So it’s been about a week now since my last post about preparing for my first Flea Market show – Vintage Market Days Charleston. I feel like I’ve made lots of progress this past week then but with only 4 weeks til the event, it still feels like I’ve barely scratched the surface!
Last weekend, I met with the other ladies in my group to plan our space – we met Elgin SC at the home of my fellow artisan Tiffanie – she has such a beautiful home and had an awesome spread of treats for us – she’s such a gracious hostess!
After our meeting Tiff, took us to some local antique and thrift shops – Elgin is a small town but there was some wonderful inspiration to be found – it was great to see some vintage consignment booths so we could get ideas for setting up our own booth at the show. My favorite was Ivy House Antiques in Columbia, SC. Lots of great booths there!
So this past week I’ve been working on several projects for the show. Namely two chairs and trying to finish my map table which was inspired by my recent trip to the Anthropologie store in Downtown Charleston which you can read about here. I’m making progress on all three of these projects but it’s definitely taking longer than I anticipated.
I had some issues adding the map to the top of my table – I had to decoupage it and the map was pretty large. Needless to say it didn’t come out as smooth as I had hoped but I think I can make it work. It was super scary to go forward with the decoupage because I spent so much time already working on this piece but I knew adding the map would take it to the next level so I had to just go for it!
As for the chairs, what seemed like should be quick and easy projects, definitely presented some challenges. Namely a mahogany chair that I decided to paint white. I had lots of issues with the stain bleeding through which I kind of knew was a potential problem before I started the project but sometimes I forget to listen to that little voice in my head and go ahead with the project anyway. Needless to say – lesson learned – listen to the little voice! I’ll go into more detail about the do’s and dont’s when painting furniture white in a future post – lots of good info to share!
The other thing I’ve been working on are my business cards, which I’ve been meaning to redo since closing my brick and mortar shop. Preparing for the show was the perfect opportunity for a redesign! I typically use Canva to design my marketing materials – I love their graphics and it’s pretty easy to use if you’re comfortable working on the computer. If you haven’t tried Canva you should definitely give it a try!
Here’s my redesign – I’m pretty happy with how they turned out – I wanted a vintage modern vibe because that’s what I’m all about usually in my furniture redo’s – taking something old and giving it a more modern feel. I decided to do a vertical design so that my business cards could double as product tags for the show. So my contact info is on back bottom half of the card leaving the top area open for writing item descriptions and prices.
Well that’s it for now – I hope to add the finishing touches to the three projects I’ve been working on this week and show them to you in my next update post. In the meantime, if you’re local, I hope you’ll consider checking out Vintage Market Days Charleston April 7 – 9th. You can read more about the event here.