My friend Kristie, who owns the Green Owl in Urbana, and I got a burr in our saddle! Tired of the ole grind, we wanted to test our shabby skills at the Springfield Antique and Flea Market this past weekend. We had no idea what to expect and were completely ignorant about the “rules,” but were willing to pursue our notion believing there could be more than one “ho” at the hoedown. (inside joke ~ but still very funny)
Four and half loads later and some help from our neighbors with our frustrating tents, we set up a shabby chic Shangri-La (as our neighbor named it). We were so excited for the Flea Market to open.
Friday was a bit slow. It rained in the morning. We heard so many complaints from our neighbors, but the rain didn’t dampen our spirits. We had a great first day with great sales and amazing new friends.
Saturday… game was on! Our booth transformed about four times as merchandise left. We definitely were in our element. Kristie and I are natural hustlers and love people. We met amazing new friends, like Jen Diehl and her husband Jason who own The Ritzy Rose. We were excited to have business owners from Columbus and Grand Rapids buy from our booth for their shops.
I love the culture! Everyone was so friendly and helpful. It was more than obvious that we were newbies. It was fun to be the under dog. To our relief, people went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Our neighbor bought us an Urbana Hillclimber glass in remembrance of our inaugural booth. How sweet is that? The organizers of the market were super flexible with our naivety and ignorance, bending the rules a little for us. Kristie and I got a kick out of the casual announcements coming from the office:
- The owner of the Olds Mobile: Your car is running.
- Rick (name changed) please report to the office. Your wife is out of money.
The ever-changing Shabby Booth:
At the end of the day Saturday we were dumb founded when most of our neighbors packed up and left. I guess the veterans of this business know something we don’t. However, we were pressing on. We paid for a full weekend and were staying put. We decided to do a complete transformation of our booth and spread out in their spaces. We left on Saturday evening completely exhausted, but in love with our “new” booth and excited for another day.
Sunday was a slow but steady stream of people. We ended up making some really good sales and met some more amazing people. It was a hot day and the exhaustion was starting to sink in. Even still, our sprits were high! We had so much fun walking around as people were packing up. Some vendors even gave us stuff they didn’t want to haul home. We were on a mission to buy for our next booth.
One of the vendors asked if we were sisters, observing that we walked the same and carried our sweet tea the same way. We thought that was funny and said, “No… but we are soul sistahs.” That gave us something else to laugh about. At this point we were getting a little slap happy….completely fried and giddy with our sales.
Our first Flea Market was a huge success! We had great sales, met and connected with some amazing people and learned so much. We laughed and had moments of frustrations. After packing up Kristie’s truck, we had the biggest laugh of the whole weekend…. Yes, our beautiful shabby chic booth was reduced to a beverly hillbilly truck load. We couldn’t stop laughing as we drove slowly down the road. People were whipping out their phones to take a picture of this unbelievable sight. When we stopped at a gas station I had fun with a guy who gave us “the look” asking him, “Ya like what we bought at the flea market?”
Moving forward…. we are excited for our Shabby Sidewalk Sale on July 30th at the Green Owl and are scheduled to set up at two upcoming markets. We will be at Back Roads Flea Market on August 6th and the Springfield Extravaganza September 16-18th. Come out and see us!
This burr in our saddle might end up being just the thing we needed! We just need to come up with a good name for our shabby gig… any suggestions?