I love me a little vacay. :)
Anyway, I've got 2 amazing, helpful, inspiring guest posts that you want to miss and a reveal of one of my ugly duckies I picked up last week and a few Pintrest-ing ideas.
But today I want to introduce you to Erica from 3 O'Clock Winds. She is the QUEEN of doing vintage markets in her area and she has helped me learn a few tips about the subject.
So read and learn!
Thank you again Erica for sharing your sage advice!
Hello Julia and everyone at 551 East Furniture Design!
Another great way is just as easy as word of mouth. The first show that I started seriously thinking about vending at was Roses & Rust in Anderson, CA and I heard about it a small show last year in Fallon, NV while chit chatting with a vendor there. At the time, I didn't have any inventory and getting a resale license hadn't even crossed my mind, but I loved her booth and knew that I would love having my own. So I googled Roses & Rust, found the email address and contact number and started making calls. Once I got accepted, I knew that was my chance to do what I loved and from then on all of my effort was put into finding more. It's an addiction!
Once you're accepted into a show, it's time to start planning. We're last minute girls around here and have been known to work until midnight the night before and get up at 3 am the morning of a show to finish up last minute projects, but there is a lot of prep that goes into it.
The first thing that needs to be done is to figure out the direction in which you want your space to look. It needs to look inviting and like the customer is walking into a little boutique. At the Roses & Rust show our big pieces of furniture where a french settee and a couple dressers, so we wanted the space to look like you were walking into a living room.
The key to sanity with this is organization. I am the queen of list making and for the Gathering presents Vintage Country Flea Market I had 4 lists going through the week prior. Yes 4. Front and back. It's important to keep track of everything that's already completed, things that need finishing, and what needs to be done from day to day so that it is all ready to go by show time.
When set up time comes we focus on placement of our bigger items first, then filling in the blank items with our smalls. There also needs to be a good flow space to walk around and be able to look at everything.
Next? Relax!!! As soon as the start time rolls around, it is time to relax. If you are still buzzing around your booth trying to get last minute things done then people will not want to come in and look around for fear that they will get in your way. Of course, this is the complete opposite of what you want to happen! People need to feel welcomed in your space and need to chance to be able to browse around at their leisure.
Having a friendly and inviting attitude and demeanor are also hugely important. I've met so many interesting and creative people at these shows. Strike up a conversation! You never know who might become a great friend, plus it encourages people to want to buy from you! Nothing better than that :)