saturday was the big day when jon and his dad helped move all my junk-turned-treasures into my new antique booth. it’s located in a fairly large antique mall called The Robin’s Nest, located in a nearby town and i’m so excited to start this new venture. all week, i was painting and waxing and pricing and prepping everything and it felt so good to finally get it all settled into the space as i had envisioned. it’s thrilling and terrifying to start this journey.
what if no one buys anything?
what if it was all for nothing?
what if things sell too quickly and i can’t keep up?
what if i fail?
but i also know that i’ll never know if i don’t try and that even if this particular situation doesn’t do as well as i hope, there are lessons to be learned for future opportunities.
some lessons i learned this week from the process of setting up my first antique booth include:
1. prepare a little prep & fix kit to take along with you (and for all of your spruce-up trips, too)–i included scissors, tags, string for my tags, tape, tape measure, extra nails/screws, and baby wipes.
2. do a mock set up with the exact dimensions at your house the night before you move in–this helped SO much because when we were moving in we didn’t have to sit there and analyze where everything would fit best (that hard part was already done the night before).
3. fake walls don’t take nails very well–bring a drill and screws instead
4. bring strong men (especially if you have to move to an upstairs space)
5. make your space feel cozy and accessible with coordinating colors, textures, and fabrics–i got the blue rug at walmart for $20 and tried to keep the blue/green/burlap with bits of black as a color scheme.
it’s definitely just a start and will most likely evolve and change as i go along, but it felt good to see it all in one place.
i’m going to start to feature some of my furniture befores/afters each week so if you want to follow along, check back often and also be sure to be viewing my facebook page and instagram (@thehollierogue) for photos!
thanks for all of your support and prayers.