I still have two and a half months to prepare, but I swear I had five months just a week or so ago. Time flies when you are busy as hell! :D
I'm starting to work on my set up early so I know just what I an dealing with. I will only have my SUV to load up, so I want to be able to take all the display items in one trip and all the merchandise in the second trip. It's about six miles each way, so I can make a few trips if needed. I have all day to set up, but only one evening to take it all down.
We had a canopy that I had bought on clearance several years ago, but we had never put it together. The three of us (who cannot assemble anything without a good old fashioned family fight) discovered that it was cheap and flimsy and not meant for going up and down over and over.
I mentioned those EZ Up canopies and how affordable they are (less than $55.0 shipped) and how we could use it for other things and it would be a good investment and The Breadman suggested that I order one. HA! It was his idea just like I planned! So, I went online to Academy Sports and ordered myself a sweet EZ Up canopy. What I didn't mention when I said how versatile and useful it would be is that I was going to order a PINK one. So much for him taking it tailgating. *Insert evil laugh*
This is the flimsy canopy set up. It was not going to work at all. I ordered the banner from VistaPrint. I like the idea of hanging it, but I would LOVE it framed, IF I could figure out how to properly hang it once it was framed. Wouldn't a big old ornate crusty frame look cool???? If I can't do that, I just need to put some grommets in the corners so I can hang it up.
To decorate the banner, I took a HUGE step of faith and cut up all those gingham shirts I bought a few weeks ago. I am going to make pennants out of the material and use only the pink/white and black/white for the banner at the sale. I think it will be cute. But not too cutesy. I want my STUFF to stand out, but I want a nice looking booth that fools people into thinking I actually know what I am doing. (I do not know what I am doing).
I also ordered some new PINK business cards that have the ever popular blog header photo on it and monkeybox on it. Then I included my flea market location and booth number and offered 10% off any purchase with the card. I can include them with purchases and I will have some out on the tables for people to pick up.
I have two folding 6 foot tables that I can use for displays as well as a card table for my check out area. I want to cover the tables so they don't show. I want to use all my vintage tablecloths that have pink in them, but I really don't want them to get ruined or worse yet, have anyone want to BUY them. Noooooo! I'll have to think on that. I wish my thrifting mojo would bring me a big bolt of white material for the tables. *Fingers crossed!* :D If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them. I probably will use my vintage tablecloths. I think it will complete the look the best.
I plan on having a mix of handmade kitschy crafts and vintage items as well as Ephemera of all sorts. I have a huge list and each day I just try to take one thing off the list. Today the item was make labels on the computer, but I cannot for the life of me get Works to use. Windows 8 is the death of me, I swear. I need 100 labels that say this and 100 labels that say that and so on. I wanted to look professional not to mention, who wants to write FLASH CARD one hundred times????
So, this post is just me wondering and planning out loud, so to speak. I have lots of ideas, but limited time and I really want to do this without spending any more money. We will use the canopy again and the cards can be used in the booth, so I really am only out the $25.00 vendor fee and that is CRAZY cheap. But, I want to make money, not spend money!
Now, I have questions for you!
Are you looking for Christmas items the last weekend of September or more Fall/Halloween? If you are like me, if I see it and like it, I buy it no matter what the date.
What sort of things would YOU like to find at a market like this? Rusty and crusty? Handmade? Repurposed? Vintage? Pinterest items? A mixture of all of the above?
I'm curious about pricing - I want to sell! I don't want to give it away, but I sure don't want it to NOT sell. I am setting up to SELL and to promote my Flea Market booth.
What prices do you expect? Yard sale prices? Thrift Store Prices? Consignment Store Prices? Flea Market/Antique Store Prices? What about a price for ONE Vintage Flash Card? Or an old lampshade skeleton? One skeleton key?
What would you LOVE to find at a sale like this?
Okay, thanks for your input. I know in the end, these are all my decisions. But, I am curious what the norm is in other parts of the country. This is my first sale, but i don't want it to be my last one!