I always feel the need to remind you that there is a huge fluorescent light in my booth and it makes or terrible photos, so I turn it off when I do take photos. Then it's dark, so those photos aren't' too great either. But, having the best well lit booth in the whole store is a definite plus.
I redid this area and I like it, but I am wanting to get rid of that particle board shelf and find something shorter and more vintage like my other shelves. This area holds all my ephemera - Bingo cards, Scrabble words, letter card words, tokens, tickets, ephemera packets, buttons, marquee letters, etc. I added in a plethora of fun paper straws today in all sorts of colors and designs. I have a lot of red paper straws too that I am hoping people pick up for Cake pops and other things for Valentine's Day. I finally took out a bunch of those cool old Add-a-Count Math Scales, an old Royal Glass keyed typewriter and my stash of beaded safety pin baskets.
Before Christmas, the Super Cheap Thrift had big plastic baggies full of die cast cars for 25¢. I made $1.00 goodie bags out of them with each bag having two cars in it plus some old McDonald's toys and other fun things for kids. Kids like junk, right?
I put one of my old Nehi crates on this wall and added in all the old spice tins I had in my collection. I noticed today that I had a "Tumeric" tin in every brand - and they were all full even though some of them were 35-45 years old.
I took a bunch of aprons and hung them low so people can look through them. I made a sign that says, "These aprons were worn by Mama. They aren't perfect and neither was Mama." They all have a minor stain or a tiny rip in them, but they are all still fun and usable.
The "Pocket Telescopes". They are just peepholes, but I keep selling them.
The back wall. I think it's funny that the first thing everyone says is "You have a lot of stuff". And, I do have a lot of stuff in there. But, I think I have something for almost everyone. I usually sell more items than any other vendor during the month. That's not saying I make the most money, but I usually sell at least 60 items, sometimes over 100.
I took the Bakelite handled Peculator set out today. It makes me nervous to take something out there that I think is really special. I placed it on a high shelf and put a high price on it. Maybe just the right person will come along and see it for what is is - beautiful!
I love those old paint by numbers. They've been there a while so I need to mark them down. I decided to put them in a prominent spot for a bit to see if they sell. I cannot give that damn Merry Mushroom Cookie Jaw away. I thought that stuff was popular? I only have $10.00 on it, I think.
Here is most of the new stuff I took out today from my house. Lots of cool old vintage kitchen collectibles.
Cookbooks in a wire basket, aprons and doilies in another. Lots of other old cool things in between. That yellow box has hundreds of recipes in it from the 1950's. Tongue sandwich? Check. Lime Gelatin with tuna? Check. Hurl? Check.
I hung a bunch of the old 1966 Flash Cards across the top of the entrance. I've had trouble figuring out a good way to display them without them getting bent or torn. I framed a few and sold them, but it's hard to know exactly how people want them framed.
So, there it is - all restocked and ready for customers. I had a crummy December due to the weather being so bad most of the month. Her's to better days of people out shopping and BUYING!