Monday, June 20, 2011

Market Monday

WOW!  Last week was my best week thus far.  My booth sure needed some restocking and I was glad I had a good mix of items going in this week including a few larger pieces, whew.  Just a heads up that I will have a couple larger furniture items completed this week and ready to go in NEXT week too... so I will be sure and spotlight those pieces next Monday.

I have a huge crush on Thonet bentwood chairs.  They are the classic 'bistro' chair and I hope to one day have TEN around my 10ft harvest table at home... just love them.  I found this chair, no markings/reproduction, and it was already painted the cutest aqua color.  I tucked it into this little corner in my family room... procrastinating the day I would need to take it to my booth.
 I have several of these bentwood chairs... lets just say the colors of the others are NOT so pleasing, grin.  I look forward in future weeks to giving them facelifts and they will soon make an appearance in the booth too.
 Beautiful crackle finish pedestal. 
 I call this the chicken wire basket.  I love the versatility of this basket because whatever you store inside it can be seen... fruit, firewood, magazines, etc.  The wooden handle is also darling.  Cute!
 I am always drawn to these little metal chair/stools.  There are so many cute shapes of these.  This particular shape I had not seen before and loved.  They are quite decorative and can be used to hold stacks of books or towels in a bathroom.
 But they are functional too... my sil had several of these and they are the perfect height for smaller children to stand on to help 'cook'.  It will lift littles to the height they need to help stir and scoop.  I guess they would also make a good 'time-out' chair if needs be, snicker.
Baskets are a staple in my booth... great seller.  This white one is quite big!  The weave is beautiful.
 My favorite thing about it is that the color is not solid... it is more of a white wash.  There are plenty of places where the color is peaking through and it makes it more interesting!
My prior birdcages have sold so I am going to add this wire one.  It is so unique... completely metal.
Several questions were left for me at the desk this week... I will just list questions and their answers as I have them in case more than one person has the same question.

Will I do custom slipcovers for furniture?
Not right now.  I love making slipcovers... I personally prefer fitted slipcovers and the process is a creative challenge for me.  But the truth is that the process is enjoyable simply because I work on pieces as I have time.  I do not have time to take custom orders because my life right now with the kids and homeschooling, etc, just is not the right time to do something that demanding.  Sorry.

Will I make duplicates of pillows for sell in booth?
Truth is that I rarely make more than two pillows the same.  So if you see a pillow in my booth and love it... the odds that I will have the same pillow again are VERY slim.  The biggest reason is that I gather antique linens as I see them... petticoats, tablecloths, curtains... and recycle them for most of my pillow slips.  So, most pillows are one of a kind or at the most there may be a set, but the pillows will always be different and made from found remnants or antique linens.  Just a note that each of my pillow slips include a feather insert... I just love how feather inserts hold their shape even with a heavy upholstery slip. 

Do I have layaway?
I rent a booth space in a larger antique mall.  I personally do not offer layaway but the owners of the mall do indeed offer a layaway plan.  Because I have larger furniture items, layaway is a great alternative to those that need to space out payments are even if you need to stall picking up/taking home the item you want to buy.  I do not know the specific details of layaway at Packards... I think the longest time period is 60 days... but most definitely ask/call (their number is top of right sidebar) them if you  want more details.  I currently have a very large hutch cabinet in the booth and that is drawing many questions concerning layaway... so be sure and see what those options are.

Do I do interior design work?
{Insert nervous giggling here}  I feel like most of my answers here are involving some form of 'nope'.  No, I do not do interior design for anyone but me, myself, and I.  I am a tough enough client... fickle, temperamental, demanding... my extended family tolerates my 'suggestions/opinions' but I by no means am a professional.

Do I currently have my items at any other locations?
Nope.  One location, Packards Antiques, is keeping me as busy as I want to be.  I hope to in the distant future have a annual HUGE Vintage Market with multiple vendors located here on our farm.  When that event is planned... I would announce that here on this blog.

Those are the questions that were passed along to me from the desk staff... feel free to ask me any questions directly through the comments and I will answer then as best I can.  Thanks!

Have a great 'last day of spring'... although it has technically felt like full blown summer for well over a month now, snicker!

1 comment:

  1. Hi! I LOVE your shop! I have bought several of your pieces - rocking chair, pedestal, birdcage etc. I was wondering if you take offers on some of your pieces or if would bundle several items together at a discounted price. I could go a little crazy in your booth unfortunately my pocketbook keeps in check (hehe).