Monday, March 31, 2014

knot too shabby BAZAAR and Sonnie Owens Jewelry

There is less than a week to go until our Spring BAZAAR and we are filtering through the many vendor applications. It is truly amazing how much talent and creativity is within arms reach of our own little store. Not to mention, that the notion of "shabby chic" and "vintage" is such a broad category that encompasses anything from re-purposed home furnishings to jewelry...and, we're going to have a little bit of everything represented!

One of our fabulous vendors is a very talented artist, Diane Owens, Owner of Sonnie Owens Jewelry and More. Diane hand crafts and repurposes vintage jewelry, creates succulent gardens in "vintage vessels," as well as designs steam punk style and shabby chic home decor.

Diane has been a hobbyist of sorts since elementary school and has always loved shopping flea markets and finding  treasures. "I love vintage 1900 to 1940's brooches which I turn into focal piece pendants for necklaces," says Diane. 

With so many different styles encompass "shabby chic" design, Diane veers toward the eclectic mix of French Country, shabby cottage and urban vintage styles, which are prevalent in her succulent gardens. 

Like so many home-based artisans, Diane's biggest challenge is allocating the time to create. "I work well under pressure," she states, "so setting up shows and appointments put the pressure on to get things done."

And, with just days until our BAZAAR, we know Diane is working diligently for those final touches to what we are sure is going to be a vibrant booth with some great products. 

Sonnie Owens Jewelry and More is offering a BAZAAR special! Just like their facebook page and your name will be put into a drawing for a $50.00 gift certificate! Be sure to check out all of her treasures on April 5th at the BAZAAR and be sure to mention that you read about her on our blog feature!

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at one or all of our Spring BAZAAR's, send an e-mail or download a registration form today! There's still time for April's event!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

knot too shabby BAZAAR Vendor Series Part One

With less than two weeks to go, we are quickly approaching our first Bazaar this Spring! Vendors are scurrying around getting projects ready to sell. Even we are thinking about displays, sale items and paint demos for the event.

With more vendors signed up for this year's Bazaar, we are getting an in flux of more questions! So, I thought I would do a "vendor series" with tips, tricks and advice to make the most of your vendor space!

Vendor Series Part One
Decorating and Displays

Putting together a booth can sometimes be one of the most intimidating projects. We collaborated and put together a list of the top 5 tips we can give for setting up a great booth! 

1. Incorporate TEXTURES

There's nothing like a variety of textures and/or textiles to make a booth feel warm and welcoming. That may include making your hum drum EZ-up tent charming with curtains, signage and my personal favorite, plants! I naturally want to spend more time looking at a booth that feels warm and inviting and the more time I spend in that booth, the more likely I am to spend money.


BUT (and it's a big But), keep it open. Don't block the opening of your booth because you want people to be drawn in. I made the mistake of setting up a long table right in the very front of my tent at one of the flea markets I sell at. I wanted my best sellers to be right in the front and accessible. Instead, no one ventured past the table to look at everything that was "behind" it. I did a quick re-arrange and it solved the problem. So, keep the perimeter of your booth full but leave the entrance area open so that customers naturally venture in.

3. Draw the eyes UP

This concept goes along with using all of the available space. Don't be afraid to stack, stack and stack. Pair colors and items so that your stacked pieces are well coordinated and the display leaves you longing for a little bit of something to take home.

4. Group like OBJECTS

Chances are that if you are selling at a flea market, you don't have a lot of duplicate pieces or objects. That doesn't mean your display can't have a natural flow. If you keep like objects grouped together, customers have a better sense of how to use them in their own home. Perhaps it is mixing and matching cylinder shaped items or coordinating like colors. It could be grouping things by era. If you struggle with this piece, do some shopping. Check out how Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Restoration Hardware, Pier One, etc. set up their displays. Find the common theme and replicate it. Even better, visit an antique mall and pin point the booths that you like and shamefully copy. :/ It's ok...we all do it!

5. Bookend your PRICE RANGE

I like the imagery of bookends. You have two bookends on either side holding in place a lot of books. When you are pricing items, think of one bookend as more expensive, the other bookend less expensive and all the books as the middle of the road price. If all you carry in your booth are multi-hundred dollar items, you are less likely to sell much. On the flip side, if you have one or two sales, it makes for a great day. But, if you don't...well...that's a lot of work for just a couple of sales. If you have too many cheap items...$1 are going to have to sell an awful lot of things to pay for the time and cost of participating. The most profitable vendors at our last BAZAAR had a great variety of small, medium and high priced items. The high priced pieces showed the quality of their work while they managed to have some great low priced takeaways. But, it was the mid-range priced items that gave them the most bang for their buck. 

So, with under two weeks until the event, start planning how your booth is going to look. Don't show up on Saturday morning with no idea! And, check out our Decorating and Displays pinboard on pinterest. I'm inspired by what others have done and all of the pictures I shared in this post are the displays of other talented artists and vendors. You can check out the original sources on pinterest

Next in the series we will be the PRICING GAME and HOW TO SET UP A WELL FUNCTIONING BOOTH.
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