In order to be ready for the Barn Sale, I have set a few deadlines in my head. August 15th is the last day that I can MAKE things for the sale. Since that deadline is rapidly approaching, I find myself cranking things out at warp speed. I made almost fifty necklaces in the last two days! Making them takes some time, but packaging them up, pricing them and organizing them is a whole 'nuther ball of wax.I've made lots and lots of Feedsack pendants. I think they are different and original, but I don't know if everyone will. I need to make a sign that explains what they are made of and how maybe if you look close you might see a piece of your Grandmother's apron or a part of a quilt you once slept under. I wear one almost every day and I usually get some compliments on it. There are a few bottle cap Arkansas map pendants in there too.
The Feedsack pendants get packaged up on cards and sealed in little plastic bags. I think they look semi-professional that way. I also think they look like something you could pick up as a gift for someone and give it to them they way it is in the package. (Pardon the glare - I took these in a hurry last night before I relegated it all to the storage area).
Today I ransacked the vintage game piece drawer and make necklaces. I have been hoarding old game pieces for so very long. It was hard to decide to part some of them out. Especially the gorgeous Bakelite dominoes. But, I did it.
Red Bakelite Domino pendants.
Butterscotch Bakelite Domino Pendants.
Vintage Dragon Dominoes. I made some sideways so the Dragon is flat and others long-wise so the Dragon sort of looks like an "S".
Vintage Checkers. Some of them have a star on them, others have a planet with stars. Some are wooden and some are clay. The clay ones have a really neat "clink" to them.
Here they are on my craft cabinet waiting to be sold. I don't want to package up the game piece necklaces. I think I will display them as they are so people can feel them and see what they really are - old game pieces. They have a nice feel to them and fun patina.
Last week I dug out the huge thimble collection I bought a couple summers ago. I added a small bouquet of vintage millinery flowers to each one and made them into little brooches.
All sorts of colors and different types and styles of thimbles. I also make a bunch of mini bottle brush trees in thimbles, but I haven't added pinbacks to them yet. I made one thimble bouquet necklace that turned out SO stinking cute, but I don't think I have time to find more flowers by the 15th to crank any of them out. (But, it is so darn cute....)
This weekend I reconstructed a bunch of vintage horse ribbons.
Razorback themed ribbons. I hate making Razorback stuff, but it sells, darn it. If I could find and legally use some vintage Razorback artwork, it would be a bit more appealing to me.
I also made JUNK QUEEN ribbons. I only made pink, white and purple, but I think I might make a few other colors. I like subtle colors like pink and white, but other people might like something a bit more "loud" like red, blue, green or yellow. I have plenty of ribbons, so I need to do that while I still have time.
Each ribbon is a vintage horse ribbon with added ribbon and edging. I used a paper poker chip in the center with the JUNK QUEEN on top. On the back there is an old milk cap with the pinback added.
I like the purple one too. What else can I say other than JUNK QUEEN? I may make some that say JUNKER and FLEA MARKET QUEEN.
I also have a bunch of birthday ribbons made up, but I didn't photograph them. This is the one I wear on my birthday. I LOVE birthday's but I[m not sure other people really think ahead to them. So, I don't know if they will speak to people or not.
Here's the one I'll be wearing at the Barn Sale. If I remember.
(Remind me Lara, okay?)
I found an offer for 100 free photos, so I had my blogheader photo printed off 100 times. I'm using those for all my packaging along with the business card above I got for free from VistaPrint. I hope my use of that photo and the color pink isn't too overwhelming. But, I really want a cohesive look to everything. Kind of my "brand".
I also have a fleeting desire to make BRIDE TO BE ribbons and maybe even BABY ribbons in pink and blue to wear at showers. But, I don't know if I will have the time or if anyone will even want one. Actually, I have no idea if I will even sell one single thing that I have made. This is a Farm Fresh Vintage Market which leans more towards rusty and crusty. I'm not even sure if this is the right marketplace for what I am making. But, I've already MADE it all, now haven't I? So, I guess it's kind of late to be second guessing myself. If I don't sell a thing, I guess I will have a ready made Etsy Shop, now won't I?
I still have to price everything, and that is really, really REALLY hard for me to do. I am a pretty low spender. But, other people seem to have deeper pockets than I do. So, pricing is just really hard!!!!! Any ideas would be appreciated. I have "ideas" but I'm not really 100% certain.
I promise all this Barn Sale talk will be over one of these days soon!