, but several dealers that do over the course of a month. Love those people! I send them emails if am going to have a bunch of new stuff that they might be interested in.

Have a great day!!! Judy

Betsy said...

Hi, I'm new to blogland but just love your beautiful blog. Absolutely love your booth too. It's so cozy under the stairs. I'm a huge fan of chippy white and silver together. Love the glove molds too - they're great for displaying jewelry. I recently sold one of the wire dress forms and regretted it as soon as it walked away; the little head on it very clever.
Thanks for sharing.

Karena said...

Anne looks great and I know it is a lot of work to put it all together!

Karena
Art by Karena

Melanie said...

Oh Anne~

I would love nothing more than to spend the day browsing through your treasures. I love the little parlor chair. It brings back so many memories of my childhood... thank you for the trip down the lane.:-))

Blessings~
Melanie

Polly said...

Your booth looks great Anne! And I'm so happy about your big day of sales! Sounds like you have some big decisions to make! I honestly don't know how you keep with all your commitments, especially with your relocation coming up. I'm sure your customers will be disappointed if you decide to leave, but you've got to do what's right for you. Listen to your heart.

Hope all is well out in Texas, and I hope you have a great weekend!

Love ya!

Polly

Jan Vermillion-Thomason said...

i think you've done a really good job w/ your booth and you were right, the location is "da bomb"!

All That Jazz said...

Your space is really beautiful, I love your collections and how you display it! I can relate to the complication of maintaining a space, Etsy, and having a full-time job....my family has a space and I don't live in the hometown where it is, so I have to take "trips" to haul merch there, and feel bad I can't help them rework it as often! ;) You know, if I could do this full-time some day I probably would, I just love it!! But I'd want a craft room, LOL! Working on my kitchen floor is just NOT workin' out.....
~michelle~

DogsMom said...

Not only do I think you have great stuff and it looks amazing, your sense of humor also makes it an enjoyable space to visit (and spend.)
So, how will you feel when you see what prices the dealer puts on your items?

Dorthe said...

Sweetest Anne,
Your booth is a dreamland, of beautifull treasures. I understand people asks for buying on the computer, but also very much understand that is way too, much for you,to deal with.
Oh but love so many things there, the pillow, and the old suitcase are just two of my favorite things.
Love and hugs, and a blessed sunday, dear.
Dorthe

hometown girl said...

anne, i want the luggage and the wire baskets!! your booth looks fabulous! hope you are well! susan

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