Monday, August 4, 2014

My New "XXX BUS" Booth

You're probably scratching your head over that title... but I'll tell the story on that in a little bit.  Unless you already saw my sneak peek on my facebook page.

I was up around 6:30 in the morning on Saturday to hit up a local flea to find last minute display pieces for my new space.  I picked up a few pieces...


This will eventually display linens in my booth.  It needs a good cleaning and the shelves need a clear coat to prevent further rusting and so that what is there wont get on the linens.  I know this display isn't terribly pretty, so I may repaint it... a new coat of white, paint over the Snack-Alongs portion and create my own sign, and then paint the red parts either mint green or aqua blue.


This is an old large crate, turned on it's side, with some shelves added.  I picked up these 3 smalls too: another Bakelite handle creamer/syrup, green handle Bromwell sifter, and a pink McCoy planter to add to my ever-growing collection.  I also picked up 2 wood crates with fun apple orchard graphics on the ends, 2 red Coca Cola crates, and a bunch of hankies.

So, here we go with the tour of the new space.




The extra-large crate is sturdy and perfect for displaying Pyrex.  On top of that is one of the apple orchard crates that I bought at the flea early Saturday morning.  Ideally I'd like 2 taller, larger pieces to cover the back of these ugly bookcases from my other booth.  In the mean time, these pieces work great.



My dad built these 8 crates and shelves out of some of the wood from the barn we bought in April 2013.  I had a couple of customers request to buy them.  Sorry not for sale!  You can see one of the red Coca Cola crates that I bought at the flea Saturday morning.  It is added to the small collection I amassed last weekend at the last minute auction I attended.


So, there's not much of a story behind this sign, really.  I have about 30 (or so) leftover marquee letters from the hundred I bought back in May.  I was thinking of "back to school" since it's now August.  I realized I couldn't spell much with the letters I had left.  I have a lot of Xs, due mostly to the fact that the old drive-in where these came from, used to show XXX movies back in the day, so I figured, why not?  I got a laugh and so did many of the customers shopping on Saturday.  These were the first things I hung up as soon as we had every display piece in place.  I realize there's still quite a bit of empty wall space, but it's not easy for customers to reach above these shelves, so I've commissioned a friend to make a banner/bunting with my shop name.


You'll notice I moved this large shelf from my other booth.  I needed a display piece that was tall enough to cover a portion of the booth on the backside of mine.  You can see some of the vintage clothing peeking out.

 
This mid-century book shelf with the sliding glass doors was perfect for displaying some of my books.  I also love that I have a window shining into my space.  Makes the space much brighter!


Here's what I did with the mass of pennants I got last weekend.  This is another of the Coca Cola crates I got at the flea.


I bought this lot of melmac quite awhile ago.  I hope someone brings this set home soon.  Maybe to a vintage camper?  This stuff is perfect for that, since it's nearly indestructible.


A couple of suitcases leftover from the big ol' stash from April.  I think I'll bring in a few more next time I'm in to the mall.


Can I say big ass letters are REALLY hard to find a place for?  Especially since this one wanted to keep toppling over.  Overall, I'm really loving how this space turned out.  Even though I have some Pyrex and other vintage kitchen items, I feel like this booth has a more masculine feel to it.

So, mom and I moved a lot of stuff between to 2 booths, so I figured you'd maybe want to take a look at the other space too.  Also, I definitely COULD NOT have done this without my mom!  She has been the biggest help!!



I know I've had this same display here for months now, but I really do love it.  I did purchase more hankies at the flea on Saturday (I didn't get a pic yet) and will be covering this pole in them again soon.  They are pretty reliable sellers for me.








I still hate these bookshelves.  They are so ugly, but I need to find better pieces, that hold as much stuff, to replace them.  I think a majority of dealers have bookshelves similar to this.


I have lots more 45s to go through to add to these.  Another consistent seller for me.


And finally, here's those leftover marquee letters.  I need to make a sign for them.  This was where the large shelf with mirror was that I moved to the new booth.

I know this was a pretty long post.  It was a pretty long day.  We were at the mall from noon until 7PM.  I enjoyed a nice cold beer after this was all over.

So, what do you think?  Is there anything you would change?  What do you like?  Let me know!  I'm always looking to improve my booths to make them more appealing to customers.

I'm linking up this week with:
Thriftasaurus
Show and Share
History and Home
Ivy and Elephants
Vintage Thingie Thursday 
Share Your Cup Thursday
Junkin Joe

12 comments:

  1. Very attractive spaces - and appealing to customers. Ugly bookcases? Two solutions which have worked well for me. One, I screw furring strips around the edges of the backside and attach pegboard so I can use the backs to hang things. Two, paint the backs with chalkboard paint and write messages or do a little artwork. I have combined the two with blackboard pegboard!

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  2. Looks great, Melissa. You could take those 2 folding chairs I see (next to the shelves your dad built), and hang them with long hooks on either side of the XXX BUS - it would look like seats on the bus, lol. We've done that with chairs before - gets them off the floor.
    We also have a rack similar to yours that I got at the ReStore - love it! I went to Lowe's and had them cut acrylic pieces to line the wire shelves so the tags wouldn't get caught in the wire (which they sometimes still do anyway). It was an easy way to keep stuff from laying on the wires.
    Other than those 2 suggestions, your booth spaces look really nice and neat. I know it's hard work, and so much easier when you do have a partner like your mom to help! Happy sales to you!
    Rita

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  3. You did a great job with your booth! I only wish I was closer to shop ,it would be along load trip from Texas. Enjoy your blog and seeing all the things you find. I know it is a lot of work to keep up with just one booth area but now two but again it looks great.

    Cathy <;)

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  4. I just want to jump through the monitor and browse in person!

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  5. I really like that bus sign, it makes the space even more unique and inviting. I also want to go through the monitor and shop around!

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  6. It looks really great and FULL! I love a full booth to pick through. The XXX comment on the X rated movies made me laugh!

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  7. Your booth is out of control! I would visit every week if I could :-)

    ~Erica

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  8. So many sweet treasures - you put in a lot of hours with the booth or booths!

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  9. I so need to take a road trip to your neck of the woods. I see so much stuff I love!

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  10. Wow, I'm impressed! Your spaces look great. I love that mid-century modern bookcase. The mcm stuff sells FAST around here.

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  11. Melissa, it looks fabulous and you have so much wonderful vintage goods! You have a knack for displaying and I wouldn't worry about the display units that you don't love. I think that people are so busy looking at your gorgeous goods that they don't even notice. Great having a wonderful mom like that!! Thanks for sharing you new space, (XXX Bus) with SYC.
    hugs
    Jann

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  12. I think your booth looks awesome. Makes me want to roll up my sleeves and dig in! :)

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