You guyyyys! My goodness, I just can’t seem to make myself blog! This booth sales report is actually September sales. That I wrote at the end of October. And never hit “publish” because I was too lazy to create the picture for Pinterest. As if that even mattered. Sheesh!
If you’re remotely interested in what’s been going on around here, keep reading. If not, just skip on down to the first picture.
Blogging? Selling? Frankly, I just haven’t been in the mood. I haven’t been in the mood to booth, I haven’t been in the mood to sell online, I haven’t been in the mood to blog, I haven’t been in the mood to junk, I haven’t even been in the mood to house! I’ve been in the mood to sew.
Back in the day, I sewed a lot of my and my daughter’s clothes but over the years got out of the habit. The sewing bug has bit hard lately and I’ve really been enjoying sewing again. I even wondered if I’d ever want to do anything else again. Ha! Like, fer real, yo. But of course, as with most things, I’ll get to the point that I can tear myself away for a bit.
You see, I really only have 3-4 hours in a day to do…. things. I pick up our now 6-year-old granddaughter after school and in an effort to keep her head out of the electronics, I play with her every afternoon. We throw the Frisbee, we play board games and card games and we draw. I’m ready to teach her to sew but want her to show some interest first. I do so wish I could do the same with our other 6-year-old granddaughter, but she’s several hundred miles away. Makes me so sad.
I don’t resent any of this. I feel like she’s a huge part of why I’m on this earth and that it’s God’s will for me to spend this quality time with her. She won’t be little for long. I hope I can be half the influence on her that my grandmothers were on me. So, I’m just going with the flow. If that means not blogging or posting on Instagram much, then so be it. If it means not putting in the effort to sell, well, okay. While I do love all this, (Not taking the pictures for it all, mind you.) I’m just not putting them priority at the moment. It’s too, too frustrating to try to fit it all in.
I also want to say why I blog or show pictures of the house on IG. It’s obviously not to brag. I’m just a regular ol’ girl with ideas that might or might not work. That you may or may not like. Usually nothing special. No, it’s always my hope that something I do or say, no matter how small, might trigger someone’s imagination to go on to greater things for themselves. Or that my mess might make you feel better about your life – or business – or home.
So here’s a recap of September. If you remember, August was quite a good month. September? Ummmm…. not so much. That’s how it is in this business, though. Hot one month, cold the next. And too often the next and the next after that and on and on. We didn’t make rent in October and, as of this writing, we’re still $100 short of rent for November.
Three things in this first picture sold.
The small tobacco basket I bought at a church yard sale. I had it priced at $15, not realizing that Hobby Lobby still had it in the stores regularly for half that. So I lowered the price to $5. It didn’t take long after that to sell. (I just saw it in someone else’s booth. They had whitewashed it. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what price they put on it.) The 7-UP/Texas Drifter advertising promo and the large pottery snail.
Texas Drifter/7-Up advertising promo
Large pottery snail
Three things in the next picture sold, also. The green tray, the old doorknob plate and the Judson Thompson tin box.
Green tole tray
Old painted doorknob plate
Judson Thompson tin box
Small rose tin
The bottles in the picture below may or may not be the ones that sold. I had several groups of three bottles.
3 small bottles
I was surprised this tablecloth didn’t sell in the spring or summer and almost took it home to come out next year!
This is a fairly new, large metal urn I had picked up at…. uh…. I don’t remember. Somewhere.
Large, newish urn
I also picked up a pair of small metal urns at an estate sale. One sold.
Small metal urn
These old photos, (tintypes?) were in an antique frame. I believe original or close to it. I priced them kinda high – for my booth – based on online sales of similar items. I was beginning to think I’d have to sell them online, too. Every time I went to the booth, I could tell someone had looked and checked the price. After two or three months, someone came along who also knew their worth.
Antique framed photos
$37.00 (Actually $33.30 after the buyer took the 10% discount.)
Two things from the next crummy picture. The french fry cutter, which I actually used when I served potatoes — okay. Okay. When I cooked. Sheesh! — And the McCray, enamel tray. I had two of those and kept one.
French fry cutter
McCray enamel tray
Two things from this picture as well. The little, black Mary Janes and the lamb picture behind them.
Mary Jane shoes
I was in my least favorite thrift store back during the summer. Why is it my least favorite? They think they’re some kind of boutique/antique shop or something. They had a colander just like this for $12.00!! I sold mine for $8.00.
So. The story of this chair. It was given to me, along with a trailer load or two of stuff, after my best friend passed away. I’m sure she had planned to refinish it. We shuffled it around a few years before we put it in the booth.
Directly across from it in the booth across the aisle sat its big sister. A rocking chair with the same, chippy green paint. The vendor had found it at the dump. But nowhere near where mine came from.
So one day I was working in the booth and a couple of ladies walked by. They saw the more prominent rocking chair and one said, “Why would anyone do that to a chair?” The other said, “Or at least fix it up or something.” I was kinda hiding wondering if they were going to spot its little sister in my booth? They didn’t, but we all got a kick out of that. A couple of weeks later, my little chair sold.
Chippy green chair
Two oval frames
I’ve only sold one bundle of these old tobacco pouches so far.
Bundle of 3 tobacco pouches
Mid century ice bucket still with tags
I was afraid I was going to have to put this cowboy ceiling shade online, too. I sold a similar one years ago but I don’t like shipping things this fragile. I was nervous with it sitting around in the booth! I knew I’d take less for it just to not have to worry about packing it. It hung around the booth for several months. Funny thing, there was another in the mall identical to it. They priced theirs $49.00. I don’t know if it has sold yet or not.
Cowboy ceiling shade
That’s it for the pictures. Also sold were:
- Vintage brown geometric fabric. Might have been a flour sack. I couldn’t tell for certain. — $8.00
- Large shallow basket (Yeah. I have no idea.) — $5.00
- Small peach lustre dish — $5.00
- Piece of black and white check fabric — $8.00
- Old blue watch or bracelet box — $4.00
- Lovely bundle of 3 antique, cream color books — $9.00
- Rusty green plant stand. A newish, but badly weathered, Hobby Lobby type planter that I got off the side of the road — $14.00
- Small “Drink Me” bottle — $4.00
- White, McCoy tulip bookend — $18.00
- Tiki bottle opener made of Hawaiian lava — $7.00
- 5 cotton bundles. The real deal. That I separated out of about a bushel of cotton. — $55.00 total
- Paint totaling $313.80
- $7.00 worth of old photos
- A bunch’a books
I think I got it all. My check total after rent and credit card fees was a measly $221.03. But I’m ever so thankful to have got a check! Some didn’t.
I hope I’ve given someone out there some ideas or hope. At the very least it kinda satisfies our curiosity about how other dealers are doing. Don’t you deny it! We’re ALL
And now I’m headed up to the sewing room. See ya!