Monday, July 8, 2013

Evolution of My Booth

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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  1. Looking good! I started a booth a couple of months ago and it is always evolving!

  2. really fun! thank you for the behind the scenes walk-through!

  3. LOVE your walls! Made a new board called displays to pin this in:) Stop by

  4. Oh your booth looks so inviting with so many wonderful treasures. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  5. Melissa,
    Dear one. . .you have answered a host of questions I've always had about vendors actual booth spaces at the Antique Mall I frequent!!!
    I love the flooring of your Mall. . .most are usually bare concrete!!!
    Thank you for sharing. . .and yes, I would love to see more of the actual Mall and hear more of your booth!!!
    Visiting from Inspire Me Tuesday!!!

  6. I wish we had something like that near me! Perfect way to keep you busy being creative without cluttering up your house with all your projects! I love the walls, that was lucky for you!

  7. It looks great Melissa!I wish it could have worked out for me at our mall but no one is buying around here.Even at my thrifty prices :-(

  8. Wow, that does look like fun. Glad to hear you are enjoying it so much!

  9. when I go thru these little shops, I never thought about how much work there is to running one. yours looks like it is coming together. hope you will share it again when it's done.

  10. Your booth looks great and I wished I lived close by so I could go shopping. I will be following you so I can see all your wonderful treasure.

  11. Your booth looks amazing! Always fun to see display ideas. I liked you on Facebook too.

  12. It looks fantastic-I see lots of goodies I'd love to have!! :)

  13. Wow, congratulations! So fun to follow you and your booth ;) Thank you so much for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday!
    Jamie @ Better With Age

  14. Congrats on your new space! I keep wishing somebody would open one up by me. Everything is so far away. Your space looks great. Thanx for joining THT!

  15. Luv your new look...the longer we do this the more we grow. Looking forward to seeing more pics.



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