Junk Salvation 2013

What a weekend!
We had a fabulous time preparing for Junk Salvation, and are still on a buzz of excitement, despite being utterly exhausted.

When I found out I was going to be a vendor for the show, I started squirreling away items I was picking up, and trying to plan out how my booth would look.  Initially I went with a 10x10 space, but I kept feeling like I should bump it up and go for a bigger one.
I am so glad I did!
Just that extra bit of space allowed me to plan for better access in and out of my booth.
There were times it was still crowded, but it was just plain busy!

After lots of Pinterest inspiration, and sketching of plans, I came up with this for the front of my space:

It morphed from several different ideas over the last two months.  
Eventually all those ideas came together for what you see here.

The red, white and blue banners may look French, but I was going for the Union Jack colors.
Overall, I just wanted an eye catching display that looked European, and vintage.

We did a mock staging of the booth space in our driveway 3 weeks ago so we'd have a little better idea of where things were going when we got there- for faster set up.
Once all the big pieces were in place, we just started to build everything and stage it.

Jon was amazing.
He was so enthusiastic, so excited, so supportive.
I can't even put into words how awesome it is to have a husband who loves me so much and put as much effort into this show as I did.
He even bought a cool cap to wear to the show!
I realized yesterday that I forgot to get a shot of him in it.

I always find it amusing to see what sells first.
I don't know why.
Maybe because it's never what I expect.

The birdcage.
A lady swooped in first thing Friday night at the pre-buy event; paid for it, and was off and running!

It was really hoppin' Friday night- I saw several friends and blog buddies who stopped by- but I didn't even get a chance to get photos!

Amanda from Girl in Pink, Pam from Peonies and Possibilities, and Sandy from The Love of White was there Friday night with her daughter, Janae; and then on Saturday I got to meet Jill from Forever Cottage.

Sandy did manage to snap a quick shot on Friday, and it's on my FB page.
Thank you!!

My booth was in the back right corner of the building.
On Saturday, after a quick breakfast at Starbucks, we arrived a little bit early just to rearrange a few items and hopefully scope out a few other booths, since I didn't have time on Friday.
The line to get in on Saturday started an hour before the show opened!

Everyone loved the candles from Harmony Farm.
I only brought two scents with me- Lavender and Lemon Cookie, but I sold a bunch, and heard lots of rave reviews from customers.

The drying rack sold pretty early on Friday evening.
If you were there on Saturday, this display was long gone!
 A couple of cute girls bought several things from me, and this was one of them.
One of them even liked my pennant banner- barely visible in this photo- and asked if I would sell it.
Of course!

I really try to have everything for sale.
There were only 2 things with NFS stickers on them- one was the wood box on the bike- which was on loan from my parents- and the other was a wood crate that was part of my father in law's farming days.
Everything else was for sale!

In this photo, I only see a couple things that I came home with:

A couple of dear friends made their way up on Friday night, and one of them bought my B monogram sign.  I posted a picture of it on Instagram, and got lots of great feedback on it, so I will be making up some more to sell in my Etsy shop.

It's awful to admit this, but this market cart was something I made the lining for last summer, and this is the first debut!
I guess I figured it would be better to save it for the next flea market season...

It was so much fun to see friends who had made the trip both near and far to the show!

Jon was having fun relaying stories to me as he observed from outside the booth.
I had several upholstery springs that suddenly got snatched up by several people after sitting for a bit, unnoticed.
It's funny how a crowd mentality can suddenly create that!!!
From what I heard (because I missed what was going on ) someone went away disappointed. 

At another point while I was busy, Jon sent me this text:

Love it!!!

The men who attended the show were particularly enamored with the bike.  
I thought for sure someone would scold me for painting it, but no one did.
(thank goodness)

I am looking forward to getting my room at Aunt Bee's restocked- it has been dwindling quite a bit because of show prep.
Thank you so much to everyone who came to the show.  
It's a ton of work, but we had a great time.

I'm also looking forward to "normal" life for a bit, getting my house back in order, and some decorating projects underway!

Thank you for coming out and supporting not only me, but all the other great vendors at Junk Salvation.
And thank you so much to Linda and Dixie for putting on such a great event!!

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  1. Denise... YOUR booth is amazing. I see so much I would of SNAGGED right off the bat. LOVE that box that looks like a camera from here... THE beach COTTAGE sign.. OMGUSH !!!! so many pretties .. Thanks for posting and your style is awesome and your things are just ahhhhhh -mazing !!!!!!

  2. Congratulations on a great show! Your booth looks fantastic. I love that you mock staged it in the driveway so you would know how it looks. Great idea!

  3. Your booth looked amazing and it's no wonder you had such a successful show. I do the same thing...always try to guess what will be the first thing to sell. Love it all Denise. I noticed your chicken waterer, I just dressed one up myself the other day. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Your booth looked great, Denise! It sounds like this show was a success for you. Love seeing how you've displayed things. I'm hoping to get a booth somewhere local this year, so I'm always interested in different display ideas.

  5. Your booth did look great! One of the best set up ones at the show..though there was so many nice ones! I am so bad at recognizing people--so glad you recognized Janae and I though :) I liked that you used your blog name on your booth. Janae and I are still trying to decide if we want to be vendors next year--it looked like so much fun!

  6. Denise,
    I'm so happy that you had such a wonderful show...hats off to you!!! Your booth was full of so many charming goodies and your displays were GREAT! Thank you for sharing here at Nifty Thrifty Tuesday:)


  7. Wow.. I wish I could have been there!! Your booth looked fantastic...So much stuff and yet displayed so beautifully...I'm still trying to figure out how to do that!! :) My goal is to do at least one show this year. Anyway I pinned this to my lovely display board..because everyone of your pics were LOVELY!
    Thanks for the insperation!

  8. SO proud of you, Denise! And so impressed with your display! It is truly an art, my friend! So happy to see you creating and inspiring others! Rock on!

  9. Denise, there are really amazing stuff here!:-)

  10. Just found you through My Salvaged Treasures. Love your booth! Now, where is Junk Salvation? I'm in Montana and I'm wondering if it's close enough. Will you be at Farm Chicks this summer?

  11. Denise I have to totally agree with that comment your hubby text you! You had a ton of cute stuff. Love the displays too. so glad for you that you sold a bunch too!

  12. Denise - so sorry to have missed the show (out of town) ... but the season is just beginning! Looking forward to ending the summer with you at beautiful Historic Deepwood Estate .. !!??!!

  13. Congrats on a successful weekend, Denise! All your planning, gathering and painting paid off with that *gorgeous* booth. You have such an eye for creating charming vignettes, I really enjoyed getting the virtual tour. :) Now, go enjoy some well-deserved down time!

    Take care,

  14. Your booth looks great! Glad it was a success :) Laurel

  15. Hey Denise! Hope all is well. Catching up around here and I am in awe. Your booth for this show is just lovely. I told you before and I will tell you again you are such an inspiration to me. I hope I do just as well my upcoming flea season. Keep it up!


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