Ooohwhee, y’all. The last few weeks have been a little hectic. I’ve been trying to get all my schtuff together to put in my new booth at Woodstock Market. They just added a bunch of new booths and have them leased up with some fabulous new vendors. I am so excited about this new adventure and just wanted to share some of the deets with you in case you might be thinking about opening a booth of your own.
I’m a first timer, so I’m obviously no expert at this whole game… so why am I sharing this?
Because I’m scared. I’ve been scared for many years. Although I have known for a while that all I want to do is “make stuff”, I’ve been too afraid of losing money to put myself out there. But, the basement has been full of finished projects for months and it’s time to shart or get off the pot, as they say. So, if you’ve been thinking about doing something like this, know that all you need is confidence in yourself and you can do it.
This is what the booth looked like on March 1st, in all it’s OSB glory.
We had to prime and paint (almost three coats!) and then do the trim. I had grand plans of a minty green space with hand drawn white stripes and a whimsical design but we were limited to a few beige-y colors, so I closed my eyes and picked one. Accessible Beige. Whatever that means.
I knew I wanted to hang a sign in the space but had planned on using the chalkboard piece that’s currently in my craft room, but, of course after I spent an hour or two redoing the lettering, I found the perfect thing at IKEA. I stopped by the As-Is section and found a white table top with zero flaws, the tag just said discontinued. For 11 bucks, I’ll take it. After some Silhouette and Sharpie fun, here it is!
I used a little tea light holder left over from our wedding to attach to the front, my mini Moo business cards fit perfectly in there.
Here’s the space once we moved everything in:
Those lamps on the hutch sold the first day I was open!
The lighting in here is not the greatest and obviously neither is my ability to remove an extreme beige colorcast in Photoshop.
I made all of my tags prior to moving in and added the descriptions/prices so all I had to do was add them to the products once I got it all where I wanted it. This also kept them from getting crumpled while we moved the stuff in.
The tags are made from 110 lb white card stock and the backs of the cards were made using 8.5 x 11 adhesive paper. I had an awful time trying to get a double sided print thing to work on these so I gave up and just used the adhesive paper for the back. That actually ended up working out perfectly because once something sells, the shop pulls the tags and returns them to you, so all I have to do is add another price/description label on top of the old one and I won’t have to go crazy making more.
If you follow me on Instagram, you might be looking for the Gangso Mobler set. It’s up near the dressing room in the center of the Market.
Woodstock Market will be celebrating their three year anniversary this coming weekend and every.single.thing. in the store will be 20% off!
I will be stopping by the shop on Saturday to witness the madness and add some things to the shop. If you’re in the neighborhood and need to get your vintage/rustic fix, have some funny toot jokes or just want to tell me how obscene and unladylike I am for naming a business Hearts & Sharts, I’ll be there. Even if you want to stand at a distance and stare and whisper about the name and how it’s “so embarrassing”, that’s cool, too.
Come on by!
If you’re thinking about jumping out there and opening a booth of your own or selling your wares in general, just remember, haters gonna hate – you just do you. If you take the time to make a great product, have confidence in yourself and faith in God, what have you got to lose?! Nada, babe.