Over a year ago, I followed a dream and took a leap of faith by renting a space at a new antique mall opening up in my town. It's probably one of the most impulsive, but one of the best decisions I've ever made!! I am having a BLAST!!!!
Over the weekend Nate and I built a new structure for my booth, so I thought it would be fun to take you back to where I started and share the evolution of my booth over the last year.
It all began when my friend Dee from My Painted Stuff
told me about an ad she saw in our local newspaper about an antique mall opening with a number to call for interested vendors. I dug the paper out from my recycle bin and called the number the very next day. After work Nate and I went over to check it out. I told him on the way - I'm just going to check it out, get some information, see what it's like. Riiiiggggghhhhtttt. I was there 20 minutes and left with a rented space!!!
I had three weeks to get ready before their planned soft opening (one of those weeks I was down with the flu). Here's how I had everything set up by the time the mall opened.
It's SO empty!!!!!!!
(I should mention that I purposely decided to keep a walk through in my space so it opens to an aisle on one side and the register on the other. It creates a nice path for people to the register, and allows a last minute glance through my booth as they head that way to check out. ;) )
A few weeks later I added some walls to define the space a little better.
Then, a vendor moved into the space behind me and allowed me to attach my wall to theirs which gave me added space and support.
There haven't been many changes since then, just some new shelving and always an influx of new inventory.
The most recent changes over the last two weekends occurred because a new vendor moved in behind me and they did not want the existing structure - the same structure my wall was attached to. :/ So I purchased the structure, detached my wall, turned it around and reattached my wall. We also had to build a matching structure on the other side of my booth.
There is still so much left to do and I can't wait to put together a final reveal post so you can see all I have planned for it!!!!
Looking back at my booth a year ago with only a couple tables and crates, it's fun to see how much it's changed and how much I've sold!!! I'm having more fun than I ever imagined!! One of these days I need to share pictures of the antique mall itself! You would love it!!
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