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Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Hey friends! This week has been insane as we prepare for our Christmas Open House at Hodge Podge tomorrow, but I cannot wait to show you guys my booth! I'm really proud of the way it turned out and I hope you'll like it too. I'll post the pictures and go through the details as we go along. 

Drum roll please... 

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Something I added to my booth a long time ago (but haven't blogged about) is the large pallet display. I wanted to fill the wall and have a prominent and permanent display for all of my business information.

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

I also added a sign up sheet to receive my blog posts as well:

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

In each frame, I used brown craft paper (you can buy an entire roll for like $5!) -- I love how it adds to the rustic look, but it also helped me fill the frame without having to purchase big posters with my information on it.

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Next to this feature, I have my new prints! This was my first wholesale purchase and I'm interested to see how they sell. While I have them scattered throughout my booth, they're primarily displayed here:

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

I have them displayed on these painted plate racks too:

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

I've learned that it's so important to have some displays that are permanent. Otherwise, I'm scrambling to find another display once something sells and the booth looks a little unpolished.

On the back wall, I hung the shelves I used to have in place of the pallet wall. You can see how it used to look in this post: Craft Booth Tips: 10 Things I've Learned After My First Year. The shelves are a little high, but we can't screw into the brick and I love the way it fills up the dead space a bit. Pictured below is my two tone antique dresser, and a sign and window painted by my awesome Mom.

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

In the middle of my booth is this oh-so-cute tea cart! I hope to have the before and after posted next week. It sold within three days (yay!), so I have something different there now. I'll have a before and after of the paper mache reindeer up soon, too!

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

On the other side of the back wall is a rustic ladder display and my favorite part of the entire booth -- my rustic pallet Christmas tree!

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

I got the idea of a pallet Christmas tree from Crissy's Crafts. I simply added an electric spool that I used in last year's Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth and secured the two with screws. I also added screws to each tier to hang my DIY salt dough ornaments. Here's a few of my favorites:

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015


Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Some of them got a little toasty-er (totally a word) than the rest, but ehh.. it adds character, right?

I added "presents" underneath the tree just for fullness and fun. I wrapped them with the same brown craft paper and added pops of red. I also added a few paper doilies to the front of some of the presents.

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

The final wall of the booth looks like this:

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

I borrowed the mantle from my boss at Hodge Podge, which adds tons of warmth and makes it feel like home.

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

The paper flowers (which again, I used the brown craft paper roll) were made using this DIY Giant Wall Flower Decor tutorial from Bliss. (Side note: I had to use hot glue instead of a glue stick because of the thickness of the paper.) I originally put the flowers up for fall and then added the red flowers for Christmas. The red flowers are made with the same craft paper, but I painted the paper with General Finishes' Holiday Red before cutting out the petals.

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

You might notice that this booth is not "overly-Christmas" like my Christmas booth from 2013 and last year's Christmas booth. In my area, I've noticed that Christmas presents sell better than Christmas decor, so I've focused this year on investing in gift ideas (like the prints) rather than decor. I still wanted to decorate with red accents and a few Christmas decor items, but otherwise, that's why I've remained a bit more "neutral" this year.

So, what do you think?! I'm really loving it!

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2015

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.TManic Monday at Serendipity and SpiceWhat's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny SackWeekend Warrior Mondays at Ask AnnaMotivate Me Monday at Keeping it SimpleTuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a HousewifeTrash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's KornerWednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and Jellybeans;  Under $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket FenceWow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern StyleThursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at DomesblissityCatch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse InsideHookin' Up With House of HepworthsTransformation Thursday at Shabby Creek CottageEverything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick KnackFriday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant LifeFeature Friday at Blissful and DomesticA Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea PartiesTickled Pink at 504 Main;  Friday Frolic at Pocket Full of PinkWeekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello;  Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity NowFrugal Friday at the Shabby NestFunctional Friday at The Not So Functional HousewifeInspire Me Please at Liz MarieFurniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy ClutterHead to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop CraftingFunky Junk's Saturday Night SpecialGet Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My HandsSunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap TimeSunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and DreamingThink Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2014

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2014

It's October and I'm talking about Christmas. I know, I know. In retail world, though, now is the time to get out the Christmas merchandise. Believe it or not, we had customers ask about Christmas stuff last month. Anyway, last year I felt like I put my Christmas stuff out too late, so I made sure that it all went out early this year. Another thing I wanted to focus on this year: a theme. If I go crazy with all sorts of Christmas items, it can look like a hot mess. This year's theme: red, white, and burlap!

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2014

Another change: no Christmas tree. I know, it seems crazy, but the tree took up too much space last year and I don't have a lot of Christmas ornaments to sell this year. Instead, I was inspired by this spool shelf on Pinterest. I took 3 electrical spools and an old star tree topper and painted them white. Then, I paired them with a large bass drum to create this cutie:

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2014

I'm still working on items to put on the shelves, but for now, my burlap stockings are on there. 

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2014

 A personal decision I made this year: I won't invest in too much Christmas merchandise. This isn't  because Christmas stuff doesn't sell, but because I found that I had a lot of Christmas stuff left over last year. My focus is always on selling furniture, so I try to paint them to go with the Christmas theme (red and white). The same can go for decor -- I can sell a red or white picture frame long after Christmas is over! Of course, I have some items that are specifically geared towards Christmas, but I won't invest as much as I did last year. I hope that makes sense!

Christmas Craft and Furniture Booth 2014

I'm still working on furniture and decor items with Christmas in mind, but this is what I have so far! I sold my gray retro side tables last week, so I already have tons of work to do to fill the space!

What Christmas items would you add to my booth?

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Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

Craft Booth Tips: 10 Things I've Learned After My First Year

Craft Booth Tips: 10 Things I've Learned After My First Year

Over a year ago, I started my first craft, furniture, and decor booth at Hodge Podge, an antique store in Monroe, GA. March of 2013, I posted about my "experience" -- 5 Craft Booth Tips from a Beginner. If you haven't read that post yet, start there first. I still use nearly every one of those tips after 1 year. Like I just mentioned, my booth is located inside of an antique store. I pay a monthly rent and they're open Tuesday-Sunday and I don't have to be there to sell items. So, the tips below are based on that set up. Most of them still apply to vending at flea markets, craft shows, special events, etc, but I just wanted to clarify. 

I can say that every month I have made rent++, and for that, I am so grateful. I'm not making a million dollars, but I'm doing something that makes me super happy and gives me extra income. I would also like to add that I now work at Hodge Podge and our sister store, Markets of Monroe, so I have even more perspective of what other dealers do and what customers are looking for. Even so, there's always more to learn. I'm not an expert in any way, just sharing my experiences with my friends of blogland!

Here are a 10 more craft booth tips that I've learned after my first year:

1. Fill your space

When I revealed my original craft booth, I wasn't using my space wisely. I could fit way more items in there, but I just hadn't built up my inventory yet. I'm definitely not saying to make it look like an episode of hoarders, but fill your space! The more you have, the more you can sell. There are so many booth display ideas on Pinterest that will inspire you and help you fill the space!

Craft Booth Tips: 10 Things I've Learned After My First Year

 2. Add shelving

Again, when I first started I had this adorable frame wall with lots of picture frames for sale. It seemed like a great idea until the frames started selling. My frame wall started looking like a scattered (or sometimes empty) hot mess. I found a remedy, though, don't worry -- shelves! You can buy a bookcase like I did at first, however, I would suggest buying shelves that hang on the wall. A bookshelf took up much needed floor space, so I bought these shelves from Home Depot (remember I revealed them in my Christmas Craft Booth post?). I think I spent a total of $20 on them. They take up the entire wall (which makes my booth appear full) and it's super easy to change items around. I hang bigger frames/items on the opposite wall.

Craft Booth Tips: 10 Things I've Learned After My First Year

3. Clean

Especially if your booth is located in a place that is outside or in a building that constantly keeps their doors open (like we do at Hodge Podge and Markets of Monroe), clean your booth every once in a while. Sure, some people like that extra layer of dust on their antiques (it adds character, right?), but some people can't look past it. Don't give people a reason not to buy your awesome piece. Clean it, shine it, polish it, make the piece look it's best.

4. Rearrange & take old items out

If you're going through a slow month or just don't have any new items to refresh your booth, rearrange everything. You'll be surprised how moving a few things around will give a new perspective. That dresser you thought would never sell could catch the eye of a customer and sell! If you've rearranged and still have had no luck selling a certain piece, consider taking that item out and replacing it with something new. It will give your space a fresh look. I've also seen other dealers take out a piece, paint it a different color, and when they bring it back, it sells!

5. Have a sale

Sometimes people need a sale to act on a piece of furniture they really love. Most of the time I stick to a simple 10% off sale on my entire booth. Even though that means the customer is really only saving $10 on a $100 piece, you'll be amazed at how a sale will move items out of your booth. If you want to focus on specific pieces rather than your entire booth, mark the tags with a certain color or image. You can have a "Sunflower Sale" and mark each item that is on sale with an adorable sunflower, or do "any tag marked with a green dot is 20% off."

6. Know your seasons

Is it too obvious to say to prepare for big holidays like Christmas? Sometimes, though, life gets crazy and you simply forget about what's next (or at least I do). Here's a little image I created to help me stay on track:

Craft Booth Tips: 10 Things I've Learned After My First Year

7. Know your audience

I was so in love with the bright pallets and shutters in the corner of my first booth (they were already there when I moved in). Once I started working at the store, though, I noticed people would look at my booth, and then continue walking. It was hurtful to see, but it made me realize that maybe my booth was a little too "loud" for my audience. I love bright colors, but my audience seemed to be put off by them. I took out the pallets and shutters and incorporated more neutral pieces with the colorful ones, and it made a huge difference. If you know the other dealers, vendors, or owners, ask them about your audience. Stay true to yourself and to your style, but remember you're also trying to make money.

8. Find your niche

I'm still trying to find my personal niche, but at this point, my booth is an eclectic mix of old and newer items -- which is pretty much my style, too, if you've seen my Grandma Chic Bedroom. This year, though, I want to find a certain product or "stamp" that says, "Revolutionaries." It's the same reason Marian from Miss Mustard Seed rocks at her booth at Lucketts every year. Everyone wants her pieces because she puts her unique stamp and personality on each one. Don't copy, be you.

Craft Booth Tips: 10 Things I've Learned After My First Year

9. Promote yourself in every way possible

My DIY craft booth sign (pictured above) is still kickin' it in the front of my booth, I still display my business cards (in a little teacup, now), and I still have my framed flyers that say, "Don't see what you're looking for? Have a piece that you would like for me to refinish? Please contact me-- I can help you look for that perfect piece or refinish the piece you have!" and "Want to see more crafts, furniture, and decor ideas? Check out www.revolutionariesblog.com or find us on Facebook!" In addition to the promotional items I have in store, I promote myself often on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Craigslist. I've sold pieces on Facebook before it even makes it in my booth (which is awesome) and I've sold lots of stuff on Craigslist as well. I like selling on Craigslist because people can go by the store any time they're open to see/buy a piece and it allows me to avoid that awkward am-I-going-to-die-today moment that I feel with some Craigslist interactions. People that come from Craigslist are also likely to buy other items from my booth or other dealer's booths while they're there, too.

Craft Booth Tips: 10 Things I've Learned After My First Year

10. Be picky about what you buy

I decided to add this because it was a big learning process for me. I would see a piece for $5 at a garage sale and immediately buy it. Once I got the piece home, it would be unsteady, or the drawers wouldn't work properly, or it had peeling layers of paint that would take me days to strip off. Not everything is worth the buy. My customers don't want an unsteady piece or a piece that has drawers that don't function. In the same way, make sure that what you buy is the style and look that you're going for. Like I said in #8, you're creating a brand and it should reflect you.

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Before I end this incredible long post, I want to say this: if you're not quite ready for a big booth space, start small. This awesome tip comes from by friend Mary, who is a mom of 3 and felt like she needed to start small. She asked a local apple orchard store if she could sell her crocheted dish cloths in their store and they said yes! If you want to get your toes wet before diving in, go this route or ask a friend to share a booth space with you.

Can you think of any other craft booth tips that should be on the list? Share them in the comment section below!

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Craft Booth Tips: 10 Things I've Learned After My First Year