Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Being a Vendor

Boy, I have a lot to learn about being a vendor at a Festival, but I am very excited to say that I LOVED the experience!

Getting up at the crack of dawn....not so much.

Unloading and unpacking merchandise.....not so much.

Displaying merchandise ~LOVE~ this part of it!

I packed a lunch and snacks to eat but hardly ate (not good.)

Would I do it again? In a heartbeat!

I am excited to do more of this off and on when it works with my schedule. Here are some photos that show my booth. I got so many nice compliments on how well my jewelry was displayed~ being the first time I have ever done this myself, I was glowing from the compliments!

Green nugget necklace I am wearing was made by me, the gold tassle one is a vintage find.

 Found this cabinet in the barn at the ranch~ perfect chippy yellow color! Made a great jewelry and knick-knack display!

Pillow made from a burlap bag and a cool winged heart with bling (from a pair of kid's jeans found at the Goodwill!) 

Ranch Boy and I found this old window pane in the barn. It already had screws on each side, I had the idea of fashioning an old leather rein as the hanging strap. I added nails across the top to hang necklaces on. 

My table runners are drop cloths from Lowe's Home Improvement store. The red striped one I made into a drop-cloth style runner using fabric paint.

The little strawberry plates found a new home! 

This old gardner's caddy was a find at a flea market last summer for $10, I knew it'd be perfect for displaying my leather cuffs.

Remember the potted herbs? I turned an old table leg and a rusted lampshade frame into a jewelry display by sticking it in the pot!

I have posted a few more items on my Etsy shop, and will be loading a lot more after this coming weekend!

We've had quite a bit of rain here so I have had little horse time. Luckily while I was vendoring last weekend, Loretta's previous owner was able to ride her both days so my little mare got some exercise.

I hope you are all welcoming a little autumn in your life this week!

xo~ Ranch Girl


fernvalley01 said...

what a great display!! Looks like you have been doing this for years!

BUSH BABE said...

Love it all - you are SO clever!! Glad it went well.


dusty devoe said...

Looks wonderful! You r so creative. Hugs!

Ranch Girl Diaries said...

Hugs to YOU mom! Thinking of you this week!! xo

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Carroll Farm said...

What beautiful displays. I would be afraid to buy anything - it may throw off that balance! Can't wait to see how you continue to set up displays.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I'm glad your first show was a success and you enjoyed it so much.
Your booth is gorgeous! And you have such style and grace. I love all the little useful, but pretty touches you added using recycled items.
That first photo looks like it should be in Style Magazine. Lovely!


Sares said...

The merchandising is my favorite thing too. I knew you has skills from working at Jazz! I think we learned it from our Mom's, the way they have always displayed things in their homes, rearranging furniture and stuff. Well, maybe your Mom wasn't always moving furniture but mine was constantly!

I think you did a really great job and know as you continue to do it you will get any kinks worked out you may have had. I definitely agree with the motto, take it all, you never know what you'll want to use!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I have to say I am really impressed -- not just by your craftiness, but by your vision. You can obviously look at something used for one thing and imagine a completely new use for it. You have the mind of an artist.

Crystal said...

Wow looks good! Glad you had fun and are gonna do it again!

Reddunappy said...

Very Cute!! LOve your booth!

I did craft shows for years and I always loved the setting up part too!

Bill and Darlene said...

Great, creative displays! Was this out near Suncadia? We went to that festival last year! Lots of fun!

baystatebrumby said...

That is so awesome, Ranch Girl! It's the cutest little shop in the world! so creative and inviting, so warm and naturally arty looking! You are a true professional! Plus, the actual things you are selling are very dreamy. I love those chunky necklaces. It takes a special eye to capture the spirit that you did in your booth. Love that the tableclothes were drop cloths! You are so much fun.